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:







A Weekend Surprise from a Friend… and Dear Jane Sunday

Actually I wanted to write a post about alle the fabrics I received for the second Postcrossing Quilt… I didn’t managed it this weekend to take and edit photos of all the lovely post I got during the last weeks. But I don’t want to deprive you of what a surprise I got from a friend this weekend… I got a lovely parcel which really touched my heart sent to me by Kate from Australia – in addition to the lovely fabrics for my quilt she made a cute little case and on a beautiful selfmade hexiecard she especially for me wrote a sentence  in German…

THANK YOU SO MUCH KATE! Thank you for beeing altruistic like that and for beeing a friend across the miles. Kate is working on a special quilt at the moment … Worldwide Friends Quilt out of indigo fabrics from all over the world – it will be a hexagon quilt (EPP) and so I decided to use Kate’s cute case for my hexies 🙂

case for hexies

… and I promise to show in the course of the week the other beautiful fabrics I received so far.

… even though I had actually other plans I decided this Sunday to be a “Dear-Jane-Sunday” and made at least 4 blocks today (a 5th is just in work)… one piece after another 🙂 … and I struggled with my improvised design wall again – it don’t work as I want!


Eigentlich wollte ich dieses Wochende über die tollen Stoffe posten, die ich in den letzten Wochen für den nächsten Postcrossing Quilt aus aller Welt bekommen habe… das habe ich leider nicht geschafft, aber ein Brief, der mich sehr berührt hat, wollte ich heute nicht vorenthalten… Kate aus Australien, hat mir nicht nur wunderschöne Stoffe geschickt, sie hat extra eine Karte gebastelt (passend zu ihrem World Wide Friends Quilt aus Hexies aus aller Welt) und sogar etwas auf Deutsch geschrieben (… immerhin beklage ich mich auch häufig genug über mein schlechtes Englisch, das mir dazu auch noch viel Mühe bereitet 😉 ). Für die Tasche habe ich bereits eine Verwendung gefunden… wofür sonst, als für meine Hexies! Es ist schon sehr berührend, wenn so viele km oder Meilen entfernt jemand sich ganz uneigennützig Gedanken macht, so viel Freude in einen Brief zu packen. … und versprochen…  im Laufe der Woche folgt ein Beitrag über die ganzen tollen Stoffe, die auch noch angekommen sind.

Den heutigen Sonntag habe ich kurzer Hand zum Dear-Jane-Sonntag erklärt, um mal wieder etwas weiterzukommen… immerhin 4 Blöcke sind es geworden… ein fünfter ist gerade noch in Arbeit.


GYB-Party-Giveaway… Winner


… out of 68 comments telling what could be made out of my stash charmpack the random number generator has drawn a number: 34…

So now we know that these charms will be a babyquilt… made for a baby grandson.

GYB Giveaway WinnerBut before that I will send my charmpack to Ontario, Canada….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACongratulations Mary Anne from


I have to honestly say that I am glad that not I had to decide who is the winner… so many brilliant ideas!!! Thank you all – it was such fun to read all your comments (I must admit that I was tempted to strip my whole stash in charmpacks – so that everybody could win 😉 ). I hope MaryAnn will show us what she has finally made out of it.

Thank you again Vicky for hosting the “Grow Your Blog” Party – I discovered so many lovely and inspiring blogs during the past weeks. And there are many blogs waiting for the rest of the year.

post coach fabric from Barbara, US

post coach fabric from Barbara, US

But what did I do the last weeks? First of all I got an enormous feedback for my Postcrossing Quilt – via comments and via messages at the postcrossing platform. I received the first fabrics for my POSTCROSSING QUILT II. It looks as if this time I manage to connect fabrics from all continents in one quilt! But this is a topic for a special post!


I made some blocks for my Dear Jane…


Carla from grannymaudsgirl told in a blogpost last week about her “pincushion problem” – I absolutely share that. I love sewing small cute little things (like pincushions) – often they are fast made, nice to look at and mostly welcome gifts… although I often can’t stop making it, there are not enough opportunities to give it away – and so I do a little bit of  heard it in the closet. However… during my blog-wanderings I discovered something new… Teresa from fabrictherapy shared a wonderful tutorial on her blog: A Collapsible Thread Catcher to collect all these tiny threads and small fabric snippets…. It was love at the first sight, and I knew I had to sew this… and so I did:

I absolutely love that!!! And at the moment it seems to be an an adequate replacement for more and more pincushions. There is also a very detailed youtube tutorial by AngiesBitsAndPieces.

DEUTSCH: Es gibt einen Gewinner des “GrowYourBlog” Giveaways… das von mir zugeschnittene Charmpack geht nach Ontario, Kanada zu Mary Ann, die eine Babydecke für ihren Enkelsohn daraus nähen möchte. Während ich über die GYB-Party viele neue Blogs erkundet habe, habe ich einige Blöcke für meinen Dear Jane Quilt genäht. Außerdem habe ich die ersten Stoffe für meinen Postcrossing Quilt II erhalten… ich hoffe, dass es mir diesmal wirklich gelingt, alle Kontinente in einem Quilt zu vereinen. Während meinen Streifzügen im www habe ich ein tolles Tutorial für einen zusammenfaltbaren Fadensammler entdeckt… es war Liebe auf den ersten Blick und ich musste das Ding einfach sofort nachnähen 🙂 Hier geht es zum Fototutorial und hier zur youtube-Anleitung.

Started my Dear Jane today…

The first step is done… today I started my journey with Dear Jane… I wonder how long it will take.

The first block I sewed was A-08 – I did it with foundation paperpiecing. For my beginning I’ve chosen an easy block – but to be honest: I’m really afraid of all the curved piecing waiting for me.

A-08… the first block of my Dear Jane

I use the Dear Jane book by Brenda Papadakis to help me doing the quilt and I searched the internet for helpful sources:

There is especially the official Brenda Papadakis website with a lot of block tips and other helpful hints. Another helpful site with block tutorials for every block is Anina’s That-Quilt-Blog. Then I discovered Susan R. Gatewoods website: she offers her own patterns for free download, just asking for a donation to the Bennington Museum, Vermont, where the origanal Jane A. Stickle quilt is exhibited. There are lots of other inspiring websites/blogs too. In the end every quilter have to find its own way to build all these tiny blocks using pernonal preferred techniques – but I am very thankful for all these tutorials, descriptions, inspiration and support.

Unfortunately it was not possible to find a virtual design wall… so I improvised a little bit to show my progress in the side bar:

My virtual designwall

Above the design wall you find some numbers – today it was: 1-0-0-11. These numbers represent the

  • number of finished square 4 1/2″ blocks
  • number of finished triangles
  • number of finished corners
  • number of used fabric pieces

So when the quilt is finished it will look like this: 169-52-4-5602 …

I wasn’t able to put a link behind every table cell in my designwall (simply don’t know how it works)… so the whole thing is linked with a pdf to show the single finished blocks enlarged with some notes how I did it.

Already for the small pieces of this first block it was worth I built a kind of table-ironingboard few weeks ago: I used a lumber-core board for inside, upholstered it with some heat-resistant wadding and covered it with a piece of an old ironing board cover. On the back side I sewed the coverfabric together with large stitches (just to fix it) and covered the back with a piece of felt – it stops sliding and protects my table. Until now I used it with my mini iron for appliqué but I’m sure it will keep me from flip open my big ironing board for these itsi bitsi fabric pieces in these quilt’s blocks.

Thank you for reading… and I would be delighted to get some useful tips concerning the building of a virtual designwall 🙂

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