Friday, October 31, 2014

Color Wheel I finished and Happy Halloween!

 The first Color Wheel quilt is finished!
Two of you suggested a black and white striped binding, and as you can see, I went with that. 
Good idea! I think it looks good together with all the colors.
 I already hung it in my sewing room. Because of the slanted walls I just used pins.

And Happy Halloween to you all!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

new Additions to the Stash

 Today I visited my trusty dutch fabric dealer once again, and again I found some beauties for my stash. Four of these pieces are regular half meter cuts, the rest came from his scrap bins where he collects odd pieces, bolt ends and wonky cuts. For these pieces, he charges only half the price.
 The pieces vary in size from 5" strips to almost half yards. 
It was fun to rummage around in his warehouse. You never know what you'll find.
I think these two are my favorites - big and small birdies. :-)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Color Wheel WIP

 I appliqued the color wheel onto the background and quickly basted the little quilt. It's 16" square.
Then the perle cottons in a rainbow of colors came out.
 I needed one evening to quilt it.

Now it only needs binding. I have to go through my stash to find the right fabric. Not sure which color would look best. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Color Wheel I

 For quite some time now I had the plan to make a series of small quilts based on the different versions of the color wheel.
Saturday, I suddenly had some "free" time. I cleaned the house on Friday, grocery shopping was done, too, and so I started this first little quilt.
I drew it up, made cardboard templates, spent some time with my fabrics, and finally sewed the pieces together by hand.
 The piecing went faster than I thought.
For the background, I chose this light silver Sketch. First I pinned my color wheel onto it, then I basted it, because I thought it would be nicer than dealing with the pins while appliquèing it down. And it was. No pins that would accidentally catch my thread or prick my fingers.
 More about this soon! It is fun to work on something small that you can finish in a few days.
Here you can see my templates.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Spinning Stars, second Entry for Blogger's Quilt Festival

As my second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I would love to enter my "Spinning Stars" quilt.

I suddenly had the idea for this quilt in my head and had to try it out immediately.
It worked out just as I imagined, and by pure coincidence the quilt ended up to be just the right size for our bed.
For the background I used a lot of different text prints (that I really love).
I think it looks so good together with the ikea alphabet bedlinen.
I hand quilted the quilt with perle #8 thread in spirals, beginning in the middle of the stars.
It adds to the movement of the stars.

The quilt measures 72" x 103"
Designed, machine pieced and hand quilted by me.
I would like to enter it in the Original Design category.
You can find the pattern here in my Etsy shop, if you like.
For the time of the festival, I reduced the price. ;-)
Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you like it here. :-)

Amsterdam, first Entry for Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's time for Amy`s Blogger`s Quilt Festival again.

For my first entry I chose my "Amsterdam" quilt.
The tulip pattern reminds me of Holland and our trip to Amsterdam last year, hence the name.
I designed this quilt myself. 
I had the beautiful antique pink and green quilts in mind, but wanted something bright and updated. So I used fresh, modern fabrics to achieve the look I had in mind.
 For the outer border, I used this fabric that was absolutely perfect for the quilt.
I hand quilted with perle #8 and adapted the shape of this flower for the quilt design in the setting triangles:
The quilt measures 80" square.
Designed, machine pieced and hand quilted by me.
I would love tho enter it in the Hand Quilting category.
If you would like to make your own version, you can find the pattern here in my Etsy shop. For the time of the festival I reduced the price! ;-)
Thank you for visiting my blog. :-)
And thank you, Amy, for doing the Festival again!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

taking out the basting stitches

Aah! Isn't it one of the best parts? Taking out the ugly basting threads means you are finished hand quilting. Yeah!
Only the binding to sew now!
See you tomorrow for Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Quilting, quilting! I'm working like mad on this quilt, because I would love to take some outdoor pictures with the beautiful fall foliage as long as it is still there. So I need to get it finished as soon as possible.
I'm working on the border now and only need to quilt two sides of it.
The soft Kaffe Fassett stripe quilts like a dream, especially together with the vintage sheet I used as the backing:
 The quilt already is soo soft and cuddly. It will be our sofa quilt, so I dug deep into my hoarded sheets and selected this one with the cute border print.
I`ll show you the front and back of the whole quilt soon!
 The binding is prepared and is waiting to be attached. I chose this purple Oakshott that looks beautiful with its changing hues.
Yesterday I received a few fabrics that I found on ebay.
I was searching for a Marjolein Bastin book (my dutch readers will know her) when I found this gorgeous text fabric! I never knew that she did a fabric line. I love Marjolein, and I love text prints, so I had to have it. And to fill the envelope, I bought a few more. :-) The seller was super nice and shipped them really fast.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amsterdam, a new Quilt and Pattern

 Today I would love to show you my "Amsterdam" quilt.
Pink and green quilts have a long tradition. This quilt, however, is not old-fashioned at all.
The bright, modern fabrics make for a fresh, cheerful look.
 The tulips remind me of Holland and our trip to Amsterdam last year, hence the name.
 I just love the combination of strong pinks and chartreuse greens!
 The setting triangles are a nice place for some hand quilting.
And the outer border with the flower pots is just perfect for this quilt!
 "Amsterdam" measures 80" x 80".
The instructions are available at my Etsy shop as pdf download.
 Heute möchte ich Euch gerne "Amsterdam" vorstellen.
Quilts in grün und rosa haben eine lange Tradition. Trotzdem wirkt dieser Quilt kein Bisschen altmodisch. Die modernen Stoffe mit ihren kräftigen Farben geben ihm eine frische, fröhliche Atmosphäre.
Die Tulpen erinnern mich an Holland und an unseren Besuch in Amsterdam im letzten Jahr, daher der Name.
Pink und grün zusammen finde ich einfach toll!
Die Seiten- und Eckdreiecke bieten einen guten Platz zum Handquilten,
und die äußere Borte mit dem Blumentöpfen ist einfach perfekt für diesen Quilt!
"Amsterdam" ist ca. 2 x 2 m groß.
Die Anleitung gibt es in meinem Etsy Shop als PDF-Download zu kaufen.

Linking up with NTT at my Quilt Infatuation,
with I Quilt at Pretty Bobbins,
and with finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WIPs I'll show you soon

At the moment I am hand quilting with these yummy Valdani variegated threads.
I'll show you more of this quilt soon. It will become another pattern for my shop.
I am also busy writing a pattern for a pink and green quilt. With luck it will be finished tomorrow.
So stay tuned. :-)
Sorry that I am so mysterious at the moment...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Introducing Spinning Stars, a new Quilt Pattern

 Today I would like to show you my second new quilt pattern,
Spinning Stars.
 This quilt includes a lot of things I love: lots of text prints, some of my favorite colors and big stitch perle cotton quilting.

 By pure coincidence the quilt ended up just the right size for our bed.
It measures 72" x 103".
 The design is not as complicated as it looks, but it requires some knowledge in patchwork and includes Y-seams (set-in-seams).
You can find the listing for this pattern here in my Etsy shop.
Only this week it is reduced to $10!
Included in the pattern are instructions of a second quilt, Twinkling Stars.
This second quilt is made with the leftovers of the first quilt.

By picking new, different fabrics for the backgrounds of the stars, this quilt has a totally different look.
So, you'll get instructions for two different quilts!
 Twinkling Stars is not complicated to make: the pattern shows how to sew it without Y-seams.
 This quilt measures 54 1/2" x 58", perfect for a wall or sofa quilt, or as a kid's quilt.
Heute möchte ich Euch gerne mein zweites neues Quiltdesign zeigen:
Spinning Stars! 
Dieser Quilt liegt mir sehr am Herzen, da er vieles beinhaltet, was ich gerne mag: Text-Stoffe, einige meiner Lieblingsfarben, und Handquilting mit Perlgarn.
Durch puren Zufall bekam er auch noch genau die richtige Größe für unser Bett. Er misst ca. 182 x 261 cm.
Der Quilt ist nicht so kompliziert, wie er auf den ersten Blick aussieht, aber man braucht schon etwas Erfahrung im Patchwork, und sollte wissen, wie man Y-Nähte näht.
Hier geht es zum Angebot in meinem Etsy Shop. Nur diese Woche ist der Preis reduziert auf $10.
Die Anleitung beinhaltet außerdem auch noch die Beschreibung für einen zweiten Quilt, Twinkling Stars. Dieser wird aus den Resten gemacht, die beim Zuschneiden der Teile für den ersten Quilt übrig bleiben.
Durch neue, andere Hindergrundstoffe hat dieser Quilt eine ganz andere Stimmung.
Also: zwei Quilts in einer Anleitung!
Twinkling Stars ist nicht sehr kompliziert zu nähen. Das Muster zeigt, wie man ihn ohne Y-Nähte nähen kann. Mit einer Größe von ca. 138 x 147 cm hat er eine gute Größe als Wandbehang, Sofa- oder Kinderquilt.

Linking up with the MondayMakers at ayliN-Nilya
and with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.