Friday, September 28, 2012

Sharing is fun!

I can finally share this quilt with you!

 I made it a while ago (in April, to be precise) as a gift for my blogging friend Melissa. We've never met in real life, but I think I can safely say we've become friends in blog life. So when I found out she's having a baby (her third!), it was no question that I would make her little one a quilt.  She really liked the design of this quilt, so I just made another one suitable for a boy.

Well, baby was born in April, quilt was finished in April, so why only share it now you ask? Yes, it sometimes does take so long to get to the post office. I'm not proud of it, but sometimes it seems to be a mountainous task to pack a quilt in a box, bring it to the post office and mail it off. But now she got it, and likes it, yeah!

I used a charm pack of American Jane's Punctuation, paired with Kona Snow. 

For the back, I used some midnight blue shirting, together with a panel, also from American Jane (I think it's form Look and Learn, but I'm not 100% sure...)

 It's bound in some green Kona from my stash, but I can't really remember what the shade is, sorry!

Hope everyone has a great weekend, I will be spending mine to nurse my sick little boys back to health...

I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts and TGIFF!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Slow and Steady

Happy Wednesday everyone! And welcome if you hop over from freshly pieced for WIP Wednesday, I'm glad you are here...

I don't really have a lot this week, so I'll make it quick.
I was only working on one quilt at a time (I know, how did that happen?). I made some more blocks for my Vintage Modern Ribbon Star quilt.

 Those are all the blocks I have so far. I'm planning on a square quilt this time, with 16 blocks altogether. Only seven more to go... But I have to say, they take time. You might wonder about the red, it's kind of the odd man out, isn't it? Well, that was kind of an accident. I realized I did not have a single piece of Kona Ash left, and I was to lazy/cheap to order more and used something I had in my stash instead. But now that it's in, I like it.

I haven't really planned this quilt for anyone, I just wanted to cut into my Vintage Modern and start playing...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WIP Wednesday: What, Wednesday already?

Wow, I can't believe how fast this week flew by! I did not really get a lot done this past week, we've all been sick with a cold. First the kids, and then my husband and me.  I'm practically sneezing while I type this...

So here is what I had in the works:

I finished my Flea Market Fancy Sparkle Punch quilt top. This one will be a gift for my friend Kelley from the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild. She's expecting her second baby soon. There's actually a cute story why I made this quilt pattern with this fabric, but I'll tell you once it's finished. 

And true to form, I just had to start a new quilt (not that I have two quilts basted and ready to quilt, and about five or six other quilt tops in the works... ahem...). I got a charm pack of Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille a while ago, and it just sat on my shelf, calling out to me. So I pulled it out and started playing...

I don't know where this is headed, I plan to add some more solids as background (I'm thinking Kona Cotton Peridot and Ash). Maybe this will be a donation to the UCSD NICU?

I'm linking up with Lee from freshly pieced for WIP Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Owls, trucks and stars

After weeks and weeks of not sewing anything quilt-related at all, I had a productive week and I can SHOUT FROM THE TOP OFF MY LUNGS:
(Sorry for the shouting, I'm just excited to get things done!)

I finished a quilt top and a half, yay!

Here's the finished one:

That's all the leftovers I have from this quilt. I had bought a layer cake of the 10 little things fabric by Jenn Ski, and after the zig zag quilt I had plenty left to make another baby quilt. I'd love to say I came up with this design on my own, but I didn't. My inspiration for that quilt came from here.
This quilt will go to a little boy in my family, it has to be a boy quilt with all that trucks and cars!

Here's the top that's half done:

I decided to make another Sparkle Punch quilt. This time, I used Flea Market Fancy, together with some DS Quilts Collection fabric. This quilt will be for a friend who's expecting her second baby soon. I can't say more because it's a surprise for her...

So that was all the good stuff. But since I'm trying to keep it real here, I'll show you my big failure as well: I started to quilt my Salt Air quilt. By hand. In my head, this looked really fantastic. In reality, not so much.

I really don't like it, and since this quilt is supposed to stay on my couch, I have to be 100% satisfied with it. I think I'll just go for some simple straight line quilting now.

I'm excited to link up with Lee from freshly pieced for WIP Wednesday, it's been a while since I joined that fun!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Flea Market Therapy

I had a really crappy bad day last Friday. As some sort of 'feel better therapy",  I decided to cut into my Flea Market Fancy stash. Three very productive evenings later, I can present you this:

Who needs a shrink when you have a sewing machine at home?

Hope everyone has a good start into the new week...

Oh, and I'm linking up with Plum and June for the Let's get aquainted blog hop and the Manic Monday Linky Party over on Sew Happy Geek!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Away we went

We are back from vacation! And I guess that means summer is over...
Today is the first day back in pre-school for my boys after six weeks of vacation, and it's the first day of a bit peace and quiet for Mom to write a blog post. Sorry if I kept ignoring this little space during that time. But I did not sew anything at all and we just had a good time playing, going to the pool, taking trips...

Our last trip this summer was to Switzerland. We stayed by the Walensee, and this past week the view outside our window looked like this:

We were lucky with the weather as well. It only rained heavily for the last two days, so we could go hiking, bathe in the lake (very cold and refreshing!), and since my in-laws were with us, my husband and me even got an afternoon off from the kids.

So we tried some new form of transportation up the hill:

Yes, I admit I was scared in that thing...

This view greeted us when we were on the mountain:

We took a more traditional means of transportation downhill:

We met new aquaintances:

He wasn't so sure what to think...

You won't believe the noise from the bells!

And it's quite amazing how many hours can be spend just throwing stones into the water!!

But now I have to go and dust of my sewing machine, and hopefully I'll get something done before school's out for today!