A double wedding ring quilt for a doubly lovely couple

This week one of my best friends married! CONGRATULATIONS!!! The quilt above is my wedding present. I wanted to give them something special, to show how happy I am for them that they’ve found each other. So naturally, I referred back to quilting. This quilt symbolizes how their love for music binds them together. Although…

Using old shirts to make a new quilt

The piles of fabric on top is all the fabric one can get out of eight generous man’s shirts. Shirts are wonderful to work with because of the nice patterns and usually, when a shirt is too old to wear, there is still enough good fabric for a quilt. How nice shirt fabric is to…

Monthly sewing update: June 2018

It’s the last month of June already! Gosh, time is going quick. My room is turning simultaneously chaotic and empty because I am preparing to move at the end of July. Isn’t that a strange thing: chaos and more space at the same time? This does mean that I have to pack up some of…

Monthly sewing update: May 2018

Another month has passed and a lot of creativity has happened in that time! I’ve been very busy preparing fieldwork for my thesis for university, planning a wedding (not my own) and lots of other stuff. For my fieldwork, I plan to go to Kenya for four months in August. My research will be focused on…

Paper piece a rose and experimentation with quilting materials

Let’s start with a bold statement: paper piecing is way easier as patchwork, applique or any other quilting technique. This might be because it’s the first technique my mother taught me, but that is not all (my first block was a paper piece log cabin block). There are some key benefits to paper piecing. Paper piecing…

How to make a rose quilt design

This is a surprise article as a teaser for my upcoming post this weekend where I talk about the sewing of this project! I use the rose quilt as my profile picture a lot, so it makes sense to talk about its creation. This is a revised version of an earlier article. In this post,…