For those that are new to my blog, I want to tell you a bit about myself: My name is Cornelia, I’m 26 years old and live my husband and our 3 little daughters (Amelie 5, Enya 2 & Ida 9 month) in Austria, one hour away from Vienna. I got married on 31st May this year. I love to be creative, is it sewing, cross stitching or crocheting. I just love to work on something.
On my blog I love to show my current projects I’m working on, a few WIPs that got lost on the track, new fabrics that arrive in my home. And of course I tiny climpse into my wonderful family and our life.
My first quilting experience started back when I was about 14 years old, I found a quilting and patchwork book in my moms stash and started cutting some old (and really ugly fabrics) by hand just with a scissor and made a simple pillow with rectangles. No seams where matching, I didnt know anything about seam allowances, it was just a horrible piece to look at and I was really frustrated about the whole thing. So I stopped it for several years.
Then in 2009 when my oldest daughter was about half a year old I came across quilting again, this time online. And thought I try it again. This time it lasted until my first ever quilt. Not proud of it and completely wonky, but its since this date our picnic quilt. I took a little break until i found a really cute fabric shop (over here its quite hard to find anything local, there are nothing like quilt shops out there) and there I purchased fabric for my very own quilt. I just finished this quilt a few weeks ago. And at this time I got hooked,
I totally love the whole quilting process, its so calming and relaxing. When I sew or quilt, there are mostly my little girls around me, playing on the floor in the living room, or trying to help me with pins. Rarely I listen to music, most of the time, its just me and my sewing machine.
At the beginning of my I released my first ever quilt pattern on craftsy and more will soon come. I love to design and sketch out my ideas in my notebook.
I want to show you some of my favorite projects, I made over the last years. First is my oldest daughters quilt, it was my first big quilt I finished. And its completely handquilted with really tiny loops and swirls.
My oldest daugher Amelie got this year another quilt, this time a bit bigger to fit on her whole bed. I designed the pattern myself and made the quilt with the lovely “Lottie Da” collection by Heather Bailey.
My middle daughter requested a quilt for herself too, so I started sketching out what came to my mind. And it ended up with 1/3 triangles, the middle panel, totally improve blocks and the right panel with paper piecing arrow and broken herring bone blocks.
And I totally love to make small projects like pillows, baby quilts and pouches.
Everyone loves to see what you are working on, and you want to show the best of your work of course. I love bright and colorful pictures and when I photograph my projects, I make a little setup in my living room. Coz in here its mostly dark, with no direct light nothing, not the best place to photograph, and there isnt always time to carry my things outside. So I put one or two stools side by side, put my white blanket over them and place my projects on it. Move your stools in front of the window to get some lights on them. Make some whole project shots and of course some close-ups, we all love to see the details. But please dont use your flash!
One year ago I bought my free-motion-foot, I loved all the wonderful quilting I found online and on pinterest and thougt I can do this too. Yeah, not really. At least not at the beginning, it just looked horrible. So I bought some books, started doodling and sketching my quilting on plain white paper and of course quilted and quilted, to get the hang out of it. You just need to keep on, never stop trying it. And now a few month later, I can say I like what I quilt, its not yet perfect (Im sure it never will be), but I dont mind, I improved a lot and Im really proud of this.
And now just a few random stuff about me:
* I can’t sit still on, I always have to move, also in bed before falling asleep, I try to get the best sleeping position ever. (It never works, I just crawl around lol) and it totally drives my husband nuts.
* Every night about 10 pm I have my crazy 5 minutes. My husband just says, oh its past 10, all clear.
* I love to collect postcards, I keep them all in a big box. We have a map pinned on our wall, and there we put little flags on all the cities, we got postcards already.
* I always hated pink and green, but funny is, that since we moved here 3 years ago, I immediately agreed to paint my living room in a light green, and I love it. And with 3 little girls around, pink is now a normal thing in my life. Its just everywhere and I also use it now a lot in my quilts. What is your favorite/most used color in your projects?
Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs
Liz @ Green Cheese Quilting
Janet @ Simply Pieced
Ruth @ Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner
Kristyn @ Melon Patch Quilts
Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy
Linh @ Calling All Stitchers
Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting
Rachel @ Quiltineering
~ Greetings Cornelia