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Showing posts with label blue. Show all posts

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!





Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Robin Round Three - The Stars Look Very Different Today...


Puppilalla, Wombat Quilts, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars

Starry, Starry Night…


There is a whole lot of freedom that comes when working on a quilt, whose design elements just float in space like the stars in Karin’s starry skies do. The request was simply to create beautiful colourful stars, gas clouds, planet rings and other space related features against the background material Karin provided for her project. I briefly asked Karin if she had preferences for the continuation of her quilt top colour wise as I was a bit stuck and she gave me a few pointers to set me a course.

Puppilalla, Wombat Quilts, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars




I had to hold back not to go crazy choosing an inordinate amount of foundation paper pieced stars I could imagine adorning Karin’s nightly skies. Especially, since the main feature of my addition was to be a partially visible planet that was circled by a satellite (Earth calling Sputnik =). The other stars were to be supporting actors for the main event. Furthermore, Karin had dropped hints that she liked moon phases as well and I wanted to include another celestial body that was partially covered in the shadow of a fellow nearby planet to create that all familiar moon shape. The latter did get cut from the final project planning stage as there is such a thing called 'too much'.

My Project Plan


Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars






Generally, I had bitten off more than I could chew. Had I managed to do all that I put down on paper in my preliminary sketch, I would have added more than three participants before me taken together. Hence Anita, who comes after me has her work space cut out for her (Sorry Anita) and will have to actually sew on my addition once her's is in place.  


Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars


I only noticed afterwards but I seem to have a penchant for four pointed stars. All my additions belong to the four-point-family, all except for the repetition of Rachel’s five pointed star of course, which I added to tie my additions back to the design elements that had previously been introduced. I am after all going on about cohesion all the time.


Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars


How did it go? I love foundation paper piecing, so that was easy and enjoyable. I researched other ‘universe’, ‘night sky’ and ‘planet’ themed quilts to get an idea how to go about crating the impression of a round body in space. I reasoned that using only one fabric would make the piece look flat and I wanted to see light and shadow and curvature. Working out the gradual fabric change was the difficult part. I also did not want my addition to completely overwhelm what had come before. That was a difficult balance to strike.


Puppilalla, The Rakish Needle Robin, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars


My planet was initially bigger than what I ended up putting down as applique but when I showed Karin pictures of my intended addition, she asked for the planet to be made smaller. Yes, that is right, for the first time during this round robin, I went back to the owner of the piece to get clearance for my project plan. My addition would have changed the character of the piece significantly and I wanted to make sure that Karin was OK with that.

Most of my addition was completed at a Fall Retreat sewing weekend away, where there were fabulous backdrops to shoot quilty pictures against. Don't the mushrooms in the above picture all look like space ships?  =)


Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars


Once I had stitched the planet down, I commenced working on the satellite. I chose fabric with technical drawings and language to signify intelligent life expolring space. I lost perspective of how long the individual rods of the satellite ought to have been but only noticed at the very end when all was done and finshed, where I went wrong. Ah well. A lesson to take away for the next time I happen to work on planet orbiting satellites. 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Applique, Foundation Paper Stars, Universe Quilt, Star Quilt, Improv Stars, The Rakish Needle Robin



In the end was very pleased with how close my addition came to what I had put down on paper as project plan. This was a very enjoyable round. And the spare stars I had pieced? I sent them along to Anita to include ... or not.  =)





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



Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Bee Hive 2016 - December Block - Wanta Fanta (again)


Yule Queen Bee Ileana was the last queen in 2016 to request a block. Ileana settled for the lovely 'Wanta Fanta' block, which I thus got to make a second time that year. That time round, the fabrics were to shine in the ever classic combination of inky blues and off whites and in my case a bit of ivory thrown in. The fabrics were to be floral or geometrics and the blues were to be veering towards the cool and muted spectrum. I expect the quilt top with its timeless look to be an instant classic.


Puppilalla, Wanta Fanta, free bee block, Quilting bee, The Bee Hive, Foundation Paper Piecing










Bearing in mind that fellow bees, yielding to life's demands, had to partially bow out throughout the bee year, I decided to make two blocks with the 'angel block' making up for the absence of a former fellow bee. It is hard on the queens, whose turn comes late in the year, when fellow bees have to bow out and thereby do not manage to reciprocate the efforts that this bee invested throughout the year.
 (That is not to say that I am not fully understanding of bowing out. Sometimes it cannot be helped despite one's best intentions) Anyway, I made these two blocks.

Puppilalla, Wanta Fanta, free bee block, Quilting bee, The Bee Hive, Foundation Paper Piecing





I myself fell in love with how the blocks turned out and am happy to report that Queen Ileana approved as well once the postal workers' pre - Christmas strike in the UK cleared and she finally received her queenly mail. =)

The only misgivings I have concern the absence of light during the eternally grey Berlin winters. It is almost impossible to shoot a decent picture (meh). 


Puppilalla, Wanta Fanta, free bee block, Quilting bee, The Bee Hive, Foundation Paper Piecing




A worthy finish to the 2016 bee year. Happy New Year and cheers to new challenges.




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.

=)




Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Bee Hive 2016 - June Block - It Is Very Much Sea Themed!




You know what I said the other week about having known instantaneously that I had the fabrics to accomodate a queen bee's request? Well, in this instance it was just the opposite. When I read Michelle's  request I went 'Oh no, I have absolutely nothing of that description in my stash! '  - only I had.

Queen Michelle requested the 'Autumn Chain' Block in celebration of her Birthday, which is in Autumn. She decided on shades of blue, though green was acceptable too. The lightest shade could be light as white but for the background we were to find a sandy light yellow-ish colour because let's face it - 'it is very much sea themed! And, also no florals please.'


Puppilalla, Sew Mama Sew, Autumn Chain Block, Patchwork, Blossom Heart, The Bee Hive

Knowing my stash, I am aware that it consists mostly of secondary and tertiary colours, while true reds, yellows, greens and blues are virtually nonexistent. Yet, sometimes my stash manages to catch me unawares. I remembered that I a had one single print that could fit the sandy background requirement and started digging. On the quest of locating that print - lo and behold - I found plenty of possible contenders in the blue category even without florals.

Puppilalla, Sew Mama Sew, Autumn Chain Block, Patchwork, Blossom Heart, The Bee Hive
Who would have thought! So here is my addition to Queen Michelle's sea themed quilt to be. I also cut a few further pieces of fabric to size and sent them along, so Michelle can make a further block using those.

=)


The Bee Hive





Sunday, 30 August 2015

Snowball Block Quilt - Late in Summer

Hi there, I wanted to take a moment to share a completed snowball block quilt with you. It is the first quilt I made for myself rather than gifting it to friends and their kids.

Snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue
























It is a very basic design of snowball blocks alternating with simple fabric squares. I had fallen in love with the Bloomsbury Gardens Quilt by Rita from Red Pepper Quilts and decided to make a bed sized version for myself.




snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue


Colour wise, I wanted something reminiscent of late hot summer days near greenish dark ponds, overhung with willows and whispering reeds full of whirring dragonflies, where the willows swallow up the wind and time seems slow as molasses. Therefore, I settled for olive greens and summer sky blues with a bit grey and gold sprinkled in between. 




snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue
























The decision to add some fabrics of Joel Dewberry’s 'Modern Meadow' collection came somewhat later because I felt the quilt needed some graphic elements. It felt too tone-in-tone and somehow lacking in tension. While the 'Modern Meadow' fabrics did not exactly match my colour scheme, they enhanced the quilt a lot by adding texture. I did agonize over the question whether or not to include the red bits but now I am glad I did. 




Late in Summer modern Snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue
























It fascinates me to look at the back of completed quilt tops.




Late in Summer modern Snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue
























I used an olive green embroidery floss to big - stich around the inner border once.




Late in Summer modern Snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue























For the backing I choose a lovely soft fabric called 'Mind the Moose' by Soft Cactus.




snowball block quilt Puppilalla Design green blue


























I very much like my LATE IN SUMMER snowball block quilt and look forward to it adorning my bedroom for years to come.

=)