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Ta Da! Here are the finished quilts I made.

American Quilt Blocks on a German Barn


A patriotic Quilt made in Germany


In spring 2015 I was asked to make a patriotic quilt for a german boy who visited his auntie in USA and since then he is a fan of America. Of course I was thrilled and my friend Rory in Nevada helped me to purchase matching fabrics. Via skype we went shopping together. Rory picked the most beautiful batics and that breathtaking panel for the center. A few weeks later I got a parcel with the most incredible fabrics.

 

To make this quilt a "journey thru the USA and its history" I've chosen meaningful and traditional blocks.

The Log Cabin block

... represents the construction of a typical  log house. The square in the center is traditionally made from red fabric and symbolises the warm and cosy fireplace. The strips around the oven are arranged alternating in light and dark and show the shadowed and light sides of the house, well maybe also the light and dark sides of the hard life of the pioneers.

It is said that in the time of the underground railroad organization during civial war a log cabin quilt with a black center hanging outside the house showed an escaping slave that he is welcomed and save in the house. Escaping from slavery black people followed....

The North Star

... which showed them their direction into a free and better life.

I placed the North Star at the top left of the quilt, therefore the shadow side of the log cabin points to the north.

In the woods

Huge woods in the mountains offered a nearly inexhaustible source of construction material. Until today Americans are incredible good carpenters and cabinet maker. Amish people built beautful sturdy furnitures. That leads me to

The Amish Star

When you look at the history of quilting you can't ignore the Amish who came from Switzerland and Germany and built their own community. Amish woman sew all their quilts by hands and even the youngest learn how to quilt. They have their own patterns and colors. Living without any electricity and without machines with engines Amish are doing everything by their own hands. They produce their own food by farming and are independent from the "rest of the world". Therefore I quilted pumpkins and leaves into the block.

 

...... to be continued

Quilts in the garden


A beautiful sunny day in my parent's garden.

Just right for a special quiltshow.

 

My first blocks

 

Handembroidered label
Handembroidered label

When I started quilting I wanted to try every block I found in my book about quilting. (btw. that time my ONLY book about quilting). I had no idea about quilting, cutting with a ruler and rotary cutter and didn't know anything about quilting. I just started with fabrics from my stash. The most fabrics I have are for my doll dressing, thusI used pink.

Of course my first blocks went out crooked and I mixed up pieces and they are full of mistakes.

I had no clue what to do with  these blocks and they went into a box where they lived their live for their own.

My "brand": a bullion rose in my name
My "brand": a bullion rose in my name

One day I determined to set the blocks together just to learn how to add sashing and corner stones.

After I managed this and the quilttop was done I handembroidered a lable. All of a sudden  I came up with the idea to embroider a bullion rose on the top of the "i" of my name which forms the dot.

A "brand" was borne!

My first blocks
My first blocks

Finally I sandwiched the quilt with a very thin batting and I started to learn my first handquilting. I swear: I never will do handquilting again, it was just for the fun of learning it.

One day it happend that this "learning quilt" was finished. Really! There it was, a finished quilt full of sweetness and sugar.

I layed it on the floor, took some pictures and found out:

 

I don't like pink quilts!

 

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