Judy Niemeyer Flower Garden

Lynne made this quilt designed by Judy Niemeyer in a class. This isn’t her first Judy Niemeyer project but the first that has appliqué. She asked for an overall quilting pattern and chose the design “Ginger Flower” for her quilt. This is a huge quilt that was difficult to photograph, and the pictures don’t do it justice at all but this was the best I could do.

Judy Niemeyer Flower Garden


 



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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #8

I hope you are all enjoying your summer and doing fun things while the weather is good. Or stay inside and sew, if it gets too hot. I seem to be allergic to something and spend a lot of time hiding inside, hoping we will either figure out what’s going on or it will just go away. But looking on the bright side, I am getting a lot of sewing done and finally feel I am accomplishing something. I am actually writing this a week in advance… a whole week, that’s absolutely unheard of 🙂 This month’s block shows a stretching kitty, probably just woke up from a nap. It will be available for free until the end of August but please make sure you download right away as I am not sure yet about the timing for next month’s block. My son will be moving from off campus to a dorm room for the next term, and we will be busy Labour Day weekend helping him move. I might have to post the September block earlier or later, but I will definitely announce in advance what I am going to do.

Tuxedo Cat #8



 


 



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Scrap Crazy

For this quilt, Beverly was determined to use up scraps and orphan blocks. The top is mostly organized and within a certain colour scheme, and she did a lot of crazy-quilt-style embroidery. But for the back she decided that anything would go… large and small scraps, pieced, appliquéd and embroidered orphan blocks – whatever was at hand went into it. I had to laugh when she warned me before she pulled it out of her bag. Yes, it certainly was quite wild but at least she found a use for all these leftovers. I quilted it with the pantograph “Celtic Scroll”, this was definitely a quilt that didn’t need a lot of intricate quilting.

Scrap Crazy




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Animal Adventure

This adorable animal quilt was made by Beverly as a gift for her grandson. It has lots of embroidery and didn’t need much quilting, I just stitched around the blocks to stabilize everything and tried to stay away from the motifs. I couldn’t decide which details to show as they are all so cute, so there are lots of detail pictures today.

Animal Adventure




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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #7

Happy Canada Day! If you are celebrating this holiday, I hope you have some fun things planned for today. The weather here is supposed to be lovely, warm and sunny but not too hot. If you are in Europe, stay cool und hydrate. I thought it was hot when I was visiting, I am sure glad I am missing this heatwave. We had some cool and rainy days this past week but I am not complaining, I’ll take rain over heat any day.

Tuxedo Cat #7


With today’s block we are already more than halfway through this year’s block of the month. After feeling overwhelmed for months I was wondering if I should do another BOM next year, and I am still a little undecided but ideas keep popping into my head. Maybe that’s a sign 🙂 I have been feeling more organized for the past two weeks, and I am getting more things done without feeling stressed. But back to the Tuxedo Cats, as always, this block will be available for free download until the end of the month and then move over to the store section when the August block is published.

EDIT: It’s August, and the July block moved to the store section. If you missed the free download, it is now available for purchase.



 



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Little Birdies Growth Chart

This super cute wall hanging was made by Wendy. There will be a tape measure added to the tree trunk, and it will become a growth chart. What a wonderful gift for a baby shower! The appliqué is wool, and the details are embroidered. I only stitched around the shapes and filled the background with swirls. An adorable project, and lots of fun to work on.

Little Birdies Growth Chart



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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #6

June has arrived, and summer is here. Can you believe that we are already halfway through the Tuxedo Cats blocks? The months have just been flying by. I will be in Germany when you read this, and I have made changes to my schedule for when I return, and hopefully I will feel less stressed and have a little more time to do some sewing. Here is this month’s kitty, providing another dot of colour with her red water bowl. The pattern is available for free download until the end of the month and will move over to the store on Canada Day with the release of the seventh block.

Tuxedo Cat #6


EDIT: Block #6 has moved to the store and is available for purchase now for those who missed the free download. I have also created block bundles for the last three blocks and all six blocks at a special discount price.










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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #5

Welcome to May! And to shake things up a little, I will begin this month’s post by talking about next month’s block 🙂 The June block will be published on the 1st of the month, as always, but it might be at a different time. I will be in Germany in early June, and depending on my plans that day and how much time I have, it might be a little earlier or later. Yes, I know I can just schedule the post but sometimes that doesn’t work (some kind of WordPress bug), and I also need time to update the previous post and share the block on social media. In any case, please make sure you download the pattern right away and don’t wait until the very last minute. If you are an email subscriber, you will receive a notification when the new pattern is posted. But now back to the present and the May block which might be my favourite block of the whole quilt. I love how the sleeping kitty turned out, and I can almost see her paws twitching while she chases something in her dream. The pattern is available for free download until the end of the month and will move over to the store when I post the June block.

Tuxedo Cat #5


Edit: Block #6 has been published, and Block #5 is now available for purchase in the store section if you missed the free download.



 



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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #4

Can you believe it is April already? I know, I know… that’s what I say every month. But I can barely believe that the first quarter of 2019 is already over. I started the year with an enormous to do list, and it feels like I am not getting anything done. I am getting to the point where I feel constantly stressed, desperately trying to catch up, and I have realized that I need to make some changes. This does not affect the Tuxedo Cats BOM project, no need to get worried. But I need to slow down and find some time to relax. People have begun to ask me if I am okay because I always look so tired, and I got the hint 🙂 It is supposed to be fun after all, so I will make sure to quilt less and get a little more rest. This month’s block has a cat looking back at us, and the pieces are not as small as the last couple of months. The pattern is available for free download until next month and will move to the store section when I post the May block.

Tuxedo Cat #4


Ich kann kaum glauben, dass es nun schon April ist. Ich weiß, ich weiß, das sage ich jeden Monat… aber ich kann es wirklich nicht fassen, dass das erste Vierteljahr 2019 vorbei ist. Ich hatte das Jahr mit einer langen Liste von Projekten begonnen, und irgendwie habe ich immer das Gefühl, das ich nichts schaffe. Mittlerweile fühle ich mich ständig gestresst und habe immer das Gefühl, aufholen zu müssen. In der letzten Woche bin ich dann zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass ich einige Dinge ändern muss, so geht das einfach nicht weiter. Ich brauche schon aus gesundheitlichen Gründen ein bisschen mehr Entspannung, und nachdem die Leute nun schon angefangen haben zu fragen, ob es mir gut geht, weil ich immer so müde aussehe, habe auch ich endlich begriffen, dass es so nicht geht. Daher habe ich beschlossen, die deutschen Versionen meiner Muster einzustellen. Keine Sorge, die Tuxedo Cats mache ich natürlich noch fertig, und alle Muster, die auf Deutsch verfügbar sind, bleiben es auch. Aber neue Muster wird es auf Deutsch und mit metrischen Maßen nicht mehr geben. Mit dem Gedanken trage ich mich schon seit einiger Zeit, der Markt dafür ist einfach zu klein und rechtfertigt den Aufwand nicht. Auch die Post schreibe ich in Zukunft nur noch auf Englisch, es kostet einfach zuviel Zeit, alles doppelt zu schreiben. Ich bitte um Verständnis für diese Entscheidung, aber gesundheitlich halte ich das nicht länger durch. Und hier kommt nun die April-Katze, die wieder etwas größere Teile hat als die beiden letzten Muster. Wie immer bleibt sie den ganzen Monat lang frei verfügbar und wandert im Mai dann in den Shop.

Edit: Block #4 is available for purchase now that the 5th block has been published. If you missed the free download, you can head over to the store section for the pattern.



 



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Elephant Parade

This cute quilt in soft colours was made by Sharon as a gift for her new grandchild. The elephants are appliquéd by machine, using fusible web and blanket stitch. Sharon asked for a low density overall pattern for this project, and we chose the design “Raindrops”. If you are wondering why the rain is horizontal, I put the quilt on the frame sideways on purpose. We both thought the design looked better this way.

Elephant Parade


Diesen süßen Babyquilt in zarten Farben hat Sharon als Geschenk für ihr Enkelkind genäht. Die Elefanten sind mit Vliesofix aufgebügelt und dann mit der Maschine im Knopflochstich umnäht. Sharon bat um ein nicht zu dichtes Quiltmuster, und wir haben uns für “Raindrops” entschieden. Wer sich nun fragt, warum der Regen horizontal ist, das war Absicht. Ich habe den Quilt um 90° gedreht auf den Rahmen gebracht, weil wir beide fanden, dass das Muster so besser zu Sharons Projekt passt.




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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #3

It is funny how February always seems to fly by. Yes, it is the shortest month but two days shouldn’t make much of a difference. But I am not unhappy to see it go, after a very mild winter with no snow at all the weather decided we needed some before we could move on to spring. At least it has been mostly sunny, and the snow on the mountains does look pretty. But now it is time for spring, and next week it is supposed to get warmer. I am keeping my fingers crossed. This month’s tuxedo cat is playing with a ball of yarn which brings a red dot of colour to the quilt. The face details need to be embroidered, even I didn’t try to appliqué them. The pattern is available for free download until the end of March and will move over to the store when the next block is released. Scroll down to the end of the post to download the pattern file.

Note: The pattern has a new format/layout. There is a reason for this change that I will explain at a later date. The cover page is now in landscape format, and the fabric requirements can be found on the left side (which would be the back of a printed and folded pattern).

Tuxedo Cat #3


Es ist schon komisch, wie schnell der Februar immer vorbeizufliegen scheint. Er ist zwar der kürzeste Monat, aber so viel sollten zwei Tage dann auch nicht ausmachen. Ich beklage mich aber nicht, nach einem sehr milden Winter mit gar keinem Schnee beschloss das Wetter dann, dass es ohne Schnee keinen Frühling geben kann und versorgte uns reichlich damit. Zum Glück war es meistens sonnig, und der Schnee auf den Bergen sieht schon hübsch aus. Aber jetzt wird es langsam Zeit für den Frühling, nächste Woche sollen die Temperaturen steigen, und ich drücke die Daumen, dass das auch stimmt. In diesem Monat enthält der Tuxedo Cat Block einen Farbtupfer, ein rotes Wollknäuel, mit dem die Katze spielt. Auge und Nase müssen diesmal aufgestickt werden, nicht mal ich habe versucht, diese Teile zu applizieren. Wie immer gibt es das Muster kostenlos bis zum Monatsende, und es wird in den Shop umziehen, wenn der nächste Block veröffentlicht wird.

Achtung: Die Anleitung hat ein neues Format/Layout. Das hat einen Grund, auf den ich zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt eingehen werde. Die erste Seite ist jetzt im Querformat, und die Liste der benötigten Stoffe findet sich auf der linken Seite (bei einer gedruckten und auf A5 gefalteten Anleitung wäre das die Rückseite des Patterns).

Edit: The third block moved over to the store section and can be purchased there if you missed it. I have also created a discount bundle for the first three blocks in case you missed them all.

Edit: Der März-Block ist in den Shop umgezogen und kann dort erworben werden. Es gibt jetzt auch ein Bündel mit den ersten drei Blöcken zum Sonderpreis, falls jemand noch einsteigen möchte und alle bisherigen Blöcke verpasst hat.








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Old Faithful and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

I realized a while ago that for someone who constantly claims not to have UFOs, I have quite a few… Not a whole lot by an average quilter’s standard but still too many for my taste. One of my guilds is having a UFO challenge this year, and I signed up to finish three projects until May. These are the first two, Old Faithful Geyser and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. I made those two blocks almost ten years ago, I actually wanted to make a whole Yellowstone quilt. I remember that I started working on a third block with a bison but somehow that never got past the design stage, the blocks were stored safely in a box and moved halfway around the world with me but I never really thought about them again. Until last year when I joined the “My Happy Place Row Along” and went back to my designs to create my Yellowstone row. I didn’t feel the need anymore to make a whole Yellowstone quilt, especially with the wall hanging that I made from the row, but I still liked the blocks very much. They were made during a time when I experimented a lot with different materials and stitches, and I piled lots of yarns and wool on top of the block and free motion stitched with different colours to create texture. I decided to turn them into small wall hangings and just added borders to the blocks. I am very happy with the way they turned out.

Old Faithful

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone


Ich behaupte ja immer gern, dass ich keine UFOs hätte, aber irgendwie haben sich doch ein paar angesammelt… Immer noch keine große Zahl, verglichen mit anderen Quiltern, aber doch zuviele für meinen Geschmack. Eine meiner Gilden hat in diesem Jahr zu einer UFO-Challenge aufgerufen, und ich habe mich mit drei Projekten angemeldet. Bis Mai sollen sie fertig sein, und hier sind schon mal die ersten beiden, der Geysir Old Faithful und der Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Die beiden Blöcke habe ich schon vor fast zehn Jahren genäht, damals wollte ich einen ganzen Quilt zum Thema Yellowstone nähen. Ich hatte auch mit einem dritten Block begonnen, der aber irgendwo im Design-Stadium eingeschlafen ist. Die Blöcke wurden ordentlich weggepackt, kamen in eine Kiste und zogen mit mir um die halbe Welt. Erst im letzten Jahr, als ich beim “My Happy Place Row Along” mitgemacht habe und für mein Yellowstone-Muster auf die alten Designs zurückgriff, fielen sie mir wieder ein. Einen ganzen Quilt zu dem Thema wollte ich nicht mehr machen, zumal ich ja schon die Reihe aus dem Row Along in einen Wandbehang verwandelt hatte, aber die Blöcke gefallen mir immer noch gut. Damals hatte ich gerade eine Phase, in der ich alle möglichen Materialen verwendet habe. Es wurden jede Menge Effektgarne und Wolle auf den Block gehäuft und dann freihändig darüber gestickt. Die beiden Blöcke habe ich jetzt in kleine Wandbehänge verwandelt und nur noch Ränder angefügt. Mit dem Ergebnis bin ich sehr zufrieden.

 



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