Showing posts with label scraps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label scraps. Show all posts

Friday, 20 October 2017

Thicket Fabric Baby Quilt

Puppilalla, HST stars, Half square triangles, star quilt block


Have you noticed that there are months were you struggle to find themes to blog about and then some where you could write a post a day? During the Summer months did not manage more than three post a month and currently I have four posts on the backburner just waiting to be published.

Today I want to show you the baby quilt I am currently working on. My friend Hannah and her husband Daniel are expecting a baby girl and I promised to make a little something. Hannah said she was into yellow and pink at the moment, so this where we will be going.

Puppilalla,Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, star quilt, baby blanket, fox


I decided fairly quickly that I wanted to use the ever so cute animal panels of Gingiber’s ‘Thicket’ line. They are just so adorable. Furthermore, I decided it was time for my ‘Stellar Flare’ test block to quit lazing around on my bedroom wall and to get a life. The block already contains pink and yellow and makes such a pretty centre for the baby quilt. I knew I wanted to surround the centre star with the four animals on all sides and that I would adorn the animal panels with some embroidered highlights to bring in some colour transition.

Puppilalla,Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, star quilt, baby blanket, owl



After that I got a little bit stuck because I noticed that those animal panels are actually quite difficult customers. It is a job and half to come up with a way to use them so they do not look squashed, boxed in or suffocated. Looking around Instagram and online, I noticed that they often get a monochromatic treatment, which is probably partially due to them coming in a solely black and off-white fabric line anyway. While it works with the panels, I found the monochromatic rendering a bit on the sad side, especially when the intended recipient is a child. Combining them with colour frames often created the aforementioned boxed in effect. See not easy at all. Anyway, the solution was to grant them as much negative space around them as possible to create a floating and breezy effect, whilst smuggling in form and colour by and by.



Puppilalla,Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, star quilt, baby blanket, rabbit

I really like the effect the embroidery creates.

Puppilalla,Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, star quilt, baby blanket, bear


This is where my pale yellow HST stars with pink centres came in to provide visual interest without the aim to overwhelm. I also noticed straight away that the first pink border would have to be broken up with more white and other elements for the same reason.


Puppilalla, HST stars, modern qulit




To a great extend I will work with scraps, especially triangle scraps to create more wonky stars that are to adorn the outermost border of the quilt to be. Some scraps are literally the last pieces that I have of that particular fabric. Some of them are even left over from creating the ‘Stellar Flare’ block at the centre. Odd numbers of tiny strips and triangles stored in the scrap storage bag that I am routing around in to pull out again. A cohesive feeling is partly achieved by the repetition of fabrics after all, so I wanted to bring those scraps in some way.


Puppilalla,Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, star quilt, baby blanket, Stellar Flare Quilt block



I am still working on ideas but feel that I have mostly got down what I want to do. =)



Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Stash Bee September Block - Oh Scrap





September Queen Amanda’s block choice is the exact opposite from my orderly and precise foundation paper piecing request last month. For her block she asked us to pull out our scraps to organically grow a block by matching scraps of similar sizes, combining away until you had a piece large enough to trim to 9 x 9 inches. We were to avoid browns and pastels. I succeeded on the first part but looking at my picture now, some fabric read more ‘pastel’ than Amanda might like. The good thing about this project is that she can just cut my blocks up and re-combine them with other pieces if she does not like what they currently look like.






 I have prepared one 9.5 x 9.5 inches block and an extra piece that is about 8 x 9 in size. They are already en route to Queen Amanda.




Stash Bee



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Stash Bee 2017 - April Block - No Rules


April Queen Rhonda asked for a simple block design of framed squares. No rules. No color limitations. No strip dimensions. The centre square even did not have to be a pretty fussy cut as her plans entailed, to cut the finished blocks apart diagonally. The thus halved squares are to be randomly combined to create new blocks.

My block was made from scraps and left over fabric strips and came together really fast. The only stipulation was that there should be some contrast between the fabrics that had been used.

Puppilalla, Bee block, Stash Bee, Scrappy string block, quilting, patchwork

I like how my block worked out. The greens and oranges play very well together and give off a nice warm feeling.






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





Saturday, 4 February 2017

Stash Bee 2017 - February Block - Improv Log Cabin

Puppilalla, Quilting Bee, Stash Bee

Carmit, Hive 4 Queen of February asked for an easy, improv log-cabin-y block in a colour of our choice to make a monochromatic block with a neutral centre. Additionally,  for a bonus level challenge, Carmit pointed out that she does not like solids.




I chose yellow as it seemed that I had the most scraps in that colour. But once I got sewing it did not feel as if I had actually enough scraps. Strange phenomenon. =)  I could not entirely do without solids either as firstly, solids lend character and secondly, I needed something anchor the busy prints. The block is a little bigger then it needed to be but this way Carmit will be able to choose which print she wants to see more or less of and trim accordingly.


Improv quilting, log cabin block, Puppilalla, quilting bee block,



Carmit also said that she is really bored of her own fabrics and can’t wait to introduce a bit of variety into her existing blocks. So I hope my block contains enough new prints to shake things up.
 









Friday, 13 January 2017

Stash Bee 2017 - January Block - Scrap Happy

A new year, a new hive and a lot of motivation to get going. I have spring-cleaned my sidebar to make space for new adventures and re-vamped my little Queen Bee. I am about ready to get going.

Puppilalla, Queen Bee 2017
January Queen Stephanie asked for a post stamp variation block against low volume fabrics. As Stephanie put it, this was a chance to use up our scrappy scraps. The only thing she asked is that we not use civil war fabrics as they contain more brown than she liked. For the low volume pieces it was OK to have colour in them as long as the read dominantly white, gray or off white.



Reading her request, I stayed away from scraps that contained the colour brown. The block looks bright and happy, if a bit scant at the sides. Nesting the seams of the rows and columns might have robbed a minute amount of fabric each time, so that the block is almost 1/4 of an inch scant. It is not too bad, so I hope Stephanie can work around that. Scant seams, true seams, wide seams - it not easy to make everything work just right.

Quilting Bee, Bee Block, Scrap busting, Scrappy Block, modern scrap quilt, Puppilalla, Post Stamp Quilt

I have some bee friends of last year in parallel hives, which means I have to watch out for their bee queen months coming up so I can hive crash their party and contribute  =)







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, 13 December 2016

Commencing an End of Year Review - Improv Piecing


improvisation piecing, patchwork, scrap busting, Puppilalla, log cabin block, patchwork pillowcase




Back in February I had started an improvisation piece, which initially was supposed to become a wonky log cabin block for a fellow bee in a parallel hive. As I had gotten the instructions wrong, I decided to keep it and kept puzzling along whenever I found time. You can see that it cannot have been very often because now it is December and the improv piece is still unfinished. 


improvisation piecing, patchwork, scrap busting, Puppilalla, log cabin block, patchwork pillowcase


Before I went on leave to Ghana, I was sure that I would be able to cross the project of my 4th quarter FAL list but now it seems I might have been somewhat hasty with that assumption. Improvising in that manner took me a long time. A lot of thought went into this, which seems counter-intuitive when one thinks of 'improvisation' but this is how it felt to me.

improvisation piecing, patchwork, scrap busting, Puppilalla, log cabin block, patchwork pillowcase




Still the front panel is finished and I counted 20 different fabrics that are making it up. There will be even more on the back panel that I have commenced piecing as well. Once done, it will make a pretty and modern pillowcase. 


improvisation piecing, patchwork, scrap busting, Puppilalla, log cabin block, patchwork pillowcase





I am also trying to decide what colour to chose for the bias tape that will frame the pillowcase. Any ideas? 

I am currently in the process of finishing the last bee block of the year and am not sure that I will be able to fit in any more sewing before Christmas. There are so many things I would still like to share with you this year though that I could easily publish a blog post a day at the moment.  

I guess I have to make up for my absence in November.  =)


I am linking up with 'Scraptastic Tuesday'






Thursday, 8 December 2016

Up the Ante #7 - I Could While Away The Hours...

Before I write about my forward look for 2017 it might be opportune to stop and review at what stage my various projects currently are. 


Quilt blocks, sampler quilt, Puppilalla, improv piecing, foundation paper piecing
























Like my 'Up the Ante' sampler project, which grows steadily although the process has become fairly random. When I started out, I wanted to do specific blocks from some Block-of-the-month Craftsy classes to learn new techniques. For a while I did just that but quickly began to construct whichever block took my fancy at a time. I am surprised just how many blocks I  already have stitched up this year, considering that it is not on my official 'want-to-get-done' list at all.  =)

I put those blocks down as above for an IG snapshot when we were asked what we were currently doing with our scraps. I am getting excited about putting the blocks together to a quilt top at some point next year.

So what's new? Last, as previously mentioned, I had slightly amended the 'Anne's Flower' block and the colours flow much better now.


Anne's Flower Block, Puppilalla, Quilting, Sampler Quilt
after

before


I also was constructing flying geese from triangle and other scraps only. These will be used as fill-in pieces on a need be basis. All blocks have completely different sizes and there will be plenty of gaps to fill in.



Here I had not been paying attention. I had two pieces of equal size of that blue dotted Joel Dewberry print and I had wanted to use them both in a rather different block. I did not think of that at the time I made the 'Plus' block and just went with a fabric combination I liked. I still like it. Then however I saw the other fabric piece peeking out of the scrap pile remembering. Best laid plans right?  =)


Quilting, Plus block, Puppilalla



I had counted the amount of fabrics used up until now but now I cannot find just where I noted down that number. Ah well ... Anyhow, I very much like the relaxedness of that project and am looking forward to keep working on it.

On a side note, I am very excited to read that Rachel Hauser @Stitched in Color will offer her Penny Sampler Class again in 2017. Her amazing design serves as inspiration piece and guiding principle for my own sampler quilt for which I intend to use Rachel's broken border approach. I am seriously contemplating to sign up but then again the quilty project plan for next year looks so busy already that I might not.

Decisions, decisions



I join up with 'Let's Bee Social'


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Friday, 7 October 2016

Stash Bee 2016 - October Block - Fussy Cutting Deluxe



Queen Lisa asked for a fairly simple block - a kind of 'Post Stamp' meets 'Irish Chain' variation in mainly pink, purple and coral with a bit of  blue and yellow thrown in. At least that is what I see in the sample pictures. This month though we were to pay special attention to pretty details in the fabrics. Time for fussy cutting.


Fabric selection, Puppilalla, Colorway


Apart from that, no solids, black or grey. If we could find a motif for the middle square that had some variation of yellow along with the squares that make the "X" of the overall square, that would be considered awesome, 'as Yellow is a the color of friendship'.

In the German language and culture it is not. Yellow stands for jealousy. We are not green but yellow with envy. I am happy to re-cast the colour in terms of friendship though. Much nicer.  =)

Technically, it would be possible to not have a single fabric repeat in this design. And how amazing a quilt top would that be. As however quilters tend to have similar fabric selections on hand - or maybe not enough fabrcis or scraps to accomodate 25 different ones in one block -  the probability of that is after all low. Nonetheless, this is bound be a beautiful quilt top provided all bees stick to the requested saturated colours. =)


Puppilalla, Srappy Quilt Block, easy, beginner friendly quilt block, Bee Block, Quilting Bee, Stash Bee






Luckily, the desired colours are very close to what I chose for my own Stash Bee bee block so that I had plenty to chose from. 

This was a very fast and fun block.
=)


Stash Bee 2016


I link up with 'Let's Bee Social' =)


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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Up the Ante #6 - From Scrap to Quilt Block

I had set this Sunday aside for some relaxed sewing. I pulled the scrap bag out and got busy. So all the blocks were essentially made from scraps combined with neutral fabrics.

Puppilalla, Anne's Flower, Quilt Block, Tu-Na Quilts, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,

As I was looking for some pictorial blocks for my sampler quilt to be, I thought to give Karen's @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats blog hop block 'Anne's Flower' a try. It was the first time that I tried anything 'Dresden Plate' style. Worked like a charm, 

Though the flowery print on the left side there would have been better placed further up, finishing at the upper edge to make the colours flow better... Hmmm - I might still change that.



Puppilalla, Anne's Flower, Quilt Block, Tu-Na Quilts, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,


All made from scraps =)

Puppilalla, Anne's Flower, Quilt Block, Tu-Na Quilts, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,



I only wish I had chosen a more prominent fabric for the flower stalk. The embroidery on top does not improve it either. Still a good overall effort however. 

Puppilalla, Anne's Flower, Quilt Block, Tu-Na Quilts, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,


And here was a little frog to play around with. Improv piecing live from the pond, I tell you! There were some nice fussy cuts to have from those left over fabric strips. 


Puppilalla, Improv Piecing, Quilt Block, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,


Overall, I am fairly happy with the outcome of this Sunday's sewing session. It provided me the rest and relaxation I felt I needed this weekend.

Puppilalla, Improv Piecing, Quilt Block, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,




Well now you know what kept me busy this Sunday. What were you up to then?


Puppilalla, Improv Piecing, Quilt Block, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,






I  link up with 'Let's Bee Social'.


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