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...

Pirates and Dinosaurs Memory

Hi everyone.

Today, I want to share with you the first tutorial on this blog:

How to make a "Memory"-game out of fabric.

First, think about what you want to use as the pictures on your game.

I used fabric that my kids had picked themselves: two different novelty prints with dinosaurs

and pirates.

For the backing, I went through my stash and found some really cute fabric that was once meant to be a backing for a baby quilt, but since the boys are getting taller now, it was'n enough fabric anyway: blue and green stripes on white background.

If you want the cards to be a bit thicker, you might want to use interfacing/batting as well.

I went for Vlieseline H640 (Vliene H640 as it's called in English). H640 is a fusible batting that's a few millimeters thick. It was nice to be able to actually iron it on before sewing the cards together so that I did not have to handle a slipping sew-in batting as well... but that's all up to
you, whatever you prefer.

That's what I started with: (oh, please don't care about the amount of backing-fabric and batting shown on the picture... since I live way off from any quiltshop, I tend to buy a bit more all the time so that I can start a non-planned project whenever I feel like it)

There you see:
Blue stripes, green stripes, dinosaur and pirate prints and batting. That's about it.
Yes, of course you need a sewing machine, matching thread, ironing board and iron, and a damp cloth for the iron-on batting if needed - but I guess that's stuff you have on hand anyway.
Now for the amount of fabric for each game:
  • One panel of your desired novelty print (approximately 30 cm or 1/3 yard)
  • Backing fabric depending on how many "pairs" you can get from your panel. Mine was 9 pairs, so I needed 18 squares of fabric, 10 x 10cm ( 4" x 4" ) each, so 20cm or 8" of backing fabric were enough.
  • Batting/interfacing: since batting/interfacing usually is not as wide as your fabric, you need to calculate a bit. My fusible batting was 90cm wide (1 yard). You don't need much, just think about how many cards you have in total (mine was 18) and you cut the batting/interfacing a bit smaller to reduce bulk anyway. For my project, 16 cm (~6,5") were enough.
I know that this is not what you are used to when it comes to "materials needed", but since I
guess that you will not use the same prints that I used, the amount of fabric will vary for each one of you.

If you don't want to use fabric with printed squares on it, you can always use every other fabric that you desire. Just keep in mind that your kids need to like it and that the objects on the fabric are small enough that you can fussy-cut them to use them as the motifs.
(This is yet another perfect way to use some of your I-Spy squares - just in case you have doubles)

Now, the tutorial:

Step 1: Cutting
Fussy-cut the panel of your "picture"-fabric. Make sure you have pairs.
Cut the backing-fabric in the matching size (10 x 10 cm or 4" x 4" should fit)
Cut the batting a bit smaller ( 8 x 8 cm or 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" )

You should have something like this now:

Step 2: Batting
Now it's time to iron the batting on the wrong sides of the picture-fabric.
I just eyeballed it, I must confess, that's why some of my cards came out a little bit wonky, but I think that it's no big deal at all since the pictures might be a bit too distorted to be ironed into right-angle-pictures anyway.

You can measure it or make a stencil that's as big as your fabric squares, with a cut-out frame for the batting right in the center of it - it's all up to you how many hours of work you want to put into this project ;)

It should look like this when you are done:

Step 3: Pin and sew
(Optional: iron the lower seam allowance of the "picture"-fabric towards the batting. This will help to have a nice seam later on after flipping the inside of the cards out after sewing.)

Just a little picture to show:

Now go and pin the picture-fabric and the backing fabric right sides together:

It's time to start sewing now.
Decide where you want to start (I chose the bottom to start with). Make sure to sew all the edges and leave open about 5 cm ( 2" ) to turn the whole thing later on.

(No need to explain how to do this I guess.......)

I do my corners a bit different than most of you I guess since I do NOT clip the edges off. I sew them in - but that's just because my boys love to chew ( yuck! ) on fabric-corners. (I don't have to tell you what their pillowcases look like, do I??)

Here is a pic where you can see/guess from how I do my edges. If you want a tutorial about this, just let me know and I'll put something together for you.

Step 4: turning and topstitching:
Now that's the part that I dislike the most: turning the inside out. Use whatever tool you like, use knitting needles, screwdrivers, fingernails to get nice corners. A needle might help to get out the last teenzy weenzy bit of fabric to make the corners look as neat as possible.

After you have turned everything, iron the cards flat and make sure to have the two fabrics on one line where your opening was. This is important to make it look neat in the end.

After having ironed everything: TOPSTITCH and FINISH it!
I used some sort on invisible thread for the picture side since I did not want any color to mess up the picture - but that's all up to you.

Step 5: Step back and take a look at what you have created
Here are two pictures of the finished games.
I really hope that my boys will enjoy playing this game when they will be back home after a weekend with their daddy in a little bit. I usually make something nice for them when they are away ( I guess they already expect me to do so )

Ok. This was my first tutorial ever. I hope you liked it :)

If you make something from this tutorial, please be so kind and show me what you did - in the blogging world, it's all about inspiring each other, isn't it?

You may sell things that you made from this tutorial, but please do not copy this tutorial and post it as your own one.
If you link up to my page, please let me know about it.

I'm linking up this post at Flamingo Toes today - let's see if I'll be featured :)