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Berlin

As a young college grad, I traveled around Europe with two girlfriends and we made the trek to West Berlin.  The Cold War was still in in full throttle and the Berlin Wall divided the city. I remember our Berlin visit vividly: climbing the perches alongside the Wall and viewing the coiled barbed wire and no-mans-land; seeing an East German officer on the other side simultaneously looking back at us through raised binoculars; walking by the famous Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate on the other side of the wall; and the nighttime return train trip through darkened East Germany –  floodlights flashing underneath the train to watch for possible escapees trying to ride the underbelly of the train to the West. Watching “The Wall” come down in 1989 was a joy to behold.  I’ve always wanted to return.

Two years ago our family had the opportunity to visit Prague and were able to make a side trip to Berlin.  I was spellbound by what has happened since reunification – such a vibrant city, in touch with its past and building towards the future.  One of the places to which I returned was the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.  The original church was damaged in a 1943 bombing, and the spire has been left unfinished as a WWII memorial.  The church has a beautiful stained glass window that captivated me with the large expanse of cobalt blue contemporary stained glass. The glass, designed by Gabriel Loire, was inspired by the colors of the glass in Chartres Cathedral.

Since that trip I’ve wanted to create a stained glass quilt inspired by Berlin.  I started by creating this pillow using stack and slash techniques while piecing it together with sashing that was just under 3/4″. While I had always intended on making a bed sized quilt, this was a more time consuming process that I’d planned!  I think I’ll stop at this creation for now.  I’m very pleased at how it came out and love that both sides retain a modern feel.

Berlin Stained Glass Pillow -Front

Berlin Stained Glass Pillow -back

 

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Berlin

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Finished and Photographed

I finished this a while ago but only recently got around to photographing it. I’m not sure what I want to title it yet. It features my fascination of creating blocks from random tiny scraps leftover from other projects . It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever made! 

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Went a little nuts on the free motion quilting!

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New living room pillows

Found a way to use up some of my fabric selvedge scrap collection – much needed new covers for our well used living room pillows!

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Selvedge Pillow Covers

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Triangularity

Triangularity with zig zag edges

Triangularity with zig zag edges


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At QuiltCon I took Jeni Baker’s Equilateral Triangle class and started this quilt made from (mostly) Carol Freidlander fabrics and some of my other graphic fabric favorites. I like learning new techniques to make projects quickly and this was definitely one that can be cut out pretty fast. My favorite part is the zigzag edges / I love how it looks with the black binding.

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On my son’s bed

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HST pillows look good with this!

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Happy National Quilting Day!

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Who knew there was an official day?

I enjoyed participating in the 7 Quilts in 7 Days Facebook posts.  Thanks to Cathy Miranker for nominating me!  You can see the first post here.

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Slivers

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this. I’ve been saving solid neutral pieces for a while and wanted to use them in some way with various bigger scraps. I like how it’s looking though! My daughter thinks it looks like the movie Inside Out when they went into the world of abstract reasoning – I think she’s right!

Slivers

Slivers

Abstract a Reasoning from "Inside Out"

Abstract a Reasoning from “Inside Out”


 

 

 

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