Tuesday, August 15, 2017

epp update and a longer pause

My pile of blocks is slowly growing. I'm aiming at 48 and have completed 14 this far. Still lots to do and that is just the way I like it.

I have started this project with this sort of layout in mind:

Now that I have started to play around with options I don't know what I'll decide in the end:

I'll reconsider and decide once I can layout all the finished blocks.
But this won't be too soon since I'm putting this project aside now as I'm leaving for a longer vacation. And once back I want to finally start quilting Steps IV. And then it will be almost time to start a Christmas Tree quilt. I always forget I want to do one until it's too late so this year should be the year to make it happen. Happy to know I still have lots of ideas for my quilting projects!

Preparing for packing I came across these shoe bags I made a while ago. These funny fabrics still amuse me.

I'll be back with hopefully some great pictures of wonderful places I have never seen. Stay well, safe, and be kind to each other.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

little progress with epp project

Making only baby steps with this project. I totally enjoy working on it though. And I love that I can take it outside if the weather permits.

Meanwhile the plums from a few weeks ago are being put to good use.

And Basel can look pretty in the evening.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

New epp project - some progress

I have decided on the block design and also think to know how I want to arrange the blocks. But this is again a step that can be changed along the way. So for now I'll just keep making little squares and sew them together into blocks of 25 squares each. I need 48 blocks and this being the first one I have lots of defined working time ahead and nothing to worry about.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer or winter!

Friday, July 28, 2017

New epp project

It will take a while until I'll start quilting Steps IV. Too many distractions going on right now that are preventing me to focus and free up enough time to work on it. Plus there is a longer trip coming closer and I don't want to interrupt the quilting process once started. So I postponed finishing Steps IV to later in the year.

What to do in the meantime? I find it good to always have a hand sewing project on the side. And so I have started a new quilt with the epp method. I'm going to reuse the papers from my Trip Around The World and invent something new. It is such an easy and relaxing sewing project once you have your colors and fabrics chosen. And arranging little squares give you so many possibilities of layout. That is fun and difficult at the same time. Eventually you have to settle on a layout and start sewing the squares together. But first I can just have fun preparing lots of cute little squares.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Plum feast !

It's currently hard to make time to sew! But I don't really mind. There is a time for sewing and then there are other times.

Our neighbors have invited us to help ourselves with their over boarding plum tree. The plums are gorgeous, really sweet and juicy. In other words just yummy! So I'm cooking jam and preparing portions to go into the freezer for future plum pies.
And then there is still my parent's vegetable garden I can take benefit from while they are on vacation. There is a lot going on in my kitchen these days.

Sewing studio has to wait. Maybe even some more as a longer trip is also on the horizon.
Hope you are enjoying your summer too!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Steps IV // 6

I'm taking my time with this. I still haven't started on the backing and I'm also out of batting. But it is always on my mind and I'm thinking a lot about how I want to quilt it.

To help me visualize my ideas I print several copies of a picture and draw imagined quilting lines on them. Here in red so that I can see something. But my plan is to use a light grey or similar color of quilting thread. In the end it will all be about texture and highlighting areas. We'll see how it works out. Most probably I won't start quilting before October anyway. Lot's of time to change my mind again and again.

And here just one of the other things keeping me busy as well. No tending and watering. Just harvesting and processing thanks to my parents! Still time-consuming but oh so good and satisfying!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Steps IV // 5

I'm happy to share my finished top of Steps IV.  And I'm very happy how it turned out. It is pretty much how I envisioned it. I am really fond of the colors and the movement.

Some close-ups.

Perhaps you are a little tired of seeing it but I think you won't see it for a while now. First because other things are coming up that require my time, second because I have to study how I want to quilt it. I have a rough idea but I'm not sure I can make it work. So I will not rush and take the necessary time.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Steps IV // 4

Assembly of the top has started and it shouldn't take much longer and I'll have a finished top.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Steps IV // 3

All the blocks are sewn and I have decided on the final layout. This is how I'm going to assemble the top. I'm quite satisfied with it this far and I'm wondering how the look will change once the seam allowances have shrinked them.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Steps IV // 2

Details of work in progress on Steps IV

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Steps IV // 1

I have started a new quilt. After the colorfulness of Danbar and Trip Around The World it's time for some reduced color palette. My hope is that the design will be strong enough to gain attention in a gentle way.
Also I felt it time to upcycle some old shirts again.

You can check out my Quilts page to see Danbar and TATW as well as Stepts I - III.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Trip Around The World // 11 and last!

Trip Around The World is all done and finished! I know I have said it before but This Has Been So Much Fun To Make! For the last five months working on this quilt has been such a calming and pleasant task. A truly treasured companion.

Hand pieced using the english paper piecing method and hand quilted with no frame.

160 x 120 cm

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

rag rug // 1

Years ago I made this rug using old t-shirts cut into short strips that I hooked to a burlap.

You can check posts in 2012 in the archive on the right hand menu bar if you want to know more about the process.

Unfortunately, when after some use I later washed it in the machine it came all apart. I finished to take it apart and saved all the fabric pieces not knowing what for.

A few weeks ago I then decided that it was time for a new hand sewing project. A no brainer to work on and off just whenever I feel like. This time I'm simply folding the pieces and attach them down with a few stitches to a canvas. I first started randomly but realised quickly that it was easier for me if I pre-marked where to sew. Now I don't even need to worry to remain consistent. This rug will in the end be much fluffier than the first one. 
So I'm recycling already once recycled material.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Trip around the World Quilt // 10

I am spending some quality time with my trip around the world quilt and enjoying hand quilting. Temperatures are increasing these days so I better get it done before it's too hot to work with it on my lap.

And just because I love it so much I'm sharing views of my favorite tree I admire during all my morning runs.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Danbar // 3 and last !

It's been a while since I posted about Danbar. I finished it a while ago but gifted it only a couples week back. So finally I'm sharing it here too.
The recipient wished for a red and yellow quilt with a strong emphasis on red. I decided to add neutrals to calm it down somewhat and to add interest.

The pattern is based on a disappearing nine patch (D9P). It is my fourth D9P and I tried two variations to the previous ones:
1. Different sizes of the nine patches to achieve slimmer rectangular "borders" and smaller little squares.
2. Alternating alignment of same "bordering" color per diagonal line.

You can see the other D9Ps I've done before on my Quilts page if you like to compare. They are named Ariel, Gerry, and Cathe. I think it's fascinating how one can achieve totally different looks using the same basic pattern.

The first picture shows the quilt on location the day it's been gifted to him. The others were taken a little later at home.

177 x 134 cm

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