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Three pillowcases

I headed to the fabric store today in order to buy some sashing fabric for my farmer’s wife quilt. Since I’m a bit tight at the moment I decided to buy the sashing only. No setting triangles, or border fabric yet. Sashing 111 blocks will take up enough time to keep me busy for some time, I thought.

I left the store with a metre of a very nicely striped seersucker – a fabric that I had not expected to find at my favorite quilting store but which I was somehow looking for, for some pillowcases.

Of course, it didn’t take me long to sew three pillowcases – not nearly as long as sashing 111 blocks, but now I am at least able to delete this from my mind’s to do list.

(c) 2013 by Heike Scharmann

(c) 2013 by Heike Scharmann

(c) 2013 by Heike Scharmann

(c) 2013 by Heike Scharmann

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Here comes the sun

Remember my New York Beauty block? It so happened that I sewed three more. And believe it or not, I joined them to one small wall hanging or table topper.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

Since it is such a small project, plus my sister recently gave me several reels of red thread, I decided to machine quilt it. I confess I am not very practised in machine quilting, yet I did everything in free motion quilting. Adjusting the stitching speed (foot) to my moving the sandwich (hands) was quite a challenge.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

On the back, you can see a new (to me) method of hanging a small wall hanging. I simply folded a square piece of fabric in half diagonally and sewed the raw edges in the seam when binding the quilt.  I should have sewn four of these pockets, not just two, so that I was able to forever choose which side is up. Anyway, I might even hang it on point, after all! I am happy to say that sewing this small New York Beauty project quite alleviated my fears about sewing curves, and I would now be happy to sew a bigger quilt.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

* “Here Comes the Sun” was composed in 1969 by George Harrison while taking a stroll in Eric Clapton’s garden. *