Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hugs and Kisses // 3

May and June have gone by and I have a finished quilt top. I'm not sharing pictures of the finished top yet but here are some final progress shots. The last picture shows how I chose to finish the edges. I'm quite happy with the decision to introduce a new fabric for those setting triangles. The black and white adds a nice detail to the overall design, I think.

I'm set on the fabrics for the backing but I'm postponing the next steps for a while.
Meanwhile I'm thinking about how I want to hand quilt it. It won't be easy to stitch through those batiks so I'm trying to find a design that I find appealing but not too extensive in order to spare my hands a little.

A couple weeks ago I started on a new top by machine and it felt so good to be sitting at the machine again. It's a improv log cabin and I'll post some pictures here soon. You can go to my Instagram feed if you don't want to wait.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Hugs and Kisses // 2

Last December I started a new epp project to have a hand sewing project to bridge time between one thing and another. At that time I thought I would have something to calm me down while preparing for my first ever exhibit. I was too excited about and focused on the exhibit that should have taken place in March to start a new well-thought-out creative project. So I whipped up this idea and was happy to know it would be there for weeks and months and I could always go back to it when I needed a moment of sewing. It should also have served me as a welcome activity during the week of the exhibit while I would be present waiting for visitors to show up. And I would have something on hand to show and explain the process.

Well, the Corona Virus had other plans and I had to let go of mine. A week before the start of the installation I canceled. I hope to make up for it in September but who knows how things will evolve.

And so amongst all the frenzy of adjusting to this new situation, all the worries and the uncertainty related to the Virus and what it is doing to the world, all the attempts of trying to stay up to date with all the news, the anticipation and excitement for my exhibit has been replaced by a total different kind of restlessness. I find myself still unable to create, the mind still going all sorts of direction and unable to stay focused on developing a new quilting project.

More than I could have anticipated this epp project is helping me through these unsettling times. And in the meantime its title has also gained a deeper meaning. Hugs and Kisses. We can't liberally give them these days. We need to keep a physical distance. While I stitch I think about this and marvel of what has come about us. Never would I have imagined that what seems the natural and loving thing to do has now become a DON'T. When will it be RIGHT again?

So during the last weeks I've been calmly stitching this quilt top whenever I had a moment. The weather has been kind and I was happy to sit outside and enjoy the signs of spring. In the meantime the weather has changed and I'm back inside taking the opportunity to say Hi here on my blog.

I'm fine and hope you are too. Be safe and be kind. Hugs and Kisses to you.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Otiv - a finished quilt

Now that it has been gifted I can share my latest quilt finished last December.
I call it a disappearing nine patch variation. I made all nine patches as for the classic disappearing nine patch but instead of cutting them into four quadrants I made varying vertical cuts per block only. Sometimes I left the block as is.
This was a very fun make. The biggest challenge is achieving an interesting and pleasing composition. The piecing is pretty straight forward as there are not many seams or points to match. I love this kind of piecing. One can concentrate purely on colors and placement and forget a bit the need for accurate sewing.

I want to credit Carson of . It was through a quilt she posted on Instagram that I got the idea to try this technique.

I had asked the recipient for his favorite color and the answer was orange. I took that as my starting point and tried to compose a color palette that would showcase the color without being an overkill.

It has been well received and lives in California now. My only wish is that it will be used and loved as much as I did in making it.

Otiv, 190 x 155 cm, machine pieced and machine quilted

Saturday, January 4, 2020

New Website and more !

I've been working on setting up a website. If you care to visit here is the link. I think the gallery page might be of interest as it shows at a glance a selection of my quilts.

But what excites me more is the current look of the home page as it shows what I'm so much looking forward to. My very first and solo quilt exhibit! I've been looking for a location for a much too long time and I'm overjoyed that the Kunstraum Mehrblick is giving me this opportunity.

I'll post again about it later but I just had to share this today!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Books 2019

Wishing you all a peaceful, healthy, and happy New Year!

Welcome 2020, I'm looking forward to this new year as it will bring a first and exciting happening for me. But before revealing more about that I'm taking a look back at 2019. It has meanwhile become a tradition to me to review the books I read during the year. I still enjoy reading but it has become more and more difficult. Too much distraction looking at other's quilts on Instagram! And I used to be able to read for hours in bed before sleeping. But alas, nowadays after a maximum of three pages the book drops on my face.

Still, these were my partners for a while:







Not included are arts and crafts books.

For the quilters among us I can heartily recommend The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.

If for any reason you'd like to see the books of earlier years, you can do so by clicking to the label reading in the right menubar.

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