block swap

Looking back on June…

Almost July!!! I was very lazy (with blogging)… so I not only have to look back on June but also on the end of May! In May I celebrated my birthday and as you can see I was blessed with fabrics and a special gift for the beginning of the F2F blockswap… a 12,5″ruler and a ruler grapper:

screen-shot-2015-03-02-at-7-13-18-amI used the ruler for my first blocks I made for the F2F block swap. The F2F – that means “Foot in a square Freestyle” – was an idea of Kate @talltalesfromchiconia and Sue @sewingmagpie. There are 12 participants – in every of the coming 12 months one of us is the “Queen of the month”. Everyone sew three blocks every month for the “Month-Queen”. The blocks have to be 12.5″, the design will be chosen by the one who sew it – the colour scheme is the choice of every participant. So during the coming year every participant will receive 33 blocks from the other participants and make 3 of her own. The first blocks I sewed for Esther from ipatchandquilt who was “Miss June”. fabrics and design board for Esther's blocksI loved Esther’s colour choice: coral, mustard, jadeite/minty bluish green on a white/cream or light grey background… It was really hard to decide… the last few month I was looking for block

designs, sketched lots of designs in my sketchbook, made a designbord…

At the end I made these 3 blocks:

If you want to see all the wonderful blocks Esther received visit Kate’s  F2F block swap gallery.

Now we have almost July… and Miss July is ME!!! So I am very excited and curious waiting what the others will sew & send to me. My colour scheme is orange/green/turquoise on a white background – like these Easter eggs … and the first block I sewed for myself. I always wanted to sew curves – now I tried and designed a kind of curved herringbone:

Beside the F2F blocks I entered the Amanda Jean’s SCRAPVORTEXQAL @crazymomquilts. I have a lot of scraps so I am glad to work them up.

I am a little bit behind now but it is real fun to see the blocks grow.

Last weekend I attended a longarm-quilting-workshop at my favourit local quiltshop… it was really fantastic! And the best thing is: now I am allowed to quilt my own quilts on the machine! Some participants wouldn’t repeat that experience – but for sure, I will!

So I see… I suppose I should write my blog posts more often… because there is more about May and June…

And I tried the tasty variation of the Cinnamon butter flower – you find the recipe here. The tasty variation is filled with red and green pesto and really delicious!

I tried the tasty variation of the cinnamon butter flower with red and green pesto

I tried the tasty variation of the cinnamon butter flower with red and green pesto. If you would like to make it – here is the recipe:


Short review on March… and a small twister tool finish

March is already over and I have to admit that from my point of view I was a bit lazy… but I enjoyed it :-).

Here is a short pictural review:

hexie travel kit

hexie travel kit – made with a tutorial by Haley at thezenofmaking


At 9th March I celebrated m 1st blogiversary – therefor I made myself a hexie travel kit. And I had a giveway … two giveaways … they are on their way to the lucky winners now.




another Dear Jane block

B01 – reverse appliqué


After all I’ve done at least one block for my Dear Jane… It is block B01 – I tried reverse appliqué the first time and like it.

After Janette at thegreendragonfly  published a post about crochet dishcloth I had to make some of my own. Crocheted dishcloth are not common here (there’s hardly anything about it in the www in German) but I like the idea of using my leftover yarn for such useful things.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAscreen-shot-2015-03-02-at-7-13-18-amI joined the F2F block swap party, hosted by Kate @ talltalesfromchiconia and Sue @ sewingmagpie – it will start in May 2015… first we’ve chosen our colours – I was the whole time busy with thinking about colours (and with improving my colour vocabulary – there are lots of colour names I never heard before… and I’m not able to see the differences… e.g. special tones/shades of aqua/turquoise/teal)… so all my thoughts revolve around colours… and few days ago I saw these really cool woodless pencils and had to buy them – a useful tool to design the blocks I’m going to sew for the other participants. You can find out more about the F2F block swap via the button in my sidebar or the links to the hosts.

Now around Easter I’m having a few days off… and so I started the week to give more space to my sewing table.

 sewing tableUsually my table stands at the wall like a small sideboard and I only flap one side. And of course my quilting assistand is around me the whole time (she loves the ironing board – especially if it is still warm from ironing).
Last week I got an ordered delivery from my most beloved local quilt shop my local quiltshop– it is always difficult to order material in US or elsewhere outside of Germany  because of the high postage and import taxes, so I am really glad to have a shop nearby (just about an hour from us) which offers a lot of international products – templates, mesurement tools, fabrics. They also have a longarm quilting machine/frame there – I subscribed for a workshop in June: after taking the workshop you are allowed to rent the machine to quilt your quilts on it!
I ordered the “Lil Twister Quilt Template” there and got it last week… so after I got it I had to try it …
I made a protect mat for our piano-stool. I didn’t try only that tool – I tried another kind of binding too: the flanged binding. Lorna at sewfreshquilts published a helpful tutorial about. I love both… the little twister tool and what you’ can do with it (above all it went faster than expected)… and the flanged binding: