After 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
connecting the pairs….
… connecting the pairs to squares…
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:
And the back side. It is appr. 30 x 38″
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 🙂
I finished a small case for my handsewing material… out of left over batic charms
squares out of 4 quarter charms
I started my daughter’s quilt and finished all 12 blocks… now I have to join them and I’m not sure if I could do it as usual (top+batting+backside) or in the quilt-as-you go-way… I’m still thinking about. Here is a first layout on my floor.
As I told you, Laura from MAYROSESEWING won one of my chickens – Laura and her kids decided to name the log cabin one “Mr. Cluck” and give him a new home.
If you want to follow the chicken run around the world please visit Laura’s blog.
All about all the other chickens before and how to enter the chicken run you can find at Avis’ blog from where the chicken run started. In her chicken run gallery you can see all the cute chickens and you’ll find links to all previous participants. Please let Avis know about every chicken that is hatched. A tutorial to make a chicken pincushion you can find here at Carla’s Granny Maud’s Girl blog. They are fast and easy to make and you just need a very small amount of fabrics – you surely find in your stash. You can use every patchwork block pattern to make these cute chicken pincushions and there are a lot of possibilities to design beak, comb and tail – for beak and comb I took some selvages and for the tail pieces instead of prairie points I folded the small squares like origami square bases… I’m curious looking forward to all the following chickens!
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)!
… quilting a big quilt on a small machine… would it be better the other way round?
the quilt was occupied the whole time while I was quilting it
my quilting assistant
my cat Pinter (yes, like the British dramatist) discovered very fast how comfortable such a quilt can be
The quilt is for Jule. Can you see the stripes with my mini flying geese out of the small triangle leftovers from the quilttop block’s?
this feather was one of my first paper pieced blocks earlier this year
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.
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 “.
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 other side
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″.
I started to make a small rug for our side table beside our reading chair… but at the end it turned into a pillow case!
But seriously… I discovered a very interesting pattern in a video tutorial of the MSQC – they used it there for a baby quilt and I wanted to try it within a small project. It’s autumn now an I’m crazy about colours… so I took the last pieces of a batik charm pack to work with. After I did the first step and sewed the first two strippy squares together to cut it into 4 parts like shown in the tutorial I couldn’t stop and had to make some more… but what to do with it now where it was too big for a small rug?
Around the multicoloured center I sewed black stripes for the contrast. Out of all the remaining batik scraps I cut triangles and sewed them into one long strip.
I used this strip to sew it as a border around the centre and for the back side to make a zipper cover out of it. I connected the top with batting and lining… ready to quilt!
I decided to take orange yarn for the quilting – because orange is my favourite autumn-colour and a good contrast on the black fabric. On the lining side you can see the simple quilting I did.
Lining shows the quilt pattern.
On the back side I added a covered zipper. I choose a binding out of the black fabric… I sewed it on the front side with my machine, the blind stich on the back side was handstiched. And voilà…
front side of the pillow case
back side with multi-coloured zipper cover
The size is now 16 inch – it fits perfectly for a 15 3/4 ” pillow and it is a wonderful decoration of our reading chair now.