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.

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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 (GrĂŒnbaum/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.

SchrĂ€ge Vögel (UL 4)

It’s finally time for the next winner – SchrĂ€ge 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 ‘schrĂ€g’ 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 – schrĂ€ge 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’ (GrĂŒnbaum/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), FrĂŒhlingsgefĂŒhle (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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Old gold

fiona10Fiona’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.

 

 

 

Goodbye, old friend

i02Call me crazy, either because I started this or because I won’t finish this.

I found this pattern by David Olesen in Douglas Hofstadter’s book Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern and immediately fell in love with it. But how could this be made into a fabric version? I had no clue.

i01After a couple of years of wondering, I’ve started this one in 1998. I got some batik fabrics, a lot of fusible interfacing and made 289 individual paper templates, roughly cut the fabrics and spray basted them to the templates to cut them out more precisely. I’ve managed to get two of the nine panels done. The plan was to satin stitch around the pieces to hide any cutting bloopers. I decided to give it up now because I neither have the time nor skill anymore to finish this, apart from the sheer size of about 6 ft square.

Would have been a real cracker if finished. But I was a little too ambitious, I suppose. 🙂

Some other projects will have to go as well or find a use in one form or another in a future project.