Monday, February 28, 2011

Tomato Soup in the Stash.... (and other finishes)

...made a finish!!!
You may wonder what on earth I'm talking about?! Yes, I do talk about tomato soup, but not the liquid stuff we eat!  Remember my previous post, where I talked about binding for the "Hello Betty" quilt? I went through my stash looking for something brown, because I had "decided" the binding had to be brown.. Don't ask me why I had that fixed idea, because it had not turned out OK in the end! Well, going through the Moda Marbles I have,  what caught my eye was one called "burnt orange" and another one; "tomato soup", I compared those two colors to the "orange/red" in the quilt. "Tomato Soup" was the one that matched and fortunate I had enough of it for the binding. It looks fresher with this color on the binding, I think it had looked a bit dull using dark brown.
(Eh! The palm leaf turned out on focus, not the quilt! Photographer's mistake!)

I love the "tomato soup" binding!

I haven't made many quilts with light colors, but I must say I love this one (even if I didn't like the colors when I got the fabric) - it looks so fresh and happy!
I think it was Sue who asked me where I'm going to use it... I answered her most probably on the couch in the lower ground floor, but while doing this post I'm also thinking of using it for picnics. Not that we do a lot of picnics, but... just an idea! :)

Thanks to all of you for your comments on how to quilt the squares! I do appreciate your opinions! Thought it over for some days, I decided to keep alternative 1. It had been too much to unpick - I wasn't really in the mood for that - and I'm happy with it the way it turned out!
For this quilt I have used 1 layer cake, 1 jelly roll and 24" (60cm) for the binding. It was the first layer cake and jelly roll I bought (November 2009) - it was on sale; 50% off. For backing I have used two old bedsheets (added together). They were still usable, too good quality to be thrown away. It turned out to be a very cheap quilt - and I love it! :)
My first UFO-finish 2011 and first OPAM 2011 too!

Do you make mug rugs? Do you find it addictive?
I have been making some mug rugs over the last weeks, and finally yesterday four of them are done! I have left to hand stitch the binding on another four mug rugs, but have to buy thread for that. And yes; it is very addictive!!! They are small and easy to make.

I've fussy cut some cup fabrics I had and for these mug rugs I used one fat quarter (pink floral) and a little bit of Moda Marbles (powder pink) for the rest.
The two small mug rugs measure 7.5" x 10" (19.5 x 26cm).
The bigger mug rugs measure 8.5" x 10" (21.5 x 26cm).


Ah! Finally my BBQC project is revealed!
An Advent table topper! I received the "ugly" fabric from Sharon. At first I thought; GOSH - what do I make out of those fabrics?! I have always wanted to make an Advent table topper, using purple, but as purple is a bit outside my comfort zone I don't have much purple in my stash. And here it was, right in front of me - thanks to Sharon!

I discovered a block in a quilting magazine I wanted to try, and I really love how it turned out!

I have used all the fabric I received - the piece left is 8" x 21" . (20 x 53cm) I thought I needed it for the binding, so I didn't dare using it for the backing. I'm not good at all when it comes to mathematics, so how to calculate how much I need for this and that... well, forget about it! :)) If I had known I didn't need it, of course I had used it for the backing!
What was left after finishing the top, is what you can see here - used for the backing. From my stash I have used small strips of purple, which was the only suitable fabric I had for matching the "ugly" fabrics.

I loved doing the backing too - a little bit of art - lol!
Take a look here for other BBQC entries.

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Notjustnat said...

Wow Astrid, look at all your finished projects. Good on you. I love that tomato soup in the stash quilt. A picnic rug, that's a go. I have a picnic rug made in Amish style wuilt and every time I use it I get a lot of admirers. Mug rugs are so cute too. Good job for everything - Hugs Nat

karenfae said...

I love all that you are working on and the quilt turned out great - I love the "tomato soup" binding - just right!!
I have made a couple mug rugs and keep saying I need to make more and then forget and work on other things instead.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

oh astrid what a post...just wonderful...and that tomato soup is stunning...just perfect...dzintra

MERCEDES said...

Me alegra aver encontrado...estoy muy sorprendida de tus trabajos y tambien de que seas de Islas Mauricio...te mando un gran saludo

Bjørg said...

Enig med deg! Det lyse teppet er fantastisk! Det er mye fint i dette innslaget!

QuiltSue said...

Your tomato soup binding is perfect I think.
I love what you did with your BBQC fabric. It's a great block and the quilt has so much movement to it.

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Kjerstis løse tråder said...

Jeg fant ikke puteforstykket, men du verden så mye annet lekkert du har sydd. Oiii! Hvordan klarer du å lage vannmerke/copyright på bildene dine?

Hilde said...

Flotte ting du har sydd ferdig. Deilig å få symaskinen hjem etter service på den.

Groesmeyer said...

Hej Astrid var begejstret for din tomatsuppe flot quilt. knus fra Linda G

Gudveig said...

Kjempefine tepper!

Kjerstis løse tråder said...

Tusen hjertelig takk for svaret om picasa, jeg har aldri brukt det. God helg :)

Lappedamen said...

Your stash quilt with tomato soup binding is so bright and fresh. It is a good excuse to have a picnic. Beautiful Advent topper and cute Mug rugs too.

Dirt Lover said...

Your tomato soup turned out so pretty! I think it would be perfect as a topper, or picnic quilt, maybe on a swing on the porch. I love your little mug rugs. I'll have to try some! And you purple quilt is beautiful. I love the back. Back art is something I really like to do, both because I like to make the backs out of leftovers, and I like the double duty of a back with lots of interest. Nice job!

PJs Lapperier. said...

så fina dina röda mugmattor är.