Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Luca // 4 and last !

Luca is all done and on its way to its recipient. Fingers crossed it will get there safe and sound. It is always special to design a quilt for somebody specific. Thinking what kind of colors or prints may be liked. What size it should have to be useful and how to quilt it to make it snuggly. During the hours of sewing I think of the person it is destined for and memories of shared moments come to mind. This quilt is going to a nephew living far away. I held him on my arms as a baby and now that he is a grown up man he can wrap himself up in this quilt and maybe feel some of the love that I put into it.

This has been my 7th disappearing nine patch variation and I'm quite happy with the result. Again that simple block construction lead to a complete different look thanks to the decisions made in color and fabric choices and block layout. As it is often said, the possibilities are endless.

Luca measures about 195 x 145 cm.

I don't know why the green color looks so different in these pictures. The pictures above show it better.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Luca // 3

And this is finally the layout that I picked. And the more I look at it the more I'm convinced to have taken a very good decision.

I chain pieced the top, joining first one column after the other from left to right without never cutting threads, then pressing all the seams in alternating direction and finally joining all the rows. I love this technique, it came to me all by itself some years ago while picking the blocks from the design wall next to my sewing machine.

Isn't it just gorgeous? I've ordered some backing fabric and can't wait for it to arrive!

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Luca // 2

I've been working on the design wall for quite a while until I found the layout that convinced me. This process is a lot of fun but also a difficult one as there are always so many different options making it hard to pick one. Some are obvious drop outs, others it's harder to part with. Then there are lots of minor changes to consider. The more time I have the more time I take with making a decision. Which again can be good or bad as sometimes there just isn't right or wrong and I can get lost in details. Anyways, I'm glad I've meanwhile found my preferred one.

The ones I'm sharing today are all rejected ones.

Tomorrow I'll show you what I picked and how it looks all sewn together.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Luca // 1

Five years ago I started the tradition of sewing family members a quilt as a gift for a special birthday. 

I decided at the time that I would set myself the challenge of sticking to the disappearing ninepatch pattern trying to come up with as many variations as I could think of.

I have completed six quilts since, these being
Cathe 2015, Gerry 2016, Ariel 2016, Danbar 2017, Nelly 2018, and Otiv 2019.

Recently I've started on my 7th and for the first time I'm late as the birthday was already last week. As we all know this year 2020 is a strange one and many plans and intentions had to be adjusted or postponed. Nevertheless, I'm happy I've finally gotten to it. It's going to be a gift for a young man and I'm very excited about my fabric choices. I have the feeling he is going to love it. At least, it's what I'm hoping for. Since I don't expect him to read my blog or checking in on my Instagram feed I feel safe to sharing some work in progress pictures.

All the ninepatches are sewn and cut into their four quarters. Now the fun part of arranging and shifting around until I find a pleasing layout can start.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Learning to let go // 2

This is another quilt that has been purchased and I had to say bye bye to. The good thing is that I know where it is going to live and I will still be able to see it from time to time.

I made Floating Colors back in 2012 and I combined cotton and silk fabrics. I chose a very simple patchwork to give the silk patches enough room to shine. Spread out it shows all the different colors, folded on a couch one can choose which colors to show and by arranging it differently bring variation to the room. It is free motion quilted with a rather large scale design that brings a lot of life and structure into the calm background. 

It got a lot of attention during the exhibit and several people showed interest. It seems that its calmness and elegance is much liked these days.

To celebrate its parting here some last pictures in all its glory.

These were taken during my exhibit:

The maker and her work

These at my home back in 2012:

And these in its new home:

Pictures taken last week by the new owner, Thank you! Doesn't it look as if made for that couch and that room? Bye bye Floating Colors, wishing you and your new owners lots of joy and coziness together.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Learning to let go

I have to let go of quilts that where purchased in connection to my exhibit of last month. While I'm happy that they found a new home that will love and value them I'm at the same time learning what it means to say goodbye to a work that means a lot to me and that even it has been stored for a while out of sight it is still close to my heart. I guess it's the nature of things. I made quilts thinking that in the end they may be a benefit to somebody. But now that they are chosen out of an exhibit it is totally different than the ones I made from the beginning as a gift for someone special for a special occasion. As odd as it is I'm happy and sad at the same time. Yet, more happy than sad.

Here I'm wrapping up T1. A small quilt finished 2014 and that was kind of a prototype for T2 and T3. T stands for triangle as the design is based on half square triangles. This is one of the rare if not the only time I made up a design with the help of my computer. Normally, I just work on the design wall or follow a rough sketch. But here everything was laid out from the start. This is also the only quilt I've made so far that is clearly meant as wall hanging as with its 100 cm square it's too small for anything else. I love to make quilts to wrap oneself into them, so they at least need to be lap size. But this is the one that was purchased first. Maybe because the cost is lower due to its size, maybe because as so many said, it is easier to have them on the wall than to use them since they are so precious. There is a lot to think about for me. I'm not sure I want to make quilts that sell well. I want to make quilts that can be both, art and utility.

For T1 it looks as if it has found the perfect new owner. He definitely loves the colors.

published with permission

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Exhibit is over

My exhibit is over. What a week this has been! I have a lot to process and digest but I can say that it has been worth the effort. I'm grateful I was able to make it happen this time and everything went smooth and fine. Visitors enjoyed a moment of relax from all the noise and worries in the world and took the necessary precautions in view of the still ongoing pandemic among us.

I received so much positive feedback for the show and so much appreciation for my work that me too could take in this week at its fullest and at its best. It's also been fantastic for me to see so much of my work of the last decade all at once. 

If you want to see more of it you can do so by going to my instagram page. There you'll also find a virtual tour saved in the story highlights. Also videos where I talk about each individual quilt. All of it without my face everywhere.


Thank you to my husband and a friend for these pictures.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Exhibit in full swing

My exhibit is up and running. You have time to visit until Sunday. Hurry up, don't miss it!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Exhibit ahead - at last!

Sometimes things don't work out as wished. Last March I had to cancel my first ever exhibit at the very last moment due to the developments around the pandemic. Things have calmed down since and fingers crossed it will remain stable or perhaps even get better. 

Hopefully this time it's going to happen!

Due to physical distancing needs there won't be an opening event. But I'll be present all of the times and I'm very much looking forward to meetings in smaller groups.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Dark & Light aka A Home For All // 2

And here comes the finished top with which I'm very happy. And I've also made the backing.
I have nothing to add for now but I'll leave you with this 

"The realization that life is absurd can not be an end, but only a beginning." -Albert Camus

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dark & Light aka A Home For All // 1

July is almost gone and I've been sewing away at this top. While I've enjoyed the sewing process and had fun scavenging my scrap boxes I've also been thinking about what is going on in the world. So much social injustice, so much undeserved luck for some, so much bad luck and much worse for others. And so while sewing and looking at my fabrics I've been thinking of Blacks and Whites, of dark and light, an how we all want to be happy and feel at home. I've been dreaming of a world we'll probably never have and yet we must not give up wanting. These thoughts have been infused in this top while I was trying to combine dark and light fabrics in a way to bring clarity, harmony, intermingling, equilibrium. Yet, visible and invisible barriers remain.

I'll show today some progress shots and very soon the finished top.

"Humans are creatures who spent their lifes trying to convince themselves that their existence is not absurd." 
-Albert Camus

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