Saturday 10 October 2015

Mystery Quilt top Finished

As I mentioned earlier, I was having problems with my mystery quilt dimensions. For a slim, tall man I wanted the quilt to be clearly longer than it was wide, and Kaaren's design kept the difference at 4" only. Therefore I decided to add my own row to both ends, and a 1" solid border to frame it.

I had enough 2" squares in my sorted scraps, so I made 4-patches in blues and reds with white.
After adding another thin brown border all around it was time to use the French Braid snake. It was just the required length +3"!

For the 4 ½" cornerstones I designed a tree block, and finally added a 3" border in the  same blue fabric as in the cornerstones around the houses.

I'm pleased with the size of the quilt now, and therefore I'm not going to add the 6½" final border with Prairie Points but stopping here.

I delivered the baby hats this week, and now my evening project has been knitting these just so,

and these for two little very well behaving boys

who are grandchildren to my big brother. He had a big birthday party and I gave him this Bear Paw quilt you already know from my exhibition last Spring. On his fishing trips to Alaska he has seen bears, so I thought the pattern would be perfect for him. Not to mention that I wanted to make some bear paw blocks.

This has been a good Autumn, with not too much rain and some really wonderful sunny days, like this two weeks ago

but now the same trees have shed most of their leaves, and we are having real frost of -5C on clear nights.

These trees are aspens, the birches are almost bare already. All flowers have been cut down, Ericas replace them for the winter.


  1. What a great finish. You seem to do a lot of quilts for men. I do like the knitted socks. I had to buy some variegated yarn to make a little hat. One day I shall be making socks but sewing takes precedence at the moment.

  2. Great looking quilt top! and wonderful autumn colour :-)

  3. Hieno mysteeripeitto, ihastuttavat ja maanläheiset värit!
    Mietin samaa, juuri päivällä, että tämä syksy on ollut hieno ja kuiva, luonto on näyttänyt parastaan tämän vuoden syksynä:)

  4. I love your interpretation of the quilt, adding your own touches to make it unique. The stained glass effect from the sunlight is so "pretty" yet a very handsome quilt. I love the glow of the autumn leaves against the bright blue sky. Inspiration for another quilt perhaps?

  5. You did a fabulous job of making Kaaren's mystery quilt longer... Well done.
    Lots of lovely warm socks you have made and love the Bears Paw quilt you gifted to your brother.
    Love the Autumn photos.....

  6. I love your quilts. You have a wonderful eye for choosing colours and fabrics. Your quilts have a vibrancy to them. And nothing is nicer than hand knit socks.

  7. Wow, Ulla, the quilt is beautiful! And I love how the sun shines through it.
    Yes, autumn colors are starting to show up here too. Many leaves falling from the trees. What I love about autumn is when the sky is dark, forecasting rain, but the sun is shining towards it on the trees with the autumn colors. It has always amazed me.
    Wishing you a happy Sunday! Look forward to see your next project.
    PS: sweet knits too and great to have actually finished the top already!!!

  8. Dear Ulla,
    wonderful finishes, love your mystery quilt and the bear paw, gorgeous, both of them.

  9. Both quilts are lovely to look at and I'm sure they will be appreciated and used by the recipients. Autumn leaves ushering in winter while our blossoms bring summer.

  10. Upea peitto! Pidän kaikista taloista ja tässäkin ne houkuttavat. Pidän myös värityksestä.


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