Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Country Chicken and bunnies

Hello everyone!
I can't believe more than one month has passed since I last posted! Where does the time go?! Well, I 'blame' it on our visitors from India - lol! :) We got to know they were coming only one month before they landed here, so I had a lot of preparations to do. The lower-ground-floor was a mess after repainting the bedroom furniture and a few other things. I had to tidy up and clean the entire floor, windows included and give it all a new 'make-up', which took up most of my time. We enjoyed the visit very much and we visited a few places together. To read more about the visit, click here.
It took some time after they left to get into our daily routines again, even quilting. I have worked on several projects over the last couple of weeks - all started this year. Last week I finished the 'country chicken' quilt and bunny table topper.
Being white background fabric, I had to wash both items after they were finished. I love that crinkled look/feeling of a washed quilt! :)

All the colored fabrics and the hens and roosters are swatches from a shop in Norway that had close-down sale last year. (Remember the old lady and the box?) I've added white tone-on-tone (from my stash) as well as I was lucky to buy the backing on sale ($5.98/yard)  - same fabric line; 'le petit poulet'.

Close up of one of the roosters.
I'm quite satisfied with the FMQ; loops, which I find easier to do compared to meandering. It is said 'practice does perfect'! :) Well, I'm far from an expert, but at least my skills have improved since my very first FMQ...

The backing, where I have incorporated leftover chicken... :)

I wasn't very happy with the table topper after part of the top was done. The pinwheels looked too big compared to the bunnies... I had the feeling the bunnies disappeared somehow... haha, they jumped away! :))  
After putting the thinking cap on, I decided to add a white border around it - and voila! I think it looks much better now...

One of the bunnies.
The entire table topper is FMQ in small loops.

Here too I have used the same fabric line - 'le petit poulet', - leftovers from the quilt, added white tone-on-tone from my stash and used the same red backing as on the quilt.

I have a few other projects that are almost done. I've been working on the binding over the last days too, left to do all the hand stitching.



Erica said...

Hello Astrid
I have just discovered your blog and joined. I love your work!

Karen said...

Hey, it's good to see you back. Glad you were only away for good reasons.
Love both the bunny top and the rooster quilt. Lovely, colourful and fresh!

Gudveig HN said...

Fine tepper du har laget :-)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love the quilt the colors are perfect and I always love a white background.

ria vogelzang said...

Hi Astrid, sometimes there are things in life that keep you quite occupied..... ;) ....., but it's so nice to read your new post!
I just love the brightness of your Country Chickens and Little Bunnies! And the white background is just perfect!
Enjoy them! Greets from Holland, love, Ria.