Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WIP Wednesday #15

This weeks WIP blog post is brought to you by the colors blue, red and white. At least it feels that way, since these seem to be the dominant colors around here lately...
 But first, happy Wednesday everyone! I am happy to report that I've been busy in the last two weeks. One quilt finished, two quilt tops finished, one made progress, I got my place all decked out for fall and I even managed to make a new T-shirt for myself (which will not be shown here since I have yet to take some photos).

I finished the zig zag quilt top! Yay for me, since piecing triangles is not my favorite. I'm happy with how it turned out, and I'd love to finish it. But this project has come to a screeching halt for the moment, since I have not enough fabric in my stash that I can use for the back. So I have to take a trip to the fabric store first. That's a bigger thing around here. In my city, there's no fabric store for quilting. So I either have to order online, which I don't like so much because I like to see and feel the fabric in person. Or, I have to drive for about 25 miles, which is not great with a toddler and a preschooler who don't like to shop for fabric in the first place. But this coming Saturday my husband gave me the day off, and I will meet a friend and shop till I drop! But here's what I have so far:

Last week, I also started something new. I have to admit I'm a bit slow sometimes in keeping up with all the wonderful blogs out there. A lot of quilt-alongs, giveaways etc. just pass by me and I realize when everything's already over. So it took me a while to notice the "100 Quilts for Kids Quilt Along" on the lovely blog swim, bike, quilt. But I managed to finish the quilt top and piece the back in a week. Now it just need basting, quilting and binding, but I hope to get that done in the next two evenings. The pattern is the storytime squares pattern by Rae of Made by Rae fame. I only added another row of squares since I thought it was a bit on the small side otherwise. I will donate it to the NICU of UCSD hospital (which is technically not in my neighborhood anymore, but I guess that's okay).

The project that's up on my design wall these days is the raw edged circle quilt. I'm really, really excited about this one. I decided to make it a generous lap size and then it will live on my sofa. Yes, I am that selfish.

As usual, I'm linking up with lots of other creative ladies over on freshly pieced...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New rule

I came up with a new rule: For every new project I start, an UFO has to be finished. And since I started the raw edged circle quilt two weeks ago, I also finished something. The Fandango merry go round!

I already finished it last Monday, but somehow I did not get around to take pictures until this morning. I am super pleased with how it turned out. For now, it will live on my couch, it has the perfect lap size. It was originally intended as a baby quilt for a friend. Who would have thought that the baby girl turns out to be a boy! The little cutie will get the zig zag quilt I'm working on right now, because I think this one is too girly.

I had started this quilt while I still lived in San Diego, and it moved basted and halfway quilted with me to Germany. The quilting was a pain, so many twists and turns under the machine. But well worth it...

Monday, September 19, 2011

All about Autumn

September is my favorite month. It was in San Diego, because all the tourists are gone then and it is still nice warm beach weather. And it is in Germany, because all the leaves are turning and get those beautiful colors, but the afternoons are still end of summerish warm (although I don't really like the 44 degrees we currently have in the mornings...).
To really get into the spirit of fall, I did a little home dec project yesterday. Nothing fancy, just a little garland to go up on the window.

I took some extra thick felt, made a few leaf templates, transferred the templates onto the felt with one of those magic fabric markers, cut out the leaves, sewed them together. Easy as that!

This one evening's work will make me smile for the next few weeks until I'm in the mood for snowflakes...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Happy place

Welcome to my new happy place! It's finally done, my sewing studio is fully furnished. Wait, not fully, as I'm still waiting for the bigger table (the dining table we ordered in June and is now supposed to arrive mid-November). But my fabric is all sorted and stored, I put up a design wall, hung some curtains and I even got a little rack for my thread. But see for yourself:

Honestly, I had no idea how much fabric I really have until I put it all in those nifty IKEA boxes. Oh well, but if there's one thing you can never have enough of, it's fabric, right?

Yes, I'm aware of the fact that these IKEA curtains are from the children's section, but they are just so pretty...
This is were the magic happens...
I only had to buy a few things for this room, the boxes, the carpet and curtains and this little beauty:

A rainbow of thread

And since were at it, here are shots from a different angle:

And now you know where I'm creative. It is funny, this was the room that had the lowest priority when we moved in, and now I feel it's the most organized...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WIP Wednesday #14

Today's post is going to be short and simple. One photo only. I actually feel a bit silly to link up, because I somehow feel that I did not much done this week. Sewing-wise, that is. But my husband was out of town, so I went to visit my parents (they live about 60 miles away). We had a great time, we went to a train festival and my 3 year old got to ride on a steam engine. I would not trade his happy face for any sewing progress in the world!
But enough of this and on to my progress:

I only worked on the zig zag quilt. This thing is getting a bit out of hand sizewise. It's supposed to be a baby blanket, but somehow I feel I'm nearing full size now. Oh well, the baby is already a few month old anyway. He will have more space to roll around it on the floor then.

Oh, I almost forgot that I finished another project! My sewing studio is finally done! I managed to squeeze in a trip to IKEA, since it's right along the highway halfway to my parents. I got some curtains and some more storage bins for my fabric. Didn't have the time to snap pictures yet, so if you want to see my new happy place, you'll have to come back tomorrow...

As usual, I'm linking up with freshly pieced.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WIP Wednesday #13

Happy Wednesday, everyone. I hope you all had a good week. Mine was very happy and productive.
I finished the Fabler-Fandango quilt, I worked on my zig zag quilt and I even started a new one (although that was not planned).

The zig zag is coming along nicely, but I keep changing my mind on which fabrics from my stash I want to add. This is the progress so far:

I am also not sure if I really want to keep this traffic print and the green at the bottom or if I should just turn the whole thing around and add to the green triangles. I'm open for suggestions...

After finishing the Fabler-Fandango Mash up on Sunday, I was on a finishing high. So I made plans to finish all my UFOs before I start another quilt. I'm speaking of the Merry go round quilt, my string quilt, a scrappy quilt and all the clothes I wanted to sew over the summer. But while I was in my studio yesterday evening, I looked at this:

And what do you know, an hour later this had happened:

 I just couldn't help myself, sometimes it feels as if the fabric is calling out to me: "Cut me up and use me in a quilt!"

As usual, I'm linking up with Lee from freshly pieced. Hop on over and check out all the awesome, creative ladies who linked up!

Monday, September 5, 2011

One week only!

It's done! The Fabler-Fandango mash-up baby quilt is complete! In only one week! I'm sure for some quilters out there, that's nothing, but for me, that's sensational.

It's relatively small, 50 by 50 inches, so I guess that made it such a quick finish, too. I really love it, the IKEA fabric matches well with Fandango in my opinion.

I used orange/reddish thread for the quilting, and I did not go overboard with the quilting lines.

 Now only the baby girl has to make her grand entrance into this world. Hopefully, she and her mama will like my little present...

This is the sixth quilt so far this year, so I'm three quilts behind on my challenge...