Monday, 21 May 2018

Biene's Summer Adventure Quilt - Block #2+3

We're having so much fun with Biene and I can't wait to show you more summer adventure quilt blocks.


We are having fantastic spring weather here with temperatures that feel like summer already (27C / 80F). So we decided to go in the forest and remain in the shade, otherwise it was just too hot.


So this is the first imrov tree block for the quilt and it has very subtle colours. Again I used only scraps and worked with what I had on hand.


We had a lot of fun and enjoyed a long walk.


Who would have thought that Biene is such a poser?!


The following day we went to my Rowing Club and Biene went for a swim. The previous owners told us that she loves to swim and we could see it recently that she attempted to hop into every pond she saw. (Not every pond is suitable for a dog swim though, especially not with lots of birds currently breeding at the banks.)


Usually we don't let her play with tree branches but in the water it was an exception.


So and that is block #3, I used some Alison Glass fabric from her collection 'Sun Print Bike Path' in blue to represent the water, some green for the river banks, birds and flowers and a blue sky.


She hopped into the water a couple of times but was dry very fast in this lovely weather.


And that's Biene with the quilt block pinned to our boat house timber facade. As if she knows that this quilt is going to be about her and our adventures!! She looks so good!

Friday, 11 May 2018

Pantone Quilt Challenge 2018 - Purple Haze (a finished quilt top)

I am so happy to take part in this year's Pantone Quilt Challenge again and that the category 'Quilt Top Only' exists as entry.  Our recent move kept me so busy that I wasn't able to finish a whole quilt in time.


So this year's Pantone colour of the year is Ultraviolet. I had some problems finding matching colours but in the end I was very happy with my choices of Kona Bright Peri as equivalent to Ultraviolet, Kona Corsage as light violet, Kona white and Kona Tangerine as a pop of bright orange. As often I mixed it with the beautiful Carolyn Friedlander cross hatch fabrics. I can't help myself, I just love them.

I also seem to have the suitable Pantone cup for every quilt challenge I do, this one is an espresso cup and it even has some milky foam and coffee in it!


I wanted to do something bright and cheery for this quilt and opted do to improv curves. That was the first time I did improv curves and they were a bit scary but after a few blocks I really enjoyed the whole process!

I was looking for an alternative layout other than having all blocks in one direction or forming circles. So I came up with this design:


As often my husband came up with the name for the quilt: Purple Haze. Very suitable I think.

I love this quilt top so much already and can't wait to finish the quilt. The whole colour scheme, the sewing technique and the quilt layout itself is so outside my comfort zone and unlike anything I did before. But that's what a challenge is for, right?

Quilt stats:
Name - Purple Haze
Category - Quilt Top Only
Size - 1.50x150m/ 59x59"
Country - Germany

Linking to Bryan House Quilts and No Hats in the House and thanking Rebecca and Sarah for hosting the challenge again this year!

Friday, 4 May 2018

Biene's Summer Adventure Quilt - Block #1

Ever since I can remember I wanted a dog. As I was young I walked every dog in the neighbourhood but was never allowed to have one by myself.
As I got older life got too busy for a dog: university, high performance rowing, working full time, living abroad.
My dream has finally come true in December last year when we gave Biene a new home. 


So why is there a story about a dog on the blog today? I got inspired by Kitty Wilkin's beautiful lecture 'Quilts to mark milestones' at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena earlier his year. Kitty made quilt blocks of family adventures and brought them with her on hikes, boat rides and even flights. She documented the adventures with her beautiful photography on her blog here and here. Kitty brought her finished quilt top with her to the lecture and it was so beautiful to look at all those fun improv blocks that documented a whole summer.

After the QuiltCon lecture I immediately knew that I wanted to make my own 'Summer Adventure Quilt' marking adventures with Biene. This April we went on the first adventure that is also our first holiday with Biene to the North Sea in the Netherlands. 


There are endless sand beaches in 'Zeeland' and they are famous for the timber poles which break the waves in stormy weather.

The first quilt block was inspired by those poles in the sand. I improv pieced this block using only scraps. I took Kitty's advise and decided for a 15" height of this block and all coming blocks. The width will vary but 15" is the consistent height I'm aiming for.


The weather forecast was not the best so there is a bit of a grey cloud in the block as well.


It was too windy to hold the block up so I taped it down to the lovely timber huts that are all over the beach.


We had so much fun at the beach and Biene just did not tire of running after that ball.


Her whole face was covered in sand but that didn't seam to bother her.


Her floppy ears were going nuts with her speed and that wind. Isn't she beautiful?


 We got Biene to pose with the quilt block and the poles but she could hardly sit still, too excited!


The weather did improve after all and we had some really lovely sunny days.


If Biene wasn't playing ball she would dig holes.


Or dip her feet in the water.


I think she did have a lot of fun!


We all did actually! This is one rare selfie with the three of us where Biene did sit still for a couple of seconds...

I can't wait for our next adventure! And the next quilt block!

(I hope that weren't too many dog photos, but given the fact that I needed to wait for sooooo long to have a dog I think the amount of photos are in order. Quilty photos coming soon, I promise!) 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Three

I have finally found the time to share the mini quilt I made for the 2018 MQG Mini Swap. I was very excited about the swap and signed up to exchange the mini quilts at QuiltCon in Pasadena.
As I received the email with my swap partner I thought: Wow, Anne Sullivan of PlayCrafts is making me a mini quilt!!! And then immediately after that I thought: Oh F#@$%& I have to make her one too!
Anne is such an amazing quilter that the pressure to make her something awesome was big.

After three attempts I made this mini quilt which I called 'Three' giving the circumstances...


I improv pieced strips together and grouped them from light to dark. I like the little craziness in it, so much to look at. The binding is multi coloured as well and plays with the colour arrangement of the actual quilt.


I picked two different shades of violet and paired it with a Friedlander cross hatch fabric in the same colour family. I started with white and light turquoise in one corner and worked my way up to the darker top of the quilt. 'Three' is 24x24" small.


The top also has some orange colour splashes to add a little interest. I used 5 different coloured threads, all Aurifil 50wt, and quilted diagonal straight lines similar to the way I quilted Splinter.


For the back I used remaining fabrics and just pieced a crazy log cabin block. I'm very happy how this mini quilt turned out and I'm so glad that Anne liked it too!


And that's us exchanging our quilts at QuiltCon. I absolutely love the mini Anne made me and isn't it amazing how well our quilts look together? We even made the MQG February news letter!

I'll definitely take part in next years mini swap. Not sure if I will go to QuiltCon though but the minis can still be send via post (although it's so great to see the recipient's face while you exchange quilts and it's always so good to meet other quilters in person).

And I also think I'm going to revisit this design, I'd like to play with it a bit more at a larger scale!

Linking this to SewFreshQuilts and Let's bee social
and Finish Up Friday at CrazyMomQuilts 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Frühlingserwachen Blog Hop (Spring Awakening blog hop)

For English scroll down

Ich freue mich dass ich heute beim Frühlingserwachen Blog Hop an der Reihe bin. Organisiert hat das Ganze Judith von Septembers Quilt Delight.


Und ich bin dir so dankbar, liebe Judith, denn ohne dich und deinen Blog Hop hätte ich jetzt nicht so einen schönen Tischläufer!

Wir sind erst vor 4 Wochen umgezogen und haben immer noch ein bisschen Chaos und jede Menge unausgepackte Kisten. Aber meine zwei neuen großen, weißen Schreibtische für meine Nähecke sind schon einsatzbereit und nach dem ersten Probenähen bin ich schon sehr begeistert.


Für unseren ebenfalls weißen Esstisch wollte ich einen neuen, frühlingshaften Tischläufer nähen. Schnell hatte ich das Rot und Orange rausgesucht und mit dem Mint- Grün und Weiß gepaart. Da fiel mir ein dass ich noch diesen Riley Blake Stoff hatte, der all diese Farben hat. Perfekte Kombination!


Ich habe mich für 'Half Square Rectangles' (halbe Rechtecke) entschieden und viele verschiedene Farb- Kombinationen genäht. Damit der lange Läufer nicht so langweilig wird habe ich an einigen Stellen Streifen in das Muster eingesetzt, so wirkt die ganze Komposition etwas aufgelockerter und interessant.


Wie so oft habe ich die Anleitung, wie man 'Half Square Rectangles' näht, nur halbherzig befolgt und prompt passen die Blöcke nicht richtig zusammen, bzw. gehen die Rechtecke nicht bis an das Ende des Blocks (na ja, wenigstens ist das durchgängig und passt auch mit den anderen Blöcken zusammen, ist aber eigentlich so nicht richtig...). Das tut dem Tischläufer aber, wie ich finde, keinen Abbruch. Ist halt die persönliche Note.

Gequilted habe ich in Wellenlinien mit rot melliertem Aurifil 50wt Garn, das lockert die strenge Geometrie der Blöcke etwas auf.


Zum ersten Mal habe ich 'faced binding' ausprobiert. Ich weiß gar nicht wie das auf Deutsch heißt, jedenfalls ist es kein herkömmliches Binding um den Läufer herum sondern es wird ein Stoffstreifen auf die rechte Seite des Läufers genäht, dann umgebügelt und von hinten von Hand angenäht. Hier ist das Tutorial (was ich dieses Mal genau befolgt habe).


Diese Art von Binding mache ich bestimmt noch öfters, gefällt mir sehr gut. Der Läufer hat die folgenden Maße: 132 x 55cm.

Fotografiert habe ich jedenfalls auf meinem Nähtisch, im Esszimmer herrscht noch Chaos. Jetzt kann ich aber gar nicht abwarten bis wir alles fertig haben und dann zeige ich euch auch meine neue Nähecke.



Schaut auch bei den anderen Teilnehmern vorbei, bei Judith gibt es auch immer Zusammenfassungen so wie hier, hier und hier mit den entsprechenden Links.

Morgen ist Alex dran.

English summary: 

Today it's my turn in the German blog hop 'Frühlingserwachen' (spring awakening) organised by Judith of Septembers Quiltdelight.

We only moved house 4 weeks ago and we still have many unpacked boxes and chaos but I could sew on my new sewing tables and made a table runner in lovely spring colours for our white dining room table. 

I picked a spring like colour palette and mixed it with a Riley Blake print and went with half square rectangles. I (again) didn't really follow the tutorial of how to sew the rectangles and the result is non- matching seams... ah well, at least that is consistent and it still is a lovely table runner!
In addition to the rectangles I added some strips to make it look more interesting and I think that enhanced the overall design. 
I quilted in wavy lines using Aurifil 50wt in variegated red and used faced binding for the first time. I just love that look and will definitely try this again! 
The table runner finishes at 52 x 21".
Here, here and here are little summaries of all the things many super talented ladies put together for the blog hop, go an have a look! 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

My Bee blocks for February/ March

It's always my turn at the beginning of the year to pick a quilt block for my 'Quilty Circle of Bees'. I had my eyes peeled at the 'Rocky Mountain Puzzle' block for quite some time. It's a very traditional block but with a modern colour palette I picture a very beautiful quilt. Like this one, or this.


I have a thing for chartreuse/ mustard and have gathered quite a lot of fabric in that colour. I paired it off with some light turquoise and rose.


As a background I chose a variety of black/ white prints. I like the lively appearance, but I hope it won't look too busy. I might add some solid white and use white sashing. I'll decide once all bee blocks have arrived.


The pattern can be found for free here. I opted for the 12.5" block size, there are three different sizes available.


I don't really have a plan yet what I'll do with the finished quilt. I might give it to charity where someone is in need of a cuddly quilt. Yeah, that's sounds good.


It was so nice to work with those colours during these grey, dark and cold winter days!

Monday, 1 January 2018

2018 Quilty Goals

After a year end review it's always good to look ahead and plan new things for the new year 2018. I've had a good few ideas in my head for quite some time which I finally want to start.

But first there are two WIPs to finish, yes, I only have two. That's about the number I can deal with.


I have a finished quilt top that is waiting to be quilted. 'Playground' was a big learning curve for me. It's the first quilt I made using only prints with a challenging colour palette. You can read about the process here. I made it work though and I have a beautiful wide screen print by Tula Pink as a back and I also know how I will quilt it.

I have also started a Christmas quilt in early December 2017 but so far I have only cut some shapes, nothing sewn yet. Here's the yummy fabric selection:


Oh, I can't wait. I'm planning to make a Christmas quilt for so long, actually since I've made this Christmas table runner in 2014. I think I will just start early this year to make sure this is really finished by next Christmas!

It was just too busy and we also got a family addition in early December 2017: Biene, a 6-year-old female Viszla dog which we gave a new home.


She keeps me busy but I'm so looking forward to adventures and new things to discover!

I am taking part in the Mini Quilt Swap organised by the Modern Quilt Guild. My partner is Anne Sullivan of Play Crafts with whom I will exchange our minis at QuiltCon in February in Pasadena CA. Here's the fabric selection I picked:


I have started to play around, there will be an update soon.

I'm also super excited about the Pantone Colour of the year 2018: Ultra Violet. There will be Pantone Quilt Challenge later this year and I'm definitely taking part in this.

One of my best friends had a baby boy late last year and I want to make a baby quilt with these gorgeous fabrics here:


I have an idea for a design, nothing definite yet.

And there's my Quilty Cirlce of Bees of course. We are currently decreased in numbers but I hope to find more participants and keep it going, it's so much fun!

We will move house in March 2018 and my husband and I will have a large room all for our work, we call it 'Creative Space'. There's gonna be two large sewing tables for me, a design wall, fabric compartments and a cutting and pressing station. Oh, heaven!

I may have another pattern which I will keep a secret and see what I do with this. But it's very exciting!

Other than that I just want to put some ideas into life. Play with colour, shapes and thread.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 a round up

I can't believe this year has come to an end already. So much has happened, so much has changed.
I give you a little insight first: I made 4 large quilts, 3 mini quilts, 3 bee quilts, 2 pillows, lots of bee blocks and finally a Super Tote and a Sew Together Bag.

But quantity was not what I was aiming for.

My year started with the second Regatta Quilt I made in January 2017 following the pattern release at the end of 2016.


I still can't believe the success this quilt pattern has and how many people love both quilts I made. I was surprised and really happy to learn that Roseanne of Home Sewn By Us is hosting a Sew along starting on January 1st 2018. Roseanne did such a nice write up on the quilt and the pattern that I still feel flattered. So if you would like joinimg the quilt along get in touch with Roseanne!

A highlight this year was definitely my visit to QuiltCon in Savannah, GA that took place in February 2017. It was my first time attending QuiltCon and it will not be my last. In fact I'm going again in February 2018 to Pasadena!

Amanda Jean@crazymomquilts gave away two of her gorgeous pin cushions to Christiane @misssewing  and me!
To me QuiltCon was about the quilts of course but also about people and their generosity, kindness and willingness to share knowledge. QuiltCon gave me the feeling that I have found my tribe.

Over excitement meeting Jacquie Gering!
Also seeing so many beautiful quilts up close and personal gave me confidence to enter my own quilts for QuiltCon 2018. I entered three quilts, one has been selected to be in the show. I am so excited to be there when my quilt 'Splinter' will be exhibited.


I think Splinter is the quilt I am most proud of. I finished it just before the QuiltCon submission dead line at the end of November 2017. It's on its way to the States already, hope it arrives save and sound.

After QuiltCon 2017 I set up my own little sewing corner in our living room, having sewn at our kitchen table for almost 4 years.


I see my fabrics every day now, have a different mini quilt on display ever so often and have my sewing stuff readily available. So much better!

My first mini quilt of 2017 was 'Broken X', which I made in line with the February Challenge of the Might Lucky Quilting Club.


  I also got a new sewing machine in June 2017! It's a Juki QVP mini and I love it. 


Here I am free motion quilting my second ever bee quilt. An improv quarter log cabin quilt which I made with the help of my Quilty Circle of Bees.


I am having so much fun with my bee, we actually made another secret baby quilt in July 2017 for one our members Yara and her baby Ella.


Therefore that we all sew with our own fabrics the quilts always have a very cohesive design.

Like my very first bee quilt I started in 2016 but only finished it in 2017:


My 'Cosy Comfort' quilt following the 'Amsterdam Quilt' pattern by Cloud 9 Fabrics is still one of my favourites.

Another highlight was my workshop in May 2017 with Katie Pedersen in Seattle, WA.


I signed up for the psychedelic baby block/ improv strip piecing workshop at Katie's beautiful design studio.


And that's 'Emerald City', one of my favourite quilts to date and the result from Katie's workshop. I finished it in November 2017.

The fourth large quilt I made was this Giant Plus Quilt:


It has a snuggly fleece back and was a gift to a dear friend.

2017 was the first time I joined the Pantone Quilt Challenge. The colour of the year 2017 was 'Greenery' and I entered 'Nature's Neutral' into the mini quilt category.


I'm all excited about the Pantone colour of the year 2018: Ultra Violet. I will definitely take part in the Pantone quilt challenge again!

I also took part in a mini quilt swap. The topic was HST (half square triangles) and I had fun making 'Play Cube'.


The quilting was done with my old sewing machine... While I really liked the quilt it also taught me not to take photos in the blazing sun.

I learned a lot this year. The lectures at QuiltCon for example opened my mind in regards to design and how other quilters approach their quilt making process. I learned to hand stitch binding to a quilt and bags and pouches don't scare me anymore.

Most importantly I learned to embrace my own design process, to play with fabric and shapes and to bring the ideas I have in my head to life.

Linking to Cheryl at Meadow Mist Design Best 2017 Linky Party.