Friday, 20 October 2017

Thicket Fabric Baby Quilt

Puppilalla, HST stars, Half square triangles, star quilt block


Have you noticed that there are months were you struggle to find themes to blog about and then some where you could write a post a day? During the Summer months did not manage more than three post a month and currently I have four posts on the backburner just waiting to be published.

Today I want to show you the baby quilt I am currently working on. My friend Hannah and her husband Daniel are expecting a baby girl and I promised to make a little something. Hannah said she was into yellow and pink at the moment, so this is where I started from.

Puppilalla,Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, star quilt, baby blanket, fox


I decided fairly quickly that I wanted to use the ever so cute animal panels of Gingiber’s ‘Thicket’ line. They are just so adorable. Furthermore, I decided it was time for my ‘Stellar Flare’ test block to quit lazing around on my bedroom wall and to get a life. The block already contains pink and yellow and makes such a pretty centre for the baby quilt. I knew I wanted to surround the centre star with the four animals on all sides and that I would adorn the animal panels with some embroidered highlights to bring in some colour transition.

Puppilalla,Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, star quilt, baby blanket, owl



After that I got a little bit stuck because I noticed that those animal panels are actually quite difficult customers. It is a job and half to come up with a way to use them so they do not look squashed, boxed in or suffocated. Looking around Instagram and online, I noticed that they often get a monochromatic treatment, which is probably partially due to them coming in a solely black and off-white fabric line anyway. While it works with the panels, I found the monochromatic rendering a bit on the sad side, especially when the intended recipient is a child. Combining them with colour frames often created the aforementioned boxed in effect. See not easy at all. Anyway, the solution was to grant them as much negative space around them as possible to create a floating and breezy effect, whilst smuggling in form and colour by and by.



Puppilalla,Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, star quilt, baby blanket, rabbit

I really like the effect the embroidery creates.

Puppilalla,Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, star quilt, baby blanket, bear


This is where my pale yellow HST stars with pink centres came in to provide visual interest without the aim to overwhelm. I also noticed straight away that the first pink border would have to be broken up with more white and other elements for the same reason.


Puppilalla, HST stars, modern qulit




To a great extend I will work with scraps, especially triangle scraps to create more wonky stars that are to adorn the outermost border of the quilt to be. Some scraps are literally the last pieces that I have of that particular fabric. Some of them are even left over from creating the ‘Stellar Flare’ block at the centre. Odd numbers of tiny strips and triangles stored in the scrap storage bag that I am routing around in to pull out again. A cohesive feeling is partly achieved by the repetition of fabrics after all, so I wanted to bring those scraps in some way.


Puppilalla,Gingiber, Thicket Fabric, star quilt, baby blanket, Stellar Flare Quilt block



I am still working on ideas but feel that I have mostly got down what I want to do. =)



Thursday, 12 October 2017

Please feel free to be as creative as you like



The Stash Bee Hive 4 October Block was a request for a Cowboy or Fishing or Man's themed Library Block in Autumn colours (no pink or purple, please!).

Queen Kim says: 'my 80 year old uncle is a vociferous reader of western paperbacks. When I mean prolific, I mean he reads hundreds of them yearly! He would be so tickled to have a western themed library quilt to use when he sits in his favorite chair on his front porch reading.'

Now, I am sure we can help out with this request.


Puppilalla, bookshelf quilt, library quilt, scrap busting


All the fun cowboy related paraphernalia you could have in your book shelf like potted cacti, mounted revolvers, photographs of Indians, are those cowboy boots on the bottom shelf (?), oh a sheriff star and look (!), there hangs a horse shoe on that shelf board. I really had to reign myself in on this one, given that there are a number of my own projects I really ought to work on.

Puppilalla, bookshelf quilt, library quilt, scrap busting


I allowed myself to put one item onto the future shelf. So here are my beautifully bound and embossed books all subtly playing on the theme of wilderness adventure and a cowboy hat applique. I suggest sprucing it up further by some embroidery but I will leave that decision to Queen Kim.

The block is wider than the requested 12.5 inches but as library quilts usually have some shelf lenght to cover, I am certain that Kim won't mind.

Puppilalla, bookshelf quilt, library quilt, scrap busting, Cowboy Quilt, Applique


The picture does take getting used to as I never usually have black backgrounds.  =)

This block officially concludes my bee year. It was a lot of fun and again, I enjoyed the experience. All that is left to do is to wait for the majority of the blocks that were made for me to arrive by mail. As much as I enjoy these, I think I will not join a quilting bee next year. Working full time leaves me little time for sewing and my projects keep stacking up. Therefore, it might be more opportune to continue the respectable list of WIPs I have accumulated, for example by the way of participating in bees, while I still have a mind to actually finish them.

I link up with Let's Bee Social.


Stash Bee




Thursday, 5 October 2017

And that makes me really really happy

I do not know how it is for you but once I have gifted a sewn item to someone, I usually am not privy to its future life and treatment in its new home. That is mostly because it never occurs to the new owners that I might be interested in some feedback. For them it is mostly only one more item (albeit a beautiful one quite obviously =) in their household and nothing to fawn over. Which is exactly as it should be of course. Still as a maker you always wonder whether the item you made is actually being liked and used.



Therefore, I am always happy when I come to visit and find that yes, the items are in use and loved. It gives me so much joy. I had a few happy moments like that recently. Just last week I visited friends and unexpectedly spied three items I made in various rooms of their house. 

My Polaroid Photo quilt is in constant use. I was told by the seven years old owner that it is just like an astronaut's blanket, because you can lie under it and only the head sticks out, which of course would be in a helmet and then everything is covered. OK... works for me.   =)



Here is one of the Polaroid Photo pillowcases fully household integrated and in use. Another pillowcase I had made a few years before the Polaroid ones, was in the next room over. This said room was in a state of teenage disarray however and not not fit for photographic presentation. So we left it at that.  =)

Oh also, I recently found that my Polaroid Quilt (among others) was used as inspiration picture for a Polaroid Sew-Along hosted by Tea & Brie this Summer. How nice.

Just before I went on holiday to Japan at the beginning of September, a colleague of mine reported that the baby blanket I gifted his then new born daughter two years ago, is also still going strong.




Apparently, Anna - two and half years of age, demands of her parents to be read to while she reclines on her - by now somewhat short - blanket.  =)  How fabulous is that?! Brilliant, I love it. This is why I sew, at least in part. 

OK, back to the sewing machine then. I have another baby blanket currently in the making. 




Sunday, 1 October 2017

2017 FAL - Fourth Quarter

I have had a break from the Finish-A-Long lists since Spring but as they help me to keep my focus and not loose sight of my WIPs, I have decided to compile a list again for the last quarter:

1. Baby Quilt

My friend Hannah is expecting a baby girl in October, so I need to finish a baby blanket for her. Currently, I am still embroidering highlights into some cute animal panels of Gingiber's 'Thicket' fabric line.


Puppilalla, Thicket Fabric, Gingiber Fabric, Embroidery, Baby Blanket



2. Tessellation Pillowcase 


Yes, this is a true UFO - I will take this to the sewing retreat hosted by Allison of Campbell Soup Diary and Melanie of Melanie's Kunstraum at the end of October. Last chance to finish it. If I don't, I will orphan the pieces and clear them out.





3. The 'Double Star' Quilting Bee Quilt 2016 


The quilt top has not progressed this year so this too will come to the sewing retreat with me. I want to make progress with this one to get it off my to-do list.




4. Oh Deer Quilt Top


The fabric for the quilt top has been cut now it wants assembling.




5. Indigo Dyed Pillowcase


I dyed this piece of fabric during an Indigo dyeing workshop in Kyoto in September. Now it too wants to become a pillowcase.




Of course these are not all the projects I am currently working on but these are the ones most likely to be progressed. So ready, steady, go!


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