Showing posts with label Baby Blanket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baby Blanket. Show all posts

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

'Static Interference' Foundation Paper Piecing Block - Blithe Fabric Blog Tour



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That’s it folks, the last day of the official Katarina Roccella ‘Blithe’ Fabrics Blog Tour, although I have the sneaking suspicion that it might continue unofficially with people posting their creations on Instagram using #blithefabricsblogtour or #blithefabrics. So many beautiful things were created that I would like to encourage you to follow the links and check them out.

While I am bringing up the rear, I am very pleased to share with you a baby quilt top made with selected ‘Blithe’ prints in combination with April Rhode’s 'Wanderer' print 'Sacred Seeds in Brittle'.


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The German mail system failed me miserably concerning this blog hop project. As previously mentioned, the fabrics I had required for this project just did not arrive. I mailed Katarina to let her know, I checked with a few local post offices and then finally Katarina told me that the letter had returned, as it had not been claimed for 20 days(!). The thing is that I never received a notification to let me know that the letter had arrived in the first place. As the recipient of any non-commercial mail in Germany you are just left to your own devices and absolutely no-one is helping you when you are trying to make enquiries. You can tell that I am still a more than only a little annoyed. When I commenced my project I then worked with a fat quarter bundle I had purchased, rather than with the fabrics and amounts initially requested.


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This is why am especially pleased to present you my blog hop contribution despite the adversities suffered in the process. I love how my baby quilt top turned out. Somehow the featured prints look very feminine to me, which goes nicely with the softness of Art Gallery Fabrics in general. I still have got a few months time to finish the baby blanket until my friend Tina is due to give birth to her second child, though we do not know if it is going to be a boy or a girl yet.


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One of the secret plans, I hatched very early when I commenced blogging, was that, should I manage to stick writing the blog, I would want to give something back to the sewing community. When Katarina Roccella called for makers to work with her gorgeous new fabric line it seemed like an opportunity to me. Firstly, I would get to work with Katarina’s new and indeed very pretty fabric line and secondly, a deadline approaching would provide the necessary pressure to actually get things done. Having said that, paper piecing under time pressure sure poses a challenge.


A new block from me to you



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Herewith, I am saying THANK YOU to each and every one person, who has taken the time to painstakingly write up a step-by-step description, to film a tutorial, to explain processes, to share tips and tricks or to provide encouragement. Like many a member of the online community, I have hugely benefited and continue to benefit from your knowledge, generosity and the free resources you provide. So consider this payback time.


'Static Interference' -  8x8 inches


Here it is, a free 8 x 8 inches foundation paper piecing block from me to you. It is called ‘Static Interference’. It is a fairly minimal and modern block but very versatile indeed. I had a lot of fun playing around with the colouring sheets and was in for quite a few surprises myself in discovering possible repeats other than those, I had initially envisioned. So overall I am very pleased with the outcome. I am especially grateful to all online sewing acquaintances who, with their casual questioning, if and when any of my #30daysofquiltdesign designs would be realized in fabric, gave me the confidence to actually convert an idea into a usable template. Their lack of doubt as to me being able to do that was rather catching.


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My sewing friend, the lovely Maja blogging at 'betyipiernaty - quilts and coverlets' agreed to pattern test my creation. I am certainly in love with what she came up with fabric selection wise in her rendition of the block. Her current plan is, to make three more blocks and assemble them into a pillowcase. Whilst testing the pattern, I noticed that I had included a line in the C and D templates that was – in the end – superfluous. Since, as a rule, things ought to be kept as simple as possible, I simplified the templates accordingly.



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There are further assembly options of course. =)

Please download your templates here


Well, here 

If you use the block pattern I would be delighted if you let me know and shared a picture with me, i.e. on IG using #staticinterferencequiltblock. The block is free for private use including sales items in non-commercial quantities. Please do me the courtesy to link back to me as originator if you do use the pattern.

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That’s it, all done.
=)


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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Katarina Roccella’s Blithe Blog Tour - Baby Blanket

Currently, it is very busy behind the scenes of this blog. I am busy organising the 'Rakish Needle Round Robin', which starts properly in March. So far I have signed up participants, compiled the address list, organised the commuication platform and discuss form and whatnot of starter blocks with the ladies in the group. All this causes me to want to flit off to do a just a teensy bit of work on the round robin project when I ought to concentrate on the blog hop that is lying ahead. And I do. Of course I do BUT I am tempted to veer off nonetheless. 


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...work in progress


So where are we then? I have created the paper piecing template for my block design in Inkscape. A shaky but valid first attempt. It does not look as neat and professional as I would like it to but I accept that this will come when I start understanding the design programme better. (I needed a tutorial to tell me how to affect a straight line in the first place. I can tell you, it is not self-explanatory!) As for now, I am seriously thrilled that I have managed to transform one of my many designs from mere idea to an actual usable and workable template. (YEAH)

It is an unreal pinch-me feeling to realize that I am working with my own templates rather than some printed from a fellow quilter or admired designer (both may co-incide of course =)


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I have printed said templates as many time as I needed for a baby quilt and spent an evening cutting them to size and colouring them in accordance with my project plan. At the moment they litter my living room floor in order for me not to loose oversight of the colour flow whilst I am sewing the pieces.

The fabrics I had  requested for the project still have not arrived. I had word from Katarina this week that the consignment was returned to her after not having been claimed for 20 days. This angers me more than I can possible write here. I checked with several local post offices at the off chance that the consignment arrived - of course without avail. I never received any notification that the consignment had arrived in the first place, which is obviously why it had subsequently not been claimed. I am getting angry again... deep breath... no use crying over spilled milk... OK, then.

I had waited to the last possible moment in the hope the fabrics would arrive but had to start sewing eventually. In fact I have left it too late, which means I will not be able to present a finished baby blanket. A completed quilt top is my aim for the 1st of March and I will have to sew at speed to make it happen. In the absence of the required material, I am working with a fat quarter bundle of 'Blithe' prints I had luckily purchased. Of course - as previously mentioned - that changed my original project plan. I have also chosen the 'Sacred Seeds in Brittle' print of the 'Wanderer' collection by April Rhodes to compliment Katarina Roccella’s wonderful 'Blithe' prints.

Paper piecing is a lot of fun and I am enjoying the look of the finished blocks. I am sorely tempted to show them to you already but no - patience - the 1st of March is not all that far away now. If you have a moment, check out what fabulous projects already were made in the course of the ongoing blog hop.


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Sunday, 29 November 2015

My First Quilt - A Good Effort

We all started somewhere. And my first quilt came about in 2008 when my friend Tina became pregnant and asked me to be the child's godmother. Understandably, I wanted to present the baby with something extra special and personalized. Therefore, a baby blanket seemed a good idea even though I did not know the first thing about sewing, did not own a sewing machine and had no one in my immediate circle of aquaintances, family and friends who would have been able to advise me on the matter. 

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This first quilt was entirely hand sewn, embroidered, pieced and quilted. I bought a book on quilting and muddled along without the faintest idea what I was actually doing or what techniques to employ in order to make the process as painless as possible and the resulting quilt as pretty as it could be. It took me 6 months to complete it and I would still call it a good first effort today.

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Unfortunately, it became one of those items that ended up enshrined rather than used. My friend loved it too much to bear using it. Bittersweet right?



Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Simple Patchwork Baby Quilt in Orange, Blue and Yellow

Simple Squares Patchwork Baby Quilt in Yellow, Orange and Blue by Puppilalla


The starting point for this quilt was some vintage yardage of GDR made terry cloth I found on a flea market. I was already thinking about a patchwork baby blanket for the second baby boy due to friends of mine, when I spotted the cloth and fell for the vibrant orange, yellow and blue.

Simple Squares Patchwork Baby Quilt in Yellow, Orange and Blue backing by Puppilalla


The cloth is very soft and thus perfect for a baby. I picked the rest of the quilting cottons to match the background fabric.

Fabric Choice Simple Squares Patchwork Baby Quilt in Yellow, Orange and Blue by Puppilalla























I did not have all that much time on hand so I decided on a very simple design of easy fabric squares.

Simple Squares Patchwork Baby Quilt in Yellow, Orange and Blue by Puppilalla
An orange binding completed the quilt. My friends, who had mentioned about three times on seperate occasions in a by the way manner that they really like baby quilts, were still flabbergasted when they actually got this one from me. They liked it and it is being used as you can see from the very first picture above. 

Completed Simple Squares Patchwork Baby Quilt in Yellow, Orange and Blue by Puppilalla
It always shows in the quality of the light when pictures were taken either in autumn or winter. 
=) 



Sunday, 13 September 2015

Faux Chenille Baby Blanket – Bring out the Elephants!


Faux Chenille Baby Blankets. When you look at the word ‘inspire’ than the first definition listed in the dictionary is to stimulate a person to some activity. And how can one not be inspired when such pretty examples of Faux Chenille Baby Quilts are around. Just have a look at Dana's blog MADE for a beautiful example or at Allie's version as seen on her blog Miss Lovie.

Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest created a very illustrative walk-through, and with her tutorial in mind I set out to make my own version for friends in Munich who had a baby boy on the way. 

Faux Chenille Baby Quilt Blanket Cotton Flannel Puppilalla

What impresses me, as much as it makes me jealous, is the sheer variety and availability of fabrics on offer in the USA and Canada. From what I have seen online, other quilters who attempted Faux Chenille blankets, have chosen mouth-wateringly pretty and matching tones of cotton flannel fabrics. 

Those are just not as available here in Berlin. For this blanket I checked out about six different fabric stores around town, that if they stock cotton flannels at all, each only had between 4 -10 different fabrics stocked. And from what was available, I saw mostly prints that did not coordinate and hardly any uni-coloured flannels. There was just simply nothing to choose from. I also checked online but the selection – at least in German online shops - is similarly uninspiring. To import from the USA however is forbiddingly expensive due to postage and import taxes. Thus, it came down to making do with what I could lay my hands on, which was a bit heartbreaking because I had a colour scheme in mind but was hampered by the lack of choice. *sigh* 

Faux Chenille Baby Quilt Blanket Cotton Flannel Puppilalla


In the end, I chose two blue and one red chequered cotton flannel, which worked well together. Differently to the suggestion in the tutorial, I decided that I wanted the frayed chenille of the final project to be held in place by not only one layer, the printed backing fabric, but by a second layer for more stability. Therefore, one of the blue flannels was arranged in a double layer as to make up a fourth layer of flannel stacked on the cotton print fabric. When it came to cutting the quilted channels, I cut the three layers of flannel from the second layer upwards and took care not to cut into the printed fabric or the first layer of flannel that made up the foundation. 

Instead of merely using one cotton print for the backing, I decided to have some fun with this side too. I matched the 'Safari Soiree - Ele Train Teal Elephant' print by Dan Stiles for Birch Organic Fabric with the cream coloured 'Ice Cream' print by October Afternoon for Riley Blake and machine embroidered another big elephant on top to keep things interesting. 

Faux Chenille Baby Quilt Blanket Cotton Flannel Applique Puppilalla


I had also cunningly gotten the name of the future baby boy out of the parents to be. At that stage I took a chance and applied the name in bright colours onto the backing fabric and hoped that ‘Jacob’ would not turn into ‘Frederick’ or any other name at the very last minute. 

Faux Chenille Baby Quilt Blanket Cotton Flannel Puppilalla

Thankfully, I got lucky there and the boy really was named ‘Jacob’ at birth. 

Faux Chenille Baby Quilt Blanket Cotton Flannel Puppilalla quilt lines



As you may be able to make out the quilted lines are neither strictly parallel nor always evenly spaced apart. On the chenille side this fact is hidden by the fraying and on the other side – uhm – I am banking on the brain's tendency to even out irregularities the eye perceives. (One advantage of optical illusions =) 

Faux Chenille Baby Quilt Blanket Cotton Flannel Puppilalla

I cut the channels by hand with scissors and can confirm other quilter’s reports of hurting hands and calluses forming in the process. 

Faux Chenille Baby Quilt Blanket Cotton Flannel Puppilalla finished



Here is the finished blanket: quilted, cut and seam bound. The flannel frayed nicely after having been washed and dried. Considering the (perceived) difficulties at the beginning of the project, I am pretty happy about how my Faux Chenille Elephant Baby Blanket turned out. 

My friends in Munich were delighted to find this unexpected present in the parcel post and have been using the blanket frequently, I am happy to report. 

Faux Chenille Baby Quilt Blanket Cotton Flannel Puppilalla Finished Project

So, bring out the Elephants!

Monday, 7 September 2015

A Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt


Looking around the Internet, I am always amazed what fabulous projects and ideas people come up with. Like for example using vintage hankies to make pretty baby quilts. My particular favorite is the 'Vintage Hankie Quilt' by Polkadotchair

With this kind of stimulation, I felt rather inspired to make my own version, which I am happy to share with you here. I love the idea of using things that somehow lost their utility and by re-purposing them, giving them a second life.

Puppilalla Design Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt
























The children’s handkerchiefs I had were different sizes and weights and it took me a while to decide how, I wanted to go about using them. I considered trimming all of them to the same size but that would have meant to loose a lot of the pretty borders.

For a while I though about including sashing to individually present each motive but abandoned that idea because it felt too staged.



Puppilalla Design Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt Blanket
























In the end, I left the hankies pretty much as they were and merely placed them in a way as to allow each one to shine as much as possible. I reasoned that a baby and later a toddler would come at the blanket from all sides. Therefore, I allowed the motives to face into different directions so there would always be a picture to discover.




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The hankies that were smaller than the others were applied to bigger fabric squares and the handkerchiefs that were thinner - or as the quilter says, of an even lighter weight – than the others were backed with a neutral fabric. I also merely aligned the rows rather than forcing the corners to match up.




Puppilalla Design Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt
For the backing - of which I have managed not to shoot a single decent picture - I used a length of a basic yellow and some orange, pink and yellow Kaffe Fassett fabic I had left over form another project. On this picture you can see some of it peeking out at the corners.




Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt Puppilalla Design

Except for that dark orange polka dot fabric that I also made the binding from and the border of birdies, all other fabric pieces are actually former handkerchiefs.

I grant you that the resulting quilt is not a subtle one but that was not the intention anyway. I was aiming for a loud, happy and colourful blanket that a child would have fun playing with.



Puppilalla Design Vintage Handkerchief Patchwork Baby Quilt
I love the idea of giving some old and unused handkerchiefs a new life in form of a patchwork quilt. I still have a few hankies left and am sorely tempted to make another such baby blanket soon… alas none of my friends are pregnant just now      =)

Thanks for stepping by and reading along. I guess I will be spending some time and future blog entries to share previously finished patchwork and quilting projects with you. Feel free to comment and to let me know what you liked or might have done differently.