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

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Once upon a time...

I just spent the morning sorting photographs, as in from a jumbled folder of miscellaneous pictures into properly labelled folders according to event and year. The picutres thus sorted came in a mix of sewing projects and life events. Of course I got to reminisce about past crafting and sewing projects. A lot of them never featured on this blog, which I started writing much later. So I thought it would be nice to take you along a trip down memory lane and show you some early projects that I completed with varying degrees of success. 

2009 - Earnest the Cat

Puppilalla, DIY, Soft Toy, Sewing


Does anyone remember the Toy Society? The idea was to make soft toys and leave them in public spaces to be found by someone passing by. In the vein of paying-it-forward and creating a something-for-nothing experience, crafters worldwide enthusiastically took to making and gifting toys. I still think it a lovely idea. The toys were put into zip bags with a note that explained the experience and invited finders to report the toy found at the Toy Society webpage. It has undergone a number of transformations over the years. I do not know whether the movement is still going at all but it had been going strongly for several years when I made this toy in 2009. 



So to get in on the fun, I too wanted to make a toy back then. Look at the pictures. Their quality tells you something about mobile phone cameras back when. =) A cat was designed and sewn and embroidered but in the end not hidden. See always that problem with the follow through. While I was busy doing other things and definitely not getting the toy ready to be hidden, my friend Tina fell in love with it. So in the end I gifted it to her and Earnest the Cat has been living in Cornwall, UK ever since. Incidentally, he still hails me from the pillow of the guest bed whenever I come to visit. 

2013 - Woodblock Printing

Puppilalla, DIY, Woodblock Printing, Druckstock

Do you like stamps and stamping? I do, as well as any sort of printing. And paper pop-ups and photo sessions and painting - to name but a few interests that never feature on this blog. Therefore, I did a wood cutting course to try my hand at something bigger than cutting small stamps into the surface of common erasers. At the time a friend attended a wood cutting workshop so I decided to tag along to try my hand as well. It was not easy. You need a steady hand and patience. The staedy hand I can do but the patience bit is harder. =) 

Puppilalla, DIY, Woodblock Printing, Druckstock


I dediced to make a fish print and prepared two printing plates, one for the motif and one for its surroundings. Try to match the outline of the two perfectly while cutting away at the wood. It is hard and then you have to print them in a way too that matches them preferably seamlessly. 

Puppilalla, DIY, Woodblock Printing, Holydruck, Fish, Fisch


We were meant to do only prints on paper but I also wanted to try the motif on fabric and brought some liquid fabric paint and fabric along to one session. The result is not all bad but the fish still wait patiently to shine in a sewing project. 


Bunting 

Puppilalla, DIY, Bunting


Oof - I do not even remember when I made this bunting. It was definitely before 2014 but I have no records left to tell me when exactly I made it. This is a fun project and - confess you too love bunting. It creates an instant party atmosphere. It is however notoriously hard to photograph. So here you see some attempts of mine to capture it in a photograph.

Puppilalla, DIY, Bunting



Now that is better =)



I just run out of steam. But it was fun to pull out these old photographs. Maybe we should do that again some time. There are plenty of more historic projects I could talk about. Have a nice weekend you all. 

=)





Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Briar Bear Pillowcase

Puppilalla, Patchwork, Pillowcase, Carolyn Friedlander, Thicket Fabric, Gingiber,


Order has been abandoned. Chaos is in ascend! I am still trying to catch up with the projects I have completed in the last six months post writing wise. Currently, the posts you are reading do not reflect the order in which the projects were worked on or completed. I find that I write on whatever pictures I have to happen to have edited at that moment in time. It does not matter too much really as long as my work gets recorded somewhere. This blog is still meant to be a some sort of official diary of the sewing projects I have created. As I am giving the majority of them away , it is nice to retain a shred of evidence of the working process and final project.


Puppilalla, Patchwork, Pillowcase, Carolyn Friedlander, Thicket Fabric, Gingiber,


Speaking of which, I have completed another pillowcase. I am clearly into those at the moment because the work needed to make one is manageable and you have a finished product on hand really quick. Furthermore, you can try many different styles and techniques, which is a bonus. This pillowcase is called ‘Briar Bear’ and I gifted it weeks ago but am still not done thinking about it. My bestest - as in very much loved person - friend Jens still had no sewn piece made by me in his household. I have gifted blankets and pillowcases all and sundry but Jens had yet to receive a little something. That was mostly due to wanting to make something extra perfect and fitting for him and thereby completely blocking myself.


Puppilalla, Patchwork, Pillowcase, Carolyn Friedlander, Thicket Fabric, Gingiber,






So in lieu of discussing the Thicket Fabric Baby Quilt, Jens mentioned that he liked the bear panels best of all the critters. As I had another one I made the snap decision to use it in a pillowcase, as Jens will have to wait a long time before he will get a quilt of his own - (too many WIPs). So one bear panel and some orange fabric because it is Jens’ favourite colour. I decided on a reduced colour palette of green and orange and looked for graphic prints. Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric line ‘Gleaned’ fit the bill marvellously. The criss-cross pattern of the bear is complemented by the dense graphic lines in the ‘Gleaned’ fabrics. To add some contrast I used rose vines on dark green background of a Sleeping Beauty print, I had used in the Tall Tales Throw Quilt.


Puppilalla, Patchwork, Pillowcase, Carolyn Friedlander, Thicket Fabric, Gingiber,






With all the leafs and vines and organic shapes going on, the project reminded me of Briar Rose and as the bear is the star of the show, I came to call him Briar Bear. Design wise, I tried something new with partial seams and a broken frame – sort of. I prepared foundation paper templates for the diamonds to the sides of the bear - but messed up. I had forgotten that two of the four would be inverted and as the templates were not square but rectangular that threw the design off. Obviously, it did not occur to me to just re-draw two of the templates, which would - in hindsight - have been easy and logical but instead got caught up in trying to make it work. In essence you have now a leaning bear framed by wonkily placed diamonds which throws the symmetry entirely.


Puppilalla, Patchwork, Pillowcase, Basic Grey Grunge


I think, this is what still bugs me. While, I am debating whether or not I like the ‘broken’ frame of green and orange around the bear, the wonkiness of the diamonds causes my eyes to twitch. Well, while we aim for perfect every time sometimes your work in progress leads you elsewhere.


Puppilalla, Patchwork, Pillowcase, Carolyn Friedlander, Thicket Fabric, Gingiber,


While wonky, I think Briar Bear still lovable and a nice adult version of a teddy bear. The limited colour palette also works very well in this context. Get ready to cuddle. =)


PS: I have not yet figured out, why blogger is no longer forwarding comments to my e-mail inbox. Likewise my comments on other people's blogs do not seem to be accepted and appearing when I write those. Does anyone know how to fix that? Happy to be advised.




Saturday, 23 June 2018

Tall Tales Throw Quilt

Puppilalla, Modern Patchwork, Tall Tales Block, Foundation Paper Piecing, Fussy Cut, Throw Quilt, Blanket, Kate basti


Before you know it entire months have come and gone. Spring is on our doorstep and last night I could hear the cries of migrating geese returning from warmer climes. I am very much looking forward to spending prolonged times outside again. The last few weeks we had a summerly heat wave and I spent a lot of time outside. It is marvellous to soak up the sun and to feel the warm air on your skin. Meanwhile, I found that the absence of monthly assignments in form of bee blocks to sew also significantly reduces the time spent at the sewing machine and at writing blog posts. I also seem to slowly succumb to the seduction of the always instantaneous Instagram rather than sitting down to record my work in form of this blog. This means that pictures of my sewing are visible on Instagram days and sometimes weeks before I get around to writing another blog post. Having witnest this phenomenon on other blogs too, I am not worried. Sometimes there is just that little bit of blogging fatigue and you have to wait until you feel ready to blog again.

Puppilalla, Modern Patchwork, Tall Tales Block, Foundation Paper Piecing, Fussy Cut, Throw Quilt, Blanket


Despite it having been less often, I did get quite some sewing done. As you can see I started and completed a new project. Kate Basti’s ‘Tall Tales’ foundation paper piecing block had been beckoning me for quite some time. The book blocks are simple but effective and deciding the look of the next little book was actually a lot of fun. I enlarged Kate’s template a little in order to enliven the throw-quilt-in-the-making with blocks in various sizes.


Puppilalla, Modern Patchwork, Tall Tales Block, Foundation Paper Piecing, Fussy Cut, Throw Quilt, Blanket


Choosing the fussy cuts is downright addictive. I aimed for each book to stand on its own and was banking on the background fabric to bring it all together. This way I could use fabric prints that are distinctly different in style. When asked about her favourite colour the 4 year old intended recipient replied: ‘dark blue! … and green… and red.’ There you have it.

Puppilalla, Modern Patchwork, Tall Tales Block, Foundation Paper Piecing, Fussy Cut, Throw Quilt, Blanket


Therefore, I settled on this fabulous blue fabric for the background. I had seen it in a local fabric shop and it did seem just right to me. I had other blue fabric at home already but went out to buy this fabric anyway because somehow, I could only envision this project using this fabric. I nicely framed the blue main area with a 2 inches wide white border and bound the quilt with a red bias tape. It turned out lovely.

Puppilalla, Modern Patchwork, Tall Tales Block, Foundation Paper Piecing, Fussy Cut, Throw Quilt, Blanket

The quilt has already been gifted and graciously accepted by the now 5 year old recipient at her Birthday party to which I was invited by special invitation. I love it when kids want you to be around! =)

Puppilalla, Modern Patchwork, Tall Tales Block, Foundation Paper Piecing, Fussy Cut, Throw Quilt, Blanket

By the way, I had no hand in placing that quilt as seen above. I merely walked into the room and when I found the quilt all laid out like that, I simply had to snap a picture.

I link up with 'Let's Bee Social'
Happy Sewing everyone!





Saturday, 24 February 2018

Oh The Gardens! - Pillowcase







To get back in the swing of things sewing wise, I cleaned my sewing machine, which had accumulated quite a bit of dust and looked at a block design that had somehow taken my fancy. Pat Sloan is currently hosting a free weekly mystery sew along called: ‘In the Summer Time’. On her webpage she publishes the tutorials for the individual blocks and the second of the series called ‘Oh The Gardens!’ caught my eye. Pat’s rendition looked so tasty that I felt moved to try my hand at it, like immediately. I decided to use some of the fabrics I had adopted at the recent Berlin Quilter's Get Together as a way to legitimise my impulse fabric hoarding. =)

I decided to make a quick pillowcase and made four of Pat’s blocks omitting the borders, as I did not need them for my project. I just love jewelled colours and the saturated yellow with the Anna Maria Horner fabric snippets just makes me very happy. The block consists mostly of squares and HSTs and comes together very quickly.



The four blocks by themselves looked a bit wanting and I added a white solid to add some contrast. As always I quite like my little pillowcase - it looks quite happy - and as always, I will be giving it away as a present. I had kept last year's fun improv pillowcase for myself but it got abducted to Greifswald by a friend, whom I had lent it to while he was in hospital locally. I am still waiting to get it back.

I prepared some 'Franken-batting' and quilted a few lines as my actual quilting skills are woefully lacking. At some stage we need to discuss the inside of our pretty sewing projects. If I showed you mine, you would see plenty of unloved fabrics securing the seams and a lot of unsightly 'Franken-batting' that still does the trick quilting wise. =)




I did not only pull the fabrics out to make these fun blocks but really to ease my way back into a sewing frame of mind. In parallel I have also ironed the front and back of the Thicket baby quilt and started to prepare the quilt sandwich, as this is what I really ought and want to work on. 































Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Last Sewing Project of 2017

Following the credo of 'waste not, want not' I might be in the habit of keeping more scraps around than I might ever possibly be able to use. In order to use some of my numerous scrappy fabric strips and selvedges, I decided make a scrappy string pillowcase. I had seen such pretty fabric string projects around, for example Maureen Cracknell's 'Diamond Strings Quilt


Puppilalla, scrap buster, patchwork,scrappy string pillowcase, diamond string



The scrappy string blocks are easy enough to make and I used an old linen sheet as basis for the fabric strips. The pillowcase even contains scraps of fabrics used for my very first quilt made in 2008. 


Puppilalla, scrap buster, patchwork,scrappy string pillowcase, backside


For the back I used an assortment of pink and berry coloured fabric pieces that seemed to work in the context of the blocks in front. When the pillowcase was finished, I was in two minds, whether I liked it or not. It seemed to me that I had been more in love with the idea and the small scale photographs of scrappy string projects than with the actual blocks in front of me once I had made them. Has that ever happened to you? I might not be in a hurry to make another scrappy string project any time soon.



Puppilalla, scrap buster, patchwork,scrappy string pillowcase,

I gifted this pillowcase to a friend of mine as a Birthday present and know that it will be loved there. This was the last of my sewing projects in 2017. Once I get the Christmas tree is out of the way on the weekend, I can concentrate on continuing the WIPs I wish to complete in 2018.

=)



Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Stash Bee Queen of August - Block Parade

Puppilalla, modern quilting, quilted pillowcase, Static Interference Quilt Block, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing,

I know it has been quiet on this blog these last few weeks but somehow, I did not feel like writing much, nor like sewing actually. My time was taken up with recovering from surgery and building the most fun LEGO set ever. I might slowly get back into the flow of things though. Lets for example take a look at the Stash Bee blocks that were made for me. This August I was the Queen Bee of our Hive 4 at Stash Bee. I had asked for my own design the 'Static Interference' Block to be made for me and had chosen a delectable colour scheme based on turquoise. Over the course of October and November the blocks arrived on my door mat, where I got to unwrap them all. 

Puppilalla, modern quilting, quilted pillowcase, Static Interference Quilt Block, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing, Stash Bee



The blocks were lovely and diverse. The only unfortunate bit was that six of them came in the wrong size. My fellow bees had forgotten to check that they were printing to size. Therefore, I have now got a multitude of blocks that I cannot use well together in the same project.


Puppilalla, modern quilting, quilted pillowcase, Static Interference Quilt Block, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing, Stash bee


Subsequently, I decided to use them up in small batches, commencing with my own queen bee sample block, as this one was incidentally not playing nicely with the others. This block was too coherent in itself and used a completely different shade of yellow.

Puppilalla, modern quilting, quilted pillowcase, Static Interference Quilt Block, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing


One of my friend's Birthday came up and I used the sample block to turn it into a lovely pillowcase. Albeit my head being in the game that day, I made one mistake after the other, measuring wise and others. I finally gave up on my initial game plan and improvised my way to the finish line. And surprisingly enough, I really like my happy accident. It turned out better than what I had initially in mind.

Puppilalla, modern quilting, quilted pillowcase, Static Interference Quilt Block, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing






















My friend has a couch in a darker shade of that turquoise and was really happy about her present. She wrote me a message a day later about how well pillow and couch got on and how much the pillow played diva on the sofa.

Puppilalla, modern quilting, quilted pillowcase, Static Interference Quilt Block, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing


A job well done =)



Stash Bee




Sunday, 23 July 2017

Static Interference Baby Blanket - Welcome Corbyn

Puppilalla Original Design, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Blithe Fabric, Katarina Roccella, Baby Quilt, Baby Blanket, Modern Quilt, Low Volume Quilt, Static Interference Quilt Block


Do you remember the 'Blithe Fabric' blog tour by Katarina Roccella in February? I brought up the rear on the 1st of March when I presented a baby quilt top made in my own design. I am very pleased to report that the blanket got finished when the intended recipient was born. 

Puppilalla Original Design, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Blithe Fabric, Katarina Roccella, Baby Quilt, Baby Blanket, Modern Quilt, Low Volume Quilt, Static Interference Quilt Block









Alright, here it is, the first finished object made from a pattern of my own. The block is called ‘Static Interference’ and can be put together in various ways to make very different repeats. Here I have chosen the arrangement that was the most different from what you might have seen previously. The ornaments remind me of Japanese 'kawaii' computer game characters somehow.




Provided you spent enough time with it the most amazing things tends to feel ordinary after a while. This is what happened here now that the marvel of the fact that I worked with my very first own design has worn off a bit. I guess it is time to revive the excitement. =) 


Puppilalla Original Design, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Blithe Fabric, Katarina Roccella, Baby Quilt, Baby Blanket, Modern Quilt, Low Volume Quilt, Static Interference Quilt Block


The baby blanket was made almost exclusively from Katarina Roccella’s ‘Blithe’ fabrics, paired with other AGF prints. I cut the fabric in a way to maintain little I-spy-with-my-little-eye elements, so you can find little birds, rabbits and deer peeping out here and there.

Puppilalla Original Design, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Blithe Fabric, Katarina Roccella, Baby Quilt, Baby Blanket, Modern Quilt, Low Volume Quilt, Static Interference Quilt Block

Puppilalla Original Design, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Blithe Fabric, Katarina Roccella, Baby Quilt, Baby Blanket, Modern Quilt, Low Volume Quilt, Static Interference Quilt Block


The colours on the front somehow made choosing the backing fabric a little difficult. Given the softness of the colours I did not want anything that would be grating or popping. I finally settled for a purple cotton print with silver blossoms and wispy leaves. Generally, I thought it a bit too sombre for a baby quilt but hoped to soften that impression with the rose coloured binding.


Puppilalla Original Design, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Blithe Fabric, Katarina Roccella, Baby Quilt, Baby Blanket, Modern Quilt, Low Volume Quilt, Static Interference Quilt Block


I already gifted the blanket to my friend, who gave birth to her second son two weeks ago. Since I made my very first quilt ever for her first son in 2008, I guess it fair to say that I have come a long way. My own design, yeah! =)


Puppilalla Original Design, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Blithe Fabric, Katarina Roccella, Baby Quilt, Baby Blanket, Modern Quilt, Low Volume Quilt, Static Interference Quilt Block


Puppilalla Original Design, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Blithe Fabric, Katarina Roccella, Baby Quilt, Baby Blanket, Modern Quilt, Low Volume Quilt, Static Interference Quilt Block


I fully intend to use the block as my bee block when I turn royalty in August. Who doesn’t like paper piecing, right? I have a colour scheme or two in mind but might have to check the realities of my stash before setting out make the test blocks. It is going to be a different repeat and it is going to be beautiful.


Puppilalla Original Design, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Blithe Fabric, Katarina Roccella, Baby Quilt, Baby Blanket, Modern Quilt, Low Volume Quilt, Static Interference Quilt Block


















kjhk

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