Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Quilting, quilting! I'm working like mad on this quilt, because I would love to take some outdoor pictures with the beautiful fall foliage as long as it is still there. So I need to get it finished as soon as possible.
I'm working on the border now and only need to quilt two sides of it.
The soft Kaffe Fassett stripe quilts like a dream, especially together with the vintage sheet I used as the backing:
 The quilt already is soo soft and cuddly. It will be our sofa quilt, so I dug deep into my hoarded sheets and selected this one with the cute border print.
I`ll show you the front and back of the whole quilt soon!
 The binding is prepared and is waiting to be attached. I chose this purple Oakshott that looks beautiful with its changing hues.
Yesterday I received a few fabrics that I found on ebay.
I was searching for a Marjolein Bastin book (my dutch readers will know her) when I found this gorgeous text fabric! I never knew that she did a fabric line. I love Marjolein, and I love text prints, so I had to have it. And to fill the envelope, I bought a few more. :-) The seller was super nice and shipped them really fast.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amsterdam, a new Quilt and Pattern

 Today I would love to show you my "Amsterdam" quilt.
Pink and green quilts have a long tradition. This quilt, however, is not old-fashioned at all.
The bright, modern fabrics make for a fresh, cheerful look.
 The tulips remind me of Holland and our trip to Amsterdam last year, hence the name.
 I just love the combination of strong pinks and chartreuse greens!
 The setting triangles are a nice place for some hand quilting.
And the outer border with the flower pots is just perfect for this quilt!
 "Amsterdam" measures 80" x 80".
The instructions are available at my Etsy shop as pdf download.
 Heute möchte ich Euch gerne "Amsterdam" vorstellen.
Quilts in grün und rosa haben eine lange Tradition. Trotzdem wirkt dieser Quilt kein Bisschen altmodisch. Die modernen Stoffe mit ihren kräftigen Farben geben ihm eine frische, fröhliche Atmosphäre.
Die Tulpen erinnern mich an Holland und an unseren Besuch in Amsterdam im letzten Jahr, daher der Name.
Pink und grün zusammen finde ich einfach toll!
Die Seiten- und Eckdreiecke bieten einen guten Platz zum Handquilten,
und die äußere Borte mit dem Blumentöpfen ist einfach perfekt für diesen Quilt!
"Amsterdam" ist ca. 2 x 2 m groß.
Die Anleitung gibt es in meinem Etsy Shop als PDF-Download zu kaufen.

Linking up with NTT at my Quilt Infatuation,
with I Quilt at Pretty Bobbins,
and with finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WIPs I'll show you soon

At the moment I am hand quilting with these yummy Valdani variegated threads.
I'll show you more of this quilt soon. It will become another pattern for my shop.
I am also busy writing a pattern for a pink and green quilt. With luck it will be finished tomorrow.
So stay tuned. :-)
Sorry that I am so mysterious at the moment...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Introducing Spinning Stars, a new Quilt Pattern

 Today I would like to show you my second new quilt pattern,
Spinning Stars.
 This quilt includes a lot of things I love: lots of text prints, some of my favorite colors and big stitch perle cotton quilting.

 By pure coincidence the quilt ended up just the right size for our bed.
It measures 72" x 103".
 The design is not as complicated as it looks, but it requires some knowledge in patchwork and includes Y-seams (set-in-seams).
You can find the listing for this pattern here in my Etsy shop.
Only this week it is reduced to $10!
Included in the pattern are instructions of a second quilt, Twinkling Stars.
This second quilt is made with the leftovers of the first quilt.

By picking new, different fabrics for the backgrounds of the stars, this quilt has a totally different look.
So, you'll get instructions for two different quilts!
 Twinkling Stars is not complicated to make: the pattern shows how to sew it without Y-seams.
 This quilt measures 54 1/2" x 58", perfect for a wall or sofa quilt, or as a kid's quilt.
Heute möchte ich Euch gerne mein zweites neues Quiltdesign zeigen:
Spinning Stars! 
Dieser Quilt liegt mir sehr am Herzen, da er vieles beinhaltet, was ich gerne mag: Text-Stoffe, einige meiner Lieblingsfarben, und Handquilting mit Perlgarn.
Durch puren Zufall bekam er auch noch genau die richtige Größe für unser Bett. Er misst ca. 182 x 261 cm.
Der Quilt ist nicht so kompliziert, wie er auf den ersten Blick aussieht, aber man braucht schon etwas Erfahrung im Patchwork, und sollte wissen, wie man Y-Nähte näht.
Hier geht es zum Angebot in meinem Etsy Shop. Nur diese Woche ist der Preis reduziert auf $10.
Die Anleitung beinhaltet außerdem auch noch die Beschreibung für einen zweiten Quilt, Twinkling Stars. Dieser wird aus den Resten gemacht, die beim Zuschneiden der Teile für den ersten Quilt übrig bleiben.
Durch neue, andere Hindergrundstoffe hat dieser Quilt eine ganz andere Stimmung.
Also: zwei Quilts in einer Anleitung!
Twinkling Stars ist nicht sehr kompliziert zu nähen. Das Muster zeigt, wie man ihn ohne Y-Nähte nähen kann. Mit einer Größe von ca. 138 x 147 cm hat er eine gute Größe als Wandbehang, Sofa- oder Kinderquilt.

Linking up with the MondayMakers at ayliN-Nilya
and with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dark Rainbow Star Quilt

 The quilt is already on it's way to the new owner.
Before I packed it up, we took it with us to take some photos.

 This wood was very nice in the evening sun.

 Here is a picture of the back with the light shining through it.
I love that effect.

This last picture was taken at the ruin of an old farm house.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

West Wind: my first Quilt Pattern!

 I am pretty excited at the moment: I just released my very first quilt pattern.
Here it is, the West Wind Quilt.
I opened an Etsy shop where you can find the pdf pattern, and I started a second blog, Pink Flamingo Quilts, where I'll show more of my own designs soon.
There was and still is a lot going on behind the scenes in my studio!
 The quilt is a perfect project for using up scraps of low volume background fabrics and a lot of colorful prints for the pinwheels.
The instructions are for a 70" x 82" quilt, but it is easy to change this pattern to make another size.
 I hand quilted with perle cotton in a lot of different colors.
The pinwheels and the quilted circles both add a lot of movement to this quilt design.
 There is an english as well as a german version of the pattern
Please stay tuned for more new patterns next week!
If you would like, please hop over to the Pink Flamingo Quilts blog, where I only blog about my own designs. Thanks for visiting! :-)

Heute gibt es etwas Besonderes zu berichten: ich habe meine allererste Quilt-Anleitung veröffentlicht!
Hier ist er nun, der West Wind Quilt!
Ich habe einen Etsy Shop eröffnet, wo es die PDF Datei mit der Anleitung zum Download gibt.
Außerdem habe ich einen zweiten Blog gestartet, Pink Flamingo Quilts, wo ich nur über meine eigenen Entwürfe und Muster schreibe und bald noch mehr zeigen werde. 
Dort schreibe ich auf englisch und deutsch, und auch die Anleitungen gibt es in beiden Sprachen.

West Wind ist ein perfektes Projekt, um seine Reste an hellen Hintergrundstoffen zu verarbeiten, sowie eine Menge bunte, fröhliche Drucke für die Windräder.
Die Anleitung ist für den gezeigten Quilt in 70" x 82" oder 175 x 205 cm, aber das Muster kann man auch sehr gut in anderen Größen nähen.
Gequiltet habe ich von Hand mit Perlgarn. Sowohl die Windräder als auch die gequilteten Kreise sorgen für viel Bewegung.
Bald wird es noch mehr neue Muster geben, also schaut bald wieder vorbei. Und wenn Ihr mögt, dann besucht auch meinen anderen Blog, Pink Flamingo Quilts, wo ich etwas übersichtlicher nur über meine eigenen Designs schreibe.
Im Moment ist dort noch nicht viel zu sehen, aber das wird sich bald ändern!
Danke für Euren Besuch! :-)

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story
and Needle and Thread Thursday at my Quilt Infatuation.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rainbow Star almost done

The Dark Rainbow Star hopefully will be finished later today. 
I'm sewing on the hanging sleeve at the moment and have to bury a few threads, and that's all!
 I hand quilted the star in a variety of thread colors, and machine quilted the background with a black stipple.
 For the binding I chose the ever popular black and white stripe.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pictures of the finished Pickle Dish Quilt

 We went for a little Sunday trip today and took the Pickle Dish with us.
It was beautiful, warm weather. Perfect for some outdoor pictures.
 So here it is, the finished quilt. It is approx. 72" square.
The pattern is from Kaffe Fassett's book "Quilt Romance", but I made a few changes. 
Instead of paper piecing the wedges, I cutted the pieces with a 9° Ruler.
And I made a different border, just like Janet Quiltsalott did with her Licorice Allsorts.
 We went to a beautiful old town near us and found a little park with colorful, late-summer flowers.

 The whole quilt is hand quilted with variegated Valdani perle cotton.
 Just like Susan of PatchworknPlay suggested, I quilted four petals in the background areas. 
The border is quilted with a double cable pattern.
The needle glided so easily through the soft Kaffe Fassett fabrics, it was a joy to hand quilt. I really love the quality of the KFC fabrics. The quilt already feels so cuddly and soft as if  it had been washed and used for some time.
 For the backing, I made a patchwork of 20 different pink fat quarters from my stash.
The striped binding fabric came from my stash, too.
So all I bought especially for this quilt was the batting and the quilting thread.
(okay, and the background fabric, but that was 3 or 4 years ago...)
 At first I planned to gift this quilt to my mother for her birthday next March.
But now that I finished it much faster than I thought, maybe I will give it to my parents as a 50th wedding anniversary gift in December. 
I think it needs another name. Any suggestions? I am not very good with names...
Thank you to my dear husband Michael who helped with the hanging and holding of the quilt.