Hi, I am Claudia from Germany
"First time I made a quilt was during my study of social work in the end of the 80s.
"Sometimes it is only the pleasure of sewing, trying a pattern or using a beautiful fabric bundle. And sometimes a memory, a feeling, a conversation…. are the beginning of an idea which develops into a new quilt. I like simple patterns, straight lines, clear structures, simple shapes and a good challenge, but also I like to try new techniques or materials.
Images: Tuscany Village
"The passion for quilting came over the time. I have a longarm quilting machine since 2010 and also offer longarm service for my customers.
"My first try of Oakshott fabrics was 2016, the quilt Tuscany Village. A bundle of Ruby Reds brought back memories of a journey to Italy with its small villages. It won several prizes in quilt competitions in Europe and the USA.
"The fine sheen of the Oakshott fabrics and the colourplay makes these fabrics so special.
"Woven Hope (51" x 51"), sewn during the first Corona Lockdown in 2020, won 1st Prize (Wall Quilts - Movable Machine Quilted) at AQS QuiltWeek, Daytona Beach 2022.
"Here in Germany the color green stands for hope. In a year like 2020, this is what we all need. Green interwoven with blue for trust, orange for optimism and red for energy create this quilt of hope.
"Urban Living (39" x 60") won 3rd prize at Noord Groningen Online Quilt Festival in 2021 and will appear at AQS QuiltWeek in 2022.
"Sometimes I go for a walk through the streets of a town, pondering people's lives behind the windows, their sorrows and joys, laughter and tears... how many amazing stories life writes here day by day.
The houses are cut entirely free hand; the appliques are freemotion machine quilted.
"Bubble Dreams (2016) was made with a flow of circles of Angelina Fibres and Glitter yarn.
"I created Marble Track using Colourshott scraps for the MQX Quilt Festival New England 2018 challenge: Dotties for MQX.
"Blues Star (2019) plays with Lakes blues.
"The inspiration for this quilt was the print on an old fabric from the 70s - hence its name Inspired by the 70s (2018).
"Along the Way (2018) uses a pattern by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic, whilst Up and Down (2017) is a variation of the classic Flying Geese quilt block."
"Just for fun... Michael set me a challenge: so see what I could do with three colourways of a wide stripe silk. I love a challenge...!