Sunday, February 27, 2011

New addiction

This is what I've been up to these past two days:

It's not that I don't have about ten other unfinished projects laying around... . But Friday morning this idea of hexagons popped into my head, and I just had to try it out right away. And it's great fun and quite addictive! It also has something meditative, to just sit there and sew by hand. But while the hexagons itself come together quite fast, I don't think I'm up to the task of piecing a whole quilt top together by hand. Right now I'm thinking this will make a nice pillow case, no? Only a few more month and I'll be done...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February quilt finished!

I am right on track with my resolution to make at least one quilt each month this year. The February quilt is officially finished and ready to go to it's new owner!
I got the inspiration for this quilt while browsing through photos on Flickr a while ago and stumbled across this lovely quilt. And since I already had that IKEA duvet cover at home and cut into it for another project, I set to work and fussy cut the numbers. The rest of the fabric comes almost completely from my stash, I just bought a few fat quarters in brown and turquoise. I did not use all the numbers from the original fabric, there was a strange yellow/greenish shade that I did not like. This was the first time I made some wonky log cabin blocks, and since I did not know better, I paper pieced them. Worked like a charm, but do tell me if there's a better way...

The size is about crib sized, it's a gift for a baby girl. When I started the quilt, I did not know it would be a girl, so I tried to make it quite gender neutral (yes, I do think that boys can have pink stuff, too!). Since the quilt top is already quite busy, I kept the back rather simple:

Just the beautiful baby's name on green, along with some red binding. I'll try to send some of our nice California weather along with the quilt to Minnesota...

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Today I had the pleasure to attend the second meeting of the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild. I am so excited that there finally is a guild here in San Diego and that I get to be a part of it. Because somehow my husband does not really care how many shades of red Kona Cotton exist or whether spray basting is preferable to basting with pins...
There were five of us today, and we had a little show-and-tell. Wow, what a talented bunch of ladies! I am sure I'll be able to learn a lot at future meetings and sew-ins. If you live in the San Diego area and love quilting as much as we do, come and join us!
I was too awed by all the lovely quilts I saw that I totally forgot to take some photos. So you'll have to make do with the view out of my living room window this afternoon...

PS: A few of you have asked about the adjustable waistband on the Quick Change Trousers. I have another pair planned, so stay tuned,  I'll be posting a little how-to next week.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Birthday Owls

My niece Ella will be one year old this month. So I made her a little birthday present:

Owls! Polka dots! Paisley! This jacket basically combines everything a little girl needs. But actually, it did not turn out the way it was intended to. Don't get me wrong, I love the way it turned out. But it was supposed to have a zipper. I must have been totally elsewhere with my thoughts when I bought the zipper, because when I wanted to insert it, I found out it was way too long. Does such stuff happen to you, too, while in the middle of a project?
The pattern is the Baby in the hood jacket from Handmade Beginnings, and in the book it's made with buttons anyway, so I just stuck with that. But now that it's finished, I think I actually like it better with buttons.

I used velvet ribbon for the loops
This pattern is seriously addictive. This is now the ninth jacket I made. For this one, I used corduroy for the outer jacket (from Joann's), and the lining is a nice flannel from Robert Kauffmann.

Since my niece lives in Switzerland, I had to book a model for the action shoots:

Thanks for modeling, Amelia!

 Amelia must have liked it, since she refused to take it off and instead took off herself...

Hope Ella will like it, too!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I heart purple!

I don't know what it is about purple, but lately I can't seem to get enough of that color. And when Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush line came out in velveteen, I just had to have some. It was a little Christmas present from me to myself. And now I finally made something with it!

A new jacket for myself. I have to say I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, given that this is the most complicated pattern I've ever used so far. It's this pattern from the October 2010 issue of the German Burda Style magazine. Whenever someone comes to visit from Germany, they have to bring me the current issue. I haven't really found anything comparable to it here in the US. But maybe that's also just because I'm used to it since my childhood, my mother used to sew stuff from the magazine back then (and she still has all her old copies!). But this is not a post about sewing magazines, I'm getting a bit sidetracked here...

I used my typical approach to a sewing pattern - I follow the directions as much as possible, and make up the parts that I don't understand. This jacket is supposed to have pockets, but they were a bit too complicated for my taste and so I just left them out. The velveteen was an absolute dream to sew with.

 The lining fabric is also from Anna Maria Horner (can you tell that I have a thing for her fabric and patterns?), but it's from the Little Folks line. The colors are somewhat similar, I think they both go very well together.
I've only worn it once so far, because I think it's a little bit too fancy for going to the playground with my boys. But maybe I just need to change my attitude about that...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Too tired!

My husband is on a business trip in Europe right now. Three long weeks. Two have already gone by. I had such big plans for those three weeks. I wanted to sew every night and finish a quilt, make a dress and a shirt for myself, sew for the boys... . Instead, I land on the sofa almost every night and just watch TV. See, the thing is, taking care of a toddler and a baby 24/7 is hard work. It's fun, but I am just done at the end of the day. But I did manage to make some new pants for J. The pattern is from Anna Maria Horner's book Handmade Beginnings. I think this is one of my favorite sewing books, I already tried a few projects and they all turned out great. The biggest size for these pants is 24 month, but they are rather baggy. So I just added a few inches in length and they fit J great (he'll be three this month).

The fabric with the cars, planes etc. is from Joann's, he picked it out himself. The denim was a remnant at a local fabric store and was about five bucks for almost a yard. Not bad, no?!

I did make one adjustment to the pattern, instead of a normal elastic waist I did an adjustable waist.

There's still enough fabric left, so if I can keep my eyes open long enough, baby M will get some, too!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Year's resolution

Okay, okay, so the new year is already one month old. But I got the idea for this only a few days ago, so cut me some slack! My resolution for 2011 is to make at least on quilt per month. And since I already made the pinwheel quilt in January, I am right on track! So only eleven more to go. Luckily, I am almost done with the one for this month, too. Stay tuned for photos...
I guess this will be a fairly easy resolution to keep. And since I already failed with the ones I made on New Year's Day - stop eating chocolate (yeah, right, as if that would ever work!) and take at least one photo of your kids every day- I have to prove something to myself now...