August BOM: Card Trick

A block-a-month project means there’s at least one blog post a month :)

Block number eight of the 6-Köpfe-6-Blöcke QAL is the traditional card trick block, and it’s been a bear for some reason.


Let’s just call it “wonky”, OK?

I managed to cut the fabric wrong, sew it wrong, and my fabric choice isn’t exactly perfect, either. So I was going to redo the whole thing one more time, but then decided, that this block’s less than perfect looks quite perfectly reflect my life of the past week. Lot’s of little things that went wrong, but no major disasters. :)

Maybe it’s a perfect block after all?



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July BOM: Snail’s Trail

Remember this post about startitis at the beginning of each year? Well, I might not have blogged, but I did do the sewing :)

Here’s the seventh block of the German “6 Köpfe, 12 Blöcke” QAL, a Snail’s Trail block:


I didn’t put much thought into picking the fabrics at the beginning of the QAL, they just needed to come from my stash. And all those Japanese and Japan-inspired I had collected over the years started screaming “pick us! pick us!” How could I not?

I do think they fit the traditional bend of this QAL quite well, though. This is all of them together until now:


As we have made it past the half way mark I’ve also begun to think of how the blocks might go together in a quilt and since the fabrics already have a Japanese theme, I dug out my old Japanese quilting mags. This I found in the oldest one I have:



The flying geese sashing would be nice, wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t want to do the appliqued leaves, though, it would take me forever!

In any event, I am really curious to see what other blocks the six organizers of this QAL still have up their collective sleeves :) If you are interested to see the beautiful interpretations of these blocks by other QAL participants check out the link party here. Or search Instagram and Twitter by hashtag #6Koepfe12Bloecke.

Maybe you know a little German? If not, pictures and photographs speak a universal language, so why not go ahead and check out the blogs of the six organizers of this QAL? There are great tutorials for the blocks and lots of inspiration for beginning and experienced quilters alike. Find them here:

LaLaLa Patchwork – Dorthe

ellis & higgs – Nadra

einfach bunt – Verena

Quiltmanufaktur – Verena

greenfietsen – Katharina

Allie & Me – Gesine

Happy quilting everyone!


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#qb200 project: 6th mini quilt top

So for a while this will be the last top. I need to figure out what to do with them all!


qb Mini Quilt Top

I’ll be using these mini to practice a little quilting, maybe even free-motion quilting :)

Wish me luck! Please!


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#qb200 project: fifth mini quilt top

We have mini quilt top number 5!

This one is light and airy again, with a color scheme that suits me more than that of the last mini quilt.

I find it amazing how basically unbalanced blocks can turn into a coherent whole when they are set in a traditional grid, such as this nine-patch. The power of radial symmetry.

qb200 mini quilt top 5

As always, if you are interested, you can find all the daily blocks on Instagram under the hashtag #qb200.

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#qb200 project: fourth mini quilt top

improv pieced mini quilt 4

And the 4th quilt top based on my original #quiltblocks100 series is all sewn up.

I struggled with this one, maybe because of the triangles?

Here’s the original block that it is based on:


Well, you lose some, you win some. I already started the fifth set of blocks to become a mini quilt and I´m happy with those!

As always, if you are interested, you can find all the daily blocks on Instagram under the hashtag #qb200.

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