Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday #21

Wow, just wow. 53 comments last week, that's quite something for my little blog! Thank you all who visited and had to say something nice about my work. I really appreciate each and every comment, and I feel really bad that I could not reply a lot last week.

I did not really sew a lot this past week. I finished the cross quilt in time for my mother-in-law's birthday, she liked it a lot. And that was it until last night. My in-laws live in north Germany, so we went there by train on Friday and returned yesterday afternoon. The days in between were filled with lots of eating, seeing a lot of relatives and generally having a good time. And since it was also our 6th wedding anniversary this past Saturday, Grandma and Grandpa gave us a day off. We went to downtown Hannover to shop, sit in a cafe and talk and just enjoyed being together. And my dear husband is so, so nice and patient! He even went to a fabric store with me! And did not say a word when I went crazy! Here's what I got:

Isn't that a nice little stack? It's from a German manufacturer called Tante Ema. They also had this line in yellow, pink and purple, but I was running a little low on fabric for boy baby quilts, so I picked up green and turquoise.  It also goes great together with the DS Quilts fabric from Joann's that I have in my stash.

So after the kids were in bed last night, I sat down and got creative:

I got the idea for this block from a little puzzle that my mother-in-law had to entertain my three year old (she's a elementary school teacher and always has those great educational toys at hand). While he was playing with the triangles and diamonds in the puzzle, I thought to myself that this might make a great quilt pattern. So after a little trial and error I had my first block. I haven't made up my mind yet were this will lead, but it sure is fun!

And now excuse me, I have to check out what everyone else is working on. Go see for yourself...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Challenge complete!

I did it! I finished my 12th quilt this year and therefore have officially completed my personal quilting challenge for 2011. To be honest, I did not think I would be able to make it, with all the move and changes that have been going on here in the last few month. I mean, until August I was like five quilts behind! But it turns out that
a) having your own studio
b) your children going to preschool every morning
is a total boost for your creativity. Well, mine at least.

So here it is:

I had wanted to make a cross quilt as soon as I saw this one. And since I needed a gift for my mother-in-law's birthday anyway, this all worked out perfectly well.  The fabric came out of my stash, it's the same that I used for my postage stamps quilt back in May. The binding is done in a solid brown, it is Kona, but I really don't remember which shade exactly (note to myself: get this color card already to keep track of my fabric!).

I quilted it by outlining the crosses. I think simple lines would have been nice as well, or some lattice pattern. We will be off to northern Germany tomorrow by train for the big birthday party (my three year old is already so excited, he loves trains!). Thankfully, we won't have to come empty handed...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

WIP Wednesday #20

Hi everyone, another week has flown by! Time to show what I've been doing.
Both my boys were home last week from pre-school (they had a week of fall vacation), so I was missing the morning hours to sew, but I did manage to get a few things done.

I had one finish (more on that one here):

I have an almost finish:

Yep, the cross quilt is almost done. It's all quilted and just need binding. I'll do that during nap time today. This quilt is my gift for my mother-in-laws 60th birthday. They live in northern Germany and we will leave for a big family party on Friday morning. And Thursday will be spend packing and getting organized for the trip. So it has to be done today. Here's hoping that the two little monsters take a good nap...
Oh, and this will be my 12th quilt this year, which means I reached my personal quilting goal for 2011! Yay!

I also worked on my falling leafs quilt. I figured with it being November already, I better bust a move on that one. So it will be finished before fall leaves...

The blocks are pretty big, 15 inches squares. I want to make it 3 by 4 blocks, which means I need 9 more blocks. I have a few more leafs finished, but I will need to make some more.

I plan to hand quilt this one, with embroidery floss around the leafs. Hopefully it'll turn out the way I'm imagining it...

I'm not the only one who has been busy, here's plenty more....

Update: I've just spend the last two hours commenting on other people's blogs (yes, I am determined to win this fabric as I am slightly obsessed with Echo), so forgive me if I don't get around to answering your comments this week! But I cherish each and every comment!

Friday, November 4, 2011

City Weekend, finished in time for the weekend

My quick little baby quilt is done, just in time for the weekend (which means I can concentrate on other things this weekend!). This baby quilt is a commission, and I'm glad I could finish it in so little time. I started on Monday and finished it yesterday evening. It's a gift for someone who is on the board of my son's preschool with me. The other boardmembers had asked me to make a quilt for her, she just had her second baby at the end of October. I had two charm packs of City Weekend by Oliver + S, which I paired with Kona Cotton in White. Since it's a boy, I only pulled the blues, greens and turquoise shades in the beginning, but then I realized that would not be enough charms so I threw in the yellow ones as well.

I have to admit, when I was done with the top, I thought it was a bit bland. But now that it all came together, I like how it turned out.

I quilted in wavy lines, using turquoise thread. For the back I used a thinly striped white and blue fabric, along with some green, blue and white striped binding.

I was lazy this time, I sewed on the binding with the machine. That was a first for me. And while I appreciated how fast this is, I think I will stick with hand sewing the binding. I just like the look of it better.

And since I finished it just in time, I will be linking up to TGIFF over on Quokka Quilts today!

PS: By the way, this is quilt #11 this year, so I'm only one quilt away from reaching my personal goal of 12 quilts this year! Yeah!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WIP Wednesday #19

Wow, I can't believe it's already November. Time flies! And since November is the month of Thanksgiving, I will start early this year and say thank you everyone who visited last week and hank you for the amazing response to my wonky stars quilt!

And guess what the wonky stars quilt is finished! I already blogged about it last Monday, but since I'm so happy with this one I just had to mention it again...

What I should be working on right now is my cross quilt, but I haven't made any progress on that one. I have until the 10th to finish it up, so eight more days! Yikes! But I got all the supplies I need, so I guess I'll manage to finish it until my mother-in-law's birthday.

I did start and finish another quilt top (without finishing an old one first...), but it's a commission and I wanted to get it off my table. I don't know if I ever told you that I got myself elected on the parent's board of my son's preschool. One other board member just had a baby boy, and so the other members asked me to make a baby quilt. I opted for something simple. I just got two charm packs of City Weekend by Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S, and I decided to dig right in.

I paired it with Kona Cotton in white. I just took the charms, chain pieced the white strips to it and then pieced it together. It came together really fast, and I'm hoping to finish this one up tonight. I'm just not sure about the quilting yet. Any suggestions? I have been entertaining the thought of giving free motion quilting another go, but I don't want to mess it up and, let's be honest, I kind of suck at that...

Check out all the other great projects everyone else is working on over at freshly pieced...