Showing posts with label Fussy Cut. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fussy Cut. Show all posts

Friday, 7 October 2016

Stash Bee 2016 - October Block - Fussy Cutting Deluxe

Queen Lisa asked for a fairly simple block - a kind of 'Post Stamp' meets 'Irish Chain' variation in mainly pink, purple and coral with a bit of  blue and yellow thrown in. At least that is what I see in the sample pictures. This month though we were to pay special attention to pretty details in the fabrics. Time for fussy cutting.

Fabric selection, Puppilalla, Colorway

Apart from that, no solids, black or grey. If we could find a motif for the middle square that had some variation of yellow along with the squares that make the "X" of the overall square, that would be considered awesome, 'as Yellow is a the color of friendship'.

In the German language and culture it is not. Yellow stands for jealousy. We are not green but yellow with envy. I am happy to re-cast the colour in terms of friendship though. Much nicer.  =)

Technically, it would be possible to not have a single fabric repeat in this design. And how amazing a quilt top would that be. As however quilters tend to have similar fabric selections on hand - or maybe not enough fabrcis or scraps to accomodate 25 different ones in one block -  the probability of that is after all low. Nonetheless, this is bound be a beautiful quilt top provided all bees stick to the requested saturated colours. =)

Puppilalla, Srappy Quilt Block, easy, beginner friendly quilt block, Bee Block, Quilting Bee, Stash Bee

Luckily, the desired colours are very close to what I chose for my own Stash Bee bee block so that I had plenty to chose from. 

This was a very fast and fun block.

Stash Bee 2016

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Stash Bee 2016 - September Block - Trail Of Geese

We were doing some paper piecing this month. Queen Jennifer asked us to use the Geese Trails templates from 'Piece and Press'. Daniel Rouse, the author of 'Piece and Press', asked if anyone shares their blocks on Instagram, to use the tag #trailsofgeese so he can follow along - OK ... and done.

Four of the templates yielded a 12x12 finished block. Actually, Daniel uses 6 templates to create a little trail proper. There are a few different ways you can join the blocks. Daniel prepared 2 templates which form the set and Jennifer asked us to print 4 sets. I then randomly picked 4 of the 8 templates  and ended up with the below assembly.

Puppilalla, Trails of Geese, Flying Geese Block, Triangle scraps, Scrap Busting, Improv piecing, Stash Bee, Quilting Bee, Bee Block

Colour wise it was almost a do-as-you-please-job, which I find the most difficult ones. Jennifer asked for an all white, blue or grey background with geese that transitioned somehow. I played with a pink to blue transition but it looks a bit too ... experimental to me. I know, you can tell that I am not actually convinced of the outcome. I am not in two but in several minds about the question whether I like it.

I am also awfully late with the block this month. My time was not my own the last five weeks but I sure hope that things will look up from here on in.

Stash Bee 2016

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Up the Ante #6 - From Scrap to Quilt Block

I had set this Sunday aside for some relaxed sewing. I pulled the scrap bag out and got busy. So all the blocks were essentially made from scraps combined with neutral fabrics.

Puppilalla, Anne's Flower, Quilt Block, Tu-Na Quilts, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,

As I was looking for some pictorial blocks for my sampler quilt to be, I thought to give Karen's @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats blog hop block 'Anne's Flower' a try. It was the first time that I tried anything 'Dresden Plate' style. Worked like a charm, 

Though the flowery print on the left side there would have been better placed further up, finishing at the upper edge to make the colours flow better... Hmmm - I might still change that.

Puppilalla, Anne's Flower, Quilt Block, Tu-Na Quilts, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,

All made from scraps =)

Puppilalla, Anne's Flower, Quilt Block, Tu-Na Quilts, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,

I only wish I had chosen a more prominent fabric for the flower stalk. The embroidery on top does not improve it either. Still a good overall effort however. 

Puppilalla, Anne's Flower, Quilt Block, Tu-Na Quilts, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,

And here was a little frog to play around with. Improv piecing live from the pond, I tell you! There were some nice fussy cuts to have from those left over fabric strips. 

Puppilalla, Improv Piecing, Quilt Block, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,

Overall, I am fairly happy with the outcome of this Sunday's sewing session. It provided me the rest and relaxation I felt I needed this weekend.

Puppilalla, Improv Piecing, Quilt Block, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,

Well now you know what kept me busy this Sunday. What were you up to then?

Puppilalla, Improv Piecing, Quilt Block, Up the Ante, Sampler Quilt, Free Quilt Block,

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Polaroid Pillowcase, The Third One & A Few Orphaned Polaroids

Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,

There is nothing like a bit of pressure to get things done.

Fussy Cut, Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,

I spent the weekend away up North at the Baltic Sea and I really, really, really, really wanted to get this last pillowcase done before hopping on the train.

Fussy Cuts, Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,

My friend Alex lives in Greifswald and has a 4 year old daughter. I thought the pillowcase would make a lovely 'hostess gift' for the little one. It did to an extent. 30 minutes after having unwrapped her present, the little girl came back to ask if I had ANOTHER one for her...   =)

Fussy Cuts, Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,
Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,

This is the first project of my 3rd quarter Finish-A-Long list that I have completed. In fact it is the first Finish-A-Long project completed this year. I just like how cheerful it looks. Oh - and if you want to see more of the initial Polaroid panel construction process, have a look here.

Patchwork, Polaroid Photo Pillowcase, Puppilalla, Cushion Cover,

That leaves me with the last final and therefore now orphaned Polaroids. As it is no use for them to gather dust, I am happy to give them away to anyone planning a similar project. Any takers? Just leave a comment beneath this post.

Patchwork, Polaroid Photos, Puppilalla,

The fussy cuts in the middle measure 3 x 3 inches. First come, first served. 


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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Polaroid Photo Quilt #8 - To Raise a Smile

I just arrived back this morning from a lovely two week break AFK in Portugal, where I spent two weeks of leave at the beautiful Algarve coast. Literally, back about three hours, I find I have tons of things to catch up on. First and foremost, I need to catch up with and start contributing to my groups on the '2016 Advice and Tech Help for New Quilt Bloggers' exchange on the double quick, as everyone is so far ahead of me now. Secondly, I have to finish writing the block tutorial for the 'Stash Bee' Quilting Bee, where I will turn queen in June. Lots to read, sew and do.

However, just now I would like to bring the Polaroid Cancer Relief Quilt project to an offcial close today.

Last time we looked at the completed quilt and a few leftover blocks that wanted turning into pillowcases. 

I extended the blocks with extra Polaroids and strips of the grellow fabric to bring the size up to 50 cm x 50 cm, which is a decent sized standard German pillowcase, well or cushion - as the British say, size. 

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion
To secure all the seams, I used one-sided cotton fabric heat bond. I cut the heat bond to size, pinned the right sides together (pretty side with the non - adhesive side of the heat bond) and stitched once all around, just leaving a small opening to turn the fabric inside out. I closed the seam and ironed on the heat bond. Thereby, I managed to secure all seams and to avoid any raw edges.

Puppilalla Pillowcase

Here the first pretty pillowcase front and back. I had inserted another three Polaroids but noticed that there was no real necessity to do so and only used two of the already finished panels for the second one, which explains the differing amounts of visible striped fabric in both pillowcases.

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion
Here the second pillowcase front and back. I like how cute they turned out. Perfect accompaniments to the quilt.

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork, Pillowcase, Cushion,
A few weeks ago, I finally handed the presents over. Subsequently, I e-mailed a beautiful photograph that shows Hanno, Emma and Milla with their presents and huge smiles to all actively involved sewists that contributed to this project. I cannot share it with you here as the family would like their privacy to be respected but I can tell you that Hanno immediately identified the Star Wars fabrics with a great hello and also noticed that the blanket shows his name. The girls were equally delighted with their pillowcases and to my relief there was no jealousy whatsoever. 

The wrist tattoos that litte James sent along stole the show however and the kids spent the next 30 minutes splashing around with water trying to stick them to their arms. Hanno's mum and dad were visibly tearing up with emotion and I could see that the gesture meant a lot to them. Hanno will have the next screening at the end of June when we will know how he is.

Puppilalla, Polaroid Quilt, Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion

Thanks again to all helpers who raised smiles and tears of joy.

Puppilalla, Polaroid Patchwork Pillowcase, Cushion

...and, yes - you did count right. There is still one panel and a few Polaroids left. Who knows, I might make myself a pillowcase too.


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Polaroid Photo Quilt #7 - Completed Quilt

A lot of things have happened since my plea for help on the 23rd of January. I met wonderful people online, had many nice written conversations, and received many inspired and pretty blocks, which subsequently turned into this wonderful quilt.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt

I am over the moon with how the quilt turned out. It was definitely a good decision to choose the yellow over the sky blue for the background colour. It makes the quilt so much livelier than blue could have. Every volunteer got represented with at least one block. I wanted everyone to be included considering all the work everyone invested in this. 
Layout wise, I tried to maintain a sort of frame by aiming for an unbroken outermost ring of polaroids, which almost worked. The ‘blank’ spaces mostly kept to the inside of the quilt top, where they provide some rest for the eye and some breathing space for the camera block. As previously said, I like it =)

Unfortunately, I have pretty much run out of the ‘Kona Grellow’ otherwise, I would have liked to make the binding yellow as well. I believe it might have given off the impression of Polaroids floating on a yellow background. 

Bias Tape, Patchwork, Puppilalla, Binding

As it is, I used the background fabric to make some bias tape. The stripes look definitely cheerful and also work very well with the front.
Bias Tape, Patchwork, Puppilalla, Binding
I just love looking at all the detailed pictures and am sure that Hanno, Milla and Emma will have a lot of fun with the blanket.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt

At the moment we are looking at one finished blanket and five extra blocks that want transforming into pillowcases. 
Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt, orphan blocks

I have received a long e-mail from Hanno’s dad, who gives periodic up-dates on the family situation and after the last three months’ trials, the family looks forward to some quiet time to catch their breaths.

Once I have completed the pillowcases (I am just such a slow sewist), I will wrap the presents prettily and write a letter to the family to tell them of the people I met along the journey that helped making the blanket and without whom it would not have been realized. For example, I will tell Hanno of five year old James in Utah, who - hero that he is - shared his stash of star wars and cowboy prints, so his mum could make polaroids of them AND generously sent wrist tattoos along to this German boy also aged 5 and his sisters. Very generous indeed.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, Patchwork, completed quilt
I guess we will be looking at one more post to wrap up the project upon completion of the pillowcases. Until then stay well and healthy and enjoy the Spring.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Polaroid Photo Quilt #6 - Final Spurt

I am very pleased with the progress I have made with the Polaroid quilt over Easter. I pieced the top, pieced and preped the backing fabric, made a little quilt label out of one of the extra polaroids, prepared the layers and quilted the the blanket in simple straight lines. The latter is due to me not having mastered (let alone begun making the first baby steps) in free motion quilting or any 'proper' machine quilting.

Polaroid Quilt, Photo Quilt, Puppilalla, paper piecing

As I will not be in time to learn FMQ for this particular project, straight lines will have to do. The quilt top is so whimsical and busy anyway, that I don't think missing quilted ornaments will matter greatly in this instance. Here I was just about to iron the backing fabric.

Polaroid Quilt, Photo Quilt, Puppilalla,

While I busied myself with the quilt blocks, I spied the following animals (the list may be incomplete): tigers, horses - even winged ones, mice, cats, dogs, owls, an octopus, monkeys, a donkey, ants, butterflies, bugs, toads, a salamander, chicken, snails, bears, a moose, a deer, foxes, song birds, bees, cranes, rabbits, a pheasant, fish, elephants, a zebra or two and ducks. Half a zoo really.   =)

I am exceedingly pleased with the outcome and hope that all the volunteers are equally happy with how the blanket looks so far. 

quilt label, embroidered label, Puppilalla

I converted one of the extra polaroids into a simple quilt label. All that remains to do, is to make some bias tape, in yellow I should think, to bind the quilt. I have five blocks left and considering my current energy levels, I have to admit that I am not going to manage two more quilts at short notice. Therefore, pillowcases it will have to be. 

I am off for the final spurt. I will keep you posted.


Sunday, 13 March 2016

Cancer Relief Quilt #4 - Ready, Steady, Go!

This weekend I had meant to fully steam ahead and make great progress with the quilt now that everybody's block has arrived but then a family emergency took up all the weekend. Albeit that setback, I wanted to show you at least a group picture of all the blocks together and of the little extra block components and polaroids I have received.

Thus, I pulled my living room table aside, laid out the blocks in no particular order and scrambled on top of my ladder to snap you a picture.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, in progress, Puppilalla
Always starting from the left: 1st row blocks by Laura, Lisa, myself, Maja; 2nd row Renae, zen quilter, Renae again, Liz; 3rd row June, Mary and the Burpham Babes, June again, Karin; 4th row all by Jenn


Are these not just darling? The polaroids do exactly what they should, they mesmerize. I could just stare and explore the little pictures forever. So much work and care went into those blocks. Thanks to all the donors again. (You rock!)

Polaroid Photo Quilt, in progress, Puppilalla

I have reached a crossroad project wise though. As you helpers have been so generous and some of you made more than one block, I have plenty now.
  • Should I make Hanno one big blanket as laid out in the picture above? 
  • Should I keep easy transport in mind and make a smaller blanket with 3x4 blocks and use the remaining blocks and polaroids and incorporate them into blankets for Hanno's two sisters? They are equally concerned by the family circumstances after all? 
  • Should I make one big blanket and gift it to the entire family and make pillowcases out of the remaining polaroids and give those to the three children?

Decisions, decisions.

Polaroid Photo Quilt, in progress, Puppilalla

Happy for your thoughts.

Jenn's pretty four

Monday, 29 February 2016

The Bee Hive 2016 - March Block - Double Star #1

All hail the Queen! (Ha! - I have always wanted to say that out loud =) March is here and somehow it took me by surprise. It feels as if February was about a week shorter than it should have been. As Queen Bee, I will be able to call upon the aide of my swarm mates in creating blocks for my 2016 Blossom Heart Quilts block exchange quilt top.

The Bee Hive, March Block, Queen Bee, Bee Block 2016, Quilting Bee

I have decided to wish for the 'Double Star' block. Its abundance of triangles appeals to me. The monochromatic tutorial did not at first seem very inspiring but then I found this interpretation by 'vdizzledazzle' and - Hey Presto! - things fell into place.

So here my own version of the 'Double Star'. 

Puppilalla, Double Star Block, Blossom Heart, The Bee Hive, Sample  block


Colour Recipe:

The Bee Hive, March 2016 Block, Colorway, Puppilalla

I would like the blocks to be made out of citron, mustard yellow, bright orange and dusky purple or lavender mostly with the occasional accent in aqua thrown in. My best friend mocks me mercilessly, claiming that all my projects essentially end up being aqua coloured. That is not quite true. Only because my bedroom is painted in two shades of aqua, I having been known to fall for aqua coloured product packaging and - uhm - moving swiftly alomg...

To help getting a better impression I fed the picture with the sample fabrics to the Palette Builder tool but sometimes it is not as helpful as you want it to be. It refused for example to give me the accurate citron yellow for the triangle print in the middle. I think you will be able to get the accurate impression from the above pictures though. And the shades next to the purple are lavender rather than grey. When in doubt just stick to the fabrics in the actual photograph for reference. 

When having a closer look at the low volume fabrics for the background, you will notice that they veer towards brown and sepia and do NOT contain any greys or bleached whites.

Block Realization:

First of all, I printed out the tutorial in order to be able to scribble onto it. The tutorial is well done and easy to follow but all the referenced greys confused me. Therefore I re-named the cutting list as follows:

From A  White fabric, cut: 4 squares, 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″; 1 square 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
From B  Light Grey fabric, cut: 8 squares, 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
From C  Medium Grey fabric, cut: 4 squares, 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″; 1 square 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
From D  Dark Grey fabric, cut: 1 square, 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
From E  Black fabric, cut: 8 squares, 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″

Subsequently, I took a pen, looked at the directions and replaced each fabric reference with the corresponding letter. Thus the instructions now read as: Lay two C 2 7/8 squares onto opposite corners of one A 5 1/4 square... - you get the idea. 

I then wrote the letters A - E onto post-it notes and put those onto the fabric pieces once I had cut them according to the instructions. That significantly reduced the danger of confusing them later. 

Either fabric C or fabric E should be the darkest colour in your block. (Check the sample blocks above for comparison =) In any case fabric C should be of a strong colour to provide contrast to the white fabric A. This is important for the secondary pattern to emerge. 

Use colourful prints for fabrics C, D and E.
Fabric B is the low volume print.
A is a white solid.

The white fabric A should be an off-white or creamy white rather than a bleached white. 

Feel free to include a pretty fussy cut for the D  fabric square if you feel you have one fitting the colour scheme. By the way, since the fabric D square does not feature until the final assembly, you could prepare all the other pieces first, lay them out as shown above in the monochromatic sample picture and rehearse, which fabric suits the middle square, prior to cutting into any of your pretties.

The finished blocks have a size of 12 1/2 (including seam allowance).

Last but not least:

I had trouble putting these blocks together. Despite meticulous measuring and careful sewing they turned out wonky-ish. The points of the flying geese got eaten by the sewing machine more often than not and not all of the seams are straight. I do not know how other people manage to assemble these so accurately. I wonder if this comes down to starching the life out of the fabrics prior to using them. I have not managed to find spray starch here in Germany but I have read about it being used with interest. 

Anyway, all I am saying is, enjoy putting the blocks together, do your best but do not stress if they do not turn out perfectly. Only stick to the colour scheme as closely as your stash can accomodate it.  =)  I think that's it. I'm excited!

and now some chit-chat:

My favorite blocks of the block exchange series are - in no particular order - 'Hidden Gems', 'Wanta Fanta', 'Busy' and ‘Alpine’, which struck my fancy from the moment I saw it. I definitely want to make a project using 'Alpine' blocks. I even have the final layout idea already mapped out and am curious to see if it would work the way I am picturing it. 

However, while I like those block designs, I find it difficult to translate them into bee appropriate blocks, with the exeption of 'Wanta Fanta' that is. The way I picture the assembled tops, I would want the individual blocks to hide in the repeat, maybe by using the same solids throughout. As every bee works from her or his own stash to create the requested blocks, it is by definition rather unlikely to receive sufficiently similar blocks to enable a hide and seek in the repeat. This is why I went for the 'Double Star' in the end.

I am looking forward to seeing what my fellow bees all come up with. God, I love surprises! 

Yours royally

Queen Puppilalla

The Bee Hive