Saturday, October 10, 2015

Quiltessential Buchvorstellung

(apologies to my English speaking readers, the following post will be in German only...)


 Als ich vor ungefaehr acht Jahren mit dem Quilten begann, da habe ich keinen Kurs belegt, das war vor allem trial and error. Inspiration und Anleitungen habe ich mir vor allem im Internet geholt. Einer der ersten Blogs, die ich regelmaessig gelesen habe, war der von Erin Burke Harris. Als mich die netten Leute vom Haupt Verlag gefragt hatten, ob ich die deutsche Ausgabe ihres Buches Quiltessential besprechen moechte, habe ich natuerlich ganz begeistert 'ja' gerufen!



Und was soll ich sagen, dass Buch ist einfach toll. Sehr schoen aufgemacht mit ansprechenden Fotos. Es ist in vier grosse Kapitel eingeteilt, in Stoffauswahl, Farbpalette, Entwurf und Fertigstellung. In ihrem Vorwort spricht Erin Burke Harris davon, dass sie ein Nachschlagewerk schreiben wollte. Und das ist ihr meiner Meinung nach auch gelungen. Es umfasst wirklich viele denkbaren Techniken rund ums Thema Quilten. Klar, vieles wird nur angerissen und kurz vorgestellt, aber man bekommt eine gute Idee davon, was alles moeglich ist.




Richtig gut gefallen hat mir im Kapitel Stoffauswahl das Unterkapitel Stoffverbrauch. Fuer jemanden wie mich, die in Mathe nie eine grosse Leuchte war, sehr hilfreich!



Abgerundet wird das Buch durch die Portraets einiger bekannter Quilterinnen und Designerinnen wie Anna Maria Horner, Malka Dubrawsky oder Angela Walters. 



Zusammenfassend wuerde ich sagen, dass Buch wird seinem Anspruch gerecht und vermittelt einen sehr guten Eindruck ueber die Grundlagen des Quiltens. Alte Hasen werden hier vielleicht nicht so viel neues Erfahren, aber fuer Einsteiger, die sich mit dem Thema vertraut machen wollen, ist es super geeignet. Und auch ich mit meinen mittlerweile einigen Jaehrchen Quilterfahrung auf dem Buckel konnte noch so manches erfahren. 


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Evolution - a finished quilt

Have you ever had the feeling while making a quilt that you were running a marathon? I did. And guess what, this week I crossed the finish line. I finished a quilt that I started in February 2014. But the whole process has been a truly enjoyable experience. I only worked on when when the mood struck, and I guess it was well worth the effort. And since for me this quilt was evolving right before my eyes, I named it the Evolution quilt.

(WARNING: Lots of photos ahead!)

This is by far the most modern quilt I ever made. It's made up entirely of Kona Cotton Scraps and started on a whim on a cold February night.

Then came this:

And then this, all done in February 2014:

Two month later in April I did the next addition:

And then there was the move to another county, different projects, lack of inspiration, yadda, yadda, yadda... no work on this for over a year. But during this summer I felt like working on it again. I finished the top last month.

Last Wednesday, I was sewing the final stitches on the binding.

And yesterday I gave it away. I have a very dear colleague who is pursuing greener pastures and she had her goodbye party yesterday. I will miss her very, very much. She played a big part in making me feel welcome in my new office at the beginning of this year. Here she is with her new quilt:

I'm glad this very special quilt found a home with a very special person! Happy Friday everyone!

Linking up with crazy mom quilts for finish it up Friday!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

It's hot out there!

We are now entering the third week of weather of 30 degrees Celsius or more. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining all too much, but the weather did nothing for my sewing mojo. But this morning I thought that I need a new makeup pouch. And this afternoon, it was finished:

It's made out of scraps, Kona white and black linen. The color combination was selected because of the inside fabric:

I've had this piece of waxed cotton for a while and planned to use it for a pouch.

The other side is just leftover scraps. I'm super happy with it and it felt good to sew something just for myself.

Have a nice weekend!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Meet Beatrix!

I think Beatrix and I will be BFFs. We were not off to a good start, be over the course of this weekend we got along better and better.

To be honest, it was entirely my fault we did not hit it off immediately. If you attempt to get to know Beatrix as well, I recommend to check your printer settings and print at 100% if you use A4 paper...

So my muslin was way to tight, even thought I had checked my measurements first. This was all yesterday, and this morning I started fresh and printed again. It was maybe a bit risky to use the good fabric without making another muslin, but at this point, I wanted results fast.

It ended up a bit too big, but this was easily remedied by taking off some inches on the sides. I guess I had more luck than sense here...

I love the buttons on the back, such a nice detail.

I think this will be only the first of many, many Beatrix tops in my closet. I guess they'll fit right in with all that Washi dresses...

pattern: Beatrix sewing pattern by Made by Rae
fabric: Field Study by Anna Maria Horner

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tic Tac Toe: a finished quilt

I had such big plans for this quilt! I'll take my time, and then I take some really nice photos. Yeah, well, what do they say about the best laid plans...?

This quilt was a gift for my new nephew. He was already born at the beginning of May, but my brother-in-law and his family live about three hours away from us and we did not get the chance to visit before last weekend. Last week was also the last week of school with lots of parties and end of school stuff. Plus, it was very hectic at work. What does this have to do with this quilt, you ask? It meant that I was not really in the mood for quilting, and therefore did not finish until last Friday late in the evening. Since we left the next morning, there was no way of taking photos.

So I thought: "great, I'll do it when we get there in their garden". Only that we had 35 degrees Celsius and no one was really in the mood to spent more time outside than absolutely necessary...

Anyway, to make a long story short: baby boy is really cute and quilt was well received.

This quilt was made possible through the Beehivequilts. I had 12 blocks from my beemates and added some more. In this bee, we sew from our own stash, and I love that this gives the quilt a variety of fabrics.

The back was a lucky coincidence. I've had this owl fabric in my stash for a few years now, and I had totally forgotten about it. I was looking for fabric for the binding when I rediscovered it! And the piece was big enough for the whole quilt, no piecing. Yay!

What about you? Has the end of the school year slowed down your sewing as well?

I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts for finish it up Friday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tic Tac Toe

On May 11th, our family got bigger again. My brother-in-law and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby boy. Everyone is doing very well, and baby is quite mellow so far. We have yet to meet our nephew, but that gives me a little more time to finish his quilt...

I was queen bee in The Beehive Quilts in April, and my fellow mates sent some beautiful blocks along my way. I added seven more blocks to get a total of 20 blocks, and this morning I was able to finish the top. I even found a piece of owl fabric that's big enough for the backing in my stash, so hopefully this baby will be finished soon...

I'm linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday on Blossom Heart Quilts.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

HST sampler quilt - a finish

Last Saturday, I got into a sewing frenzy. I needed to finish my Half Square Triangle Sampler quilt since I had to drop it off on Monday and Saturday was the only free day. Thankfully, I did not meet any glitches along the way and got it finished just in time!

This quilt will be raffled off in two weeks at my kids' school party. The school celebrates its 20th birthday, and all the money from the raffle will go to a school project in Peru. All the parents were asked to give some prizes. And while others contributed a night in their chalet in the Swiss alps or a sailing trip on their yacht across the lake (no kidding!), our means are a bit smaller so a quilt was the natural choice. 

I quilted this with Aurifil 40 wt in white. The solid is Kona Snow. You can't really see from this photo, but I also made the binding in the same fabric (a first for me!).

For the back, I used this somewhat psychedelic print from IKEA. I do not have a quilt shop close by, and I needed the fabric fast, so ordering was not an option and IKEA the only choice.

I hope it will find a new home with someone who is able to appreciate something handmade...

I'm linking this finish up with crazy mom quilts for Finish it up Friday!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Trip down memory lane

15 years ago I spent a year studying abroad in Aberystwyth, Wales. I know I it sounds like a cliche, but this was one of the best years of my life. I met a lot of new people, some of whom I'm still friends with, I learned horseback riding, I partied a lot and studied a bit.
This spring, my former roommate suggested we take a trip down memory lane. And last week, we did!

It was strange and also a bit surreal, a lot has changed in 15 years. But a lot has also stayed the same, and throughout this trip there was a lot "I remember this and that..."

This used to be my house, 1st floor on the right, and yes, we were right on the promenade and had the best sea view ever!

We also headed north and visited Harlech and Caenarfon Castle:

And swung by Will's house on the way back:

Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

I'm grateful for a husband and a mother-in-law who made this trip possible for me...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A severe case of HSTs

It's a long holiday weekend, we are taking it easy and I got some time to sew. I made great progress on my HST sampler quilt, the top is done!

This will probably be a charity quilt.  At the end of June, my son's school will have a raffle at their annual summer party, and I promised to donate a quilt. All the money generated from this raffle will go to a school in Peru. I'm writing that this will probably be my donation because I also have another top in the works and haven't decided which one to donate yet. We'll see, maybe it will be both if I manage to finish them in time.

I have no idea how to quilt this one yet, hopefully inspiration strikes soon...

Wishing everyone a nice long weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Last Minute

Better late to the party than never, right? I tried to write this post for a whole week now, but somehow life and work took over. So without further ado, here's my entry in the Large Quilt category:

It's the Kerstin Medallion Quilt!

 You might think it a bit pretentious to name a quilt after myself, but since I did not follow any pattern and added border after border just like my whim struck, I think I'm justified...

I finished it late last year, and it has been living on our bed ever since. It's the biggest quilt I ever made, and I just love everything about it.

 The back is a mix of Botanics prints and IKEA fabric.

Quilt statistics:

pattern by: me
fabric: Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander
quilted with Aurifil 40 wt, light blue (forgot the number...)
size: 2,30 m x 2,30 m

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I finished a quilt! How did that happen, I can hardly believe it myself! Sewing time has been scarce lately, I somehow managed again to totally trash my sewing room, I royally screwed up while trying to sew a dress, and all that hasn't help with the mojo. But my mother-in-law ordered a quilt for her guest room, so I had to get my act togehter.

She gave me free reign over what to make, and after debating for a while I came up with this:

I used the great pattern by Latifah Saafir from Craftsy. Well written, easy to follow. The only thing I did wrong was that I forgot to change the printer settings. So what should have been a 12 inch clamshell turned out to be only 10 inches. Needless to say, it was too small for a single bed and I had to add the white border. I like how it turned out anyway.

I raided my Denyse Schmidt stash for this quilt. Mainly it's from the first DS quilts collection for Joann's, togehter with some Flea Market Fancy. I just added a white and pink polka dots fabric from my stash.

It's quilted with Aurifil 2415 in 40 wt. That's a light pink that matches nicely. For the quilting, I just echoed the clamshells. The border is quilted in arches.

And look at that, I even made round corners! I thought that fits nicely with the overall curves theme of the quilt...

For now, it lives on our guest bed until my mother-in-law comes visiting in a few weeks. Here's hoping she'll like it!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bee on time

I've been doing a little bee block sewing over the last few weeks. I did manage to sneak in a few minutes here and there, and slowly worked my way through one bee at the time (I'm part of three at the moment).

First up, my blocks for The Beehive quilts.  In this bee, we sew from our stash.

I made two of the Chainlink blocks for Siobhan because I wasn't so happy with my color combo at first, but now that I see them together, it's not all that bad. So I'm hoping they'll fit in nicely with the rest of the blocks.

The Wanta Fanta block for Britta was great fun. She requested blue, teal and dark pink. I'm good with the blue and teal, but the dark pink was a challenge. Not a lot of that in my stash!

Next up, Friends with Additions. This is a travelling bee where everyone sent out a started block and the other bees have to come up with an addition. Sadly, one quilt was lost in the mail, so everyone set out to recreate their blocks. This is my addition.

The fabric is not exactly the same, but it comes pretty close.

And finally, Bee Germany.

Susanne let us test her new pattern. This was great fun. It's fast and jelly roll friendly. And she did sent out beautiful fabric...

Ulrike is this month' queen bee. Normally, I tend to be a bit behind in my bee schedule, but since I was the last one to mail her blocks last year, I wanted to be the first one this year...

Since it's Tuesday, I'll link up with Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday!