Showing posts with label Puppilalla Original Design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Puppilalla Original Design. 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

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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. =) 

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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. 

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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.

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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, 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. 

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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A job well done =)



Stash Bee




Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Cloud9 New Block Block Hop - Finished Charity Quilt


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Quilting Jetgirl

Yvonne of ‘Quilting Jetgirl’ posted an up-date on last year’s lovely ‘Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop’ blocks (that’s a mouth full). Yvonne, who was one of the fabulous hosts, finished combining the blocks into a charity quilt. Yay Yvonne! I think it is great to see some of the 65 blocks made together like that. There is mine! 'Stellar Flare' - second from the left in the second row from the bottom. =)


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Quilting Jetgirl
So much work went into that piece, so 'Thank you, Yvonne!' for all your hard work in relation to the blog hop and this quilt. You are fabulous! At the time it was said that the remaining blocks were also meant to be pulled together into another charity quilt by either one or both of the other two blog hop hosts Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, but my research was unable to identify any progress reports on the fate of the remaining blocks. Happy to be advised if any of you have more information.



I though this might be an opportunity to do a quick online search to see, which of the block designs that had been thought up for the blog hop, had been taken up by the sewing community since the blog hop one year ago. I know mine hasn't been yet but others might have been.

Results:


Aha – OK I found that one of my blog hop library links to the tutorials is 'broken' because the domain in question is off-line but I will keep the link and wait whether the domain gets re-established.

I decided on a few search parameters, which were the below used in various combinations:
  • the designer's blog name
  • the designer's name
  • the block name
  • the fabric sponsor's name  

I also found that my research efforts were occasionally hampered by the fact that some designers did not name their blocks. The latter makes it somewhat challenging to follow up on the life and development of the blocks in question. Having said that, follow along to review my findings.

Block Parade:


Nancy J. over @All Points of the Compass tried and enjoyed making three of the blocks. Thanks again Nancy, for your kind permission to use the pictures here. =)

'Porthole' - Devoted Quilter

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'Sparkle' - Ants to Sugar

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'A Simple Life' - Late Night Quilter

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'Fractured Curves' - Carole Lyles Shaw

Carole's block was part of a block lottery of the Emerald Coast Modern quilt Guild. 

Carole herself developed a workshop based on her block earlier this year, which was called 'MidCentury Modern Curve – New Workshop!' and involved learning to piece a quarter circle curve without templates or pinning, and practicing improvisational cutting and piecing. Sounds good to me. =)

Puppilalla, modern quilting, Blog Hop, Sirrus Solids, cloud 9 fabrics, Fractured Curves, Carole Lyles Shaw



'Berry Cross' - The Inquiring Quilter

Jennifer Fulton also took matters into her own hand and offered a fun quilt along using her block 'Berry Cross'. Following the link you will end up at the link party, which takes you to all the pretty quilts that were made in the process. 

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quilts by Liz Horgan, Margiestitcher and Susie,


'Mazarin' - Amista Baker

Following the blog hop Amista created her first quilt pattern based on her 'Mazarin' block design. Amista and her pattern testers sure created very pretty quilts with it. =)
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quilts by Amista, Whitney and Alicia Benn
'Anne’s Flower' - Tu-Na Quilts

I made 'Anne's Flower' for my sampler quilt where it will get to shine once I pull it all together. I can confirm that the instructions are easy to follow and the block comes together quickly. =)

Anne’s Flower, Tu-Na Quilts, Dresden Plate block, Puppilalla, modern quilting, Blog Hop, Sirrus Solids, cloud 9 fabrics



'Dragonfly' - Melva Loves Scraps
I imagine Melva's 'Dragonfly' block has an exciting future to look forward to. It has been published under the name 'The Damselfly' in the vol.15 Edition of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks and has gotten made since as this little youtube video proves.

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'Star Thistle' - Twiggy and Opal

Jayne of course is an old hand at thinking up pretty blocks and seeing them made too. =) Her gorgeous 'Star Thistle' has been drawn up as a pattern proper and can be down-loaded from Craftsy. Her pattern testers sure created some tasty versions.

Star Thistle, Twiggy and Opal, Puppilalla, modern quilting, Blog Hop, Sirrus Solids, cloud 9 fabrics
quilts by Jayne, Katie @Katie Quilts and Isabelle @southbaybella


Oops, I guess today's post has gotten rather long (again) but I do love following up on projects. It is great to see what life of their own some of the block designs got to lead. I guess with the charity quilt all done and donated, the Cloud 9 Blog Hop can officially be considered concluded. Also today's point to take away is - Do not forget to name your blocks once you designed them! =)



https://quiltingjetgirl.com/2016-cloud9-new-block-blog-hop/




Monday, 21 August 2017

Robin Round Two - Solid Teal-ometry

Round Robin Quilt, Puppilalla, Solids, Modern Quilt Design, Starter Block, Color Wheel, Patchwork, Foundation Paper Piecing





Welcome back to the Rakish Needle Round Robin. I cannot wait to show you what I have been working on. 

This round I got to work with Rachel’s starter block that had already been expanded upon beautifully by Ileana. (see below =) Rachel was looking for geometrical shapes and solids / tone-in-tone fabrics that read as solids. She also provided inspiring and fun sample pictures of quilt borders she liked. The aspect Rachel liked the most was the sense of movement that those borders conveyed. I though about that but decided that you needed a solid foundation before you could start adding this style of borders. True to that decision a whole yard of a teal solid went into making my additions. =)



Round Robin Quilt, Puppilalla, Solids, Modern Quilt Design, Starter Block, Color Wheel, Patchwork, Foundation Paper Piecing



The Inspiration Piece...




Checking my Instagram feed, I came across this picture of a #decohexpattern project, which sparked a ‘I-can-do-something-with-this’ reaction immediately. I bookmarked the entry and from there it took me 10 minutes to hash out what I wanted to do with Rachel’s top. I sat down with pen and paper to draw up my idea as a paper piecing template. It looked like hot mess but worked just fine. 


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A New Block Design...

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I designed a new block. What do you think? What shall we call it? Suggestions please. =)
I like how it looks and maybe I ought to add 'drawing it up as a template proper' to my ever-growing-never-ending to-do list for the future.

I then used the hexie blocks as ‘corner stones’ of my addition. I build on the idea of geometrical shapes but tried to keep it fun. I love how it looks even if some of the pieces turned out more wonky than I would have liked. 


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Cohesion, cohesion, cohesion

Cohesion was easy to maintain this round. I just adopted colours from the colour wheel of the starter block, namely teal, yellow and purple and worked away with those. I also incorporated some colour graduation - or ombre effect if you prefer that term – with the different shades of purple and with the hexagons that have echoes in different shades of teal. So colour graduation too ties right back to the starter block. Very thoughtful right? =)

As soon as I had seen what Ileana had done before me, I wanted to retain the colourful barber pole candy stripes, so I made sure to add some as well. I think the quilt top so far overall really still looks as if one person had created the entire piece.



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I had anticipated that we would need about six weeks for each of the initial robin rounds with the view to gradually extend the time frames. I had hoped to wrap up the round robin by end of November. That schedule is way out of the window. This second round robin round needed 3 months to be completed! As always there are some super fast participants and then some, whose life circumstances do not afford them the amount of time they ideally would like to dedicate to their sewing projects. 

And then there is the question of sewing mojo. I for example had a serious slump of motivation those past few weeks. Not because of this project, which I love and remain super excited about, but because of the beginning of Summer (or what wished to pass for it here in Berlin, rain, rain, rain – meh). I knew I would be tempted away from my sewing machine once the weather begged you to come outside and play. I suppose as long as everyone is still enjoying the round robin, the sedate pace should not be a problem. I am just secretly worried though that some members might get bored while others get stressed because they feel pressured. Yes, I tend to worry.

Back to this lovely piece. Unfortunately, Rachel quite likes how it looks, so I do not get to keep it - the more's the pity. =)

Next up I will be working with Karin's nightly firmament. Incidentally, Karin will be working on my piece at the same time. I guess we could hold each other to ransom to try to get a word in design wise - ha ha.









Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Stash Bee Queen of August - The Royal Me


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Hello Hive 4 and hello respective fellow queens and bees,
I ascended to royalty this month and this is the tutorial I put up on Stash Bee for my hive mates.

It is August already. Crazy huh? This month we are trying our hand at Foundation Paper Piecing and I hope you just said ‘YAY’ with me.



Static Interference – Pattern Download:


As Queen Bee I am asking you to make is the ‘Static Interference’ Block, which you can download from here. It is my own design, which makes me ever so much more excited about sewing it with you. (woohoo!) Four of the basic blocks combined create one gorgeous 16.5 x 16.5 inches block, which in turn creates this gorgeous repeat.


Repeat 4


If you are proficient in Foundation Paper Piecing, I will not explain your craft to you. If you are new to Foundation Paper Piecing or would like to refresh your memory, I would like to refer you to this ultimate go-to tutorial, which I consider one of the best out there. If you want to see the technique in motion, please try this video (The explanation is good, but my - is she wasting fabric. You do not need an extra inch on each side).


What do I need:

  • templates 
  • glue stick (water soluble) / fine pins 
  • craft scissors 
  • fabric scissors 
  • fabrics 
  • pen 
  • colour pencils – optional 
  • scotch tape – optional in case your template rips and you need to quick-fix it 

The Colour Recipe:



The main colour of this quilt top is going to be turquoise, accented with dusky purple, lime green, yellow, black and white. You may use several different turquoise prints for the ‘background’ provided they are similar or same-ish in colour and value. The white is a white solid and the black is a black solid. The yellow, purple and lime green fabrics may have patterns or ornaments. 

Different colour values are fine, as are tiny splashes of other colours but your yellow, turquoise (not aqua), lime green and dusky purple should primarily read as these colours. 


Fabric requirements:
  • White Solid - C5, D5, A3, B3 
  • Black Solid - C3, D3 
  • Yellow Prints - A4, B4 
  • Turquoise Prints - D1- D2, C1-C2, A1, B1 
  • Lime Green Prints - C6, D6 
  • Dusky Purple Prints - C4, D4, A2, B2


A word on templates:


Print the templates, pages 7 and 8 for often as you like to make the block, (print once for one block, twice for two, thrice for three..., plus one extra if you intend to fussy cut) Take care to print ‘actual size’, which means you un-tick any ‘fit-to-page’ or ‘scale-to-page’ options.

Let’s have a look at the templates. First off- they are accurate. The doted lines denoting the seam allowance being uneven, is me grappling with the design programme. Ignore that, the templates are just fine. You will see that the block is made up of four template pieces A,B,C and D.

Secondly, if you look at the repeat made up by my four sample blocks, you will notice that some areas do NOT all line up neatly against each other, once you put the individual blocks next to each other. That is intentional. I will show further down, which parts should and should not line up. Also, template A is not a mirror image of template B, nor are C and D exact mirror images. The areas within the respective templates differ in size, which is also intentional.

Thirdly, I have decided that in this instant the same fabric will be used for the areas D1 and D2 and C1 and C2. Therefore, you can skip a step by combining the areas D1 & D2 and C1 & C2, while making sure that you cut your fabric pieces big enough to cover both designated areas.



Prepare you templates, by either colouring in all areas of the templates with the respective colours designated for the area OR taking a pen and writing the name of the colour in each designated area.


Take your craft scissors and cut out the templates, making sure to leave the seam allowance intact.


Sew your block units:

OK, you are good to go, cut your fabrics and sew away. A word of advice: Protect your ironing board! Depending on how you printed or copied your templates, the black ink might come off a little every time you iron your pieces flat. Therefore protect your board with an old piece of fabric or an unloved FQ prior to ironing. (I recommend ‘radiolab’ or ‘drabblecast’ podcasts to keep you entertained, while you sew =)

Once you have sewn your templates, join them to a block as indicated in the below pictures. Make sure all parts line up neatly.


Within the same block all lines match up as you can see when you allow your eyes to follow the diagonal sewing line in the above picture.

Upon joining individual blocks to create this repeat, only the triangle points of C3 and D3 at the bottom of the picture and the topmost corner point of each block line up. The other lines do not match because that is where the asymmetry comes in. =)



A word on sewing time, effort and resources

I do realize that the Foundation Paper Piecing skill levels among the bees may vary. Some are very proficient and just whiz away while others need more time. So some will find it easy to whip up the block and others might struggle. I am aware of that so do not stress. I doubt that anyone can complete four sets of templates in only 1.5 hours (although it sure would be awsome =). I am not asking you to either. Just try your hand and enjoy the process and see how you are getting on. Feel free to leave the paper in when you send your blocks.




So take it away and have fun – and thank you! Oh and if you use IG feel free to use #staticinterferencequiltblock

Yours royally



Stash Bee





Sunday, 23 July 2017

Static Interference Baby Blanket - Welcome Corbyn

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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. 

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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. =) 


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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.

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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.


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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! =)


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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.


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