Friday, December 30, 2011





Monday, December 26, 2011

my next panel

First of all I wish you all a Merry Christmas!!!.
After spending 23.12 with all the family (15 in total), we had a very nice quiet Chrismas Eve Ole , his son Jonatan and I.
So the next days in Christmas are in our little family pure relaxation, NICE!!  I spend the days  finishing my left panel. I did not realise until I finished , that my colour choise was so diiferent the the original. but now I see it clearly. I actually like that.
Anne , Copenhagen

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Creative Jucies flowing today

Wow, I am on a roll.  I choose all the fabrics and cut the patterns for all the birds on this block.  It definitely is going much quicker than the top block.  I will have this one done in no time, Yeah!
Merry Christmas everyone in Blogland

Friday, December 23, 2011

A very happy christmas to all

Hello Everyone,

A very happy and safe Christmas to all, lovely thoughts, some stitching in the midst of cooking and family time, lots of love, Kim McLean

Monday, December 19, 2011

Princess feathers finally getting underway ...

I have finally started on my princess feathers. I received the pattern in March - only 10 months to get things up and running! I had a short delay while I found the perfect background fabric - one of Moda's essential dot patterns. Then the biggest delay came with my health. I had wanted to do this all by hand but my hands weren't cooperating with me. (I was also just finishing up the civil war bride quilt all by hand.) Unfortunately the arthritis in my hands won. My friends finally convinced me to use machine applique. So ... I have used hand applique for the stems and circles and machine applique, with decorative stitches for the larger pieces. Part of me feels very guilty about not using hand applique for this glorious quilt. The other part is happy to just start seeing it getting done.

I choose to use repro fabrics, making the feathers in blues and purples and flowers in reds, golds, oranges. I wanted the centers to blend more with the background so I chose a print in a similar value. The wonderful birds will be some of everything. I think now that the first block has been completed, I will make faster progress on the quilt. The guilt will probably remain though :(

P.S. ... the close up of the stitches is not true color. The stitches around the feather are closer to the color of the fabric than they appear in this photo. I used a buttonhole stitch that places additional stitches outside which seems to highlight the edge more. It looks better in person.

I look forward to peoples' feedback.

Judy Elliott in Oklahoma

Thursday, December 15, 2011

getting there

This morning I sewed the top block to the lower blocks, yeah, lovin' it, thanks Kim for the pattern

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hello out there!

I managed to sew the 9 blocks with the sashings and prepped all of the borderblocks. At once over several weeks. I also have some borderblocks sewn already(?)

Meanwhile i was thinking of the cornerblocks (multitasking, you know how it goes)
I went for the regular applique (the block with the stem) first, but then i decided i could as well finish up that fabric 'serendipity' by Paula Nadelstern since i only had some serious swiss cheese left of it and make the inner circles, also the needleturn funky not exactly circle way. Question : the left (on red) or the right (on leftover squares) on the top.
What do you think? Personally i think i go for the red squares now, but it wouldn't be the first time i change my mind. So i would like to hear from you. (who wouldn't)

And then, i have another question i hope you can help me with : my design wall is made of insulation plates covered with that sticky fabric from clover you buy in precut packs, 1 size only. I think it seriously needs some washing. Can i do that? Because of course, i do not have the packaging anymore and i don't know of a store here that carries that so i could go take a peek.

To all of you, i wish you very happy seasonal holidays and a magnificent 2012 (already?) with plenty of time to do what you enjoy most.

Finally this block is finished

Yeah! finally got this square finished.  I started it early September (however I have made several quilts in that time, lol) my excuse!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

my next 2 blocks!!

Here is my 6th and 7th block. I get so inspired from all of your photos. I love finding fabrics for all the figures!!
Happy Holiday to everybody!!
Anne, Copenhagen

Saturday, December 10, 2011

I FINISHED!!! I think there is easily over 1,000 hours of work in this so far. I started more than a year ago, and there has been a lot of distractions in my life during this project. But I kept going and have loved every minute of making this top. This is by far the most fun I have ever had and my best work yet! Thanks Kim for your inspiration.
When I started this pattern I was posting the blocks here as I finished quite often. Then for some reason I got locked out and was unable to post anything (computer issue on my end)... plus a new job, a few days away for the Houston International Quilt Fest and many other distractions have kept me away for quite awhile. Happy to be be back and to be able to share the finished quilt top.
You will notice that I changed the 4 corners to my own design. I also did my own thing on the border... I found this giant rick rack that I just loved and I think it fits here really well.
I have found material for the backing and will be starting the hand quilting sometime early next year.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My 5th block

here is my 5th block, I really love sewing the Roseville Album.

Anne , copenhagen

Monday, November 28, 2011

Catching up

My last 2 cornerblocks.
They are darker than the other two, but the center flower is the same in all four.

The right side panel is finished also.
This one did not turn out quit as red as I was aiming for, but I think I like it anyway.

I did not use the Starch/perfect circles method either. I just mark my circles on the background fabric, and needle-turn them in place. It was a lot of fun to get them as round as I possible.

Next I have some big secret plans for the rest of the quilt. But you must wait a little while to see it being revealed. So stay tuned :-)


Wednesday, November 23, 2011


So I finally got around to put everything up on my designwall. First I thought i was going to do the cornerstones in the red background, but now i think i'll just stick with the coloured squares also.
I feel kind of proud of myself to have done everything from my stash, with some quite old fabrics that i don't even like anymore, because i really do like the result.

I'm working on the borderblocks now, but have nothing to show so that will be for next time.

Enjoy whatever you're doing!

Monday, November 21, 2011

ta da!

My chocolate Lollypop top is done!

purple, teal and some little border blocks

My purple Lollypop Tree

My teal Lollypop Tree with lots of Amy Butler fabrics

Two smaller borderblocks, love those little squares!

I have finished 9 large blocks and 2 smaller borderblocks now. I am still very much in love with this quilt and really happy with my turqoise dotted background.

Before I decide how many large blocks I want in my quilt, I will make all the borderblocks that are needed for a 9 x 9 blocks square quilt... though I would love to start working on my tenth block...


Look here is my Roseville album

Friday, November 18, 2011

Another completed center block plus the six other center blocks completed.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Third Roseville Album block finished

This has been another fun block to make. Can't wait to start the next one! :)

Here are the 3 blocks I have completed so far.

Thank you very much to everyone who left a comment on my last post.
It is great to be back sewing again!! :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Kim & Keiko Flower Garden

More blocks...

And and the first panel done (I'm making 5 panels in total)...

The panel is almost 66inches x 10 1/5, not so easy to photograph!!

I could rave on forever over how much I adore Kim McLeans amazing appliques and Keiko Goke's marvellous fabrics!

Cabbage Quilts xo

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Roseville Album - my two first blocks

Here are my two very first blocks of Roseville Album.

I completely fell in love with Kim Mcleans quilt the first time I saw it and even though I never have made an applique project before I just had to make one myself.

Kind regards Pia Merete (Denmark)

Squirrel panel

Please forgive the poorly light on the picture. It was late at night when I took it.

I have looked at Kim´s quilt regarding the color choise, when I was picking fabric for the birds.
I am not so great in choosing color and Kaffe´s fabric.

The inner circle in the sun gave me quit a lot of trouble. I made several choises before settling with this one.

Over at the Danish blog I have pictures from the beginning to the end.

I did have a lot of fun doing this panel. It was very satisfying.

Now on to the last two cornerblocks.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Finished my Lollypop Trees top...

 I love it!  I had quite a mix of old and new Kaffe prints as I just kept buying and buying them.  It does measure square, I put it on the grass and photographed it off the deck so this is from 15' up.  I started mine in February and finished it last night.  

When I did the sashing I made pairs of blocks, then sewed pairs of pairs together without cutting between them.  I continued down the line and that was helpful in the sewing to sew multiple strips at a time.  I did pin the sashing strips to the quilts because I wanted it to line up exactly.  Offset corners would show up with the black.

These are my Kaffe fabrics I have left - most are 1/8 of a yard or so.  I am going to cut them into 4.5" width strips and make the backing out of them.  The design I am going to use is based on this one:

Volume in Scraps from Scrap Republic by Emily Cier.  Her quilt in the book is only about 60", I think, so I am making 15 columns of 4" strips which should come out to 100".  I might add another strip in there so the machine quilter will have enough of a backing.  

Thanks for sharing this journey with me.  I don't know when I'm going to make another Kim McLean quilt - I need to do this backing, then I have Lilly Pilly to make.  

Sunday, October 30, 2011

2 cornerstones

I thought my quilt needed some more balance, so I chose that the 4 corner blocks should be the same pattern.
I chose this block because it was the one who used the space as much as possible. Seen through my eyes.

Next project will squirrel panel. It's a bit of a puzzle with colors, and requires a lot of planning to get it to go up.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Here is the center block that I have just completed and I have started another. I am back on track working on the blocks. I had been choosing all of the fabrics at once for each block which was a struggle for me. I have changed my approach and am doing just the baskets/vases first, then the flowers, and when they are complete, the leaves.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Slowly progress

This is the top panel.
I thougth it would be easy to do the house, but it was not as straight forward,
 to do the long straight sides, and to get them even.

Thank you so much for all the nice and encouraging comments on my last post.
I was very happy to read them all, and it gave me the boost to stitch a thread a day.

I am so thrilled to be able to post on this blog, and to be a part of this community.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

My second Roseville Album block.

It has been a very long time since I posted my first block.
I have had many weeks of no sewing!

Now I have (almost) recovered from tennis elbow and can sew again I hope to post more blocks much more regularly! :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lollypop Trees Completed!

 I was thrilled to be honored with the Best of Show and Blue Ribbon for my Lollypop Trees this weekend at the Pieceful Hearts Quilt Show in North Augusta, SC. It has taken a while to complete this quilt but I enjoyed it so much, from choosing the fabrics with my friend, Ille (who is getting close to completion) to stitching the applique and finally, the machine quilting. That was difficult, even on a longarm, but worth the effort.
 Here are some close up pictures and I have many more on my blog if you'd like to view them. It was SO fun working with all these gorgeous fabrics and the pattern by Kim McLean. Thanks, Kim, for helping us see you can take a simple antique pattern with solid fabrics and totally change the look.
 The judge mentioned the block above as one that she particularly liked on the comment sheet. I just quilted what came to mind and what seemed to work for me through the different blocks.
Okay, now I need to get my Flower Pots completed! It's been a very enjoyable journey and thanks for those who made this blog possible so we can all share these wonderful quilts with each other!