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. 🙂

Bargello (UL3)

Friday’s second finish is

Bargello

A machine pieced un-quilt from a pattern inBurda Patchwork (Fall 2015). I made a smaller version with only 14 colours instead of 31. Size is 66 x 68 cms and I used a thin polyester batting like I usually do with batik fabrics.  What I had in mind when chosing the fabrics was a mother-of-pearl colourway you’ll find in a paua shell, but it might as well resemble oil on water or a coral reef.

The binding and backing fabric is one of my most cherished batiks and it cost me some willpower to use it. 🙂

backing fabric

I’ve already drawn the next winner, another piece that needs only little time to finish.

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

 

Palimpsest (UL 1)

And the first winner is – Palimpsest*

The background was made back in 2008 and 2009, using my then new sewing machine and a variety of machine embroidery threads, mostly Madeira Rayon. The idea behind it was to create a parchment-like piece like a page from an old book, with an illuminated letter and decorative painting. The letter is cross stitched (U is for Unicorn) and appliquéd in place. I used a giant zigzag stitch to couch down the red lace after testing different possibilities in hand and machine stitching. Finished size is 40 x 46 cms.

detail, showing cross stitched letter, couching and machine embroidery

some of the threads used in machine embroidery

*a piece of parchment that has the original writing removed for re-use, with some of the old letters sometimes still slightly visible

 

Reviving the UFO Lottery

not what it seems to be

A couple of days ago I felt a little stuck again. I couldn’t decide which one of my featured projects I should pick up. That’s when my old UFO Lottery idea popped up again. As I’m feeling a little better health wise I made a contract with myself: I’m going to revive the UFO Lottery.

but this 🙂

There were ten projects (out of twenty-seven) left in the original UFO Lottery, I’ve added another 25 tickets for a total of 35. Those went onto the top of the list, they’re the ones I want to finish the most. A lot of them only need a couple of hours work, some demand a little more time and attention. And there are still loads of other things that didn’t make it onto the list like test samples and the like. They might get a chance as well.

The first draw has taken place, the project is finished. More soon.

Swirling Leaves

blatter01

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.

blatter02

 

UFO Lottery #16 – Silks, teal

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…

*drumroll*

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.

Crossed Colour Bars Finished

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.

backing fabric

‘Cross I’ Finished

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.

backing fabric

‘Cross II’ Finished

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).