November…
Not my favourite month
It's getting colder and darker…and to top that …snow…
A little is just fine to keep it lighter… But not a metre of snow please…
 
Do try to find beauty in nature at my walks with Molly and am happy to find it…
This is my thinking spot…
First ice and snow…
It's something special about sunsets… :)
 
On the sewing front it have been full focus on the Scandibee blocks…
 
This month it was my friend Maricas turn to be Queen Bee…
and she chose a lovely block made from a tutorial by Clover & Violet…
 
Loved that she have used low volumes with black and grey stars…
think this quilt will be fantastic!
 
Yesterday I finished the pincushion that is a part of the
Secret Christmas Swap in Scandibee this year
But more on that later… :)
 
 
 

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So better get my acts together and make a blogpost then…
Well you that follow me on Instagram already knows this… 😉
I designed a Button Quilt earlier this year… Yes I did… :) I call it…
Små och Stora Knappar
(Small and Big Buttons)
and it all started with me making Button Up for Louise as a gift ….
You can see that quilt HERE
And then a friend of mine made that quilt…and it spread…
and all of a sudden more wanted to make that quilt…
so I contacted Allison and asked if I could have a Button Up class here in Sweden…
And she was so so sweet and said no problem…
I even asked if I could make it my own and change sizes and layout…and yes…
No problem… So how great wasn’t that… :)

Lots of tea needed… mug rug given to me by Synnove…
So now a very tough job started for me… If I had realised how it would affect me…
I would have thought this through more than a couple of times…
Don’t read me wrong here…
I enjoyed every single day and how the quilt turned out and all the fun too…
But I guess I wasn’t completely prepared of how stressed I would become…
but I did it… :)
See.. my socks match this time… 😉
Back to the designing part…
I didn’t want to make the same quilt one more time…
and come up with the idea of having buttons thrown out on a piece of cloth…
So I started to make buttons in different sizes…
And believe me…this was so much fun… the quilt came together very quickly!!

Used a ruler and maskingtape to get the lines straight for quilting…
The quilt have four different sizes from Giant to Mini buttons…
Think this is a lovely idea…
because now you can make so many different kind of things
with the buttons…pillows …wall hangings… And quilts of course… 😉

 Couldn’t decide on thread color… but son said use the pink… thanks… 😉

Added some wavy lines… 

Love the thread color…
I used solids for the buttons in lots of different reds, pinks, purple, orange and yellow…

DOTS!!

and of course I used low volume for background… 😉
but this time I used a white and black scale to keep it more graphic.

 Had a very good helper…NOT!!!

I really love how this quilt turned out…it’s such a colourful and happy quilt…

Ikea print for backing…
Have more photos to show…and I will also try and take a picture of it outside…
And I will also show pictures from class day…
And I am hoping that I can be able to share some finished quilts once they are finished…
I know some are!!
Some might have posted on Instagram using the hashtag
#smaochstoraknappar
Follow there and see progress…
See you…

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How to start circle quilting…
There are lots of smart tips out in the quilting world…
this is just how I solved it with what I had at home.
I came up with this idea…
To use freezer paper
I simply draw a middle circle
(used a thread spool)
and added another circle with the space I wanted
to be between the quilting lines ( 1″)
and added one more circle…same space ..
Then I cut out the circles and ironed them on the quilt.
Sew around first circle…
When you get to start point
just eyeball or draw a helping line to sew a smooth curved quilting line
and continue to sew around inner circle of the larger circle
until you reach where you started to sew that curved line…
now you need to attach a sewing guide
I just had mine that works for the right side…
but I attached it and it worked as a guide to the left too… 😉
And now it’s just to sew round and round….
EDIT!
What I forgot to mention is that this method is perfect 
when you want to decide on where to start the quilting…
just iron the circles on and see how it looks…and if wasn’t a good spot
position them into another place and see if it was better…
more visible this way.. and 
NO MARKING!! 
I am not finished yet…
will just do a little bit every day to save my neck and shoulder…
it’s a bit of pushing and PUSHING the quilt… :)
Hope this made some sense
so hard to explain sometimes..
and when not remembering to take photos of every little step…
it’s even harder…
Just ask and I will try and explain in my Swenglish… 😉
And if someone have seen another great tip on how to circle quilting
please share!!!
See you…

Molly tested… ;)

 
 

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