Sonntag, 21. Juli 2013
Da es das Ende des Schuljahres ist, mit all den Dingen, die dies mit sich bringt, wächst das Hexieprojekt langsam. Aber es wächst. 71 Rauten habe ich inzwischen genäht, zugeschnitten sind die Stoffe für zwölf weitere. Dann muss ich überlegen, wohin es gehen soll. Wird dies der neue Quilt für mein Bett? Wie gestalte ich den Rand? Und ganz wichtig: Soll der komplette Quilt aus meinem Stash heraus entstehen, oder kaufe ich noch ein paar FQs dazu? Ist der auffällige Mangel an gelben Rauten ein Problem? Soll ich die graugrünen Rauten herausnehmen? Fragen über Fragen, die ich aber erst in den Ferien lösen werde.
It being the end of the school year, progress on the diamond quilt is slow, but it is still progressing. There are 71 diamonds so far, and the pieces for another 12 are cut. After those are sewn, there is a lot of thinking to be done: Where am I intending to go - leave it at that or extend it to queen size? What about the border? Am I going to sew only from stash or splash out on some FQs? Is the lack of yellow diamonds a problem or just a symptom of "Make do"? Should I take out the pale green diamonds? Lots of questions, but they have to wait to be answered.
Mittwoch, 10. Juli 2013
Oscar Wilde's tales never get old for me. One of my favourites is The Happy Prince. It never fails to reduce me to tears long before I'm through reading (that's the reason I'm not reading it aloud to my pupils any more). I've just dicovered this version on Youtube, beautifully read by Stephen Fry, and with equally beautiful illustrations. I highly recommend this, but if you listen, don't forget your handkerchief!
Montag, 8. Juli 2013
Dienstag, 2. Juli 2013
Frauke asked me to review a new book for our BFQ library. It is Quilter's Academy Vol. IV by Harriet and Carrie Hargrave.The whole book deals with the 60 degree-angle. The first chapter is about hexagons. Usually we quilters think English paperpiecing when it comes to hexies. But in this book the hexies are sewn by machine. You don't even want to think about that, do you? Well, neither did I, but then I started thinking anyways. For the last three years there has been living in our household a fantastic little machine named Big Shot. I' ve got three different sets of dies, and for this project I chose the Sizzix 2 1/2 inch hexies. This is a block of dies that cuts four hexies in one go. With four layers of fabric, that makes 16 hexies, all exactly the same. So cool! I also used those dies to cut two templates, one from paper, the other from template material. To get the exact corners I sewed around my paper template, then put it together with my template material template, pushed a needle though the corner points and widened those holes a little. All set to mark my fabric hexies now. My first try was a flower with some horrid scrappy fabric I had lying around. And it turned out perfect!
The next step was to decide what to make. For years I have been collecting Balis, and now was the time to cut into that stash. I was thinking about a star but my FQs wouldn't give me enough material for that. Thankfully there is Pinterest. I searched for Hexagon quilts and found a picture of a quilt in the make with little diamonds, nine patch hexagons really, that I really liked.
Tja, jetzt nähe ich also Balirauten, und ich finde den Anfang auf meiner Designwand schon ganz schön vielversprechend. Mal sehen, wie weit ich mit dem hellen Grau komme, das ich für die Mitte verwende. Das Markieren der Sechsecke ist auch kein Problem, weil ich da nebenher prima endlich mal meine Audible-Bücher anhören kann. Mir graut nur vor dem Zusammennähen der einzelnen Rauten.
Marking the fabrics is no problem because it gives me the opportunity to listen to those Audible purchases that I never have gotten around to yet. The size will be decided by the amount of hexies I can get out of the light grey fabric I am using for the middle of each diamond. I am only worried about the putting together of the diamonds. I don't imagine that will be great fun. But that is what I thought about Y-seams, too, right?