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Hi all,

I didn't get the chance of too much sewing in the last couple of days, so I can only share a further WIP paper piecing star:

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But there's also some great news: I get to do my first baby quilt for a very good friend of mine 🙂 So as soon as I got the great news, I started doodling. We quickly decided that it should be a true kids quilt, i.e., a lot of fun colors, shapes and no classical blocked pattern. My first idea was to do something with animals and my doodles show that some appliqué is on my way:

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Looking for appliqué animal templates, I have also found many quilts, where the animals are arranged in a grid with colorful borders. Those also looked very nice. So there's still some decisions to make and a lot of fun fabric shopping ahead.

I'm guessing, that  many of you have already made some baby quilts, and maybe you can help me with deciding on a size. The quilt is supposed to be used as a take-away quilt, i.e., not as a blanket but rather to wrap the little one up when on the go. Additionally it should serve as a play mat/baby blanket (I just can't find a really satisfying translation for the German "Krabbeldecke"). I'm swaying between 1m x 1m (40" x 40") and something like 1m x 1.5m (40" x 60"), what would you suggest?

A bit late, but I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts .

Have a wonderful week and hope to see you around,

Vanni

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Now here's the promised post of my current - and not so current - sewing activities 🙂 There's been a little sewing for two very special friends. We meet up every now and then for a day full of sewing, but for some reason neither of them uses a pincushion. So what could be a better little something to just say "I like you and thanks for being a friend" than little pincushions?

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Though I've really tried, I haven't really gotten them convinced of patchworking - much less quilting. But maybe that'll happen some day...

I also continued my paper piecing stars:

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This is the 6" Starry Night block from Wombat Quilts , of which I had thought it would be relatively easy to piece....well yeah wasn't so. As you can see, I again used two scraps that were a bit too small, but it's patchwork, so I patched the one that  was way too small. In the upper right corner there's still a bit missing, but that'll hide in the seam allowance. Even though this block doesn't have too many pieces, I really had some trouble with the angles. But I learned that the order of the piecing does play an important role for the final result. The next little star was much more fun!

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It's the 8" Inner Star from Wombat Quilts and I really enjoyed it. So many different fabrics could be included in only one little block. The single triangles consist of only four pieces, the eight triangles are then joined together at the end to form the star. There are still some points, that could be "pointy-er", but overall I'm totally happy with the finished star!

Careful, spoiler (highlight to read):

I actually did get to finishing my zig-zag quilt top (1st Q3 FAL finish - YAY!) but didn't get to take pictures of it yet. I'll take care of that as soon as possible and update you 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you around!

Vanni

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The lovely Lisa @sunlight in winter quilts has nominated my blog for the

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For me, this came as a big surprise, as I have only been blogging for approximately one month. So thank you very much Lisa for nominating me!

With the nomination comes a set of rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog. pw_check
  • List the rules. pw_check
  • Display the image of the award on your post. pw_check
  • List seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them to let them know you have nominated them.

So let's move on to seven facts about myself:

  1. I love the color green. Guess what color is always missing in my stash....
  2. I deal with mathematics and computer science for a living.
  3. Some of my favorite books are from Terry Pratchett. I love that the Discworld novels don't have to be read in a certain order and also "Good Omens" was a great book!
  4. I love cooking (and eating!) Especially cooking for many people - the more people come around, the more experiments I can do in the kitchen.
  5. I need plants inside and a balcony or garden to be happy. (GREEN ;-))
  6. In winter I wear very colorful socks.
  7. My idol used to be Pippi Longstockings - but I could never get my hair right.

Now it is my turn to nominate some lovely blogs 🙂 But before I do, I would like to draw your attention to blogs that I would have liked to nominate. But they have already been nominated by other bloggers, before I got the chance to do so. This would be Katrin @Puppilalla's blog, Carrie @the zen quilter and Kate @Smiles from Kate. All are very lovely ladies with very lovely blogs.

And I would like to nominate further bloggers and blogs, which have wonderful blogs with many tips and inspiration and also inspired me to start a blog:

A big THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers out there! I'll be back with some news on my sewing activities soon 🙂

See you around,

Vanni

 

Some days ago, Rachel of Stitched in Color started the 30 Days of Quilt Design Challenge in cooperation with Gotham Quilts on Instagram. Within 3 months, we are all challenged to come up with 30 quilt or block designs and share them on Instagram. The complete set of rules can be found in the above linked post.

I found this challenge very intriguing and decided to join in  - so now I am posting my block and quilt ideas with several others under  #30daysofquiltdesign. You should really check it out at some time - or maybe even join in. For me, as a newbie around here, it is really a chance to dive into all kinds of patterns and maybe even a step towards finding my own style.

I have so far shared three designs:

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Another starry quilt idea. I picked star blocks of different sizes that appealed to me and started coloring them in shades of blue. I didn't quite get to finishing the coloring, because I ran out of dark blue colored pencils 😉 But I think this one is worth digitalizing it.

Speaking of digitalizing patterns - I also tested my new Quiltography app. It's a fun tool to design single blocks or complete quilts. So you can see the block I designed on the right and the quilt that results from using only this block on the left.

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The third one I shared is again full of stars and diamonds. I'm assuming, that a block like this already exists somewhere, but it was fun coloring triangles 🙂

I'm really excited to see where this challenge will be taking me in the course of the 30 days...

Hope to see you around,
Vanni

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This week has been quite successful in terms of sewing.... I started two new star projects. The first is a new long term skill building project: A quilt full of paper pieced stars, inspired by this treasure chest of free paper piecing patterns at Wombat Quilts. The first star is pieced and as you can see, there's been some startup problems. But I'm confident, that this will get better with more practice - and more attention on the size of the scraps used 😉2016_pp_stern1 IMG_6409
The second project I started is a series of rainbow star pillows. I initially got inspired by the Rainbow Rose quilt-along. But I just didn't want to start another quilt, when having two on my list already. So I thought I'd scale it down a bit and make several pillows with rainbow stars.

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This first front is derived from Leigh Laurel Studios. I am very happy about the alignment of most squares, which at least worked out in those rows, that weren't influenced by the white fabric.

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I tried one of the wavy stitches from my machine for quilting because I am thinking of using it on my zig zag quilt as well. But I think I need to add some more quilting to it.

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So what have you been up to? Linking up to Let's Bee Social 🙂

See you around,
Vanni