Saturday, December 31, 2011

My year in quilts

I thought it might be fun to do a little review of all the quilts I finished this year (WARNING, lots of photos ahead!). After all, this was the first year in which I actually set myself a quilting goal. Boy, was I ever pleased with myself to finish that goal in November. Little did I know then that with quilt #12 my quilting karma totally went out of the window and that was it for 2011. I do have a lot of UFOs though that are quite near the finish line.
But let's look back, shall we?


This is a baby boy quilt I made for my dear friend Vicky. Her second son was born in October 2010, and I was actually on time with a quilt. But her first son decided he liked that quilt so much and claimed it as his own, so I had to make baby #2 another one...


Another baby quilt, this time for my friend Alison's little girl. I used an IKEA sheet and lots of scraps for this one!


Well, no quilt got finished in this month, so on to...


I made this quilt for our bed in San Diego. It now lives on the bed in our guest room since we bought a bigger bed after our move to Germany (we upgraded from Full to Queen Size). But I still love it nevertheless!


I made this postage stamps quilt for my husband's grandmother. She told me she really liked it when I send it to her. Sadly, she passed away earlier this month, so I'm happy I was able to give it to her and she used it for a few month.


Guess what I made in June? Another baby quilt! I just love the colors in this one, it was lots of fun to make (so much that I'm working on a pink girl version right now!).

July and August:

I was kind of busy. Moving halfway across the world an all...


Finished this one after it moved with me only half quilted.

Finished this one from start to binding in a week.


Wow, I was on a roll in October! Three finished quilts!


Baby quilt #6 of this year. Was actually a commission and well received!

Another birthday gift, this time for my mother-in-law. She celebrated the big 6-0 in November...


Totally lost my quilting karma, did not finish anything and only made on Christmas present myself.

2012, here I come!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Quo vadis?

No, I did not choose this title to show off my Latin skills (they are rather minimal, to be honest). But I thought the phrase 'where are you going?' would fit nicely. Because with the quilt I'm working on right now, I have no idea where I'm going.

This one is another gift. My husband's aunt turned 70 this month (yes, it will be a belated gift), and I wanted to make her a quilt. Her style is rather classical, so I did not want to go overboard with color this time. After a lot of thought, I settled on a jelly roll of 'Puttin on the ritz' from Bunny Hill Designs. I chose the greyish color line. Since I already had my fabric all nicely in strips, I thought it would be nice to do some log cabin blocks. I leafed through Susan Beal's genius book Modern Log Cabin Quilting and thought something with negative space would be nice.

The only problem I have now is: I can't decide on a design.

This is option A:

Option B:

 And option C:

I tend towards option B at the moment. I want to make the blocks bigger and then add some sashing around in Kona Plum (that's the fabric of the center squares, the other solid is Kona Ash). But I'm open to all ideas, so if you have a suggestion, fire away!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sewed something!

It's unbelievable but true, I finished exactly one item in the last four weeks. I don't know what happened, I have just not been feeling "it". So my machine sat mostly untouched in the evenings. Even my husband noted that when he reminded me that I haven't blog about anything in a while...
But here it is, I managed to make one Christmas present. This is a little dress for my niece. It's quite summerish, but by the time it will be warm here again I think she'll have grown into it.

The pattern is from Heather Ross' book Weekend Sewing. That's one of my all time favorite sewing books, I highly recommend it. This little dress really comes together quickly. At first, I wanted to add some rick rack that's matching in color to the dress, but then I thought, "Oh why not go bold and bright?"

Maybe I should start right away with more handmade presents, so I'll be prepared for Christmas next year...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Still here...

Hello, I'm still here! It's been a while, three weeks to be precise. This was not planned...
We are not quite back yet from the land of the sick. Three weeks ago, my 18 month old came home with a fever from preschool, and from there it went progressively worse. He had the flu, and once he was finished, the almost 4 year old got it as well. Meanwhile, the little one went back to preschool after his recovery for three days and guess what he brought home with him? Bronchitis. Needless to say that the big one has this now, too. So I haven't really felt like spending a lot of time in front of the sewing machine. I did get a little done in the last week though.

I made only a little progress on my diamond stars quilt. This one requires preciseness that I don't really possess in the evenings, so it's currently on hold.

I guess the sensible thing to do for me would have been to finish one of my UFOs. However, why do the right thing and finish something up when you can jump right in and do something new? I realized a little while ago that I don't really have a lot of pink in my stash. And since I have a niece on the way, I ordered a little fat quarter stack from a German crafts supplier. It arrived two weeks ago and I cut right in.

I decided to make another Modern Crosses quilt, very much like this one. I need seven more blocks for the top, hopefully I can finish them tonight.  I already cut all the fabric, I just need to piece it together. Thank goodness I had the idea to throw some green in the mix, I think it would have been a bit too pink for my taste otherwise...