Tag: Quilting

Tiny squares and triangles

Last night I went out for supper with my dear friend Suzie. And as it was her birthday not too long ago, I had made a little zippered pouch for her earlier this week. It was one of those nice little projects that keep you busy for two evenings or so. Not that I have too many unfinished items lying around, but I still really enjoy making things in one go.

It was by far my smallest patchwork project so far. The raw squares that I cut were two inches big, which seemed like a fairly manageable size. But after trimming one corner of each square in order to exchange the little triangles and then sewing them all back together, they were only just over one inch “big”. It really feels different to iron such an assembly when all you can see from the back is seams and more seams! ūüėõ But it all worked out and after quilting (do you like the contrasting green thread?) they stayed nice and flat.¬†And I was glad that my friend liked the color scheme! I knew I’d better stay away from any kind of pink and chose some grey, teal and lime green instead.

Thanks again for the great evening, Suzie, I really enjoyed it!

Wedding plaids

I know it’s been quiet on the blog for a while, but when I just saw that the last post was more than three months ago, I was actually a bit shocked! One reason certainly is that with Paul back at work after parental leave,¬†it’s been harder to find the time for my beloved sewing projects. But in addition to that, I’ve also mostly¬†been working on bigger projects (like quilts…) which is not exactly¬†ideal for frequent posts either… ūüėČ

Anyways… It’s my cousin’s wedding today, so I made¬†a quilt¬†for them. It’s a grey and navy blue plaid pattern this time, with thin¬†golden accent stripes. I chose to stay away from patterned fabrics this time and only use solids, because I thought that would look nicer with the¬†simple design of the quilt.

I didn’t take any pictures of the process this time, but all the steps were the same as with my last quilt. Well, almost… this time, everything was square – not just all the pieces, but I also chose to quilt in straight lines (as opposed to my usual wavy lines) to match the plaid pattern of the quilt top.


And of course,¬†I also¬†“hid” a¬†personal triangle in one of the corners of the back of the quilt.


Here’s a close-up of the embroidery:


On my previous quilts I always hand-stitched that little message, but somehow I never really enjoyed that process… So I decided to try to get my sewing machine for the job this time. I marked the letters with a fabric marker, then followed the lines stitch by stitch – litteraly! ūüėČ In the end, I don’t think it was a lot faster, but I really like how it turned out. No more hand-stitching in he future, yey! ūüėõ

I only finished the quilt two days ago, so unfortunately, I couldn’t get it to the bridal couple in time, but I hope they’ll still like it with a few weeks of delay!


Congratulations again, Laura and Dominik! We hope you’re¬†enjoying lots of¬†truly wonderful moments today and we wished we could be there today to celebrate this very special day with you! We’re thinking of you today!!! ūüíõ

Twelve little housies…

The bedroom is finally ours again, yey! ūüôā

Please don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed sharing it with the little monster¬†when he was a baby¬†and found it so practical for nighttime feedings to have him right beside me in his co-sleeper. But when he started to constantly climb into my bed, I was more than ready for his transition to the kids room. While I remember this transition to be quite easy with the big monster at the time, it was a bit trickier this time around:¬†TWO monsters, ONE room – problem! It took us a little while but somehow we¬†figured out a way to make them both¬†go to bed without waking each other up¬†– at least most nights…

Anyways, the bedroom is ours again and while Paul and the big monster were visiting the grandparents for a week, I finally managed to finish the quilt for our bed. It seems like it took forever, but the timing made for a really nice surprise upon their return!

The first thing I knew when¬†thinking about¬†different design ideas¬†for the quilt was that I wanted¬†to somehow incorporate the leaves that I¬†stitched onto¬†our head board. Then I happened to¬†find a light grey fabric with a beautiful¬†leaves print¬†that¬†perfectly went together¬†with¬†its charcoal color. And finally, when browsing through Pinterest for more inspiration, I came across a quilt with twelve houses arranged in a square that I instantly loved. And since Paul really liked it too, that was a really easy decision. (I might be slightly obsessed with houses…¬†I already have house-shaped display boxes in my crafts corner, then Paul¬†made me this house shelf not too long ago and at some point¬†I may¬†also have suggested a house shape for the chalkboard in our kitchen…)

So I started¬†with a sketch of the quilt and decided to fill the center and the corners of the quilt with arrow heads that I find look really nice with the houses. The colors that I used for the sketch¬†are just due to the limited selection of¬†pencil crayons that I have, not reflecting the color palette I really had in mind for the quilt…


Then I figured out all the pieces and their dimensions that I would need to “build” my little village.


When it came to choosing fabrics I actually found one that featured a grey bricks print (what better coincidence could you imagine?!) and decided to also use some yellow for highlights. After cutting all the pieces I made a numbered stack for each house which included all the little squares and triangles for the walls, the door and windows and the roof.


I started by sewing subsections of all the houses, then ironed them and put them together to make complete houses.


Here’s the whole pile of all twelve of them.


As a final design check I laid all the blocks out on the floor and after one or two changes, I was happy with the position of all the houses: all neighboring houses different, not too much yellow in one area of the quilt etc…


Next, I cut and assembled the pieces for all the arrow heads…


… added¬†the last few¬†charcoal pieces for the background, and eventually joined everything to form the quilt top. Once ironed it looked like this:


To prepare the quilt sandwich, I used the same spot on our living room floor as I did when basting my parents’ quilt.


Two hours, 300 safety pins and a glass of wine later…


In order to facilitate the quilting of that huge thing my favorite husband¬†made me a quilting table! It’s a wooden board that contoures perfectly around my sewing machine and¬†for an even larger surface I can “attach” our ironing board by slipping its tip between this board and the table underneath. So great!


I started quilting the most painful part first, the dark square with the arrow heads in the middle. Again, as with my parents’ quilt, I chose to stitch wavy lines, but thanks to the raised surface of the quilting board, it was a lot easier to maneuver the quilt and especially to keep its weight off the sewing needle. So (almost) no cursing this time! ūüėČ


I also stitched wavy lines all over the houses and decided to add some leaves to the dark frame around the houses. Approaching one of the last leaves on the outermost quilting line…


As the last step after trimming the edges of the quilt I attached the binding, using once again the grey leaves fabric that I mentioned at the start of this post.


The stitched leaves did not turn out as perfect as I was hoping – a lot of them are a bit wonky and the stitches vary a lot in size -, but overall they look really nice together with the binding I find. Here is a closeup of one of the prettier ones:

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I also¬†made a label again that I placed in one of the corners of the back of the quilt. Unlike my parents though, Paul did not find it until I gave him a hint… ūüėČ


And here’s a picture of the quilt on our bed. Taking a nice picture of a big object like this is not all that easy. I might give it another try in our backyard once it stops raining… ūüėČ