29 December 2008
I needed something to brighten up my day mainly spent on post-Christmas-clean-up ... despite my not wanting to start this right away, I just couldn't help myself.
There will be nine blocks of red and green, mainly purchased at my favourite local shop. I need to cut another 31 squares ...
23 December 2008
These are the things I didn't get done:
both in Christmassy fabric. Maybe I should do these asap and store them for next Christmas while I' still in the mood?
Now I'm trying to decide what to do next ... a disappearing 9-Patch? Finish my night on the tiles? Work on Carola's sampler? Maybe I should work on the sampler, get it done and use the urge to start a new project to motivate me to finish? I think that's a good plan!
17 December 2008
Since September, the list of upcoming projects has changed to:
Edited to add: PIF No. 2 is also on its way, also to California.
16 December 2008
Wiki says: "The twelve days of Christmas in the song are the twelve days from the birth of Christ (Christmas, December 25) to the coming of the Magi (Epiphany, January 6, or the Twelfth Day). Thus, the twelve days are December 25 through January 6. (...)
Twelfth Night is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking."
14 December 2008
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5 December 2008
Edited to add: it's done, go have a look at it here.
4 December 2008
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28 November 2008
Definitely on my list of pre-Holiday projects!
25 November 2008
In September, I stumbled across these lovely panels at my favourite German quilt shop, Patchcom and just had to have them. Thankfully, they went really well with fabric I had bought there the previous year but never got around to using.
So I figured I'd make quickie coasters by sandwiching sections of the panel, machine quilting a detail or two, cutting them into two strips of four sections each, attaching long rows of binding, cutting each strip into four sections and attaching the rest of the binding. Now I'm hand-finishing the individual coasters before spraying them with fabric protector.
There will be eight.
Then it's onto the potholders.
Now I wonder if gold-coloured decorations on the fabric make that fabric a bad choice for potholders ...
Anyway, the goal is to have a good number of small things to hand-finish over the weekend to keep myself busy (read: stifle boredom) when visiting my in-laws.
24 November 2008
Here's one for Denyse Schmid Flea Market Fancy fabrics: http://littlebluecottage.wordpress.com/2008/11/23/flea-market-fancy-stash-a-little-giveaway/.
21 November 2008
The binding has added another 160 minutes to the count - and is all done. While I was working on it, I found myself getting increasingly worried as to the well-being of the intended recipient. We knew the baby would make its arrival in early November .... and we already were weeks into the month.
Therefore, I am glad to report that Baby Samuel and his parents are doing very well and are ever so pleased with one another.
I myself am pleased as well, with myself for guessing the gender correctly, finishing the quilt "in a day" - approx 640 minutes plus washing, ironing, wrapping, packing and shipping. Ten hours forty minutes does qualify as a working day, a short one, around these parts.
19 November 2008
This doll quilt idea has been flying around my head and I think I'll make a few during the holidays. It also seems to be a good opportunity to use up random kids's shirts decorated at parties that are too large to be worn or too cute to be washed.
14 November 2008
I am making good progress on the quilting and another evening session should see the rest of it finished plus the binding started. The top is a bit wavey where I pulled to reveal corners, but there is notably less bunching and pulling than in the previous one.
320 minutes on the clock.
13 November 2008
11 November 2008
10 November 2008
Yay, my "quilt in a day" is finished! It'll be shipped this week and I'm quite pleased with it.
I learned to not scrimp on backing fabric!
Now onto the list of upcoming projects:
1.) PIF - not done yet, sorry
2.) Coasters - not done either ... but then there's always Christmas
3.) Stashbuster Quilt for my God-Daughter, well, sort of: used some of the the fabric and finished the quilt -> the rest will be turned into the ragged squares quilt.
4.) 2 quilts in a day for new babies: finished no 1, working on No 2
5.) a Big Zig quilt, based on Denyse Schmidt's pattern for yet another baby: on the backburner
6.) a long-term project: my first and only sampler quilt was meant for my first-born and to be ready when she starts school. She's in second grade and the thing still looks the way it did in November 2003. Yikes. I have plans to rework it and finish it off eventually. I will not hand-quilt and it will not be the size shown in that post dated January 2005.
7.) A Night on the Tiles in Manchester: started.
8.) Crocheting Madness
5 November 2008
The Quilt-in-a-day is ready for the final spurt of hand-stitching. And I love my binding clips! As a finishing touch I will add a little bit of hand quilting to the back where the hearts are in the front. And then the thing gets shipped and I will make another one, just in a different colour scheme for what I think will be a boy.
2 November 2008
at least me for myself. On the other hand, this is a sign that I am learning as I move from project to project. My main mistake here: being too much of a cheapskate. I cut the backing too small and then didn't pin it enough. Oh well, won't happen again ... then again, I have done this before.
But it is looking good so far:
26 October 2008
24 October 2008
23 October 2008
I've been very excited about going on my first quilt retreat and it certainly did not disappoint! IN faact, I liked it so much, I will go back next year.
The accomodation was befitting, the food nice, and the quilting inspirational!
This is how I started out on the first evening:
Calculating and cutting ...
22 October 2008
This along with a down-turn in the economy is increasingly motivating me to cocoon and use up what is there - to stash-bust. Quilting and crocheting have proven to be therapeutic to me in the past and I will try to focus more on those.
I am hoping that making things will help me get in touch with my feelings for the people that I make them for and also give me a much needed sense of accomplishing and connecting.
Looking forward to going through this, I am hoping (see? all that hope?) for more clarity in terms of how I want to shape my life going forward with it.
Could this be a mid-life crisis? After all, I will be 40 next spring ;-) Maybe not so much this but the end of the baby phase in my life and the sudden realisation that if I don't actively shape my life, no one will.
In the spirit of making: I'll attempt this to use up my left-overs from Hannah's Christening Quilt: AmandaJean's Ragged Squares Quilt tutorial.
8 October 2008
But what is a doll quilt exactly. One google later and I knew from reading the doll swap blog and checking out Flickr pool.
7 October 2008
I'm making good progress on the quilt of which the name is a mockery, really. It's called "Quilt in a Day" which I suppose were right, had I the entire day to spend on it.
But it is a pleasure to make, very simple, and progress is easily visible. Just the way I like it. To speed things along, I switched my machine from slow to fast (the only two settings available) and zoomed right a long, up and down the sandwich ... until the needle broke.
I guess after six years of drudgery, it was allowed. Now I need to find a replacement so that I can finish my little project.
5 October 2008
guess which one is unintended. Yikes! I'll have to see that I can somewhat limit that trend to the current damage. I was so afraid that the blanket would slim down during progress that I apparently was a bit too zealous at the edges.
"C'est jaune, c'est moche, ça ne va avec rien mais ça peut vous sauver la vie ... it's yellow, it's ugly, it doesn't go with anything but it may well save your life."
Lagerfeld lent his fashion cred to a French campaign raising awareness for road safety vests. Read more here and here.
4 October 2008
Only roughly three and a half months past its deadline, Paula's Princess II Bed quilt is finished. I used IKEA toddler bed linen and a fleece baby blanket for this project.
I threw my back out trying to load laundry into the washer and got to spend the majority of Saturday cuddled up with a hot water bottle while finishing this project.
It feels good to move on to the next one.
1.) Piping is not so difficult to make.
2.) Ironing is a good thing.
More impressions on Flickr.
Flickr be praised, I found a lot of frog quilt blocks and inspirations for when - one dark and rainy evening - I will teach Tiffany how to patchwork and quilt.
It is inspired by this tiling from my favourite local pub in West Didsbury, Manchester (England), the Metropolitan on Lapwing Lane.
I will substitute the blue for green, there actually is another hallway tiled in that colour scheme. My biggest challenge will be deciding on a size and planning the size of blocks for it. This will hopefully be finished before I leave on October 23.
In the meantime, I also plan to complete Natalia's Quilt-in-a-day which I hope to be shipping from England when I visit in two weeks' time.
30 September 2008
29 September 2008
Since mid-July the list of upcoming projects has changed to:
And then there are: the WIPs and my Retreat Project. I am always itching to start a new project and have a million ideas in my head. Especially when work is tedious - like right now.
28 September 2008
Wow, this is the quickest quilting project so far: I started on September 2 and spent roughly four nights per week working on this. It was quite the hit with the recipient's family.
Hannah was christened this weekend and I am hoping that this quilt will accompany her throughout her life.
Fabric: Moda, Quilt Pink range plus Makower Pink Spray for the backing and vichy checks for the border.
Filled with Freudenberg 100% cotton wadding
26 September 2008
25 September 2008
With the binding attached, using a zig zag stitch and a relatively unconventional approach of ironing and pinning down, then zipping around the binding by machine, adding a nice zig-zaggy embellishment, I move on to the last and least favourite job: cleaning up all the loose threads.
Half an evening to go! Delivery scheduled for tomorrow.
I've been hunting for a nice leaf patterns for the longest time! In 2003, just before we moved away from my beloved Manchester, I purchased a set of fat quarters of autumnal fabrics - see UFOs and fabric addictions. Now I know what to make of it.
24 September 2008
23 September 2008
22 September 2008
21 September 2008
I basted the quilt and to my dismay noticed that I have mismeasured the wadding, drat! Now I need to work around this tonight - not that I really have the time for that ... it'll teach me, I hope.
Also, this is my first attempt at quilting in the ditch while using my walking foot. I have noticed that quilting yarn does not appear to be a good choice for this exercise and will switch to regular yarn after I've quilted around all the blocks.
Counting down: 3,5 evenings till delivery!
20 September 2008
I've stopped fretting, decided on binding and backing, purchased wadding and am now stalling ... today I'm hoping to get started with attaching the binding to the front and then sandwiching the whole lot in order to bast and get ready for quilting
19 September 2008
Somehow Tiffany is under the impression that I'd make a good quilting instructor and she wants to make a frog quilt. I had seen cute blocks but neglected to save them to "Favourites", sigh:
http://www.quiltdesignnw.com/ForKids.htm - scrool further down.
But none of these are the one I saw. Does anybody else have a good link for frog blocks, please?
17 September 2008
I'm using Kaffe Fassett scraps that I selected while prepping my ill-fated Repetition class project, its background fabric might also find its way into this quilt.
All of this necessitates a trip to my favourite fabric dealer in the area patchcom.de for wadding and such, all in preparation of a Friday evening luxuriously spent by myself at the sewing machine while hubby and my aupair are out on the tiles, separately, mind you!
16 September 2008
This time around, I have been relatively good about measuring and cutting and ironing!
Once I assembled each block, I ironed it and pressed the seams this way and that. Then the dreaded lay-outing began again and I noticed that my earlier plan of lighter blocks in the middle column didn't work too well.
But with the help of my "design wall" - two insulating boards taped together and mounted on an easel - I finally arrived at a solid lay-out. It only took me eight attempts ...
The two middle rows have already been sewn together, leaving me to increasingly fret about the border fabric and design.
You will notice that the photos of the lay-outs are not so great in terms of quality. In this case, it actually helped see which blocks are more contrasting than others or lighter or darker. Then again, I want to arrive at a point where I take reasonably good shots of my progress. Not using my phone camera might help with that ;-)
14 September 2008
I watched Lipstick Jungle last night and did some sewing. Now I need to re-juggle the lay-out.
Not all seams line up perfectly which I blame on the absence of a non-dull rotary cutter blade a while back. But that way you can tell it's a one-of-a-kind home-made quilt - nothing like some good explaining-away ;-)
11 September 2008
There just isn't enough time or brain power to go around here these days and I have three quilts on a deadline as it is. I will disassemble what I have done so far and put the hearts away for another project / use. Thankfully I didn't do a lot of cutting yet so that I can re-assign the fabric to new projects that will surely be upcoming.
To re-cap, these were my goals for the next few months as posted in July:
- in progress: Stashbuster Quilt for my God-Daughter
- fabric selected and lay-out decided: 2 "quilts in a day" for new babies plus a Big Zig quilt, based on Denyse Schmidt's pattern for yet another baby
9 September 2008
many US quilters machine piece and consider paper-piecing complete lunacy! It took me two evenings to assemble all my strips and squares to blocks of 4 strips and one square.
Tonight the fun begins when I have to cut them to size for further assembly. Last time, that didn't go so well.
Next on my mind is the quilting, I think I will just quilt in the ditch and be done with it. Also, binding and wadding are issues. I need to check whether I have enough wadding left for the job and it the fabric I planned on using for the binding will actually match. The backing will probably be some of the large-polka-dot fabric I purchased a while ago.
7 September 2008
I'm quite happily crocheting along, usually when my mind is too numb to care about much else than this and a glass of chilled Riesling. I'm making good progress and am pondering a border fabric. This swirly paisley of sorts was picked up on a whim at one of the Traverse City stores recommended by my lovely readers. I'm just not entirely sure whether it matches the pinks stripes ... a good excuse to get some more fabric.
I have been asked about the projected size of this piece and my best answer is: I'll stop when I run out of yarn. I never sat down to calculate width and length and will just have to go with the flow.
2 September 2008
I've decided to go with tonal and this will be the colour scheme of sorts. I wasn't sure if contrasting the different pinks would make the entire thing too busy without adding any real contrast to the design.
Sewing begins tonight with a deadline of September 25 midnight.
1 September 2008
21 August 2008
I'm plowing ahead full steam these days with projects in all stages:
and now Hannah's Fresh Linens: The pattern is from a booklet I bought in Charlevoix and the fabric is a pack of fat quarters of Moda's Quilt Pink.
Currently the blocks are contrasting but I might change them to tonal to dial down the busy-ness. Off to the design wall I go.
19 August 2008
My question is how often do you renew your blades? One per project?
7 August 2008
This is partially due to the fact that while on holiday, the only quilt-related thing I did was shopping. And giving away my latest work. But I already posted about that.
So this is it:
Essentially I've tried to use different paper cut outs for different shapes, then decided to just cut free hand, then changed my mind again and had my kids cut or draw a shape for me to cut.
I've also gone back to one of my earlier posts (here) for inspiration. And I think I will continue dragging my feet here ...
5 August 2008
We did a day trip to Charlevoix, MI, and I stumbled across what is now my favourite quilt shop:
Hearts to Holly
107 Mason St.
Charlevoix, MI 49720
It is a quilter's paradise with a wide selection of fabrics and super-friendly staff. It took a lot of restraint on my part to not just buy up the whole place. Instead I got my first ever jelly roll. And lots of ideas in my head.
29 July 2008
And this is where it all started: July 2007. It's been a year.
Just click on either of the photos and you'll be taken to my new Flickr account that will hold all things quiltey-craftey. I've fed up with having to upload photos to my server and this way I can also join pools and groups and such without having to mix my photography photos with my crafty stuff.