Tuesday, April 15, 2014

a little Swoon Village

Hooray, I found my sewing mojo!
Somehow I've lost it in the last few months, but recently it came back. :-)

Ever since I saw Rachael's version of the famous Swoon block, I wanted to make it, too.
So here is my little Swoon Village:

I think it is a coastal village, because of all the seagulls in the sky. ;-)
I reduced the size of the block to 20" so that the little quilt will fit onto our coffee table.
I plan to hand quilt it with perle cotton. 
For the backing I used an oldie from my stash.
Look at the selvage - it was in my stash for a looong time!

I'm linking up with Show and Tell Tuesday at I have to say...


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Dear readers, sorry for my absence from this little blog.
There was simply no time for blogging, and almost no time for sewing.

I wish you peaceful and nice Christmas days and a happy New Year!
Liebe Leser, es tut mir leid daß ich so lange nichts mehr geschrieben habe.
Es war einfach keine Zeit dafür übrig, und auch kaum Zeit zum Nähen.

Ich wünsche Euch allen schöne, friedliche und gemütliche Weihnachtstage und einen guten Start in's Neue Jahr!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thank You!

Spiderweb Mini won the Doll / Mini Quilt category at the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
I can hardly believe it.
It's the first time that one of my quilts won anything.
And I want to say "Thank You" to all of you who voted for me.
You made me really happy!
Hugs, Steffi

Monday, October 28, 2013

new Fabrics

This year I have not bought a lot of fabrics. Well, at least not nearly as much as last year. ;-)
But a few weeks ago I placed an order at Hawthorne Threads and last week I went to the customs office and collected my parcel.
 These are from a collection called Downtown. The design reminds me of Pearl Bracelet, but it is smaller.
 Here it is compared to the PB. I like both, but because I often make quilts with lots of quite small pieces, the Pearl Bracelet design is a bit on the big side for my taste. When cutted into small bits, the Downtown fabric will show more of it's design.
This is one of the multicolor prints of the same collection. Lovely, isn't it?
I also ordered a few pieces of Waterfront Park by Violet Craft (the designer of the fantastic Madrona Road),
and some dots from Out of this World. These are on sale. Two-tone fabrics like these are very useful, I think. 
Fun to receive a nice fat Flat Rate Envelope! :-)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Mini Spiderweb Quilt

 As a second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival I chose my miniature Spiderweb quilt.
With only 6.5" x 8" it is really a mini. :-)

 The 560 tiny pieces are sewn onto a paper foundation, and later I hand quilted a bit in the light background stars.
Love the sea glass colors!
 Here you can see the little quilt inside my doll's house sewing room.
The doll is 8" tall (smaller than a Barbie doll).
 Quilt stats:
Size: 6.5" x 8"
Techniques: foundation paper piecing, hand quilting
made by me
Category: doll/mini quilt

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Scrappy Trips Quilt

It's already the end of October, and so it is the time for Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival again.


This year I decided to enter the Scrappy Trips Around The World quilt that I made as a secret birthday gift for my husband last month.

 My regular blog readers already know this quilt. I am sorry to show it again, but at least a few of the pictures are new.
All  new readers who came through the festival: welcome to my blog, I hope you like it here.:-)

Earlier this year I decided that it was time to finally make a quilt for my dear hubby. Everybody else in my family has at least one quilt from me. So I thought he would like one, too.
I started to work on the scrappy trips blocks back in July. Because I wanted to keep the quilt a secret, I could only work on it when my hubby was at work.
Here are all my strips for the blocks. I decided on a pallette of blues from light to dark, and as a contrasting color in each block I chose some yellow, orange and lime fabrics.
The top came together quite quickly, and by the End of July I could start the quilting.
I finished the quilt in time and gave it to my dear hubby last month. He had really no idea and was quite surprised. Thankfully he never reads my blog or looks at my photos on the computer. :-)

 Recently we took the quilt with us to a nice old town and did some outdoor shots in front of the old buildings.

 Here is my sweetie with his quilt:

 The Quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted. I used perle cotton thread and big stitches for the quilting.
Quilt stats:
Size: 58" x 70"
machine pieced and hand quilted by me
quilted in yellow and three different blues, with perle cotton #8 and big stitch quilting

Monday, October 21, 2013

Flea Market Finds

We visited a few flea markets during the last week. 
First I found these three shirts in nice shades of purple/lavender for a good price.
And then, yesterday I found this:
 A very cool and funky 70s sewing basket!
Isn't the fabric on the lid to die for?
 I already filled it with some sewing items, and it has the perfect height to stand next to the sofa when I sew or quilt there.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pillow in Progress

 I finished the top for my pillow and already quilted it with a reddish purple thread.

 As I wrote in my last post, the patchwork contains old and new fabrics. Above are the two vintage apron dresses I found in a thrift shop a few years ago. Now I finally used some pieces of them.
And the border came from this vintage sheet. Isn't it beautiful? I fussy cutted the pattern so that I have the flowers in the middle of the border, and I did mitered corners.

Now to decide what to use at the backside! :-)

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.
and with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

a new Pillow WIP

I am working on a Pillow at the moment. A great big Granny Square for a 18" pillow.
This is a combination of new and vintage fabrics.

Do you remember the pile of pillows I made for my family last Christmas?
Until then I wanted to make a pillow for myself. Almost 10 months later I think it finally is the right time to do it.

Favorite Fabric Swap

There is a very clever Linky Party going on over at Making Rebecca Lynne: the Favorite Fabric Swap.
Everybody can do a post about THE ONE fabric he/she is looking for. And with a little luck, somebody has this fabric in his/her stash and is willing to give it away.

So, this is one of my very favorite fabrics:
The original Flea Market Fancy collection, Medallions in blue. I only have a small piece of it and I would LOVE more of it. I would happily offer you something from my stash, or money, if you prefer. 
I would also love this pattern in the pink colorway... ;-)

The second fabric I would love to get is Eyelet in yellow, also from Flea Market Fancy.
Sadly, my very favorites were not included in the Legacy reprint collection.
So, maybe you have one of these and would give it away to one very, very happy quilter? Seriously, I would give you whatever you want!
Please comment below or email me at: 
Kansasdugout (at) gmx (dot) de 
You would make my day!
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Outdoor Pictures of the Scrappy Trips Quilt

 We went to a lovely old town today and took the Scrappy Trips Quilt with us to take some outdoor pictures.

 Slowly the leafes are starting to change color.
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