May 01, 2013

Fresh Mayday

Happy May Day! I don't know what the customs are in other countries, but here in Norway it is our labor day - a day to do no labor!


My main April project was a cushion for the Modern She Made swap. I finished it in the nick of time - getting in the mail on the very last day of April. Phew!

The block pattern is the Florida Star and the finished cushion is 16" square. I used Moda Grunge fabric in navy for the background and am really loving that fabric. If you think navy is the new gray and texture is the new solid, then this is the fabric for you! I know I "need" some more of it.
ModernSheMade-cushion-complete

I also made a little extra - a cute little 3" pin cushion - using the scraps from the pillow.
ModernSheMade-pincushion-extra

And here's an extra photo, just because I like it! You can see my "primitive" hand quilting and the stripey fabric I used on the back.
ModernSheMade-cushion-folded

I did throw in some Norwegian chocolates, but no photos of those. I hope my partner will be pleased when her package arrives!


I also started on a charity quilt for Siblings Together. I got all these half-hexies sewn together in a flash, but the finished size is a bit small, so I need to add a border.
LaDeeDa-half-hexies-top

I want to use what I have, so I think it will have to be a yellow border. The colors in the hexies are really odd - I have nothing else like them in my stash! Except this yellow which is a secondary color in a few of the prints. Hope it will look OK!
LaDeeDa-half-hexies-borderfabric


So there - it doesn't look to bad on paper. Hope May is a bit more productive!

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22 comments:

  1. Wonderful, colorful projects!

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  2. Wow! Both your cushion and your quilt top look lovely! Yum! I'll have to keep an eye out for that grunge fabric. It looks awesome!

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  3. Wow I love your cushion and pin cushion, and your hand quilting is great :-) And I think yellow will work perfectly with your ST quilt.

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  4. Beautiful! I love the cushions :D
    And it seems you like swaps, wanna join another one? ;)
    If that sounds interesting, hop over to my blog and take a look :)
    http://liashandmades.blogspot.de/p/secret-tote-bag-swap.html

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  5. Love the pillow and pincushion. Gorgeous! I think the yellow will be very nice on your ST quilt.

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  6. Love the cushion and the pincushion - your partner will love it! I think the fabric will look nice for the quilt.

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  7. Your cushion partner and ST quilt recipients are both very lucky:-)

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  8. Labour day in Germany, too. Thanks to that and the sunshine and warmth a million folks are out and about bbqing in the public parks. Just back from a walk that has left me all hungry. ;)

    I absolutely love that cushion. Great block, great colours, wonderful hand quilting accents. Well done!

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  9. Wow.... I love the hexie quilt. Great fabric choice.

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  10. Beautiful package! We have a Day Off too, fortunately we had a Lot of Sun today to enjoy the Free Day...

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  11. It's Labour Day here too so no work. I love that cushion and navy is just the best colour! Good luck with finishing the ST quilt - I have to get on with mine!

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  12. Wow, i love your projects, all beautiful Marit!

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  13. I love the little pin cushion with the stripy sides.

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  14. Gorgeous cushion and I love the Siblings quilt. The yellow should suit nicely.

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  15. Love your cheerful hexy quilt!

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  16. I adore the hexies!!!
    Esther
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  17. I don't know which project I like better, the pillow or the pin cushion...both at so great. And I like the yellow with your Siblings Together quilt. Looks like a good month

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  18. Love, love ,love the cushion and the pin cushion is just adorable!

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  19. Your pincushion and quilt are so cute. I wish I was your partner. ;-) Love the hexie quilt. I'm not always a big fan of yellow, but I sure like that quilt and the yellow border you are contemplating.

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  20. These are so beautiful and I love your hand quilting! x Teje

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