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My First Quilt: Part 3

Hello all! Hahaha, it has been almost a year since my last post, but I decided I didn’t want to quit my blog just like that. In fact, I would really like to pick up the writing again. A lot has changed for me, I moved to a new house and started a new job last year, which might explain my absence here. Anyways, in the meantime I finished a lot of projects, including this nice quilt:


In my last post, I told you that I was a bit afraid of the quilting part… Because of that, it rested for 2 months on a shelf before I found the courage to pick it up again. I wish I had done that earlier, because in the end the quilting was so easy and the blanket was finished in no time! Here is the final part of this tutorial (after part 1 and part 2), and a bonus quilt made by the same method at the end of this post!


So, after finishing the quilt sandwich, it’s time for the quilting! Since I have a very old sewing machine without free foot option (the one that allows you to make the nice swirly patterns) I decided to go for a simple grid. I first stitched over the seams in between the blocks to fixate the layers of the quilt. Afer that, I stitched the seams in the blocks  themselves from one edge to the other (yes, that means stitching through the big squares, don’t worry!). Just do what you like best, you can find countless ideas on how to do this on the internet!


Now it’s time to put the binding around your quilt! You remember the strips of fabric from the beginning? You’ll use them now! Sew all of them together on the short sides, creating a very long strip, and press the seams open. Now fold the strip in half, long sides together, and press. Starting approximately in the middle of one of the long sides of your quilt, line up the rough edges of your binding with the edge of your quilt top, and pin in place. Yes, both layers! Don’t unfold your binding, because he double layer of fabric will give a nice, firm finish.


 When you reach the corner, fold the binding as indicated in the picture below:


So first outwards, and then back to your quilt top, lining up the fold line with the edge of your quilt. This will allow enough room to fold your binding to the back of your quilt. When you reach the start of your binding again, leave a 1,5 cm overlap between the two ends and cut off the rest. After pinning, start the stitching of your binding about 10cm away from the start of your binding. Stop about 10cm before the end of your binding, because you have to join the two ends first! Grab the two loose ends of your binding and unfold them. Line up the edges, pin and sew with a 7mm seam allowance. press the seam open and voila! Your binding is joined all around! Stitch the last 20 cm of seam and you are ready for the final steps…



And now for the last few bits…. almost there! First, trim the edges of your quilt at 1,5 cm from the stitch line of your binding. Then, fold your binding to the back, around the rough edges. You can do two things now: 1) machine stitch your binding into place and hope that it will look good, or 2) spend a little more time on hand-stitching your binding and being sure it will look very neat (I chose option 2, as you might have guessed). Using a blind stitch (see picture below) about 1 cm apart, secure the binding all around. It took me about 2-3 hours, enough time to watch a movie or some episodes of your favorite series. Who says finishing your quilt by hand is boring? This is multi-tasking at its best!

blind stitch

And after this, your quilt is finished! This is my end product:


I love it! It’s always somewhere near my couch, and when it gets a bit cold in the evening I snuggle up under my quilt. I really loved making this one, and decided to make a second one for friends who were expecting a baby:


Made by using exactly the same principle, but a different arrangement of the blocks! Making this one was a lot of fun,because of all the cute fabrics I got to use. What will be next?

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My First Quilt: Part 2

Hello all! I know, it has been ages since the last update on this project, like on so many projects actually ;). To recap: I am talking about this quilt:


Last week, I decided to continue working on it. I have lots of now projects coming up, so better finish this one first! The last time I worked on it was before the final stage of my study, which was somewhere in july I think. I already bought all the stuff I needed, so the only thing I had to do now was putting everything together. So I gathered all the pieces and continued!

My last post on this quilt (part 1) ended with a finished top layer. So let’s continue with the back of this quilt!


I decided to include a pieced strip in the back, because this will break up the otherwise solid chocolate-brown fabric of the back. For this, I needed 26 rectangular pieces of fabric, 15 cm long and 7,5 cm wide. The first four pieces were provided by the leftover block from the quilt top. Bust out the seams and cut the square in half, and you already have 4 strips! The rest is cut from the rectangles you cut in the beginning. Don’t cut all of them to pieces, you are gonna need some of them for the border around your quilt later on! Therefore, keep track of how much you’ve cut. Then, sew them all together along the long edges into a strip like this:

DSCN4258press all the seams the same way and put this strip aside for later.


Take the fabric for your back and make sure it’s absolutely flat. Cut of the selfedges and make sure the cutting edge of the fabric is straight and perpendicular to the selfedges. Now, sew one side of the pieced strip to one of the selfedges, and the other side of the pieced strip to the other selfedge. In case it’s not clear: you are making a tube! Press the seams towards the back fabric. Now, determine how far from the edge you want the pieced strip to be. Fold the tube on that line and pin it to your ironing board, like shown in the picture. If your ironing board is not long enough, no worries! You can shift the whole thing later on.

DSCN4264After you’ve measured and pinned your tube along the length of your ironing board, press the fold very thoroughly. Remove the pins (careful, they are HOT!), shift the tube a bit and repeat the process until you pressed the fold along the whole length of the pieced strip.


Now move your pressed tube to your cutting mat and grab your rotary knife and ruler. Cut of a tiny strip from the pressed edge, only a millimeter or so! This will transform the tube into your quilt back, with the pieced strip somewhere incorporated. Cool, right?


The time has come to put everything together into a quilt sandwich! Make sure you have enough room on the floor to spread your quilt, with some room all around for walking and pinning later on. You want to avoid climbing onto your quilt as much as possible, because this can shift around the layers and that’s something you don’t want to happen! First, spread your quilt back on the floor (face down) and make sure no folds are present. My carpet is like velcro, so it stayed flat by itself, but if your floor is very slippery you might want to tape it down with painter’s tape along the sides to keep everything in place. Then spread your batting over the back. Spread it as flat as possible and flatten out any folds. Then, put your quilt front on top, leaving about 3 cm of back and batting on the edges (this will allow for some possible stretching during the quilting later on). Again, try to put it down as flat as possible, but don’t disrupt the layers underneath! After several atempts I figured rolling up your quilt top and unrolling it on top of the sandwich was the best way, because you can control things much easier. The whole thing should now look like this:



The next step is basting your quilt. Some people prefer real basting (as in: with needle and thread) but the tutorial I followed used a lot of safety pins, so I decided to try that too. First pin the corner of your quilt and from there, put a safety pin every 10-15cm in a square pattern. Just a little reminder: don’t put pins where you want to quilt. If you plan to sew along the seams, don’t put pins there or you’ll be annoyed all the time later on because you have to remove safety pins all the time. Just a thing to keep in mind! The picture is not very clear, bu this is my quilt somewhere half-way the process:


Search for the pins ;). After basting your whole quilt, cut the remaining back and batting away (remembering those 3cm around). Now it’s time for quilting! I myself was a bit scared, so I put the quilt away for now, but it’s staring very angrily at me all the time… I guess I can’t run away from it forever!

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Cute stuffed animal

When it comes to gifts, I always prefer giving home made items over bought presents.  Not only do you give a unique gift to that person, matching to what colours, shapes and so on the receiver likes, but I also think home made presents show a lot of appreciation and love from the person who made it. Maybe it wasn’t as expensive as that piece of jewelery from the store, but someone put some thought and effort in making something special for you. How nice is that!

Not so long ago I made this cute stuffed animal for the little daughter of two friends of mine. This one is a chicken, but I think the weird shape can easily be transformed into a lot of different animals. It’s very soft and squishy, and this one got chewed on right away. I guess that is a good thing for very young explorers!


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Caftan for the boyfriend

A little while ago, I had to admit my stash of fabrics got a bit too big (I’m sure every hobbyist recognizes this) and that I had to throw away some pieces of fabric. I ended up with three big bags of fabric which I could miss. A pretty good clean-up if I may say so myself! All of the fabrics went to the LARP association for the costumes guild and so forth. While rummaging through the big pile of fabrics however, my boyfriend spotted a piece of fabric that he wanted for himself. One of his characters, an air mage and a bedouin like my character, could do with a new costume, and he thought this fabric was just the perfect thing. Since he is not that experienced with the sewing machine, he asked me to make him a caftan, and this is the result:


He seems to be very happy with his new costume, so that’s always a good thing, especially since I would have thrown away the fabric otherwise! If you want to know how I made this caftan, continue reading :).

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My First Quilt: Part 1

Hi everybody! A few weeks ago I showed you a picture of the 84 squares I cut out for my first quilt. The last two weeks, I spent some evenings working on this quilt, and the pieced top layer is already done! In this post, I will show you the steps I took, but first I want to tell you something about the quilt itself. The pattern I used is a disappearing nine patch, this name is quite self-explanatory if you read on 😉 I stumbled upon it about a year ago, on a blog called obsessivelystitching (the 1st quilt ever project), and I went totally wild about it! The instructions were very clear, and for me as a total n00b in the quilting department I figured I could do this. At the fabric store I found some fat quarters (45x55cm pieces of fabric) on sale, so I bought a lot of them and basically I was ready to go! First I want to show you the result, because I am so proud of how it turned out.


At first I was afraid it would turn out a bit kitschy, because of the flowery fabrics and wide variety of prints. But I like it now, I think I will keep it for myself to snuggle under when my room is a bit chilly at night. And now for the tutorial part! I don’t want to be too detailed on this one, for a very extensive instruction I suggest you use the website I mentioned earlier. This post is mainly to show what I did and what it looked like!

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The Settlers of Catan (and something about all-purpose pouches)

Hi everybody! As you might have read in the ‘about‘ section of this blog, I like playing games, and luckily most of my friends do too (because what’s the fun in playing games alone?). One of the best games of the past 15 years or so is Kolonisten van Catan (in Dutch), or the Settlers of Catan as it is called in english. For the people who do not know this game (shame on you!), the players are settlers on the island of Catan, who collect resources to build roads, villages and cities. Every once in a while, the island is visited by robbers, but don’t worry, the knights are always there to come to the rescue! Lots and lots of different scenarios can take place, which make it such a fun game to play for everyone. It didn’t take long for several expansions to emerge, which allows you to sail over the sea to new worlds, add extra events and so on. So much fun! I remember it didn’t take very long before me and my sister made up our own game with new rules, which is another strong point of this game: it’s versatile enough to be interesting every single play.

The island of Catan

As you might have noticed from the text above, I am still totally in love with this game. Point is, you need at least 3 people to play, the boxes in which the game comes are huge and are quite pricey. Especially the last two points are a bit of a problem to me (being a student with limited storage space and money), so you can imagine I was really thrilled when one of my friends bought the game with most of the extensions. After all, he needs people to play with, so I will gladly volunteer myself for that! He did encounter one small problem however: the box of the starter game does not accomodate for all the wooden pieces that come with the expansions. Not only are there now pieces in 6 different colours, their number has increased also! Luckily, me and my trusted sewing machine came to the rescue, and the result is shown below:


All the pieces are now stored in small bags, with a ribbon in the colour of the pieces that are inside it. Nice, simple and very effective! Making them was no big job at all, I finished all six in under 2 hours. Of course these bags come in handy for all kind of things, from wooden pieces to your trusted dice, from pencils to coins, you name it! Because they are so simple to make, I wanted to share this with you, so if you want to know how I made these, continue reading!

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Patchy Tiered Peasant skirt

Hello everybody! It has been a while since my last blog post, I have been so busy with the holidays and my internship! at this moment, however, I just feel like blogging again and I have something really nice today: A new tutorial on my werewolf costume! Slowly but steady all the pieces of this costume are coming together and I plan on finishing some more stuff very soon. In this tutorial I will show you the second skirt of this costume. It is the cute patchy overskirt in the drawing I wrote about last year. It will be worn over the underskirt I already made, as can be seen in these pictures (yay for snow, I love it!):

Ylva skirt 2

Ylva skirt 1

It’s very wide (the bottom tier is more than 9,5 m long!) and flows around your legs with every movement you make. I love this skirt, and if you want to make one too, I will explain how to do so below!

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Embroidered Peasant Top

This cute blouse is the second part I made for my werewolf costume. It is a simple peasant top, which can be made in one hour if you choose not to decorate it with embroidery. If the right fabric is used, it can also be made as a daywear blouse, maybe with short sleeves for the summer. For this blouse I recommend using light, non-stretching fabrics, like cotton, muslin or a lightweight linen. If you want to add embroidery you may want to use a coarse linen with about 10 threads per cm. Always make sure you have the same amount of threads horizontally and vertically if you want your embroidery to look nice!

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Half circle skirt with flounce

Hello everybody! As promised, here is the first tutorial on my blog! This skirt is the first part of my costume for Ylva, the new character I wrote about last week. She wears it as an underskirt, so only the lower part will be visible. On top of it there will be a shorter skirt made of linen scraps, more about that one later! 

This half circle shirt is easy to make, flows out beautiful and is a good basic piece for every (female) costume. It closes in the back with a slit and a tie closure (is it called like that?) The flounce I added is optional, I liked it because of the peasant-y look it gives. Not adding it looks also very good and certainly saves you a lot of time, because gathering the fabric is quite time-consuming. For making this skirt I recommend using non-stretch fabric. Any kind of light-weight, supple fabric will do, as long as it’s not too stiff. Now, on to the tutorial!

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