Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer finish and start: Mystery Quilt

I´m finally finishing my Mystery Quilt with the binding - I am in love with the quilting, done by Jana Jandejskova from Bellus in Prague. She did a perfect job longarm-quilting it, turning it into one big and very warming quilt to crawl under at night.

Binding for Mystery Quilt

Quilting pattern by Jana Jandejskova

Well, if you think you don´t need a warm quilt in summer: believe me, the temperatures right now in the evening push me under a quilt and when the quilt has bright and lovely summer colors, what´s more to say?

I used such colors for the "Paint Drips Quilt", designed by Angela Pingel, shown in the book "A Quilter´s Mixology". It´s the second quilt I made from that book and I certainly intend to do more as once I got the hang of curved sewing it really is great fun to do. The quilt was sent to Jana in Prague to be quilted.

And I am so happy that another Mystery Quilt-Along has started by Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs: 

Only the fabric selection has been done yet, here´s mine - so there is still plenty of time to join in! Cutting instructions will be posted on August 4th.

My fabrics are leftovers from the Paint Drips Quilt and instead of a white background color I chose a dark grey one - and as it seems I am not the only one anxiously waiting to get started!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer, sewing and having fun

My sewing group is very active, not only sewing with me one afternoon every week but also doing a lot at home, like finishing the little "hexie-make-up-bags". 

Thanks to fabric and thread donations from Gisela, Barbara and now also Beate, we are able to have a lot of fun sewing fun things - having finished the little bags, I  handed out new sewing kits but I will not let out what it´s going to be!

And thanks to a very generous donation from someone who does not want to be named I was able to get all the batting and quilting thread to do 8 baby quilts which are going to be completed in the next few weeks - pictures will follow. Thank you!!



Malihe and Jamile - backside of the little bag

Safa and Raqa



new sewing kit in PINK

new sewing kit in grey

fabric donations from Gisela and Beate

sewing kit for an improv jeans bag - fabric donation from Barbara

I really love preparing those sewing kits and it´s really worth to invest the time when I see the women and girls opening them, anxious to start sewing!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Summer update no. 2

My sewing projects have definitely picked up speed even if summer has to come to a halt. I get some sewing, quilting, cutting and preparing done every day and this certainly makes up for all this bad weather!

Turnstyle #13 for the Modern HST Sampler:

Last week I discovered a page on the internet with miniatur dioramas and I finally got an idea for a birthday block. I am so curious to see how this quilt turns out, because the birthday lady got one block from each of the guild members, all to do with houses.

And my sewing group is also accelerating their speed - the women and girls started to do a lot more at home, finishing the sewing projects and waiting for the next ones to start.

The improv jeans bags, three out of five are finished.

Also the first baby quilt is almost finished, only the binding has to be added.

And the girls made hexagons bags and insisted on using skull fabrics! 

Thank you Barbara and Gisela for your fabric donations - they were soooo much appreciated and all of them had fun choosing them. More pictures are to come when the others are finished.

Wish you all a sewingful summer!!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Summer update

My sewing projects seem to reflect the current changeable weather: warm, cold, sunny, rainy...... I mean, I switch from one sewing part to the other. First a block for the Sugar Block Club, then adding borders to a baby quilt for my sewing group. Followed by finishing the improv jeans bag for the three girls in my sewing group (I do not advise "improv" when it comes to adding a zipper as THE last part of the bag.....).

Block #12 Rockpool for the Modern HST Sampler provided a nice, calming sewing hour, succeeding in one last scissor bag finishing and more preparations for my sewing group. And today is totally reserved for a secret block that I have on my mind for weeks but can´t decide on. Well, today is the final day to make it because tomorrow is the deadline for it. Wish me luck!

Pictures from my sewing group:

The Blocks for the quilt challenges:

#11 Starshine
Sugar Block Club - June

#12 Rockpool

And to round up this changeable sewing time: last Friday we spent a sewing day at R+M Patchwork in Leibnitz. We, that is my Mum, Johanna and Christine from the Landler Quilters and me. Margit, the owner of the shop gave us instructions for the projects that we chose to sew. It was so much fun to sew when somebody else is doing the preparations, maths, cutting and providing materials for you!! All you have to do is sew! What´s  more to add?

And oohhh: the shop was full of fabrics...... no more do add!

Traude, Margit and Christine (from left to right) - utmost concentration...

Christine and Johanna

Petra, Margit, Johanna and Karin

This sewing day will be continued......