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.

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.

Squares cut on the diagonal

and reassembled.


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.


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.

‘Emerald’ finished

emerald01Smaragd (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.

Swirling Leaves


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.




gitter03I 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.

gitter01The 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.

gitter05That’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.



For my third machine sewing project I used a bargello pattern from Burda Patchwork (Fall 2015), but made a smaller version with only 14 colours instead of 31.

I chose the fabrics with a mother of pearl colourway in mind, but it might also resemble you of oil on water.

Sewing these three pieces, I got a little more skilled in machine sewing. I have chosen a couple of other projects to make, but first I need to finish my UFOs and then practice some machine quilting.

Tomorrow it’ll be back to work after two weeks off.