Patchwork&Quilting

“October Sky” – Pattern Testing for Esther from Ipatchandquilt

Last week I tested a wonderful foundation paper piecing pattern for Esther from ipatchandquilt. I was impressed – the pattern is so detailed, with different options to make the block centre and different block sizes. In addition the pattern comes with different colouring suggestions and colouring sheets to find your personal block design. I enjoyed the testing so much… and so I loved what came out. Thank you Esther!

Beside some colouring suggestions Esther gave wonderful colouring pages with the pattern to find the best design.

Beside some colouring suggestions Esther gave wonderful colouring pages with the pattern to find the best design.

My colour palette - first design with a green cat in the centre.

My colour palette – first design with a green cat in the centre.

First I thought about a green cat in the middle.

First I thought about a green cat in the middle.

My fabric choice - I decided to add one more block in turquoise/green/orange/white to my F2F blocks.

My fabric choice – I decided to add one more block in turquoise/green/orange/white to my F2F blocks – and I decided to take an orange cat for the centre part.

First I sewed the centre:

It was very easy to prepare the different pieces/strips for the four parts.

It was very easy to prepare the different pieces/strips for the four parts.

I loved that it was possible to chainpiece the parts around the centre block.

I loved that it was possible to chainpiece the parts around the centre block.

joining the different parts

Joining the different parts.

all the peeled off paper pieces...

all the peeled off paper pieces…

Finished block - back side.

Finished block – back side.

And here it is… my version of “Oktober Sky”:

Finished block... I love the result.

Finished block… I love the result.

I’m curious to see what the other testers came up with!

My last F2F blockswap blocks arrived!!!

screen-shot-2015-03-02-at-7-13-18-amI was Mrs. July in the F2F blockswap I’m participating what means that I was the lucky one 33 12-inch-blocks were made for by the other participants. It was so exciting when all the 12″ blocks in my chosen colours (green/orange/turquoise with whit background) arrived one after another. When the month was over I was still waiting for some blocks from Australia. After I gave up all hope and really thought they were lost… after a 64 day voyage from Australia I yesterday received my last F2F blocks!

And so I am able now to show you all blocks together … including my own three blocks and some extra I received. I decided to make one big quilt from all the blocks – for that I have to make three more blocks. The quilt will have the right size to cover my bed then and will measure appr. 72 x 84″ (180 x 210 cm). I like the idea to know from every single block where it comes from and who it made expecially for me 🙂 Thank you all for the wonderfull blocks!!!! Because I have no idea concerning the final layout the blocks where shown randomly… every time the site load again you see the blocks in another order… perhaps that is a help for me to decide how I could finally arrange them?

 

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Snoopy Cushion Cover – pictural tutorial

Today evenening it occurred to me that I had to sew a fast Snoopy cushion cover… I didn’t finish it yet but I managed to sew the front part in less than three hours. There was enough time for some pics I’ll share here:

I made it in a size of 18″ – Snoopy is appr. 6″ – if you search the web for “Snoopy” you’ll find enough picures. You only have to print a Snoopy in the desired size, the doghouse roof and landscape can be drawn freehand.

sketched the basic lines on the sticky side of a thin interfacing

sketched the basic lines on the sticky side of a thin interfacing

 

fabric for the middle plank, right side up

fabric for the middle plank, right side up – it must cover the middle field

 

on top of the first fabric is placed the fabrid vor the upper plank - right side on right side

on top of the first fabric is placed the fabrid vor the upper plank – right side on right side… fixed with a needle

 

the interfacing - the first seam is the line between the middle plank and the plank above.

Like foundation piecing you sew on the interfacing – the first seam is the line between the middle plank and the plank above.

the seems have to be trimmed to 1/4"

the seems have to be trimmed to 1/4″

the interfacing is folded back so it can stay undamaged

The interfacing is folded back so it can stay undamaged. The quarter inch line covers the seam.

trimmed seam allowance

trimmed seam allowance

 

After the seam is trimmed you can fold up the fabric for the upper plank and add the fabric for the lower plank in the same way (mark your seam line as showed in the picture with finger pressing).

After the seam is trimmed you can fold up the fabric for the upper plank and add the fabric for the lower plank in the same way (mark your seam line as showed in the picture with finger pressing).

The fabric for the lower plank is added.

The fabric for the lower plank is added.

Now the shape of the roof must be trimmed.

Now the shape of the roof must be trimmed.

 

Fold the interfacing back on a thin ruler wich is placed exactly on the line.

Fold the interfacing back on a thin ruler wich is placed exactly on the line.

I used my "add a quarter ruler" to trimm my 1/4" seamallowance.

I used my “add a quarter ruler” to trimm my 1/4″ seamallowance.

First step is done... that is the roof. Next is to add the landscape beside the roof.

First step is done… that is the roof. Next is to add the landscape beside the roof.

I prepared the landscape out of green and blue fabric (for meadow and sky). The fabrics were connected with curved line piecing.

I prepared the landscape out of green and blue fabric (for meadow and sky). The fabrics were connected with curved line piecing.

I cut my landscape strip in two pieces - for both sides of the doghouse roof. Your landscape strip has to be as wide as the roofs hight is.

I cut my landscape strip in two pieces – for both sides of the doghouse roof. Your landscape strip has to be as wide as the roofs hight is.

Roof and Landscape are joined - they have to be trimmed now: use the lower and upper roof line as guide.

Roof and Landscape are joined – they have to be trimmed now: use the lower and upper roof line as guide.

Add now a large sky-piece.

Add now a large sky-piece.

The ear is sewn from black fabric - two pieces right side on ride side sewn together. I left an opening on one of the long sides and turned right side out. I closed the opening with an small edgestitch around the ear-piece. The ear is only fixed on the upper part and hangs down losely over the roof.

The ear is sewn from black fabric – two pieces right side on ride side sewn together. I left an opening on one of the long sides and turned right side out. I closed the opening with an small edgestitch around the ear-piece. The ear is only fixed on the upper part and hangs down losely over the roof.

The nose... a black oval wich is zigzagged with black yarn - the white gloss strip is zigzagged too. Lower part of the nose and upper part of the ear will be later covered with the head.

The nose… a black oval wich is zigzagged with black yarn – the white gloss strip is zigzagged too.
Lower part of the nose and upper part of the ear will be later covered with the head.

The nose... a black oval wich is zigzagged with black yarn - the white gloss strip is zigzagged too. Lower part of the nose and upper part of the ear will be later covered with the head.

The body silhouette is marked on the sticky side of the thin interfacing. It is ironed on a piece of white fabric and cut out afterwards.

After the silhouette shape had been cutting out it is machine appliqued with a black zigzag stitch.

After the silhouette shape had been cutting out it is machine appliqued with a black zigzag stitch.

Add black zigzag lines for the eye, the arm, a line between body and head and fingers/toes.

Add black zigzag lines for the eye, the arm, a line between body and head and fingers/toes.

Zigzag the outline of the doghouse roof and the lines between the planks. Done!!!!

Zigzag the outline of the doghouse roof and the lines between the planks. Done!!!!

I plan to add a blue back side and a zipper at the bottom … hope to get it done tomorrow.

Linked with Crazy Mom Quilts finishitupfriday linky party and with the TGIFF-party this week over at whatahootquilts .

 

Rag Quilt Finished… and what I have been busy doing as well

Every day I I have stared at my rag quilt’s seams and I litarally couldn’t wait for the parcel with the special tool.  So I finally took my regular fabric scissors…

20150828_131211Meanwhile I finished the quilt (and can take the tool for upcoming rag quilts 🙂 ). I love how it turned out after washing it … and I was really thankful for the tip from alookatthelittlethings who said she put her last rag quilt into a pillow case before it went into the washer, because that really helped contain all the loose threads that came off of it. In fact I collected loose threads in tons from my washing machine and from the ground!!! It was unbelievable! Finishing size is 62×84″ (155×210 cm). But now have a look:

All in all it took less than a week until it was done …

Meanwhile summer is definetely over and autumn has arrived. We had a cold, rainy and windy weekend. My daughter sorted out an old pillow and it was immediately occupied by the cat… so I sewed a fast pouf and used the old pillow for the filling. I used a tutorial by Gina @theshabbycreekcottage

screen-shot-2015-03-02-at-7-13-18-amI was Miss July in the F2F block swap and meanwhile I received nearly all blocks the other participants made  for me. I am still waiting for three blocks from Australia – and I am really afraid they were lost… but who knows all the secrets of postal service. I will wait a bit longer and hope they will arrive soon.

Susan from desertskyquilts was Miss August – and these were the blocks I made (her chosen colour palette was blue/white/red):

I also managed to sew my first scrappytriparoundtheworld block for the Scrappytripalongbee – the colour choice was black and white with a hot pink center strip:

scrappytripblock

This weekend I played a bit with some scraps and a template I bought a while ago: the Mini Wacky Web template from the MSQC (here is a tutorial for it) … Originally it is thought to use paper triangles for it but I did it without. I inverted the colours and used white for the “stars” and colours for the points of the triangles – and changed fore- and background in this way.  I love the way it looks. Today I  sewed 20 blocks together … my first idea was a baby quilt (but for which baby?). I put it aside to add more scraps later.

mini wacky web / mini periwinkle template

So now I wish you all a nice week – I suppose I’ll have no time to sew the next week.

 

Rag Quilt – update

Sewing a rag quilt part II (for part I see here): I really managed to sew all pieces together yesterday afternoon. The biggest challenge is waiting for me now: clipping every single seam allowance – every seam allowance has to be clipped one snip beside another with 1/4″ spacing. After I had started with my normal scissors yesterday evening, I noticed that it doesn’t work without a special tool (Thank you Kate for your concern about my hands!) … so I ordered a special rag quilter snip to protect my fingers! Because my order have to travel from the US it will probably take until the end of september until I have it…

So here is what it is looking so far – 11 blocks/15 rows – the whole quilt measures now 62 x 84″ (155 x 210 cm).

Do you see my mistake-block… accidentally I have used it in the wrong direction but decided  to leave it that way. So there is one denim block on the front and a multicoloured on the back side… happy accident!

Linked with Linky Tuesday and Building Blocks Tuesday.

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Sewing a Rag Quilt

after cutting the background squares

after cutting the background squares

Yesterday I have cleaned up my wardrobe and found some old Jeans… so I thought I must immediately start trying to sew a rag quilt… I already saved some denim fabrics from my daughters jeans too and some other clothing and upholstery/ decoration fabrics. Because I deceided to use heavy fabrics for the back side, I don’t use any lining/batting. 01a_the fabrics

First step was cutting 6.5″ squares from all these fabrics. For the front side I mixed several fabric leftovers and single fat quarters I thought I wouldn’t use for other projects. I also used some fabrics I got from a friend who has given some fabrics to me because she moved and had too less space for it in the new flat. I ended up with two fabric piles – I thought making a quilt which has 11 blocks in each of 15 rows (appr. expected size is 60×80″ / 150×200 cm) – 165 pieces each:

 

fabrics for back & front

fabrics for back & front

The first step of making a rag quilt is combining a front fabric with a back fabric and sewing two diagonal seams – fabrics – wrong sides together. To make it faster I started today with chainpiecing the first diagonal… on top here a lovely Tula Pink fabric.

first diagonal is sewn

first diagonal is sewn

After that I chainpieced again to add the second diagonal.

added a second diagonal

added a second diagonal

Even now it is time to decide which squares should be connected to rows… I laid all the squares following the colours to look which squares fit together:

ready to sort for the rows

ready to sort for the rows

I tried different layouts on the floor an made a pile at the end to connect the rows. I sewed the squares together wrong side on wrong side so that the 0.5″ seamallowance shows up on the front.

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In this way I built 15 rows – each from 11 squares:07_rows

All that took a bit more time I expected – and so I wasn’t able connecting all the rows today. But the first five rows are sewn together:

first five rows connected

first five rows connected

I didn’t care how the different background fabrics were combined – it is looking like that so far:

backside I hope I am able to join the rows tomorrow afternoon when I’m home from work… I’m looking forward to snip all the seam allowances!

Although the quilt isn’t finished after I all in all  invested 10 hours work – the cat already loves it!

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WIP

In spite of the wonderful sunset on the photo my daughter made Summer is almost gone now. My daughter made the photo in our neighbor city Bochum – it is a view from an old former coal mining/slag heap. We have lots of that here – nowadays mostly transformed into recreation places. I love that picture – do you see the girl who is making a selfie with her mobile or maybe putting the hair in order… In opposite to that scene the whole weekend was rainy and almost autumnal.

Since one week I am back to work after my summer holidays – but I was very busy. I began with a new quilt and did some other things. I didn’t manage to write my “connect quiltblocks with the QAYG-technique”… it was so very easy to take the step-by-step pictures – but writing the matching text is much more difficult … so I’ll do that later!

NEW QUILT

Two weeks ago I was inspired by the weekly MSQC tutorial – that week it was a Dresden Squared Quilt. So I prompt started a new quilt – I’ve chosen another block size (12″) and another sashing colour – but I am already excited to see how it will look.

960 pieces

960 pieces…

... connected to 480 pairs...

… connected to 480 pairs…
I used some fat quarters from Amy Butler and Tula Pink.

Okay… I suppose you know the next steps… pairs to double pairs, double pairs to…

24 big circles... appr. 20" in diameter

24 big circles… appr. 20″ in diameter

Time for a first layout test…

First layout test on the floor (with electric light... sorry)

First layout test on the floor (with electric light… sorry)

Now the very painful next step was waiting for me… squaring up all the circles…

squaring up the circles to 12,5" squares

squaring up the circles to 12,5″ squares

When I saw the leftovers I suddenly had the idea to connect to pieces a time to big orange peels or leaves … ok that is something for another quilt… isn’t that cool???

orangepeels or big leaves ... appr. 14" each!

leftovers turned in orangepeels or big leaves … appr. 14″ each!

The next step was to add all the center pieces. I have machine sewn the center with a small blanket stich. Therefor  I’ve used the same technique as with the orange peel pillow – sewn together the fabric with a thin sticky interfacing, right side to sticky side, cut a slit in the interfacing, turn inside out and iron in place before appliquĂ©ing with a small blanketstitch.

appliqué the center with a small blanket stitch

stitching down the center with a small blanket stitch

Meanwhile I basted all the squares and started quilting the squares to connect them afterwards with black sashing.

GIVE A PINK SHIRT

give-a-pink-shirtMy blogging friend Wanda  started a project with her local quilt guild: They are making Pink Shirt blocks for a raffle to benefits Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation. On her blog she asked for help – making a Pink Shirt using Carolyn Friedlander’s Shirts pattern… the pattern is only to buy, but I am in love with the pattern, since I saw it the first time month ago on Wanda’s blog… So it was a good opportunity to have a good reason for spending money…

I made two blocks to send it to the CVA MQG … and yes, I like to have taken part in the project and I love the pattern. All information about it you find at the website of the CVA MQG.

It is a bit time consuming  – but I can imagine making a quilt for a little girl using the shirt block as center of an economy block.

SCRAPPY TRIP BEE

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At Julie Hirt’s blog 627handworks I read about the Scrappy Trip Bee. What a

fascinating quiltpattern… and what an interesting way to sew the blocks … ok – at least I decided to participate (only five blocks until 15th October… that is achievable)….

After testing the pattern for a F2F-block I made another one today. I was to careful with the seam allowances that it turned out too big – it wasn’t possible to square it up with a 1/4″ final seam allowance. So I have to practise a bit and take this one as additional block for my F2F-quilt (in forsight I took fabrics which are in my F2F colour scheme).

Scrappy Trip Around the World quiltblock

Scrappy Trip Around the World quiltblock

I sketched a short tutorial in my sketchbook as a reminder how to construct the block… I have that personal designbook to collect all the patterns I love. The pattern is by Bonnie K. Hunter and for free available on her website: http://quiltville.blogspot.de/2005/06/scrappy-trips-around-world.html .

Scrappy trip around the world block

Scrappy trip around the world block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTCROSSING QUILT

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It is time to start with my second Postcrossing quilt… or better “Postcrossing meets Blog”-quilt.

35 people from 13 countries sent fabric so far. Apart from South America I got fabrics from every continent. Sue from sewingmagpie sent Guatemalian fabric from US – in this way also South America is represented.  Meanwhile I decided to make a very scrappy quilt. The topic of my first Postcrossing Quilt were postcards – the central theme of the second one is “STAMPS”… all the postcards I received, all the envelopes with fabrics had often beautiful stamps on it. So I plan to make a lot of “stamps” in different techniques… different kinds of appliquĂ©, piecing, crazy quilting, some blocks with stiched embelleshing… I sketched some layout considerations in my sketchbook… different motifs, different sizes… connected with white sashing, quilted with a black zigzag line should look like stamps. But one thing is certain: it will be a long-term project. Doesn’t matter – winter evenings are long!

That was all for today. I wish you all a nice week!

 

 

 

Patio Quilt for my Daughter finished

 

selected fabrics

fabrics we selected

Together we selected some fabrics for the Patio quiltpattern from happyzombie my daughter likes.

I was so happy with the red/white/black fabrics… especially that some Tim Holtz fabrics were among it. For the backside I baught a fabric from the Bye Bye Birdy collection by Windham fabrics.

I was a bit afraid quilting that big quilt on my sewing machine and decided very soon to connect the blocks with a sashing strip after quilting every single block (quilt as you go technique)… and so I did!

I basted every single block.

I basted every single block.

I chose the batting and the back a bit larger because of my sashing strip width – I decided to connect the blocks with a 1″ sashingstrip in between which is narrower as the 2″ strip between the blocks in the original pattern.

So I basted every block and quilted it with wavy lines using my walking foot – a pattern I meanwhile love… it is so easy to do but is so nice.

traps everywhere... seamripper needed

seamripper needed

I enjoyed the really relaxed quilting of the twelve 18″ blocks very much… no battle with basting a big quilt, no wrangling and pulling a big basted quilt under the sewing machine. But of course there were other traps waiting for me… by mistake I sewed in a small leather piece I always put under my sewing foot if the machine is switched off to protect the needle plate… here was help of the seamripper needed!

 

After quilting and trimming all the blocks I connected them with sashing strips – I have to say it was much easier than I had thought. In any case I will repeat that – I previously thought that it would be very fiddly, but it wasn’t.

I connected blocks to rows…

three blocks form a row

connected three blocks to a row

assemble the rows one after another

assemble the rows one after another

After all rows were finished, I have assembled them row for row…

Under the sashing strip the individual lining layers encounter each other edge to edge. They were fixed with the seams of the sashing – I suppose it is really sturdy enough but to be sure I added one wavy line on every sashing strip wich is at last connecting both batting parts with each other.

quilted sashing strip to connect both batting parts

quilted sashing strip to connect both batting parts

The last step then was adding the binding – I love handbinding because it is a slow journey around the whole quilt before giving it in other hands.
handbinding

handbinding

I took a lot of step by step pictures to explain the quilt as you go sashing method and will post it later… for now I end up with some photos of the finished quilt. Finishing size is 57″x76″ (140 x 190 cm) – a bit smaller than the original because of the narrower sashing strips.

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F2F blockswap progress

As I told in earlier posts I am “Miss July” in the F2F blockswap – that means I’ll receive 33 12-inch-blocks this month and make three of my own. Therefor I choosed a colour scheme: turquoise / green / orange – white background … something like that (and all other variations of the chosen colours):

My colour scheme for F2F - orange/green/turquoise on a white background

My colour scheme for F2F – orange/green/turquoise on a white background

Every of the other participants choose the patterns for the three blocks. Although July isn’t over now I received already some wonderful blocks… as alway it was diffficult to catch the real colours:

The first was Avis – she made four blocks instead three (she told me she couldn’t stop making them). Avis made wonderful New York Beauties for me:

Lynn sent three lovely blocks from France:

From Sue I got these three beauties:

This week I got mail from the Netherlands – Esther, who was “Miss June”,  sent her blocks (and some quilting goodies 🙂 ) too:

As you can see it will be a lovely quilt when all these blocks are joined. Today I finished the last block I made for myself:

Isn’t that gorgeous??? And I will receive 21 more blocks in the next few weeks!!! And I am already so excited what wonderful blocks will reach me and will at last come together in one appr. 72×72″ quilt.

Linked with Building Blocks Tuesday @ quilterinthecloset and with Let’s Bee Social @ sewfreshquilts

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Wie schon in vorherigen BeitrĂ€gen berichtet, bin ich “Miss Juli” im F2F Blockswap – das heißt, alle anderen Teilnehmer nĂ€hen im Juli jeweils 3 Blöcke fĂŒr mich – jeweils 12″ / 30 cm groß. Die Farben habe ich selbst ausgesucht und bin, auch nachdem die ersten Blöcke ankamen und ich meine eigenen drei schon genĂ€ht habe immer noch glĂŒcklich ĂŒber meine Farbwahl: orange/grĂŒn/tĂŒrkis auf weißem Hintergrund … so wie hier auf dem Bild mit den Ostereiern zum Beispiel (aber auch alle anderen Spielarten dieser Farben):

Inzwischen sind schon einige Blöcke angekommen und ich habe meine 3 eigenen genĂ€ht… natĂŒrlich bin ich, wenn ich mir all diese schönen Blöcke anschaue schon neugierig auf die 21 Blöcke, die in den nĂ€chsten Wochen noch aus aller Welt hier ankommen werden…

 

My colour scheme for F2F - orange/green/turquoise on a white background

Weekend finish… disappearing fourpatch

rainAfter some days of heavy heat came the rain… it was hot (about 40°C) but time to sew & quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

Last week I used up some fabrics to try a disappearing fourpatch pattern I saw somewhere. I used a Moda-charmpack (avantgarden) and a low volume fabric to make the squares.

 

chain piecing two squares

chain piecing two squares

 

connecting the pairs....

connecting the pairs….

... connecting the pairs to squares...

… connecting the pairs to squares…

cutting the squares and changing / turning the pieces before they were sewed together again

cutting the squares and changing / turning the pieces before they were sewed together again

It was thought  for a colleague who is getting her second grand child… I showed her pictures of the top but she didn’t like it… so I don’t know any other baby to give a receiving blanket away. I finished the blanket – as backside I took a cotton tablecloth from a bargain I bought last year and quilted it with gently curves. I just improvised the binding with the folded backside fabric.

That is what it looks like:

the front

the front

And the back side. It is appr. 30 x 38″

the back side out of a cotton table cloth

the back side out of a cotton table cloth

It took just a few minutes the cat claimed it… so the blanket has an owner now 🙂