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