Showing posts with label Sewing With Others. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sewing With Others. Show all posts

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Rakish Needle - Round 3 Progress

4,5 and 6 – OK, then. All quilts accounted for. That officially concludes round 3 of the ‘Rakish Needle Robin’. And my, how the quilts have grown. Let’s get right into it.

If you want to remind yourself of where we left of the last time, just hop here

Anita’s Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Rakish Needle Robin, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Arrow Quilt, Flying Geese

Anita’s quilt quite gained in size and acquired more arrows in the process. I like that the top does look less square and more liberated now. I think I get to work on it last and am really looking forward to it. 

Karin’s Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Rakish Needle Robin, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Applique, Universe Star Quilt

Karin’s quilt top ended up looking irregular because I bit off more than I could chew. I added a huge side panel with more stars and a satellite orbited planet. That was a fun project to think up and sew. If you want to see more on the process hop to this blog post.

Maja’s Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Rakish Needle Robin, Foundation Paper Piecing, Applique, Star Quilt

Ileana added dark blue nightly stars and bias tape appliqué to Maja’s quilt top. I always wanted to try this technique but have yet to. So there are new borders on two sides of the quilt top. I am working on the quilt top next, and currently have a mind to add more of that dark blue fabric in some fashion or other. 

Rachel’s Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Rakish Needle Robin, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP, Modern Patchwork

After Anita was done with Rachel’s quilt top, it looked really sophisticated. The grey she added grounded the quilt and the staggered border adds movement. The outermost plum coloured border was added to keep the fabric from unravelling. We are yet to see whether Maja keeps the border or takes it off again. This quilt project brought me round to medallion quilts. I used to think them outdated but the more I am researching them – especially in all the new and modern fabrics – the more I love them. OK, one more for the bucket list. 

Ileanas’s Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Rakish Needle Robin, Foundation Paper Piecing, Applique , Freddy Moran

Maja added a fabulous little magical forest to Ileana’s top and also added a much needed black and white half square triangle border in various places. For all its craziness the quilt top actually works. I find the quilt top looks like a story book gone wild. Somehow the quilt top allows you so much freedom to try your hand at new things. It felt so liberating to work on this piece. =)

Katrin’s Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Rakish Needle Robin, Foundation Paper Piecing, FPP,

Karin worked on my quilt top and added a beach with a plundered treasure chest and a ship sailing off into the distance, a live saver and a block with an octopus. Looks like the adventures at sea are shaping up

As you can see the group is still going, albeit slowly. Everyone is having fun and I just love seeing how all these projects grow and develop. I hope that we can wrap the round robin up by Summer. Oh I cannot wait for the moment when everyone gets to hold their completed quilt top for the first time. 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Berlin Quilters Let's Meet

It's a patch
Picture courtesy of It's a Patch

I have accepted a challenge. Looking at my impressive list of WIP’s, I know I should not have but it was presented in such a charming way. Last Sunday, I spent the best of afternoons with fellow Berlin based quilters. I was excited because it is definitely like having a blind date when you go to meet people in real life that you have only ever had contact through Instagram before.

Last Autumn Issey (It’s a Patch) and Caro (Petite_Reine_Coud) had the wonderful idea to try to get the Berlin based quilters to meet.  I could not make the first meeting, so I was all the more excited for this second one coming up. Issey welcomed us to her home where we sat and had home baked cake and coffee and a little bit of a show and tell as well. There were four of us this time. Issey, Caro, Yara (qvilted) and I. Yara brought her fantastic ‘Farmers Wife’ quilt top and Issey had really cool blocks up on her wall too. There is so much to be said about the tactility of an actual quilt, quilt top or fabric over just seeing them online.

Yara, Caro and Issey also destashed some fabric and I might have …hem hem… picked up a fat quarter or ten… Yes, that is right, the other girls de-stashed and I … build stash. Anyway, they are beautiful fabrics and I am looking forward to using them. In the same instant I accepted a quilt challenge. Issey did curate this pretty fabric bundle in Lavender, Pale Blue and Yellow and had commenced sewing with the fabrics when she found that she was not in love with Lavender after all. 

I often look at other sewist’s fabric selections and like what I see even though that particular combination might not have occurred to me. I even had the fanciful idea to organise a fabric swap initiative, where I invite people to curate a fabric bundle of a pre-agreed number of fat quarters which subsequently would be swapped with someone else, so that people get to try out fabric combinations that might not have occurred to them otherwise. I can see a host of problems with that proposition not at least the widely differing style in fabric tastes but the idea still appeals to me a lot. 

Therefore, against better knowledge of course, I adopted Issey’s begun project and challenge myself to work with the fabrics she selected. One more for the to-do-list.

It is endlessly exciting to meet people whom you share a passion or an interest with. No raised eyebrows over excited squeals concerning fabrics and sewing notions. Caro also had a clever idea and proposed to jointly throw a project together from our de-stash fabrics to make a charity quilt together. That idea too has appeal. First things first however and that means finishing the Rakish Needle Round Robin.

The next meeting of the Berlin based quilters is on the 8th of April 2018 at my place. I am looking forward to it.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The Rakish Needle - Round 2 Progress

I think it is high time that I wrote a little up-date on how our round robin is currently faring. Round three is almost complete and I have not yet even told you how round two went. So giving in to reader demands (yes, you Karin! =)  here now a quick write-up of the progress so far.

Firstly, I have to say that the round robin is as much fun as I always suspected it might be. Yes, it takes much longer than I thought and that is due to a few factors. We do not enforce strict deadlines, as this would not suit this group and the living circumstances of the participants at all. We also did not decide in advance how much or how many inches roughly everyone was to add each round. Had we done that, matters would progress more orderly and potentially faster. As it is, the quilt tops grow unevenly in seize and everyone adds as much as they feel inspired to. It works as everyone is relaxed and I never seize to be amazed at what everyone comes up with. If you want to remind yourself of where we left of the last time, hop here.

Karin's Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Dresden Plate Block, The Rakish Needle, Star Quilt, Universe Quilt

Look what happened here! The night sky just got a whole lot more exciting. Ileana added amazing colours and stars and dancing planets to compliment Rachel's lovely five pointed stars. The planets were done in reverse appliqué, a technique I have yet to try. I love the movement in the piece and think it needs many many more stars. Luckily I get to work with the top next. (Mur har har har!!! - memo to self - no manic laughter on blog posts!) 

Rachel's Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Modern Quilting with solids, The Rakish Needle, Ombre Effect Quilt,

I received Rachel's to from Ileana and boy was that exciting. Ileana did wonderful work and I decided to adopt some of the elements she brought in to repeat in my addition. Can you spy them? Yes, that's right, more triangles and the colourful barber pole candy stripes. I have written a blog post here if you want to read more about my work and thought process. Suffice to say here that I wanted to bring in a solid body of colour for the quilters after me to build upon. Rachel wishes for borders with lots of movement and I felt before you could add those, you had to have a solid basis.

Anita's Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing, The Rakish Needle, Arrow Quilt

Anita had wished expressly that her quilt should not be a medallion quilt, therefore Karin had to put her thinking cap on to steer her addition away from that direction. I love how much attention Karin gave to getting the colours just right adopting them from the starter block and Maja's addition, which came before hers. Karin also added more fun feathers and arrows, although piecing the latter may or may not have caused headaches and cursing in the sewing room, as I have heard. =) Karin did the right thing in granting breathing space to her elements. This quilt top looks very cohesive and has the potential to become something really visually interesting.

Maja's Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Star Quilt, The Rakish Needle, Modern Quilting

Well will you look at that. Maja's quilt top is just as busy as Ileana's piecing wise but so so different in style and feel. Look what Rachel added to Karin's extension. I did not see that coming. This is fabulous. The 'background' in strips of different shades of grey and these beautifully coloured stars that seem randomly placed, although we all know, they never are. A lot of thought went into making that addition. There is just the right balance to tone done the business but keeping it interesting. The strips of grey in that last border somehow make the piece more elegant and provide rest to the eye after all the triangles that have come before. I love this.

Ileana's Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Crazy Barn Quilt, The Rakish Needle, Modern Quilting

Anita is the fasted participant of the group. She must have a stash of magic needles or a pocket universe of extra time because she will have worked her magic before you can even blink an eye. You can see that Anita had fun with Ileana's top. The wacky hen and the flower and improve blocks, all done in strong bold colours interspersed with black and white make for a very graphic piece. She also kindly put the extra dark green tree in the right hand corner of my addition, as requested, as it really needed more contrast. There is already so much to discover after only round two. I hope Ileana feels adventurous because this quilt one is going down the rabbit hole fast and furiously and who knows what we will get to discover along the way. Cohesion might become an issue or not if we manage to tie it all together with enough black and white.

Katrin's Quilt Top 

Puppilalla, Round Robin Quilt, Ocean Quilt, The Rakish Needle, Modern Quilting, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing

My top just looks happy, like Summer all sewn into a quilt top. Maja had received the piece from Anita and added some fun anchors to Anita's critters. What is not to like there? I hear Karin might add a ship next. I am already very curious to see if she will. Ahoi! - until next time.

I only wish all progress pictures were taken in daylight, oh well. 

Monday, 5 June 2017

The Rakish Needle - Round 1 Progress

Well, round one has come and gone and it was fun. I was amazed to see in what directions the participants took the starter blocks they had received. If you want to see all starter blocks once more, hop here. So how did it go? Everyone had fun and mostly everyone panicked. The round robin is made up from first time robin members, thus everyone was understandably nervous. So five out of six sewists were incredibly worried that their additions might be disliked or inadequate or unsuitable or insufficient or... In the end it was all fine of course. Smiles and 'ohhhs' and 'aahhhs' all around. I think it is fair to say that everyone starts very motivated into the second round.

I get the slight sense that people, in the worry of not doing enough, might try to overcompensate by trying to do too much. I hope that after this successful first round, everyone goes into the second one reassured and with new confidence.

Rachel's quilt top

Puppilalla, round robin quilt, modern quilt, quilt borders

Ileana got to work with Rachel's starter block and my - she took it unexpected places - at least for me. I very much like what Ileana did. The red works fabulously in the context and the HSTs form a fun graphic border. To put the starter block on point was an inspired idea. I am working with the piece next and already buckled down with pen and paper to plan the next additions. All I am saying is - teal. Wait for it =)

Anita's quilt top

Puppilalla, round robin quilt, modern quilt, quilt borders, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing

Maja added to Anita's starter block and surrounded it with a bold border herself. She kept the small dark strips and added bright playful feathers.

I like the movement that border creates. I know she also had made another border strip of 'Flying Geese' but did not in the end add it, as the result would have been too overwhelming. I hope she sent the border strip along to the next person, so it may be edited in at a later stage. As Anita specified that she wishes for a rectangular quilt, it will fall to Karin to take it into that direction next - maybe.

Maja's quilt top

Puppilalla, round robin quilt, modern quilt, quilt borders, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing

Karin added wonderful borders to Maja's block after a tiny initial crisis just because it was big step to take on a sewing project so fundamentally different from one's own tastes. Maja had also sent some extra blocks along with her starter block and from one of those, Karin then drew her inspiration.

Puppilalla, round robin quilt, modern quilt, quilt borders, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing

It was easy as pie once she had decided in what direction she wanted to take the additions. The border works wonderfully and kind of almost introduces a secondary pattern. I am looking forward to how it is going to be resolved at a later stage.

Ileana's quilt top

Puppilalla, round robin quilt, modern quilt, Freddy Moran, Liberated Quilting, wonky quilt blocks

Ileana decided to leave the decision whether it would be a medallion quilt, strip quilt, free form block assembly to us. As I got to work with her block first, I made the fateful decision and thus forever decided the direction the quilt was to take. I think it safe to assume that in the end it is not now going to be a medallion quilt.

When I saw Ileana's starter block I immediately though of making it into a triptych by adding side panels. However, merely adding more pictorial panels in the same style seemed boring so I tried to take the idea further.

The left panel mirrors the background fabrics but goes abstract rather than pictorial with wonky 'Flying Geese' reading across the colour values of the starter. The triptych is completed by the right hand pictorial tree panel, again I kept the background colours the same and added a tree and bird to compliment the starter block.

In-between however, I added the red panel with adding classic 'Churn Dash' blocks and a profusion of flowers. The panel is now about 50 something inches long. I guess it might be grown further by adding borders in both directions. You can read more of my round one experience here.

Karin's quilt top

Puppilalla, round robin quilt, modern quilt, Dresen Plate Block, Star Quilt, Star Quilt Block

Karin's starter was added to in a gentle and thoughtful manner. Rachel added stars and left enough breathing space as not to suffocate the 'Dresden Plate' sun in the middle. This is however not how Rachel left the piece. She also added some appliqué stars but we have not yet seen those. Rachel keeps the suspense and we cannot wait to see more. Karin really likes the low key additions as in - less is more sometimes.

Katrin's quilt top

Puppilalla, round robin quilt, modern quilt, quilt borders, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing

Anita made this oh-so-fun assortment of critters and added them to my, admittedly huge, starter block. Anita actually measured it and it was 32 x 32 inches to begin with. Hem - moving swiftly along.The additions look so much fun. Anita wrote about her round 1 experience too and you can hop here to read about it. She even showed the piece off at a show-and-tell of her guild meeting, where it was appropriately appreciated. Who ever ends up adding more to the blocks Anita made, hopefully includes lots of negative space so the critters can breathe.

Puppilalla, round robin quilt, modern quilt, quilt borders, FPP, Foundation Paper Piecing

So this is it for round one. I think we did well.
What did you want to know? How I got all the pictures? Courtesy of the ladies mailing them or sharing them in our WhatsApp group.