Long time no sewing – two finished projects

The book “English Paper Piecing” by Claudia Schmidt was the starting point for a table runner.
The pattern is for handsewing, I machine pieced my top, though.


When cleaning up my sewing space I noticed a string of leftover patches. They ended up as a pillow.


These triangles are true EPP. I sewed them 2014. Read more at the previous post https://e1preininger.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/on-the-design-wall/ Another table mat. The border was rather challenging. It took me hours to sew on the narrow stripes around the triangles.


kleine Geschenke selber nähen

Im Advent wird meine Seite besonders oft aufgerufen. Die häufigsten Suchanfragen (laut wordpress) lauten “Geschenke nähen” oder die Begriffe “Geschenk” und “Nähen” kombiniert.

Zu diesem Thema habe ich bisher noch nichts konkretes gepostet, sieht man einmal von den Beiträgen ab, wo ich darüber berichte, dass ich selbst Geschenke von anderen erhalten habe.

Um die Leserinnen und Leser zu unterstützen, möchte ich heute eine Ideensammlung zu diesem Thema veröffentlichen.
Was kann man einfach und schnell selber nähen, ein kleines Mitbringsel oder Geschenk?
Dafür habe ich die Tipps und Nähanleitungen in Kategorien eingeteilt, diese beziehen sich jeweils auf den oder die Beschenkten.


001 Topflappen – pot holder https://youtu.be/sipzCAflJQ8
002 Einkaufssackerl, Einkaufstüten – shoping bag http://www.morsbags.com/

003003 Tassenteppich – mug rug http://so-sew-easy.com/free-mug-rug-patterns/

für Nähbegeisterte:
004 Nadelmäppchen – needle book



005 Scherentasche – scissors bag https://youtu.be/szwqG344Dbk


006 Nadelpolster – pin cushion


006_biscornu006 Biscornu https://youtu.be/0rcw1V_4yjU

für Babys und Kinder:
007 Eule – stuffed owl  https://youtu.be/n687pnKi6oM

3MegaCam008 Ball aus Fünf-Ecken – patchwork play ball


Taschen und Täschchen:
100_5028009 Tetraeder-Tasche – triangle coin purse


010010 Nalevs Zaubertäschchen (echt genial)


011 Teebeutel-Täschchen – tea bag wallet


012 Handy-Täschchen – cell phone pouch https://youtu.be/ZK8KUg9VCGM
013 TaTü-Täschchen – tissue holder


Home Deko:
kleinphi_kissen014 Kissenhülle – pillow cover


015 Pyramiden-Windlicht – candle cover


016016 Weihnachtsschmuck – christmas ornaments https://youtu.be/VwvNU1pGd-Y

017017 Faltstern – origami fabric star https://youtu.be/3iQFKah1HeQ

018018 Schlüsselanhänger – key rings English Paper Piecing


019019 Loop-Schal – infinity scarf

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.