presents

Look what I got!
This exceptional thimble is a gift of my friend. She bought it at the market in Loumartin, France. It is my first thimble of wood! Thank you!

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And a book about the 2011 exhibition “Infinite Variaty”.

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This book contains essays about the collector of the red and white quilts, about the process of the exhibition,
a short description for the varieous categories of quilts and pictures of all the 653 gorgeous quilts of the show.
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of this book and
of the exhibition
and there are even youtube-videos
online.

And this is an Unfinished Object of my own handquilting, which I used as a base for the pictures.

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preparations for quilting

Dear readers,

you may remember my post about the “French Twist” block. One quilter asked in the comment section “How long does it take to make?”
So this is hard to tell. Simply because of what do you take into account, where do you start to count.

I try to tell you the whole story. I stumbled upon this pattern in a Quilt Calendar, which was a very pleasing realisation in bright colours. Then I remembered that I saw this pattern in a magazine. So I leafed thru a staple of quilt magazines until I found it.
Next step was to scan the pattern and enlarge it. The original in the magazine was 6″. I wanted it to be 9″ at least, but it had to fit on a regular sheet of paper, which is A4 in this part of my world.
Next step was a template of cardboard for cutting the fabric. Then printing the pattern without seams on freezer paper, which has to be cut in A4-size to fit in my desktop printer.

(Okay, I feel this post will get too long, so keep it short)

  • fabric choice (4 fabrics with good contrast)
  • cutting fabric
  • iron on the freezer paper
  • tipping the seams in starch and press the seams for appliqué
  • pinning the four quadrants in place (or should I trace the lines for more accuracy?)
  • sewing the appliqué.

It was quite relaxing to get to that last step. I dare to say this was the most pleasant part of the job. I remember that I started to cut the fabric during preparation of lunch and finished the block in the evening. This is not too fast, I suppose😉

Be it as it may.  I love blocks and quilts in strict geometric pattern, which can be cut by ruler and rottary cutter and can be sewn by machine.

 

experimenting

As you might expect, I love experimenting with patchwork.

Here are some pictures of my latest efforts.

This 9″ block is hand appliqued. Not sure yet whether to sew more of this pattern. Pattern by Patricia Logan published in QNM April 2004 called “French Twist” is with 6″ blocks.100_6380_k

In April I sewed another litte coin purse. It is foundation paper piecing. Pattern for foundation is from Quilting Arts Modern Patchwork 2014 called “Mini Mayflower” by Katie Clark Blakesley.

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And these blocks are waiting to be continued:

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