Sunday 30 August 2015

Building houses, knitting hats

Last month Kaaren of The Painted Quilt started a new Mystery Quilt-Along. As soon as I saw her house blocks I knew I was going to sew this quilt some day. As it happens, the new project left all nice quilts on my list behind and here I am, with steps 1 and two done and step 3 on my cutting table.

Like almost always, I'm using old shirts as my main fabrics. Here the brown sashings are unused fabric, and the red plaid of the outer border is a leftover piece of  something I have bought for a backing.

Last weekend the last of the grand cycling tours, Vuelta a Espana started, and so did the last stage of my knitting project for the maternity ward babies at the local hospital. My personal goal is to finish 63 baby hats in all by the end of the Vuelta, one for each cycling day of the three tours.

The weather is still warm but we can feel the Summer is ending. After the exceptionally cold June and not warm at all July we had some lovely warm and sunny weeks in August. Now we have thunder and rainy days, but sometimes the sun comes out too.


  1. Your version of Kaaren's quilt is gorgeous!! Aren't you happy you acted on this spur of the moment project! They are the best kind!

  2. Dear Ulla,
    nice version of the mystery quilt by Karen, comes lovely together.
    I am in awe of all you do, but the knitting of all these baby hats is just awesome.

  3. I have been wanting to begin a quilt but other sewing has taken precedence. You've done a lot of work on the mystery quilt and those hats are adorable. Will you reach your goal?

  4. What a great quilt you have made. I love houses too !

  5. I love Houses and your quilt is looking great. Using up fabrics from your stash and old shirts is a fantastic idea...
    Your baby hats are sew cute and the flowers are very pretty..

  6. Quilting traditions are about being resourcful and your shirt quitls are deffinately that.I like the cabin feel this quilt has so far. It would be nice ar the fishing cabin.The baby hats are looking very good and I think you must be close to your goal.
    Enjoy the warm weather you have left.

  7. Love at first sight, seeing your house top. Look forward to see the third step on it!
    Such soft looking hats!
    And what a lovely flower combination in your garden!

  8. You make the coziest quilts. Plaid speaks to me. :o) Once upon my early quilting days I used plaid lots. We've had an especially cool and wet summer but the forecasters now say we'll pay for it by having a hot and humid September. Have fun with your mystery...

  9. Love the houses, I too have downloaded the patters and hope to do them this winter. Yours is lovely.Hope all is well with your family. Hugs, Marie


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