Hi Friends! Time to show you the beginning of my new quilt project!
I started this project for one reason I tell you at the end of the post and also inspired by Svetlana’s adorable quilt. That is one of my favourite white-red quilts! First I thought to follow her idea but of course I changed my mind. One thing I have wanted to try for a long time is to make quilt blocks with knitting patterns.
This was the first pullover I knitted for hb. He chose the clours and I found the reindeer, mountains and stars from my precious Burda’s knitting magazine (from 1990). I’m so happy that this magazine has followed me through the years and movings. I have leafed it so often, sometimes finding ideas and making them, sometimes just because …
I really liked the idea to make this kind of patterns with 1″ squares. I cut the pieces 1.5″ to get the finished size 1″ square.To win some time, I used biggers pieces when it was reasonable.
This is easy and fun. When using longer or bigger pieces, just add 1/2″ for the seam allowance (= 2 x 1/4″). Even it’s 1″, 2″ 3″ – always 0.5″ for the seam allowance. For example if you need 3″x 3″ piece, you cut 3.5″ x 3.5″. Separate your ‘picture’ for sections as you like (look the lines I have drawn above).
This is really fun and easy technic. Only small problem is that many patterns would become too big. So there you need to take care first how big the pattern is (how many loops and rows the pattern needs). I think the 1″ square (1.5″) is the smallest I like to use. From many patterns you can use some parts.
Nero slept next to me and Hanna slept under the design wall.
This is the charm pack I won from the random draw in Alyce’s ‘My Diy Block Design’ challenge! Thank you so much Alyce! These are so beautiful and just perfect for this new quilt project! Thank you also for the great challenge! I made first these house blocks and later this bird house.
Look what other super presents I received this weekend! Quilt magazined, chocolate and coffee …souvenirs from hb’s trip to north …
Often from the beginning I have a name for a quilt. First I was thinking simply Christmas quilt, but I don’t want this to be only seasonal quilt. Then I thought simply Reindeer … until yesterday evening when I looked these blocks on my design wall and it was quite clear …
… this will be ‘North Star’.
This quilt project began after a long time thinking which had nothing to do with a quilt. I have tried to find a way/colours to cheer up our living room. Furnitures are dark wood, couches are red and the carpet dark red/blue. Couches have always covers (light colour) but the carpet is dominative. It’s one of the things that I won’t ever change because it’s really good and present from my parents. I couldn’t match any bright colour with the existing colours. Then finally I thought that I have to go with the red, even the red was the colour I wanted to get rid of (it was never ‘my’ colour). So I thought to make few beautiful red/white pillows and to stop fighting with the red. Then I saw Svetlana’s quilt and I knew that was the answer. If I make quilt with red, lots of white, some grey; it can change all the atmosphere in that room. Now I feel much better. I shall add more lightful colours/things. I shall change some of the paintings (even I love them, most of them are dark and heavy). Fortunately the room is generally very lightful with big windows, white walls and open, high space.
I can’t wait to see the finished quilt on the back wall, which I can see even from the dining area, where I use my computer. In fact I shall see it even from the kitchen! I have also planned to put this year alternative Christmas tree. Lighter and lighter … you’ll see. I have put already some small lights around the fireplace and they are beautiful.
But now … lets quilt!
I shall link at the weekly linky partys: ‘Sew Cute Tuesday’, ‘Fabric Tuesday’, ‘Linky Tuesday‘, ‘Let’s Be Social’, ‘Needle and Thread’, All the buttons are also on my sidelist, so you can easily visit my friends’ blogs when ever you like.
‘Dog Gone Cute’ linky party is also open! Everyone who has made something with Lorna’s pattern can join the linky party and get a chance to win!
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