Friday, August 15, 2014

Sew Together Bag finished

 It's finished: the Flea Market Fancy Sew Together Bag!
 I already packed a lot of sewing notions into it, but there still is space for more.

 We will go on vacation next week, and I will take the bag and my Kaffe Stars with me to do a bit of hand sewing.
 I sewed the binding down by hand.
Just love the outside fabric! I wish I had enough of it to make an autumnal table cloth.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sew Together Bag

 I wanted to make a Sew Together Bag from Sew Demented for a few weeks now.
Yesterday I received a whole rainbow of zippers that I ordered online.
But which fabrics should I use? 
Finally I chose to use the bundle of original Flea Market Fancy that I had in my stash for years.
I like this 70s color scheme at the moment, and so the bag would match my cute 70s sewing basket.
 Here are the fabrics that I chose for the inside of the bag.
And this is what I did until now. 
So far it was fun. Zippers are not exactly my favorite, but they went quite smoothly.
The Sew Together Bag Sew Along at the Quilt Barn has a lot of pictures and was very helpful.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Mini Rainbow Star Quilt is finished

 The Mini Rainbow Star is a finished little quilt!
Here you can see that it is a little less than 9" square.
It is made out of 144 squares that are 1/2" finished 
(1" unfinished).
For the background I chose Sketch in black, and the binding is a small zig zag in white and grey.
 I only quilted in the background.
Everything else was too stiff from all the seam allowances to pull a needle through.
 There was a little Show and Tell in the dolls house today. :-)

Go away with that mug! I don't want coffee on my new quilt! ;-)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WIP: a new Mini Quilt

 A friend of mine who also has dolls and model horses, asked me if I would make her a miniature Rainbow Star quilt. 
I thought it would be best to work with an interfacing. 
You know, the technique where you iron your fabric pieces to the interfacing, then sew in one direction, cut the seams open, and sew the other direction.
This way, you can get pretty good results with small pieces.
So I prepared the interfacing pieces with an 1" grid,
and cutted a lot of 1" squares in a rainbow of colors.
 Arranging the squares, and pressing them down to the interfacing.
(ignore the checked background, that was only for pressing.
 I forgot to take pictures of the next stages, but now the little top (around 9" square) is finished.
My friend wanted a black background, so I chose the back sketch fabric.
 Come back Friday for the finished mini! ;-)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kaffe's Stars WIP

Sorry for my absence from the blog lately.
Every summer when it gets hot, my productivity decreases rapidly.
My sewing room is the hottest room of the house, so I try to avoid it, 
and I also don't like to use the iron, or wrestle with big fabric pieces.
But at least I managed to sew some new Kaffe Fassett stars.
Now I have 18 finished stars out of approx. 60.
For the background I want to find a nice shot cotton. 
Not sure about the color yet, maybe a shade of blue.
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.

Monday, July 14, 2014

a UFO from the last Millennium

 Yesterday I unearthed my oldest UFO, I think. 
Tucked away in this cute tin can were a few fat quarters of Kaffe Fassett woven stripes, a lot of already cutted diamonds, and a few finished stars.
 I know that I planned a quilt like this one from Kaffe's book Welcome Home, that was published in 1999. It must have been the same year when I started this project, because I remember having the tin with me and sewing the stars when we were in Denmark for the first time, and that was 1999, too.
15 years ago...wow!...it's time to work on it again, I think. The stars would make a great hand sewing project to take with me next month, when we are in Denmark again.
I sewed a few yesterday, and it was such a quick work, compared to the small hexagons. 
For the background I think I'll search for a nice blue Shot Cotton fabric.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

on the Design Wall

 I finished the last stars and flowers for my hexie quilt, and put them all up on the design wall.
At first in a scrappy version (above),...
... but then I thought about a rainbow-y layout.
What do you think? What would you do? 
I still have to make some partial stars for the gaps in the top and bottom, but I'll decide on the right colors and fabrics later.
 And here they are, the very last flowers and stars I sewed during the last days.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Piggy Bank Challenge

Val at Val's Quilting Studio hosts a fun challenge on her blog:
save your cange and other coins lying around in your home, add a few bills if you like, and after one year we'll see how much we saved.
This cute, handpainted piggy was a gift from my parents. 
Today, I took the 50 Cents that laid on top of  the washing machine for one week, and a few smaller coins from my purse, and made a start.
Next year I will spend the money either on fabric (surprise!) or take it with me when we go on vacation.
My husband collects his change in this money can. He did it for quite some time now and plans to continue until the can is full. It has no opening, so he will have to use a can opener if he wants to get his money. :-)


Val's Quilting Studio

Come and play along, let's see how much we can save! :-)

In other news, this is the very last star for my hexie quilt. All the flowers are done, too!
Stay tuned for wednesday! I hope to have it all on the design wall then.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Hexagons von Hand ohne Papier nähen

 Here is the english version of this tutorial.
An meine deutschen Leser: ich dachte mir, daß ich diesen Post auch nochmal auf deutsch schreibe, da er vielleicht einige von Euch interessiert.
Wenn ich in letzter Zeit mein Hexie Projekt hier gezeigt habe, hatte ich ein paar Kommentare von Quiltern, die dachten, ich würde English Paper Piecing machen, oder die Teile mit der Maschine zusammen nähen.
Daher will ich Euch heute mal zeigen, wie ich es tatsächlich mache.
EPP mag ich nämlich überhaupt nicht. Irgendwie macht mich das total ungeduldig und versetzt mich in schlechte Laune. Das steife, knisternde Papier ist einfach nicht mein Ding, und ich finde auch, es dauert soo lange.
Da ich trotzdem ein entspanntes Handnäh-Projekt haben will, und nicht immer vor der Maschine sitzen mag, nähe ich die Hexies OHNE Papier von Hand zusammen:


Mein Vater hat mir diese tolle Fenster-Schablone aus ganz dünnem Sperrholz gemacht, aber mittlerweile kann man sowas auch aus Plastik in div. Größen kaufen.
Mit einem weichen Druckbleistift markiere ich die Näh- und die Schneidelinie.


  Wenn alle Hexies ausgeschnitten sind, arrangiere ich sie so, wie ich sie zusammennähen will.


Zum Handnähen braucht man nicht viele Utensilien. Es reichen ein Fingerhut, eine Stecknadel, eine Nähnadel, Faden und eine kleine Schere.
Beim Faden bevorzuge ich YLI Select, da der sich nicht verknotet und verdreht, und bei den Nadeln Roxanne #11 Sharps.
Einen Faden einfädeln, das Ende verknoten, und los gehts!

Nimm die ersten 2 Hexies, rechte Seiten zueinander, und stecke die Stecknadel ans Ende der Naht. 
Nie in die Nahtzugaben hinein nähen!
Fange am Anfang der Naht an und "lade" ein paar Stiche auf einmal auf die Nadel, mit einem simplen "rauf-runter-rauf" Vorstich. Versuche, möglichst kleine Stiche zu machen, aber trotzdem beide Stofflagen zu erwischen. Das braucht evtl. etwas Übung.

Achtung: ich bin Linkshänderin, deshalb sehen die Fotos für Dich evtl. spiegelverkehrt aus, wenn du Rechtshänder/in bist. ;-)


Etwa in der Mitte der Naht mache ich einen Rückstich für mehr Stabilität, und nähe dann direkt weiter bis zu Ende der Naht.
Nimm die Stecknadel heraus und vernähe den Faden.



  Am besten immer auch die andere Seite kontrollieren. Die Naht soll genau auf der Bleistiftlinie verlaufen.


  Mach weiter, bis Du die ganze Reihe von Hexies zusammen hast.


  Erst Reihen zu nähen, und die dann zusammen zu nähen, finde ich schneller, als jedes Teilchen einzeln an die langsam wachsende Blume zu nähen, aber das ist nur meine persönliche Vorliebe.


Nimm die ersten beiden Reihen, und stecke nur den ersten Teil der Naht zusammen. Dabei die Nahtzugaben in die andere Richtung streichen, damit sie nicht mit in die Naht geraten. Nähe diesen ersten Teil der Naht.

  Laß den Faden hängen, stecke den nächsten Teil, und nähe auch den.


  Mache so weiter, bis die zwei Reihen komplett zusammen genäht sind.


  Dann auch die anderen Reihen eine nach der anderen annähen, bis die Blume fertig ist.


  Bügle sie am besten sofort, denn es ist absolut langweililg und dauert eine Ewigkeit, alle Blumen auf einmal bügeln zu müssen.
(Ihr könnt Euch denken, wie ich das rausgefunden habe...)

Hier seht Ihr die gebügelte Rückseite. Ich habe festgestellt, daß auf diese Weise die Blume am flachsten liegt und die Nahtzugaben keine dicken Buckel machen.
Das war es auch schon! Eine Methode, Hexies schön gemütlich mit der Hand zu nähen, auch wenn Ihr EPP nicht mögt.
Tatsächlich sind ein Großteil der amerikanischen Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilts der 30er und 40er Jahre so entstanden, denn wie der Name EPP schon sagt, das war eher die englische Methode.
Sicherlich hat auch die Ihre Vorteile, vor allem bei sehr kleinen Teilen. Man muß beim Zuschneiden nicht so achtgeben, Hauptsache die Papierteile haben die richtige Größe.
Aber wenn man beim Nähen aufpasst, daß man auf der Linie bleibt, und nicht in die Nahtzugaben hinein näht, kann man auch ohne Papier gute Ergebnisse erzielen. ;-)

Hand Sewing Hexagons without Paper

Hier gibts die deutsche Version dieses Tutorials.
When I posted about my hexagon project, I recently had a few comments from people who thought my hexies are english paper pieced, or machine pieced.
So I would like to show you how I actually do them.
I have to say that I don't like EPP. It makes me impatient and grumpy to work with the stiff and crackling paper.
So I simply sew the hexies together by hand with a running stitch. 
Here is what I do:
My father made me this window template out of very thin plywood. But they are also readily available out of template pastic. I mark the sewing AND the cutting line with a soft pencil.
 Once you have cutted your hexies, arrange them until you are happy with the result.
 All you need for hand sewing is your thimble, a pin, a needle, small scissors and good quality thread.
I prefer YLI Select and Roxanne #11 sharps.
Thread your needle and knot the thread.
 Take your first two hexies, right sides together, and pin the end of the seam. Do not sew into the seam allowances! Start at the beginning and take a few stitches at once, just up and down through both layers of fabric.
Please note: I am left handed, so this may look mirror-image to you if you are right handed. ;-)
 Approx. at the middle of the seam, take one back stitch for more stability, and sew to the end.
 Take the pin out, make another back stitch and finish the seam with your favorite technique.
(I prefer to knot the thread)
 Check the other side, too. The seam should be just where the pencil line is.
 Continue to sew the hexies together in rows.
 Rows are faster than adding each individual hexie to your growing flower, but that is a personal preference.
 Take the first tow rows, and pin only the first section of the seam.
Sew this section, avoiding the seam allowances.
 Take the pin out and pin the next section, then sew it.
 Continue to do so until your two rows are together.
 Soon you'll have a finished flower!
 Press it now, because it is absolutely boring and time-consuming to press ALL the flowers at once when you are finished sewing them all.
Here you can see the back side. Pressing this way makes the pieces lay flat and avoids bulk in the seam allowances.
That's it! A nice, portable hand sewing project for everybody who don't like EPP but loves hexagons and hand sewing.