Friday, December 21, 2012

Just in time

I am absolutely positive that the world will not stop turning today. That said, I'm in need for Christmas presents, since there will be a Christmas celebration in three days. So it's good that I finished one this week, isn't it?

This quilt will be for a sweet little boy, my nephew to be precise. Okay, maybe I planned this as a gift for his birthday, which was in November, and maybe I did not finish it in time... (can you tell I'm slightly embarrassed over here?)

The fabric is 10 little things by Jenn Ski. This is actually just making use of leftovers. I had a layer cake and I made this quilt with it, and now I used up all the rest. I had to piece the longest strips of the log cabins together, but one can't really tell.  I paired it with Kona Cotton in white. The inspiration for it came from here.

The back is pieced together with some Kona Cotton Medium Grey and some cars and trucks fabric. This one was a lucky find at my local quilt shop, it was a remnant that turned out pretty big once I unfolded it at home (just grabbed it on the go and did not pay attention to it's measurements in the store).

Bound and quilted in orange.

I guess I really squeezed the best out of this layer cake, no? Have a nice weekend, everyone!!!

I'm linking up with TGIFF, which is hosted by Karen today, and Amandajean of crazy mom quilts!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sewing, assembly line style

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I went to the Christmas market, watched one kid laughing with glee and the other scream in horror while riding the carousel, ate some Bratwurst and bought some snow boots for our upcoming vacation. And I've been running my own little sweatshop manufacture in the evening.
I made some gifts for my son's pre-school teachers. I needed 10 gifts and decided to make some pouches. One can always use those, right?

They are fun and easy to make, and I had all the fabric in my stash. The one with the big flowers used to be a dishtowel from IKEA, there's some leftover Drawing Room from this bag, and the rest is some home dec weight fabric I shipped across the ocean. If you are ever in San Diego and looking for cheap, but great fabric for bags and such, you should definitely check out Home Fabric in Clairmont!
I used an assembly line style approach while making them, I inserted all the zippers first, ironed in between and finished them. Saved some time since I did not have to change the presser feet in between.

Now I only need to stuff the pouches with chocolate and I'm all set. Oh, and in case you have been counting 11 pouches: the Echino one stays here, that one is for myself...

I hope everyone is ready for the holidays, if not, have a productive week!

I'm linking up with Beth from Plum and June for the Monday link-up!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Under the Sea

Happy frosty Wednesday from the Winter Wonderland! No, I did not move to the North Pole, although it feels like it. We had about 10 inches of snow since the weekend, and the temperatures dropped to around 10 degrees F. So I thought I bring the ocean into my sewing room...

...aka, I started a new quilt. Yeah, I know, whatever happened to "I'm not starting anything new until something old is finished first!"? But ever since I cleaned my sewing room, this Kona Cotton Poseidon fat quarter bundle sat right there before me. Tempting me. Calling out my name. And I heard it. I had be debating with myself what to make with it, until I settled on a trip around the world quilt. Half of it is finished, but I plan on adding some solid sashing and maybe another one made out of squares.

The upper half is already pieced, stil need to do the rest...

The squares are 3 inches each, I found that makes the most out of a fat quarter. I plan on binding it in Kona Coral, to stay true to the ocean motto. If I'll finish this one on time, I might give it to my brother for Christmas. Can you believe that this is actually the first solids only quilt? What took me so long?

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