Friday, September 12, 2014

18/2014: Welcome back!

Well hello there, it's been a while...
Sorry for the total lack of posts in the last month. It was due to a mix of no internet for almost three weeks and the general busyness of settling in after a big move. But we are up and running now. The kids are happily settled at their new school (I can't believe I have a first grader now!), and I realized that my French is not so bad after all. Still a long way towards fluency though, but I'll get there (in a few years or so, haha). And I finally got a smartphone and discovered instagram! Totally addictive. You can find me under http://instagram.com/sunset.sewing#

Since our new place is smaller than the old house, I had to scale down my sewing area a bit. It's now a combined sewing/guest room. I'll give you a tour in the next post, since I have a finish to show today! The other night I had this idea pop into my head. You always see a lot of color with a low volume background all around, so I thought: "Why not switch this around?" And that I did.


Halfway through the ironing, I realized I don't have enough orange Kona. But luckily I have friends with quilt shops! A quick order to Andrea took care of that. But alas, patience was never my strong suit.  And when I came across some orange cotton fabric at Manor (a department store, kind of like Macy's), I just could not resist. But when I look at it from another angle, then I have finished a pillow and added to my stash at the same time. How cool is that?


 I really like how it turned out. What can I say, I'm totally into quilted rainbows.


And it fits right in with the other quiltiness on my sofa, wouldn't you say?


I'm linking up with Quilt Matters for TGIFF and crazy mom quilts!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Checking in...

Hi there, I've been enjoying some internet-free time in the last two weeks. Not voluntarily though, we still don't have internet in our new place. I'm in my parent's place this weekend and jumped at the chance to post.
But we moved! Yay! I am totally spoiled now and I will never be able to move without a professional moving company again. Those guys were worth every cent.

I got rid of a lot of things from my sewing room and gave all my scraps to Monika. Yes, ALL of them.



Together as a family, we have quite a lot of shoes (okay, most of them are mine).


And yes, that whole truck was full to the brim.


But now we are happily settled into our new apartment. Let's see how our new city turns out to be, because we'll be there for a while. Which city, you ask? I give you a hint...


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

17/2014: Lacing up my shoes...

Hi there. I'm still alive, but I have neglected this little space. Life just took over, and juggling work, kids, and preparing for a move to a country where I don't really speak the language can be time consumating...

I have three more weeks until the moving van comes (and my sewing room will be gone for good), but somehow this does not motivate me to sew as much as possible. Only small projects get done at the moment (guess all this soccer watching did not help here either...)


So if you don't hear from me in a while, don't worry, I'm probably stuck between boxes!

Friday, June 20, 2014

16/2014: Lone star, but not so very lonely

I learned a little lesson this week: You can actually finish a quilt in a week when you only work on this one project and don't try to juggle several things at the same time. Okay, that's not really something new to me, but I so rarely live by that...


However, since my colleague will go on maternity leave in two weeks, I had to bust a move. I started the top a week ago and finished it on Wednesday. Yesterday evening was spent basting, and this morning quilting and binding.

A lone star quilt has long been on my to do list, but I wanted to make it a bit more modern. So instead of the one single star in the middle of the quilt, I went with two bigger half stars and two small complete ones.


The fabric is all from my Denyse Schmidt stash, mainly Hope Valley and Florence. The neutral is Kona Cotton snow.


The binding is a first for me, same color as the solid fabric.

Here's a shot from the back, it's quite densely quilted. As backing fabric, I used Kona Cotton Peacock.


It is a bit smaller than crib size, but since the baby will sleep in a sleep sack anyway, it could also be used in the stroller. Hope mommy and baby boy (due in the middle of August) will like it!



Linking up with crazy mom quilts for Finish it up Friday!

Friday, June 13, 2014

A little late night sewing...

This past week has been crazy. My husband went house hunting in our soon to be new hometown, I stayed home and tried to get organized after two weeks of vacation (lot of laundry to do!), went to work and tried to get organized there as well (so many e-mails to answer!). I really had no time at all for sewing, and it looks really, really messy in my sewing room (which I can kiss goodbye on moving day). Anyway, I went in there tonight to clean up a bit, and that lovely stack of Denyse Schmidt fabric that still sat on my desk from this quilt kept calling my name, and before I knew it I sat in the middle of my mess and made it even bigger. And the last thing I need is another WIP right now. But sometimes, I just can't help myself.



I'm linking this little project up with SEWjo Saturday, hosted by the fabulous Kim!