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The first Christmas presents are in the making πŸ™‚ Since the two, to whom these stars are going are not "online" I am very confident that they will not know beforehand and I can post this. These are two tops for center pieces with which I tackled my fear of y-seams!

I got the tip from my local dealer to mark the corners in the distance of the seam allowance and to only sew up to those marks.higru_rauteAnd with this little trick, the next step is amazingly easy! Just fold along the extended seam line and piece the two diamonds together.

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I was so amazed, that y-seams can be so easy, that I had to do a second one right away - and I can imagine there'll be more to come in the near future πŸ™‚

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Linking up with Let's bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts

Hope you're having a great week!

Vanni

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Hello all,

it is finally done and I have already spent several days snuggling up under it to finish my thesis and cure my little ailments that came up due to the sudden decrease of stress - the two reasons I haven't been around as much as I would have liked to :-/

But back to the fun stuff:

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I promised a longer post about this one, and I'm more than happy to deliver. I'll share the process of making the quilt with you, the lessons learned and then have some more pics of the finished quilt πŸ™‚

So it all started in November 2015, after I had done some HST place mats for my mom, that I thought "this design would look good in rainbow colors as a quilt". So I raided my tiny stash and started cutting squares.

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Not only was I missing several colorsΒ  - I had only about 150 of the necessary 552 squares :-/ With additional help from friends, who were so kind to help me out with their stash, plus some additional fabrics bought (the purplish and pink fabrics weren't really in anyone's stash) I ended up with a rainbow of squares.

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From there I went on to make a whole bunch of HSTs and always laid them out row wise to find my preferred arrangement.

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Even though I took a lot of care with the layout, somehow the same fabric ended up beside itself three times - it's not really noticeable, but you know....I know πŸ˜‰ Some months ago, I was finally done piecing the top and basted it on the terrace of friends of mine.2016_08_27_zickzack_arnolds_scaledQuilting gave me some troubles, because it's quite a large project...quiltenBut after having chosen not to go with the organic lines, but instead with a curvy stitch from my machine, it went on easier. When the quilting was all done, I was so excited to get it finished, that I continued sewing late into the night. Luckily I had found some fitting binding tape in gray with white dots on the market shortly before finishing, so I didn't have to cut and press the binding myself <whew>

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And then it was finally done and ready to snuggle into πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Now to the lessons learned throughout this project:

  • cut the HSTs to size after piecing them (yes, I was very naive....)
  • don't serge
    - I serged all allowances, after piecing the HSTs and rows, thus I couldn't press the seams open and got a whole bunch of bulk
  • press, don't iron and don't use steam
  • use high quality thread
    - this I especially noticed when quilting. The lower quality threads ripped or stitches were left out.... until I got that figured out, it took hours and I thought my machine was broken :-/
  • use sharp needles
  • write down all settings
    especially with a long-term project like this, write down:

    • stitch length
    • needle size
    • needle offset
  • trust your intuition when you think that the machine makes different sounds or runs differently than normal. By the end of the project I now know every sound my machine should make - and which it shouldn't!
  • Clean the machine on a regular basis - if you think you're machine might need a clean - it's probably already overdue πŸ˜‰
  • use more pins for basting
  • use same quality faabrics
    I have a bunch of different quality fabrics in this quilt - which doesn't make life easier
  • use sharp blades on the rotary cutter - and they're dull much faster than you think...

2016-button-250-bestI think I learned a lot more than that, but this is what I wrote down along the way.... so with the finish of this quilt, I can check off one of my 2016 FAL Q4 goals πŸ™‚

Now I'll be off, visiting all the wonderful blogs I haven't been able to read (or comment - shame on me) in the last weeks...

Hope you're having a nice sewy fall so far πŸ™‚

Vanni

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Hi all,

I'm just dropping in to let you know I'm still alive πŸ˜‰

It's kind of busy around here at the moment, so I'm not getting to blogging and sewing as much, but I'll try and catch up next weekend with a report on my sewing class and my first two jersey project (I know all unquilty....bare with me πŸ˜‰ )

But there's also some news on my rainbow quilt top, which only needs to be cut and bound. Then it's all done - yay! On that I'll be writing quite a large post, because I've gotten so many comments and questions on how I designed it, that I'd like to share the process here.

So hope you're having a great week and more time for sewing and quilting than me πŸ˜‰

Vanni

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Since I meet up with friends to sew, packing up my sewing utensils, fabrics, notions and so on has become a quite regular routine and needs no more than a few minutes now. There has always been one thing bugging me though....I keep my notions and sewing accessories in a small drawer:

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So I always took one or two of the smaller drawers with me - depending on what I'd need. This always led to a huge mess on the table, where I spread out all my stuff, sometimes one of the drawers would fall over on the drive and my friend's cat felt very comfy in the small boxes πŸ˜‰

So some kind of utensil holder was on my sewing list for quite some time now. Then I finally found the Tooly Tool Holder by Sew Together on Craftsy and knew: this was going to be it. It can be used at home to hold all my stuff together and will give everything a good place to stay while at the same time being available at all times.Β  And with the sewing course soming up next weekend, this was just the time to make it πŸ™‚

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I made several changes to the original pattern... First of all was the size: I purchased two DIN A4 cardboards and didn't want to cut them any smaller, so the final size is something around 23cm x 32cm (9,06" x 12.6"). Then I made two separateΒ  parts for the front and the back and connected them with snaps. That way it'll stand up when connected one way and I'm able to close it when connected the other way around. To still keep it standing up (the stability of Sew Together's version was lost by making a two pieced easel and it would slide apart on slippery surfaces because I left out the fleece), I added a small snapped tape on one side to keep it from slipping.

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I'd say I'm all set to go to my sewing course on Saturday πŸ˜‰

Linking up with Let's Bee Social@Sew Fresh Quilts and Scraptastic Tuesday@shecanquilt

Hope you're having a great week!

Vanni

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Writing this list makes me realize, I've been blogging for exactly 3 months now. In this short period of time I've already met so many kind and supporting people in the quilting and blogging world, it's amazing! A big

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Now back to the title of the post - my new list for the FAL Q4 2016. For all of you, who don't know what the FAL is, the button with a link to the FAL page is on the side bar πŸ˜‰ I've learned that this list is a huge motivation to finish your projects and considering, that I will be having more time next quarter, my list willl be a bit longer this time...

1. Three Place Mats

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The first three had been on my Q3 list and are all finished πŸ™‚ Now it's time for these three. Again, the background will be black and the binding made from theΒ  same scraps as the hexies. The handquilting will be different on all place mats - but I haven't decided on all designs yet.

2. The Rainbow Star Pillows

2016_09_kissen2Two fronts are already pieced and quilted and only need the back attached. The other two still need to be pieced. One will be the rainbow rose (small scale πŸ˜‰ ) for which parts of the HSTs are already at hand (thanks to the left-overs of the one in the pic). The other one will be a completely scrappy star. The backing is going to be the same backing that I used for the rainbow quilt.

3 - 6. Jersey shorts, pants and hoodies

2016_10_stoffeOne of my good friends I sew with just celebrated her birthday and I got her a spot in a jersey sewing course, because that's what she's been struggling with and what she does most at the moment. So I got myself a spot asΒ  well and already got the fabric. From top to bottom:

 

  1. Gray jersey pants with petrol cuffs.
  2. Retro shorts πŸ™‚
  3. hoody in this gorgeous star sweat fabric. It's sooo soft and even organic cotton!
  4. Another hoody in this single jersey with triangles.

The course will be next weekend, and I'll be far from finishing everything on that day - but you know how it is once you get all excited over learning something new and then you start shopping... πŸ˜‰

7. Christmas Table Runner

Well this one is going to be a present, so I can't tell you all about it, BUT here's the fabric:

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And, after having re-read the rules *ahem*, I've also noticed, that my quilt top shouldn't have been on my Q3 list. Soooo I'll be listing it here for making it a true finish

8. The Rainbow Quilt

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It has been basted and I've started quilting it (partially successful so far...) and I really want to get the quilting and binding done in this quarter to snuggle up under it for Christmas.

So a really large list for this quarter's

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to which I'm of course linking up πŸ™‚ Looking forward to seeing your lists and goals for the next quarter!

Hope you had a nice weekend,

Vanni