Friday, August 26, 2016

Diamond // 19

Still working on this one.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ariel // 3 and last!

See previous two posts if you like to know the whole story.

And here is my finished quilt Ariel. Made with love for a special guy.

The front.
193 x 146 cm

The back.

Sitting on my couch for a little while.

Happily gifted in person last month. Living in a whole different place on earth right now.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ariel // 2

See previous post for the beginning.

again the finished top

the pieced back that makes the quilt reversible

quilting away 

attaching the binding

Finished quilt is up next.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ariel // 1

This was the beginning of the second quilt I wanted to offer as a present for a special birthday. This time for a young man whose favorite colors are blue and green. As before I went with a disappearing ninepatch but now aiming for a more contemporary feeling.

As usual a few pics about the making of that started back in March.

Fabric selection

Cutting the required amount of patches

Chain piecing the ninepatches

and cutting them into four pieces

arranging them on the design wall

chain piecing the rows

the finished top !

Monday, August 15, 2016

Gerry // 3 and last!

See previous two posts if you like to know the whole story.

So this is it, my finished quilt Gerry. Sewed with love to be gifted to my father for a special birthday.

The front.
190 x 150 cm

The back.

And this is the moment of gifting it to my father during our joint vacation in Italy last month. Temperature wise not the best timing but autumn is around the corner, isn't it? 
A precious moment for both of us.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Gerry // 2

See previous post if you like to know the whole story.

I like my quilts to be reversible and am mindful about the backing.

Pin basting is the part of quilt making I really don't enjoy that much.

Quilting on the other side I do enjoy a lot.

And love to come up with own quilting designs for each quilt.

Every moment of quilt making has its own singularity.
Sewing on the binding by machine is one of THOSE moments.

Attaching it to the back by hand ANOTHER one. I love this phase. 

Finally, by end of March I had my finished quilt!

While hand sewing the binding I started on a second quilt to be gifted. But that is another story. Next I'll post some pictures of the finished Gerry.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Gerry // 1

Gerry is a quilt I started back in January to be gifted to my dad for his special birthday last month. As with Cathe I used the disappearing ninepatch method. I thought of the colors and patterns my dad would like and opted for a more traditional yet fresh and sparkling layout. I'm going to share some of the pictures I've taken along the process of making.

Setting the color scheme, design of ninepatch alignment and fabric selection.
I decided to always put a white into the center and the blues into the four corners.

Cutting, counting, numbering required patches.

Sewing the ninepatch-blocks and cutting them into four smaller blocks.

Thinking about final layout. Always a hard decision! I chose lower right.

Once the layout is decided I number the rows to bring them safely back to the sewing machine.

My way of chain piecing the rows!

Three weeks later I had the completed top.

To be continued.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Back from vacation

Hey there! I'm back from a wonderful vacation including family reunion and special birthday celebrations. Hope you have been well. Unfortunately, I had a little accident which is preventing me from sitting at my new sewing desk right now. Hopefully I'll get to it sometime next week. Meanwhile I have other things to share.

While vacationing at Lido Adriano, Italy

at the beach before sunrise

we also visited the Basilica San Vitale in Ravenna. The basilica is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

It's been 15 years since my last visit there. At that time patchwork and quilting was completely unknown to me! I remember that I was totally enthusiastic about the incredibly masterpieces of mosaic art. This time though the flooring captured my most attention and amazed me to no end. No need for many words of explanation here, quilters will understand immediately. Others may just marvel at this incredible craftsmanship.

Lots of inspiration for some quilt patterns, especially some epp, right?

Of course there can't be any trip to Italy without a proper Gelato!!

So this concludes the very short and selective summary of my vacation. No wait! I also finally had the opportunity to gift two quilts I made earlier this year and that I kept secret here. Which brings me back to the topic of quilting. So while pain in my wrist is preventing me from sewing, I can at least share what I made earlier. Stay tuned if you care to see them.