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 appliquéd 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.

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.

 

Uglies

Here’s another one from the UFO Lottery, Uglies. A title lovingly created for a piece made from not so beautiful or just the ‘wrong’ kind of colour fabrics.

Finished size is 58 x 100 cms.

Some of the original blocks, cut up and with added black strips

I played around with a couple of design options.

Impro-Blocks

Another finish from the UFO Lottery, with two more to come and lots of stuff in the making, working on projects every spare minute.

It’s named Impro-Blocks. I had already cut some fabrics for something very different. Didn’t work, so I had to improvise a little to make something else.

Finished size 47 x 56 cms

Small panel

Leftover scraps from my Lumos! project went into this small project. The squares were originally part of the now abandoned Strata series.

I fused scraps to a background fabric and machine sewed some lines across them (hand sewing was done on the red square).

Finished back in February, size 18 x 43 cms

Not quite square

Sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned. After testing the pattern from Patchwork Professional and thinking of alternative cuts, I pulled out some of my precious Lonni Rossi designed fabrics and went to work. I got this –

Alas, all of the squares became a little ‘unsquare’. They’re even different sizes despite the same number of strips.

So the quilt isn’t going to be.

I’ll have to think about something else. Cushion covers, perhaps? No one is going to notice they’re not square once they sit on the sofa. 😀

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I found solace in starting a hand sewing project. My sister insisted on suggested a Christmas door hanging with Christmas tree, candles, baubles, presents beneath. The ultimate kitsch. (Un)fortunately I don’t have any green Christmas fabrics. So it’s going to be a blue baubles abstract. More soon.

Something new

The tutorial for Cavex by Anke Wechsung from the 04/2019 issue of the German Patchwork Professional magazine was something I couldn’t get out of my head. So I finally gave in and spent Friday and Saturday sewing.

This was a test if I could concentrate on the tutorial and to find out if I had the physical power to sew the project. It’s a small one and everything went fine.

Then my muse struck me. Or hit me with his baseball bat, to be exact. Instead of two cuts like this ) ( I made two cuts like this \ /. And got this –

I used two of my project bags for these. The first one is from Fancy Cats Dots by Makower in four of the five colours I have. The second one is made from three nameless fabrics by Stof A/S and one Robert Kaufman Marbleous  in black, which were leftovers from Unfinished Business.

Dave the Muse suggested different ways of cutting and my collection of Lonni Rossi fabrics.  – Always at your service, my Lord and Master. ✂️

Skipping Stones – UL 21

The UFO Lottery continues and one more of my infamous un-quilts is here – Skipping Stones.

A piece inspired by a quilt I found in the Spring 2015 issue of Burda Patchwork (Hüpfende Steine by Emma Coutancier). Read more about the start of the project here and how I messed it up here.

I was thinking of quilting but couldn’t decide upon a pattern so I left it unquilted. Finished size is 58 x 71 cms.