21.7.14

'Postcard from Sweden' -aka the IKEA HST quilt


 Back in April I was doing my usual run to IKEA for a Britten Nummer's fabric stock up and I picked up these art cards on my way to the checkout.

IKEA Art cards by Tom Frazier

They were just meant to be made in to a quilt and despite the fact that I am not the biggest fan of making HST's, two weeks ago I stepped up to the challenge of doing just that using the top right card as my inspiration.

I spent a whole Friday evening with all my Kona cotton solids and my modified Kona card coming up with a plan.  By Saturday morning I had 36 Kona Cotton solids picked out from my stash, a number coded chart and the #militaryoperationquilting was born.

the abbreviated WIP picture collage

I loved every part of making this quilt, even the trimming of the HST wasn't really a chore thanks to the genius that is the Bloc-Loc ruler.



With such a riot of colours I chose a medium grey 50wt Aurifil thread (#2605) for both the piecing and quilting and it blended beautifully.


Surprisingly I didn't back the quilt with the IKEA Nummers fabric, I used my other staple favourite Architextures Crosshatch in grey and binding in black.



I posted pics of  every step of making this quilt on IG and had such amazing feedback that I decided that I should turn my scribblings in to a free pattern.  I uploaded the pattern to my Craftsy pattern store yesterday and you can find it here.

Justine at Simply Solids is  putting together a kit for this quilt to go with my free pattern, I will post on here when it is available.

This picture is for you  Little Island Quilting x

Quilt Stats:
Design: Inspired by IKEA Kort Art cards by Tom Frazier.
Fabrics: 36 Kona cotton solids (full list can be seen in the free pattern here)
Binding & Backing: Architextures crosshatch in grey & black
Quilting:Wonky wavy lines using the walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in medium grey (50wt #2605)
Size: Approx. 48" x 60"

60 comments:

  1. it's bloody fab (and I am SO GLAD I didn't have to hold the damn thing up!)

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  2. I think I'd like HSTs a whole lot more if I had a Bloc Loc ruler too. BTW my OH saw this on SImply Solids FB page and he is in love with it!

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  3. Wow, Kelly, that is flippin gorgeous!!!

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  4. I am in love with this!!! You did an AMAZING job. I bet the postcard designer would love to see it!

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  5. I love this quilt! Do you still have my address..?!

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  6. This really is something else! Beautiful indeed!

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  7. I really love this!! It is just gorgeous

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  8. I love everything about this quilt :) PS) Have downloaded the pattern already!

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  9. This is absolutely beautiful...thanks so much for the pattern!

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  10. Stunning quilt - love the use of so much colour!

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  11. Wow, this quilt rocks!!! Thanks for sharing the free pattern!

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  12. It looks awesome, so bright and random but cohesive at the same time.

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  13. It's beautiful ! So much more than the original postcard.

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  14. I'm sure as sure Mr Tom Frazier would L.O.V.E to see this Kelly … it's Faabulous! Thanku for freebie pattern too. Really, really generous of you. Ta :-)

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  15. Yes! Love the fact Justine is going to do a kit! Now I will definitely make one too...

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  16. By the way, you need to share your IG link... I can't find it anywhere (am I missing the obvious?)

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  17. I really can't believe how quickly you managed to get this one done! I've really enjoyed following on IG. It really s a beautiful quilt x

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  18. LOVE this quilt - I'm a huge fan of HSTs so this is one for my list - thanks so much for the wonderful pattern on craftsy ! love all the colours you've picked and I even have some IKEA numbers for the back !

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    1. just started following you on IG - how did I miss following you before !!

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  19. You are incedibly talented Kelly - well done :)

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  20. I love this! You did an amazing job. This pattern is definitely getting added to my To Do list.

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  21. It's too bright. I hate it.

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    Yeah, right!!! As if I would ever truly say such things and mean them! LOL! It's spectacular, and thank you for sharing your inspiration with us. It really can come from anywhere!

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  22. What a great story! I think I probably hate HSTs more than you. You did great and I love your quilting too!

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  23. this is really amazing - already downloaded the pattern - one more thing on the wish-list

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  24. This is absolutely stunning.

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  25. I saw all the steps on IG, and it is truly beautiful. I am thinking of making our entrance bench cushion in a similar way - maybe not the same colour scheme though... But who knows!

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  26. This is beautiful. IKEA is good for so many things.

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  27. Beautiful quilt! Thank you for sharing a pattern with us. Very, very generous!

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  28. yippee - my fabrics arrived today - can't wait to get started !!

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  29. Love it!! Is the actual, finished quilt available for sale?!?

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  30. What a beautiful quilt and a lovely post - I think all the WIP photos are great, shows how a quilt is so much the sum of all the parts and the processes. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

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  31. Thank you so much for picking my card as one your winners from the teddies challenge, it is such an honour.
    Thank you for all your hard work in making the challenge so successful, it's a shame that the challenge is ending but I can totally understand your reasons and wish you all the best.
    Sue xx Obat aborsi

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  32. another rocking pile of gorgeousness #welljeal'

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  33. The quilt is gorgeous! Ss many oif us saw that postcard, thought "What a great quilt that would be," and did nothing about it. But you followed through! How wonderful for us! Thank you for generously sharing your pattern. This is just awesome!

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  34. Has your friend at Simply Solids put together a kit yet? I'm in LOVE with this quilt ;) thank you!!

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    1. I don't think they have but they may be able to put one together if you send them an email. Otherwise you could try the The Village Haberdashery.

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  35. Kelly, I just bought your kit and downloaded the pattern. May I ask you what size Loc Bloc ruler you used? This is a terrific ruler! I have to ask myself, "Gee, why didn't **I** think of this!?!" Thanks!

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    1. Hi Patty,

      You are a no-reply blogger so I couldn't reply directly to you. I used a 6.5" bloc-loc ruler for the 48" x 60" quilt. They really are time savers.

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  36. Hi Kelly,
    that quilt is just amazing!!
    Do you know any shop, where I still can buy the kit?
    My daughter saw this quilt and fell in love with it. It would be a fantastic birthday present!!

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    1. Hi Caro,
      You are a no-reply blogger, so I wasn't able to reply to you directly. If you are in US, try http://www.quilterssquareky.com/ for a kit. They carry all the Kona's required and have made kits to request a lot. If you are in the UK, The Village haberdashery is worth a try also.
      BW
      Kelly

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  37. I love this. Good job! I'm curious about your planning. Did you draw out the color plan before hand or did you just make a ton of HSTs and then play around with layout, or what?

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  38. i WILL be making this quilt using my batik stash.....

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  39. Hi!

    I am new to quilting and would like to take a whack at making this quilt... I have a beginners guide, sewing machine, materials, etc. but I am new to purchasing fabric. I am wondering what would be the best way to get all that fabric for this quilt? Is it necessary to buy them one by one?

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    1. Hi Hannah,

      I couldn't reply to you privately as you are a 'no-reply blogger'. The best way to get all the fabric is to buy a kit. If you search for 'postcards from Sweden kits' several sites come up.

      Happy sewing!

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  40. I fallen in love in July. End of August my top is almost done. And I had to collect stash in Poland and UK. My son is impatiently waiting for finish. Love the colours. Love the design. Thank you!!!!!

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  41. I love the bright solid colors and simple design. Could someone tell me, what does HST stand for?

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  42. This is a stunning quilt! I'm currently attempting it using fabrics that I picked up on our vacation to Maui last year. I am curious if any one has "hacked" it to do a black/white/grey version. I'm trying to wrap my head around it and am having some issues!

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    1. Hi Sheena,
      You are a no-reply blogger so I couldn't reply to you personally unfortunately.
      I haven't seen a black and white version. Try saving one of my pics from above and then make it black and white. You should get a good idea of value, which wiull help with deciding what to put where.
      All the best
      Kelly

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  43. Hello!!!! I am madly in love with this quilt, and wanted to make it for my brother and his fiancé as a wedding quilt, but they like blues, greys, mustard colours. Do you think that would work? Would I still need 36 shades?xxx

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  44. Hi Hannah,
    You are a no-reply blogger do I wasn't able to reply to you directly.
    I think that the pattern would work fine with the limited colours. I doubt you would need 36 shades but you will definitely need a few. Try using a black and white filter on one of my original pictures to get a look at the scale, this should help with an idea on what to put where. Good luck
    Kelly

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  45. I never get tired of looking at this quilt! I currently working on one of my own. :)

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  46. This is absolutely gorgeous. And that then you took the time to make up the pattern for it??! Amazing! Gosh those COLORS. The gray backing and binding is PERFECT.

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