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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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GYB-Party-Giveaway… Winner

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have a 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 magpiesmumblings.blogspot.com

YOU ARE THE WINNER!!!

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.

GROW YOUR BLOG 2015 PARTY & A GIVEAWAY

grow your blog 2015Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. This is a special post to introduce my blog and myself at the start  of “Grow your Blog Party 2015”.

In Berlin - where I was born

Thats me – Annett, in the middle of my 40’s; mother of two (a girl, 16 and a boy, 27) – and imagine, one year ago I knew nothing about blogging and just a little more about patchwork & quilting!

I started this blog because of another hobby of mine: exchanging postcards with people from all over the world with postcrossing.com. In my profile there I asked postcrossing members to send me with their postcard a fabricpiece to create a “postcrossing-quilt”.  I love needlecrafting in general – but until then I had never tried quilting (but I ever wanted to 🙂 ). Then I received the first fabrics and felt that I needed something to show the participators what I was doing with their fabrics. I thaught about Flickr – but only showing photos was not what I wanted. Can you imagine that I had no idea about blogging??? So I took some evening classes in February 2014 and started my blog in March. Just a few days ago I finished my Postcrossing Quilt – my last post was about that quilt. Today was a post about it on Postcrossing-blog too and I was overwhelmed by all the lovely comments.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnly a few days before I finished this project I got some new fabric I couldn’t put in there: so I decided to start a new one: Postcrossing Quilt II – and this time not open only for postcrossing members. It is open to everyone who’ll send fabric (every fabric coming by mail!). So if you want taking part please contact me. I plan collecting fabrics until late summer – before I start sewing. I think about an appliqué-quilt or some scrappy one…

workingplace

The place where I sew…

During the last year I learned so much about sewing & quilting… one year ago I didn’t know how many cm an inch was, what a fat quarter was, free motion quilting, quilting in the ditch, disappearing ninepatch… charm pack, layer cake, jelly roll … all that was new for me. Because of postcrossing’s common language is English I started my blog in English … although I think I didn’t upgrade my grammar I learned a lot of new vocabulary. Anyhow… it is a foreign language for me and sometimes I feel very disabled to express what I want to say like I would do in German.

Beside sewing I like knitting and felting very much. And once a year I make my own soap. In 2015 I hope to improve my stiching skills and do more appliqué… I started a Dear Jane Quilt, suppose it provides a lot of applequé for me (and lots of curves… another challenge!). Here are some impressions what kind of topics you will find on my blog:

I hope to discover a lot of new interesting blogs this year and find others with similar interests … and perhaps inspiring people with completely different interests? I thought about a giveaway … and here is what has occured to me:

Out of my stash I combined a charmpack – 42 charms (5×5″) from 21 different fabrics (two of each) … it is multicoloured and I really interested in what you (perhaps) would make out of it:

knettycraft stash charmpack

These are all fabrics I used for one or the other of my projects … If you would like to win, please leave a comment and tell what you can imagine to make out of these fabrics.

This giveaway is open to everyone from everywhere in the world – doesn’t matter if you have a blog or not – until the end of Feb 15 2015 (CET). The winner will be drawn using a random number generator. Numbers will be allocated in the order that comments are received. If you are a no-reply blogger, please make sure that I can contact you and leave your email address in the comment. Good luck!

Thank you for visiting my blog and taking time to stay a while … would be nice if you come back again. 🙂

FINISHED MY FIRST BIG QUILT!!!

Meanwhile I finished my first big quilt – at the end it is 55 x 75”. Although while working on it I was very unhappy with the chosen fabrics (I wrote about it in an earlier post.) now I’m satisfied with my “debut-quilt”…. ok there are some things I wouldn’t rollback to, but it’s my first one and it will be loved  (not only by my quilt-assistant)!

My first Quilt in our Autumn Park

partly quilted with my walking foot, partly free motion

partly quilted with my walking foot, partly free motion

Thank you for visiting my blog… and please remember: the CHICKENRUN PINCUSHION GIVEAWAY is going on until Sunday… last chance to win a chicken – on Monay, 1st December I’ll post who the winner is.

Linked up with:  Let’s Bee Social, I Quilt Thursdays

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Finished Quilttop…

At last I finished the quilt top I started with at the end of August… I’m not really satisfied with the result – think I put all possible beginner’s mistakes in it… so much pieces (at last 1056 without the two borders), I don’t like the colours … I chose any fabric I found in my stash … because I wanted to try out a little bit how it feels making a big quilt (not knowing that it would be my wish at last bringing it to an end … now I know it is not like knitting .. he, he… where you try something and unstitch it to take the wool afterwards for a “perfect” work). But because it will be my first big one it will be loved as it is! For the back I choose the dark blue – the one you see in the border (it is dark blue with small light blue dots). For the binding I’ll take the fabric I took for the inner border and which are spotting the whole top. I hope it will be ready until the end of November… it will be appr. 57″x75″ then. It is my craft apprentice piece… some day I hope to make journeyman’s and – perhaps – masterpieces… There is a German proverb which says,” Hope is the last to die “.

my first big one!

my first big one!

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English Paperpiecing – Small Pouch Finished

Today I finished a small pouch with a flexible snap frame closure. The squares and triangles and the hexagon in the middle were made with English paperpiecing and afterwards appliqued to the pouch fabric. It was really fun to make. The pattern I found in a book about English Paperpiecing by the German author Claudia Schmidt (sorry… the book is in German but there are a lot of printable templates on her page).

The snap bag is machine quilted before the lining fabric was sewed in. Its diameter is appr. 7″, the snap frame’s width is 4,75″.

A view inside:

a view inside

a look inside

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