Category Archives: Thomas Knauer

Louise’s Quilt

Remember the  Loulouthi Tiles quilt that I made for Rachel’s 18th birthday? You’ll recall that my idea for the quilt and my friend’s idea were… not quite the same. But she promised me that I could make the happy rainbow quilt I had envisioned for her second daughter, who was a wee lass of 14 back then, and was as happy as sunshine! And good god, I guess I’m getting old because Louise just turned 18!

I used the same pattern as the Whine and Cheese quilt but made it scrappy with as little repetition as possible. I had most of what I needed in my stash, but this is where my colour preferences reared their ugly head: I have practically no orange, blue, or purple scraps. So I begged for some scraps from friends, bought a bit of fabric while I was at the European Quilt Meeting, and eventually managed to cobble together just enough fabric for the top. Once I had all my pieces, putting the quilt top together didn’t take all that much time. Luckily, the one piecing mistake I made was at the outer corner so fixing it was not a problem.

For the back I decided to go with a more reasonably scaled big-square pattern, similar to the one I used for my brother’s quilt, but, to no one’s surprise, in a rainbow range. The one block that stands out is the dedication my friend embroidered. It was just a bit too small so I added two borders to it to get it to fit the scale. I love how the dedication block breaks up the rainbow range.

Quilt Back. Cat butt thrown in for free.

Can't decide which side of this quilt I like better!

Can’t decide which side of this quilt I like better!

I quilted this one the same way I had Whine and Cheese, with a straight grid in the sashing.

Quilting detail. I love a good straight line.

Quilting detail. I love a good straight line.

The binding is made of the trimmings from the quilt back.

Unclear when I became a person who enjoys hand binding.

Unclear when I became a person who enjoys hand binding.

We went to England in December so we delivered it then, well ahead of the birthday. Sadly but unsurprisingly, it chucked it down the entire time we were there so my plans to take it on a photo shoot in beautiful Avenham Park in Preston were very much foiled. Instead, here are some shots taken in a rather dark Premier Inn hotel room :(.

Love a scrappy binding.

Love a scrappy binding.

Scrap happiness.

Scrap happiness.

And here are some pictures of the quilt in the sunny wilds of England, courtesy of my friend.

The quilt on an actual sunny day in England.

This one shows the top of the backing grid. Some favourite fabrics in this one.

This one shows the top of the backing grid. Some favourite fabrics in this one.

Way Cool Kid

In February of this year, this turned up on my twitter feed (not following me on twitter? There’s a handy button to do just that right over there, to the right)(Follow me on Feedly, too, while you’re at it, and whatever else you’d like).

Dear English quilters...

Dear English quilters…

Although I had already moved to Munich, the Germ was still in England and the movers weren’t coming for another month. Thomas was offering about a yard of each of his fabrics for Andover (that’s nearly 120 yards!) for about £2.80 a yard, including shipping, which is about half of what I was paying for fabric in England, and about a tenth of what I’d pay in Germany. WELL. How could I refuse?! (Hint: I didn’t!) The Germ called to report that a very heavy box had come from Amazon, which surprised him, since he knows I don’t shop at Amazon, so I had to break the news to him gently.

Box o'fabric.

Box o’fabric.

You guys, this is so much fabric I had to keep it in its own cabinet because it wouldn’t fit in my sewing cabinet! Here are some of my favourites, but don’t be fooled—I love all of it.

Orange-yellows.

Orange-yellows.

Pinks.

Pinks.

A bit of pear tree. The eagle eyed amongst you might recognise the pink version in my startled chicken quilt.

A bit of pear tree. The eagle eyed amongst you might recognise the pink version in my startled chicken quilt.

I haven’t done any quilting with it, but had to dig in, so I made myself this bag from Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders.

One yard wonder.

Like how I used exposed electrical wires as hangers? I’m klassy like that.

Thanks, Thomas! I can’t wait to play with the rest of it!

ps. If you’re not following Thomas on Twitter, well, you might want to. He’s @waycoolkid.

pps. Following any cool people on Twitter or Instagram that I should know about? Let me know in the comments – my follow lists are a bit sparse right now.

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