Friday, March 27, 2015

Kernel // 5

These are progress shots of the changes made to some of the blocks. You probably don't even notice them all.

As of now I'm thinking below is the final version. I'll leave it alone for a while.

I'm going to take a short break from sewing and blogging and will reconsider it once back from traveling.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kernel // 4

All the blocks are sewed. Now to decide what to improve.

Can't say that this is my favorite part of quilt making...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kernel // 3

Growing... block after block...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kernel // 2

More blocks.

At a certain point I stopped sticking to the intended block design to have more freedom in color orientation.

Not sure what I'm doing here. I didn't want to reproduce blooms but now I feel the center part is totally messed up. And this process is extremely time consuming. Or it's just me because I keep making mistakes and have to unpick and redo a lot. I wondered if I should continue at all but decided I was going to sew all the blocks and then reconsider what to change. After all I'm not in a hurry and it takes what it takes.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Kernel // 1

This was the first block I sewed: E4. First of 63! It's the first time I'm doing foundation paper piecing.

Promptly I got it wrong and had to unpick and redo.

It took a while to adjust to this kind of process. I keep ending up with fabric pieces that are too small. Need to become more generous in accepting waste. After all I like using scraps for some of my projects.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New quilt with new approach // 3

I decided I'm going to turn this model into a quilt. I don't aim at reproducing it exactly. I want to maintain the character of the color scheme and the distribution of the colors. The shapes are less important to me.

I made a grid to define the blocks I was going to sew.

I made shopping lists for auditioning and buying fabric. These are just for selecting the colors. I'm going to mix prints and solids.

I decided on a kind of block design. I wonder how these pointy shapes will change the look of the round and thus softer shapes of the model.

I pulled the fabric ...

... arranged all I need around me ...

... and let the fun begin!

I also chose the name for this quilt. It is more than just inspired by Ursula Kern. I'm calling it Kernel.

Friday, March 13, 2015

New quilt with new approach // 2

Once arrived at this stage with my selected color scheme... was time to add some spice.

At this point I decided that my model was finished.

I liked it but I did a second one trying to avoid ending up with something like blooms.

Now which one to turn into a quilt? Which would you pick?
The quilt will measure 180 x 140 cm, both collages measure 18 x 14 cm. That was a clever move, now I only have to scale it up by factor 10!

Linking to Sew Cute Tuesday

Monday, March 9, 2015

New quilt with new approach // 1

At least a new approach for me it is. I've been taking some lessons in quilt design with Ursula Kern. I'm sure many of you (quilters) know her already but if not I encourage you to go and visit her website. You'll see some astonishing work and marvel at her talent. So am I lucky or am I lucky?

After a series of lessons I've gotten to the point where I'm taking a break and attempting to sew a quilt based on what I learned so far. It is OK with her that I'm sharing here my progress as usual. But it is my decision that since she is still giving classes I'm not going to talk in details about the single steps. I'll mostly let the pictures talk for themselves.

Ursula works with tons of tiny scraps to design a model (a collage) of the quilt to be sewed. For the homework and for personal use she offered me a huge bag of tiny scraps to take home and work with. This alone is kind of a discovery for me and opens up a complete new possibility of approaching quilt design.

So for the first time I began to think about a new quilt by thinking only about the colors I wanted to have in it. Just colors, no thoughts of composition and proportions yet.

Then I started to think about composition...

...making a collage

This is a new kind of starting point for me. Working with tiny scraps of fabric to glue on paper instead of drawing something with a pencil or crayons led to kind of organic forms all by itself. Where did all my straight lines, my geometric forms go?

To be continued...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Giant Granny Blanket // 3

Meanwhile I finished the yarn in stock which means my giant granny blanket is done. It measures about 100 x 105 cm and is just perfect for keeping my legs warm when sitting and reading or sewing on the sofa. Is it old-fashioned? I don't know and don't care. I completely enjoyed making it and I love it!
And I still marvel at the miracle of turning a string into a cloth.

Das Garn, das ich vorrätig hatte ist fertig und so ist auch meine Häkeldecke fertig! Sie misst ca. 100 x 105 cm und ist gerade gross genug, meine Beine beim Lesen oder Nähen auf dem Sofa schön warm zu halten. So richtig kuschelig. Ist sie altmodisch? Ich weiss nicht und es kümmert mich nicht. Ich habe es total genossen, sie zu häkeln und ich liebe sie!
Und noch immer erstaunt mich das Wunder, einen Faden in ein Tuch zu verwandeln.

Ho finito la lana a disposizione e ciò significa che ho finito la mia coperta all'uncinetto. Misura ca. 100 x 105 cm ed è perfetta per tenermi calde le gambe quando leggo o cucio sul divano. Mi sono divertita fino in fondo a lavorarla e l'adoro!
Il miracolo di trasformare un filo in un tessuto ancora mi stupisce.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Scraps I // 8

Some close ups of the quilting work in progress.

Ein paar Nahaufnahmen des Quiltens.

Alcuni primo piani della quiltatura in corso.

Linking to Scraptastic Tuesday