Today I can share my second hand quilted project: the second hexie table set from my set of six to be. I took the chance of some of the rare sunlight moments in our vacation this year to snap a picture of the quilting outside.

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I am happy with how it turned out in the end. I chose to do much more quilting than in the first piece - with many parallelish lines. In the beginning, it looked so crooked I almost started over but with every line that I quilted, the overall picture came together.

Now that I'm back home, I also finished the binding on the second table set. Here's the two finished ones together:

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I think you can see the difference in quilting - now it's time for a wash to remove the chalk markings πŸ˜‰

I will have to order some more of the background fabric before I can start on the next one though.... I'll be quilting each set differently, to get to know some different techniques... Is there any quilt pattern you would suggest?

See you around,
Vanni

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin

So here's something off-topic, but I thought it might make sense to share my experience. Since I am writing in a wordpress blog, it wasn't all that straight-forward to make myself followable on Bloglovin'. I chose for being followable on Bloglovin' because most blogs I follow are available there and it seems that many of you also use Bloglovin'.

First things first, you need to make your blog available on Bloglovin'. If you do not have an account there - create one. This is directly possible on the start page of Bloglovin'. Click on the search bar and a drop down menu will appear. In my view, there are already several search suggestions based on what I have searched before. At the very bottom you can click on "Add blog".

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A small window will pop up, prompting you to enter the full URL of your blog. Do so πŸ˜‰ (In case you're not sure what the URL is, go to your blog's homepage and copy the address from your browser's address bar).It may take some time until your blog actually appears when searching for it, but it will now be fed into the database of Bloglovin'.

The next step is to claim your blog. Once you can successfully search for your blog on Bloglovin', do so, go to the page and find the small clickable text "Claim blog" - circled in red below.Β  As I have already claimed my blog, the picture below shows another blog, which is still claimable, to show you the process.

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Now comes the tricky part. Bloglovin' will give you a code snippet to insert into a new post. When Bloglovin' checks your feed and finds this link in a new post, the claim is completed. In my previously used theme, my first page would show the first several lines of a post as a teaser but links were not shown as hyperlinks, only as normal text. Bloglovin' will not recognize that as the snippet of code it is looking for and the claim cannot be completed. Thus, at least for claiming the blog, you need to change your theme to one, where hyperlinks are actually represented on the first page (like the first line of text in this post). As soon as you do so, Bloglovin' will recognize that and you can claim your blog. (Again this might take some minutes for the servers to recheck the feed...)

Now once you've claimed your blog and are followable on Bloglovin', you might want to give your readers the chance to follow you on Bloglovin' by simply clicking a button on your blog instead of having to include the "Follow me on Bloglovin'" line in every post. For this, Bloglovin' offers widgets which execute some javascript code - and these don't work with wordpress blogs. These widgets and several logos are available atΒ https://www.bloglovin.com/widgets. If you also use wordpress, and would like to create a button yourself, download the logos (at the very bottom of the page) and chose one that you like best or fits best in your theme. Include it as a text widget by entering the following code:

<a title="Follow" href="[the URL of your Bloglovin' blog]"
target="_blank"><img alt="Follow" src="[The source of the Bloglovin' logo]" border="0"></img></a>

You need to fill in the bracketed part with your personal data, in my case it looks like this:

<a title="Follow" href="https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/my-odds-ends-17513371" target="_blank"><img alt="Follow" src="http://odds-and-ends.the-ends.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/circle-128.png" border="0"></img></a>

For me it was very important to make sure this link opens in a new tab, so my readers can easily navigate back to my block. This is ensured by target="_blank".

I hope this helps some of you other blog novices out there πŸ™‚

Hope to see you around!

Vanni

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After having jumped right into blogging with the 2016 Q3 FAL, I think I should also introduce myself a bit more.

I started sewing in 2013 - mostly to sew my own pants, skirts and dresses. I very soon became attracted to patchwork featured in a Burda Style magazine: It was a hexie pillow case. So a hexie pillow case was the first thing I tried to patchwork in 2013. Looking back I wasn't very successful at it (even though I was really fond of it back then), so I'll spare you the picture. But I learned that it'll be quite some journey until I can finally piece a hexie pillow case properly.

So after that followed some smaller (patchwork) projects, like table sets, coasters, table runners, laptop cases and some fun/decorative stuff:

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Until in November 2015 the idea of a large patchwork quilt got stuck in my mind.... The quilt top is one of my planned finishes for Q3.Β  Let's see how that works out πŸ˜‰

Whilst piecing this new large project, I started reading a lot more about patchworking and quilting (yes, after I started piecing...) and started stumbling over so many, so wonderful blogs out there. So who'd have thought (not me....) - I am following several blogs and reading so many wonderful and inspirational posts every day. This really gave me a huge motivational kick! And I'm kind of hoping I can bring some of this inspiration to Germany, where the patchworking and quilting community is either not so large, or not so represented online. At least this is my impression at the moment - but then again, maybe I just need to dig a bit further. But I am planning on making this a bilingual blog at some point in time. Maybe not for all blog posts but at least for some...

I think that's pretty much it for starters...A huge THANK YOU to all who have welcomed me already in the quilting and blogging community! You folks are quick!

See you around,

Vanni

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What's the way to start a blog? For me, this has been a question without an answer to it in the last couple of weeks. I've played with the idea of blogging for quite some time, but somehow it always ended with lots of unconnected links and posts just dangling around...And then I started diving into the world of quilting and patchwork blogs. There are so many wonderful blogs out there and I'm only starting to understand the (global) community behind it all. The support for other quilters I have seen is simply great and I am gaining a lot of inspiration and new knowledge from all these different blogs. And I think I would like to be part of that community. Maybe not to the same extent as many others online can do this. But nonetheless I'll give it a try.

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Seeing the FAL Q3 link party start was just the push I needed to start writing this post and finally beginning my blog. And I am hoping to better keep on track with my finishes and projects. I am totally new to quilting and patchworking, but it has totally caught me. So here's my list of planned finishes for Q3 2016.

1. finish the top of my first quilt ever

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It has been a long journey already, and it already is quite large. I started it in November 2015 - not knowing what I had started at that point in time. The rows in a darker blue, petrol/turquoise, dark and light green are still missing and I am planning on getting those joined in Q3.

2. finish at least 3 of the quilted table sets

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Not knowing whether to try and hand quilt or machine quilt the large quilt above (never really having done either...), I started sewing up some table sets from scraps and hand quilting them. Surprisingly it's not as bad as I had thought. Once I read enough posts on hand quilting (for beginners), telling me to not be concerned too much about the size of the stitches and some kind of perfect, I felt set to go. So one table set is already completed and the hexies for 6 table sets are also done (a picture of the blue hexagon is missing). But since time is scarce, I'll stick to planning on finishing 3 in this quarter.

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So let's see, where it takes me πŸ™‚

Hope to see you around,

Vanni