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Spool Star Holiday wreath

Spool Star Holiday wreath

Do you remember the small wallhanging that I made using my foundation paper pieced Spool Star block? Playing with the Spool Star block is turning out very inspiring. So many ideas! Let’s look at the first new layout, a Holiday wreath! The traditional red and green, with some vintage-style blue and pink. This block works … Continue reading

Finally some tea!

Finally some tea!

So happy to announce that the ‘Tea with Kate’ kitchen quilt is finished. This wall hanging will be on display hopefully soon on a wall near my kitchen. I am happy with how it turned out, even though all the stitching seemed to take for ever. ūüėČ The blocks are foundation paper pieced for this … Continue reading

Busting the scraps

Busting the scraps

Most of my stash consists of FQs and half yard cuts. I love having a wide variety of fabrics to chose from. I store the FQ cuts (and wider cuts) in a bigger bin and the scraps in a smaller bins. The thing is that I didn’t actually use the scraps once they were in … Continue reading

One for the brother.

One for the brother.

My brother needed a new quilt, I decided. A blue, teal and grey one to use on the couch while watching tv. I found a great free pattern offered by Free Spirit. The design is by Tula Pink and it looks great in her fabric of course. But my brother is not really into pinks, … Continue reading

Exciting news!!!

Exciting news!!!

I am just about to burst! I have to tell you something exciting! I am now a designer for Honest Fabric, the new fabric company by Karlee Porter!!! Karlee has become famous for her stunning graffiti quilting and her latest masterpiece ‘The Royal Huntress’ quilt that was admired by many at the recent Quilt Market. … Continue reading

BoyZ

BoyZ

Two baby boys; one named B and one named Z… … got two very similar quilts. The mother of baby B had let me know that she liked this lama fabric that I had pointed out to her. I added a feather fabric with a little bit of gold in it. Some deer in a … Continue reading

Tea and Cake

Tea and Cake

For a while now I have been wanting to go back to one of my first quilting loves; foundation paper piecing. At a quilt show this last month I found this selection of gorgeous fabrics. Most of these are Allison Glass from her collection of 2017 and 2018. I did add some others in small … Continue reading

Improv quilt – part 1

Improv quilt – part 1

In the beginning of 2013 I started designing foundation paper piecing patterns. My stash was kind of limited at that time, so my test blocks were made with all the ¬†same fabric. It left me with several block in a similar orange-brown color way, cute, pretty… but they were still in my¬†cupboard since 2013… This … 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

F2F blocks and more.

F2F blocks and more.

Last¬†month’s Foot to Freestyle blocks for Claire of ‘Knit N Kwilt’ ¬†were to be in the colors¬†brown (deep, rich, or ordinary), red, orange with a background of cream to beige to tan. I started with this classic star¬†with some fabric that I had received in a surprise box from Craftsy. In that box there were … Continue reading

Workshop sampler

Workshop sampler

These last months I have had the opportunity to teach several beginners FreeMotion Quilting workshops. Preparing for these classes meant going through my quilt sampler book and looking through my quilts and the books I have collected on FMQ. ¬† All this¬†inspired me to create a inspirational sampler specially for this beginners class that I … Continue reading

Friday Finish

Friday Finish

Sleeve, check! Hand sewing the binding, check! Label, check! Well then, it is finished! (Read the previous blogpost on this mini here.) Several Amy Butler fabrics from 2 different collections are combined. Also some other fabrics got thrown into the mix too. The quilting was done with a silver metallic thread by Madeira: Metallic madeira, embroidery … Continue reading

Happy mail

Happy mail

Last week I received happy mail from the USA. I had won a FQ bundle of Amy Butler’s new collection DreamWeaver. Free Spirit Fabrics had held a give away on Instagram a week before and my name was randomly drawn. My quilty friend Annett from the F2F group had tagged me first so I would … Continue reading

Small gifts.

Small gifts.

A while ago I purchased a Fat Quarter bundle of Moda’s ” A is for.” The line has a school-feel and that was what attracted me to it. I had saved it for a unknown future project. You know, those projects you tell yourself you will have so you can just buy the fabric? Finally … Continue reading

Additions to the sewing room

Additions to the sewing room

A few weeks ago a colleague asked me if I was interested in buying some storage cabinets as they were cleaning out a house of a family member, a lady who had made jewelry with beads. I was so thankful that my colleague thought of asking me. I was able to buy these two cabinets…. … Continue reading

Lots of catching up to do!

Lots of catching up to do!

Hello everyone! WOW, it has been a month since my last post!!! I can’t believe how fast time flies. I don’t have to tell you that everyday life can prevent us from sharing our quilt projects online. I really want¬†it to be different, but I have had to accept that writing blogposts is not something … Continue reading

Never ending scraps – two pouches

Never ending scraps – two pouches

So, you remember the (gifted) big bag of scraps, right? I have put it to good use again! I asked my brother what his girlfriend Miss S would like for her birthday. He told me she wanted/needed a new make-up bag. I could do that! Two pouches coming up and purple scraps to the rescue! … Continue reading

Foot 2 Freestyle – preparing my own blocks

Foot 2 Freestyle – preparing my own blocks

I have signed up for a fantastic swap called F2F: ” Foot to Freestyle”. Kate (talltalesfromchiconia) and Sue (fromthemagpiesnest) are organizing this worldwide swap. We each make 3 blocks per month, one square foot in size. I am the first to receive blocks this June. About 33 blocks will be arriving on my doorstep this … Continue reading

Scrappy play

Scrappy play

I am glad to be writing a blog post again. Work duties got the overhand these last two weeks. Something had to give. At the moment I am really tired. Like when you need toothpicks to keep your eyes open, you know?! I still have to be in school for a theatre show with my … Continue reading

BLOCK-aliscious #4

May 2014…. that’s how long ago I last wrote about my¬† “BLOCK-aliscious” project! Okay, you all understand that sometimes blocks get shelved for a while and these ones sure have been. Receiving some new fabrics got me going on the pattern again. YAY! My quilting buddy Kim gave me BAGS of scraps! Some of went … Continue reading

Small quilts part 05

Small quilts part 05

Just before Christmas, I came across the Anita’s Arrowhead pattern. The block is created through a very clever cutting technique starting with the squares: one light and one dark. At the moment the pattern is still FREE to download. I really liked working with this new type of block construction. Very inspiring! The pattern starts … Continue reading

Small quilts part 04 – W.I.P.s

Small quilts part 04 – W.I.P.s

Remember this little quilt form last month? The recipient commissioned me to make another one with the same fabric. This is what I came up with. This little baby quilt has got its binding by now and is already in its new home. When digging through my stash I found a pile of cut fabric … Continue reading

Small quilts part 03

Small quilts part 03

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all well and have had wonderful joy filled holidays! I have been taking some much-needed rest from blogging and sewing. My teaching job has peak moments of intense work and when combined with family holidays and commitments it can all be a bit too much. Yeah I survived… ūüôā … Continue reading

Milestone

Milestone

200 posts… Who knew that after 200 posts I would still have things to show you and to write about?! 200 posts… Filled with sharing, fabric love, design beauties, remarkable patterns and quilty friends! 200 posts… Full of your support and love! THANK YOU!!! Thank you for being my quilty friends! You are giving me … Continue reading

Hexie pillow finished!

Hexie pillow finished!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I feel loved!!! Last week I finished this adorable (if I say so myself!) hexagon as the front of a pillow. I also promissed to tell you how I created a pillow form for this unsual pillow. I had an IKEA pillow on hand; one of those cheap … Continue reading

New hexies

Last week I turned 38… which did not feel any different from turning 27.¬† I am glad it did not, as approaching 40 is still a bit too scary! In my first few days as a 38 year old this is what I learned:¬† Love and have fun! Love: many kisses and big hugs from … Continue reading

Autumn Candy

Autumn Candy

In between class preparations and getting my house ready for a viewing day ( in the hope to sell it soon) I have been working slowly but steadily on a new quilt. One that will be mine… ALL MINE! (Have you ever stopped to think how many quilts you have made for other people? It … Continue reading

Summer museums 01

Summer museums 01

Hello World! How are you? The first week of school was very intense. Full of fun teaching, great kids and lots of little things to do even when it is past your bedtime already! I do not even know where the weekend went and the second week has already started in full force. Catch my … Continue reading

Big Stash

After all of the FMQ last week my left shoulder is acting up. My Janome sewing machine is placed on top of the table instead of lowered into the table. The whole set up is not very ergonomic when sewing for hours and hours… I know now.¬†¬† ūüė¶¬†¬† I think I will have to take … Continue reading

New Mystery Fabric

This week left me with more mystery fabric to play with! Absolutely not cotton. Very very thick. A little bit stretchy. Very easy to damage with an sharp object. BUT super fun to quilt! Have great Friday! Esther   Linking up with: Free Motion Mavericks