Preemiequilt Collection

Even though I haven’t been to Germany since the beginning of Covid, I am still sewing preemiequilts. These eight are from 2020 and 2021. I am hoping to visit my mom again next year, and hopefully I’ll have eight more little quilts ready by then. I usually have one feature fabric that I buy on sale and use for the back and outer border, and then make up the rest from my leftovers and stash. The NICUs prefer to have just a few seams and not too much quilting, so I usually just stitch 4 inch squares together and quilt through them diagonally.

Preemies 1


Preemies 2



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Hunny Bunnies BOM – Block #9

Where did summer go? I can’t believe it’s already September. However we had cool and rainy weather until the end of June, so I guess it’s no surprise that only two months of proper summer weather feels a bit short. And while I don’t like that it is getting darker every morning, I do enjoy that it is cooler and doesn’t usually heat up as quickly anymore. My garden is doing great, and I seem to be able to keep the powdery mildew away for longer this year… keeping fingers crossed. With our climate here it usually takes over at some point, and while the squashes do mostly okay, last year I had to pull my second batch of peas in mid-August because all the plants were so heavily covered in mildew that they were just done. Somebody in my gardening group said that spraying them with a solution of half milk and half water every few days as a preventive measure works really well, something about the milk protein reacting with the sunlight (?). That sounded easy enough, and as soon as the second batch of peas emerged in July I have been spraying the peas, cucumbers and squash plants. Aside from the occasional sour mik smell and the fact that the milk residue builds up on the leaves which doesn’t look too pretty it seems to be working really well. The peas are flowering and producing pods, and I have more cucumbers and butternut squash than ever before.

Our bunny friend is using the garden for a different purpose this month, hanging up laundry. While it is so much easier to just stuff wet clothes into the dryer than hanging them on the line, nothing feels and smells as good as freshly sun/wind-dried laundry. As always, the pattern for this block will be free until the end of the month and then move to the pattern store when the next block is published in October.

PPP-067-09 Hunny Bunnies Block #9


Edit: If you missed the free download in September, the pattern is now available for purchase in the pattern store. I have also created a discount bundle for blocks 7, 8 and 9, if you missed more than just one download.




Auch Block 9 ist jetzt auf Deutsch/mit metrischen Maßen als Kaufmuster erhältlich. Es gibt auch wieder ein Bündel zum Sonderpreis für die Blöcke 7, 8 und 9.



 



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Ball Games

Here is another of Peggy’s quilts, this one has a sports theme. The pattern she chose for quilting is called “Celtic Scroll”, and I really like it for sports quilts because with a bit of imagination it looks like baseballs. Or tennis balls. Or even hockey pucks, I have used it on a hockey quilt before, and it looked fabulous. Okay, not like an American football, I admit that, but the fabrics in this quilt have baseball and basketball motifs in addition to football, so for Peggy’s project it was a great choice.

Ball Games




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Springtime Waltz

Peggy made this lovely quilt in pastel colours as a gift for a little girl. The pattern she chose for quilting is called “Whisper”, a basic scroll pattern that works great with most quilts. Because people have been wondering I would like to point out that I edit my pictures to showcase the quilting. In reality the quilting is much less visible and doesn’t take away from the pieced top.

Springtime Waltz




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New Pattern: Monkey Pillow

I made this little pillow matching the Monkey Business quilt quite a while ago but then got sidetracked by having too much going on at the same time. I am now working on cleaning up all the different projects I have been working on, trying to take a more focused approach. I used to only work at one project at a time, and I am not sure when and where I strayed but I am determined to get back to my old ways because it works so much better for me. Anyway, I have finally published the pillow pattern, and I have also created a bundle for those who never had a chance to download the Monkey Business blocks last year when they were free.

PPP-068 Monkey Pillow


059 - Monkey Business Quilt PPP-059





Für beide Produkte ist auch eine deutsche Version mit metrischen Maßen verfügbar, und auch hier gibt es ein Bündel zum Sonderpreis.




 



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Another Scrap Donation Quilt

I finished another scrap quilt that will be donated to my guild’s We Care program, and I managed to sneak the top into the quilting queue. For a scrappy quilt pretty much any pattern works, and I felt like trying out a new floral pantograph called “Hawaiian Vacation”. I took the pictures before I put the binding on but it is all finished now including the label and will be donated in September. I have already started the next one, piecing it by using the leaders and enders method. It always amazes me how quickly a top comes together when I consistently do this.

Renate's Scrap Quilt




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Strippy Squares Scrap Quilts

Carol is busy using up her scraps and ended up making not just one but two of these scrap quilts. I like how she framed the blocks and put sashing in between, it organizes the “chaos” of all the different fabrics and draws attention to the individual blocks. Lots of quilting designs work with scrappy quilts, and Carol chose “Ground Cover”, a leaf pattern, for the first quilt and “Ginger Flower” for the second.

Strippy Squares Scrap Quilt


Strippy Squares Scrap Quilt (2)




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Fall Flowers

This quilt was also made by Maureen, and again I love looking at it, waiting for the secondary pattern to emerge. Maureen is a very accurate piecer, and it is always a pleasure to work on her quilts. The pantograph we chose is called “Melange”, a nice mixture of fairly traditional quilting elements that work well with this quilt.

Fall Flowers




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Around The Square

Maureen made this quilt showcasing a floral fabric. I love how the chain pattern emerges when you look at it long enough. All these straight lines and sharp angles needed a curvy, flowing pattern to finish it, and we went with “Whisper”. It is a basic scroll pattern, and I especially like it because it is not as structured and symmetrical as many of these patterns are. Yes, I know… it’s weird that I say this considering that I am usually all about symmetry 🙂 But I really like how it flows across the quilt in a seemingly random manner.

Around The Square


 



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Those Trees

Karen (a different Karen, not the one who made the Arctic quilt) made this modern Christmas quilt, using a pattern by Zen Chic. There is a lot of negative space which would have been fun to fill with custom quilting but that is very time-consuming, and Karen opted to go with a pantograph instead. We chose “Advent”, a Christmas tree pattern that works well with the pieced trees and fills the background nicely.

Those Trees




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Hunny Bunnies BOM – Block #8

Tomato season has arrived, yay! If I could grow only one thing, I would definitely choose tomatoes. Nothing tastes better than the first homegrown tomato of the year. I thought it would probably take a bit longer this year with the cool, wet weather in June but the cherry tomatoes have been going strong for almost three weeks now, and I harvested the first big tomato yesterday. I am also starting to drown in cucumbers, I have blanched and frozen quite a few loads of beans, and my butternut squash looks better than ever. After a very frustrating start, this gardening year turned around quickly, and with the hot weather we are having now, I am really enjoying our drip irrigation, it was so worth it.

This month’s bunny is feeding geese at the pond. It is a fairly simple block, at least by my standards 😀 I really tried to keep the number of pieces down this year but there are a few blocks coming up later where it just wasn’t possible, so enjoy it while you can. The pattern will be available for free download until the end of the month and move to the pattern store when the September block is released.

067-08 Hunny Bunny #8


EDIT: If you missed the free download in August, Block #8 is now available for purchase in the pattern store.



EDIT: Auch Block 8 ist jetzt auf Deutsch/in metrischen Maßen im Pattern Store verfügbar.





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Arctic Circle

Karen bought the material for this quilt as a kit on a cruise to Alaska a few years back. Unfortunately the thread colour isn’t visible in the pictures, we chose a variegated black/blue/purple/teal thread and the pattern “Felicity” and decided it was representing the northern lights. It looks so much better in reality but this was the best I could do. What a great souvenir!

I am going to take next week off but the August BOM block will of course be published on Monday.

Arctic Circle


 



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