Friday, February 20, 2015

"Love is Equal" - Project Quilting Challenge 4

This week's challenge of Project Quilting was called 'Have a Heart' and it didn't take me long to come up with an idea of what I wanted to do for it.

For this challenge I made a cushion cover with 12 paper-pieced hearts (original pattern by Cath from Wombat Quilts) and loads of low volume fabrics, as well as fabrics with heart prints. 

The challenge itself asked to have at least 12 hearts in the finished project, wether they be quilted, on the fabric or sewn. I think I'm coming to a total of 28 hearts that are completely shown, when I count the ones that are printed on some of my fabrics. 

As you will notice, not all my hearts are the same. I included a rainbow heart on purpose, as I find this week's challenge to be perfect to raise awareness for the LGBTQIA community.

While I know that this piece might be controversial for some people, I personally feel strongly about this matter and think that no one should be discriminated for their heritage, colour, religion, and most definitely not for who they choose to love. 

Love is love, it won't change, it will always be the same feeling, no matter who the person is you fall in love with. Love has no boundaries, love is equal. At least to me, and that's why I named this cushion cover "Love is Equal".

While I know that the hope that one day we'll all be living on this planet with an understanding and certain respect for each other's life choices is still a pretty long shot, it makes me happy to see how far humanity as already come in terms of awareness and acceptance. And I know that I would never try to change my very best friends, because I love them just the way they are. :)

That being said, this cushion will go to my best friend, who also gave her input on fabrics while I was sewing it up, thankfully she shares my obsession with rainbows, lol!

The finished cushion measures about 18" x 18" and for the pictures I stuffed it with a 20" filling to make it look nice and stuffed. 

Here are a few more detailed shots of a few fussy cut parts:


Last but not least I want to say another massive thanks for all the votes on my "Cupcake O'Hare" from challenge 3. It reached second place in the viewer's choice voting as well, just like my "Morning in the Moor" project from challenge 2. Thanks so much everyone! 

Also, it would make me extremely happy if you all vote for me again this week. Since I know that some of my readers will share different beliefs regarding my project for this week, I am not counting on it, though. 

But like André Gide said, "It is better to be hated for what you are, than to be loved for what you are not".

Much love to all of you out there, rainbow or not!
xx Lia

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"Cupcake O'Hare" - Project Quilting Challenge 3 (and a major thanks!)

This week I'm back early. I can't believe I actually finished my challenge piece within the first day. That definitely is a first, but also a nice feeling, since I literally spent sewing every free minute of every day in the weeks of the challenges one and two. 

So without further ado, meet my challenge entry "Cupcake O'Hare".

Now upon seeing this, some of you may be confused or think 'what the heck...?', but I can easily explain this rather simple piece with the Easter vibe, so hang in there...

Challenge 3 of Project Quilting was called UFOs and Orphan Blocks, which means we had to go through our unfinished projects and pick out some of those unfinished blocks or other neglected projects and use them and/or make them into a finished new project.

I actually don't have many UFOs or orphan blocks, apart from a few paper-pieced blocks that I redid because they didn't look good, or from a few sew-alongs or BOM's for example. My UFO box is rather empty and tiny, but I had a few things in there, that worked together.

Most of the above picture shows parts for a Tilda Hare that I started several years ago when a friend gave me a companion of Tilda books and patterns for Christmas. I only ever finished one hare and a couple birds, then pushed off finishing this one for ages - until the challenge was posted on Sunday night.

In the picture you can also see an un-finished hashtag block that I made last December for the #SewingForSydney campaign hosted by Molli Sparkles, but that came out the wrong size due to me using the wrong foot on my machine, and a cupcake block that originally was made in May 2013 with the Summer Sampler Sew-Along hosted by Ellison Lane Quilts.

I didn't use the unfinished hashtag block in the end, but I used the doll parts for the Tilda Hare and the cupcake block, which means I merged a UFO and an orphan block together into one and out came a cute little Tilda bunny with a snuggly, little quilt to match.

As you can see I added some detail with free-motion to give the small mugrug sized blanket a bit of depth. It also feels like freemotion is starting to get a bit easier for me, so I really enjoy it. 

The backing of this little quilt is a pink fabric with a heart print (the one I used for the original hashtag block) and the binding is a bit of Aneela Hoey's Posey line. 

Isn't Miss Cupcake too cute with her flower hat? Oh look, she's blushing! ;)

I have added a string to the bunny's back and it's now hanging on my door as spring decoration. I really adore this little one and it kind of brought me in the mood to make more. I have tons of fabrics I can use and lots of Tilda patterns too. Might make one of the angels next, we'll see. Here are a few more details in close-up, such as the heart buttons and the embroidery on the dress and her little pants.

Now, I understand if this might not look like much to some people, but I'm glad that I finished these two and I actually asked Kim if it would be ok to do this as I didn't want to go against any rules. But she said yes and in the end I did what the challenge asked for: 
  1. - Used an orphan block and/or UFO and I
  2. - used at least one of the following, mandatory techniques: patchwork, appliqué, 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.

Let's see where this one takes me. ;)

And here's where the thanks have to start, because last week I was speechless when my challenge 2 piece "Morning in the Moor" reached place 2 in the public voting with a whopping 226 votes! 

That are more votes than I received to win challenge one with my "Four Seasons" entry - in the same public voting. So thanks a million to each and everyone out there who voted. It means a lot!

I honestly doubt we will get anywhere that close with my entry for this week, but it surely makes me proud to know that I have a few fans out there, so thanks bunches!!

Enjoy your time and see you next week!
xx Lia

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