Yesterday I did some preparation work for a couple of projects. This went faster than expected and I had some time left so I finished the next project in the UFO Lottery, Bildstörung, named after it’s resemblance of a broken down TV screen.
This was a group challenge, everyone was given the same fabrics. I never saw one of the other works, I doubt there were any finishes as the group disbanded shortly after that. I didn’t know what to do with the fabrics so I went for the above design. Or, more likely, Dave did. Not one of his best, as he admitted himself – read more here. 😉
machine embroidery detail
After some thinking of cutting the panel apart for something completely different I decided to just sew on the binding regardless of the actual edges that were totally bent. Then I cut back the excess fabric. The backing is made from the same batik fabric as the binding which I have also used in finishing Plan B.
Finished size 59 x 31 cms, English paper piecing, machine embroidery
While I’m still busy making the parts for the eight project in the UFO Lottery, I’ve already drawn the next project, Stone Rose.
This picture of the finished pieces I have so far was taken some time ago.
When I put them back up again, I had a little problem. The excact same pieces came together like this –
A detail shot –
I have no idea why the pieces don’t fit together anymore. There are also some very short seams of only 1 or 2 mm. Due to my health issues I’m currently feeling unable to baste and sew such things so I’ve decided to abandon this project, at least for now. Maybe I’ll return to this one in the future.
I finished basting the mini-hexies today and ended up with 3,600 pieces plus one spare. This wasn’t planned beforehand, I just cut everything up and made the paper templates as I went along. A perfect occupation in front of the tv in the evenings. It was a way to salvage the fabrics from an abandoned project. Immediately after I left the old project I started to look for another way of using the fabrics. They were expensive batiks, after all. These little 1 cm (3/8″) hexies were the ideal fit, and although I discarded lots of snippets this wasn’t a total loss. The new project is part of the UFO Lottery, still waiting to be drawn. I’ve got a vague design idea already.
Treating myself to two days of sewing fun, I finished two projects yesterday. This is the second one, Plan B.
I’m not quite sure anymore what the name is referring to. If I remember it correctly, it was something about the colours, maybe wanting to use four different blue fabrics but couldn’t get what I wanted. So I had to switch to plan B and use different colours. Something like that.
The pattern is another one from Tilings and patterns (Grünbaum/Shephard) and took me a while to figure it out. Basically, it’s overlapping hexagons.
Finished size is 53 x 46 cms, the piece is unquilted like almost all of my projects. A plain dark blue batik backing, hemming done with a variegated polyester buttonhole thread.
That’s 20 % of the UFO Lottery completed – seven finishes out of thirty-five. 🎉 I’ve already drawn the next ticket – a crochet project using a 1.75 mm hook so this will take me a while.
Finishing Scrappy went faster than expected. (Plus, I’ve finished a second one which I will blog about tomorrow.)
A side project after finishing Disappearing Nine Patch made from the leftover scraps, this is the original top.
I was quite unhappy with the wide sashing strips so I followed a suggestion to cut the top apart –
– and then add some more scraps. I had a couple of matching stuff in my stash as well as the odd leftover from the original top.
Simple, but very effective. A winner! Big thanks got to Kate from Tall Tales from Chiconia for saving this piece.
Finished size is 56 x 69 cms, no batting, no quilting. Binding and backing fabric is a cream marbled cotton/polyester fabric.
The UFO Lottery is doing quite well, I have finished UL 4 und UL 5. Unfortunately, the words for the entries took a wrong turn somewhere and are now meandering around in the maze of my brain. They will turn up eventually.
For UL 6, I’ve drawn Scrappy. Although I’ve already chosen the backing and binding fabric I’m not quite sure if or how to finish this small piece. The sashing is way too wide, maybe I’ll be taking the top apart again and try something different. What do you think?
Meanwhile, I’ve already started working on UL 7, not wanting to waste my precious time. Yes, I’m on a roll. 🙂
Friday’s second finish is
A machine pieced un-quilt from a pattern inBurda Patchwork (Fall 2015). I made a smaller version with only 14 colours instead of 31. Size is 66 x 68 cms and I used a thin polyester batting like I usually do with batik fabrics. What I had in mind when chosing the fabrics was a mother-of-pearl colourway you’ll find in a paua shell, but it might as well resemble oil on water or a coral reef.
The binding and backing fabric is one of my most cherished batiks and it cost me some willpower to use it. 🙂
I’ve already drawn the next winner, another piece that needs only little time to finish.
Two finishes yesterday! This is the first one –
This piece was started on June 12, 2007 – it only took ten years (and four days) to finish 😉 It still surprises me it was so many years ago I started this one.
The idea behind this piece came from my Isfahan and Breakdance un-quilts. The wrong sides had such a beautiful texture and I thought it would make a great project of its own. Again, the pattern comes from ‘Tilings and patterns’ (Grünbaum/Shephard). I can still remember where I bought the batik fabrics, it was the Dutch-German fabric market in Hamburg. Not with this special project in mind, but a matching set of four resembling actual marble colours.
Finished size is 48 x 63 cms, number of pieces is 288. Size of squares is 15 mms (9/16″)
texture created with pieces used from the ‘wrong’ side, hand stitching is clearly visible
For my third machine sewing project I used a bargello pattern from Burda Patchwork (Fall 2015), but made a smaller version with only 14 colours instead of 31.
I chose the fabrics with a mother of pearl colourway in mind, but it might also resemble you of oil on water.
Sewing these three pieces, I got a little more skilled in machine sewing. I have chosen a couple of other projects to make, but first I need to finish my UFOs and then practice some machine quilting.
Tomorrow it’ll be back to work after two weeks off.
– that’s the question
Let’s face the truth, I’ve messed it. I’m talking of the Skipping Stones quilt top.
After hours of careful piecing and redoing a few of the seams I had the finished rows on my design wall. Some of them went together quite well, others are significantly longer. No way to make them fit.
Dave the Muse, consulted for a solution, said ‘Bin it, unpick and resew it or make it into an art quilt.’
Binning is out of the question, of course. And I haven’t got any spare time for ripping and resewing as the next project is already calling my name. So art quilt it is.
Pulling every other row slightly to one side, I sewed the rows together, chopping off quite a couple of the matching points I was so proud of, but heck. That’s what the artist intended.