Friday, February 13, 2015

Triangles

So, we are two and a half month into 2015, and I just realized that this is my first blog post. Oops, how did that happen? But then I haven't really been sewing so much lately. But I did manage to finish my first quilt of this year a few days ago.


I am really pleased to say that all the fabric for this quilt is coming from my stash. It's mostly leftovers from a Kona Cotton Poseidon bundle, together Charcoal, Iron, Grass Green and Orange.


The back is mainly Kona Cotton Pacific with leftover triangles.


It's quilted with Aurifil 2846. And it will be a big surprise for my younger son, who comes back from vacation with the grandparents tomorrow and who had asked for a new quilt for quite a while now.

Have a nice weekend! Linking up with TGIFF and crazy mom quilts.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a nice night and were able to sleep in this morning...

I guess now would be the time to formulate some sewing goals for 2015. Well, I do not have any. I will just let it all come to me and I won't stress out about anything. Because this is my hobby and supposed to be fun, right?

I did have a look at all my finished items in 2014. In my head, I thought it was not really a productive sewing year for me. But judging from the photos, it actually hasn't been that bad. I managed to finish seven quilts, two of them king size. And time consuming, too, with a lot of piecing for the top. So I'm satisfied with my creative year. But have a look for yourself...


I wish everyone a productive, fun and creative 2015!

Monday, December 29, 2014

25/2014: A Cargo Christmas

Hey, long time no see here...

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. We had a few relaxing days at home, and we even have snow since last Friday. Wow, I can't remember when that happened!

I was able to finish one handmade Christmas present this year, despite suffering from a sprained wrist and severe whiplash thanks to a car accident. Yeah, our new car, only four weeks old, is totally damaged thanks to the idiot behind me who forgot to break. But that's a different story and let's just say it's only a car and yes, it will cost money, but other than that, I'm well and I guess I was lucky.

Back to the present: My mother-in-law retired this past summer, and since then, she has done quite a bit of travelling. So I thought it would be a good idea to give her a new travel tote. I made Noodlehead's Cargo Duffle with Denyse Schmidt fabric.


I've had this fabric for a while, it's a heavy, canvas-like quality, and it worked really well for this project. I've read online that some people thought this pattern has it's difficulties, but I thought it's well written and easy to follow.


I was a bit afraid of attaching the binding inside, but I used wonder clips to hold it in place and that worked like a charm.


I had a hard time giving it away, I have to be honest. So I guess I just have to make another one now for myself...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

24/2014: Sleeping bags galore!

The other day, I was doing homework when a friend dropped by my place. She spotted my sleeping bag pouch (pattern by the super talented Aylin) on the table and instantly liked it. Since she is also going to school again (French class, just like me), I decided to make her one as well. And since this is a really good friend, she got the royal treatment: Hand-stitched hexagons and Denyse Schmidt fabric!



I gave it to her last Sunday, and luckily she really liked it!



Since I was on a roll, I made some more as teacher's gifts.



Hopefully one of them likes cats...

Friday, November 28, 2014

23/2014: The Kerstin Medallion quilt

I just realized that I haven't blogged in more than three weeks. And that my last finish dates back to the beginning of October. Oops... I haven't really sewn that much lately, thanks to the French class I am taking (3 hours every day plus homework...).

Anyway, the one finish I did make in these past two month can - without a doubt - be called the highlight of my quilting year. It all started out innocent enough. I had ordered some Botanics fabric  by Carolyn Friedlander from my friend Susanne and made a Mariner's Compass with it. That was back in April. And I could not shake off the idea of a Medallion quilt. So I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Botanics from some dubious website from Hong Kong, and some three month later the fabric arrived (I had given up hopes by then). So round and round I went and added border for border. Seven month later, I had a quilt...


It's pretty huge, 2.50 meters by 2.50 meters. I did not intend to keep it a square, I thought I make it into a quilt for a single bed. But luckily, Andrea talked me into it. Thanks, my friend! 

The back is a mixture of IKEA and Botanics. I wanted to go all Botanics at first but did not have enough yardage left.


I was a bit afraid of the quilting first since I had never done such a large quilt before, but it was no problem at all on my Janome.


The quilt now lives on my bed, and I am super happy with it. And guess what, even my husband liked it!



Wishing everyone a nice weekend. And for those of you in the US, hope you did not overspent today...

Linking up with TGIFF!