Caturday pillow

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve been on a paper piecing kick this summer!

Phases like this usually  set in after I’ve finished a couple of traditionally pieced quilts. In true fashion I made some baby quilts in spring and since felt drawn to smaller projects that include more precise designs. I’d never have the patience to make a bigger quilt with the paper piecing technique, but there are so many great blocks out there that translate well into a pillow cover or other small projects.

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I’m in love with the Kitten Around  block by Michael Ann Made. I had this idea of a pillow top with 4 cat blocks set inside a colourful frame, so I went ahead and purchased the pattern. To mix my layout up a bit I mirrored one cat template before printing the copies out. This way one of the kittens ins facing the other way. Sneaky thing!

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For the colour palette I started out with a fabric I was set on using on the backside of the pillow –  it’s from the Collage collection by Carrie Bloomston. I pulled coordinating prints and basics from my stash and ended up with a colour story pretty unusual for my taste. But since I had already decided to turn this project into a birthday gift for a good friend, it fit perfectly. She loves cats and I knew the palette would please her eye. Win!

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Prior to sewing the 4 cat blocks I added strips of fabrics to two sides of each of the block. This formed a kind of log cabin finish framing the central blocks.

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The finished pillow cover measures 16×16” (so fits a standard small pillow size 40x40cm, as we have them available in Germany). I used my zipper technique for fully quilted pillows again, since I quilted both the front and back side of the cover. The bonus using this method is that there’s no ‘backside’. Instead the pillow is equally usable from both sides.

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I finished this work in progress in time to enter it into the ‘Modern Makers Retreat Cushion Palooza’. If you check their hashtag #mmrcushionpalooza on Instagram, you will find a wonderfully inspiring collection of all sort of handmade pillows.

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‘Glass Half Full’ quilt

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe shift from blogging to instagram has been a topic discussed online for the past two years or so.

I only started this blog two summers ago and had all the intentions to keep blogging, although I’ve been on instagram longer than this blog exists. I still make a point to stage a photoshoot for all my bigger finished pieces, but I rarely write up entries any more. All the action does seem to go down on Instagram, it’s just so more convinient. And so I happen to have my hard drive full of pictures for potential blog posts.

This bigger quilt I photographed back in May, so I must have finished it around April or so. I had the top completed for almost a year, but I was so scared to put a quilt of that size under my tiny machine for quilting. When I finally pulled the plug, quilting actually went rather smoothly. Keeping the straight line quilting to a simple crosshedge pattern certainly helped that.

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My idea was to keep the quilt itself monochromatic, so it would blend easily into a room that was already busy and colourfully decorated (as our living areas happen to be). All fabrics used are a shade of teal/aqua/turquiose broken up into equal parts of high and lower value.This was my first time sewing drunkard’s path blocks or curves for that matter. By the amount of blocks I made it’s pretty easy to guess that I enjoyed it ;-)

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The original thought behind the pattern was a half moon, but as I progressed it didn’t have so much of a moonshine-y feel to it. Rather the colours along with the curves and edges reminded me of seaglass. This eventually evolved into the name of ‘Glass Half Full’ because a little portion of optimism can never hurt, right?

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The finished quilt measures 58 x 82” after washing. Fabrics I used range from Joel Dewberry, Cotton + Steel to Lotta Jansdotter and Katy Jones’ Priory Square. The backing is from IKEA. By using the full width including the broad selvedge I avoided piecing the backing (which is one of my least favourite tasks in quilting). For batting I used Warm + White.

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And when it came to bind this quilt (which in turn is my favourite part) I felt the whole thing was in bad need of a pop of colour. I think my eyes must have been saturated by teal at that point. I had enough Kona Cactus left from another project and to my own suprise it works great as a contrast binding.

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I’m entering the ‘Glass Half Full’ Quilt into the Large Quilt section of this season’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival which runs from September 19-30th on Amy’s Creative Side. You can vote on your favourites in each category starting Saturday.

Have a good week and cheers to all of you still reading and following blogs!!

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Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters.

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Forest Floor – wall hanging / play mat

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Before I owned a sewing machine I would sew little projects by hand. One of my favourite things to make were bird mobiles (after a free bird pattern that was since taken down – here‘s the full story on it). I added small leaves to the mobiles to add a little interest – and this is when I did my first (hand) quilting stitches – a crease across the middle of the little sandwiched leaves.

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When Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost asked me to stitch up something with her new Forest Floor line, this presented the perfect opportunity to bring my little leaves back. Those greens screamed for it!  I have been loving this line ever since I first saw some sneak peaks posted on instagram. I love the forest – a long walk through the woods is the best way for me to recharge and it’s one of the things I miss most in my urban hood. I couldn’t put it better than this:

“Inspired by her experience of living in the forest, Bonnie creates a whimsical world where dreams of a magical place come to life.  Forest Floor hopes to ignite the exploration of forest curiosities, and take you on an adventure filled with green and oak flora and delicate berry tinted fauna that inhabits the wondrous depths of the mountains.”

 

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I was instantly drawn to the moody colour palette of this collection. ‘Forest Floor’ seems a little different from most collections on the market. I love that Bonnie dared to pick darker shades of grey, brown and mossy green to rightly caption the fascination of the woods.

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Once I had finished all my leaves, I pieced and quilted the project (which measures 13” by 16.5”) using the Quilt-As-You-Go technique. (I just positioned the respective leaves prior to sewing the branch strips down, stitching through the stem part of the leaves).

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Turned around, each leaf contains a different print of the collection, making it a little game (for small ones). I actually love the idea that the wall hanging might as well be used as a play mat – and a portable one even: The hangers can be wrapped around the project – just by folding the mat in half and then again and wrapping the strips around and securing them where they meet the knobs (yes, that’s what these are for!)

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And ta-da, it’s a portable play mat!

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dates

This is the last stop on the Forest Floor blog tour. If you head over to here you’ll find a list of all the beautiful projects & makers involved. I’m very happy I got to be a part of it!

P.S. if you have been here before you might have noticed that the look of veni vidi vicky has changed a good bit. I’m still in the process of settling on a final logo amongst other things, so don’t get used to this too much ;-)
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the Hebe quilt

This is me catching up with the projects I finished during my recent blog hiatus – hey!

Our friends seem to keep on having babies, so I’m staying busy sewing up a baby quilt every couple of months. I don’t mean to complain, making something beautiful with a new person in mind is a pretty fulfilling pastime. And I love the size of baby quilts – they are such a quick finish and I can try out designs that I don’t dare to take to the bed-sized format quite yet.

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I made the Hebe quilt in February for my boyfriend’s cousin’s baby (are you still with me?) born at the end of last year. Fashionably late, but it was still much appreciated as the baby was about to get a little more mobile around that time, so the quilt could be used as a play mat.

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I went pretty much all out with colour on this one. I had the idea of making a rainbow quilt with a minimal/modern feel to it. So I really cut down on the layout – consisting of 16 squares cut from 16 individual fabrics each missing a corner that was replaced by the mustard background fabric. Not to waste any fabric I included an assembled strip of the ‘missing’ corners into the border of the quilt.

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Just like I like my quilts, the finished thing turned out extra texture-y thanks to a rather dense crosshatch quilting. When it came out of the wash really crinkly I might have squealed a little.

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The baby’s name isn’t Hebe as one might assume, but this fair lady’s is:

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As I was out and about photographing the quilt with my quilt-photographer in crime, we passed this elderly couple stopping in front of a statue at our local park. He mentioned to her, that the woman pictured was the goddess Hebe, daughter of Zeus and Hera. As they walked on we threw the quilt over Hebe’s arm and a namesake was born.

Do you have a story about naming a quilt?
Please share, I would love to hear about it!

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This post is linked up with
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, Let's Bee Social at 
Sew Fresh Quilts, Scraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt,
Fabric Frenzy Friday at Forth Worth Fabric Studio, 
Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts,
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story and Modern Patch Day at Modern
Cologne Quilter.

 

a time for new beginnings

Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Backyard Roses blog tour.

Backyard Roses is Nadra Ridgeway‘s second fabric line for Riley Blake, shipping now. The blooming designs in a pastel colour palette with additional deeper shades of  green, red, orange and yellow give off quite the springy vibe – just perfect for this time of the year.

Going with the springy theme of new beginnings, we adopted a dog over the Easter Weekend. Meet Lupa, our spanish rescue.

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Let me tell you, there’s nothing better than the unconditional love of a pet. And I love her back quite a bit, too – so naturally I had to make this dog a quilt and then some (it’s a quilter’s love language ;-)).

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I hadn’t really worked with a bigger quantity of Riley Blake fabrics before and I was pleasantly surprised about the weight and structure. It has a very soft, velvety feel to it, while still being sturdy (much like RJR) I much prefer this to the silky touch of Art Gallery’s. The only issue I had, was that while basting, I couldn’t get to tape the backing fabric to the floor for some reason. It seemed like the backside of the fabric had an almost waxy texture to it. This might be a freak issue though or a simple prewash could clear the surface, I just didn’t want to not mention this.

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I love how the Backyard Roses prints contrast with Lupa’s dark curls, just as I had imagined when I thought this project up. Lupa has several spots to lay down in our place and I’m sure the quilt will become one of her favourite ones.

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See you all soon!

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This post is linked with Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory and 
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Please have a look at all the other past and future stops on this tour, there are so many great people participating!

veni vidi vicky | Backyard Roses

veni vidi vicky | Backyard Roses

18.4.2016 Julia rileyblakedesigns.com/blog
19.4.2016 Christina onelittlepooh.net
20.4.2016 Dorthe lalala-patchwork.blogspot.com
21.4.2016 Liz simplesimonandco.com
22.4.2016 Sedef downgrapevinelane.com
23.4.2016 Vicky venividivicky.wordpress.com
25.4.2016 Erin whynotsew.blogspot.com
26.4.2016 Amanda www.jedicraftgirl.com
27.4.2016 Gesine allie-and-me-design.blogspot.com
28.4.2016 Peta shequiltsalot.com
29.4.2016 Sharon lilabellelane.blogspot.com
30.4.2016 Barbara das-mach-ich-nachts.com
2.5.2016 Jemima tiedwitharibbon.com
3.5.2016 Ashley mommybydaycrafterbynight.com
4.5.2016 Taunja carriedawayquilting.blogspot.com
5.5.2016 Judith septembersquiltdelight.blogspot.com
6.5.2016 Melissa ohhowsweet.com
7.5.2016 Iva schnigschnag-quiltsandmore.com
9.5.2016 Lisa aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com
10.5.2016 Katharina greenfietsen.blogspot.com
11.5.2016 Andy abrightcorner.com
12.5.2016 Nadra ellisandhiggs.com

blue & grey – another pillow

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Quilted pillow covers are quickly becoming my new favourite presents to give. Over the weekend I made one for my little brother. I tried to make it as boyish as possible, pulling from my blue and grey stash.

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I went with simple HSTs because they’re quick to make and I love the piecing process.

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A quilted pillow cover might not seem like a go-to gift for a male turning sixteen, but he’s a bit of a maker himself, so I hope he’ll appreciate and most of all like it.

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I had a Denyse Schmidt print that fitted so well with the colour scheme. I think it makes a great backing, it called for a grid quilting pattern! I’m still getting used to my new found love for Denyse’s fabric, so that might play into my appreciation ;-)

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And I put my pillow zipper closure method to use again. I’m so happy I figured this out, so quick, such a clean finish. Sorry for keep going on about this…

So that’s it. I don’t get a lot of sewing done at the moment, as I’m preoccupied with other things, but whenever I do, I try to share. I’m looking forward to our September vacation, where I plan to pack my EPP stuff.

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Blossom Heart Quilts, Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory,
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and
Thread Thursday at MY Quilt Infatuation.

#tagged [baby quilt]

#tagged baby quilt | veni vidi vicky

A while back I shared some progress snaps of this quilt on Instagram. I remember it was the first heat wave of the summer and I was happy to sew with berry and fruit coloured fabric.

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#tagged baby quilt | veni vidi vicky

I actually finished it a while back, but it took a bit to get pictures and to gift it to its new little owner. Now that all of this is done, here are some impressions:

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#tagged baby quilt | veni vidi vicky

#tagged, because it’s such an obvious name, which stuck with me, once it implanted in my brain as a working title. I made this pattern up using blocks consisting of hourglasses (one of my favs) and rectangle pieces. I hope to get this into published/written form at some point.

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#tagged baby quilt | veni vidi vicky
#tagged baby quilt | veni vidi vicky

The pretty large pieces within each block offer the chance to really show different prints off. When I make baby quilts I try to make them bold, colourful and I usually include stimulating patterns or prints for the baby to explore.

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#tagged baby quilt | veni vidi vicky

So happy I found the orange striped fabric in my stash, it made for the perfect binding. The fabrics I used making this quilt are of various origin. There’s an IKEA print, Tula Pink, Cotton + Steel and some that I don’t even know what they are. The background is from Jeni Baker’s Dreamin’ Vintage collection and was the perfect find for this.

Have a great weekend everyone =)

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quilts, Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, Fabric
Tuesday at Quiltstory, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.