Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Sunny with a chance of hexagons

Wednesday. Work in Progress. Almost wordless today.

Started a new hexagon project over the weekend:

Made a giant log cabin block:

More photos and probably more words can be found here:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kyoto meets Berlin

What comes out when you take a pattern from a book bought in Kyoto and you mix it with fabric bought in Berlin?

A new top of course!

I was a bit afraid at the beginning since the book is all in Japanese, but it was so easy to follow this pattern. Maybe it was a bit risky to use the good fabric right away and not make a muslin, but I could not wait to use it. But I bought three meters of it (for 12 Euro altogether, which is an absolute steal), so I knew I had enough to make a second top should I screw up the first try. The only alteration that I made was to take some material away at the sides so it's not so bulky. I think this will be a perfect staple for summer, so expect some more to come...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bee in Berlin

Well, what can I say, I had an awesome weekend! Seriously, sewing-wise, it does not get any better. I met with my fellow bee members of the Bee Germany in Berlin. Aylin (who has a brand-spanking new blog, yay!) did a great job organizing everything. We rented a flat in Kreuzberg, which is a hip quarter smack in the middle of the city.

We sewed, laughed, chatted:

Hard at work
shopped for fabric:

Fabric shopping at the market on the Maybachufer

And I know this sounds cheesy, but I think we became real life friends real fast instead of just being virtual quilting buddies.

Thank goodness we are not acting like tourists!

Aylin shared the secret of her sleeping bag pouch with us. Unfortunately, I am no longer in possession of this pouch. My son grabbed this as soon as he saw it and a stuffed clown fish is now living in it (hopefully he won't get eaten by those cute Kokka hippos...)

 And you know what's even nice than getting be blocks in the mail? Collecting them in person!

 Unfortunately, not all of us could be there, but we are already planning the next two meetings...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Really Random Thursday: Spring has sprung!

We had the most amazing weather so far this week! Spring is finally here (well, it took him long enough!). I love that the kids can just put on a light hoodie or t-shirt, sneakers and are good to go. No more tights, scraves, hats, mittens and snowboots! And I love what's happening in my garden.
Here are some totally random shots:

And what better way to celebrate spring than with a new top? I had the book Simple Modern Sewing for quite a while now, but somehow I never got around to make anything out of it. But I wanted to get out of my endless Tova cycle (don't get me wrong, I still love this pattern!), and so I decided to make the wrap blouse from the front cover.

 This is actually the second try with this pattern. Thank goodness I made a muslin first before cutting into the good stuff! I traced the a large and added seam allowance, and out came a shirt that made me look very pregnant. Which you don't want to look like when you are not! So I made this version here without a seam allowance and that works much better. I still think the peplum looks a bit too full, but other than that, it's not bad at all. And it was super easy to make. The fabric is Little Folks Voile by Anna Maria Horner, which is a dream for clothes sewing. I had some leftover from this jacket, where I used the voile a lining.

I'm a very lucky girl this weekend, my husband gave me time off and I'll be heading to Berlin tomorrow for the meeting of the Bee Germany! I can't wait to meet everyone and spend a weekend sewing, chatting, shopping, having fun! I hope you all have nice plans as well!

Linking up with Live a Colorful Life for Really Random Thursday!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Flea Market Sparkle Punch

Sometimes, you meet someone and you just know instantly that this is a really sweet, kind person you wanna be friends with. That's what happened when I met Kelley at a sew-in of the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild. She sat behind me and worked on this quilt. It was just around the time Denyse Schmidt came out with her first line for Joann's. We started talking, and I told her I could not find the blue and green dots at my local Joann's in Point Loma. So she said she got them in Escondido and the next time she's there, she'll check. And what do you know, two days later I had an envelope with a yard of the fabric in my mailbox! Unfortunately, I moved soon after and we could only  keep in touch by e-mail. One time, we talked about fabric and what we had just bought. I wrote that I got some Flea Market Fancy, Kelley replied she passed on that one. So I joked around, saying I'll just have to make her a Flea Market Fancy quilt then. And I did.

This is for her sweet baby girl June. Flea Market Fancy combined with the very first DS Quilts collection. The pattern is Sparkle Punch by Elizabeth Hartmann. The quilt is a bit on the small side, around 50 x 40 inches, but I figured it would be perfect for the stroller.

Back of the Flea Market Sparkle Punch

It's bound with the red and pink dots, which just went better with the pink back.

I wish I could give Kelley this in person, but I guess I'll just have to rely on the mail once again...

Have a nice weekend everyone. Linking up with TGIFF and crazy mom quilts.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Really Random Thursday: Japanese Edition

Hello, hello, I'm back from my trip and feel enough recovered from jet lag to be able to blog...

So without further ado, some totally random impressions from Japan:

If you ever get the chance to travel to Japan during cherry blossom season, just do it! It's unforgettably beautiful.

Three major factors play a big role in Japanese cuisine.

1. It has to include some kind of fish:

2. It has to be on a stick:

 3. It has to be covered in jelly:

I never knew how scientific it can be to use a toilet:

There's something about kimonos. Such a pretty way of dressing up!

I fell in love with this bike. Too bad I could not take it with me to Germany!

I don't know what this sign is telling me:

And a recommendation: In case you go fabric shopping in Japan, take a lot of money with you or a credit card with a high limit. Trust me, you'll need it!

Wanna see with what I went away?

Nani Iro!!!!
Echino! Those were remnants and super cheap!
Lots of little pre-cuts

If you are still with me after this photo overload, I'll sum it up real quick: it was awesome!

Linking up with Live a Colorful Life for Really Random Thursday!