I wish I could say that I have visited the QAL city located in my Country–The USA. But No, I have never been to Massachusetts and visited Boston! Amy from During Quiet Time lives in Boston, and is sharing her great paper-pieced block design of ” The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge.” What a huge name and what a grand entrance into Boston!
The Zakim Bridge is the Worlds widest Cable-stayed bridge, and open for traffic in 2003. It was named after Lenny Zakim (1953-1999), a Civil Rights activist, and The American Colonists who fought the British in the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. The bridge is a symbol of patriotism, freedom, diversity, and fuses the past with the future. The inverted-Y shape echoes the shape of the Bunker Hill Monument. The cables represent a ship in full sail and East Boston’s history as a shipbuilding center.
Historically, bridge engineering was questionable and elephants were marched across a bridge to demonstrate the integrity of the structure. Elephants were used because it was believed that they had instincts that would not allow them to cross a structure that was unsafe! In October, 2002 The New Zakim Bridge was put up to the test with “The Pachyderm Test” when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus marched 14 elephants weighing 112,000 lbs. across the bridge!!
Linking this block in Aylins linky party, and sharing it on The Big City Girl QAL Flickr page, where amazing pieces can be seen from other members.
The Leonard P Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
I joined The San Diego Modern Quilt Guild last month and very excited to participate in a challenge they are having to celebrate Heather Ross’s return to quilting cottons. The challenge is to use the adorable line of fabric called “Briar Rose” in a fussy-cut project. It was love at first sight when I saw the fabric and had previously purchased a few prints awhile back at Pink Chalk Fabrics. The most exciting part of this challenge, is that Heather Ross herself will be judging it, and it will be a great way to get involved with the SDMQG.
I decided to make “The House Pouch” designed by Julia Bravo from 33 Stitches. The pattern is in the book ”Zakka Style.” I added a couple of extra design elements to the basic design, including a strap, inside pocket, and a small clasp to the outside. This House-Pouch was so much fun to make and I think it’s a great way to highlight small fussy-cut fabric patches.
The frog-prince that lives in this pouch was made using a Fox pattern that I had purchased from Gingermelon dolls. I adapted the fox pattern into a frog. I think it would be fun to sew up a little frog wardrobe out of “Briar Rose” and include it in the pouch.
The Briar Rose House Pouch
Week 6 of the BCG QAL and Marit from Sy, elsk, Lev, (Sew, Love, Live) has designed a block from her corner of the world called ”Art Nouveau Sunflower”. Her block represents Alesund, Norway, known for its art nouveau architecture. She has included must see photographs of her city along with a great tutorial on how to make her applique sunflower block on her blog. Other great related pictures can be seen on Flickr, During Quiet Time and Aylin’s blog.
How does that little narrow strip of land stay afloat with that dense nest of buildings placed right up to the edge of the water?? That just amazes me!
The Alesund fire burned down the city back in 1904 due to a fire that started in a Preservative’s business. One account claims that the fire was started by a cow kicking over a torch. The fire was fueled by hurricane winds and most of the buildings were made of wood. The fire sent 10,000 residents fleeing for their lives at 2 in the morning and only one life was lost. By 1907 most of Alesund had been rebuilt with stone, brick and mortar in the art nouveau architecture style that it is famous for. The buildings are colorful and are decorated with detailed design elements.
Marit’s block represents a Sunflower detail. I can’t help but smile every time I see a sunflower, so I chose to make this block in yellow and brown. Her block would look great in any colorway!!
Art Nouveau Sunflower
Waaaa!!! The Zakka Along 2.0 comes to an end this week with the last project in “Patchwork Please”. The last project is a paper-pieced pincushion called Prettified Pincushion. And, pretty it is! I love it so much that I made a stack and stumbled upon my Molly mice having a great time bouncing around on them.! Thank goodness they were in the pre-pin stage.
I have had SO much fun sewing along with this group. I’ve met some new friends, learned a few new skills, and have made lots and lots of cool things!
Thank you Ayumi for publishing your great book and sharing your amazing designs, creativity, and instructions with the world, including me. Thank you to the terrific sew-along hosts, Debbie at A Quilter’s Table, and Lindsey at LR Stitched , you both are the best! Thanks everyone in the Zakka Along 2.0 group for the kind comments. Seeing everyone’s projects on Flickr and reading the blog-posts has been a highlight in my day. I will miss not having a Zakka project to make next week!
So Long for now!
My book of ”Patchwork Please” is going down as my most used and loved sewing book of the year! This is the next to last week in the Zakka Along 2.0, Patchwork Please Sew-Along and this weeks project is a great embroidery pouch with a sweet little patchwork design on the front! I really like the size of the pouch, it is big enough for my 8″ embroidery hoop and a large assortment of my favorite Cosmo embroidery floss! I actually made it awhile ago, and wish I would have waited so I could grab some inspiration from Debbie’s great project at A Quilter’s Table. I love her patchwork pocket flap on the inside! This was the first time I had ever sewn on clear vinyl. I was expecting a difficult time of it, but didn’t have any difficulties. I can’t wait to get this embroidery pouch loaded up with a fresh project!
”Paris is always a good idea.” - Audrey Hepburn
When I think of Paris, right away an image of The Eiffel Tower pops into my head, followed by thoughts of romance, croissants, fashion, pink poodles, and people with accents. It is the romance part that gets me! I would love to travel to Paris, stand in front of the Eiffel Tower, and share a romantic moment with my husband. But, for now, I’ll just sew along during week 5 with the Big City Girl QAL, hosted by Aylin and Amy. This week Sylvie who is French, shared some beautiful pictures and designed a great paper-pieced block of the Eiffel Tower which can be downloaded from her website-La Famille Creative.
The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower built by Gustave Eiffel and was the entrance arch to the 1889 Worlds fair, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the French Revolution. The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet tall and was the tallest building in the world for 41 years. The record was broken in 1930 with the building of The Chrysler building in New York City .
The World’s Fair 1889 –
Gustave Eiffel had a 20 year permit for the tower, and it was suppose to be dismantled in 1909. The tower was not taken down because it was being used for communication purposes. During WWI radio transmitters were placed on the tower to Jam German communications. During WWII and the German occupation in 1944, Hitler ordered the tower to be destroyed, but was talked into saving it for communication purposes. Since 1889, over 250,000,000 people have visited the tower. It is the most visited paid monument in the world. A symbol of Paris and a symbol of love.
“La Tour Eiffel”
It is week 4 of the Big City Girl QAL and this week we’re traveling to Brazilia, Brazil with a paper-pieced block of The National Congress Building designed by Sil from Brazil! She shares her block and interesting information about her city on Amy’s blog- During Quiet Time. This quilt-along proves once again how clueless I am when it comes to cities around the world. Here, I thought all of Brazil was located on the beach and everyone parties all day wearing sexy colorful beach-wear, with an umbrella decorated tropical drink, dancing the samba all day! Boy, I was wrong about that! Brazilia is located in the highlands, and has been described as a modern sculpture garden.
Brazilia is the National Capital of Brazil and is the largest city in the world that did not exist at the beginning of the 20th century. It was planned and designed in 1956 and is known for it’s modern architecture. Oscar Niemeyer, a Brazilian architect was the principal architect in developing the modern design of the city. He is famous for his use of abstract forms and curves, using reinforced concrete. as seen in the design of The National Congress Building of Brazil.
Other projects from Big City QAL can be seen on Aylin’s blog and on the group Flickr page.
I read that the sunsets are especially beautiful in Brazilia!!
The National Congress Building
The Zakka Along 2.0 project for week 17 is the Handy Market Tote from Ayumi Takahashi’s book,“Patchwork Please”. The tote has two large side pockets and is large enough to carry a nice sized haul. I spend four hours a week watching my daughter’s orchestra rehearsals, and this bag will be going with me, carrying a couple of sewing projects, electronic gadgets, and just possibly a snack. Amber of One Shabby Chick is sharing her Market Tote, and other projects can be seen on Debbie’s blog, A Quilter’s Table.
On the original tote design the side/bottom panel is 8 inches wide. I decided to measure a bottle of wine, making sure for enough room, and decreased the side/bottom panel to 5 inches wide. I included a larger inside pocket and a clasp. The exterior fabric is primarily “Ruby Star” by Melody Miller, with a purple Echino polka-dot fabric for the lining. The fabrics I used were inspired by Lakumuki’s tote here! ( (:v:) -if you should read this post, I apologize, but I just loved the fabrics so much, I had to copy!)
The beautiful antique rhinestone button was found during a treasure hunt at an antique store a couple of years ago. It isn’t exactly keeping with the Zakka style, but I do love looking at it! Out of all the projects in “Patchwork Please”, this tote will probably be the project used the most!
Handy Market Tote
Oh my Mermaid!!! Julianna from Sewing Under Rainbow, really went way-over-the-top in designing her foundation pieced block, “The Warsaw Mermaid” to represent her city of Warsaw, The Capital of Poland. There are over 140 little pieces of fabric in her very detailed 12 1/2 inch block! I increased the pattern by 15% and used batik fabrics. This block was a challenge and it really helped to use tightly woven fabric, making it less ravely, which worked great, because some of the pieces are really tiny. This is week 3 in the Big City Girl QAL, hosted by Aylin and Amy, and I’m determined to sew along with the Flickr group and learn a little about each visited city along the way.
Syrenka -The Mermaid of Warsaw is a symbol seen throughout the city and is Warsaw’s Coat of Arms. This is particularly interesting because Warsaw is located 200 miles from the sea. The statue in this weeks block is located on the bank of the Vistula River with The Świętokrzyski Bridge in the background. A really nice photo of the Mermaid can also be seen here.
I read about a few legends associated with Warsaw’s mermaid, but the best known legend, by Artur Oppman is that long ago two of Triton’s daughters set out on a journey throughout the oceans and seas. One of the daughters stopped in Copenhagen, and the second mermaid reached the Vistula River. She stopped to rest on a sandy beach by the village of Warszowa. Fisherman came to admire her beauty and her singing. The fisherman noticed that she was tangling their nets and releasing the fish, but the fisherman were so enchanted with her beauty they did not harm her. One day a wealthy merchant thinking he could become rich by displaying the mermaid at market fairs, tricked and captured her. He locked her up in a wooden shed without any water. A young farmhand heard her cries and with help from his friends, freed her from the merchant. The mermaid was grateful that the townspeople defended her, and she promised that she would help them in time of need, which is why the Warsaw Mermaid is armed with a shield and a sword, to defend the city.
“The Warsaw Mermaid”