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I did it! The third placemat is pieced, handquilted and bound πŸ™‚ You can still see the chalk lines - it hasnt had a wash yet...

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Without the FAL, I would surely not have finished it, but now I can proudly present my three placemats together:

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I quilted all three in a different design: the green one has some swirls, the red one has labyrinth-like lines all over and the turquoise one is very minimalist, with only straight lines. To be honest, the turquoise one actually is my favorite.

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I quilted the straight lines parallel to the diagonal sides of the hexagon. You can see how the straight lines cross above the hexagon.

Another three will be coming up:

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I'll definitely handquilt them - to build my skills but also because I love that I can take it with me and quilt wherever I am.

So this is my second finish for the Q3 FAL 2016, here you can see my original list.

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I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts and hope you've had a wonderful week so far πŸ™‚

Vanni

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Today I have a little progress report on the "zig-zag-rainbow quilt" for you. (I should really think about a name for it - now that I write about my works, it makes all the more sense to actually name the projects πŸ™‚ ) After having basted it on the terrace of my friends, and now that it is dry again, I could start quilting it. My first idea was to use organic wavy lines, so I started out with that in the middle of the quilt - the pink area.

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It wasn't really what I was looking for :-/ I had a really hard time to manage the quilt and kept drifting somewhere far from where I wanted to go... maybe that hadn't bothered me too much if I hadn't decided on quilting in the same colors that the fabric is, i.e., pink on pink, red on red and so on. In addition to that, I thought that it would be clever to try and stay close to the seams, to fix the seam allowances with the quilting - so now I have all these tiny nooks all over the organic lines. So instead, I went back to my wavy/curvy/serpentine stitch an started quilting along the seam lines.

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Afterwards I also started quilting the wavy lines in the middle of the HSTs, which makes a distance of approximately 4.7cm (~1.85") between the quilted lines. I've now quilted one half with the wavy lines on the seams and the brown and grey sections already have the "half-way quilting". Just ass an overview of the whole quilt I'll share the following picture again:

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So what's left to do?

  • add the half way quilting in the yellow, orange and red section
  • push the undo button in the pink section (I liked the idea of Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl to think of the seam ripper as a undo button....I hope it is okay for you if I adopt that phrase?)
  • quilt the top half on the picture above

Let's see how much longer that will take πŸ˜‰

Hope you're having a wonderful week and linking up to Let's Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts,

Vanni

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Hi all,

I haven't gotten to too much sewing in the last week, but nevertheless I finished the second pillow front.

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This is the second of my four to be rainbow star pillows that I have planned. I described the first one here. I had to stock up on low volumes for the background, but I think it was really worth it. The single square are a bit larger than 5 cm (~2") finished to make a 40 cm pillow front (~16"). I'll be reusing a lot of the HSTs that are leftover from this pillow for the next one - the rainbow rose. But already now I'm all excited about how the pillows will look together with the rainbow quilt in progress. Here's the first two beside each other:

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I did a lot of quilting on the first one (right) but for the second I opted for a simple grid with wavy lines over the seams.Β  After having basted the rainbow quilt top an trimmed some of the excess backing and batting, it showed, that I should have enough of the backing to also finish the back sides of the pillows with it πŸ™‚

Hope you have a wonderful week so far and lining up with Let's Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts and Scraptastic Tuesday @She Can Quilt

Vanni

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Last week we got the good news that friends of ours have become parents - it's a boy!! We knew about the pregnancy but several months ago, I just wasn't into quilting as much as now. It's really amazing how fast some things change... So now that the little baby boy has joined us on this planet, it was time for a baby quilt intermezzo this weekend.

First things first: shopping on Friday for some blue-ish fabrics. I wanted to use big blocks, because I still had some blue fabric with cars, trucks and trains at home, which I think looks best, when you have more to look at. So I needed some fabrics to go with that as well as some backing and came home with the following:

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The fabric on the very right is the one I had at home, the others are new. The polka dotted and fox fabric are from Robert Kaufman - fabrics our local Karstadt sells under the label patchworkland.de. The prices are tremendously high though! The solid is a no-name cotton, which worked perfectly with the polka dotted fabric. I wanted a dark fabric for the backing, because the blanket will probably spend a lot of time on different floors πŸ˜‰ There were several different possibilities in dark blues, but I finally went with the stars and moon fabric - it's so fitting for a blankey...

I then cut up 21cm x 21cm squares (8.27" square) and sewed them together to 20cm finished squares (7.87"). This left me with a very small seam allowance, but the car fabric I still had at home didn't allow for more. After having sewn the rows together, I thought that it might have also turned some of the car fabrics around, so they don't all look in the same direction... but oh well. In the final layout the different squares are lined up diagonally.

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I quilted along the edges of the squares with a (my right now favorite favorite) wavy stitch on my machine - light blue on the top, dark blue on the back. Since it were really old threads I "inherited", I don't know the manufacturer or the color name/number, but they worked perfectly for this project. The binding is a bias tape - perfect for a quick machine binding finish.

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Now it's finished and ready to be shipped to our new earthling πŸ™‚

Hope you had a quilty weekend as well!

Vanni

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

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I've finally made it and my huge (approximately 2.10m x 2.30m/ 82.6" x 90.6") quilt top is finished - and photographed πŸ˜‰ Good friends were so nice to let me baste it on their terrace, which is pretty much the only place where I could spread it all out.2016_08_27_zickzack_arnolds_scaledThis is my first FAL Q3 2016 finish πŸ˜€ (original list here)Β  It was actually quite nice basting it outside - it was hot all day long and then it finally cooled down outside. Inside it was still way too hot. But basting outside does have its downsides....The colors attracted some flying ants, so I was somewhat busy to swipe those all off again and again. And then the cat fell into the pond (1st time ever <groan>) and the shortest way back into the house went straight over my quilt top.Β  I wouldn't have thought, that a cat's fur can hold THAT much water. So I had to finish basting a partially soaking wet sandwich before it got too dark outside.

Here's another picture, where I tried to straighten out the the dimensions:

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Most of the fabrics are actually "scraps" from other projects I did before. In addition to that, two friends of mine raided their scrap bins for me. So there are a lot of memories attached to this quilt top.

And now it's time to quilt this little one πŸ˜‰ I'll be quilting it on my home machine, with wavy lines. I don't quite know yet, whether it'll be free style wavy lines (organic lines?) or whether I'll be taking a wavy stitch from the machine. We'll see....

Linking up with, Let's Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts, Oh Scrap @Quilting is more Fun than Housework and Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story. Both buttons/links can also be found on my side bar πŸ™‚

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Have a wonderful week!

Vanni