Harlekin Sashing Corner Block

Harlekin Sashing Corner Block

Whilst the Harlekin sashing corner blocks are not as time consuming as the sashing blocks described in the previous section, they are a little more complicated to sew. The block itself is again a simple Hourglass block. However, the use of striped fabric makes it necessary to apply a little care when cutting the squares for the quarter square triangles used in this block... (originally published on 21 February 2011)

Harlekin Sashing Block

Harlekin Sashing Block

The Harlekin quilt is an example of an inverted world order of sorts: Whilst the main block, the Harlekin block described in the previous chapter, is a simple and quickly sewn block, the sashing in this quilt requires some major staying power. There is nothing difficult about the block as such, but making 120 identical Hourglass blocks does need more than a little forbearance.... (originally published on 16 February 2011)

Harlekin Block

Harlekin Block

The Harlekin block is an easy block that can be cut and sewn very quickly.

In our version, we used striped fabrics for the triangle units. We wanted to create the impression that the stripes in the fabrics radiate from the centre of the block. Therefore, we used a “trick” to cut the triangles... (originally published on 31 January 2011)


Sterntaler Sesterce

The Sterntaler Sesterce has many sources of inspiration.

First of all, we have always been interested in the process of weaving. Of course, our visit to the Weavers’ Market in Haslach in summer 2010 contributed to our renewed enthusiasm for weaving. ;-) Luckily, we have managed so far NOT to bring a real loom back to the flat.

And we are always looking for new ideas to use up even the most humble cut offs produced while working on “serious” projects. If you have already read the articles on Scrap Management , you are familiar with this hobby of our’s... (25 and 26 January 2011)

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Thornbush Quilting Motif

Thornbush Quilting Motif

The Thornbush Quilting Motif was designed for the Jacobi Rose Cushion. It is a continuous line quilting motif and can be free motion machine quilted without great difficulty. Its axis – the stem from which the thorns stick out – curves in large meanders over the surface. The thorns are quilted twice in a to and fro motion... (24 January 2011)

Jacobi Rose Cushion Assembly

Jacobi Rose

We have combined the Jacobi Rose with a simple block consisting of six horizontal strips cut from different fabrics. With one exception, all these fabrics have also been used for the Jacobi Rose. The exception is a beautifully striped Dirndl fabric with patterns that have been printed on fabric for many generations. It coordinates very well with the other fabrics used here as it contains almost all the colours.

At first, we were not sure whether to use the piece of woven ribbon we found when rummaging through a box of vintage household linen at the Auer Dult in July 2010. We feared an overload of pattern and a rather “thrown together” look. But in the end, a high dosage of different sights, sounds, smells, and tastes, combined with an overload of bric à brac scattered through the numerous booths, are what we love about the Auer Dult... (19 January 2011)

Aquarium Quilting Motifs

Rabbit Fish

For a quilt called Ocean Waves, fish are an obligatory ingredient. In the patchwork part, we had already included a fair share of sea creatures by way of an almost photo-realistic fabric depicting all kinds of tropical fish. Still, this was not enough! We decided to populate the wide dark-blue border with a lot of different hand quilted fish, sea shells, crabs, starfish, and even a sea horse... (18 January 2011)

High Tide Quilting Motif

High Tide

If we plan to use more than one quilting motif in a quilt then we usually try to use both straight and curved or round patterns. This meant that, for the Ocean Waves quilt, the Square Waves quilted into the centre of the quilt should be followed by something round and curvy. Since we were already firmly committed to the waves motif, why not continue with “real” waves... (16 January 2011)

The 2” Template Free Family and the Scrapmaster

Neat Triangles

According to our definition, a scrap is considered a scrap if it is too small to be cut into a 2” or 5 cm square. If a piece of fabric does not pass this test, it is put in the Scrap Management container to await its destiny.

Many scraps that don’t yield a 2” (5 cm) square are actually quite big. Very often, they just have such an odd shape that a 2” square simply doesn’t fit. However, it is quite probable that you can still cut a 2 7/8” triangle from such a scrap... (14 January 2011)

Square Waves Quilting Motif

This very simple quilting motif was devised for the part of the Ocean Waves block that only consists of triangles. It is not that easy to quilt across so many seams so a simple quilting motif was called for. The Square Waves quilting motif consists of two lines forming squares of different sizes that run through the middle of the two rows of triangles belonging to each block... (13 January 2011)

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