Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bee on time

I've been doing a little bee block sewing over the last few weeks. I did manage to sneak in a few minutes here and there, and slowly worked my way through one bee at the time (I'm part of three at the moment).

First up, my blocks for The Beehive quilts.  In this bee, we sew from our stash.

I made two of the Chainlink blocks for Siobhan because I wasn't so happy with my color combo at first, but now that I see them together, it's not all that bad. So I'm hoping they'll fit in nicely with the rest of the blocks.

The Wanta Fanta block for Britta was great fun. She requested blue, teal and dark pink. I'm good with the blue and teal, but the dark pink was a challenge. Not a lot of that in my stash!

Next up, Friends with Additions. This is a travelling bee where everyone sent out a started block and the other bees have to come up with an addition. Sadly, one quilt was lost in the mail, so everyone set out to recreate their blocks. This is my addition.

The fabric is not exactly the same, but it comes pretty close.

And finally, Bee Germany.

Susanne let us test her new pattern. This was great fun. It's fast and jelly roll friendly. And she did sent out beautiful fabric...

Ulrike is this month' queen bee. Normally, I tend to be a bit behind in my bee schedule, but since I was the last one to mail her blocks last year, I wanted to be the first one this year...

Since it's Tuesday, I'll link up with Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pineapple pillow

Sometimes I see a photo on flickr, pinterest or instagram and my first thought is "I have to try this". After seeing so many pineapple quilts lately, I decided to give it a try. I opted for the paper piecing method, because I knew if I attempt that without the foundation it will turn out all wonky. And I also knew that I will never, ever have the patience for a whole quilt, so a pillow it was.

 This pillow was supposed to be for the next round of the German speaking swap on flickr the wonderful Aylin is hosting. But round 6 is an all secret kind of affair, with no photos beforehand. I did not think about this when I posted a shot of the first block on instagram. And it looks so good on my sofa, I decided to make another one for the swap and just keep this.

The back is a little less busy than the front...

I'm linking this up with the Monday Makers. Check out Susannes brand new blog...

Friday, February 13, 2015


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...