Friday, March 21, 2014

Radiant orchid quilt challenge entry

Good morning!

Apparently I only post four times a year anymore :)  I keep thinking and hoping that will change but I guess it won't in the foreseeable future.
Well,  you are here for the pictures, so without ado:

 

 This one is huge, 2,3m x 1,9m (about 90" x 75") and it is made with Heather Bailey's Lottie Da. 
And thank you to my dear quilt holder, I know it is a very heavy quilt and telling you to hold it higher was not nice of me :) 
I originally only selected the orchidy fabrics but soon found that I prefered more balance and took the other colors in as well. It is more purple in real life, the pictures don't show them too well.

  

The pattern on the front is Camille Roskelley's Lucky, the star on the back after a tutorial found at Better of Thread. Two quilts in one, it seems like I just can't do "normal" quilts anymore.


I accidently made the star on the back too big so the front had to get another border. 


The quilting was made with a template because my sewing machine is determined to not let me fmq and I wanted something other then straight line stitching.


I am quite happy with how it turned out and am hoping that in time it will find a new owner because two quilts in my sleeping room is more than enough :)



What's your limit of quilts? Do you have one?


 
 Have a good day!

Greetings from Munich
Johanna


Saturday, November 16, 2013

A new pillow

Hey everybody!

Long time no see :)


I haven't been particularly productive but I did manage to make this pillow for Lola during round three of the SWAP°PEN pillow swap. SWAP°PEN is a group for German quilters and it was so much fun to see all the pillows that other quilters made. 


 If you recall, I participated in round one and made this pillow.
Aylin is the mastermind behind this group and she organizes it all. I don't know how she does all she does, maybe she doesn't need sleep like the rest of us mortals :)




I had asked on Flickr if there was a need for a tutorial but I need to ask here again: would you like to see a tutorial for this pillow? It isn't traditionally nor paper pieced and doesn't use open edge or freezer paper applique, so I am guessing that my approach is a bit different that the one normally used in the quilting communinity.
Just let me know and I see if I can come up with one in december.

Picture taken by Lola

Have a good weekend!

Johanna



Saturday, August 31, 2013

Updates and a quilt like fruit salad

Good morning everyone!

I hope your summer was fun! Mine was spent in libraries, conference rooms and my appartment and I couldn't be happier. My thesis is coming along, not as fast as I was hoping and not with the amazing results I was dreaming of but isn't it always like this?


I finished the quilt for my brother which I have been working on for quite some time. The letters were all made by my friends from Bee Europe so most of the work for one side was already done and I just had to deal with the other side. Oh, and quilting!(which looks quite adventurous in the pictures but in person, it is actually quite ok)


I think the colors look like fruit salad, so I might call it that way. Up until now, it was J.'s quilt but I am guessing he's ok with having a fruit salad quilt :)










Thank you to everyone who helped me with the survey and to everyone who is still reading this blog (even though I post something once in three months)! I would love to say that posting will get better but I still have one month on my thesis left and then there will be THE final exams... So blogging and sewing will most likely be at the end of my list for another 6 months.

On another note: I was planning some giveaways but haven't found the time for getting everything ready/taking pictures etc. so that will have to wait until after I am done (I know, another month!). Sorry! But I promise it will be fun!

Have a great weekend! What are you up to? I hope you find some time for sewing!

Johanna


Saturday, July 13, 2013

More on my survey

An online newspaper wrote about my project (in portuguese! Scroll down to the next post to see me talk about it in English).

Si vous êtes ici pour le sondage sur les usages linguistique des jeunes d'origine portugaise in Luxembourg, cliquez ici pour le petit article sur mon projet (en portugais) et pour le sondage (en francais!).

Thanks a bunch to everyone!

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Johanna

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A cry for help



Today’s post is a bit different than usual.

As you all might know, I try to not talk about my personal life here; truth is that there is so much going on, I would not know where to start :)

But today I would like you to help me.

As some of you know, I am studying linguistics and sociology. More precisely: French, Spanish and Sociology.
Currently, I am finishing up my master’s degree and right now I focus all my energy on my master's thesis.

Together with my professor who I adore (because she is great!), I picked out a subject we both thought would be interesting to research and write about: language use of students at secondary schools with Portuguese background in Luxembourg.
Yes, at first sight that might look like another one of those scientific topics that everyone but the writer finds – well – boring but bare with me and you’ll see that it is actually quite interesting.


  • First, we consider the overall linguistic situation in Luxembourg: throughout Europe we have countries that have exactly one language as their official language. All of Europe? Well, not entirely. One small country named Luxembourg has three! Yes, that means that children grow up with Luxembourgish, a dialect a bit similar to German, then German and then French. And since we are in Europe, we need at least one “normal” foreign language, which tends to be English.

Now, as a linguist, I adore that constellation!  Luxembourg is a small country, at least compared to Germany - which in turn is tiny compared to the states.
Of course, not all people who live in Luxembourg are trilingual but let’s just assume that this is the norm.


  • Second, there are quite a bit of immigrants living in Luxembourg, in some regions up to 50%. Now it’s the turn of the sociologist in me to rejoice! How does a country manage to integrate that many people? Their cultural identity is in some cases very different from that of families who have lived in Luxembourg for generations. Other countries face a ton of problems regarding integration but apparently, Luxembourg seems to deal with it just fine.



  • Third, immigrants from the same country seem to always form a community when living abroad. I know quite some German communities in Spain and some friends live next to a Turkish one in Germany. They deal with language and cultural issues on their own and help each other. On the other hand that doesn’t really facilitate integration for their children. Now, the Portuguese communities seem to not have that problem at all. There are a lot of Portuguese organizations in Luxembourg but students seem to succeed in school like any other trilingual raised students. Even though they are probably learning four languages just for their daily life.

Now, I already have trouble with my four languages and this already includes English (for students with Portuguese background that would be five languages!) so I can’t really imagine that those students still use and practice their Portuguese.

And this is where my thesis comes into play. Some studies suggest that Portuguese is well alive within Portuguese communities in Luxembourg but those studies were made among adults. But what about their children?

Now, I need your help!

If you (or someone you know) know anyone who is Portuguese or lives in Luxembourg (or both! Yay!), would you please show him/her this entry/the link below and ask them to ask them to invite anyone they can think of?



You can find the survey here (in French because I don’t speak Portuguese) : https://fr.surveymonkey.com/s/portugais


Once I get results I can use for my thesis (hopefully in about a month), there will be a massive celebration here on this blog (with quite a lot of giveaways). Hope you are having a great week and thank you, thank you, thank you!

Xo, Johanna


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dani's Quilt


Hello everybody,

a few weeks ago I got an email from a reader saying that she had used my tutorial for the diamond quilt to make her daughter a quilt. I took one look at the pictures and just had to ask her if she was okay with me posting them here.



Dani is such a talented quilter and sewer and put together the most amazing color combination. The quilt is just perfect for spring (which is what we seem to be having right now) and I am sure that Dani's daughter will forever love her first quilt! I know I would!
If you love the quilt (and her model!) as much as I do please tell Dani so in the comments; she doesn't have a flickr account or blog but I am hoping that we will get to see more from her in the future :)






I hope you are all having a great day!

Johanna



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A few things to give away

Update: All gone, thank you!

Hi everyone!
Long time no see :)
I have a few fabricy things to offer and was wondering if anyone of you might like them.

1. First of, a bag full of HSTs, they should be 4.5". I wanted to make a quilt with them but simply cannot find time for it and so they have to go. Most of them are quilt shop quality, but there are also a few retro fabrics in there.



I ask that you pay shipping for them, which is listed at the bottom of this page.
And please don't resell them, I would like to give them to someone who wants to sew with them.



2. And then I have a bag full of shapes used for kaleidoscope quilts: HSTs (4") and that other shape used for it.



Again, I wanted to make a quilt with them but simply cannot find time for it and so they have to go. Most of them are quilt shop quality, but there are also a few retro fabrics in there.


I ask that you pay shipping for them, which is listed at the bottom of this page.
And please don't resell them, I would like to give them to someone who wants to sew with them.





3. Third on my list is a bag full of scraps in colors yellow, red, pink and purple. There are more then 14 ounces of quilt shop quality including some hard to find fabrics and a few solids. Some of the scraps are just a charm squares, almost all are quite bigger.
I would like to get 10€ plus shipping for them.


4. Fourth on my list is a bag full of scraps in colors greyy, blue and green.
There are more then 14 ounces of quilt shop quality including some hard to find fabrics and a few solids. There is half a charm pack of Bella in there, the rest of the scraps are a lot bigger.
I would like to get 10€ plus shipping for them.



5. Fifth on my list is a bag of selvages. I don't really know why I keep collecting them, I never seem to find time to use them.
I ask that you pay shipping for them, which is listed at the bottom of this page.
And please don't resell them, I would like to give them to someone who wants to sew with them.



6. Sixth, I found a bag full of squares in the back of my closet, the solid ones are 4.25", the quilt fabric squares are 2.5".
I ask that you only pay shipping for them, which is listed at the bottom of this page.
And please don't resell them, I would like to give them to someone who wants to sew with them.


If you would like one of these items, please contact me at Jonalili {at} gmx. de or just leave a comment and I will contact you.
Thank you everyone, I hope these packages go to someone who really loves sewing with them.

Have a great week!


Shipping for each of these items is: 2,40€ within Germany, 3,45€ to the rest of the world.
I won't send them insured and they cannot be tracked.