Where this project started... One evening last winter my partner sent me a link to this webpage with a collection of intriguing pentagonal tilings and a wonderful, inspirational story behind their discovery. The story is that of a woman, Marjorie Rice, who, despite having had just a basic high school math education, got positively obsessed … Continue reading Carnival in Cairo Quilt
To me December feels incomplete without an advent calendar. In Germany, where I grew up, multiple traditions such as advent calendars and advent wreath symbolize an anticipation of Christmas. The lighting of each candle on the wreath and the opening of each door or little package of the advent calendar are a realization of a … Continue reading Advent calendar wall hanging
What made me fall in love with modern quilting is the potential to play with graphic design and fabrics at the same time. In this post I will explain the design process that went into my first original block design, the "Organic Diamond" block, which was recently published as "block study" in Modern Monthly by … Continue reading Ventures into quilt (block) design
...with sewing organizers from Aneela Hoey What makes Aneela Hoey's bag and organizer designs stand out is a combination of good design sense and interesting construction. In many cases her bags open in interesting ways to reveal additional pockets or simply make it easier to access what's stored inside. She also frequently uses somewhat unusual … Continue reading Discovering new bag construction techniques
After finishing my "digging deeper" quilt top, I felt both excited and nervous about quilting it. I was excited, because I wanted to explore and learn techniques that can heighten and add depth to a quilt design. But I also felt nervous, because I still have very little experience and consequently little intuition for what … Continue reading Overcoming quilting anxiety with a test run
My projects typically start with a fabric that simply inspires me. When I browse fabric stores, there are typically fabrics call out to me, but I don't always know immediately what they want to be transformed into. Often it's not a single fabric that attracts me, but combinations and the challenge is to figure out … Continue reading “Digging deeper” quilt top design
The project I'm going to talk about here started several years ago, on one of many afternoons that I spent sewing at my grandmother's house. My grandmother has sewn garments for decades and has accumulated a huge bag full of scraps. Often I would sit on the floor in her sewing room, empty the bag … Continue reading Bringing order into a scrappy quilt?