Ep. 14: Karin’s Mystery Quilt

Shortly before the new year, Karin came by our store to show us her blue version of the Mystery Quilt, which she made from our ‘Block of the Month 2015’ and the Double Wedding Ring Technique. This quilt turned out so beautiful that we didn’t want to let her leave the store with it!

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What do you love to do most at the moment?
Pretty much everything! Above all the appliqué, which was still quite new to me.

And otherwise?
I really love to visit patchwork shops, especially Cotton & Color!
(Note: this was just before our remodeling)

What do you not like to do at all?
Cleaning ?

What are you working?
I am the grandmother of two wondrous grandchildren, and that with body and soul.

Do you have a funny story for us?
Haha, when I was working on the laundry room block in 2016, one of my grandchildren came to me and said, “Oh, these are Papa’s stinking socks!”

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Discover the Project of the Month 2017

 

Ep. 13: Charlotte’s Christmas Quilt

For whom and why did you make it?
I made it for myself because it’s not a traditional Christmas motif.

When did you start and how long did it take for you to finish it?
I started the quilt in the end of April 2016 and I finished it in the end of June – 3 months in total.

What do you like best about this quilt?
the colours

Which fabrics did you use?
All fabrics are from Cotton & Color

Since when are you into Patchwork and Quilting and what got you into it?
I started with quilting 20 years ago, after taking part in a course.

Which experience as a quilter motivated you the most?
To work on one quilt over a long period of time while starting new projects on the side.

Any tips you want to give to beginners?
Good materials are a must. You invest a lot of time into a quilt, so also investing into quality always pays off!

Ep. 11: Helen’s Interpretation of Van Gogh’s ‘Ships’

For whom and why did you make it?
I made it for myself, it was an experiment.

When did you start and how long did it take for you to finish it?
I started this project in fall 2010 and, after several attempts, finished in spring 2013.

What do you like best about this quilt?
The replication of the original picture in general, the quilted boats and the applications.

Which fabrics did you use?
exclusively patchwork fabrics

Since when are you into Patchwork and Quilting and what got you into it?
In 1994 I became aware of patchwork through the fashion magazine “Burda”. Since then I have been quilting regularly.

Any tips you want to give to beginners?
A lot of desire, love, patience and a critical look for exact sewing are very important. You also have to undo something to get a good result.

Ep. 10: Hilde’s ‘Shattered’ Quilt

Who did you make this quilt for?
One for me and one for my friends.

When did you start and how long did it take for you to finish it?
It took me about a year, because I found various imperfections which I had to correct.

What do you like best about this quilt?
the colors

Which fabrics did you use?
various batik fabrics

Since when are you into Patchwork and Quilting and what got you into it?
I am passionate about patchwork since about 5 years. The beautiful fabrics and colorful combinations inspire me again and again.

Which experience during your time as a quilter moved you the most?
I had to discover my limits.

Any tips you want to give to beginners?
Precision and undo, undo, undo, when you’re not 100% satisfied.

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Make your own shattered quilt!
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check out our selection of batik fabrics

Ep. 9: Christa’s Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Did you make this quilt for somebody?
This quilt I made for myself. I really want to keep this quilt, it is special to me.

How long did you work on it?
It developed from the Cotton & Color ‘Block of the Month 2015′. During that year, I made all the blocks. It took me about 4 more months to finish.

What part did you like most about this quilt?
Every block was a new surprise – new techniques every month. I was always very curious to see, what the next block looked like!

What was difficult?
A real challenge was sewing the blocks together with curved seams. It seemed almost impossible, but at the end it turned out soooo nice!

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to the Double Wedding Ring Tutorials on Youtube
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Kits for this beautiful quilt

 

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Template set for Double Wedding Ring Quilt
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Add-on template for rings

Ep 8: Adriana’s Christmas Quilt

Why did you make this quilt?
I wanted a Christmas quilt that was not in the typical green and red colors. So I chose the Frivol Box from Moda, because I like this collection and the pattern. I fell in love with the tin box too!

How long did it take to finish the quilt?
It took me about two and a half months to finish.

What did you like best about making this quilt?
I love piecing, but I really struggle with the quilting. My machine is tiny and makes it difficult to handle large quilts.
I made no big mistakes while I assembled the pieces, but the disaster started, when I was quilting: I basted the quilt with safety pins. First I quilted without marking. It was soo bad, that I had to undo it. I decided to mark with the safety pins on the quilt. A difficult task! At the end the quilt turned out not perfectly square.
The nice part: I learned a lot & you can hardly see the mistakes!

Have you got a blog?
Yes, I regularly keep my readers up to date on my patchwork-blog: La Tassa Torta

What fabrics did you use?
I chose fabrics from Sweetwater ‘The cookie exchange’. It has a modern look and is not too ‘christmassy’ in a classical way.

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Sweetwater Fabric Bundles
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Sweetwater Fabrics

Ep. 7: Heinz’s 3D-Quilts

Where did you get your inspiration?
I bought the book ‘One Block Wonders’ and decided that I want to make a quilt like that for my daughter.

This quilt looks very difficult to make. How long did it take from start to finish?
One quilt takes about 4 months. I made them in 2014.

What do you personally like best?
I like the bright colors!

Since when are you sewing?
I am sewing since more than 30 years already!

What do you like best about quilting?
I love to play with colors. Quilting is such a relaxing hobby.

What is your advice for beginners?
You need patience and persistence. Stay open for new techniques!

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The beautiful blue version

Ep. 6: Ursula’s Flower Quilt

Why did you make this quilt?
I attended a class with Barb & Mary from Me & My Sister Designs. These two women are really  entertaining! I had such nice days in class! The pattern is called Slice of Cake.

How long did it take to finish the quilt?
It took me about 4 months to finish it.

What did you like best when making this quilt?
I tried a new quilting method. To create a quilting stencil, simply sew your quilting design with the sewing machine without thread into parchment paper. Place the paper on your quilt top. With the Quilt Pounce Pad you can stamp white powder through the small perforations onto your quilt.

What fabrics did you use?
I like the fabrics from Me & My Sister designs very much, but they did not match the colors in my room. I used other 10” squares (25 cm fabric squares). You have got to try this pattern, it is so easy!

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Slice of Cake 1&2
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Fabric from Barb & Mary (Me & My Sister Designs)
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10” Fabric Squares ‘Origami’

 

Ep. 5: Jeanine’s Name Quilt

What kind of quilt would you like to share with us?
This is a quilt for my son and his girlfriend.

What do you like most about this quilt?
That I could incorporate our first names in the creation.

What kind of materials did you use?
Red and black patchwork fabrics from various sources

How long have you been quilting?
for twenty years

What experience in your time as a quilter has touched you the most?
The discovery of the blogosphere!

Do you have a good advice for beginners?
Do not be scared!

Where can you find your latest creations on the Internet?
On my blog Boites et Bobines

Ep. 4: Irene’s Panel Baby Quilt

For whom did you make this quilt?
For my grandson

What kind of materials did you use?
I chose a panel for which I had the right edge materials

When did you start and how long did it take to complete?
I started in May 2016. All in all I needed about 5 weeks to finish it.

What do you like most about this quilt?
The panel and my handy quilting around the contours of the animals and on the edge I find particularly well done.

How long have you been quilting and what has inspired you to start?
One and a half years ago, a quilt exhibition inspired me to start this as a hobby.

What do you like most about this hobby?
I like the community. Now and then I’m also a bit proud of my creations and ideas.

Do you have good advice for beginners?
Stay tuned, even if everything doesn’t work out right away; one passes through different phases. In an ’emergency’ you can always get help from other patchworkers!

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Panels at Cotton & Color