Forest Floor – wall hanging / play mat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis project takes me back to the roots (how fitting!) of my quilting journey.

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.

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.”



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.


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).


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!)


And ta-da, it’s a portable play mat!



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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story and Modern Patch Day at Modern
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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.

veni vidi vicky | Backyard Roses

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 ;-)).


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.

veni vidi vicky | Backyard Roses

veni vidi vicky | Backyard Roses

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.

veni vidi vicky | Backyard Roses

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
19.4.2016 Christina
20.4.2016 Dorthe
21.4.2016 Liz
22.4.2016 Sedef
23.4.2016 Vicky
25.4.2016 Erin
26.4.2016 Amanda
27.4.2016 Gesine
28.4.2016 Peta
29.4.2016 Sharon
30.4.2016 Barbara
2.5.2016 Jemima
3.5.2016 Ashley
4.5.2016 Taunja
5.5.2016 Judith
6.5.2016 Melissa
7.5.2016 Iva
9.5.2016 Lisa
10.5.2016 Katharina
11.5.2016 Andy
12.5.2016 Nadra

blue & grey – another pillow

blue & grey HST pillow | veni vidi vicky

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.

blue & grey HST pillow | veni vidi vicky

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.

blue & grey HST pillow | veni vidi vicky

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 ;-)

blue & grey HST pillow | veni vidi vicky

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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#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.

#tagged baby quilt | veni vidi vicky
#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:

#tagged baby quilt | veni vidi vicky
#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.

#tagged baby quilt | veni vidi vicky
#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.

#tagged baby quilt | veni vidi vicky
#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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fruity coasters [tutorial] summer blog party

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

Hey friends, today it’s my turn at the Summer Blog Party – a blog hop based in Germany, delivering a summer-themed tutorial every day for the course of two weeks. Andrea of Quiltmanufaktur and Susanne of Stoffbreite are hosting. Yesterday, Katharina of greenfietsen shared a tutorial for a wonderful bag, that closes with a knot! Check out the list of all the participants at the bottom of this post! It’s Verena’s (zeit für patchwork) turn tomorrow, I can’t wait to see what she makes. I usually write my posts in English, but today I’m sharing in German, too.

My contribution is a fruity set of coasters. It comes with a pattern and tutorial.

Hallo zusammen, heute ist mein Tag der Sommer Blog Party. Der deutsche Blog-Hop wird von Andrea (Quiltmanufaktur) und Susanne (Quilt it Out) organisiert. Am Ende dieses Posts sind alle Teilnehmner aufgelistet. Diese Woche gab es schon ganz tolle und nützliche Anleitungen für den Sommer. Habt ihr gestern die tolle geknotete Tasche von Katharina (greenfietsen) gesehen? Morgen ist dann Verena (zeit für patchwork) an der Reihe. Ich bin schon gespannt was sie vorbereitet hat!

Mein kleiner Beitrag ist ein fruchtiges Set Glasuntersetzer. Hier kommt die Anleitung inklusiver Vorlage.

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

MATERIALS for 5 coasters:
* fabric in pink, orange and citron, about a Fat Quarter of Each
(generous measure!)
* print outs of the pattern
(please note you need a sheet for each citron and orange block)
* muslin fabric for the background
(super cheap and has a lovely natural look to it) scraps of batting

MATERIAL für 5 Untersetzer:
* Stoff in pink, orange und zitronengelb, je circa ein Fat Quarter

(das ist aber großzügig bemessen)
* Nesselstoff als Hintergrund
(sehr preiswert und hat einen schönen ‘Naturlook’)
* Die bei 100% ausgedruckte Anleitung
(bitte beachten: bei Zitrone und Orange wird pro Block ein Ausdruck gebraucht!)
* Ein bisschen Volumenvlies (prima Resteverwertung!)

First print the pattern / Zuerst die Vorlage ausdrucken

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

For the first step, piece the (circular) blocks according to the pattern. Part of the process calls for foundation piecing. If you’re new to this or need a little reminder, take a look at this video.

Zunächst solltet ihr die (runden) Blöcke laut der Vorlage zusammensetzen. Dafür müsst ihr teilweise die Foundation Paper Piecing Methode anwenden. Wenn ihr das noch nie gemacht habt, oder eine kleine Wissensauffrischung braucht, empfiele ich dieses Video.

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

After you have your blocks ready, quilt them. In order to do so cut a small piece of batting and place it under your fruit block – no backing or pinning needed. Quilt as desired. (I’m a straight-line-quilting devotee!)

Wenn ihr die Blöcke fertig genäht habt, werden sie gequiltet. Schneidet dazu ein passendes Stück Vlies aus, legt es unter den Block und fangt an abzusteppen. Eine Rückseite oder voriges Pinnen ist hier nicht nötig. Quiltet die Blöcke so wie ihr mögt (Ich bin ein großer Straight-Line-Quilting Fan!)

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

Now take a compass or a round object of the right size (a diameter about 3/4″ shorter than your block) and mark on the muslin. This will be the backside of the coaster. Mark another smaller circle 1/4″ from the edge. Put the quilted block and the backside right sides together and sew round on the marked line. It’s important to leave about 1/5th of the circle open. Backstitch at start and finish to secure your seam.

Nun schnappt euch einen Zirkel, oder auch einen passend großen runden Gegenstand (ungefähr 2cm kleiner als der Block im Durchmesser) als Vorlage für die kreisförmige Nessel-Rückseite des Untersetzers. Markiert 1/4″ vom Rand die Nahtlinie. Legt den gequilteten Block und den Kreis auf rechts zusammen und näht entlang der gekennzeichneten Linie. Dabei muss circa ein Fünftel des Kreises “offen” bleiben. Die Naht am Anfang und Ende kurz vernähen.

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After sewing trim with a 1/8″ seam allowance. Turn your coaster inside out, press the opening closed and sew near the edge to finish your coaster. Bury the threads on the backside.

Nach dem Nähen, schneidet auf die richtige Größe zu. Am besten mit einer sehr knappen Nahtzugabe von 1/8″. Nun dreht das Genähte von Innen nach Außen, bügelt die Öffnung zu und näht erneut dicht entlang des Randes. Am Ende müssen noch die Fadenenden verknotet und abgeschnitten werden (am Besten auf der Rückseite).

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky
Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

These little coasters are pretty quick to make and could make a nice little gift for a friend, just because =) Last year I sewed up a storm of coaster sets to bring to various weddings. I love to give personal things, but there isn’t always time to make a whole quilt.

Die Untersetzer sind ein schnell zu nähendes Projekt, und lassen sich gut verschenken. Letztes Jahr habe ich einige Untersetzer Sets als Hochzeitsgeschenke verschenkt. Das war eine ziemlich einfache Art einem unpersönlichen Geldgeschenk einen persönlichen Touch zu geben, ohne gleich ein ganzes Quilt nähen zu müssen.

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vickyFruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

Fabrics used are from Cotton + Steel, Lotta Jansdotter and Carolyn Friedlander. That’s a pretty precise representation of designs I love!

Die verwendeten Stoffe stammen aus Cotton + Steel, Lotta Jansdotter und Carolyn Friedlander Kollektionen. Eine ziemlich gute Repräsentation meiner Lieblingsdesigner!

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky
The citron and the orange blocks are a little tricky as a lot of seams are meeting at the center point. I could have done better ;-)

Die Zitronen- und Orangenblöcke sind etwas trickreich, weil sich mittig sehr viele Nähte treffen. Bei mir besteht da noch Steigerungspotential.

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

The melon is quite a bit easier, even just a set of varisou “melon-sections” could be nice.

Der Melonenblock ist deutlich einfacher. Man könnte auch ein Set aus nur verschiedenen Melonenschnitzen nähen.

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky
Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

Follow me on bloglovin and stay tuned for more projects.

Folgt mir einfach auf bloglovin’ und verpasst keines meiner neuen Projekte =)

We’re now 5 days into our blog hop and there are even more great projects to follow. So stay tuned =)

Seit 5 Tagen läuft der Blog Hop nun, und es folgen noch viele tolle Projekte. Bleibt gespannt!

Fruity Coasters [free pattern] | veni vidi vicky

| 13.07. Aylin (aylin-nilya) | 14.07. Gesine (allie and me design) |
| 15.07. (ellis and higgs) | 16.07. Katharina (green fietsen) |
| 17.07. Vicky (veni vidi vicky) | 18.07. Verena (zeit für patchwork) |
| 19.07.
Claudia (machen und tun) | 20.07. Barbara (das mach ich nachts) |
| 21.07.  Johanna (johanna rundel) | 22.07. Angela (patchwork angela) |
| 23.07. Ute (durbanville design) | 24.07. Susanne (stoffbreite) |
| 25.07. Kinga (kinga isabella quilts) | 26.07. Andrea (quiltmanufaktur) |

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and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

create your own sewing tags [tutorial]

Create your personal sewing tags | veni vidi vicky

Spoonflower is offering free (worldwide) shipping for 24 hours today. This is the perfect chance to order your personalized sewing tags and pay very little money for it, especially if you’re based outside of the US like I am.

So here’s my tutorial I originally contributed to The Cozy Pumpkin’s Tuesday Tips installment. Check out the wonderful tips and tricks Amanda has been collecting in this series!

Maybe you’re like me and have been meaning to get personal sewing tags for a long time? After some research I found I couldn’t justify ordering 500 at a time or spending a fortune on a small amount with an uneconomic ratio. Since I had my logo ready, all that I needed was someone to print it on the right textile for me. The layout and even the cutting I could do myself.

What you need:
digital layout program (can be Creative Suite or any other)
Spoonflower account
fusible interfacing
fabric scissors

Spoonflower offers any 8” x 8” test swatch  for 5$ each. This is a good start for a test run of tags and will be the canvas (in the true sense of the word) for our digital layout.

First think about what kind of tag you want. What size should it be? Do you want to sew it in on the short or on the long side? What kind of info (besides) your logo would you like on it?

Open a new document with the exact dimensions of 8″ x 8″ in your layout program. Draw a rectangle of the desired size of your (flat) sewing tag. Don’t forget to add at least 1/4” seam allowance on either side where the tag will be sewn in later. Mark the middle of the rectangle as well as the seam allowances with reference lines (delete these later or turn them off). Place your logo and everything else you want on the little rectangle. Be very precise with the placements and directions in which your items face (see pic below!)

Create your personal sewing tags | veni vidi vicky

When you’re happy with your layout, group all items, copy, paste. Now start arranging the tags on your canvas. Leave a printing and cutting allowance of about 1/4” around the entire edge of the canvas and leave a little cutting space of about 1/4” in between all tags (this is pretty important for later!).
Once you’re done save as TIFF/JPG with a recommended resolution of 300 dpi. When uploading to Spoonflower it is important to remember which resolution you chose, so maybe write that down.

Create your personal sewing tags | veni vidi vicky

Now that you have your file it’s time to upload it to Spoonflower. For that it must be smaller than 40MB, which shouldn’t be much of a problem unless you picked a super high resolution (go back and tune it down). Once the site is done uploading (it takes a while…) select test swatch (size) and linen-cotton canvas (material).
Type your resolution number in the box and click ‘change’ to adjust it from the default 150 dpi. Check if everything looks like your layout (same amount of tags?) and nothing’s cut off. Then put the item in your shopping cart and check out.

Create your personal sewing tags | veni vidi vicky

Fast forward to your labels having been delivered to you. Take your swatch and cut one of the labels out using your fabric scissors. Important: Don’t cut on the lines but cut in the blank space, roughly in the middle of two tags on all of the sides!

Create your personal sewing tags | veni vidi vicky
Cut a piece of interfacing a little larger than the tag you just cut out. Add it to the back of said tag with your iron very thoroughly. Follow the instructions that come with the interfacing. Wait a little while to let the whole thing cool down. Then cut the tag out precisely on the line of your marked rectangle.

Now you hold that tag in your hand, ready to be sewn in! Consider securing the open ends of your tag using a dot of glue or a simple stitch. You could prepare all your tags at once and store them so you have one on hand whenever you need it! I Hope you have fun with your personal tags for only about 0.2$ a piece =)

Create your personal sewing tags | veni vidi vicky

So, be quick and go get yourself some tags with your logo on it today!


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