Monday, September 8, 2014

Camelot

After a bit more than a year since I started, my Camelot top is now finished. I decided on a small border, although it doesn't really look like a border but more like an extension of the blocks. The blocks are all hand pieced, but the rest is done my machine. I used only two fabrics for the little corner squares as I prefer it to the scrappy look the pattern suggested. I think it's scrappy enough as it is. The top measures 70 by 70 inches.


I have also prepared the backing as well as the binding for this top to go to the Philippines where it will be hand quilted. It will take around four month, which really isn't long but still, I can't wait to see it finished.

Don't forget to check out Wendy's, Ailsa's and Martina's  "Around The Word Blog Hop" posts today.

Have a good week ahead.
Cheers
Vreni

Monday, September 1, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Today is my stop on the


My friend Linda of Flourishing Palms  fame has kindly tagged me and I'm very happy to comply. The idea is to answer some questions to get to know me a bit better. So here goes:

1. What am I working on? 
I usually have a few project on the go at the same time but I always have one which I do by hand. As I'm meeting with two different quilt groups on a weekly base I have several hours of sitting and sewing time, when I'm not too busy chatting, laughing eating that is.

This is my hand sewing project that I'm working on at the moment: Auntie Green's Garden


and this is how it's going to look when it's finished, hopefully!

Auntie's Green Garden

I'm also in the process of sewing my Camelot blocks together. All the blocks are hand pieced. 


I have to decide if I'm going to add a border or not. And then of course I have to think about how to quilt it. I feel it deserves to be hand quilted but I might "out source" that task.  

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
I don't think it's much different really from other quilters. Looking back I have definitely moved on from country and shabby chic to the more modern/contemporary fabrics. But I'm not categorising  myself as a certain kind of quilter as I like a wide scope of styles. I think I have a low boredom threshold and don't like doing the same thing over and over again therefor I would never attempt to make a quilt where I had to sew lots of the same blocks, especially using the same fabrics.  What I do like is putting my own stamp on a project as I hardly ever follow a pattern completely. I love applique and this is one of my earlier more traditional applique quilts which started with  Eleanor Burns "A Quilt a Day" pattern but then it became "my own".



Applique is my first love anyway, probably because I can't sew a straight line, and I'm not kidding! But as every quilter who hand appliques would tell you, it's slow going. Since I've discovered raw edge applique a whole new (applique) world has opened up to me. A quilt can be finished in a fraction of the time it would usually take to hand applique. Here are some examples I made this way. They are all Don't look now patterns with the exception of the middle one on the left, which I "designed" myself. 
Speaking of designing; that's something I would love to do more in the future. When I say designing, I don't mean I sit down and draw a pattern of a quilt. My method is more hit and miss. I start somewhere and see where it takes me. Here are a few examples:







Another craft I adore is French Cartonnage and sometimes I combine it with applique and quilting. It's great to make use of the fabric stash which grows at an alarming pace at my house ;)!



3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I probably started quilting/crafting more out of necessity to keep myself occupied and to meet new people than anything else. My family and I have moved from country to country for almost 30 years now. That meant that I wasn't able to work (paid work) and I had/have plenty of time on my hands. Finding a quilt group was almost the first thing I did when we moved to a new country, after settling the kids into their new school and setting up house again. The kids are now grown up and I have even more free time but of course quilting has become much more than just a time filler. 

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Certainly not in any structured or scientific way. I just make and then I show photos and write a little blurb on my blog. I have a note book where I list all my WIPs,  UFOs, quilts I would like to make etc. and at the beginning of each month I write goals of things I want accomplish. Blogging has definitely helped me to stay a bit more focused though (read finish things instead of starting new projects all the time) and I enjoy the interaction with other blogger. Technology is an amazing thing, most of the time at least!

And now it's my turn to tag three more bloggers. 

First we hop down to New Zealand where the relatively new blogger Wendy lives and blogs at Wendy's Quilts and More. Although she is fairly new to blogging, she is definitely not new to quilting. I love her colour choices and I adore the Victorian Gingerbread village she is currently working on.

We will stay a bit longer in the Southern Hemisphere and hop all the way to South Africa, where the talented and creative Ailsa blogs at Cape Pincushion. She is a scientist by day and a quilter/crafter by night as well as on weekends. 

And the last stop is Basel, Switzerland where Martina lives with her family . She blogs at Sunshinequilting and she is currently hosting a "sewalong". Although I still call Basel my hometown, we have not yet met in person.  Hopefully one day! 

All three tagged bloggers will have their own blog post on September 8th where they will answer the same questions and then they will get their turn to tag three more bloggers.   

The purpose of the Around the World Blog Hop is to introduce you to bloggers that you may not know about otherwise. I hope that you've enjoyed your visit to my blog today and continue to follow along with the Blog Hop!

Cheers
Vreni x


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sewtogether bag and more Dr Seuss

I'm still busy with my Auntie Green's Quilt. But once in a while it's nice to do something different, preferably something that can be finished in a day or two. I'm sure you have seen lots of different versions of the "Sewtogether bag" on the Internet. I bought the pattern a while ago and this week I was able to twist a friend's arm to make it together with me. We had fun and are both pleased as punch with the result. We found a terrific sew along on the The Quilt Barn Blog with lots of photos, which were very helpful. 




I loved how my friend put hexagons on her bag and the copy cat that I am I had to do it too.  


When my daughter was here, she was looking for a basket for her classroom to put all her pen holders in (she has several for all the bits and pieces she needs on a daily base). Apparently her kid always make them fall over which results in a big mess. As we couldn't find exactly what she was looking for I suggested I would make her an open box. She chose a couple of  Dr Seuss fabrics which will go nicely with the quilt and bunting I already made for her classroom and this is the result: 



























Cheers
Vreni x

Sunday, August 24, 2014

We have a winner!

Thanks everybody who entered my Bali batik give away. I asked my son to chose a number between 1 and 140 and he said 29. It turns out that the 29th comment was left by one of my longtime and good quilting friend Hilde who said:

You know how to make a quilt friend happy! This Bali trip has been a good one!

Congratulations Hilde; the fabrics will be on their way as soon as the post office opens tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing what she is going to make with them. 

Cheers
Vreni x

Monday, August 18, 2014

Batik give away

As promised here's a little batik give away. And this is what's on offer:


2 jelly rolls (20 strips each)
3 yards of coordinated orange batik
1/2 yard of blue/yellow batik

This should be enough to make a decent sized lap quilt or even a single bed quilt. If you are interested, all you have to do is leave a comment and if you are a follower you get to leave a second one. All are welcome to play. The winner will be selected randomly and announced on Saturday (23 August). As always, make sure I have a way to contact you in case you are the winner. Good Luck!

Cheers
Vreni x


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bali

 We've been in Bali many times, but this was the first time we rented a villa instead of staying in a hotel. It was a wonderful experience and I'm afraid that we've been spoiled for ever.
This is the entrance to our villa

and this welcoming view you get once you are inside


and a closer look at the pool; it's hard to see where it ends and the ocean begins,



This is a picture from the web site advertising the villa


The staff  looked after us wonderfully and provided us with delicious meals. As you can imagine, we never wanted to leave.

Whenever we are in Bali, a trip up to Ubud is always a must. We remember it as a sleepy artist's village we visited the first time almost 30 years ago. Now it's a bustling city with loads of tourists. But when you look closer, it's still possible to find a few peaceful corners. 










Another place we visited again this time is Tenganan, an ancient village which dates back over 800 years. 





The place where festivals are held 





Tenganan is where the traditional Geringsing - a double ikat - is still produced. For the villagers Geringsing woven fabrics are sacred and they believe it protects them against diseases and evil spirits. The technique of making Geringsing is very complex where both warp and weft threads are carefully tie-dyed and cross-dyed. The pattern only emerges as the cloth is woven.

Our guide showing us ikats and double ikats  his mother and grandmother had woven


and explaining the pattern.



And talking about textiles; yes I did get some quilting batik, about 100 yards give or take ;)!!!

This is at the warehouse where bolts of fabric as well as jelly rolls and fat quarter packs are prepared to be shipped to the US.







It was slightly chaotic and very hot and sticky at the warehouse but definitely worth the visit!

And here's the loot I brought home: 



extra wide fabric for backings


and a few precuts!


And since I'm willing to share, how about a little give away? So do come back next week to check it out.

I hope I haven't bored you too much with all the photos. Thanks for sticking with me to the end ;).
Cheers
Vreni xx

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Classroom Bunting

A few years ago, when my daughter started teaching, I made her a Dr. Seuss quilt for the reading corner and gave her some of the books for her own classroom library. I still had some fabric of that quilt in my stash and decided to make a bunting to hang up in her class room. I added a few other pieces from my scrap bin. 



It's actually one long sting of bunting, but I couldn't get it all into one picture. A friend of mine was kind enough to cut the letters on her AccuQuilt fabric cutter.

With the few flags I had left I made another shorter bunting. I think that would look nice in a baby or kid's room.


I also had to make a block for another of my quilting friends who is leaving Singapore. She requested Singapore Nature and I came up with this


It's supposed to be a lotus flower bud, in case you can't tell.

And I've been shopping! A local shop is carrying the whole of the Steel + Cotton range and at a very competitive price too. For now I bought mostly blender fabrics, but I might have to go back for more. I think they are such versatile and pretty colours/patterns and are great additions to my stash. 


We are off to Bali next week; let's see if I can find some lovely batiks for my stash as well. I'll keep you in the loop.
Cheers
Vreni x