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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.

 

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!

 

 

 

April is over and brought spring…

Beside enjoying the arrival of spring…

 

… I was busy working on the birthday quilt which I’ll give away to a family member’s birthday when I visit Berlin in the middle of May… I hope you understand that I can’t show the whole quilt yet (I’ll show it after the party).

Oh… and in April I produced a lovely UFO – but I’ll continue to work on it (eventually).

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My cat "Pinter" ... like the British dramatist :-)

My cat “Pinter” … like the British dramatist 🙂

Easter is over now and my daughter left to visit her Grandma in Berlin.

So she took a tablerunner with her to give it to my mother – it was a Easter surprise but now I can show it here:

I found the pattern for the lovely primrose paper piecing pattern at the site of Regina Grewe, a German textile artist and pattern designer – on her site you find a lot lovely patterns (some free, some to buy… as pdf or EQ7-projects). Her website is in German and English.

For the binding I chose the flanged binding (I really love it) – for the turorial visit Lorna’s sewfreshquilts-blog.

I quilted it free motion … and I was a bit out of excercise, but at the end it works.

Meanwhile I received some new fabrics for my Postcrossing Quilt II – I’ll show it in a later post, but today I was surprised by receiving some lovely fabrics from Susan … some lovely Laurel Burch fabrics included:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASusan also participates in the F2F-block-swap. Meanwhile I’ve chosen my colour scheme for the block swap – I decided that I would love to receive blocks in turquoise/orange/green with a white background… there are many shades and tones the colours could have… but one possible combination I found amongst my Easter eggs 🙂

F2F colour schemeI used the last days to start a new project (my poor daughter… she have to wait for her quilt now still a bit longer)… I cannot say so much about this project… it is for a celebration we have at the end of the month in our familiy… ok, of course it is going to be a quilt – I made some “dancing-square-blocks” so far (no pattern, just freestyle) … Until now I did the half I need for the quilt and what I show here is not the final order… What do you say, Is it going to be a nice quilt?

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Me, the hat and the cat … and two winners!

Thank you a lot for all your comments and  congratulations. All together there were 61 comments showing interest in my blogiversary giveaway… at last I decided to draw two winners: one for the fabrics, one for the wool.

This time I’ve chosen the cat & hat method… first I took one cat and wrote all names down and cut small paperpieces as lots.

 

lots of lots

There were 53 entries for the fabric and 8 for the wool. Now the hat and the cat came into the play…

First we put all the names for the fabric-giveaway in the hat – we thoroughly shaken and stirred – and drew the winner:

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe winner of the 8 fat eights and 150 1″paper hexies is…

Teje … obviously Teje has a wonderful blog too… nero’s post and pOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAatch … and I just discovered a cute cat there which is a bit coloured like mine!

The beautiful Lana Grossa yarn together with two selfmade stitch OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmarkers was won by Alexis, who also has a lovely blog to visit: cobcottagecraft.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

And what I was doing meanwhile …

F2F block swap 2015I entered a block swap party… it will start in June and is organized by Kate @ talltalesfromchiconia and Sue @ From the Magpie’s Nest.

So I’m happy that I’m in … and excited about all the blocks I’m going to sew and to receive  & I’m looking forward to the wonderful results of all the 12 participants! 🙂

Beside my daily work I’ve been working on some UFO’s and at the moment I’m busy with a small Easter wall hanging (appr. 12×20″)

Easter wall hanging

Easter wall hanging

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FIRST BLOGIVERSARY & A GIVEAWAY

Exactly one year ago I started blogging with a post about a fabric for my postcrossing quilt, sent by a small 9year old girl, Anna from Moscow. My intention with this blog was to document what I was making with all the fabrics other postcrossers sent me for making this postcrossing quilt… meanwhile it is finished and I am collecting fabrics for a second one… “Postcrossing meets Blog”…   And meanwhile it is not only my postcrossing quilt I blog about but other selfmade things too. It was one year full of worldwide journeys to creativity, I discovered so many interesting blogs, was supported from you – from all over the world, also tender plants of worldwide friendship began to grow… Thank you so much for supporting me with your likes, comments and also with inspiration or fabrics for my postcrossing quilt.

How to celebrate such an event?

First of all I’ve baked a BIRTHDAY CAKEChristine over at quiltingstories posted so lovely photos and the recipe of a cake she made last week … I made this delicious cake for my blogiversary 🙂

A real birthday needs an appropriate gift… so I made myself a BIRTHDAY PRESENT! In my last post I showed the pictures of small embroidered felt hexies…  I have been asked several times what they was supposed to be… VoilĂ  – here we go: There are  blogs I follow and read regularly – a few month ago I read first at Carla‘s blog and then at Kate’s about the Hexie travel kit – made with a tutorial by Haley at thezenofmaking blog. I saw it – and loved it – and had to make one! I used a neutral grey solid for the outside. For the lining I chose beautiful  Notting Hill fabrics from ring a roses by GĂĽtermann. And here it is:

I love that all material needed for sewing hexis fits into it…

all that stuff finds a place in the travel kit

all that stuff finds a place in the travel kit

I was able to put in: 8 fat eights of fabric, a paper case with 150 1″ paper hexies, a small case with needles, yarn, measure tape, a pair of scissors, my collapsible thread collector… one of the big inner pockets was still empty, there you can put the hexis in you’ve already sewn together. The smaller pocket on the front is big enough for two Altoid containers if you prefer that.

But there is still something missing… yes, of course… a gift for my readers… A GIVEAWAY. I know that some of you love sewing and fabric, some are keen about knitting/crocheting and wool … so I prepared two giveaways:

1. I give away some of the wonderful fabrics I used for the lining of my hexie travel kit: 8 different fat eights of Notting Hill fabrics from ring a roses by GĂĽtermann together with 150 one inch paper hexies out of old strip cartoons (punched by myself :-))

2. … if you are a wool lover … you have the chance to win 100g beautiful wool: Magico II from LANA GROSSA (75% virgin wool, 25% polyamide) in a beautiful color combination together with two memade stitchmarkers. It will be enough wool for a pair of gloves or socks or to knit a tiny shawl (for instance my most beloved shawl pattern – “Pimpelliese” by Spinning Martha)

To win one of those giveaways please leve a comment below. If you are a follower of my blog please tell me in which way you follow and in what kind of posts you are interested most. Tell me if you would like to win the fabric or the wool giveaway. This giveaway is open internationally for the next 10 days until the end of  the 19th of March (CET).

You have not to be a follower to enter this giveaway, it is open for everyone – I am thankful for nearly 10.000 visits from all over the world in my first year 🙂 THANK YOU!

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Disappearing Socks Phenomenon

On 6th of December St. Nicholas fills children's (well cleaned) shoes with sweets while they are sleeping. Yesterday I sewed this shoe for a girlfriend of my daughter.

I sewed this one for a girlfriend of my daughter.

There is a really dark mystery around here. Do you know the disappearing socks phenomenon? I don’t know where they are going (or why always one is left 🙂 )… is the washing machine maybe eating them? Or do we have a mystical socks robbing elf somewhere in our home? Last year when we moved in August I have thrown all lonely socks away… and today after removing  the laundry from the line I counted 25 lonely socks again. And there is another question I can’t find an answer to: Why are only my teenage daughter’s socks disappearing???

Does it make sense waiting for the other socks coming back? If not, what shall I do with all these?

 

In my English lessons at school I learned a Christmas song when I was a child:

Santa Claus is coming, it’s almost day. Sugar, cake and candy for christmas day. Hang up your stocking for Christmas day. I want the size forty stocking for Christmas day.

So I have a lot of size forty Christmas stockings now! (… German size 40 = 7/England, 9/USA)

Lonely Socks

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Cinnamon-Butter-Flower … Delicious Something Between Bread & Cake

On a German Blog  I discovered a recipe for a traditional Austrian baked: The Kärntner Reindling – a cinnamon-butter-flower; a delicous something between sweet bread and cake. (Kärnten is a region of Austria)

It is made from a simple sweet leavened dough – from 3 dough pieces their interstices are filled originally with butter and cinnamon. I added some apples (small pieces) mixed with apple puree. There is a  little trick in preparing the dough to reach the amazing appearance:

The German recipe and photos of the preparation process you find on the German blog  dramaqueenatwork. The recipe there is in German, so here is a translation:

Make a sweet leavened dough from:

500 g wheat flour

40 g leaven

250 ml handwarm milk

50 g sugar

1 egg

1 pinch of salt

1 packet (= appr. 10g) vanilla sugar

Divide the dough in 3 equal parts. Roll all 3 parts out and put them one upon the other in a round baking dish (Important: the fringe must be removeable!). While you put the 3 doughsheets into the baking form, cover the 1st and 2nd with butter and cinnemon-sugar and put then the last doughsheet on top. Mark the centre with a glass or a tumbler or sth. Now cut the cake: from the marked line onto the edge –> 12 cuts (like the hours on your clock 🙂 ). Afterwards twist every doughpiece twice: 1st – rotate twice left, 2nd – totate twice right… and so on. At the end don’t forget to put the fringe on your baking form, because the butter could run out while baking.

Bake your cake appr. 20 – 30 minutes with 180°C… don’t let it get too dark because it could be too dry then. (With my apple filling it needs 40 minutes!) Try if it is done.

There is a tasty variation possible too: Make a tasty leavened dough (water instead milk, oliveoil instead egg, no sugar but some more salt) and fill it with red and green pesto… I didn’t try it but I will!!!

With the cinnamon-butter-apple filling today the whole kitchen smells like  Christmasseason and childhood… the whole family loved it!

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July is already over… a short review

… and there was not much time beside the daily life. My rare sparetime I spent lazy or reading because most days were very hot. But I did a little bit knitting, a little bit “balcony-harvesting”. And most exciting – I got a new sewingmachine and  tried it out a little bit; always surrounded by our curious two cats … there are so many new skills (compared with the old one)… it is nearly a kind of science to cope with it…

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THIS WAS JUNE 2014!

A lot of work at the moment and not much time for handcrafting… but here’s a little view on  my June… not much finishings, more beginnings…  (deutscher Text unter der Galerie)

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