Saturday, July 29, 2017

Who would have tought

Let me start with this statement: I am not a sentimental or romantic person. I don't collect things from my childhood, not even things from my daughter's early years. I have no problem when my husband forgets our wedding anniversary or if somebody doesn't call me for my birthday. When my grandmother died I didn't keep anything from her stuff as memento and when my father died I only took over his BMW because it's a really nice car and I'm an only child and my mother couldn't use it.

The same goes for my quilts. If I make a quilt for someone I don't care what they use it for. Fine if they wrap the baby in it (as intended), equally fine if the dog sleeps on it. Really! I couldn't understand my friend who was heart-broken when a quilt she gave to a friend was nailed to the wall (with really large nails, producing holes the size of a quarter Dollar).

And last week that all changed.

Maybe you still remember what I told you about the "Portrait Shuffle" organized by "Through our Hands", a textile art group (click here for the blogpost). The idea was to make a portrait on a canvas, it will be hung at the prestigious Festival of Quilts in Birmingham (England) and then the portraits will be shuffled and a random one will be sent back to you. "Through our Hands" established a blog to show all the great portraits they received - one more beautiful than the other. You could be the lucky receiver of a portrait/quilt by Alicia Merrett, Mirjam Pet-Jacobs, Jette Clover, Linda Barlow, Sandra Meech or of a lot of other celebrities of the quilting world.

I was thinking about my portrait for a long time. It should be a kind of quilt not a drawing and it should be in the bright colors that I so love. I was thinking about a Picasso-like face or a Venetian mask - but no idea was really that appealing. And then I looked down where my dog Felix was happily snoring away under my desk. How about a portrait of Felix? In bright colors?

I looked through my photos of Felix and found a suitable one. I traced the outline and divided the forms, the lines mimicking the fall of his fur. I fused colorful fabric to the background trying to leave very small gaps between the fabrics. In these gaps I hand-embroidered black lines. (From pre-school on this was always my favorite way of coloring - black outlines filled with the brightest colors.) I glued batting to the canvas to get the quilty feeling and mounted the portrait. It looked fabolous and exactely like Felix.

And then it happened. I was not able to put the portrait in an envelope and send it to England. It was impossible for me to send my own dog away. What if the portrait goes to someone who doesn't like dogs, to someone who will throw it away? For the first time in 28 years of quilting I understand the meaning of "I put all my heart and soul into it".

For several days I tried to convince myself to send the quilt but I couldn't bring me to do it. As much as I would like to own a quilt by Alicia Merrett or Annabel Rainbow Felix will stay at home. Sorry "Through our Hands" I would have loved to be part of the exhibition. Next time I will make an unknown horse.

I am very much looking forward to seeing all the portraits in Birmingham in a little bit more than a week. You can see a preview of many of them by clicking here.

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Friday".

Friday, June 9, 2017

Have portrait - will shuffle

Look what I've got.

This is the pack for the Portrait Shuffle (without the fabric, that’s from my stash).

The Portrait Shuffle is a great idea from the “Through our Hands” textile art group. You can sign up for this pack (once again – no fabric included), create a portrait of any kind (person, animal, flower, …) in any way (draw, paint, collage, patchwork, photograph, …) on the canvas and return it to the organizers.

All the portraits will be exhibited at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England in August. After this the portraits will be shuffled and you will get a portrait back. Not your own but somebody elses. So you get back an original work of art by an artist from somewhere in the world. Exciting, isn’t it?

The pack costs 20 British Pounds and all the funds raised will go to “Save The Children”, an organization dedicated to helping children all over the world. To learn more about them click here.

Join in! The more portraits the better the shuffle! And you will
  • be exhibited at the Festival of Quilt (the largest European quiltshow),
  • help children,
  • have fun,
  • receive an original work of art.

Hurry up – the deadline for the canvas being in England is July 31st, 2017.
For more information go to

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Happy Birthday

My daughter is a big fan of Sesame Street (she learned English with this show when we stayed in the US for a few months when she was 2 years old). So for her birthday I made her this pillow.

It is foundation pieced and consists of 124 pieces (for a 10 x 10 inches Elmo!). I really don't like this technique as I hate removing the paper afterwards. So it was a real labor of love. But the joy of Karin was worth the effort.

The block is by Michelle Thompson  and you can find it and many more at her website

Friday, January 20, 2017


It was a very frosty morning today. But when you have a dog there are no excuses - you have to walk him. And as a reward you see something really beautiful. All the leaves and trees were covered with frost. Combined with the blue sky it made for a really beautiful sight.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Quilts 2016

Somehow this year ran through my fingers and now it's over. There aren't too many quilts I made this year but still some.

A quilt for my mother intended for cuddling under it on the sofa. But she insisted on putting it on her bed during the day because "it's too beautiful to use it on the sofa". Well...
It's queen sized, made entirely from my stash, machine sewn and hand quilted.

A king-size quilt for my nephew and his wife for their wedding.
As his wife is Taiwanese I selected red for the wife (the wedding color in Taiwan) and black for the husband. Some of the red and the black fabrics have gold prints to make the whole quilt more festive and sparkling. It's hand quilted as well.

This quilt was made for the show of the Austrian patchwork guild for the theme "magical". For me dragons are really magical, friendly creatures.
I used a hand dyed background that had the perfect colors and raw-edge appliquéed the dragon. The contour of the dragon is hand quilted and there is a large hand quilted celtic knot in the lower right corner (you can see it on the quilt but unfortunately not in the photo).

A small quilt of which I thought it would be the beginning of a journal quilt series with the theme of leaves. But it was only this one quilt.

Another quilt for cuddling under for my aunt for Christmas. And I think she uses it as intended.
The quilt is queen sized, machine sewn and hand quilted.

A cover for a hot-water-bottle for a friend as a Christmas gift.

And that's it. As said above - not many quilts, but still a few.