Category Archives: Patchwork

Disappearing FourPatches, Straight lines

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These weeks I’ve been playing around with disappearing patches. It started with just a few fabrics (later I added a few more), cutting out squares (9.5 “ inch) and sewing them together into four-patches (9 inch).

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As you can see, I’m not too concerned about the exact measurements. The sewing is more important to be exact.
Next step is to cut in straight lines, an inch from the center.

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Then the opposite cornerpieces are switched, and the centerpiece is rotated twice.

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Then all is sewn together into a new block, which is of course an inch smaller than the original. (7.5 inch after squaring)

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In the first picture you could see how this works when four of these blocks are sewn together. Bold, straight lines, strips and squares. I can imaging this becoming a large quilt.

Quilt Straight lines Tula Pink fabricsThis is colored with random Tula Pink fabrics.

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If you make the same Fourpatch with only 2 colors, you can get a block like this (swap not opposite corners, but the center pieces). In a complete quilt this will look like this:

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Or when playing with colors:


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Quilt straight lines dark center light 

Groetjes, Dorien

New York Beauty Pillow

Long time ago I made The Colourful Quilt  and it is on one of the walls in the livingroom ever since. One of our neighbours asked me once if he could buy it, but of course I said no.

This weekend he has a housewarming party and I had to come up with an idea for a gift: not a complete quilt , but a pillow inspired by the quilt.

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It had been a while since I practised sharp points, but it worked out just fine.

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The front is quilted with freehand swirls.

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The back is a red cotton fabric, the same as the binding. It is a very thick, but soft pillow.

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The only thing I’m not completely happy about is the binding; I think it should have been a bit less wide.
The pattern is a New York Beauty block from EQ8, which I have changed a bit, and I’ve added the  bleu star in the center.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Hugs and Kisses

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Everyone needs hugs and kisses, and they come in very different shapes and styles. Therefore I had the idea of making a quilt with hugs ( O ) and kisses ( X ) in different ways and colors.

The hugs are sometimes bright and complete, and sometimes just small or even incomplete (a pat on the back).
The same goes for the kisses.

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So I came up with this design (made in EQ8). A white background to make the colors more visible and lots of x’s and o’s as if they were  scattered over the quilt.

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Whilst making I skipped a few kisses and changed some colors. I think it is more balanced this way.

The back of the quilt is just plain white, as is the binding. The quilting is straight lines, most a quarter of an inch apart, some half an inch and a few an inch. I like the texture this gives.

The quilt measures 48”inch square, is made with plain cotton fabric and quilted with Wonderfil Konfetti.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Some finished projects

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It has been a while since my last post, but that doesn’t mean it was very quiet over here. Lots of life going on, and lots of projects finally finished. The first I can show is this little quilt.
A few months ago, I was very happy to get the wonderful EQ8, a quilt-design software. I’ve been playing with it a lot and designed the most fabulous quilts, which I’ll never make because they are far too complicated.

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But this one is completely made by me. I’ve designed three blocks (which are probably to be found somewhere on the web, but what is the fun about that?), and printed the templates.

Each block is 10”inch , and with the border the quilt measures 22”inches (56 cm).

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Then all the pieces were cut and the patchwork done.

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After quilting (which is not my forte!) I’ve made the binding and a sleeve to hang the quilt. And maybe you’ve noticed: I did the sleeve on the wrong side, so now the large starblock is on the bottom left instead of on the right.

Then, because winter is over, I finally finished this warm, soft cardigan.

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Pattern: Weekend Walk
Yarn: Drops Air (Orange)

And last but not least a new tunic, made of linen.

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The fabric is screenprinted by hand at a Dutch company: Vlinder

The neckline is almost square. You can’t see any stitches, because I understitched it. This gives it a very clean look.

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The sleeves have little box pleats.

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And because I really wear a scarf every day, I made one from the leftover fabric.

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That’s it for now; I’m going to practice on my quilting skills.

Groetjes, Dorien

A new workspace

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Hello to my new studio. I think I may call it that. Up to now I used the dining table in the living room as my work space, but that wasn’t ideal. Luckily we have a table in the kitchen to use for daily meals, but still all my mess in the living room wasn’t a very nice sight.

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Because one of the boys moved out some time ago, we have more space , and it was possible to clear one room just for me. And the last couple of weeks we have been moving around a lot of cabinets and boxes. I had my stuff stored in almost all the rooms of the house, and it appeared  that I had quite some materials and tools twice. Now everyting is in the same room and near at hand.

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The table was found at a thrift store and measures a massive  2.2  by 1 meter. It was a bit of a hassle to get it upstairs because of its size and weight, but the men of the family managed it and I’m so happy with it.

If you look at the first picture, you might see that the only ironing board in the room is quite small. Perfect for small patchwork, but for larger pieces not really appropriate. So again I went to the thrift store where I found this beautiful old wooden ironing board.

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Perfect, but it did need some work.

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So I took everything off; cleaned it and made a new cover.

First I put on some underlay from the carpet store (!)

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Guess I’m all set now.

Groetjes, Dorien


Meeting again

Just a quick post to let you know I’m still around…. kind of. The past couple of weeks have gone by so fast, and still there is not really much to tell you.

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This is a chair I have upholstered nearly 5 years ago. I just liked to play with the fabrics and try to make something out of this plain grey chair. It is still one of my favorite pieces in the house and it is holding up quite nicely.

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I had some fabrics left and this time I used them for something much easier: a simple draught excluder.

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It is just half an inch too long, but I did that on purpose, because the draught on this door is really too much, and this way it definitely will help ( I at least hope so).

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And then there is this:

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This year I didn’t have any New Years resolutions but one; to read more books in English. It is so easy to read only Dutch translations, but as one of the reasons I started this blog was because I wanted to improve my English, there are more ways to do so, and reading is actually one of the most obvious. So for a good start, I bought these three novels ( and read the first two).

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The covers of these books are simply amazing, don’t you think?

Groetjes, Dorien

Criss-Cross Pillow, tutorial part 2

Hello! Time to give you the second part of the tutorial for the Criss-Cross Pillow (first part can be found here). Today I want to show you how to make the top into a wonderful pillow.

First thing to do, is quilt the top. For the lining you can use any piece of fabric, although cotton would be best. Because I like my pillow covers washable, I used a washable batting.

Quilt any way you like, free motion, straight lines, particular motives, in the ditch; anything is possible.

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For this pillow I used a heavy linen fabric for the back, but this is again just as you prefer. Cut your fabric a little bit higher than your top, and about 8 inches wider. Make a seam at both ends, and cut it with one piece exactly have the width of the pillow. This is going to be on top.

On this side you can make buttonholes, or as I did, loops made of bias tape

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Now put both top and back on top of each other (right sides out!), and stitch.

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As you can see, I’ve zigzagged the seam. I like to do this, because then it is easier to attach the binding. It isn’t necessary though, and if you do, it doesn’t have to be too neat.

Next step is the binding. Cut strips of 2¾ inch, with a straight grain, and fold double.

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Sew your binding on, with the open side along the seam of the pillow. You work on the right side of the pillow. Stitch with a seam allowance of ¼ inch. Stop ¼ inch before the end. Fold the binding straight up,

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and fold it down, along the seamline.

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Stitch, starting at the beginning.

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This way you make all 4 corners. Close your binding and fold it to the back. Handstitch it.

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The corners are nice and tidy.

Next step is the closure on the back. Of course you can use colourful buttons from your stash, but I always like to make my own fabric covered buttons.

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Sew your buttons on and all what’s left is to insert a pillow!

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As I mentioned in the 1st part of this tutorial , I’ve made a pillow like this before. But with a few differences:

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The scraps used were overall just a bit larger, and accordingly, I made the white strips a bit wider, `1 inch. This means they are twice as wide!

And the back was made by quilted pieces:

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Instead of a binding, I sewed front and back panels with the right sides together. So, no binding needed.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Criss-Cross Pillow, tutorial part 1

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When you make patchwork, no matter if it is for large projects like quilts, or for smaller ones like pillows, you always have leftover pieces of fabric, which seem too small to use and too large to throw away.

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A few years ago I already made a pillow like this as a swap-gift, so with my boxes of scraps getting a bit too full, I decided to make a new one. And because it is such fun, I made a little tutorial for you.

This is what I used: lots of scraps in different colours and sizes, and an old white pillowcase. This white fabric had a few stains and soft spots, but it was large enough to cut around them.

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With the rotary cutter  cut strips of 3/4 inch wide. The strips have to be cut with a straight grain, because they are going to hold the shape of the pillow.
As you can see, some are quite small, and some are large. That is perfect, as long as you keep a few long ones to use at the end.

Then, just start sewing the scraps to the strips; it doesn’t matter what side you use, or what size the scraps have.

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Iron the seams in the way you prefer; this time I ironed them to one side.

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If you have an idea about the finished size of your pillow, you can go on making pieces like this, until you have the size covered.

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The next step is to sew the pieces together. It is important to make sure the coloured pieces are always sewn together with a strip in between. Especially on the sides of the pieces this can be tricky.

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I made seam allowances of 1/4 inch.

This way you make a lot of blocks, which become larger and larger as you sew them together.

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When the blocks become larger, you start ‘looking’ for long lines, to finish the top.

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And there you have it; a finished top:

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Next time I’ll show how to make this top into a pillow.

Groetjes, Dorien

Flowers, Scraps and Strips

The first step of all the renovating in our home has finished! We’ve done all the painting and decorating of the walls and it has become even more beautiful than I imagined.

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One wall is decorated with this amazing wallpaper (Eijffinger). Left from it you can see a purple wall, which is only about 1 m wide, and the rest of the room has been done with white, very white wallpaper. But also with flowers:

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The room is still empty; we have to wait for our new bed which is going to be quite special too. I’ll keep you posted.

On my working table this week, scraps of fabric and strips.

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Again, I can’t give away too much about this project, but a little spoiler can’t hurt.

Happy Stitching!

Groetjes, Dorien

Putting the pieces together

Today I’ve been playing with the designs for the Forest QAL. Some of them I’ve made smaller, and then I’ve put the pieces together for all the animals.

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The Jay, woodpecker and squirrel have been downsized, the other animals are still the same as the original. As you can see I haven’t cut out all of them exactly yet. I think especially the jay needs some modifying.  The pieces are far too small now.

The next challenge is to put them together in a way that they can be pieced together. Maybe something like this.

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Groetjes, Dorien