Saturday, October 10, 2015

Quiltessential Buchvorstellung

(apologies to my English speaking readers, the following post will be in German only...)


 Als ich vor ungefaehr acht Jahren mit dem Quilten begann, da habe ich keinen Kurs belegt, das war vor allem trial and error. Inspiration und Anleitungen habe ich mir vor allem im Internet geholt. Einer der ersten Blogs, die ich regelmaessig gelesen habe, war der von Erin Burke Harris. Als mich die netten Leute vom Haupt Verlag gefragt hatten, ob ich die deutsche Ausgabe ihres Buches Quiltessential besprechen moechte, habe ich natuerlich ganz begeistert 'ja' gerufen!



Und was soll ich sagen, dass Buch ist einfach toll. Sehr schoen aufgemacht mit ansprechenden Fotos. Es ist in vier grosse Kapitel eingeteilt, in Stoffauswahl, Farbpalette, Entwurf und Fertigstellung. In ihrem Vorwort spricht Erin Burke Harris davon, dass sie ein Nachschlagewerk schreiben wollte. Und das ist ihr meiner Meinung nach auch gelungen. Es umfasst wirklich viele denkbaren Techniken rund ums Thema Quilten. Klar, vieles wird nur angerissen und kurz vorgestellt, aber man bekommt eine gute Idee davon, was alles moeglich ist.




Richtig gut gefallen hat mir im Kapitel Stoffauswahl das Unterkapitel Stoffverbrauch. Fuer jemanden wie mich, die in Mathe nie eine grosse Leuchte war, sehr hilfreich!



Abgerundet wird das Buch durch die Portraets einiger bekannter Quilterinnen und Designerinnen wie Anna Maria Horner, Malka Dubrawsky oder Angela Walters. 



Zusammenfassend wuerde ich sagen, dass Buch wird seinem Anspruch gerecht und vermittelt einen sehr guten Eindruck ueber die Grundlagen des Quiltens. Alte Hasen werden hier vielleicht nicht so viel neues Erfahren, aber fuer Einsteiger, die sich mit dem Thema vertraut machen wollen, ist es super geeignet. Und auch ich mit meinen mittlerweile einigen Jaehrchen Quilterfahrung auf dem Buckel konnte noch so manches erfahren. 


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Evolution - a finished quilt

Have you ever had the feeling while making a quilt that you were running a marathon? I did. And guess what, this week I crossed the finish line. I finished a quilt that I started in February 2014. But the whole process has been a truly enjoyable experience. I only worked on when when the mood struck, and I guess it was well worth the effort. And since for me this quilt was evolving right before my eyes, I named it the Evolution quilt.

(WARNING: Lots of photos ahead!)

This is by far the most modern quilt I ever made. It's made up entirely of Kona Cotton Scraps and started on a whim on a cold February night.

Then came this:

And then this, all done in February 2014:

Two month later in April I did the next addition:

And then there was the move to another county, different projects, lack of inspiration, yadda, yadda, yadda... no work on this for over a year. But during this summer I felt like working on it again. I finished the top last month.

Last Wednesday, I was sewing the final stitches on the binding.

And yesterday I gave it away. I have a very dear colleague who is pursuing greener pastures and she had her goodbye party yesterday. I will miss her very, very much. She played a big part in making me feel welcome in my new office at the beginning of this year. Here she is with her new quilt:

I'm glad this very special quilt found a home with a very special person! Happy Friday everyone!

Linking up with crazy mom quilts for finish it up Friday!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

It's hot out there!

We are now entering the third week of weather of 30 degrees Celsius or more. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining all too much, but the weather did nothing for my sewing mojo. But this morning I thought that I need a new makeup pouch. And this afternoon, it was finished:

It's made out of scraps, Kona white and black linen. The color combination was selected because of the inside fabric:

I've had this piece of waxed cotton for a while and planned to use it for a pouch.

The other side is just leftover scraps. I'm super happy with it and it felt good to sew something just for myself.

Have a nice weekend!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Meet Beatrix!

I think Beatrix and I will be BFFs. We were not off to a good start, be over the course of this weekend we got along better and better.

To be honest, it was entirely my fault we did not hit it off immediately. If you attempt to get to know Beatrix as well, I recommend to check your printer settings and print at 100% if you use A4 paper...

So my muslin was way to tight, even thought I had checked my measurements first. This was all yesterday, and this morning I started fresh and printed again. It was maybe a bit risky to use the good fabric without making another muslin, but at this point, I wanted results fast.

It ended up a bit too big, but this was easily remedied by taking off some inches on the sides. I guess I had more luck than sense here...

I love the buttons on the back, such a nice detail.

I think this will be only the first of many, many Beatrix tops in my closet. I guess they'll fit right in with all that Washi dresses...

pattern: Beatrix sewing pattern by Made by Rae
fabric: Field Study by Anna Maria Horner

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tic Tac Toe: a finished quilt

I had such big plans for this quilt! I'll take my time, and then I take some really nice photos. Yeah, well, what do they say about the best laid plans...?

This quilt was a gift for my new nephew. He was already born at the beginning of May, but my brother-in-law and his family live about three hours away from us and we did not get the chance to visit before last weekend. Last week was also the last week of school with lots of parties and end of school stuff. Plus, it was very hectic at work. What does this have to do with this quilt, you ask? It meant that I was not really in the mood for quilting, and therefore did not finish until last Friday late in the evening. Since we left the next morning, there was no way of taking photos.

So I thought: "great, I'll do it when we get there in their garden". Only that we had 35 degrees Celsius and no one was really in the mood to spent more time outside than absolutely necessary...

Anyway, to make a long story short: baby boy is really cute and quilt was well received.

This quilt was made possible through the Beehivequilts. I had 12 blocks from my beemates and added some more. In this bee, we sew from our own stash, and I love that this gives the quilt a variety of fabrics.

The back was a lucky coincidence. I've had this owl fabric in my stash for a few years now, and I had totally forgotten about it. I was looking for fabric for the binding when I rediscovered it! And the piece was big enough for the whole quilt, no piecing. Yay!

What about you? Has the end of the school year slowed down your sewing as well?

I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts for finish it up Friday.