Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WIP Wednesday #5

One week gone by, no blog posts in between, no project done... . Never mind, time to link up again with Lee from freshly pieced!

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. This is totally cheesy, but oh so true for the last week. After finishing the quilt for our bed, I was on a roll. So I made plans to finish the postage stamps quilt in a week. Shouldn't have been a problem, since the top was more than halfway done. My plan was to finish the top by Saturday, have the back pieced by Sunday, baste by Monday and be done with the whole thing by Tuesday. But my baby had other plans...
He started out with a light fever on Saturday, and by Sunday afternoon we were at 103.7 degrees. Yesterday evening he was finally done with the fever, but it seems that now he's getting three teeth at once. The poor guy is miserable! So as you can imagine, I was busy with soothing and worrying instead of piecing and quilting!
But here's a picture of what I've got so far:

Yes, that is the exact same photo from a few weeks ago...
If baby feels better by the weekend, I will attend the sew in of the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild on Sunday, and hopefully get it done by then!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WIP Wednesday #4

So, after I accidentally linked to the wrong blog post last week, I hope I get it right this week (I linked to WIP Wednesday #2 instead of #3). After this rather embarrassing introduction, it's time to shout it out: IT'S WIP WEDNESDAY AGAIN! And I'm linking up with freshly pieced...

I haven't really done a lot of sewing last week. My in-laws are in town and we do lots of fun things together, and I think it would be rude to have them over for dinner and then just leave them to themselves to sit at the sewing machine...

But I finally, finally finished the squares in squares quilt. Which is the March quilt in my personal "One quilt a month" challenge. Ahem, not that April is almost over...
I am very happy with it, it's the largest quilt I've ever done so far (almost queen sized), and I was a bit afraid of the quilting. In the end I just settled for random lines, and I literally finished on the last few inches of the thread. It would have sucked to run out of thread! The fabrics are a mix of Alexander Henry (it's this whole rain line - rain spots, rain flowers etc.), Kona cotton (colors maize, tomato, peacock and a green which name I forgot) and a few from Joann's.

No, this is not my backyard fence, that's in the beautiful Joshua Tree Park
Since this quilt will now live on our bed, I added a little love note to my husband on the back:

And now I have about 10 days to complete my next quilt to not fail my challenge again this month! But the postage stamps are almost done. You'll see the progress next week!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Open letter

Dear Joann,

yes, you with all those stores. I just don't get you. You have the godmother of all quilting fabric design a beautiful line for you. And yet, you don't feel the need to really make that known. Okay, you probably knew that word would spread about this quickly in the quilting community. But then you also don't feel the need to put that fabric in you online store. Because you knew it would fly off the shelves in the store. So I get it. But what I really, really don't get is this: why did you only deliver so few of the prints to my local store? Oh, wait a minute, you probably want me to come back over and over again to check every week whether the other prints have finally arrived, right? So please expect me to visit you often in the next few weeks...

Your sincerely,
Frustrated at sunset

PS: In the meantime, I decided to just work with what I got and paired the five prints I was able to snag up with some Kona cotton. But I will try to get my hands on some of the greenish prints

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pillow talk

We had the nicest weather over the weekend. Sunny and warm mixed with the perfect breeze. So I've been doing this:

instead of this:

But I did manage to get at least a little project done. Pillows to go with the square in square quilt.

For now, they live on the sofa in the living room, but once the quilt is done (hopefully tomorrow), they will move to the bedroom. Happy Monday everyone!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WIP Wednesday #3

What? Already another week gone by? So it's time again to show my work in progress and to link up with the lovely blog freshly pieced!

I have been sewing almost every evening, and yet I have no finished project to show. That's kind of frustrating. But sewing time has dramatically decreased around here. Child #1, the champion of the three hour nap every afternoon, decided a few weeks ago that he does not need any nap at all any more. So he does quiet time in his room now and then he's allowed to watch some TV. I tried to sew while he's watching, but apparently the sewing machine is way more interesting than TV. And trying to quilt while your little one is pulling on the other end of the quilt is not so much fun. But I'm rambling on, let's see what we've got...

I did start to quilt the squares in squares quilt. I decided on random, straight lines. The quilt is nearly queen sized, and I was afraid to try anything to complicated (and yes, I suck at free motion quilting and there has to be a lot of practice before I'll quilt something that way).


I'm halfway there, so I hope to have it finished by the end of the week.

I also worked a bit on my hexagons. This project, together with the postage stamps quilt, will have top priority for the rest of the month.

It has to be done by April 29th. I already mentioned that it will be a gift for my husbands grandmother. My parents-in-law are coming on Thursday and I want to give the quilt and the hexagon pillow to my mother-in-law so she can take it to Germany with her and give it to Grandma. 

And hooray me, I did some sewing for myself! Yay!

When it's finished, I hope it will resemble this dress. Even though I can't wait to sew on, I have to wait until my mother-in-law gets here. The pattern is from the German edition of the Burda magazine (02/2011), and I need some Vlieseline Formband to finish it. This is kind of an iron on bias tape that you use to stabilize the armholes or the front of the bodice of a dress, and I have yet to find something like that here in the US. But maybe I haven't been looking well enough?

And now if you'll excuse me, I have to dash off to the nearest Joann store to try to snag up some of that Denyse Schmidt fabric!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pajama time!

As soon as I saw the PJ's in the latest issue of Stitch magazine (Winter/Spring 2011 edition), I knew I wanted to make them for my little guy. I let him choose the fabric himself, and he settled on this fire truck/doggie design. Well, not that there was so much too choose from in the first place at Joann's... . I looked for fabric there because I did not want to spend too much on the knit. Truth is, I don't really have a lot of experience sewing with knits, and in case I messed it up, it would not have been such a big deal. But it turned out to be not that difficult after all.
There was only one small problem: the biggest size of the pattern was 12 month, and my son is already three. So what to do? I took the pattern to Kinko's and enlarged it to 120%. Back at home, I took J's measurements and adjusted the pattern accordingly. It worked well, the top is even a little too big. But better too big than too small, right? J seems to like the end result, too...

While this method worked well for the PJs, I needed about twice as much fabric as the pattern called for. Good thing I had bought more and was saved from a trip back to the store. Oh, and I don't think I would use this method of enlargement for an adult pattern, I think that would totally throw the proportions out of balance. But for kids, I'd say just go for it!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WIP Wednesday #2

I am linking up again with Lee from  freshly pieced this week for WIP Wednesday! Hop on over there and check out all the lovely blogs. It's so inspirational to see what others are working on.

I have been quite busy myself. I did piece together the square in square quilt top and I had planned to finish it over the weekend. But we have family in town and the weather was so nice, so that did not get done...
However, I did play around with the freebird fabric. I finally settled on the eggplant as a solid, and I love the result!

 The eggplant goes really well with the purple tones that are in the freebird fabric:

I am very excited about this quilt. I don't know what size it'll be, I guess I will just use up all the strips from the jelly roll and see how far I get with it.

Other quilt project that are in various stages of completion are the squares in squares, the postage stamp quilt, a string quilt and the hand pieced hexagons.

I also managed to do a little clothes sewing, I finished some pj's for my older son. Here's a little sneak peek, but they deserve their own post, so stay tuned...

Friday, April 1, 2011

In a perfect world...

... I would be able to show you my March quilt now. But life, especially with a toddler and a baby, is busy. So March came and went and all I managed to finish is the quilt top.

In case you are wondering: yes, my husband does indeed store his road bike next to our bed...

But who cares, it's bright, it's cheery, and it will be finished over the weekend! Have a productive weekend!