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Sewing project from two years ago

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Two years ago I sewed a quilt that I gave away as a present to a couple on their wedding day.

The design is very heavily inspired by The Tempest Quilt by Cherri House of Cherry House Quilts fame.

The squares are all made from Kona Cotton solids by Robert Kaufman in ash, black, charcoal, coal, graphite, iron, med. grey, pepper, pewter, shadow, silver, sky, slate, steel, blue and indigo and match the couple’s living-room couch. For the small inset rectangles I used some print and some solid fabrics in the bride’s favorite color range. The solids are Kona Cotton in berry and cerise.

For the back in Kona ash I pieced a patchwork heart from the accent fabrics.

I quilted it with horizontal free-form wavy lines. For the binding I used Muslin Mates Bubbles in black by Moda, except for the lower left corner, which is made from one of the accent fabrics.

The quilt looked nice as a present even without wrapping paper!

Unexpected Compliments

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Today I went to visit Nadelwelt, a fair for all things needlecraft. My main interest is, of course, quilting, and I always enjoy looking at new fabric and especially the lovely quilts most booths have on display. Of course every sewist likes to wear something they’ve sewn themselves, so I brought this handbag I sewed three years ago:

While I was walking along one aisle, a lady stopped me to compliment me on my lovely handbag. I said thanks, and she replied with: “Well, I designed the fabric, I spotted it right away!” – “Oh – you are Brigitte Heitland! And she was! I told her I was a huge fan of her fabric collections. I noticed that she wore a tote bag made from her Barcelona line and mentioned that I’ve had a fat quarter bundle of Barcelona at home for a year and had not yet found the courage to cut into it.

She then went on to the workshop she taught that afternoon, and I went on browsing the booths, soon coming to the one of her company, Zen Chic, where the attendant promptly complimented me on my bag and told me the fabric was a line of their’s. I told her that I’d just heard the same from Brigitte Heitland herself. 😀

Later I went and looked at the quilt exhibition that’s part of the fair, and they had some of Brigitte Heitland’s quilts there, among them one called Shine through (scroll all the way down) made with the Barcelona fabrics I’ve got. I think I might attempt something similar and turn it into a wall hanging for our living-room.

Quilting

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The Cutting Table: The Story of Us on Turning Point. (video, 24 minutes)

The Cutting Table is the weblog of the Missouri Star Quilt Company, who also offers free video quilting tutorials, which you can watch on their YouTube Channel.

One of my favourite tutorials by Jenny Doan is the one for the Missouri Star, which I used to make a Christmas table topper for my mom last year. I just realized that I forgot to take photos of it – I searched for one to post here. The only photo I’ve got is this one that my parents sent me of the table topper “in action”:

Actually, the quartered stripes quilt they posted today looks like it would make a fun wall hanging. I might have to try that out. Now let’s see if I’ve got striped fabric in my (very small) stash…

Quilt Envy

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

If I had unlimited time (and budget for buying fabric and notions), I would love to sew a lot more. One of my favorite quilters that keeps a weblog is Ashley of Film in the Fridge fame. Take a look at these gorgeous quilts:

Modern Quilts

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Tara Faughnan (website, weblog) makes beautiful modern quilts. I like the colors and the geometric patterns she chooses and wouldn’t mind having one to hang on our living-room wall. Or maybe I should steal one of her ideas, adapt to our color palette, and get on with the sewing myself!

See How We Sew: Tara Faughnan – Embrace your creative mess! and Part 2 – Tara Faughnan shares her quilts.

Michael Miller Fabrics offers a printed cotton fabric with the Fireworks design by her, and you can download the instructions (PDF) for her Prism Quilt for free. Jolene of Blue Elephant Stitches made this version using subtle prints next to solids.