; June 2014 | Quilting Stories Patchwork and Quilting Stories

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tutorial for an Easy and Quick Flying Geese Block

Flying Geese block

Four units Flying Geese block

With the measures I will give you, you will obtain a four units Flying Geese block
10" x 5 3/4" (once trimed).

One big square, four small squares.

Cut ONE large square 6 1/2" for the 4 centre triangles
and FOUR 3 1/2" for the 8 (what I call) background triangles.

Diagonal line

With a sharp pencil draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each small square.

Placing the squares

Place two small squares on the big square, right side against right side, as shown above.

Sewing

Sew along each side of the line, at 1/4".

Cutting

Cut on the line.

Triangles

This is what you obtain.

Ironing

Open and press.

Sewing

On each obtained piece place one square, right side against right side.

Cutting

Again, sew at 1/4" on each side of the line and cut on the line.

Finished rectangle

Doing so, you obtain four rectangles 5 3/4" x 3 1/8".
Trim the sides.

Finished Flying Geese Block

Piece them together. Press without opening.
Then trim the four sides to get a  perfect 10" x 5 3/4" rectangle.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Paris

Pink building
Pink building

Theatre
Theatre

Cafe Paris
Rue Cadet - Paris 9e

Confiserie
Rue du Faubourg Montmartre - Paris 9e

Amelie's Restaurant
5 rue Versigny - Paris 18e

Amelie's Menu
5 rue versigny - Paris 18e

Passage Jouffroy
Passage Jouffroy - Paris 9e

Antiques
Antiques

Antique books
Book shop

Paintings
Art

Cross stitch
Arts & Crafts

Cross stitch
Arts & Crafts

Cross stitch
Arts & Crafts

Knitting
Mercerie

Knitting
Mercerie

I came back from France last week and I am happy to share with you those few "postcards" of the places I like to visit when I stay in Paris. They are very few pictures because I was often forgetting my camera, or I did not want to carry to much burden. Next time I hope to make a better and more dense report of the hundreds of places I love in Paris. 

As regards quilting shops, my favorite one "Le Rouvray", that was ruled by an American woman, had closed last year. There is another one that I went to, but I did not decide to buy anything from there, plus I had not my camera, so no picture of a quilting shop! 

I stayed in Paris for almost one month, and I was so busy visiting family and friends that I did not do the least stitch, neither did I knit, although I intended to, as I bought yarns from the little shop shown above.

Now it's time to work on a new quilting project. I have another order from a friend in Paris who just became grandmother of a little girl. So let's start again a new baby quilt!

Have a wonderful week!
Christine

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Antique Doll Quilts

Antique doll quilt

Antique doll quilt

Antique doll quilts

Antique doll quilts

Antique doll quilts

Antique doll quilts

Zucchini pie

Zucchini pie

Zucchini pie and tomatoes

In the batch of doll quilts that I purchased last April, shown Here, were those two little quilts that look rather like table mats than like doll quilts, and that's how I use them (with care). Together, I wish to show you a pie
just out of the oven. I often cook these kinds of tarts, easy to do and always appreciated. I put zucchinis, feta cheese, emmenthal, fresh cream and two eggs. Then half an hour in the very warm stove. It is very good served with a tomato salad, or a green salad.
Enjoy your day!
Christine

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Antique Amish Woolen Quilt






As I said before, I love to decorate my home with quilts. I'dont think that there is something more beautiful and decorative than a quilt displayed in a room.
Especially if it is an antique! This one is the only antique Amish quilt I own. It was collected in Lancaster County Pensylvannia. It is in wool and mesures 56 x 52 inches. The pattern is called Around The World. This quilt has a stunning effect, due to the beautiful red color of the squares and the binding, against brown, beige and dark green colors. I love it... I love solid fabrics… I love printed fabrics… I love all the antique quilts!!!

Have a wonderful Sunday!
Christine

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Shot Cottons

Shot cottons

I am always thrilled when I receive an expected arrival of fabrics from the USA!

Parcel from USA

 And always happy and enthusiastic to start a new project!

Shot cottons

I am not sure yet for the pattern, but being in a blue mood I feel like trying variegated hues of blue,
which is a color I don't tend to put often in my quilts. I may mix them with warm tunes with spice
names like saffron, paprika, mustard...

Blue shot cotton

I was lucky, I found two jackpots, which means some more yardage for the same price!
I was unlucky, I had to pay tax!

Happy sewing to everybody!
Christine

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Kaleidoscope Quilt Top


Kaleidoscope top

Kaleidoscope top

Kaleidoscope top

Mosaic

Kaleidoscope top on table

Rose tree

Rose

This is a top I finished many years ago. At that time in Greece it was difficult to find fabrics for quilting. Travelling was expensive, we did not know how to import and we had to wait for somebody of the group to travel abroad and bring us some pieces of fabrics that we were considering as treasures! Very often I asked my sons, students at that time, to bring me fabrics from Paris or London! We would not throw any inch of this precious fabric! So I was collecting whatever scraps nice friends were giving me, and that's how I did this kaleidoscope quilt, without any selection of fabric colors or style. However, since then it remained in a closet with some other tops. I think that one of the reasons is that I was hand quilting all my works, and therefore advancing very slowly. Now I thought of giving it to be machine quilted, so I added a sashing, choosing red color as "in the doubt add red". I like the result and it is now ready to be quilted.

Happy quilting to everyone!
Christine