I'd like to say a big THANK YOU! to Beth from Plum and June for organizing this wonderful blog hop. I've discovered so many great blogs and tutorials through this. Oh, and don't forget to hop over to Jenniffier's blog who's posting along with me today!
So for those of you who are here the first time today, let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Kerstin, and I live together with my husband and two little boys in the south of Germany. My mother taught me how to sew when I was a little girl, but I've really gotten back into it about five years ago. I made a quilt for my newborn son and was hooked! I love quilting, but I also love to sew clothes, so I alternate between the two. Here's a little peek at what I've been sewing up this year:
How long have I been quilting?
I've been seriously quilting for about five years now. There were a few patchwork blankets before that, but I really had no clue what I was doing...
Favorite quilting tips?
Always get the best possible tools that you can afford (rotary cutter, pins etc) and the more pins for basting, the better!
Favorite blogging tips?
It's your blog, you can and should write whatever you want and not what you think people want to read. Stay true to yourself. Have fun!
There are so many I just love! But if I'd have to pick only one line, I'd go with Little Folks by Anna Maria Horner.
Favorite craft book?
Hm, that's a tie between Anna Maria Horner's book Handmade Beginnings and Heather Ross' book Weekend Sewing.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Favorite children's book?
The hungry little caterpillar by Eric Carle
Favorite quilting tools?
Rotary cutter, my 6.5 inch square ruler, my sewing machine
Favorite music to listen to while quilting?
I usually listen to the radio or NPR podcasts. One of my favorites is Car Talk. Those guys just crack me up!
Favorite TV show while handstitching?
Binding by hand or machine?
Always by hand, it just looks nicer.
If I'd only known before I started this little blog...
How much work it is to post regularly. But that this work is so worth it because you get to meet so many nice fellow quilters out there, all over the world!
So now you know
I also cooked up a little tutorial for you! I made a fall themed table runner, and it combines improvisational piecing, applique and hand quilting.
Here's what you'll need:
- Strips or scraps of fall colored fabric
- 1 yard each of white and red colored fabric (the off white I used is some Bella Solid I don't know the name of anymore and the red is Kona Cardinal)
- paper templates of leafs (just turn to nature for inspiration!)
- lightweight fusible interfacing
- 1/4 yard of brown fabric for the binding
- embroidery floss
I started with taking four strips and sewed them together.
Next, I cut them up again with the rotary cutter:
The I added some more strips to get a bigger piece again:
|Just piece it together improvisational!|
After I put some lightweight fusible interfacing on the back of the leafs, I arranged them on a 15" square of white fabric and appliqued it with zig-zag stitches:
I added some red sashing around this block and joined three blocks in a row. The, I basted it like any other quilt sandwich:
I machine quilted in double lines around the white blocks, one line of stitches inside the block and one on the outside on the red sashing:
And last but not least, I attached the brown binding. And now it looks quite nice on my table, especially with the felt leaf garland I made last year!
I hope you enjoyed your visit here and maybe I could temp you to make a fall table runner for yourself?
And don't forget to visit my fellow blog hoppers this week:
Tracey from The Peony Teacup
Megan from City Stitches
Kerstin from Sunset Sewing
Jenniffier from Jenniffier's Sometimes Creative Life
Shena from Apple Pie Patchwork
Janice from better off thread