Finally another finish

                                                                 LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts

All Framed Up Baby Quilt, pattern by Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting Melissa

I haven’t had much quilting time this year, but at least there are some things I manage to finish.
My friend is expecting a baby girl by around next week. In June I started a baby quilt for her and I managed to finish it this week. It is washed, dried and delivered already and ready to cuddle the new little girl.
So I made a baby quilt for our friends’ new family member. My friend didn’t want an all-girlish pink quilt, so I used a charm pack of Ocean View by Paul Brent for Moda and a lot of scraps from my stash, among it some pieces of Honey Honey, some Malka Dubravski fabric and some fabrics I got from my Pink Castle Fabrics stash builder subscription.

  

I made Melissa Correy’s All Framed Up Baby Quilt pattern from Moda Bake Shop.
But I was UNABLE to read the instructions properly… so I had quite a puzzle to solve in order to have all parts fitting together.

I used 5″ squares with sashings as center squares, Melissa’s pattern says to cut the center squares down to 3.5″. So it just didn’t fit at first. Thanks to the genious in Melissas’s pattern, and to my luck, there was just one 1.5″ square + sashings to add and everything fit again. It nearly gave me fits, you know…

Besides, I was unalbe to calculate properly that day I planned the quilt. I planned it far too huge for a baby, so I changed the layout from 4×4 to 3×3 and added 4 more blocks to have the same top and backside on the quilt.

I used two layers of batting to make the quilt extra soft and cuddly and FMQed it with loops and hearts.

For the binding I used an extra-girly hot pink fabric with white polka dots.

The baby quilt turned out really fabulous. Melissa’s pattern is absolutely great to work with. Now we’re waiting for the baby girl to arrive… 🙂

I’m linking this up with TGIFF at Amy’s Crafty Shenanigans and Link-A-Finish-Friday at Richard and Tanya Quilts.

Happy quilting

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!

Made with Jelly Rolls – Wedding Quilt

I posted about this quilt nearly a year ago, and have had it stored in my closet ever since. And now it’s official, my friend’s wedding date is set and she will get this quilt made with three Jelly Rolls.

And – FINALLY 🙂 – on April 27th it will move to its new owners. They don’t follow my blog, so they won’t know anything about this present. I look forward to seeing their surprised faces.

In general, I use Jelly Rolls quite often. Also the Over The Rainbow Quilt is made of Jelly Roll strips. I had it in the Quilting Gallery Show and Tell three weeks ago and finished second. Thanks a million for your votes by the way.

Now I go blog hopping – give it a try, it’s real fun. Last time I won three prices and found lots of interesting and lovely blogs with tons of inspiration.

Happy sewing or hopping,

ABQ (Aurifil-Bartending-Quilting)

 I’m completely impressed by Casa Cenina!
My Aurifil threads have arrived today, they were shipped on Monday and sent by AIR MAIL! Imagine, from Milan to Munich, about 600 km, and for a very reasonable shipping rate.
Here they are:

My parents are on a business trip to Italy next week, and I’ve already passed my order for more Aurifil to my mom. Let’s see if she’s successful… 🙂

Now there’s the thread to go on quilting my helix quilts. I’ve quilted straight lines onto the coloured spiral, and I’m planning some grey variegated (Aurifil Mako 50 No.4665) in a meander FMQ for the negative space.

While waiting for the threads to arrive I did some bagmaking. I used Kirsten Link’s Bucket Bag pattern from her Craftsy class. 
These bags turn out really nice! I gave one to my mum to store her knitting things, one is for myself and I’m planning to give the third bag to our Kindergarden for their spring market. 
I’ve covered Aurifil and quilting, now to bartending. My DH gave me Charles Schumann’s cocktail recipe book a few weeks ago. Now I’m our private at home bartender and serve a cocktail now and then. The book is fantastic, full of recipes and useful things about mixing and spirits. And, what I find really handy, a double index for the recipes, one in alphabetical order and one for the spirits used. It’s really worth the money. One of my bartending attempts: 
Cheers! 
Happy Sewing

Please vote!

I’ve submitted my first quilt to the quilting gallery show and tell. It’s “Over The Rainbow I”, the quilt I gave to my brother and his fiancé for Christmas 2011. Here’s my post.

Please, please, please vote for me here!

Thanks a million!

Happy Sewing,

WIP Wednesday

Happy New Year!

Time to share my work in progress! This is a rather picture-heavy post, as I haven’t shared any pictures of this project at all. I just didn’t have time for blogging, I was really happy to have sewing time at all.

My current work in progress is the Helix Quilt from Emily Herrick’s book Geared for Guys (I don’t get money from the FatQuarterShop, it’s just where I bought the book and I’m quite happy with Kimberly’s service). The pattern is really easy to work with, but you have to be really organized when you prepare all the strips first and sew them together afterwards.

I used a grey solid fabric which I got at my local fabric store and the Moda Over The Rainbow batiks.
I used one FQ bundle of Horizon Over The Rainbow and one F8th bundle of Sunrise Over The Horizon and several yards of the solid fabric. So far I have “used” 10 yards of the grey solid, but I can’t tell you yet how many yards I actually needed because I have several smaller pieces left over which I plan to use for matching pillowcases and I haven’t finished piecing the back because I ran out of fabric.

So, the process…
1. Strip cutting and piecing with numbered strip sets
 … tons of strips in order to get 6 panels of strips to have plenty for two identical quilt tops…

2. organize strips as numbered in the pattern
… with a complete block of sticky post-it notes (to me the best way to number and organize sets of fabric)

3. sew the strips together as in the pattern
… and my first mistake: I sewed mirrored! 😦
I don’t understand how this happened, but I started off mirrored and continued mirrored, but then, as both quilt tops are identical, it finally doesn’t matter. It just needed a bit more brain power when it came to finishing the tops.

4. What to do with the left overs? What back do I want?

In the mean time I had seen Elizabeth Hartman‘s instructions for creative quilt backs at Craftsy. It’s a really interesting way to create quilt backs and use up leftover pieces from the quilt top. She inspired me to do some quilt back design with the strips I had left.
So, here’s the pieced block for the quilt back. It’s framed in black solid and I will piece the back with this block, grey solid and a line of black solid through the back and around the block. Pictures will follow as the back in still in planning stage (I ran out of fabric… )

5. All remaining pieces will be pieced into 19″ x 19″ pillow cases, we have 6 of them on our couch. I haven’t decided yet on the final pillow design, I’ll post on that another day.

BTW, I signed up fro the Skill Builder BOM by Pile O’ Fabric. You can see the button on the sidebar. It’s free and it sounds really interesting. Give it a try!

Happy Sewing!

Happy Easter finish and Tuesday surprise

A belated Happy Easter to all of you! 

So, two weeks later, my first ever fabric order directly from the U.S. is still sitting with USPS in Richmond, TX – at least the tracking site says so. My supplier was informed by USPS that the package was in New York for customs clearance. It’s business as usual, 4 day for shipment, 4 weeks for customs clearance, so let’s wait and see. 🙂

finished quilt “In the Flower Garden”
I’ve finished my next quilt, it’s # 2 in 2012 then. Last year in October I started a pattern which was published as Mystery Quilt 2010 by the German Quilt Shop Handarbeitshaus mit Museum. The instructions gave a size vo 58″ x 88″, but – as I only can King Size – I extended the pattern to 105″ x 105″. The top is patched with a Garden Party by Blackbird Designs for Moda Jelly Roll precuts, the back and some strips on the quilt top are a from fabric I bought at the German department store Karstadt. The binding is made from the backing fabric, too,  a mocca brown shimmering mercerised cotton fabric with strips of abstract design. I got the fabric at 80%  discount at about $2 per yard because apparently everybody thought that fabric was rather ugly. I thought that at first, too. I quilted in a diagonal grid, with golden metallic thread on the top and a brown thread that blends into the fabric on the back side.  
Quilt back

Ironed and quilted the ugly fabric turned out to be a real beauty! I have to say that this is the most elegant backside I have ever used for a quilt so far. It’s stunning!  Look at that beauty!! 🙂

The binding is a machine sewn as in the tutorial by Pat Sloan with a double layered binding fixed with a blanket stitch. I think I’ll call it “In the Flower Garden”.
This quilt will go to a very dear friend of mine as a wedding gift. I know that the loves the colours and the romantic flowers and I’m convinced that she will treasure this quilt. 🙂

Binding detail

BTW, I’m waiting for my order of quilt labels.
That’s someting new, too!! I’ve ordered woven quilt labels with Nähtante Quilts and washing instructions, to be sewn to my quilts. Now, that I’m “producing” more and publishing about my quilts, it seem appropriate to label them properly. I’ll keep you posted on my labels. And this beauty will be my first quilt to bear an official label.

Oh, there’s my Tuesday surprise! 😀
About six weeks ago I posted a comment to a giveaway post at Melissa Corry’s Happy Quilting Blog on Studio Kat Designs bag patterns. And – unbelievably – I was the lucky winner of three bag patterns by Kat. I gave my e-mail and my snail mail address and forgot about it. And today I was the lucky recipient of three awsome bag patterns! The DH brought up today’s mail and first thing he said was: “Look, you’ve got mail from the U.S.!!” At first, I thought of my fabric order, but the envelope was too small for the quantity of fabrics I had ordered, so the surprise was great to find the patterns.
Now my fingers are itching, but I haven’t got any fusible fleece at home, and I promised myself to quilt the LEGO quilt and have it shipped first before I rush on to a new project.
A new project is looming ahead anyway. It was the reason for my fabric order in the U.S. Some charm pack precuts which I ordered at a German Quilt Shop have arrived, I have sorted them, but I’m still unsure of the design. I can’t decide between a normal sahed I-spy and a combination of the I-spy and a modern form with 9 blocks and half-blocks with a narrower sashing and a broader sashing in between these blocks. I’ve got plenty of time to play.
Thanks to customs clearance I am delayed with my set of boys’ quilts, so I will be able to finish the LEGO quilt and maybe make a bag or two before the fabrics from the U.S. arrive.
I should be greatful that I get the chance to work my UFOs – yes, I definitely am.
Don’t ponder, just do first things first. 🙂

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Noch Frohe Ostern euch allen!

Also, nach zwei Wochen liegt meine allererste Bestellung direkt aus den USA noch immer in Richmond, TX – zumindest sagt das die Tracking-Seite von US Postal Services. Meiner Lieferantin wurde gesagt, mein Paket sei zur Zollabfertigung in New York. Alles wie immer, 4 Tage Transportzeit, 4 Wochen für die Zollabfertigung, wir werden sehen. 🙂

Tuesday surprise!!! 😀

Mein nächster Quilt ist fertig geworden, mein zweiter in diesem Jahr. Letztes Jahr im Oktober habe ich mit der Vorlage angefangen, die als Mystery Quilt 2010 vom Handarbeitshaus mit Museum veröffentlicht wurde. Die Anleitung gibt eine Größe von 208 x 145 cm vor, aber – da ich ja nur King Size kann – habe ich das Muster auf 260 x 260 cm erweitert. Die Oberseite ist aus Jelly Roll Streifen der Kollektion  Garden Party by Blackbird Designs for Moda zusammengesetzt, die Rückseite und ein paar Streifen auf der Oberseite aus einem mokka-braunen schimmernden Stoff aus merzerisierter Baumwolle mit breiten Streifen aus einem abstrakten Stäbchenmuster, den ich bei Karstadt gekauft habe. Der Stoff war um 80% reduziert auf 2,99 EUR/m, weil anscheinend jeder den Stoff für häßlich hielt. Ich fand ihn erst auch ganz schön häßlich. Gequiltet hab ich die Decke in einem diagonalen Raster, mit goldenem Metallic-Garn auf der Oberseite und dunkelbraunem, genau in den Stoff passenden Garn auf der Unterseite.
Gebügelt und gequiltet war der häßliche Stoff plötzlich wunderschön! Das ist eindeutig die schönste und eleganteste Rückseite, die ich bisher für einen Quilt verwendet habe. Wahnsinn, was für eine Schönheit!!!
Die Einfassung ist maschinengenäht, wie im Tutorial von Pat Sloan, mit einer doppelt gelegten Einfassung, die im Festonstich auf der Oberseite festgenäht ist.
Ich werde ihn “Im Blumengarten” / “In the Flower Garden” nennen. Diesen Quilt bekommt eine sehr liebe Freundin von mir als Hochzeitsgeschenk. Ich weiß, dass sie diese Farben und das romantische Blumenmuster liebt und den Quilt in Ehren halten wird. 🙂

new project looming ahead

Ach ja, ich warte auf die Lieferung meiner Quilt-Labels. Das ist auch neu!!
Ich habe gewebte Quilt-Labels mit dem Schriftzug “Nähtante Quilts” und einer Waschanleitung in Auftrag gegeben, die dich dann an meine Quilts nähen kann. Jetzt, wo ich mehr “produziere” und über meine Quilts veröffentliche, scheint es auch angemessen, diese richtig zu etikettieren. Ich halte euch auf dem Laufenden. Diese Schönheit wird der erste meiner Quilts, der ein offizielles Etikett tragen soll.

Oh, da ist ja noch die Dienstags-Überraschung!!
Vor ein paar Wochen habe ich einen Kommentar zu einem Giveaway von Melissa Corry Happy Quilting zu Studio Kat Designs Taschen gepostet. Und – man glaubt es kaum – ICH war der glückliche Gewinner von drei Schnittmustern für Taschen von Kat. Ich habe meine E-Mail-Adresse und meine Postadresse weitergegeben und das ganze dann vergessen. Und heute war ich der glückliche Empfänger von drei tollen Taschenmustern! Mein Mann hat die Post heute mit hochgebracht und hat mich mit den Worten: “Schau, du hast Post aus den USA!!!” begrüßt. Zuerst hab ich natürlich an meine Stöffchen gedacht, aber das Kuvert war viel zu klein für die Menge an Stoffen, die ich bestellt hatte, und so war die Freude über die Taschenmuster groß!
Nun juckt es mich in den Fingern, aber ich habe kein aufbügelbares Vlies zuhause, und ich habe mir fest vorgenommen, zuerst den LEGO-Quilt zu quilten und zu verschicken, bevor ich etwas neues anreiße.
Ich habe sowieso schon wieder etwas am Machen. Das war ja auch der Grund für meine Bestellung direkt in den USA. Ein paar Charm Packs, die ich bei Quiltmania bestellt habe, sind schon da und sortiert, aber ich bin mir über das Design noch nicht ganz klar. Entweder ich mache eine Suchbild-Quilt mit einfachen Zwischenstreifen, oder ich mache eine Kombination aus modernen Blöcken mit 9 ganzen und halben Suchbildern und etwas breitere Zwischenstreifen zwischen den Blöcken. Ich habe noch sehr viel Zeit zum Probieren.
Dank des Zolls kann ich mit den Quilts für meine Söhne nicht weitermachen, und so komme ich nun doch noch dazu, die LEGO-Decke fertigzustellen und vielleicht noch zwischendrin ein, zwei Taschen zu nähen bevor die Stoffe aus den USA ankommen.
Ich sollte eigentlich dankbar für die Chance sein, erst meine UFOs abarbeiten zu können – ja, entschieden, ich bin dankbar!
Besser nicht lange grübeln, sondern einfach eins nach dem anderen machen! 🙂

Alles Liebe und Happy Sewing,

First finish in 2012

My first finished project in 2012 is a HST colour spectrum quilt named “Over the Rainbow” which I had promised my brother for Christmas but hadn’t managed to finish before the holidays.

“Over the Rainbow”

I have promised myself to never again make such a quilt:
– 105″ x 105″
– 1369 HST in 37 x 37 grid
– block size 2.5″ x 2.5″
– 30 colour groups
– 182 different fabrics + white + baby blue back

backside and detail
work in progress

Sincerely, I must have been stark-staring-mad when I planned that project, in my HST chain-sewing madness I even forgot to consider borders! ^^
Due to miscalculation I planned to make 40 x 40 rows (1600 HST!), but then saw that 37 HST blocks resulted in 105″ already.
So, the next step of my HST madness is already teasing me: I’ve got 3 rows with 37 HST blocks each left, waiting to be assembled to another colour spectrum quilt – this time with borders (even if it means some use of my seam ripper)!
I don’t seem to have any other chance, considering the HST blocks I have left: beautifully sorted into zip-lock bags they are waiting to be pieced into “Over the rainbow II” – singing their siren song in my ears…

even more HST 🙂

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Mein erstes fertiges Projekt 2012 ist ein Quilt aus HST (Half Square Triangles) über das gesamte Farbspektrum mit dem Titel “Over the Rainbow”, den ich  meinem Bruder zu Weihnachten versprochen, aber vor den Feiertagen nicht mehr fertig bekommen hatte.
Ich habe mir selbst das Versprechen abgenommen, nie wieder so einen Quilt zu machen:
– 105″ x 105″ / 260 cm x 260 cm
– 1369 HST in einem 37 x 37 Raster
– Blockgröße 2,5″ x 2,5″ (ca. 6,5 cm)
– 30 Farbgruppen
– 182 verschiedene Stoffe + weiß + Rückseite in hellblau

Ehrlich gesagt muss ich vollkommen verrückt gewesen sein, als ich diesen Quilt geplant habe, und in meinem Ketten-näh-HST-Wahnsinn habe ich glatt vergessen, einen Rand einzuplanen! ^^
Verrechnet habe ich mich auch noch, als ich ein Raster von 40 x 40 HST Blöcken (also 1600 Blöcke!) geplant habe, dann aber bei 37 Reihen festgestellt habe, dass ich eh schon 260 cm erreicht habe.
Und schon zwickt mich der nächste HST-Wahnsinn: Ich habe drei Reihen zu je 37 HST Blöcken übrig, die darauf warten, eine neue Quiltoberseite zu werden – aber dieses Mal mit Randstreifen (auch wenn ich einiges auftrennen muss)!
Ich muss wohl vor mir selber kapitulieren in Anbetracht der HST Blöcke, die ich noch übrig habe: feinsäuberlich in Zipper-Beutel einsortiert warten sie darauf, zu “Over the Rainbow II” zusammengesetzt zu werden – irgendwie juckt es ja schon in meinen Fingern …

Happy sewing,