The Boudoir in January

I’m still struggling with anything concerning writing and getting ideas into written form. And still no idea why I have these difficulties. The psychotherapist recommend to see a neurologist, the neurologist recommended a psychotherapy. I’m glad I saw some real professionals… 😛

Therefore, I’ve decided upon monthly updates about what’s going on at The Boudoir, hoping I’ll be able to scratch together at least some words.

So, January –

‘Experiment’ was the word for 2020. And then a strange thing happened – I rediscovered my love for English paper piecing.

Fiona’s Fall top is finished (from 8 strips)

Batik pentagons two new projects coming up, all batik scraps large enough made into pentagons, plus a deconstructed panel as well as a strip (both from and off the UFO list)

I’ll use the dark blue and brown ones for the first project, the light ones will go into the second one, 29 blocks laid out so far

P4-43 patches joined into strips – to be continued

Socks – two new pairs

And finally, some experimenting with improv piecing – a couple of shopping totes cut up and reassembled with some scraps left over from older pieces, a hand painted panel (by me) and some fabric with hand lettering in copper paint (by someone else), I need more bags and am waiting for supplies from my sister

More finishes in 2019

I was so busy making things that posting my finished projects got a little delayed. Here they come, with not too much words.

Starting with Electric Blue (finished size 62 x 93 cms)

Corner solution, front

machine quilting with decorative stitches

 

This is called Satsuma (finished size 43 x 61 cms)

hand quilting

The next one is a Disappearing Nine Patch thingy – feel free to call it whatever you like – a placemat, a table mat, a doll un-quilt … (finished size 35 x 50 cms)

Made from a set of fabric samples I bought years ago (one project bag emptied)

A book cover, fits an A5 size journal. Made from a freestyle panel I made a couple of months ago from left over strips. I thought one of the embroidered squares from Afghanistan might be a good addition.

back and inside

Two more panels made into cushion covers, finished size 50 x 50 cms approx. Ammonites were crocheted and appliquĂ©d onto samples of decorator’s fabric with an added strip of neutral cotton fabric. And that’s another two projects off the UFO Lottery list. 🙂

George had a bit of trouble dealing with the new Zickzackloop (zigzag loop scarf) 😉

And last but not least my new planner/journal/diary for 2020, made from an A4 journal my sister gave me – orange cover with company logo, so I wrapped it in some decorative gift paper. Again, it’s completely handdrawn and decorated (you can spot this year’s model in the background).

Oh, wait, there’s one more … No title yet, but it looks like this (finished size 38 x 43 cms)

Squares (size 9 cms) were laid out, sewn together, cut vertically, rearranged and sewn back together, then the same vertically (sorry for the poor lighting conditions). And another project bag emptied.

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas – Happy New Year

Joyeux NoĂ«l – Bonne AnnĂ©e

Prettige Kerstdagen – Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

God Jul – Gott nytt Ă„r

Frohe Weihnachten – GlĂŒckliches neues Jahr

Feliz Navidad – Feliz Año Nuevo

A surprise

Look what the postie brought me – Christmas greetings from Claire in France. Thank you 🙂

I don’t have a Christmas tree but my sister always gives me a nice birthday bouquet which I decorate during the advent season.

For sale

In August I joined a new (and only short lived, alas) group of creative people, meeting once a week. This was the spark that lit up my creativity again.

The people running the project not only provided a free room but also supplied various material – knitting yarns and needles, among others. The things we were to make from the material were expected to be donated for a future sale.

This is what I donated –


My first project was a pair of socks. Yarn is Regia Design Line in the Kaffe Fassett colourway.

The second project is a Wingspan scarf. Yarn is Regia 4-fÀdig (4-ply), colour # 04463.
Pattern source: Wingspan

Wheels – finished

Finally! It’s quilted, it’s squared up, it’s finished. And if it were only two centimeters wider, it wouldn’t have fitted the wall in my hallway between the doors.

Finished size is 111 x 142 cms. The pattern comes from the Fall 2013 issue of Burda Patchwork Quilts & Applizieren and is designed by Evelyn Zuber (original title ‘Mother Earth’).

It’s entirely hand pieced using the English paper piecing method, the center stars in each wheel are hand quilted as well as the rust and grey pentagons in the two big wheels. The binding was machine stitched to the front and hand sewn to the back.

 

Once more with a feeling

And another one from the UFO Lottery – a panel turned into a cushion cover.

The red frame around the center, made from the darkest red, called for some contrast. There was a black scrap on the table that was just the right size for a thin accent border.

Instead of a zipper closure I went for a hotel closure. I was so proud of myself when I managed to get that part instantly right. So off I went to the sewing machine. What I hadn’t noticed at the time was that I had the front pinned on inside out. Misfortune never sleeps.

My friend Jack (the ripper) went to work and I pinned everything anew – once more with a feeling.

A description of how I made the panel is here.

 

Zigzag Loop Scarf

Another appearance by George, my faithful scarf model. 🙂

This time he’s wearing my version of Beate ZĂ€ch’s Zickzackloop (zigzag loop scarf). I was given the pattern by a friend. Unfortunately, I can’t link to Ms ZĂ€ch’s pattern (in German) as her site is currently unavailable.

I loved making this so much – a second version is on its way, with a little twist. More about that when it’s finished.

Ammonites, Barnacles, Crinoids & Friends

The next finished piece is Fossil Friends.

You may have recognised the Crinoid panel (top left) which is my blog icon. I was planning to use it together with the Ammonite panel (bottom right) for some time already but had no idea how to finish the piece. After a rummage through my stash I came up with coral and ammonite prints. A leftover of light green Fossil Ferns fabric was perfect for the barnacles. But what about the ammonite print as I already had an ammonite panel? My sister suggested starfish. The internet had what I needed (find the free starfish pattern – in German – here.) It’s hard to see in the picture but I used four different colours of thread for the hemming, matching the individual fabrics in each corner. Finished size is 54 x 51 cms.