Showing posts with label Finished Project. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Finished Project. Show all posts

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Improv Pillowcase - A Finish

Just in time for the first quarter Finish-A-Long link-up, I finally put the finishing touches to my improvised pillowcase. It is my only finish of my 1st quarter FAL list but one finish is still a finish. I am quite happy with how it turned out too. 

Puppilalla, Patchwork, Pillowcase, Improv, Quilting, wonky log cabin, modern quilting, scrap buster, scrappy project


The denim coloured super soft and light cotton works well with the colours in the front and back panels and makes the project look more grown up. I kind of accidentally started the project in February last year and am glad to report that it is finally done. I am clearly not the fastest sewist. =) 

Puppilalla, Patchwork, Pillowcase, Improv, Quilting, wonky log cabin, modern quilting, scrap buster, scrappy project

I tried a few new things with this pillow. Following along several bloggers, I noticed that many sewists also use quilt batting in their pillowcases. I guess the reason is that they actually do quilt their pillowcases. Thus, I thought I might try that too this time round.

What I have failed to find out yet, is what is happening on the inside of these pillowcases. Is the batting covered by even more fabric on the inside? Is it not covered on the inside and lies 'raw' in its lint shedding state against the pillow? I seriously do not know. I, however, did not want any uncovered batting within my pillowcase and therefore tried one-sided adhesive cotton heatbond to a) secure the substantial amount of seams on the back of the improvised panels and b) to cover the backside of the backing inside the pillowcase-to-be.


Puppilalla, Patchwork, Pillowcase, Improv, Quilting, wonky log cabin, modern quilting, scrap buster, scrappy project




It worked so so. So in my experimental state of mind, I had laid out the entire length of the pillowcase panel, put a piece of batting, where the front would be and covered all that with the one-sided heatbond. I bonded away and had thereby secured the seams and covered the back of the backing in one go. It worked all fine for covering and securing the multitude of seams. (This is going to be my new secret weapon in pillowcase making) However, I still had a sort wiggle room or air pocket between the batting and the front panel. And this wiggle room then caused trouble when I tried to unobtrusively quilt a few lines on the front panel as the layers puckered and shifted somewhat.

Puppilalla, Patchwork, Pillowcase, Improv, Quilting, wonky log cabin, modern quilting, scrap buster, scrappy project


The upshot is that the idea works in principle (no raw edges or seams within my pillowcase, yay  =) but that some fine-tuning is still required. Maybe, I should quilt the front panel with the batting first before adding the heatbond as a finish.

I also for the first time ever used bias tape to bind a pillowcase. I must say it makes a very sophisticated finish.

I have the next pillowcase idea lined up already. I snatched up some gingiber animal panels at a local quilt shop once they posted on IG that they had those and they basically scream 'Use us! ' so I feel I might oblige.

Linking up. I noticed that there are literally hundreds of projects linked as finished. Quite amazing how big the Finish-A-Long initiative has grown.

http://www.shecanquilt.ca/2017/01/2017-finish-long-link-up-your-q1-lists.html





Sunday, 8 January 2017

Impromptu Pillowcase

Literally, at the last minute I decided to make a little something extra for one of my aunts one day before Christmas. I had already intended to give her a bottle of white vinegar that I had infused with elderflowers earlier that year but as this particular aunt lives far off in Turkey most of the time, she is being a bit neglected as far as in-between flower bouquets and impromptu pieces of cake are concerned.







Therefore, the Ghanaian cotton scraps seemed to be a fabulous choice in whisking up a last minute present. I used the big scraps to piece a pillowcase. To hide and secure the seams I lined it on the inside with a few of my less loved fat quarters. If I had more time, I might have framed it with bias tape but I am pleased with the outcome anyway.




My aunt liked it alright so I will call it a win – especially in view of her still banging on about some fantasy themed poster I gave her when I was 14 (!), which she put on the wall in her apartment in Turkey. She showed me a picture of it there. (Ughh!) While I am sure that my gift was age appropriate at the time AND it being nice of her to honour my present - I’d rather she got rid of it now – 20 odd years later. Maybe I ought to buy her a new wall picture - one in accordance with my current tastes – ha ha. 




Anyway, in view of the poster story I am certain that my pillowcase is in good hands and will be used. I am glad I made it.


I link up with Scraptastic Tuesday =)

http://www.shecanquilt.ca/2017/01/the-january-scraptastic-tuesday-link-is.html



Saturday, 10 December 2016

Death by Goulash - Farewell to an E-reader cover






No, this is the new one =)

when you were still new and almost shiny


Oh beloved cover of my e-reader. Thank you for keeping my e-reader(s) free of dust, protecting them of scratches and impacts with blunt and sharp objects over the last four years. No other object, including my purse and set of keys spent as much time with me as you and by extension the e-reader you covered did. Whenever I wanted to while away an hour, all I had to do was to look out for your bright orange ribbon advertising the whereabouts of my reader. You have been to Cuba, Ghana, all around Europe with me and have seen all the bags I own from the inside. Stemming that spill of goulash you saved my reader for the last time and sacrificed yourself in the process. I will remember you with fondness.


Last Saturday I visited my parents. They had prepared some goulash that day and kindly made me take some home. Unfortunately, the container leaked and a few items in my backpack got soiled. Among those was the lovely e-reader cover I had sewn about four years ago.

Once home, I stuck the backpack and e-reader cover straight into the washing machine. The backpack that was permeated with Ghanaian red dust wanted washing anyway. It is black so stains don’t show but for the e-reader cover that was finally it.

Actually, the cover had been coming apart for a while now. I wrote on November 4th last year that I would replace it some time soon with the intention to use the inky blue fabric that I had purchased at the fall fabric market in Potsdam. It does now line the new one. 







Before making my way to my parents that day, I had been to the fabric shop to buy one-sided heat bond and could not make my way past the ‘From Porto with Love’ print by Cotton & Steel. So pretty. I purchased the smallest possible amount and by close play of Sunday evening I had sewn up a new whimsical e-reader cover. 



May it last as long as its predecessor.

=)




Monday, 1 August 2016

Polaroid Pillowcase, The Third One & A Few Orphaned Polaroids

Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,

There is nothing like a bit of pressure to get things done.


Fussy Cut, Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,


I spent the weekend away up North at the Baltic Sea and I really, really, really, really wanted to get this last pillowcase done before hopping on the train.


Fussy Cuts, Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,


My friend Alex lives in Greifswald and has a 4 year old daughter. I thought the pillowcase would make a lovely 'hostess gift' for the little one. It did to an extent. 30 minutes after having unwrapped her present, the little girl came back to ask if I had ANOTHER one for her...   =)


Fussy Cuts, Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,
Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,

This is the first project of my 3rd quarter Finish-A-Long list that I have completed. In fact it is the first Finish-A-Long project completed this year. I just like how cheerful it looks. Oh - and if you want to see more of the initial Polaroid panel construction process, have a look here.


Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,




That leaves me with the last final and therefore now orphaned Polaroids. As it is no use for them to gather dust, I am happy to give them away to anyone planning a similar project. Any takers? Just leave a comment beneath this post.


Patchwork, Polaroid Photos, Puppilalla,


The fussy cuts in the middle measure 3 x 3 inches. First come, first served. 

=)




I link up with 'Let's Bee Social'. Why don't you come over and join the fun?


 
Sew Fresh Quilts


2016 FAL

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Polaroid Photo Quilt #8 - To Raise a Smile

I just arrived back this morning from a lovely two week break AFK in Portugal, where I spent two weeks of leave at the beautiful Algarve coast. Literally, back about three hours, I find I have tons of things to catch up on. First and foremost, I need to catch up with and start contributing to my groups on the '2016 Advice and Tech Help for New Quilt Bloggers' exchange on the double quick, as everyone is so far ahead of me now. Secondly, I have to finish writing the block tutorial for the 'Stash Bee' Quilting Bee, where I will turn queen in June. Lots to read, sew and do.

However, just now I would like to bring the Polaroid Cancer Relief Quilt project to an offcial close today.



Last time we looked at the completed quilt and a few leftover blocks that wanted turning into pillowcases. 

I extended the blocks with extra Polaroids and strips of the grellow fabric to bring the size up to 50 cm x 50 cm, which is a decent sized standard German pillowcase, well or cushion - as the British say, size. 

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion
To secure all the seams, I used one-sided cotton fabric heat bond. I cut the heat bond to size, pinned the right sides together (pretty side with the non - adhesive side of the heat bond) and stitched once all around, just leaving a small opening to turn the fabric inside out. I closed the seam and ironed on the heat bond. Thereby, I managed to secure all seams and to avoid any raw edges.


Puppilalla Pillowcase





Here the first pretty pillowcase front and back. I had inserted another three Polaroids but noticed that there was no real necessity to do so and only used two of the already finished panels for the second one, which explains the differing amounts of visible striped fabric in both pillowcases.


Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion
Here the second pillowcase front and back. I like how cute they turned out. Perfect accompaniments to the quilt.

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork, Pillowcase, Cushion,
A few weeks ago, I finally handed the presents over. Subsequently, I e-mailed a beautiful photograph that shows Hanno, Emma and Milla with their presents and huge smiles to all actively involved sewists that contributed to this project. I cannot share it with you here as the family would like their privacy to be respected but I can tell you that Hanno immediately identified the Star Wars fabrics with a great hello and also noticed that the blanket shows his name. The girls were equally delighted with their pillowcases and to my relief there was no jealousy whatsoever. 

The wrist tattoos that litte James sent along stole the show however and the kids spent the next 30 minutes splashing around with water trying to stick them to their arms. Hanno's mum and dad were visibly tearing up with emotion and I could see that the gesture meant a lot to them. Hanno will have the next screening at the end of June when we will know how he is.


Puppilalla, Polaroid Quilt, Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion


Thanks again to all helpers who raised smiles and tears of joy.

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion









...and, yes - you did count right. There is still one panel and a few Polaroids left. Who knows, I might make myself a pillowcase too.

=)


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Polaroid Photo Quilt #7 - Completed Quilt

A lot of things have happened since my plea for help on the 23rd of January. I met wonderful people online, had many nice written conversations, and received many inspired and pretty blocks, which subsequently turned into this wonderful quilt.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt


I am over the moon with how the quilt turned out. It was definitely a good decision to choose the yellow over the sky blue for the background colour. It makes the quilt so much livelier than blue could have. Every volunteer got represented with at least one block. I wanted everyone to be included considering all the work everyone invested in this. 
Layout wise, I tried to maintain a sort of frame by aiming for an unbroken outermost ring of polaroids, which almost worked. The ‘blank’ spaces mostly kept to the inside of the quilt top, where they provide some rest for the eye and some breathing space for the camera block. As previously said, I like it =)

Unfortunately, I have pretty much run out of the ‘Kona Grellow’ otherwise, I would have liked to make the binding yellow as well. I believe it might have given off the impression of Polaroids floating on a yellow background. 

Bias Tape, Patchwork, Puppilalla, Binding

As it is, I used the background fabric to make some bias tape. The stripes look definitely cheerful and also work very well with the front.
Bias Tape, Patchwork, Puppilalla, Binding
I just love looking at all the detailed pictures and am sure that Hanno, Milla and Emma will have a lot of fun with the blanket.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt


At the moment we are looking at one finished blanket and five extra blocks that want transforming into pillowcases. 
Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt, orphan blocks


I have received a long e-mail from Hanno’s dad, who gives periodic up-dates on the family situation and after the last three months’ trials, the family looks forward to some quiet time to catch their breaths.

Once I have completed the pillowcases (I am just such a slow sewist), I will wrap the presents prettily and write a letter to the family to tell them of the people I met along the journey that helped making the blanket and without whom it would not have been realized. For example, I will tell Hanno of five year old James in Utah, who - hero that he is - shared his stash of star wars and cowboy prints, so his mum could make polaroids of them AND generously sent wrist tattoos along to this German boy also aged 5 and his sisters. Very generous indeed.
=)


Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt
I guess we will be looking at one more post to wrap up the project upon completion of the pillowcases. Until then stay well and healthy and enjoy the Spring.

I link up with 'Sew Cute Tuesday' @ 'Blossom Heart Quilts'.


http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/2016/04/sew-cute-tuesday-granny-mauds-girl/







Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A Pillowcase - with a little help from my friends...

The week before last, my best friend approached me with a request for assistance in making a pillowcase for one of those grain filled cushions that you can heat in the microwave for warmth and comfort. He wanted to send both, grain cushion and pillowcase, to his sister as a birthday present. I promised to help and asked him round that Sunday.

My friend rummaged my stash, pulled out fabrics and looked to me for directions. So I showed him a youtube tutorial (always good to have a visual), explained my sewing machine and talked him through the rest, while working on my polaroids block tutorial. He sewed that pillowcase in 3 hours and I am as pleased with the outcome as he is. 

The front of the pillow with a little fussy cut applied on top.


Patchwork, Pillowcase, modern, Puppilalla, Applique, fussy cut



The mouse applique with seam allowances folded and ironed to the back, ready to be sewn on.


Patchwork, Pillowcase, modern, Puppilalla, Applique, fussy cut close up



For the opening on the back my friend decided on a border of these cute critters. Works for me =)


Patchwork, Pillowcase, modern, Puppilalla, Applique, fussy cut







The only thing not so great is the quality of the above photographs. As my friend wanted to send the pillowcase off as quickly as possible, there was no time to take any daylight pictures. Even photo editing can only do so much with suboptimal lighting conditions. 

=)



Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Up-cycled Table Runner Peg Bag - Praise to Interim Solutions

This time of the year I should blog about the mobile phone cover or the pillow cases I intend to sew as Christmas presents, but as I somehow do not get to sit down to actually sew them, there is nothing to show yet. So let me share an up-cycling holiday project with you instead.


DIY, peg bag, flower applique, embroidery, up-cycling, Puppilalla

I spent a holiday visiting friends in Fleet, Hampshire in the Summer of 2014 and with time galore on my hands, took to playing around with my friend’s sewing machine. I had found an embroidered table runner, the likes my granny used to have, in a local charity shop and decided to free the bread basket of its existence as interim solution for storing clothes-pegs. When my friends moved back to the UK from Berlin said basket ended up as laundry aid in absence of a peg bag - merely as a temporary solution mind you… Well, we all know how these stories tend to go.

Therefore, I decided to convert the table runner into a peg bag. Once I had decided the final size of the bag and where I wanted the opening to be, I looked through my friend's fabric scraps for suitable pieces to do a bit of flower appliqué and ‘thread sketching’ on the fabric.

DIY, peg bag, flower applique, embroidery, up-cycling, Puppilalla, design process


As the old embroidery was in good condition I decided to preserve parts of it. For the inner lining I used some white fabric with soft pink polka dots. Then I deposited a metal coat hanger in the airing cupboard and bend it, once it was thoroughly warmed, into the shape I required for the peg bag.

DIY, peg bag, flower applique, embroidery, up-cycling, Puppilalla


These are work-in-progress pictures. I am missing one of the finished product. Unfortunately, I had to leave before I could add some binding to the opening and before giving it a final thorough press, hence the crinkly looking pictures. My friends however liked my impromptu up-cycled laundry aid, especially as this one can be hung from the laundry rack.


PS: The bread basket has been repatriated to the kitchen but I have no current information as to its subsequent fate.

=)



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. 

simple squares, beginner friendly, quilt, baby blanket, patchwork, Puppilalla
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.

Babydecke, beginner project, quilt, baby blanket, patchwork, Puppilalla

...
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?



Thursday, 19 November 2015

Green Diamonds Lap Quilt - Diamonds are forever

This is a lap quilt I made for a male friend of mine in 2014. I had previously spoken with him about colour preferences and already knew he would not want loud prints, flowers, bright colours, stripes etc. but looked for something fairly neutral.

Green Diamonds, Patchwork, Lap Quilt, Man Quilt, PuppilallaNaturally, loving bright jewelled tones and candy colours, I had nothing of such a reduced nature in my stash, so I went to the fabric store of my choice to peruse their selection. At first, I was a bit at loss to decide what might work.

Finally, I settled on the beige and sage green solids and paired those with a very soft chequered cotton flannel and a stronger cotton weave with aubergine and green threads causing the fabric to scintillate  like beetle wings. Very nice.




I had decided on a diamond pattern fairly early on in the planning process and only had to decide how I wanted to place the colours. As this was the first time that I worked with diamond shapes, there were problems to overcome (darn, does this flannel have to stretch so much…) and a lot to learn in the process. Here you can see that on several occasions despite my best efforts and meticulous prior pinning the points did not always match up.


The next time round, I work with triangles or diamond shapes I would definitely baste the rows prior to sewing them together properly. 

I can hear you think, you know… “What? Do you mean to say that you did not baste beforehand? Shocking!” 

Well you have to remember that I am entirely self-taught and had no sewing family members or friends to help me out. Therefore, it only along the way, by looking at Craftsy classes, reading blogs and tutorials and actually sewing that I pick up the tricks of the trade. Don’t worry I will get there eventually.

Green, Diamonds, Patchwork, Lap Quilt, Quilt back, PuppilallaFor the backing I framed the soft flannel with the beige solid. I quilted in the ditch and followed that with parallel shadow lines, which created a pretty pattern on the back. The front however, due to part of the quilting lines disappearing in the ditch, kept looking uninspired and boring. That is the only misgiving I have about this particular quilt of mine. I still find it is looks off somehow because it lacks texture. I also still alternate between liking and disliking the quilt’s colour scheme. =)

Another item on my bucket list ought to be ‘learn to free motion quilt on your little domestic sewing machine’. Up to now I have mainly quilted my projects in straight lines and when I was quilting the layers of this quilt together, I got to a point, where I felt adding more lines would get too much and subtract from the overall impression of the quilt-to-be. With hindsight I would certainly disagree with myself but what is done is done.

Diamonds, Patchwork, Lap Quilt, finished Quilt Top, Puppilalla
The quilt was bound in the same flannel and made a birthday present last year. All in all it turned out - not spectacular - but OK. I am satisfied with the outcome and had a good learning experience. The recipient likes and uses it and that is the most important bit anyway.

I think I am nearly done showing you my past quilting projects. Apart from the odd bit here and there, like a soft toy meant for the Toy Society or the up-cycled peg bag from a former linen table runner, we should be able to look at present and future projects from now on.