quilting

Changes

It is already the beginning of November… and I’m still a lazy blogger. I have not much motivation to write at the moment – but I’m sure I need some changes. As you can see I changed my header picture (it is self spun yarn now) and the that’s-me-pic… the new one was made last Saturday at a needleword exhibition in OsnabrĂŒck, Germany. There was a crazy hat exhibition and for a small fee you could have a shooting with your favourite hat. I really like the picture – that’s me (in a way I can’t explain).

My daughter turned 18 in September… so I have two adult kids now.

Last time I was busy with knitting, earlier this year, while I was off from work I spun a lot. After a few month I unwrapped my sewing machine now to sew a lovely little pouch – it is called “Good-Mood-Pouch” (that is exactly what I need 🙂 ) and I bought a sewing kit for it at StoffWerkTaunus – it is a German Patchworkshop and I’m sorry that the site is in German only.

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Another piece I’m just finishing – only the binding to add – is a small autumnal tablerunner for my kitchen table. I used some Kaffe Fasset fabric (yardage and mini charms) and Tim Holtz fabrics for the background:

At the end I decided to shape the tablerunner in a rectangle way

At the end I decided to shape the tablerunner in a rectangle way

img_20161028_102330I was shocked when I was diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis a while ago – I really was afraid I would no longer be able to knit and use my hands in the way I used to. But meanwhile with a good medication I’m really well, I’m back at work since two month after I was 7 month off…  At the moment I knit a lot, I entered a yoga course, I started mindful eating and try to do more sports. However – I’m back to crafting!

 

Last week I made this very simple felted acorns – small felted balls glued into  real acorn hats.  I really love how it turned out and I think I will use it not only for decoration but as a small giveaway or gift tags too.

 

I entered a lovely women’s project: The Sisterhood of the travelling Sketchbook – initiated by my friend Kate @talltalesfromchiconia and Anne @annelawson.

I borrow some of Kate’s words to describe the project: We are a varied and global group who will be passing the Travelling Sketchbook between ourselves, around the world (from Australia to America to Europe). Anne has created a small hand-bound volume of slightly different sizes, colours and weights of paper, with an emblematic ‘flying garlic’ bulb on the front cover. Into this, we shall each add our creative contribution, whether it be drawn, sewn, written, collaged or photographed. The Sketchbook will travel from Sister to Sister, growing in wisdom and beauty as it travels. Finally, after many exciting adventures around the world, it will come home to Anne, who saw it born and will now see it in all its glory. One of the participants has created a blog especially for this project, and you really should go over there and take a look; it gives a whole different perspective on the Sketchbook and the contributions. In addition you will find a map there… I can hardly wait and I’m really looking forward to holding it in my hands… At the moment the sketchbook  is at the last participant in the US before it will jump over the ocean to Europe. I suppose I’ll get it at the beginning of the new year.

As you see all in all I’m fine – back at work, busy crafting. But often I think I need a change with this blog… sometimes I’m in doubt if I should continue blogging in general. Sometimes I’m so tired to blog in English because it is much more time consuming than blogging in German for me. On the other hand I know most of my followers can’t read my blog in German … and some Germans can’t follow it in English… Perhaps it is a practicable way to blog less often but periodically once a month to give a summary… I don’t know  –  what do you thing?

 

 

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“October Sky” – Pattern Testing for Esther from Ipatchandquilt

Last week I tested a wonderful foundation paper piecing pattern for Esther from ipatchandquilt. I was impressed – the pattern is so detailed, with different options to make the block centre and different block sizes. In addition the pattern comes with different colouring suggestions and colouring sheets to find your personal block design. I enjoyed the testing so much… and so I loved what came out. Thank you Esther!

Beside some colouring suggestions Esther gave wonderful colouring pages with the pattern to find the best design.

Beside some colouring suggestions Esther gave wonderful colouring pages with the pattern to find the best design.

My colour palette - first design with a green cat in the centre.

My colour palette – first design with a green cat in the centre.

First I thought about a green cat in the middle.

First I thought about a green cat in the middle.

My fabric choice - I decided to add one more block in turquoise/green/orange/white to my F2F blocks.

My fabric choice – I decided to add one more block in turquoise/green/orange/white to my F2F blocks – and I decided to take an orange cat for the centre part.

First I sewed the centre:

It was very easy to prepare the different pieces/strips for the four parts.

It was very easy to prepare the different pieces/strips for the four parts.

I loved that it was possible to chainpiece the parts around the centre block.

I loved that it was possible to chainpiece the parts around the centre block.

joining the different parts

Joining the different parts.

all the peeled off paper pieces...

all the peeled off paper pieces…

Finished block - back side.

Finished block – back side.

And here it is… my version of “Oktober Sky”:

Finished block... I love the result.

Finished block… I love the result.

I’m curious to see what the other testers came up with!

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.

 

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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Patio Quilt for my Daughter finished

 

selected fabrics

fabrics we selected

Together we selected some fabrics for the Patio quiltpattern from happyzombie my daughter likes.

I was so happy with the red/white/black fabrics… especially that some Tim Holtz fabrics were among it. For the backside I baught a fabric from the Bye Bye Birdy collection by Windham fabrics.

I was a bit afraid quilting that big quilt on my sewing machine and decided very soon to connect the blocks with a sashing strip after quilting every single block (quilt as you go technique)… and so I did!

I basted every single block.

I basted every single block.

I chose the batting and the back a bit larger because of my sashing strip width – I decided to connect the blocks with a 1″ sashingstrip in between which is narrower as the 2″ strip between the blocks in the original pattern.

So I basted every block and quilted it with wavy lines using my walking foot – a pattern I meanwhile love… it is so easy to do but is so nice.

traps everywhere... seamripper needed

seamripper needed

I enjoyed the really relaxed quilting of the twelve 18″ blocks very much… no battle with basting a big quilt, no wrangling and pulling a big basted quilt under the sewing machine. But of course there were other traps waiting for me… by mistake I sewed in a small leather piece I always put under my sewing foot if the machine is switched off to protect the needle plate… here was help of the seamripper needed!

 

After quilting and trimming all the blocks I connected them with sashing strips – I have to say it was much easier than I had thought. In any case I will repeat that – I previously thought that it would be very fiddly, but it wasn’t.

I connected blocks to rows…

three blocks form a row

connected three blocks to a row

assemble the rows one after another

assemble the rows one after another

After all rows were finished, I have assembled them row for row…

Under the sashing strip the individual lining layers encounter each other edge to edge. They were fixed with the seams of the sashing – I suppose it is really sturdy enough but to be sure I added one wavy line on every sashing strip wich is at last connecting both batting parts with each other.

quilted sashing strip to connect both batting parts

quilted sashing strip to connect both batting parts

The last step then was adding the binding – I love handbinding because it is a slow journey around the whole quilt before giving it in other hands.
handbinding

handbinding

I took a lot of step by step pictures to explain the quilt as you go sashing method and will post it later… for now I end up with some photos of the finished quilt. Finishing size is 57″x76″ (140 x 190 cm) – a bit smaller than the original because of the narrower sashing strips.

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F2F blockswap progress

As I told in earlier posts I am “Miss July” in the F2F blockswap – that means I’ll receive 33 12-inch-blocks this month and make three of my own. Therefor I choosed a colour scheme: turquoise / green / orange – white background … something like that (and all other variations of the chosen colours):

My colour scheme for F2F - orange/green/turquoise on a white background

My colour scheme for F2F – orange/green/turquoise on a white background

Every of the other participants choose the patterns for the three blocks. Although July isn’t over now I received already some wonderful blocks… as alway it was diffficult to catch the real colours:

The first was Avis – she made four blocks instead three (she told me she couldn’t stop making them). Avis made wonderful New York Beauties for me:

Lynn sent three lovely blocks from France:

From Sue I got these three beauties:

This week I got mail from the Netherlands – Esther, who was “Miss June”,  sent her blocks (and some quilting goodies 🙂 ) too:

As you can see it will be a lovely quilt when all these blocks are joined. Today I finished the last block I made for myself:

Isn’t that gorgeous??? And I will receive 21 more blocks in the next few weeks!!! And I am already so excited what wonderful blocks will reach me and will at last come together in one appr. 72×72″ quilt.

Linked with Building Blocks Tuesday @ quilterinthecloset and with Let’s Bee Social @ sewfreshquilts

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Wie schon in vorherigen BeitrĂ€gen berichtet, bin ich “Miss Juli” im F2F Blockswap – das heißt, alle anderen Teilnehmer nĂ€hen im Juli jeweils 3 Blöcke fĂŒr mich – jeweils 12″ / 30 cm groß. Die Farben habe ich selbst ausgesucht und bin, auch nachdem die ersten Blöcke ankamen und ich meine eigenen drei schon genĂ€ht habe immer noch glĂŒcklich ĂŒber meine Farbwahl: orange/grĂŒn/tĂŒrkis auf weißem Hintergrund … so wie hier auf dem Bild mit den Ostereiern zum Beispiel (aber auch alle anderen Spielarten dieser Farben):

Inzwischen sind schon einige Blöcke angekommen und ich habe meine 3 eigenen genĂ€ht… natĂŒrlich bin ich, wenn ich mir all diese schönen Blöcke anschaue schon neugierig auf die 21 Blöcke, die in den nĂ€chsten Wochen noch aus aller Welt hier ankommen werden…

 

My colour scheme for F2F - orange/green/turquoise on a white background

Weekend finish… disappearing fourpatch

rainAfter 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

chain piecing two squares

 

connecting the pairs....

connecting the pairs….

... connecting the pairs to squares...

… connecting the pairs to squares…

cutting the squares and changing / turning the pieces before they were sewed together again

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:

the front

the front

And the back side. It is appr. 30 x 38″

the back side out of a cotton table cloth

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 🙂

A Friday Finish!

Today I finished a cushion cover I made as a gift for a friend’s 40th birthday we will going to celebrate tomorrow. For the orange peel shapes I used the template I made for my last quilt which had an orange peel quilt pattern… I cut it just a bit taller for the cushion cover. The technique I used for it I tried first with tiny pieces for my Dear Jane quilt – and in such a small size it didn’t work well. But here – the cushion cover is appr. 20″x20″ – it worked very well. A detailed description for that technique is shown in a MSQC-tutorial you can find here.

But here you can see progress & finish of my cushion cover.

sewing orange peel shaped thin interfacing  with the sticky part inside onto my fabrics... and cut out after sewing together

sewing orange peel shaped thin interfacing with the sticky part inside onto my fabrics… and cut out after sewing together

cut a small slit into the interfacing and then turn the inside out

cut a small slit into the interfacing and then turn the inside out

after turning inside out it is looking like this from the front

after turning inside out it is looking like this from the front

after turning the inside out you can see the sticky side of the interfacing on the surface now

after turning the inside out you can see the sticky side of the interfacing on the surface now

placed the orange peel shapes on the front... iron carefully to fix it before applique with a small blanket stich

placed the orange peel shapes on the front… iron carefully to fix it before applique with a small blanket stich

I had my orange peel machine appliqued with a small blanket stitch.

I had my orange peel machine appliqued with a small blanket stitch.

the basted front ready for quilting

the basted front ready for quilting

quilted the front with my walking foot

quilted the front with my walking foot

I used my serger to sew front and back together.

I used my serger to sew front and back together.

the back side

the back side

Finished!

Finished!

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Dancing Boxes …. finished

I designed the Dancing Boxes quilt as a birthday present for a family member… now I gave it away and can finally show the finished quilt. At the end it turned out 50″x 73″ (127 x 185 cm)… a lovely size to put it on the sofa and use it for the daily nap.

Dancing Boxes Quilt - front

Dancing Boxes Quilt – front

Dancing Boxes quilt

Dancing Boxes quilt

I chose a blue fabric for the back and an orange peel pattern for the quilting – I like the result and the quilting pattern was easy to sew on my domestic machine: just diagonal wavy lines with my walking foot which built this pattern at the end. I made a cardboard template to mark the lines.

Because I made this quilt as a birthday gift I created a special label: I used crayons to colour my drawing and my iron to fix the colours… I tried it before with a white fabric piece and put it in the washing machine at 40°C with best results. I got the idea to use crayons from this book… but I didn’t use a drawing from the book, I made my own.

My selfmade quiltlabel for this birthdayquilt.

My selfmade quiltlabel for this birthdayquilt.

While I was at the birthday party in Berlin I got a parcel from Esther@ipatchandquilt…. She sent a lot of lovely sraps to me to enlarge my stash – thank you Esther for your generosity!!!!

So I’m going to continue the work on my daughter’s quilt. In Juni F2F block swap will start and in June I have to sew three 12,5″ blocks for Esther…

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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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