Ep. 22: Sofka’s Helvetia (EN)

What kind of quilt would you like to share with us?
A wall quilt in the mixture of Paper Piecing, application and normal patchwork technique.

For whom and why did you make this quilt?
I had made it for a Bernina contest with the theme ‘Red & White’.
I had immediately think about a Swiss theme, because the colors fit as well as Bernina is a Swiss company. So I chose Helvetia, as it is pictured on the back of the second franc piece.


When did you start and how long did it take to complete?
I had started in February 2016 and finished the wallquilt by the end of August 2016. It was a challenge for me and I wanted to quit a few times. But I persevered 🙂 Some parts I sewed by hand, because I did not know how to do it better with the PP method and I had never made something that way before.


What do you like most about this quilt?
The idea and the motive. That I finished it and did not give up.
Today my Helvetia hangs in the hallway and I delight myself every day when I see her. Even if the quilt is not perfect, I learned a lot from making it.

What kind of materials did you use?
For this I used the fabrics of Robert Kaufman. Kona Cotton Rich Red and Kona Cotton White.


How long have you been quilting and who or what has moved you to start?
I made a baby quilt 5 years ago as a gift. I was immediately addicted and wanted to learn more about patchwork and quilting.

What experience in your time as a quilter has touched you the most?
The many beautiful fabrics and all that you can make of them.
It’s always a new experience to try things our. The quilting in general is very diverse and fascinating. You always find new ideas.

Do you have a good advice for beginners?
Never give up, work properly and use high quality materials.

Do you have a blog, a website, Instagram or Pinterest about patchwork / quilting?
Yes I have a blog, but I’m not the most diligent blogger: solva-kreativ.ch
I’m also on Instagram and Facebook.