Sonntag, 7. Februar 2016

Allietare Love!

Tick tock tick tock!

Oooooh, the clock is ticking and I hope that I won't be too late to share my Allietare progress.

What? You haven't heard about Allietare yet? How in the world did that happen?

Well, Allietare is, or rather: was, the Quiltville Winter Mystery Quilt 2015.

Quiltville is Bonnie Hunter's blog - and if you are a quilter, you just HAVE to check it out! But be careful: I became a "Bonnie addict" right after I read her blog for the first time.
You will *L*O*V*E* her!
You will love her way of writing about quilting, teaching, travelling and life.
You will love her generosity, her kindness, her love for the little things and her humor.
You will love how much you can learn from her when you thought that you already knew everything about quilting.
Just make sure to check out her blog!
With this post, I am linking up with her blog - along with a bunch of other people who joined the mystery - so check this post and see what the pattern looks like in other color combinations - sewn from quilters all over the world!
And right after that, check out the rest of the blog - maybe get yourself a good cup of coffee, switch off the doorbell and unplug your phone. You really don't want anyone to disturb you for the hours to follow.

Now, back to the topic!
I kept up with the clues #1 to #4 this year - and then life kinda threw me off at clue #5.
Sadly, I never wrote a blog entry about Allietare earlier - I just couldn't get myself to start writing again.

I have spent too many hours working on this fabulous quilt to keep it all for myself (well, for my mom actually because it'll be hers as soon as it is completely finished).

I'll start with my progress as it is right now:

All 50 blocks, 18 setting triangles and 4 setting corners are finished, neatly pressed and waiting to be spread out on the floor so that they can be arranged before being sewn together as a top.

This is the first time that I have gotten that far with a mystery quilt within such a short amount of time (for a mother of 8 year old twins, 2,5 months isn't really all that much when trying to sew such a huge quilt - well, at least for me it isn't) - and I am really proud of it.

Now it's just the thing that I usually lose my motivation at this point.
All blocks are sewn. All points match. Everything came out the right size.
Sewing together the top now is just "doing" - and the thing that is my almost least favorite thing about quilting - right after pressing HSTs open...

Now, what will keep me motivated? THIS!

I have just spread out a few blocks on my table (the only place in my appartment where I have decent light at this time of the day, shortly before midnight here in good ol' Germany).

Let's spell it together:

For me, it is almost unbelieveable how one woman can come up with such amazing designs each and every year - for free! (No longer though. If you haven't played along while it was a mystery you'll have to buy the pattern now for 8 USD which is a steal, seriously!)

Since 2011 I have been sewing along, but mostly I started right after the reveal because I could not decide about the colors.
This year, I went out and bought some "not too expensive" fabric because I knew that I only needed a light and a medium to dark accent colors, along with white/neutral, light grey and black.
Easy peasy: My mom loves purple - off I went to find the disired colors and there was no chance that the quilt wouldn't turn out to look wonderful.
Why? Because: Bonnie tells you in the beginning which colors need to stand out against each other. You get the names of colors on color sample cards that you can find at Lowes so that you have something on hand to audition fabrics, to get an idea about how light or how dark the colors need to be - you get everything that you need to make your own color choices, even if you jump far outside of the box and go for completely different colors.

Just take your time and check out all the other wonderful variations of "Allietare" that people have shared in the linky on Bonnies blog.

I have loved all the mysteries since my first one in 2011 which was called "Orca Bay" which is now a pattern in one of Bonnie's books, String Fling.
If you ask me which one was my favorite?
I don't know. Seriously.
All the mysteries have been so different.
Each and every year, Bonnie comes up with a big, fat, huge surprise, but she keeps things simple and makes blocks with more than 40 pieces easy and doable - even for beginners!

Really, check out her blog - and if you ever have the chance, take one of her classes, you won't regret it!
I took 3 classes so far and I would not hesitate to take another 20 if she was somewhere near ("somewhere" near would be anywhere in Europe...)

Thanks for reading all my yadda yadda.

I am sending out a whole lot of Allietare Love to all of you!

By from good ol'd Germany!


Samstag, 3. März 2012

Yet another quilt along...

I just found another quilt-along that sounds interesting to me.
Maybe you want to check that one out as well:

Fresh Poppy Design

While checking out the other stuff on Quilt Story, I found that everything looked quite modern to me, so I guess even if the blocks may be the 'old' and well-known type, it might be quite interesting to do this quilt along...

Just head over to Quilt Story and check out yourself :)

Mittwoch, 29. Februar 2012

Support Generation Q Magazine!

Surely you have heard about GenQ before, but now they are approaching their frist printed issue of the magazine.

If you are a quilter and have a few bucks to spend on a great project, make sure to visit this website to become a backer:

Oh, and if you still need to make up your mind about this, go and visit their blog at

Thanks for helping out :)

Jelly Roll Quilt: Moda Hometown by Sweetwater

Ok... I actually did someting today - even if it took me ages since I can neither sew fast nor concentrate on anything for more than 10 minutes in a row - but: I DID IT!

I made a 1600" Jelly Roll quilt. (Well, the top at least...)

I guess you have heard about this before, sometimes it's just calles the 1600" quilt or it's called the "Jelly Roll Race" (race since it apparently can be done in about 45 minutes...)

My start was somewhen in the morning around 10 after being back home from an appointment with the doc who told me once again: "Relax, baby!" - well, I tried to do so and started to sew.

Last Friday at the quiltshow, I bought the Moda Hometown Jellyroll by Sweetwater (remember??)
Well, not that long ago, one of my favorite channels on youtube posted a tutorial about a quilt that could be done quite quickly by just sewing strips together.

Those of you who are quite much into quilting surely have heard about the Missouri Star Quilt Co. and of their wonderful and fun tutorials on their youtube channel (if you quilt, please subscribe to their channel - they always have wonderful ideas for precuts... and no, this is NOT a sponsored post...)

I used one of their tutorials, the "Jelly Roll Race! A Quilt Top in Less Than an Hour!", my beloved Bernina aurora 440 with my brandnew SewEzi portable sewing table and the Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda fabrics Jelly Roll. (I added a link to Missouri Star Quilt Co.'s shop because they have the largest selection of precuts ever! Check that out!)

I unwrapped my jellyroll and looked through the fabrics.
Only one strip was included twice in the roll, and it was a red solid one. Since I did not want it to be lined up with the same other red strip, I mixed the red ones around a bit and ended up with no matching fabrics touching each other at all.
I fiddled around with some other fabrics as well, so I did not follow the youtube tutorial entirely, but I guess you can do whatever you want with this tute - it will look darling anyway!

I did not take many pictures during the sewing process since I either forgot about it or thought "Hey, they could actually watch Jenni Doan's tutorial on youtube!" :)

sewing the strips together

now up: clipping the chain-pieced strips and cutting the seam allowances back to about 1/4"

the first seam: 800 Inches of wonderful fabric

I must confess that I did not follow the tutorial that much. There was nothing said about setting the seams or pressing the seam allowances anywhere, but since I tend to be too correct sometimes, I went to the ironing board after each seam, set the seam and pressed it to the dark side (as far as there was a dark side...)
To reduce bulk where the strips were sewn together, I pressed those seams open.

That's about it about where I did not follow the tutorial.
I ended up spending way more time than just 45 minutes on that quilttop, but that was due to many reasons that were just related with me, my allover condition at the moment and about the fact that I learned that seams have to be set and pressed towards the dark side before going on with sewing... ;) (I remember that once I went to a quilting class, I was kinda appalled by the fact that the teacher told me to sew on without setting the seams and pressing the seam allowances... guess what - I went on teaching myself from reading blogs and, well, Jenni Doan's tutorials...)

Well, I guess here is what you have been waiting for: my finished quilttop \o/ Hooray!

Actually, it's not finished yet. I think it needs a border before I can go and quilt it (oh dear... I start shivering when I thing about actually quilting it myself - I should really practice a bit before taking this big step...)
I have no clue about which fabric I will choose for the border and binding - well, I don't think that I will choose it myself... that will be up to my beloved Harry (since he's a graphics designer and doesn't agree with me that ofthen when it comes to "which fabric looks good and which doesn't" - as long as he picks it from this line, we will both be satisfied - at least I hope so)

The backing will not be pieced.
A while ago I bought a huge bolt of flannell in a very light shade of cream - it fits perfectly to the Hometown prints so I will use that one and get rid of a bit of my stash :)

I will keep you posted on my progress on this quilt.

Now, once again:
This is not a sponsored post. I just love the Missouri Star Quilt Co. and I give credit where credit is due - that's all.

Dienstag, 28. Februar 2012

Main Quiltfestival 2012

Hello again...

After being a bit quiet here recently, I want to send you a small lifesign from my end of the world.

I have been quite ill lately and I'm still struggling with myself to find back to normal, but I think that I am on a good way there.

The thing you need the most to get well - at least in my case - is to relax.
And for me, nothing is more relaxing than being creative, being able to sew and create something with my own hands.

Unfortunately, I haven't even been able to sew on my machine lately, but things are getting better and better. A few days ago, I have sewn new drapes for my kitchen (I am planning to blog about that one of the next days). That was my first start getting back on my beloved Bernina. (And I hope that I'll be able to do some quilting again quite soon...)

Well, last Friday, the 24th, I went to one of the quiltshows that we have over here in Germany: The Main-Quiltfestival takes place in Aschaffenburg, a neither small nor big town in the middle of Germany. To be honest: if you're not a quilter, there is nothing much to see in that town. (There is the Nähwelt Machemer, one of the biggest quiltshops in Germany and the Nähzentrum Flach, one of Germany's biggest shops for sewing machines - but that's about it what can be seen there...)

Anyway: do you want to know what all I found at the quiltshow? Here you go:

That's a small overview of what I have bought there... everything that you see (yes, including the SewEzi table which I had on my wishlist for quite a while now)

A few fat quarters, a few full yards, even two yards of the dot-print by Bernatex: Space, The New Frontier, phases of the moon, blue.

I did not buy any fabric for a specific project (except the yellow ones), but I love to work with turquoise colored fabrics, so I think there will be lots of projects in the future where I can use up my new stash.

One fabric was picked by my son Clark, who is almost as much into sewing as I am. He picked the "Sweet Dreams" by Hoffman international fabrics and told me that he wanted a pillowcase from that one - and he just turned 4! I love the fact that at least one of my twins is a bit like me when it comes to sewing...

But all in all I must say tht I was happy about the fact that my mom was with me at the quiltshow.
I mean - I am everything else but doing well at the moment and I would not have had the chance to go there if my mom wouldn't have spent the time with me.

Thanks mom for being there and helping out in a time of my life where I definitely need ya.

(oh and by the way: the "not so interested in sewing" one of my twins went for a walk with his grandpa - complaining that he would have preferred to join his mommy at the quiltshow... yeah, sure I believe him... he was just too lazy to move his feet...)

Hehe - I just realized that I did not write anything about the quiltshow itself...
Well, I can't say that much because I neither wasn't in that much of a good condition that I could actually walk around a bit more to see the exhibitions of the artist quilts nor did I attend any workshops.
In fact, the 90 minutes I stayed there were too much already and I was kinda glad that I found quite some fabric in that short amount of time.
I was especially happy about the fact that I found a Moda - Hometown jellyroll. I tink that this will be one of my next projects to work on - and to blog about...

Thanks for reading my blog.

Mittwoch, 15. Februar 2012

Join the fun!

Sew Sweetness

I'm definitiely thinking about joinung the New York Beauty quilt-along... still no clue if I will have the time for it, but at least it's on my list...

I need to sew more and - which is even more important - I need to write more about what I have been doing...

There will be a post about my WIP hexagon quilt quite soonish. This is my first quilttop that will be sewn by hand only... geez, I never thought that it would take so much time, but then again: it's worth every minute...

I will have it quilted by a longarm quilter for sure since I have no clue how to do such a big quilt on my own machine and, to be honest, I fear to cause a mess while quilting. It's been way too much work and time put into the top to mess it up...

I can't wait to share some pictures with you :)

See you soon on my blog here & thanks for reading!


Sonntag, 23. Oktober 2011

Special thanks to...

... Harald Wittmaack for "quickly" designing a header for my blog :)

You can find his artwork HERE on his website.

He is a very talented and creative mind... and I could surely write a gazillion more things about him, but that's another story...