31 May 2020

June challenge

These are strange times, I know, and perhaps no one will much care about an AHIQ challenge.  On the other hand, it might be something that can simmer away at the back of our brains until we find a calm, creative moment.

I have to confess that I have almost given up trying to sew.  I have cleared one nice little spot a week, but it's hard to maintain momentum.  Sometimes I get my stuff out, look at it and have, frankly, not the foggiest idea what I think I'm doing.  No point beating myself up about it though.

Anyway, if I'm going to ramble on I will confine that to my own blog.  Time to get to the point.  I want to suggest that we do a piece of work related to the current situation and I'm calling this challenge: Positive Thinking.

I am imagining that a lockdown challenge might take one of two directions:

1.  Chop up your clothes!  Think about what you would do if you started a quilt and couldn't order more fabric.  What is in your wardrobes or at the back of a drawer that might be pressed into service?  What about sheets? Or tea-towels?  Or hankies? Have you looked in your partner's drawers?    Ann and I already had a board running for quilts made with recycled textiles, which you can find here, if you want some bright ideas.

2.  If raiding the wardrobe is a thought that horrifies you, then what about working with a block that makes you feel happy, for whatever reason, or in a way that is comfortable and familiar?  For me this might look like  trying thishttp://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com/2010/10/wildly-whimsical-wonder.html, or http://gohookit.blogspot.com/2012/04/rolling-onward.html, or https://theobjectsofdesign.blogspot.com/2018/11/scrap-star-top.html.  Or maybe just doing something rather undemanding - I have a kind of notion to make repeat versions of a simple block in one colour, mindless, repetitive but easy to keep rolling along.

Of course it is often the case that you all come up with much more interesting interpretations of a brief, in which case clearly you can completely disregard my suggestions.  In the interests of inclusivity, I should also say that if you are feeling scared, lonely, frustrated, bored and if that's what you want to put into a quilt go right ahead.  No point at all in starting something that doesn't reflect how you are feeling right now.  Hopefully, though, whatever you are feeling, you will find a way to put a little bit of that into your quilting.

some hourglasses and some circles

Hello, it´s my first post here so I want to intruduce me: I´m Doris living in Germany. As a retired teacher I have now the time to do the thing I always loved most: making quilts. Some years ago I found Kaja, Audrey and Ann and that was like a big firework of new ideas that opened my eyes. I stopped sewing with patterns long ago but the idea of improve quilts pushed me in a new direction. But I must say I´m struggling a lot with this freedom. At the moment improve for me means that I start with an idea not knowing where it will end. But I´m not yet succesful with wonkyness. That´s not in my dna I think. So at the end I´m struggling with seam allowance and sizes and that isn´t my strength either :-). But I have fun - a lot of fun. If you want you can look at my blog www.doppelstich.de
Here the last quilt I made. Can you see the hourglasses? I started with trying out how to make circles. It wasn´t as complicated as I thought. Then I made a mistake by calculating the seam allowance for the squares so I had to add stripes. But no problem that was a new design element. At the end I was very happy with my result.

It´s a quilt for my granddaughter. I collected old blouses of grandmas, aunts and her mom, added some new fabric to round up the colors.
I´m not a machine quilter. That makes me nervous and cursing all the time. So I stopped that and now I´m quilting by hand and that makes me happy.

12 May 2020

Last night I finished an improv...
Here it is on my blog...thought I would share here too!!

28 April 2020

Hourglass quilt done?

I finished the red, yellow and gray hourglass top. It finished 40 1/2" x 51 1/2".
Why I might not consider it done is because when I was quilting it I didn't discover until after I began to put the binding on this piece of fabric that got quilted on the back!
I trimmed away as much fabric as I could and slashed between the rows of stitching. I will have to use a tweezers to pull the fabric threads out. Of course, it is batik fabric which will be harder to pull out. This fabric was a piece for a masks that got away from the pile.

22 April 2020

Copacetic - an Hourglass Quilt

This time my challenge quilt is done 
BEFORE the challenge time period expires.

Introducing Copacetic . . .

47" wide x 60" long

All of the fabrics in the top came from the stash.

I purchased the backing fabric
specifically for this quilt.

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You can see lots more photos
and read more of the story on my blog.

That post is HERE.

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Thanks to Ann and Kaja for this challenge.

I love my quilt.

07 April 2020

Just some thoughts. . .


I find it interesting that the improv challenge for us right now is hourglass blocks.  An hourglass means time is passing.  It seems time is the thing most of us have in abundance right now. 


The hourglass reminds me that even though I might currently have lots of time, I need to make sure I don't waste it.  It's a gift.

I still need to get busy and figure out what to make for this challenge.  Hope something comes to me soon.


05 April 2020

Top done

I worked yesterday and this morning and got the top done. It wasn't quite big enough so I added a hourglass border on two side. I am not in love with it, but some little kid will like it. I think once I bind it in red or yellow it will bring it together.