Hot Green quilt top FINISHED!!!

Hot Green quilt top FINISHED!!!

Yes, yes, yes! I did it!!! Even though you have not seen much of this quilt and its construction here on the blog, it has been an epic journey! I have participated in two F2F swaps where an international group op quilters created 12 inch blocks for each other in a specific color scheme. We used … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 15 – dense fillers

FMQ samples – part 15 – dense fillers

It feels like summer has arrived! The weather is getting warmer and warmer. The national exams of our senior high school students have passed and the grading has begun. While the seniors are waiting for the results to know if they have passed or not, the other students are still going to regular classes. Our … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 12 – tutorial Orange Peel

FMQ samples – part 12 – tutorial Orange Peel

Hello all my quilty friends! It was a fantastically beautiful day today with bright sunshine and dramatic dark clouds. The garden is coming into bloom and the bulbs I planted a few weeks ago are starting to show their first leaves. Tomorrow we will celebrate Mother’s Day and certain nephew’s 5th birthday… I forsee lots … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 10 – tutorial MOD POMME

FMQ samples – part 10 – tutorial MOD POMME

Today’s set of patterns and tutorial reminds me of a cross section of an apple with its seeds. So here is a seventies-style apple design , which I have named MOD POMME because using some French instantly gives something style, right? 🙂 (Pomme is French for apple) When you combine This MOD POMME with a partial orange … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 8 – tutorial TWIST and play

FMQ samples – part 8 – tutorial TWIST and play

Last two blogposts gave you several variations of the TWIST pattern. Here are some more ideas using the same pattern elements. I have called this pattern ‘ONION FLOWER’ as the curves in each grid remind me of a quartered onion. Thinking about the onion helped me to keep the shapes uniform while stitching. The pattern is stitched … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 6 – tutorial TWIST

FMQ samples – part 6 – tutorial TWIST

Let’s twist! This is one of my favorite grid patterns out there. I have called it TWIST. I have seen it many times on people’s quilts and I am always struck by the energy it brings to the patchwork. Even though it looks difficult, it is relatively easy to do. The pattern is stitched out … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 5 – tutorial SLINGSHOT

FMQ samples – part 5 – tutorial SLINGSHOT

I have been playing with a FMQ pattern that I have decided to name SLINGSHOT. The pattern is created by stitching a curl/spiral and then slingshotting your way out. In the tutorial above I started in the top left corner, but you could of course start in the top right. The next picture shows you what you … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 4 + tutorial

FMQ samples – part 4 + tutorial

It is time to revisit the orange peel pattern. For those of you who would like to know how to stitch the orange peel, there is a great video by Karen Miller on YouTube. She uses a square grid which is on point. In my sample in the picture above I used a regular grid (like … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 3

FMQ samples – part 3

Every day I try to work on the FMQ-filler samples. Some days I just draw the grids on the fabric, other days I just stitch a part of a pattern and on happy days I stitch out two or more. I am still using the 1 inch grid, but this time I used the SewLine retractable … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 2

FMQ samples – part 2

Thank you for all your comments on my last post. Your ideas for other markers are great. I have so far tried the SewLine retractable pencil with the ceramic pencil leads. I have worked with them for a little bit and so far I think they are great. I haven’t worked on larger areas with … Continue reading

FMQ – samples

FMQ – samples

Now my new sewing room is finally functional, I couldn’t resist the urge to “get my fix” of some Free Motion Quilting. For all off these next samples I used an 1 inch grid. As you can see, I marked the grid with a blue Frixion pen. I love these pens for practice material, samplers … Continue reading

Hot Green

Hot Green

This January I received many gorgeous blocks from my F2F swap friends from all around the world. Now that I have finally moved to my new house… YAY!!!…. I am able to work on a quilt with these little treasures. For this swap I had requested 12 inch blocks based on the colors from this … Continue reading

Christmas Quilting

Christmas Quilting

Secret sewing for people that you live with can be difficult. You don’t want them to see what you are working on, so you need to hurry when they are going out. Every time my parents left the house for an hour or more, I immediately sat behind my machine to put two Christmas pillows together. … Continue reading

Home staging and quilting

Home staging and quilting

During last summer I took my apartment off the market. I had been trying to sell it for two years… TWO YEARS and not even one single viewing! I changed to a different realtor and decided I wanted my house styled and photographed differently. I hired a local home stager. Best decision ever! One of … Continue reading

365 Day Doodle challenge – part 1

365 Day Doodle challenge – part 1

A couple of days ago I stumbled on a Instagram post by Jodi Robinson where she shared a picture of her small daily doodles. The words she used as a inspiration for the daily doodles come from a 365 Day Doodle challenge set up by Betsey Langford from the American Quilter’s Society. Betsey has set us the challenge … Continue reading

December Swap Blocks

December Swap Blocks

This November and December was such on incredibly busy period with me moving out my flat, getting settled at my parents’ house and the added stress of buying another house. My swap blocks suffered… I was late and I mean LATE sending them out!!! These next three blocks were the December blocks in pink, bright blue … Continue reading

Sudoku baby quilt

Sudoku baby quilt

Have you ever used the answer key of a sudoku puzzle for creating a quilt? (This is not the answer key that I used for the baby quilt, but it really doesn’t matter which one you use.) Each number in the key represents a different fabric. With 9 fabrics you can create a “random” lay-out … Continue reading

More catching up

More catching up

Okay okay… it is time to share the last couple of months’ F2F2 swap blocks. August:  black background with orange and yellow. Pattern ‘Star Dance’. Link to Craftsy, here   Pattern ‘Venice’. Link to Craftsy, here.   Pattern ‘Blurry’. Link to pattern Blurry on Craftsy. (enlarged)   September:  white, red and blue for a Quilt of Valor. Pattern economy blocks and pussycat blocks.   … Continue reading

Happy 40 SALE!!!

Happy 40 SALE!!!

This is your chance! All of my 40 patterns are on SALE… 40% off! YES 40%!!! Why 40%, you ask? Well, I turned 40 last month and even though people may say that 40 is the new 30… 40% off sure sound better than 30% off, right? Yesterday I bought a new house with the … Continue reading

Catching up

Catching up

Hey everybody! It has been very silent here at my blog since the middle of June. I thought you might like an update! There has been lots of D.I.Y. in my apartment from the moment I decided to change realtor. In an effort to finally get my apartment sold, I hired a stylist/stager/photographer who helped me … Continue reading

Foundation Paper Piecing Tip

Foundation Paper Piecing Tip

Sometimes a symmetrical paper pieced block, like a star, can contain awkwardly shaped pieces. I have taken up creating my own templates to be a bit more frugal with my  fabric and to be able to precisely fussy cut. Fabric here in Europe is at least twice as expensive than in the USA. We have to be … Continue reading

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 2

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 2

In June 2015 I received these three pinwheel blocks from Susan who blogs at Desert Sky Quilting. This block is actually called a Flying Fan and Sue provides a tutorial. Great huh?! The yellow Flying Fan block grabbed my fancy first and I drew on some arches with the longarm rulers. I did not use … Continue reading

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 1

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 1

Okay, I jumped in… maybe a bit too quickly… but I have started with my quilting the F2F blocks. Here is the collection again from last June. There will be more blocks added to create a bigger quilt for my bed. It has been almost a year… So why did I jump in too soon? … Continue reading

F2F blocks and presents

F2F blocks and presents

Here are some pretty pictures to celebrate the weekend! First up are the F2F blocks from last month. These blocks took a while to arrive at their new home in Australia so I waited with displaying them here. Nanette will create a pretty quilt with all her blocks from around the world. An unfinished pattern … Continue reading

F2F blocks May

F2F blocks May

Three more 12″ blocks for you you enjoy! These are the F2F blocks for Kate in lime green, grey and black on a light background. I am really happy with how this block turned out. I know that Kate pieced this same pattern for her quilt too, but it does look different because of the fussycut diamonds in … Continue reading