Sunday, 25 September 2016

Cross Cut Quilt - a finish!

I can finally show my finished cross cut quilt:

The quilt is a result from a my first quilt-along (QAL) hosted by Debbie of A Quilter's Table. The QAL startet end of July and I opted for olive green/ mustard coloured strips whit low volume background fabrics.

I ordered some matching Aurifil thread to go with the chosen colours and ordered them directly from a shop in Italy. I did that a couple of times already, it usually takes 3-4 days. But I needed to wait almost 8 weeks as their supplier had summer holidays. And when Italians have summer holidays there is nothing you can do - but wait.

So this is why my finished quilt is a bit late, but I'm happy that I waited because the quilting turned out so nicely.

I used beige, two different olive greens and a mustard colour and did random straight lines. I'm very happy that no puckering appeared with all those straight lines crossing over.

This is also my first small quit. It measures only 58 x 58 cm/ 23 x 23 '' and it will be a wall hanging quilt.
It was so great to take part in this quick little quilt along! Thanks again, Debbie, for hosting it! I had just joined Instagram and the interaction on IG is just great!

Here is the link to the other quilts, there have been more than 80 participants and the variety of gorgeous quilt s is just amazing!

Monday, 19 September 2016


I'm very happy to present my husband's quilt: halo27q

This is my third entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival and this couldn't come at a better time. I started this quilt last August 2015 as a birthday present for my husband and this year in September it's finished. You can find the process of fabric choice and block making here.

The quilt is all about one of my husband's favourite bands Nine Inch Nails and the graphics taken from their 7th studio Album 'The Slip' (aka halo 27) released July 2008.
I cannot take credit for the design, I just made a quilt out of it. The graphics were designed by Rob Sheridan, the Creative Director for Nine Inch Nails.

Each song of the album has an own graphic. Here are the quilt blocks, each of them 20 x 20'' and each quilted differently:

TRACK 06     I     HEAD DOWN
Head Down stretches over three blocks of 20x20'', there are similar, long graphics in line with NIN's merchandise and it fits the quilt design quite nicely that way. 

Some of the original graphics have red lines and I just quilted them in the same rough way.

I created my own paper piecing template for this block. I left this block for last because I thought this is the most complicated one and I'm quite new to paper piecing, but looking back it would have been so much easier and more precise to paper piece all the blocks. With those crass colour differences every little seam, which is only off by a bit, is very visible...

The quilting is a big mix of free motion and  using my walking foot. The rough quilting is intentionally done. It was suppose to be not 'nice'. NIN's music is everything, but nice. It's rough, hard, emotional and sometimes even brutal. That's what I was trying to achieve with the quilting as well.  

For the binding I continued the design of the back of the quilt. So from looking at the front of the quilt you can guess that there is something on the back.

The back of the quilt is the interpretation of the design of the CD cover. I used cross hatch fabrics for both the light and darker areas. The binding intentionally is almost not visible.


That's my first time doing spiral quilting. I don't know if that was a good thing, but this was the very first block I quilted and because I cannot adjust my pressure foot pressure the whole quilt sandwich shifted and I needed to re-baste the entire quilt. Yep. That's why halfway through the quilting process I called it 'my never ending quilt' and here are my thoughts on it. Thanks again for the very encouraging comments!

TRACK 02     I     1,000,000
Because the quilting is quite dense some puckering happened, my thread broke loads of times and for this block alone I needed a whole afternoon.  Many, many threads needed to be buried and it just took forever...

TRACK 01     I     999,999

I used light and dense quilting to create a contracts between blocks as every song is different, too.

That block was fun! I just made a black box but I didn't want to have the iconic 'NIN' in black so I created the three letters with dense quilting lines. I learned that in Jacqui Gering's Craftsy Class 'Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot'.

And lastly I used another iconic graphic of the band: the reversed 'N'. Looks so cool.
This block took about two days to quilt. I learned a lot about my sewing machine with this quilt. As I said, the pressure foot pressure cannot be adjusted so hefty puckering appeared while I was doing the first three parallel lines. So I ended up starting and stopping in the centre of the block with endless threads to bury...

But I couldn't be happier with this quilt. The different quilting gives the quilt a great texture and despite the simple blocks there is so much so see.

Even the back by it's own could be a quilt and you can tell every 'song' by it's cover.
I didn't use all the graphics, some were 'unsewable' at least with my abilities.

As for most of my quilts my husband came up with the name. Every NIN album has also 'halo' number.
The Slip is halo 27, so the name 'halo27q' was quickly found.

My husband had to put up with a lot of cursing and frustration from my side during the quilt making process. I was listening to all of the NIN albums while making the quilt, mostly to The Slip (just to get me in the right mood) and boy, I was as angry as Trent Reznor sometimes....
But most importantly my husband loves his quilt and I see us already sitting on the couch, me wrapped up in lovely, happy colours, he in dark looking all cool and cozy.

I'm linking this post to the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis. Go and check out all the other beautiful quilt and don't forget to vote! Thanks!

Friday, 2 September 2016

Finally a finished quilt - Sea Breeze

It is the beginning of September and I have my first quilt finished this year. Finally. I'm so relieved!
I started this quilt two years ago, TWO years! The reason why this took so long is that I quilted this quilt twice. The first time I didn't like it, so I ripped it all out again.

But now that it's finished I really love this quilt!

My husband and I went on a bike ride to our local lake and took some photos in bright sunshine and a lovely breeze. For most of you the fabric line 'salt air' by Cosmo Cricket for Moda might be 'cold coffee' (as we Germans say) but I so love this fabric line!
For the back I used Carolyn Friedlander's cross hatch in red, and it's the widescreen fabric. This non-pieced quilt back almost felt like quilting for the lazy, but that's ok. It doesn't always have to be a fancy quilt back.

I went the safe route and quilted my favourite loopy loops, no experiments here! I didn't want to rip out quilt stitches again! I quilted it on a long arm in Dorthes's lovely shop lalala patchwork. It was the first time I quilted on a longarm and I really loved it! The stitches (thanks to the Bernina stitch regulator) are so even, I'm very pleased how this turned out!
Here's a link to a video of the quilting process! I was so excited that I forgot to take pictures.

I love the stripy binding! I found this great tutorial and that worked very well for me.

I always pictured Sea Breeze to be a summer quilt. Firstly because of the fresh summery fabrics but also because of the size. It's only 1.75 x 1.75m (63 x 63'') and since I always have a quilt on my couch this is perfect for summer evenings where just a little gorgeous quilt gives crinkly comfort.
The summer here in Germany wasn't the best but we have some beautiful summer days since two weeks, so no complaints!

The free PDF pattern is called 'summer in the park' and can be found here.

Linking this to Finish up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
My Quilt Infatuation