Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WIP Wednesday #12

It's Wednesday, and I can't believe it, but I am actually linking up again to freshly pieced! After two and a half month! That means I have done some quilt related sewing! Yay for me! (Curtains were getting a bit boring, but I'm finally done with those)

Remember this little stack? From a hundred years ago?

Well, it now looks like this:

My in-laws were visiting this last weekend. To see your new place and to see their grandkids. That gave me a whole uninterrupted Sunday morning in my brand new studio. I loved it,  three hours of sewing in bright daylight. While I was happily sewing away, I realized how much I missed this. So I sneaked in every second I could and by Monday evening I had a finished quilt top. I call it the Fabler-Fandango-Mash-up, since the little animal fabric is from IKEA's Fabler line and the rest is Fandango by Kate Spain. I love how it turned out. It will be a gift for a friend who's expecting a girl at the end of September.

Another friend already had her second baby in the beginning of July. Since I was kind of busy with moving then, I still need to make a quilt for her little boy. So yesterday I pulled some boy fabrics from my stash and started this:

While making the Fabler-Fandango top, I realized that most of the projects I did lately were either square-in-square or log cabin quilts. So I decided to spruce things up a bit and step out of my comfort zone. A zig-zag quilt is a nice start, no?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

S.I.P. Wednesday

No, I did not make a typo in my headline. I know that I usually do a work in progress Wednesday post (okay, that hasn't happened in a while), but today I thought I share a few photos of my studio in progress. Hence the title S.I.P.
Until yesterday evening, my studio has been a mix of storage and big mess. This had to change! And after a few hours of sorting and moving stuff around it doesn't look half bad.

 That table is only a temporary solution. We ordered a nice, big dining table a while ago (mid June). Last week we found out I does not arrive until the end of September! So we bought another table for the dining room, and the one we're still waiting for will live in my studio then. But for now, the small one has to suffice.

I still need to hang some art and a shelf above that dresser. I also plan to add a design wall next to the big shelf behind the door. Oh, and the most important thing: I need to fold all this

and put it away into those:

Now you know what I'll be doing tonight!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hello again!

Drumroll please... we interrupt this silence for a blog post!

I know, it's been a while, but I'm still here. So much stuff has happened in the last few weeks, I feel like my head is still spinning. Our trip back was horrible. That's the only way to put it. Just imagine a one year old who does not want to sleep because the screen above his head is too mesmerizing and a three year old who is travel sick. And puking the whole 11 hours. Enough said, no?

As bad as the trip was, I did find some inspiration for a quilt...
But we made it, we finally moved into our new place a week ago. It feels so good to have our own place again. But you might wonder, didn't we leave San Diego on July 4th? So were have we been? First, we stayed with my parents for a week. Then we went to my in-law's vacation home. Okay, it really is more of a cottage (only 350 square feet big!). It's in the Eastern part of Germany, a region called the "Saxonian Switzerland". Great for hiking, rock climbing, mushroom hunting, ...

Palm trees are nice, but I did miss this scenery, too!
Then back to my parents after two weeks to get ready to move. We had stored all our stuff in their attic while we lived in the States. And when we moved it in four years ago, we were both working full time and did not have much time to pack up. So we never sorted anything out. What were we thinking?! It took my husband about a week to go through all those boxes (thanks for doing that, honey!).

And now we live in this beautiful little tow called Tuebingen. It's very old, has lots of charm with its cobblestone alleys and streets and the river flowing through. The surrounding area looks like this:

We are unpacked by now, although we are still missing some furniture. We bought a new sofa and they delivered it without the slipcover, duh! And the four of us are eating 27 inch square table because the real dining table hasn't arrived yet. And I did not hang a single picture yet. But this place is huge (four bedrooms!), so guess what? For the first time ever, I get to have my very own sewing studio. It's still a work in progress up there, but I hope to post some photos soon. So stay tuned. Oh, and I did some sewing, but only boring curtains...