Twisted Bargello Quilt in green and blue

I haven’t posted most part of my work because my posting schedule is lagging seriously behind my working, sewing and quilting schedule… But now, there’s a reason to post:

Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival - AmysCreativeSide.com
Anyway, this is the blue and green twisted bargello quilt I made for my brother.
He moved out to university and got his first flat of his own, and of course he needed a quilt. He also inspired the name for the quilt when we were practicing English for his studies: Synthetic Raisins”!
Basically, this name was coined on a pronunciation error, he wanted to have the German translation of “synthetic resins” (Kunstharze) as he’s studying engineering, but he pronounced it like raisins… 🙂 I was dumbstruck and just asked “What raisins? Why do you want to make synthetic raisins if it’s so easy to make natural ones…???!!!” – I virtually expected the unexpceted impossible  from a student of chemical engineering… LOL
There are twenty different fabrics in different shades of blue and green involved, the pattern is taken from the book Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts by Eileen Wright. I sorted and re-sorted the order of the fabric about twenty times and took a photo of every order, but the final decision was an accidental one… sometimes random turns out better… 🙂 
The pattern in the book is easy to understand and to follow, and ironing the fabric precisely does the trick. I adapted the pattern and made two twists instead of one, that was easy, too, because Eileen’s patterns are absolute in precision and instruction.
This is the quilt on my bed, spread in all its beauty:

Here you can see the full double twist: 
And that’s the back, made of scraps from the bargello strip sets and baby blue solid fabric: 
I quilted the bargello twists with straight lines following the different colours and sewing through the squares diagonally. It turned out great and emphasizes the twisted structure even more. 
Sorry for the quality of the photos, I don’t have a clothesline, so taking photos that show the entire quilt is a bit tricky… 😦
I’m linking this post up to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side, here’s the link back to her blog. 
Happy sewing,

I Spy Boys Quilts

I’m just realizing that I haven’t posted the quilts I made for my sons, I basically finished telling with my visit to the customs office in order to pick up the fabric I had ordered… well, that’s a long time ago…
So, here we go:
I had some pattern in mind that was similar to the “All Framed Up” Baby quilt by Melissa Correy, because I really love the design, but, as usually, I didn’t use a pattern and ended up with something different.
But, the two quilts with my sons’ names appliquéd onto some of the blocks turned out nice and are well loved. That’s more important than sticking to any pattern…

So, I worked out a pattern consisting of a charm and two halved charm pieces with a 1.5″ sashing strip (1″ after sewing) inbetween and tried to arrange the pieces alternatingly, so that there would be a pattern of parallel lines, but not  so obvious. After a bit of struggeling with the layout, the block sizes and the assembly of the quilt top (pattern designer  struggle for you!!) a lovely boy’s quilt turned out.

Next problem: the quilt back. I had ordered RJR fabrics on sale to make two different quilt backs, but unfortunately one fabric was out of stock and I only got half the quantity ordered, the other fabric was shipped in the quantity ordered but was in three pieces… annoying, but what do you expect for 3$ per yard designer fabric. So, I decided to piece the backs together from 10.5″ squares (10″ finished) as Bonnie Hunter offers in her back tutorials. That really comes handy because it’s so easy to calculate.
So, here’s the quilt back (before ironing):

 It turned out really nice, quilted without any problems with the seams on the back in a straight line grid following the white sashings. Fast and easy, here’s a quilting detail.
For binding I used a striped Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric, because I love striped bindings and my sons love The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

So… **drumrolls** here’s the finished quilt front and back, hanging over my ironing board:

 Finished, washed and dried it was immediately loved… 🙂

 Thanks for bearing with me.

Happy Sewing!

Honeycomb Pillow Times Three

Honeycomb Stitch-Along
*** Attention, this is a picture-heavy post! ***

When I saw the fantastic pillow sew-along on Echinops and Aster I decided that I wanted to try this pillow, it’s really gorgeous. My dad’s a beekeeper and he turned 60 last week, so I quickly got to the idea to make these pillows for him as a birthday gift.
So, finally, I made three of them – two for my dad and one for my hubby. Here they are:

a.) my test pillow in fabric that more or less matches the fabric used in my Helix quilts

b.) the pillows I gave my father for his birthday

I did the 20″ pillow case, and it fits precisely! Jenelle did a really great job in designing this pillow, it’s fun to make and a joy to look at.
The fabric collection Honey Honey by Kate Spain looks precious, it’s a really good choice. But I’m a Kate Spain fanatic anyway… I’d probably love all her fabric lines… 😉

Congatulations to Jenelle on this awesome work!

I printed all the instructions, and I’m sure I’ll make a few more of these. They are really easy to follow and very understandable. So: full recommendation and at least 7 ********* to Jenelle for her pillow!

Thanks a million, Jenelle, for sharing this pillow!

And thanks for stopping by.

Happy sewing,

And here is my Bee-Show:

 P.S. I’m liking up this post to the Echinops and Aster final link-up, here‘s the way back to Jenelle’s blog.

P.P.S.: Edit on 14/06/2013: I link this up to the Kate Spain Bloghop on Blossom Heart Quilts. Here’s the link back.