Sonntag, 28. Juli 2013

Sunday Stash #01 !!! Woot Woot!

I hardly ever have something to say about the fabric I buy. I shop online if i have a certain line in mind, or I buy what speaks to me (my language is pink) This time though, my fabric shop was quite an event! At least for me.

After being part of the quilt community only online for the past year since I started, I have finally arrived in the real world and been to Germany's Main Quiltfestival in the beautiful historic town of Aschaffenburg. What an awesome, creative and inspiring weekend! Besides classes and workshops they had a market with many small shops and a few lovely exhibitions!

This is where I got excited and did some shopping. Special about this buy:
I tried to break my usual fabric color and style preferences and try new colors! 
So the greens on the right are a fresh break out from my usual pinks :-) (well you see the pinks talked to me again, I just couldn't resist. But I really love the blues, too!)

So here you go: a great addition to my little stash!

I'm linking up with finding fifth for this Sunday Stash!

If you got some lovely pieces to share! Go ahead! 

Happy sharing and happy crafting!

Mittwoch, 24. Juli 2013

Lovely week with my WIPs

Oh what a wonderful week!!!

I finally met the Munich Modern Quilters! I am so excited and happy I was invited to their meeting! And it was a blast! I got a lot of sewing done: I'm working on an off centered log cabin quilt for my mother in laws birthday! And I think I might even finish it on time! Thank you for that lovely afternoon Andrea & Dorothee
This is my WIP at the meeting! I finished 4 Blocks and started another set of 8! I will need twenty to finish the top and had already 4 done.

This will be the layout for the Quilt. I will have 5 rows of 4 Blocks. I could just eat up this picture, the colors look so fresh and juice. No ideas for a name yet, but I'm sure it will include Manderine or Orange. What do you think?

The gals were so nice and it was a joy sewing with them, sometimes quietly and sometimes chatting away! 

My preparation for my class on Saturday with Rita Schaffer at the Main Quiltfestival are going well and I have cut my jeans and found two choices of coordinating fabric! What do you think? Pink or Torquoise?

Last but not least I finished my churn dash for the Landmädel QAL!

My Churn Dash for the German Farmer's Wife QAL

Have a great week and don't miss on checking out all those lovely links on freshlypieced's WIP Wednesday!

Happy Crafting

Mittwoch, 10. Juli 2013

Exploring Gee's Bend

Hi everybody and welcome to my WIPs this week!

I have been working on my first blocks for the Landmädel QAL and am quite satisfied of how the traditional fabrics look in the blocks:

The real challange with the Whirlpool block were the little HST and I had a hard time matching the corners up in the end... So the Whirlpool is kinda odd in the center. I might have to give it another try.
These are the moments where I wish I had a modern Machine with a 1/4'' foot... Although I mark my quater on the fabrics with a marker...

Whirlpool Block for the German Farmer's Wife QAL. Sorry about the bad pictures, I took them with the iphone and it was late... I'll try to get better with taking decent pictures with my camera!

The Calico Puzzle Block turned out just fine! Actually I'd say it is the most precise block I've ever made ;-)

Calico Puzzle Block for the German Farmer's Wife QAL

The past days I have also calculated my fabric needs for the Quilt et Textilkunst Challange and had to resize the blocks to adjust the pattern to the 60x60 cm they require. Puh.. I'll have to work with little 1,5'' squares to make my 9patches... Talking about "Challanges...." Also I have picked the kona-colors that I will use for the quilt.

A couple of days ago, I signed up for a class at the German Quilt Festival: Main Quilt-Festival. After browsing through the classes there was only one project that caught my eye: Free cutting Techniques by Rita Schaffer, who is kind of a famous quilter over here.. I love her last name, because the word is the German for "worker", as in a creative meaning. So I think that name really suites her. Anyways, after getting the course materials she added links on "Gee's Bend Quilts". I have read a short article about them in quilty magazine, but after browsing through links and actually seeing the quilts online I was stunned by their beauty. I cannot believe, after studying art, illustration and graphics for several years and having been in the business for over 7 yrs I have not come across these designs! The colors and patterns are so creative and graphic! Wow wow wow!

I have been researching about Gee's Bend Quilts over the past days and am so happy I will join Rita's class and getting to make a quilt that style! So I'll cut up my husband's and my old jeans to make a crazy quilt :-) So I will start rippin' up  jeans and find coordinating fabric to go with them.

I couldn't resist buying this art-book on the Gee's Bend Quilts! It is beautiful and sure it will inspire me for a long time!

Check out the links hidden in my Text about the collection! They are really worth a look! Still I just have to share this quote from the article on this page cause it is just so sweet and made me smile!

"Collector William Arnett was working on a history of African-American vernacular art in 1998 when he came across a photograph of Young’s work-clothes quilt draped over a woodpile. He was so knocked out by its originality, he set out to find it. A couple of phone calls and some creative research later, he and his son Matt tracked Young down to Gee's Bend, then showed up unannounced at her door late one evening. Young had burned some quilts the week before (smoke from burning cotton drives off mosquitoes), and at first she thought the quilt in the photograph had been among them. But the next day, after scouring closets and searching under beds, she found it and offered it to Arnett for free. Arnett, however, insisted on writing her a check for a few thousand dollars for that quilt and several others. (Young took the check straight to the bank.) Soon the word spread through Gee's Bend that there was a crazy white man in town paying good money for raggedy old quilts."
- Amei Wallach for Smithsonian magazine, October 2006

Last but not least I have joined my first swap! YEAH I'm so excited and have started to make fabric choices for the Triple Zip Pouch that I think my secret partner might like!

Linking up with freshlypieced this Wednesday!

Have a wonderful rest of the week and

Happy Crafting

Mittwoch, 3. Juli 2013

My WIP this wednesday

I have a few projects on the go not mentioning the concepts still in my head. But I will start 2 of these virtual projects for real soon!

I am preparing to participate the Landmädel QAL, hosted by the German Quilting Community. It is based on the Farmer's Wife QAL. My Idea is to make it all from traditional bavarian fabric (more or less). Can't wait to make my first block

These are a few of my fabrics, that I chose for the Landmädel QAL

One of my long term projects is making my sewing room prettier. Now it is more a chaotic "throw everything in the way in there" room. But at least I got the walls painted a few weeks ago. No matter if rain or shine, my room is always bright :-)

My little four year old makes sure my sewing room looks pretty :-)

Every month a new Block. I loved the June Block of the craftsy Block of the Month by Laura Nownes. I thought that I would mess up with the corners, but they are almost all just fine. Only one has a little bulk. Now I'm getting ready for the July Block...

This is my LeMoyne Star
I am getting started on a challange by my local Quilt Shop, Quilt et Textilkunst. They are Celebrating their 15th Year and I will participate with a pixelquilt. Since I may talk about it, but not show it on my blog, I still decided to give you a blurred peak of my design :-) Have fun guessing!

Secret few of my Design for my very first pixel quilt
And last but not least: I finally adjusted my pattern of the Sassy Librarian Blouse by Christine Haynes. I will make a quick muslin to check if it fits!
ready for my muslin

So I'm linking up today on freshlypieced's WIP Wednesday with this post! What are you working on these days? Check all the cool bloggers linking up to and

Happy Crafting