Home Sweet Home, Part 6 – A Pixelated View

I had to share these – it’s Opa’s quilt, but I applied some neat filters to the pix… they look like watercolour paintings. Cool, eh?





Home Sweet Home, Part 5

The quilt is done, and was a great surprise for Opa. I’ve never had a quilt travel abroad before, and this one has already been to some cool places. First to Venice, Italy, then to various towns in Austria…. apparently, “have quilt, will travel” πŸ˜‰ We visited Annaberg, a mountain ski village with cooler weather, and Opa took the quilt for the trip, and loved it. It’s back in the Lake District now.

What I loved about making this quilt:
1. I stepped a bit outside my comfort zone, and explored chocolate, greens and purples.
2. The quilt is to scale! thanks Google Maps πŸ™‚
3. I’m so glad I took the time to trace the entire quilt onto the white fabric. it made the reverse applique process much easier.
4. All the ppl that helped me make this happen – my partner, his brother and mum, my sister, mum and dad, Judy and her crew at Sew Sisters, the fellow quilter who gave my fabric selections a thumbs up when I was sitting on the floor in the Hamel’s booth. Thank you.

What I can do better next time:
1. Plan for more time. I was really rushed with the quilting and binding.
2. Add more detail. I had wanted to put in landmarks, stitch in the railroad, and add the river.
3. Use a plain fabric for the background (ie, the roads). The white fabric had a shiny white print on it, that sometimes made it difficult to see the grey chalk lines.
4. Draw the quilt lines. I simply cannot sew a straight line free hand, sigh.

We visited a grand house last weekend, and I got some great pictures there of the quilt…

hanging out on a bench in the park.

sunning on the front lawn of the castle.

here’s a closer look at the map.

I managed to applique a heart to show the location of the home.

Hence, the quilt is entitled “Home is where the Heart is” πŸ™‚

I have to admit, it was unusually easy to give this quilt away. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love it very much, but the joy it has given my partner’s parents has made the effort worthwhile πŸ™‚

Now, what shall I sew next?

Home Sweet Home, Part 3

It’s been weeks. I’ve been confident and persistent, and I’ve done it! The panel is pieced, and I’m satin stitching the edges in pale grey thread now to stabilize it….. I omitted one of my colours, on my partner’s advice… but the fabric is not wasted, it will work for the quilt border and binding. I don’t have a backing pieced, and I don’t have time to piece one, so I’m just going to buy some yards of a sale fabric at Sew Sisters, or an extra wide fabric. I have not done a single fabric backing since 2010, I always piece my leftovers to make a coordinating backing, to maximize use of the leftovers, to whittle away at my stash, and to be economical. But since my leftovers are batik, I’m not worried, they will get used on another project.


Confessions of a Quilter: during the piecing, I kept thinking I was certifiable. To get here took long hours late at night after work, and quite a bit of my weekends. But I’m really excited to finish it now…. wish me luck. the deadline is looming!

4 quilts under 1 roof

IMG_2367 It’s a rare thing to have one of my quilts nearby, let alone four! The kids were over one weekend, and brought their quilts for their visiting grandparents to see. I had just finished the madras plaid quilt for my niece, and my first quilt resides here… so i took an opportunity to snap a quick shot of all 4 on the windowsill. From left to right – madras plaid quilt, suburban dis”track”tion quilt, phoenix quilt, “have mercy on me” quilt πŸ™‚

PhotoWerks 101: best blogging tips on taking better photos

I take terrible pictures. my favourite quilts don’t show well on my blog. And because I’m giving away my quilts, I want to learn how to take better pictures of them (some of them are now lost in the chaos of certain teenagers’ rooms, never to be seen again)… so I’m just documenting some sites I like so I can reference them the next time I need to shoot a quilt πŸ˜‰

From WhimseyBox: a great how to using natural light and just a few tools to help. She discusses and shows subjects in different lighting, how to pick the best light source and why, and shows how to set the stage for a great picture. Lots of unedited pictures to show the before and after.

From Delia Creates: an introduction on how to maximize your camera functions to take great pictures… lots of talk about f/stops and aperture, but surprisingly I was not tooooo confused πŸ˜‰ She also provides some additional reference sites.

From Make magazine: cheap tools that you can make or buy to help take better photos. Includes a link on how to make your own light box/stage for photographing items. Not sure I could replicate this to shoot a quilt, but smaller items would be fine.

I could not believe it, but there’s even a blog article specifically for shooting quilts. Every wanted to know how to photograph your quilts with that professional touch? Check out the tips and tricks from Holly Knott Finger Lakes Art – Shoot That Quilt!

Vienna Calling

I. Love. Vienna.

Ask me if I saw any old monuments or wonderful buildings. Nope. I went shopping on the MariaHilferStraße, a great shopping street that was close to the hotel. Up and down. For 6 hours. With ice cream pit stops (for energy). It was wonderful!

I found a great fabric store (komolka), and picked up a few fabrics. This (together with the traditional dirndl fabric I found in Reid last week) should satisfy my stash, I hope. My wallet is not so happy… purchasing fabric in euros is a bit difficult.

The basket below contains half metres of traditional dirndl fabric. The green edelweiss print is so quintessentially Austrian. I hope to include these fabrics in a future quilt.

Here’s an odd collection of prints for various projects I have in my head, including a Richard Scarry inspired quilt (cars and trucks and things that go!) for Marco, who is almost three and has a serious need for speed πŸ˜‰
This is a great modern Italian print on heavy cotton. The shot below this photo provides more detail.

Finally, this is the craziest fabric I’ve ever purchased. €26 per metre, and worth every cent, it’s 150cm wide and sewable – feels a bit like a leather. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with it, but it’s just so cool.

StashShots: Shopaholics R Me: Fabric Spot

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter G for Geek. I’m a bit geeky, and love anything that reminds me my school days – science labs, math equations, technical drawing, etc. So, imagine my joy when I discovered Fabric Spot at the Creativ Festival in April. I’ve been coveting Architextures for some time, and eagerly picked up a bunch of fat quarters. Not too sure if the dark print is from the same line… I think it is…

Then I spotted it – from Rebeka Ginda’s Robotic line – a print called “the Lab”. An organic cotton with the cutest science lab drawings! Pricey? For sure, but had to have it. I think it works nicely with a pack of Noteworthy (Sweetwater for Moda) charm squares that I picked up at Hamel’s. I could mix these low volume prints with some solids for a cute baby quilt.

StashShots:Shopaholics R Me: Around the World inspiration

I’ve raved in the past about my coveted African prints collection, and my constant struggle to cut into the fabric. I’ve since incorporated African prints into 2 quilts, and a star block that will eventually become a throw pillow. The colour is so vibrant, and the prints blend well with batik. This visit to Kallisti Quilts at Creativ Festival, I bought one blue African print, and a bundle of Japanese prints. No plans for them yet…


StashShots: Shopaholics R Me: Solid Bundles

More stash shots. I discovered Hyggeligt at my first creativ festival, thanks to Sandra. I fell in love with their collection of Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett. This year I added two new bundles of… wait for it… SOLIDS to my collection. I’m collecting Oakshot for a special quilt I’m planning, and can only afford Fat Eighths. The jewel tones are simply fabulous, and very masculine in feel.

The second bundle I purchased was a Rowan Fat quarter bundle of woven solids. Such a soft, delicate palette, really pretty. Pickles clearly liked it, or at least the tag πŸ˜‰


She manages to clip off such straight strips… if I could get her to do this with fabric, I could give up my rotary cutter πŸ˜‰

The Rowan bundle is so beautiful, I know I’m gonna wanna hoard it. I recently came across a color story in a recent copy of HGTV magazine which has me thinking “quilt!”. Check it out below, isn’t it scrumptious? And most of those colours are in the Rowan bundle…