My Flying Geese Quilt -or back to basics

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EN: The first thing I ever sewed was a quilt, in fact I taught myself how to sew by making a quilt cover, and watching many, many tutorials on Youtube. The quilts were all very pink, and uneven, because I cut everything out with scissors instead of using a rotary cutter and a ruler…and since I didn’t know how to backstitch…the quilts all fell apart, once I put them in the washer for a spin. I also never attempted to actually quilt them myself, because I didn’t think my sewing machine could handle it and I didn’t have a walking foot, back then. OOPS!

DE: Mein allererstes Naehprojekt war eine Decke, Ich habe mir damals das Naehen mit Youtube videos beigebracht, mit teilweise sehr lustigen Ergebnissen. Alle Decken waren total schief, weil ich die einzelnen Teile mit einer Schere ausgeschnitten hatte, und nicht einen Rotary Cutter oder ein Lineal verwendet habe. Auch wusste ich nicht, dass man immer ein paar Rueckstiche machen sollte, wenn man mit dem naehen beginnt oder endet… Ich glaube, ich muss euch nicht erzaehlen, was passiert ist, als ich meine sehr Pinke Decken in die Waschmaschine geworfen habe…. =/

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EN:Until late last year all I ever sewed, were clothes and the occasional curtain or pillow cover and I didn’t have any further aspirations to go back to basics aka take on quilts again. I did however take up English Paper Piecing and fell down the rabbit hole  making hundreds of  2.5 inch hexagons. As tedious as that sounds, I really enjoyed making tiny little hexagons and basting them by hand. I was looking at some Youtube videos and stumbled over a Flying Geese ruler and was mesmerized, in fact I was so impressed by the whole video, that I ordered that ruler over Amazon that same day and started on my new quilt that week.

DE: Ich habe bis letztes Jahr ausschliesslich Kleidung genaeht, natuerlich habe ich den einen oder anderen Kissenbezug und eine Gardine genaeht, aber das fand ich nicht Ansatzweise so toll wie Klamotten naehen. Ich konnte mir auch ueberhaupt nicht vorstellen, noch einmal eine Decke zu naehen, und dann stolperte ich ueber das English Paper Piecing und legt alle meine Naehprojekte auf Eis. Es gefiehl mir sehr gut die kleinen Stuecke Papier mit Stoff zu umwickeln und mit der Hand zu steppen, es gefiel mir so gut, dass ich fast 700 Stueck naehte um sie dann anschliessend in eine Decke umzuwandeln. LOL!! Ich hatte mir ein paar Youtube videos dazu angesehen und saht ein Tutorial fuer ein Flying Geese Lineal und war von den Socken! Ich habe das Lineal auf Amazon gefunden und es bestellt und innerhalb wenigen Tagen diese Decke begonnen.

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EN:I had ordered a bag of liberty bits from Kat’s Fabrics, (she sells offcuts by the kilo, I will not lie I have another kilo of liberty bits in my stash just waiting for me to make them into another quilt!) a few weeks prior to make even more hexagons and then abandoned the idea to make this quilt. I didn’t use a pattern and instead just made a few geese and then arranged them into different patterns, until I liked what I saw. EASY! For the backing I used 2.5 meters of Liberty that I got for a steal at the Rag Market in Birmingham and then added 40 cm of white brushed cotton on both sides. I used the leftover Liberty backing to make my own bias binding, as I felt it would make the entire quilt look a little more polished.

DE: Ich hatte vor einigen Wochen ein Kilo Liberty Stoffe von Kat’s Fabric bestellt, (sie verkauft sonst immer Liberty Stoffe in 2-3 Meter Laenge) um weitere Hexagone zu basteln, beschloss aber die Stoffe nun fuer die neue Decke zu benutzen. Ich habe kein Muster verwendet sondern einfach einige Gaense erstellt und dann einfach alle so lang angeordnet, bis ich damit zufrieden war. EASY!!! Fuer die Rueckseite der Decke habe ich auch einen Liberty Stoff benutzt, den ich in Birmingham auf dem Stoffmarkt gekauft hatte, es handelt sich hier um B-Ware, der Preis dafuer war daher sehr guenstig! =D Das Querband habe ich dann mit den Resten selber genaeht, gebraucht habe ich 8 Meter… ich habe noch 7 Meter uebrig, die ich fuer irgendetwas anderes nutzen kann.

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DE:I would say the entire process took me about 6 weeks, I ran out of white cotton a few times and then couldn’t decide what to do about the backing. Once I had finished the quilt top I posted a picture of it on Instagram and asked if anyone had ever used a quilting service before, and was put in touch with the fantastic Cath who took on my quilt.What can I say about Cath, she’s an amazing longarm quilter based out of Cumbria, you can get in touch with her over her Facebook or Instagram account. She gave me all the information I needed before I sent out my parcel, asked me what I kind of quilting I would like and sent me many pictures of patterns until I found what I was looking for. She quilted everything within 3 days of getting my  parcel and sent it back, so that I would have it for the weekend. The results are absolutely fantastic, THANK YOU SO MUCH CATH!! There is no way that I could have even come close to what she did and I am eternally grateful.

DE: Fuer die Zusammensetzung habe ich ca. 6 Wochen  gebraucht, mir ist mehrmals der weisse Stoff ausgegangen und ich konnte  mich lange nicht entscheiden, was ich mit der Rueckseite machen wollte. Als ich dann endgueltig fertig war, habe ich ein Bild auf Instagram hochgeladen und die Community gefragt, ob jemand den einen Quilting Service verwendet hatte. So habe ich Kontakt mit Cath aufgenommen, die eine Longarm Quilterin aus Cumbria ist. Sie hat mich unheimlich gut beraten und die Decke innerhalb von 3 Tagen Versandfertig, gequiltet. Ich bin immer noch total geschockt, wie schnell das alles ging und wie toll die Decke geworden ist! VIELEN DANK CATH!

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EN:All I did to finish of my Flying geese quilt was to sew on the binding, with my sewing machine on the one side and slip stitch it by hand on the other side. I really enjoy hand sewing  things, and watched the entire second season of Fortitude, which was crazy!!!!Anyway, making this, has really peaked my interest in quilting again, I’ve since bought a few modern quilting books and started on another quilt for my sofa! And even shocking myself, I have gotten in touch with the Modern Quilting Guild in Munich, so I will hopefully meet other avid quilters once I move back! I feel incredible proud of what I’ve done and I hope that perhaps other seamstresses might take on quilting as well.

DE: Ich habe zum Schluss nur noch das Querband an der Rueckseite der Decke mit der Maschine angenaeht und an der anderen Seit mit der Hand fest gesteppt, dabei habe ich mir die zweite Staffel Fortitude angeschaut, die absolut verrueckt war!!!Zur guter Letzt muss ich sagen, dass seitdem ich mit der Decke fertig geworden bin, ich mich wieder unheimlich fuers quilten begeistern kann. Ich habe mir ein paar Buecher fuer Moderne Quilts gekauft und habe mich bei der Modern Quilting Guild Munich gemeldet in der Hoffnung, dass wenn ich Ende Mai wieder nach Deutschland ziehe, Kontakt zu anderen Quilterinnen finde. Ich hoffe, dass sich vielleicht andere Naeherinnen auch fuers Quilten begeistern koennen, ich habe mittlerweile eine neue Decke fuer mein Sofa begonnen. =D

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The Rachel Wrap Dress – The grey edition

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I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait until winter is finally over. I am more than ready to store away my down coat, my boots and my gloves! The only good thing about winter is the fact, that you can wear lovely, long sleeved jersey dresses.

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When I first started sewing, I read many stories about how difficult it was to sew with jersey, how shifty the fabric was and that you needed a special ballpoint needle or even better, a serger. I was intimidated and stayed clear of said fabric until last year, when I was gifted a serger for Christmas, by my Mister and my lovely mum. Needless to say, all those horror stories were complete and utter rubbish! Jersey is such an easy fabric to work with and most garments can be sewn up in a matter of hours.

I discovered the Maria Denmark Rachel Wrap Dress last summer, I was looking for a beginner friendly pattern, and after reading many reviews I decided to give it a try and was very, very impressed. The entire pattern consists of 4 pattern pieces, you have to add a seam allowance, Maria does tell you how to do this and you have to make your own ties, by using the neckband, which sounds much more tedious than it actually is.

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I chose this fantastic Premium Jersey from Minerva Crafts in Charcoal, which is not quite as thick as Ponte Roma but definitely thicker than normal weight jersey. The fabric has a great drape to it and is soft and best of all doesn’t pill even after I’ve washed it 5 times!!! For this version, I lengthened the shoulder by 1 inch and graded the arm cycle accordingly. For the ties, I just used the pattern piece for the neckband and lengthened it by 5 inches. As the jersey has the same color on both sides and has a nice weight I didn’t bother using any interfacing, so far neither the neck band nor the ties have stretched out. I did sew some clear elastic band into the shoulder seam to stabilize it, something I always do when I sew with knits. I sewed the dress on my sewing machine using a narrow zigzag stitch that looks more like a thunderbolt and finished all the seams on my serger. Easy Peasy!

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The dress turned out exactly as I wanted it to turn out and I love wearing it with my brown boots. As I doubt spring will make an appearance anytime soon, so hopefully I can enjoy wearing it for a few more weeks.

Do you guys have any favorite wrap dress patterns?

My Valentine’s Day Dress – The Vintage Shirtdress

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and welcome to my brand new blog!  =D

Now to be fair, I don’t usually celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Mister thinks it’s a silly capitalistic invention to sell sappy cards, chocolates and flowers… he might be right.. but this girl actually likes chocolates, sappy cards and flowers! So this year we went for a meal (we actually went on Saturday, as the Mister had to fly back to Germany on Sunday – BOOO! for long distance relationships!) and I thought this would be a fantastic occasion for a new dress!

If you’ve been following me on IG for the past few years, you know how much I love The Vintage Shirtdress by Sewoverit. The pattern has a wonderful notched collar, cuffed elbow length sleeves, super swishy skirt and looks lovely in any fabric.

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I chose this poly-cotton heart fabric from Adam Ross, which has been in my stash since last year, when I and my good pal Victoria visited their premises in Birmingham. I marveled at their unbelievable stock, it’s like IKEA for fabrics, I kid you not! They have a wonderful selection of fabrics (check out their viscose section, it’s to die for) and a very lovely team running the enterprise (hello Jas!), so check them out!blog2

Coming back to the pattern, I cut out a size 8, going by the finished measurements and using a 1 cm seam allowance instead of a 1.5 cm seam allowance, to be very honest, I should have sized up, which I will, if I make another sleeveless version in summer. I lengthened the bodice by 1 inch which is a pretty standard adjustment I make on all my garments and I also lengthened the skirt by 1 inch because my last version was a bit short. I serged all the raw seams, because I love it, when the insides are as pretty as the outsides.dsc04606-1

I even made self-covered buttons for the first time in my life – they are not perfect, but I still think they are rather cute. I kept some scrap fabric, so I might actually redo the buttons in the future…or not. I did sew in a tiny snap between the first and second button, to ensure that there would be no “wardrobe malfunction”(!!!), which worked out really well.

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So if you haven’t tried this pattern …DO IT! I cannot recommend it enough. All in all this dress is a winner – did you guys sew anything for Valentine’s Day?

PS: If any of you know how to change the font color into white, please let me know… I knowthe text is bleeding into the picture… I just have no idea how to change it!