Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fresh Sewing Day

Wow, it's July! I feel like June went by in a whirl. When I made the mosaic with my June projects for this post, I realized I did not have such a great output. I blame going back to work for that. I guess that was my biggest June project of all, going back to work after six years at home with my kids. Let me tell you, it was a revelation. I had not realized how much I missed it. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful that I could stay at home with my kids all this time, but it is also great to go to an office twice a week, spend the day in the company of other adults and be productive in a whole different way. We are still trying to find our new rhythm at home, but we're getting there!

But without further ado, here's what I did manage to finish last month:

A lot of Super Totes, a bench makeover, one side of a pillow case, some pouches and a shirt. And in case you are wondering about the Oakshot cottons, that's for the German Farmer's Wife QAL. It's my turn on the blog hop today, so check back later for my block!

Friday, June 28, 2013

It's easy being green!

Hi there, it's been a while... . I have yet to find my rhythm with work and family life and fit in some sewing as well, so I haven't been very productive this month. It seems all I made were Super Totes.

Here's my latest. But in my defense, my friend made me do it. It was her birthday last week and she specifically requested a Super Tote. She gave me this IKEA fabric, but I thought it needed something else. We meet for coffee and a chat once a week (I know, it's a hard knock life!), and I'm usually stitching some hexagons together. So of course I had to include that in her bag!

The hexagon panel actually is a zippered pocket, with some Echo fabric on the inside.

I used all kinds of scraps for the hexies, but I also cut into my Echo stash for it, it just fit so well with the green IKEA fabric.

The other side got some flowers:

And here's the inside, fully made out of IKEA:

I do like green as well, but this is a bit much for me. But my friend really liked it, and that's all that matters, no?

I promise to show something different than a Super Tote in my next post! Be sure to check back on Monday, when it's my turn in the Landmaedel QAL, a German speaking Farmer's Wife QAL!

I'm linking up with TGIFF and crazymomquilts!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tumbling around

The other day, I realized I almost never make any pillows. Don't get me wrong, there are pillows on our couch, but only one has a self made cover. After seeing what my friend Anja made as a teacher's gift, I decided to make one as well.

One side is already finished, the other in progress. I love the vintagy feel of the fabric and can't wait to get it done...

Vor kurzem fiel mir auf, dass ich nie Kissen mache... . Klar haben wir welche auf unserer Couch, aber keines mit selbst genaehtem Ueberzug. Und als ich dann gesehen habe, was meine Freundin Anja fuer die Erzieherin im Kiga gemacht hat, wollte ich gleich eines nachmachen. Eine Seite ist auch schon fertig...

Mein Beitrag zum Creadienstag heute. Noch mehr gibt's hier...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Before and after

When my brother and me were little, we had a small table, small chairs and a small bench. We spend countless hours at this table. We even had a real steering wheel from a car and so we played "bus" a lot by arraning the furniture like seats in a bus. Somehow, my brother always got to be the driver. Anyway, when my mother asked me whether I would like to have the bench, the only remaining piece of that set, I was thrilled. The only problem was: it was over 30 years old and looked the part, too.

Here's a before shot:

Being a quilter, I wanted to incorporate that in the bench. And what's better than a hexagon? Lots of them!

 There are a lot of favorites in there, some Heather Ross dwarfs, a Red Riding Hood, lots of mushrooms, strawberries, bugs, dinosaurs, you name it. (I also wanted to make it a bit of "I spy" for my boys.) So after I had pieced them all together by hand, I took some batting and quilted it with straight lines on the batting.
And then I upholstered the bench seat with it by stapling it to the wood (of course I had removed the ugly tan and brown cover before!)

And after a good cleaning, a lot of primer and paint and reattaching the seat, it now looks like this:

Not too shabby for it's age, no?

Friday, June 14, 2013

I heart Kate Spain fabric...

Hello everyone, I decided to hop on the Kate Spain train today. Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts is hosting a link up to show off stuff we made of Kate Spain fabric (and you can win awesome prizes!). Since I really like her fabrics, that's not really a challenge. In fact, I think the first time ever I picked up some designer fabric, it was a Fandango jelly roll. To date, I also think that's my favorite line from Kate Spain. The jelly roll was enough to finish two quilts with and help out a friend to finish another one. 

Here's quilt number 1:

And here's number 2:

Currently, I have a Good Fortune quilt in the works, and I'm trying my hand at curves with that one. So stay tuned!

Kate Spain blog hop

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The most comfy dress ever

It's finally nice enough to bring out the summer clothes! In other words, time to put on a dress. I have a lot of dresses in my closet, but somehow they are all either to nice or too casual. But the solution came in form of the latest Ottobre woman (2/2013).

This is the dress they had on the cover, and it is super comfy and super easy to sew. No, it's not the most fitted shape, but I feel dressed enough in it to run errands, pick up my kids, etc. So just what I was hoping for!

When I tried on the top of the dress for fit before attaching the skirt, I realized that this would look good on it's own as a shirt. ..

Aren't those jerseys cool? They are from the latest line by Hamburger Liebe for Hilco, which is called Happy.

Endlich Sommer- und somit Kleidwetter! Eigentlich habe ich ja viele Kleider im Schrank, aber irgendwie waren die mir entweder zu fein oder eher fuer den Strand, aber nix dazwischen. Abhilfe konnte da Ottobre woman 2/2013 schaffen. Ich habe das Titelmodell in Streifen gemacht und bin super gluecklich damit. Bei der Anprobe des Oberteils ohne Rock fiel mir auf, dass das auch ein gutes Shirt waere...

Mehr Kreatives gibt's wie immer beim Creadienstag...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The first cut is the hardest...

Last December, I was the luckiest quilter ever. Because Lynne from Lily's Quilts hosted a giveaway on her blog and I won. An Oakshott Cotton Colorbox. I think I was walking on quilted clouds that day. Through this giveaway, I also found out that tracking of stuff that's supposed to come your way is horrible! The very kind people from Oakshott shipped it on the very same day, and it arrived the next in Cologne. Where it was stuck in customs for days! Finally, on Christmas' Eve, it was supposed to be delivered. I was sitting at home on hot coals and the FedEx guy did not show up! So I finally left the house because I still had to get to the butcher to buy the meat for Christmas dinner. And sure enough, as I was walking down my street, guess who came driving up? FedEx. Since I was already two blocks away from my house, I started jumping up and down and tried to flag the driver down. He got the message in the end, but you should have seen the look on his face. So since Christmas, the FedEx guy officially thinks I'm crazy. Oh well, I can live with that...

The bigger question was, what to do with it? I did not want to cut into it randomly, it had to be for a special project. And I guess I found it!

So thank you, Lynne and Oakshott, for keeping me busy the next few month...

PS: I already made my first block, but I can't show you yet since I'm taking part in a German FWQAL and blog hop that's kicking off on June 17th. My turn will be on July 1st, so check back later please!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Flea Market Super Tote!

Happy Friday! It's sunny, it's almost weekend, I survived my first week at work, I have a new bag, what more can you want? (Actually, going back to work this week was super fun, I loved it!)
I realized pretty fast though that my sewing time will be limited from now on, but I managed to finish a project this week. And guess what, I made another Super Tote. Yep, that is number four. And I will keep this one all for myself.

My good friend Alison send me a package this week, and inside I found two fat quarters of Flea Market Fancy (the green and pink seedlings, my favorite print from that line!). So I pulled out the rest of my FMF stash and got to work. And this is the result:

Side one

Side two

This one has only one strap to wear it across the body, which I prefer when I'm out and about with the kids.

 I used the green seedlings for the inside pockets and the zipper panel. However, I did not have enough fabric for the whole lining, so I subsituted FMF with a print from the very first DS Quilts Collection.

I am so happy with this bag, it makes me smile whenever I use it!

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

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sewing every day...

...keeps the creativity flowing. Okay, that did not rhyme, but I think you get it, no? I feel like I'm on fire sewing-wise. I just have this urge to create, create, create. And so I spend every spare minute in my sewing room. Of course it helped that my in-laws were here for a long weekend and they pretty much took over with the kids. So as a little "thank you", I made my mother-in-law a sleeping bag pouch. She's a teacher and teacher always need a pouch for all their pens, right?

I had some tiny HSTs left over from a different project, they were 1.5 inches I think. I threw them all together, quilted them on a piece of batting and voila, I had the outer part of my pouch! The lining is some fabric I bought in Japan, there was no selvage so I really don't know what it is.

Since I was already at it, I made another one for my sister-in-law. The joined us as well for the weekend and professors always need pouches as well, right? She's not a very pink person (unlike our mother-in-law), so for her I choose blues.

The outside is qayg, the lining fabric is from IKEA. You can find a tutorial for this pouch here, it's the genius idea of the wonderfully talented Aylin!

Ich habe momentan wirklich einen guten Lauf, so naehtechnisch gesehen. Und irgendwie habe ich auch eine starken Drang, kreativ zu sein. daher wird jede freie Minute an der Maschine verbracht. Am Wochenende waren meine Schwiegereltern da und haben sich um die Kinder gekuemmert, und das habe ich doch gleich genutzt. Als Dankeschoen habe ich das pinke Taeschchen fuer meine Schwiegermutter gemacht (Lehrer brauchen doch immer sowas!). Meine Schwaegerin bekam das blaue, die steht nicht so auf pink...

Mehr Kreatives gibts beim Creadienstag!

Happy Mom

I think I made my Mom happy yesterday...

I finished her Super Tote and she really liked it. No inside pocket this time but a key fob.

pattern: Super Tote by Noodlehead
fabric: IKEA and some Moda Candy (PB & J by Basicgrey) for the patchwork pocket, Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey for the lining

Have a good start into the week. I'll be finishing Super Tote # 4 today (yes, I already did start another one, I just can't help myself...). What are you up to?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Fresh Sewing Day

June. Can't believe that. June!!! Weatherwise, it feels more like November here (I know, that's the third timee I complained about the weather this week. But I just.can'!!!). Anyway, May went by in a blur, but it's been really good for me sewing wise. It seemed to be a month of threes. I finished three quilts, three Super Totes and three shirts. I haven't actually posted about the shirts yet since I never got around to take photos, but here are the quilts and totes:

Not bad after a slow April. I don't think I can keep this up in June though, since I've got some big news to share. This month, my almost six year long stint as a stay at home mom will come to an end, I'm going back to work next week. So I guess that will be my big June project...

Have a good weekend! I'm linking up with Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day!

Lily's Quilts