Fixed! Friday 40

Welcome to the next part of Fixed! Friday.

As you may have noticed, I’ve picked up patchwork sewing again. I’ve mentioned before that I have been busy for quite a while doing a lot of other things. Still struggling to develop a somewhat orderly schedule for next year which includes all of my crafts.

Kristall (Crystal)

Made in a self-developed 3D technique which I had tested on small pyramids before. Framed (not very expertly, I have to admit).

detail shot

Made between April 2002 and March 2003, 50 x 50 cms, 342 pieces

Next week on Fixed! Friday: Starring

Fixed! Friday 32

Welcome to the next part of Fixed! Friday.

I have to admit that I wasn’t in the mood for patchwork during the last two or three weeks. I felt more like doing some other things – knitting, cross stitch, canvaswork, editing photos and stuff for an experimental art blog, the like. But as the days grow shorter and weather conditions for taking pictures outside will become a little more challenging over the next weeks, there will be a good chance I will be back to sewing, finishing the last tops so I can finally start my UFO lottery.

Aquarium

This came out totally different from what I had planned. It was supposed to be a project about local flora and fauna with 3D borders. In the end, it became an aquarium. Well …

made between July 2001 and June 2003, 76 x 76 cms, 27 hours

Next week on Fixed! Friday: Bargello Quilt

Fixed! Friday 29

Welcome to the next part of Fixed! Friday.

Sometimes you’re lucky and don’t know it (yet). Like me when I bought some knitting lace in a closing-down sale. Well, actually, I didn’t buy it. I had collected some other items and the saleswoman just put two hanks on top of the pile for free after I had mentioned that I liked it.

At that time I hadn’t even thought of today’s project.

Paßt! (A Perfect Match)

I had intended to cut up two pairs of fabrics, sew them back together in a checkerboard pattern and combine the resulting strips. After the first strip was sewn, however, this project proved to be too time-consuming. I was playing around a little when I found the knitting lace again. Serendipity! It provided the second half. I sewed down the intersections with little golden beads. Not only does the knitting lace have similar colours, the intervals of the colouring are similar, too. A perfect match!

Made between May 2003 and Februry 2005, 57 x 125 cms, 1,140 pieces, 107’35 hours

Next week on Fixed! Friday: Square

Fixed! Friday 18

Welcome to Fixed! Friday again.

The week at the office was really mental. I’ve gotten a new computer but was in serious trouble with the new widescreen (as I predicted, but why listen to the stupid secretary?). I just couldn’t get a setting that allowed me to see the display properly. After swapping to my boss’ old screen, things look a little better now. Leaves me with the rest of the settings. Did I mention my experts forgot to copy my personal folders to the new computer? The old one is now sitting on the opposite desk for further use.

I’m posting a little later than usual today, because I went to take some pictures (Magnolias! Yay!). The weather being fine today, I spent a little more time walking than I had planned but got some great shots (240 pictures altogether).

Today it’s two for the price of one.

Challenge II

This is from a group challenge. Everyone got the same fat quarters of green and black faux unis, a big flower print, and pink/yellow stripes (Fassett?). I don’t remember if the red one came with this or if I took this from my stash. I cut the first four fabrics into strips and folded them in half lengthwise.

After marking the sewing lines on some base fabric, I pinned the strips in place and sewed them on by machine, as well as some prairie points made out of the red fabric. Finally, I sewed on stars secured by a little golden bead. The binding was done by hand.

beading

A very quick project, made on March 8 & 9, 2008. Size is 50 x 50 cms.

This was so much fun that I made second one from white and blue fabrics and red prairie points.

detail

Next week on Fixed! Friday: Unterm Mikroskop (Under the microscope)

 

Fixed! Friday 11

Welcome to the next part of Fixed! Friday.

Had another day off and spent the morning in the Chaos Cuisine tidying up (failed), crocheted a basic coral from some raffia (work in progress) and cut some fabrics from one of my project bags (more work, some progress). Music: Cover to Cover by the Jeff Healey Band (Track 7: Stuck In The Middle With You 🙄 ). Heading over to The Boudoir in a few minutes for some more cutting and hopefully some sewing too.

Out of Africa IV

Another one made from the African-style strips I mentioned in FF10. To give you an idea, here’s a pic I found in my folder.

possible layout for African-style strip project

After taking the strip apart and the panel sewn, I went through my collection and found some matching glass beads. I used a sturdy cotton fabric for the front and back and a binding made of some yellow and brown batik.

beading detail

The panel is made of 165 pieces and finishing took me 23’45 hours between August and December 2003. The piece measures 68 x 69 cms.

Next week on Fixed! Friday: Isfahan

Fixed! Friday 09

Welcome to this week’s Fixed! Friday.

The sun has been shining all day today. I went to the Old Botanical Gardens as I had a day off and brought home a couple of pretty pictures. De Brillenslang has already posted some of them, others will be used for Details, starting on Tuesday Monday. The city was pretty busy when I went home – I had forgotten that this year’s spring fair started yesterday. There are pirates, musicians, merchants and craftsmen in town. Even Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom have come over from Coventry to take part in the festivities.

No time for the sofa today, I’m over at The Boudoir creating a mini-quilt from the leftover scraps of the Disappearing Nine-Patch project. Sew, press, cut, sew, press …

Here is one of my favourite pieces.

Korallenriff (Coral Reef)

From Grünbaum/Shephard (of course). The pattern was tempting because it doesn’t look quite easy to make. ‘How does this work?’ and ‘Does this work at all?’

Blue fabrics at the top for the water
Below the surface there’s still enough light to make green plants grow
A little further down the colourful corals are still visible
Until the light vanishes and the colours fade

beading, detail shot

I used clear blue and white beads at the top for the water and the foam; and golden and beige beads below for the sand. The beads in the middle are oxygen bubbles produced by the plants.

beading, detail shot

A relative quick project after working out the pattern, made between August 2000 and April 2001. Finished size is 106 x 109 cms. I needed 180 pieces for the patchwork made of cotton batiks. Because of the beading I used a thin polyester batting/wadding this time.

I’ve got a second project on the go with similar pieces which are a lot smaller. More about this in some future post.

Next week on Fixed! Friday: African Sashiko