Sunday, March 26, 2017

Scrappy

I decided I want a mat to place under my sewing machine. So I started to go through my scrap baskets (which is the place where I put all the really small scraps - less than 2 x 2 inches square), and cut anything that was still big enough into 1 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch squares.
When sewing fabric this small together, you loose 1/3 of the size to the seam allowance. Left side is the same number of squares as on the right, but the size goes down from 12 x 18 inches to 8 x 12 inches.
I also added some black 2 1/2 inch squares to the mix (which made for some interesting puzzling while sewing the whole thing together)
Eventually I ended up with a 21 x 12 inch large piece, which I quilted in the ditch and bound nicely.
 I fits perfectly under my sewing machine.

Anthother scrappy project is also in the works, but crochet instead of sewing. I'm using yarn I've still got left over from the Greenway blanket, so basically the same color selection (brown, blue, gray, and some off white)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Potholders (Once Again)

When I went through my yarn stash in Janauary, I noticed I've still got a lot of cotton scraps, so I decided to make another pair of my ever popular magic square potholders.
The first pair went together quickly. It's a rather wild color combination.
Except for the millions of ends to weave in (with those I don't trust just making a knot, even if it's on the inside and nobody will ever see it), they are quickly to make and a lot of fun.
I already cast on the next pair.

I've linked with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Friday.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Modern Hexies

Last weekend I had a workshop at the Quiltmanufaktur in Frankfurt.
The topic was 'Modern Hexies' and as I happened to have already a lot of hexies prepared I went to make a table runner (aim of the workshop was a pillow).

We learned two different methods to prepare the hexies (the classical one where you sew the hexis on the base and then the one with a fabric glue)
Then we learned how to prepare the background and fix the hexies to it before sewing them on.
As the sides of the hexies stay open when using this method, it's not recommended to make a quilt from it, but it's totally fine to make a pillow, a wall hanging, or, as in my case, a table runner.
Fixing the hexies in such a way that they stay in place while sewing is the hardest part and I had to rip out a couple of them after the first rows were sewn.
The method leaves a nice grid on the backside of the finished product (and it's more green than the petrol in the photo)
It's not perfect, but close enough for me.
I did leave a couple of spots empty, which I think makes for an interesting effect.
The table runner was finished and bound on Wednesday and went directly on to my table.
 I really like the effect and absolutely could think of making something like this again.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Feathers On My Brain

I few weeks ago while I was swimming in the hotel pool, I had an idea. Still wet and dripping I went to the reception and asked for some paper so I could sketch out the idea while it was still fresh on my mind.
Thing is, I've been collecting my selvedges (and also bought a bag full, or two) with the vague idea that I would like something made from it. A feather something, maybe.
My hotel pool idea was to make a couple and then set them at a thirty degree angle for a smallish quilt (150 ~ 160 cm x 130 ~ 140cm in size)
I started making feathers.
 They turned out bigger than I though they would (about 18 x 44cm each). They actually come together pretty quickly and I have 19 finished already.
After making a couple of them, I thought again about layout.
First option is straight. I would need about 28 feathers for this one (180cm x 140cm)
 Second option is my original idea. For a smallish quilt 20 feathers would be enough for a smallish quilt of 165cm x 140cm. The bigger version would take 30 feathers, but I think it would be too big.
 Option three is at a 45 degree angle. 25 feathers for a 160 cm by 150 cm quilt.
Of course, the size could be easily increased by adding a border.
Each of those layouts have something speaking for them. What do you think?

Finally, I have a quick finish to show. It's another of the little front pocket bags. I think they are super cute and come together rather quickly. This is number three already and will go to a friend.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

City Sampler 85

First quilt finish of 2017
The pattern is the Tula Pink City Sampler. I made 85 of the 100 blocks from the book and decided on a layout that sets the blocks on point.
The quilt is 195 x 195cm (77 x 77 inches). I started out with a fat quarter stack of blue and green Kona cotton solid fabrics, then added some more solids and lots and lots of blue and green batics.
For the binding a used the same fabric as the background fabric (which is Kona Cotton in the color of Nightfall), with some extra batics thrown in.
I already wrote about the difficuties I had in deciding on what to do with the actual quilting. In the end I did simple wavy lines using my walking foot. I was surprised that I didn't get any pucker, but for some reasons it just worked. I didn't even change directions between lines.
The quilting matches the quilt quite well, just enough to be there, not too much to take away from the pattern.
Backside is the fabric from a quilt cover I bought at the Swedish furniture store. Big advantage, as there is no piecing involved from my side.

I admit I had some reservations in between, if my color choice was a good one, but now, that everything is together, I think this is my favorite so far.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Yarn Inventory

My plans for the weekend fell through, so I used the time to finally make an inventory of the yarn I own. First I pulled out all the yarn I had in various places and put it in one big pile in the middle of the living room.
There is ... a lot. Though it could be worse (and I know of people were it's much, much worse)

I started to sort through the pile. I had a couple of givens.
- all the Wollmeise (which is in two big boxes and by far the biggest single yarn supplier)
- sock yarn (most often the result of impulse buys)
- Noro (I'm a sucker for the colors, but then never really know what to use them for)
- Lett Lopi (still have a good bit over from a couple of projects)
- Cotton (lots of small scraps - I see potholders in my future)
(that is only the small, small scraps - there is a lot more cotton out there)
- Lace (I've got an idea there how to use some of that one)
-  worsted yarn that in some way could be used together in an afghan 
Whatever was in a shape that could for some reason or another be called useful, I checked against my stash list in Ravelry (got to love Ravelry), and if necessary, updated that list.
One of the great thing of Ravelry is that you can export the stash list to excel and play around with statistics there.
After registering most of my yarn now, I have 72,7 km of yarn in my stash.
Biggest chunk in terms of meterage of that is Lace (17.9km), which is considering Lace is also the longest per weight, no big surprise.
In terms of weight I have 20.9kg. Here the biggest chunk is fingering with 8.8kg (that is all the sock yarn)
 All in all I'm quite satisfied with the result of my inventory. I plan on making an afghan with the worsted yarn and then see if I can get rid of the some of the rest by donation.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sometimes Simple Is Better

It took me three tries to finally get to a quilting pattern that I liked for the City Sampler Quilt.
The first one (which I never fotographed) was to quilt each block individually, like the blocks in the book) This one I gave up after four squares ... less said about this the better,
I unpicked what I have done so far, and started with a spiral/meander pattern. This one took longer to realize that this is not what I want.
So it also took longer to unpick. But unpick I did.
 Finally, I just started to quilt in simple wavey lines about 2 inches apart using my walking foot. This one is much, much better.
While the meanders distracted a lot from the block patterns, this one is much more in the background and works much better with the layouts.
I've finished the quilting yesterday and have sewed on the binding today. Only 7.8m of sewing by hand the binding over onto the backside of the quilt and then I'm done.

This is a little bag I actually finished last year already.
I bought the pattern at the Kreativ Welt Fair in Frankfurt in November. The fabrics were a gift at my birthday. The bag currently holds all my marker pens I'm using for quilting.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

City Sampler Sandwich

I basted the Tula Pink City Sampler today.
I used the same method I used for the Scrappy Trellis quilt, using clamps to hold the sandwich to the table while I put the pins in. I've found that this method works best for me (at least until I find something better). I have tried spray basting, but for some strange reasons I do prefer the pins, at least for the bigger quilts.
I then started free motion quilting, but after I've finished with the first bobbin (and 5 of the blocks) I decided I hate how the quilting looks, so I'm now unpicking.
This will take a while *sigh*

I got 42 blocks for me blue HST quilt done.
For a 60 x 70" quilt I need 168 blocks, so 25% are done.
That is unless I'll go with a on point layout, then I may need a few more.

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 --> 2017

Well, 2016 is coming to the end, so there's a moment to look back, and maybe also to look forward.
This year was definitely more quilting heavy than the one before.
I finished:
     - two large quilts: Scrappy Trellis and Summer in the Park
     - two large quilt tops: Goldfish Pond and the Tula Pink City Sampler (haven't shown the last one here yet)
     - one small quilt: the braided baby quilt
     - three pillows: Raspberry Kisses, Wonky Log Cabin, and Rainbow Star
     - a couple of wall hanging: Orca-stra, Rainbow Scraps, and Flowers & Butterflies

I also made a couple of bags, two upcycling Ritter Sport bags and my lovely (and constantly in use) money purse.
On the upcycling front I also made two rags using old t-shirts.

I did knit twelve pairs of socks, one baby jacket, one big cardigan (Blue Sands Cardigan), and one shawl (which was adopted by my sister when she was here on my mom's birthday).
I also crocheted the Greenway afghan, which went to my mom.

So, what to do in 2017.
First of I need to finish the two quilt tops.
I'm also working on a scrappy (no big surprise there) quilt using all those 2inch squares I've been collecting over time. I haven't decided on a final layout, though there are a couple of candidates. For now I'm sewing 9 patch blocks, whenever I have a bit of time and nothing else planned. This is a long term project.
I also want to make a HST quilt using blue and neutrals. Currently I'm making 3 inch blocks using the 4 in 1 method. This works perfectly with charm squares.

On the knitting front I do have a cardigan in the works. Body is done and half of one arm, so only one and a half arm is left plus the collar. I'm using lace yarn held double, so it's slow going.
Of course there will be more socks. There always will be more socks.
I try to work with my stash yarn and not buy additional yarn if possible. From the yarn I have registered in my Ravelry stash, I have 56km sitting around. This should (hopefully) keep my busy for a few more years.

I would like to do some weaving again, which is always good for stash reduction.


To all of you a happy new year.
Keep on Crafting!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Goldfishpond - A Quilt Top

I just finished the top for my Goldfishpond quilt.
The pattern is by Bernadette Mayr from her book 'Wasser-Patchwork' (I don't know if it has been translated into English. I checked on Amazon, but couldn't find it)
There are a total of 240 blocks in the quilt. Most of it is water, but there are also about 64 fish. Once I figured out how to get a good fish, it was super fun to make them.
A fun project overall. It won't be the last quilt I made from one of Benadette's pattern.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Let It Snow

Winter is coming.
Though no snow so far, at least not in real live.
So, I crocheted my own snow(flakes).
That snow has the big advantage that it doesn' melt.
Some of my favorties in more detail:
I'm using Coats puppets Eldorado 16 (100% cottonm 385m/50g) and a 1.25 hook.
 The patterns are from all over the place. Some I found by googling for crochet snow crystals, some I found on pinterest, some on Ravelry.
 I'm nowhere done yet. Actually, I have five more on the stretching board after soaking them in starch and pinning them within an inch of their lives.
And the next one after this is halfway done, already.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Christmas Cards

Even in the time of modern social media and instant communication around the world, there is something to be said about a real, physical christmas card you can hold in your hand. Even better, if that card is hand-made.
My mom 'orders' a set every year to sent out, and this year it was my turn to make some.
Naturally, they have to be made with fabric.
I chose two different layouts (a bit of variation is always good), but basically they are quite similar in the making.
The first set (I've made six cards each) are christmas tree baubles. I appliqued them onto the background using golden thread (well, golden colored metalic thread). The little bows almost took the most time, but they definetely were worth putting on. I should have sewed them on before sewing the fabric to the card stock, that would have been easier. Live and learn.
Second set are christmas trees. I wrapped the ribbons around the front tree before sewing it to the background and it worked more or less okay. The metalic stars on the tree are simply glued on.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Summer In The Park

The mom of my oldest best friend has a big birthday coming to her, and as she's already an admirer of my quilting works, I decided to make a quilt for her.
 I decided on the 'Summer in the Park' pattern as I had quite a few jelly rolls sitting around, the patterns itself is quick and easy, and it was on my bucket list. I added Kona Cotton White for the background and the inner border, and used a dark blue for the outer border.
 The quilt is fairly quick to make, from start to finish a bit more than five weeks. I wanted it big enough for a bed cover and so I made it 1,90m by 2,30m (75 x 90 inches)
 For the backside I used an Ikea fabric. I only managed to score 3.5m of it, which was a bit on the short side, but with some creative jigsaw puzzling and the scraps left from the front, I got just enough for a nice sized back.
Most of the quilting is a simple stiple all over in white (and a matching blue for the outer border). For the inner border I quilted a zigzag. According to the packaging the blue marked should disappear after a couple of days, but it's still visible after a week. Hopefully the wash will fix it.
I still need to make a label, but luckily I have a bit time left.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Restesocken

(aka scrappy socks)
I do have a sock knitting phase (some might call it an obsession). Within the last four weeks I managed to knit four pairs of socks, only using scrappy yarn, which I have left from other projects.
The start were this pair with blue and green yarns. The transition is 4A - 1B - 3A - 2B - 2A - 3B - 1A - 4B - 1C ... and so on.
Sadly for me they turned out a smidgen too big, so they went to a friend of mine.

Next pair is knitted in spirals using three yarns at the same time. It's a bit fiddle to manage all the yarn, but the advantage is that there's not jog when moving from one color to the next.
I then dove into my green scraps and came up with this pair. Love, love, love how they turned out.
The last pair (so far) comes from 14 different yellow, red and purples (plus a wee bit of black). The transition here is 5A - 2 B - 2A - 5B ... I did the math there before hand and with 9 rows of each color I got exactly the length I wanted.
Sigh, the next pair is already in the works.And it will most likely not be the last.