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

Friday, 6 July 2018

Assorted Odds and Ends

Puppilalla, Shape Moth, FPP, Paper Foundation Piecing, Patchwork, Feather

Whilst working on my various projects, I produced various odd ends, mostly blocks that would not work the way I needed them to for the project I had in mind. Like currently, the last of the 'Rakish Needle Round Robin' quilt tops is waiting to be progressed. I had thought to make more feathers but wanted to try to use a different style from the ones already displayed in the quilt. I chose the FPP- Feather template that 'ShapeMoth' made for her wonderful Forrest Quilt Along in 2013. The templates can still be downloded for free from Craftsy.

Puppilalla, Shape Moth, FPP, Paper Foundation Piecing, Lillyella, Patchwork, Buttertfly Charm Block,

The colours and textures made a really cool feather, which would however not work in the context of the strongly geometrical Arrow and Feather round robin quilt top at all. Oh well, it was worth a try. So I did not then make the second smaller feather. Instead I finally tackled one of Lillyella's free FPP  Butterfly Charm block templates that I had meant to make for a long while and applied the same colour scheme there.

Puppilalla, Deer Patchwork, Block, Colourway, Fabric pull

Both blocks will go towards the 'Oh Deer' quilt and work well there. Recently, I had pulled out all the pieces that I already had prepared and laid them out again just to find that I still hate what it would look like were these sewn together. I love the colour recipe very much but the divisible squares idea has to go. I guess, fabric amounts available permitting, this is at some point going to turn into a medallion quilt with the deer block in the middle. Maybe.


Puppilalla, Diamond FPP block, Patchwork

A similar thing happened with the above diamond blocks. I drew a template and found half way through the sewing process that my fabric would run out before I could finish them. Yup, I am really bad a quilt math. Therefore, I called a second similar green solid to the rescue but considering the way the templates had been sewn so far - chain pieced - I  could not change some of them now for lack of the first fabric. I finished them with the second fabric but could no longer use them in the way I had meant to. See half of them were meant to be inverted and the second colour would have been in the wrong place then. These diamonds blocks will be put to good use in my Up the Ante Sampler rather than in the fox themed baby quilt they were envisioned to go into.

 ... the Summer Edition

On IG another round of 'Get your quilty wishes granted' is winding down. I did not play, as I feel quite content with my stash as it currently is, but went to grant one wish anyway. CrankyKangaroo wished for our UFOs. On previous occasions she had enjoyed working with projects and blocks commenced by other makers and wanted to challenge herself again. I could immediately relate to that excitement of working with styles and fabrics that you might not have thought to choose yourself. This is similar to getting to work with these exciting round robin quilts or blocks for a Queen Bee.

My Tessallation style FPP-blocks have languished in my drawers for a long time now, since August 2015 to be precise. I figured it was timeto let go, as clearly nothing would ever be made with them. so packaged all... hem hem... most of them up and send them on their long way to be adopted. (I might have kept a token few to go into the triangle scrap bag to enliven a scrap quilt along the lines of my Scrappy Triangle Improv Pillow ...      la la la - move along nothing to see here ...)


Wednesday, 27 December 2017

2017 End of Year Review and 2018 Planning Party

Looking around IG and blogger sphere alike, the time of reviewing 2017 and making plans for 2018 has come round. As Yvonne of 'Quilting Jetgirl' is hosting this fabulous link party, I guess, I too could go back and check what I did and did not accomplish in 2017.

In December last year, I made plans to progress the 2016 quilting bee quilt tops. While I partially removed the blue and green bits in the blocks destined for the ‘Double Square Star’ quilt, I have not done anything else on this project. I made no progress whatsoever on the Bee Hive ‘Double Star’ quilt. So there are a few non-starters in 2017.

 2017 Accomplishments:

The ‘Rakish Needle’ Round Robin kicked off in March and it has been the most wonderful sewing experience in the round robin group this year. All six participants communicated via Whats App and it was just so much fun to see how everyone went about adding to each other’s projects. I had thought / hoped that we would be done with the round robin by the end of this year but that was a bit optimistic. There are two and a half more rounds to come in 2018 and I plan to relish those. I guess we might be done by Summer 2018.

Other highlights this year, were my participation in Katarina Roccella’s blog hop tour despite a few hick-ups along the way. The fabric I needed for my project did not arrive and I had to alter the project plan and buy fabric instead. Despite all that and the time pressure building because the fabric did not arrive, I did manage to deliver on my commitment. In the framework of the blog tour I also drew up my first ever foundation paper piecing template. There is room for improvement but the template is serviceable. I made a baby blanket top in one of the possible repeats for that block and am still rather pleased with the outcome.

Late in spring the unexpected opportunity to help out as pattern tester for @unicornharts presented itself and I volunteered to test the ‘Barmy Bear’ pattern, which I enjoyed immensely.

I participated in the ‘Getyourquiltywishesgranted3’ initiative on Instagram and, boy was I showered in fabulous fabrics. I won Rachel Hauser’s ‘Stitched in Color’ 'Summer Crush' fabric mosaic contests and received this gorgeous fabric bundle as a prize. I also just won a book 'Stoff und Faden' on fabric material science, which got reviews saying that it is really good. It has arrived but I have yet to read it.

This year I got to meet and make more quilty friends as I travelled to attend one of the monthly sewing meetings some of the Hamburg based quilters arrange AND attended my first ever sewing retreat organised by Mel Meyer and Allison Campbell-Richter. That were truly fantastic four days and I hope that many more meetings with these fabulous ladies will follow.

Whilst travelling in Japan, I had a lesson on how to sew a Japanese style floor cushion by hand with a Japanese Kimono maker in Tokyo and attended a Indigo dyeing workshop in Kyoto. I went fabric browsing too. =)

At home, I completed some pillowcases, a baby quilt and another baby quilt… almost.

Looking back, I am very happy with what I have achieved this year, even though I did not get done all of what I had set out to do. Some of that was due to starting new projects rather than finishing those already in progress but that surely is entirely beside the point – hem hem.

2018 Plans and Goals:

For 2018 I have decided to take appropriate measures in response to the WIPs not exactly amassing but demanding attention.

In order to finally progress the two quilting bee tops from 2016 and this year’s stash bee blocks, I have decided not to join any quilting bee groups in 2018. Instead, and besides also still being in the round robin, I will concentrate on finishing WIPs. I also have the ‘Oh Deer’ divisible squares pieces lying around waiting to be pieced together into a quilt top.

There will be more baby quilts that need stitching – there always are. =)

Apart from that, I should very much like to visit ‘Nadelwelt’ the local German quilt fair in May and meet my quilty friends in Hamburg again.

There is no need to plan further because new opportunities will present themselves as the year progresses. Here is to a wonderful 2018 for all of us.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

2017 FAL - Fourth Quarter

I have had a break from the Finish-A-Long lists since Spring but as they help me to keep my focus and not loose sight of my WIPs, I have decided to compile a list again for the last quarter:

1. Baby Quilt

My friend Hannah is expecting a baby girl in October, so I need to finish a baby blanket for her. Currently, I am still embroidering highlights into some cute animal panels of Gingiber's 'Thicket' fabric line.

Puppilalla, Thicket Fabric, Gingiber Fabric, Embroidery, Baby Blanket

2. Tessellation Pillowcase 

Yes, this is a true UFO - I will take this to the sewing retreat hosted by Allison of Campbell Soup Diary and Melanie of Melanie's Kunstraum at the end of October. Last chance to finish it. If I don't, I will orphan the pieces and clear them out.

3. The 'Double Star' Quilting Bee Quilt 2016 

The quilt top has not progressed this year so this too will come to the sewing retreat with me. I want to make progress with this one to get it off my to-do list.

4. Oh Deer Quilt Top

The fabric for the quilt top has been cut now it wants assembling.

5. Indigo Dyed Pillowcase

I dyed this piece of fabric during an Indigo dyeing workshop in Kyoto in September. Now it too wants to become a pillowcase.

Of course these are not all the projects I am currently working on but these are the ones most likely to be progressed. So ready, steady, go!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Oh Deer! – Quilt Project

Julianna Gąsiorowska, Puppilalla, Sewing under Rainbow, Not so spring deer, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP

‘Booooorrrriiing!’ my best friend Jens said, when I said ‘pillowcase’ in reply to his question what I intended to do with this lovely deer panel. He said a pillowcase would not do it justice. Uhm, OK, then... Boring indeed. Pah!

Some back story

At the beginning of the very beginning of last year checked a few of the Finish-A-Long lists of fellow quilters to see what UFOs they had in mind finishing. June, a fellow bee at Stash Bee that year, had quite a few interesting projects on her to-do-list.

Among others there was a picture of this wonderful deer panel, which June hoped to transform into a finished pillowcase or… uhm…– June, say what did you have originally in mind for the deer? =) Anyway, I left a comment complimenting on the deer and also said half-jokingly that I would happily give the deer a home on my couch if she did not want it anymore upon completion.

This was around the time when I asked for help with the cancer relief Polaroid photo quilt. June jumped to my aide and one fine day in February when her Polaroid photo blocks arrived on my door step, what should fall out of the envelope as well? - the lovely deer panel. Since then the deer bid its time. Once the pillowcase idea was off the table other ideas started slowly developing.

I have wanted to make a quilt for my friend Jens for quite some time now. It was just not easy to settle on a design. Some of the things I really like he though horrid and when we checked for what he might like, I was in for a few surprises. We did not settle on anything but the wish to make him a quilt quietly simmered on the backburner of my mind. And the deer panel would go into that quilt just because - 'boring' - you know?  =)

So what design then?

This has been a fairly long decision making process as I simply could not decide what design to go for with this quilt. I had the fabrics all pulled since forever but have changed my mind two dozen times as what to make with them.

Fabric Pull, Fabric Stash, Puppilalla, Penny Patch Quilt, modern quilting

Finally, I settled for a simple design of divisible squares of 10 x 10, 5 x 5 and 2.5 x 2.5 inches. The design, although it might be so basic it does not need a name or goes by two dozen monikers, has been dubbed ‘Penny Patch Quilt’ by Rachel Hauser @ Stitched in Color and you can see many pretty versions if you search online using that term.

Puppilalla, Penny Patch Quilt, modern quilting

The main idea for my quilt was to compliment the fabulous ‘Deer’ block. Therefore, my main colours are orange and blue combined with low volume prints and unobtrusive amounts of red. The contrast colour is dark blue and the pop colours were burnt orange and violet. All those fabrics make a fabulous impression together.

Not so spring deer, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Puppilalla, Penny Patch Quilt,modern quilting

I cut my pieces and sewed my little ‘Penny Patches’ and arranged them together for the first time and … do not like it. It looks too busy, too overwhelming and smothers the deer. So I hope it is not one of these great-in-principle experiences that kind of crash and burn when you try them for real.

Not so spring deer, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Puppilalla, Penny Patch Quilt,modern quilting

Back to the cutting table it is, this time reaching for a lot of white to create breathing space for the deer. I hope this will help to calm things down.

Puppilalla, Penny Patch Quilt, modern quilting, fabric pull

In case you wondered, that pretty deer block is a foundation paper pieced block designed by the super talented Julianna Gąsiorowska of 'Sewing Under Rainbow'. It is called 'Not so spring Deer' and can be downloaded for free (!) on Julianna's Craftsy page.

I link up with 'Let's Bee Social'

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long Second Quarter List

The second quarter of the 2017 Finish-A-Long is about to begin and checking the goals defined at the beginning of the year, I am pleased to have already have achieved a few of them. 
I successfully participated in the Blithe Fabric Blog Tour and made a top for a baby blanket. And for that top I used a foundation paper piecing template I created for one of my very own designs. That was a first and another goal I had set for myself this year.

1. Static Interference Baby Blanket

You can download the template for the 'Static Interference Quilt Block' here and I will put the completion of the 'Static Interference' baby quilt on my second quarter FAL list.

2. Double Star Quilting Bee quilt top 

There is also the intention to make progress with last year’s Double Star Quilting Bee quilt top. It still needs three more borders. I do not see this happen any time very soon because baby quilts takes precedent but it is good to keep the project in mind anyway.

3. Oh those Tessellation Blocks

A true UFO, left untouched for over year now. The pieces might actually wander over into the orphan block category at some stage if motivation and inspiration remain elusive.

4. Economy Block Baby Quilt

Because there is good reason another baby blanket is in order. The most alluring ‘Economy Block’ projects recently surfaced on Instagram and I decided to buy into that fad. =)  I have some Cosmo Cricket 'Salt Air' prints that will work wonderfully in that context.

by Heide Kenney

Other than that, my idea is not to stress myself over the completion of these projects. I also have a few other projects on the backburner but as these are no-where near completion stage but also do not qualify as UFOs, I feel they have no business being on this list. Right now I want to very much enjoy the 'Rakish Needle Round Robin' that I organised. I am eagerly awaiting the mailman with the starter block I am to work with first.

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Rakish Needle Round Robin - Prep and Planning

With the ‘Blithe’ Blog Tour safely out of the way, I finally turned my attention to the exciting prospect of the ‘Rakish Needle Round Robin’.

I am so excited. Yes, I am aware that I have said as much in every last blog post for a few months now. =) It is still true though. Our group of six is already busy exchanging progress pictures on WhatsApp and I think everyone is as excited as I am.

I have already seen two starter blocks and I can promise that this is going to be a challenging and amazing round robin year. The starter blocks are meant to go into the mail around the 20th of March, so I am busy getting my act together. As Anita, who will receive my starter kit, is currently travelling ,I have an extended grace period to complete my starter block. =)

My quilt theme is:

Adventures at Sea...

Puppilalla, Rakish Needle, Round Robin, Quilt Journal

I have prepared a little inspirational collage and glued into the little journal that is to travel with the quilt. I even wrote a little story, which I hope will set the mood for my fellow sewists.

Puppilalla, Rakish Needle, Round Robin, Fabric Pull, Patchwork, Fabric Stash
My fabric selection consists of jewelled tones in contrast with gray on white, white on white and discreet low volume background fabrics.

Puppilalla, Rakish Needle, Round Robin, Fabric Pull, Patchwork, Fabric Stash, low volume fabric

I will of course send a selection of fabrics travelling with the starter block to help out those participants that might not have many jewelled tones in their stash, as well as to illustrate what kind of fabrics to look for.

Puppilalla, Rakish Needle, Round Robin, Foundation Paper Piecing, New Yourk Beauty BOM, Patchwork

I admit, I fell in love with Jennifer’s starter block which was a wind rose. Thus, I will shamelessly steal that idea and make it my own. As Jennifer of ‘Never Just Jennifer’, I will use some of the free ‘New York Beauty’ BOM block templates to make that wind rose. I am already furiously piecing away.

Imrov block, Patchwork, Improvisation quilt, folksy fish, Puppilalla, round robin quilt, quilting
I also made this little ‘Folksy Fish’ inspired fish block to send as an extra. I really like these funny and happy looking fish by Sarah Elizabeth. There is a paper piecing pattern now available too but as I just wanted one little fish at this point, I improvised it. I will ask my group to insert it along with their own contributions at some stage. It poses an interesting question of scale. So how big or tiny exactly are fish and mermaid then? =)

There is something nautical going on...

As you might have already guessed, I am not looking for a traditional round robin quilt top, where border upon border is added each round but instead for a more free style, add blocks and pieces as you go, kind of piecing.

Three of the four compass points of the wind rose will be removed form the starter block and I will invite my fellow sewists to fill the space in-between with their ‘Adventure at Sea’ ideas.

In the spirit of less talking and more doing I will be off to my sewing machine again.

Happy stitching everyone.


Monday, 9 January 2017

2017 Finish A Long - First Quarter Proposed Finishes

I very much enjoyed the Finish-A-Long lists last year as they helped me to keep my focus and not loose sight of my WIPs. Therefore, I would like to add my modest list again:

1. Improv Pillowcase

It is almost done anyway, Had Christmas and travel for New Year's Eve not been in the way, it would already have been finished.


2. Tessellation Pillowcase 

Yes, this is a true UFO - I must tackle it this year! It would be such a shame otherwise. 

3. The 'Double Star' Quilting Bee Quilt 2016 

The quilt top still needs three borders, before I can think about assembly and quilting. I guess it is also time to start thinking about what fabric to choose for the backing.

What is NOT on the list any longer, as I very definitely did not get my act together, is the mobile phone cover for my sister, which was on the FAL lists all of 2016 - hem hem. She got a cover for Christmas, so her phone does not have to live in a sock any longer.  

I guess that is it.

Oh - and I liked the colourful button last year much better than the sombre looking current one. A more colourful life for everyone please!   

Saturday, 17 December 2016

2017 Plans and Goals

2017 is just around the corner now and everywhere across the net forward planning activities are taking place. Stocktaking is generally a good idea and I too have a few things I aim to do in 2017. Among those, a few new commitments, as well as a few projects that I am rolling over from 2016.

What I am proud of this year, is that I have managed to look after this blog on a regular basis since I started it in autumn 2015 and that through maintaining it and interacting through it online, I met many a lovely person along the way. That includes a whole generous bunch of women who jumped to my aid in spring this year to make a Polaroid quilt for a young boy who had been diagnosed with cancer. After brain surgeries and radio therapy I am relieved to report that the cancer has not resurfaced since June. (Yes!)

To be continued:

Both 2016 quilting bee quilts want finishing. I made good progress on the The Bee Hive 'Double Star' quilt top, which 'only' wants borders in order to be finished but that ought to be fairly doable in the first quarter of the year.

Double Star, Blossom Heart Quilts, The Bee Hive, Quilting Bee, Quilt Block, Puppilalla

The second quilting bee project - the Stash Bee 'Double Square Stars'- is still in its beginnings. I have taken some blocks that I had received partially apart to remove the blue and green bits that made the blocks too busy overall and will have to remake those parts in pink, orange or yellow. Once that is done I can assemble the blocks into a quilt top, for which I am also considering bias tape appliqué to add texture and visual interest.

Missourri Star Quilts, double square star, Puppilalla, Stash Bee, Bee block

I had also joined the Lucky Spool Sewing Programme this year but frankly had not gotten around to pursuing any of the lessons. The January class was on bias tape appliqué, which I hope to employ on that quilt top to be. I will not be in a hurry to start working on this again as I would like to complete the other quilt first. 

There is also the matter of the 'Meadow Mystery' Quilt Along, which I very much wanted to join yet never got past the fabric selection stage. I am not sure if I will ever get to around to doing it now. This might end up on the abandoned projects list.

Quilting, Foundation paper piecing, Quilt blocks, sampler quilt, Puppilalla

My 'Up the Ante' sampler quilt project steadily progresses. It does not turn up on any UFO list because it more of a pottering around, sewing a piece here and another block there process that has no definite timescale in mind. It might be nice to finish it in 2017, one because it nice to finish something on occasion and two because I have the next sampler type quilt already in mind and lined up.

Speaking of UFOs, yes there are a few of those too. Two pillowcases and a mobile phone case, if I am not mistaken.

New beginnings:

Because the quilting bees were so much fun this year, I have re-applied for Stash Bee 2017 and secured a place in Hive 4, which is fairly cool. The challenge to try a new block each month was enjoyable and challenging and I am looking forward to get to sew more new blocks next year. Furthermore, it is a great way to make new sewing friends. So what that I have not even finished this year's bee quilts, right? =)

Stash Bee

I had participated in Rachel Hauser's '30 Days of Quilt Design' challenge this year and noticed that I enjoyed the process and had no trouble whatsoever to come up with designs. In 2017, I would like to actually translate some of these design ideas into actual tutorials and/or paper piecing templates for me and others to use. In that spirit, I aim to have a pattern ready for my hive mates by the time it is my turn as Stash Bee Queen Bee in August 2017. Watch out Hive 4!

Even earlier than that, I will have to construct a template for my contribution to the 'Blithe' Blog Hop in February 2017 that showcases Katarina Roccella's new fabric line 'Blithe'. That is a project I am really excited about as I am huge fan of Katarina's fabrics. I am currently waiting for the fabrics to arrive and once Christmas is out of the way, I will buckle down start seriously on this project. I think I can manage a baby quilt sized piece, plus my friend Tina will have need for one in about 7 months time =)

Last but not least, I aim to host a Round Robin in 2017 and am very excited about that prospect. So far I have roped three sewing friends into that adventure but I think there would be room for two or three more participants. (any Europe based takers?) I love surprises and I think it is one of the ultimate sewing adventures to have other people working on a quilt for you. So naturally I want to play.

Puppilalla, Round Robin, Button, quilting, travelling quilt,

In project management it is said that it is fairly impossible to predict things beyond a certain event horizon, which describes a maximum time frame of about three months. Bearing that in mind, I am fairly certain that other things will come along as the year progresses.

Among the 2016 'unpredictables' were the opportunity to join the Cloud 9 'New Quilt Block' Blog Hop, which was great or contributing to the fierce 'Quilt for Pulse' rally, which was opportune. I am sure that the year 2017 will present its own share of opportunities, surprises and challenges.

Thank you Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl for hosting this link party to jointly learn about each other's 2017 goals.