Monday, December 30, 2013

My year in pillows and bags

Last part of my review today on the last day of the year. I have to say, it's been quite a turbulent year for me. I think the biggest thing for me was going back to work after six years of staying at home. I had never planned this long break, but I'm grateful I had that time with my kids. But I'm also very, very happy that I was able in this economy to find a job in my field that's fun, interesting and comes with very nice co-workers. I actually thought that I would sew so much less now, but looking back over that last three days showed me that this is not true at all, my focus has just shifted away from quilts.

1. x and plus pillow, 2. Die schoene Seite, 3. Bench pillow, 4. Flea Market Fancy Super Tote, 5. Swappen 3, 6. Birthday present, 7. New Pillow!, 8. Open, 9. In between, 10. Dresden Plate Super Tote, 11. Quilted pouches 1, 12. Open wide, 13. Quilted pouches 2, 14. New bag..., 15. Selvedge pouch side 2, 16. Teacher's gift

So there you have it, almost all the stuff I made in 2013. Let's see what the new year brings, my head is already full of ideas...

I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year! 

My year in clothes

Welcome to part two of my 2013 sewing review! Clothes. I am now at a point where I make a lot of my clothes myself. Quite often I find myself in a store, looking at something, and then putting it back because I think I can make this myself. Not that this would save me any money, since I spend a lot on fabric, but at least no one else is wearing it then.

When I made this mosaic, I realized two things: This is not even half of the stuff I made, and I seem to have a thing for tops and dresses. Seriously, mental note to myself: sew some pants or a skirt in 2014! And the rest of the clothes I made is missing because I never got around to having pictures taken. Let's face it, you get a much better idea about how a garment looks when it is worn. But I never seem to have my husband around in daylight to take photos of me and my selfies just suck. So I think we are missing about five dresses and eight tunics/shirts here...

1. Washi in Knit, 2. A shark in my living room, 3. Every fish needs a fin, 4. Two new shirts, 5. Untitled, 6. Untitled, 7. Kyoto meets Berlin, 8. Most comfy dress ever!, 9. Happy Shirt no. 1, 10. Happy Shirt no. 2, 11. Style T in Comma, 12. Saved by purple plaid fabric

Tune in again tomorrow for part three, bags and pillows! Have a good rest of the day! 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

My year in quilts

Since this year is coming to a close, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look back at all the stuff I made in 2013. Part one of this retrospection will be all the quilts I made. I managed to make eight real quilts and one mini quilts that now serves as a teapot rug. That's four quilts less than in 2012. I guess going back to work took it's toll, quilting-wise...

1. Handprints, 2. Posy Patchwork, 3. Somewhere over the rainbow..., 4. Flea Market Sparkle Punch, 5. The log house quilt, 6. Trip around the Ocean, 7. Chevrons for my nephew, 8. Leftovers quilt reloaded, 9. From bee block to mini quilt

My favorite of this lot is number three, which started on a whim and now lives in Australia in a dear friend's home.

Stay tuned, tomorrow I will show you my year in clothes...

Happy mail!

Guess what the mailman just delivered to my doorstep?

This is indeed mail that makes me happy! I guess it pays off to have a quilting friend who also runs a fabric store... Thanks, Susanne!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Strike 2

I managed to finish more Christmas presents today. Well, actually today and yesterday, since it's now 1.15 am on Saturday morning and I started to sew them around 9.30 pm Friday evening. My husband is out of town, so I had no one to tell me to come to bed...

I made some QAYG pouches. I guess Aylin is to blame for that, she totally infected me when we saw each other in Frankfurt last month.  And it is a great way to reduce some scraps.

These will probably go to some of the women I work with, they have become great colleagues in the last six month. So I figured a little "thank you" won't hurt...

Before I'm off to bed, I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts!

Thursday, December 12, 2013


...23 people opened their advent calender and had one of these inside:

I hope everyone liked their lanyard!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Strike 1!

Handmade Christmas present number one is officially done and crossed off the list!

Last Wednesday, I showed you this WIP:

I will kick off the next round of the Bee Germany in January, and I always wanted to make a x and plus quilt. After sorting through my stash, I decided to use my Comma layer cake for this and went about making some trial blocks. I decided that for a whole quilt, I would like it with a little less negative space. So I turned those four block into a quilted pillow that will be give to a co-worker for Christmas.

I hopw she'll like it...

I quilted the front with green thread and just mirrored the block pattern. It is bound in Kona Green Grass (or is it Grass Green, I never know!)

The back is also made up of Comma, I had some leftovers from my Super Tote...

And now on to crossing more stuff of my to do list...

Linking up with TGIFF and crazy mom quilts.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Feeling fishy

What is really, really embarrassing? When your almost six years old child still has the quilt you made him before his birth! A new one is in order, and he will get it as a Christmas present (yes, and also some Lego). He loves fish,  so when I saw this fabric by Makower UK at my LQS, I had to buy it for him. He also likes chevrons, and this is the result of such a combination:

Pretty intense, huh? I'm not really sure if I love it, but he saw it and does, and that's all that matters. He asks me every day when he can finally snuggle under it...

I also cut into mu layer cake of Comma by Zen Chic on a whim yesterday. I've been thinking about a x and plus quilt for a while now. Not exactly sure what for, since I am also working on two queen sized quilts for our bed and our sofa couldn't possibly take another quilt, but maybe child no. 2 will be happy about a new quilt...

Anyway, I wanted to try this pattern with that fabric:

I think I will turn this into a quilted pillow as a gift for a colleague.

What about you, have you been doing some Christmas present sewing already?

Linking up with freshly pieced for WIP Wednesday