Unfinished Business (UL 11)

Another one from the UFO Lottery – this time it’s Unfinished Business.


In memory of
Jeff Healey
1966 – 2008

Back in the old days when I was still able to listen to music I was a big fan of the Jeff Healey Band. I went to a couple of their concerts in Germany and also saw them in Canada where I met them after a show, due to some serendipitous circumstances. But that’s a long (and personal) story.

Unfinished Business refers to the fact that Jeff Healey died at an age of only 41. That’s why I left the panel with uneven edges – unfinished.

When I learned he had died I started a piece based on the triangular shape of the guitar picks he used. This pattern is again one from the book Tilings And Patterns by Grünbaum/Shepherd, one of my favorite sources for patchwork patterns. It’s not the original layout I had in mind when I started it, I intended to add some embellishments like ribbons and beads but in the end went for a simple finish.

finished size 65 x 78 cms, cotton fabrics, buttonhole thread

 

Bildstörung (UL10)

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

Stone Rose (UL 9)

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.

Not a total loss

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.

Plan B (UL 7)

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.

Scrappy (UL 6)

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.

Schräge Vögel (UL 4)

It’s finally time for the next winner – Schräge Vögel.

I think I need to explain the title of today’s piece a little for my English speaking readers. If you translate this literally, you may get something like ‘diagonal/slanted birds’. But it’s also playing with words – in German ‘schräg’ is used also to describe things, sounds or persons (or their garments) that are a little off the normal or ‘odd’. ‘Vogel’ (bird) in this case also refers to people – in English you would call such a person a ‘crazy guy’ or, a little more on the polite side, a ‘character’.

And of course flying geese shapes in an aslant setting – diagonal birds – schräge Vögel.

I had to block this top because it was totally out of angle. It worked, but after sewing on the border strips it had returned to its odd shape. With a little picture editing jiggery-pokery I made it look almost square again for you. 😉 There are two different background fabrics because I didn’t have the amount for the whole top and couldn’t buy any more of either fabric. I decided upon a line running from top left to bottom right rather than midway across the piece. It’s a little hard to see on the picture above, but the one below gives you a better idea.

Top and backing are made entirely of fabrics from the Fossil Ferns range, finished size is 89 x 90 cms.

top with two different background fabrics and green backing

UFO Lottery update

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?

‘Scrappy’ top

Meanwhile, I’ve already started working on UL 7, not wanting to waste my precious time. Yes, I’m on a roll. 🙂

Marmor (UL 2)

Two finishes yesterday! This is the first one –

Marmor (Marble)


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

 

Practice, practice, practice

Yesterday I pulled out a set of six hand dyed batiks, finally having an idea what to sew from them. I bought the fabrics many years ago at a fair. The maker and vendor was an Austrian lady if I remember it correctly. A second set in rosewood tones has already been made into a top and is waiting for a finish.

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The pattern is from an old issue of Patchwork Ideen magazine (Vol. 1/2001), Frühlingsgefühle (Feelings of spring) by Inge Heinze. I cut my strips 5 cm/1″ wide instead of 7.6 cm/3″ wide to get smaller blocks. Also, instead of making 72 squares I only made 36.

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Squares cut on the diagonal

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and reassembled.

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And, for the practice part, I managed to get the seams quite decent this time – at least at the right side. 🙂 I’m going to make this into a cushion cover. There must be some matching fabric somewhere in my stash and I know I’ve got a matching zipper in one of my numerous boxes.

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