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
Fiona’s Fall, work in progress
Yes, I’ve been working on this old project again as well as on a couple more. A lot of missing pieces have been made and found their places, like the black hexies in Fiona’s Fall. There’s some sewing left to be done now. My cross stitch projects will have to wait until it’s their turn again next year.
Sorting and clearing my place is almost done with the book shelf being on next week’s list. At the beginning of next year my collection of records, CDs and VHS tapes will be reduced to a sensible amount. Hopefully. 🙂
I’m also going to close my other blogs, From The Boudoir and The UFO Garage & Fabric Depot by the end of the year. Feel free to pop over and say goodbye.
Smaragd (Emerald), 49 x 49 cm, started 2007, finished 2016
Last week I had a look at some of my old patchwork magazines and emptied four more collection boxes. I kept some of the patterns, only those with at least a slight chance of getting made in the future. And some pictures for inspiration, everything else is going into the bin. Monday and Tuesday were spent sorting my fabrics.
Emerald was already waiting on top of the UFO Lottery pile. Yesterday I finally managed to zigzag two scraps of batting together. Instead of making the missing pieces for the border I decided to sew on strips for the binding, cut off the excess and call it a day. Time is scarce, there are another ten projects waiting in line. Plus some that are not in the lottery.
I’ve also decided to give up some of my projects, but more of that in a future post.
I’m proud to announce another finish. This one is from the UFO Lottery I ran on my old blog The UFO Garage & Fabric Depot (see footer widget for the original projects). In the beginning there were twenty-seven UFOs of which there are now eleven left.
I used to call this Entblättert (Defoliated) but I renamed it Swirling Leaves. Made from cotton fabrics, size is 59 x 59 centimeters (23,5″ square approx.), unquilted. Started in June 2007, top panel made of 320 pieces, English paper piecing. Bound using the ‘hemming’ method which means I folded the top and backing fabrics to the inside and stab stitched them together by hand using a polyester buttonhole thread in variegated brown.
I feel like I’m in a live version of one of those sliding puzzles right now, shoving things to wherever there’s is a free spot because I need the new space for something else. Hopefully, this will end soon – my kitchen will be repaired on Tuesday so I can put back everything. If I remember which cupboard I hid it in, that is. Surprises to be expected.
One thing that fell into my hands again while I was playing 15-puzzle was an abandoned sewing project. A shawl – at least that was the plan. Made from tiny batik pieces into a soft double sided trellis.
The panels were all pieced together and one side completed. Then I started to sew the two sides together, one panel at a time to the finished side. With invisible thread. Aptly named. It took me fifteen minutes just to sew around one of the holes. Triple secured the knots at the ends only to find them unravel again five minutes later. Guess why I abandoned it?
I don’t have the time, hand sewing skills and nerves anymore to fully finish this and will take the parts apart again. This will leave me with six panels (two of each colourway) and the long finished one.
That’s where I’m stuck a bit. I thought of taking the long one apart so I get two identical halves and sew two more from the small panels, join the four parts and get a rainbow trellis panel. Next idea was to use thin strips of sticky stuff and iron the piece onto a background and then machine quilt.
What do you think? Any ideas or help gratefully welcome.
Now that Crossed Colour Bars is finished it’s time for Dave the Muse to draw the next project from the little food container. And the winner is…
Seide, türkis (Silks, teal)
A stupid name for that project, I’m only regarding it as a working title for now and will think of something better.
I will fill up the top and bottom with black triangles. There was just enough fabric left to make them. But now I’ve got a problem. None of the local fabric stores are currently stocking that black silk I need for the back.
Make do with what I have, then. In this case a dark blue piece of silk from my stash that has just the right size.
The thread I used for sewing around the border kept tangling so I put this piece aside for a couple of days after two of the seams were done. I gave it another try yesterday and finished it today during my lunch break. I solved the thread tangling by pulling the thread only a little through the needle at the end.
This is the third and last panel made of 3 cm squares (576 of them) in the English paper piecing technique, the finished size is again 75.5 cms square.
For the borders I made half inch strips with my bias maker from a batik similar in colour than I used for the ‘cross’. The backing fabric is folded to the inside and I used my favorite hemming technique for finishing. The sewing was done with variegated amber buttonhole thread.
Another finish. 🙂 This was the first project I made cutting up quarter yard pieces of six fabrics and sewing them back together in the same way as they came from my cutting mat. In this case I used two quarters each of three different fabrics. They came from some surprise medleys I ordered several times from an American company so I had some doubles.
The panel is made of 3 cm squares (576 of them) in the English paper piecing technique, the finished size is 75.5 cms square.
Again, for the borders I made half inch strips with my bias maker from the same dark red batik I used for the ‘cross’. The backing fabric is folded to the inside and I used my favorite hemming technique for finishing. The sewing was done with red buttonhole thread.
Another one off the list. Cross I is also finished, I’ll blog about that one later. That leaves me with only twelve more to finish from the UFO Lottery (and a half, as Crossed Colour Bars is already on my ironing board). I’m only one year behind schedule. Not bad. 🙂
I’ve called this Cross II because I wanted to let the colours cross each other. After lots of rearranging I came up with this chessboard strips layout instead. The panel is made of 3 cm squares (576 of them) in the English paper piecing technique, the finished size is 75 cms square.
For the borders I made half inch strips with my bias maker. The backing fabric is folded to the inside and I used my favorite hemming technique for finishing. The sewing was done with turquoise buttonhole thread (I forgot to take a close-up).
The fabric I’ve chosen for the back of this project is a bold yellow/red/green batik. As it wasn’t big enough I cut up a fat quarter of the same design in red. It seems a little off-kilter in the picture but I assure you all seams and angles are perfectly straight as they are supposed to be. 🙂 At least my new camera is delivering the colours a little more natural than the pocketcam under the poor lighting conditions in my hallway (my design wall has currently been taken over by something else).
Finally. I had done the hemming on three of the sides already, then got stuck. On Tuesday I took it with me to work on the last seam during my lunch break. I didn’t quite succeed but now it’s done.
I’m taking June and July off blogging as I need a little time for myself. Of course, I’ll be keeping up the work on my projects hoping I’ve got something to show you afterwards.
See you 🙂