Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The frogs are saved!

Vor zwei Tage habe ich hier meine Briar Rose/Tova Tunika gezeigt, die ich gerade in Arbeit habe:

Two days ago, I showed you this picture of my Briar Rose Tova Tunic in progress:

Das sah ja alles schoen und gut in meiner Vorstellung aus, als ich das gute Stueck dann anhatte, war er doch etwas zuviel Muster auf einmal. Mein Nahttrenner ist jetzt aber mein neuer bester Freund und ich kann stolz verkuenden: Das Teil ist gerettet!

It all looked good in my imagination, but when I tried it on for the first time, it was a bit pattern overload. My seam ripper is now my new BFF and I can proudly say: The frogs are saved!

Ich hatte noch einen Rest von dieser Bluse, und da die Froeschlein ja auch in einem leicht lilanen Teich baden, hat das ganz gut gepasst.

I still had some fabric leftover from this Tova, and since the frogs are frolicking in a slightly lilac pond, it went well together.

Und ich habe noch Platz gefunden fuer mein geliebtes Samtband...

And I even found a spot for my beloved velvet ribbon...

Mehr Kreatives gibt's wie immer beim Creadienstag!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Frogs vs. flowers

Sometimes, stuff really looks good when I imagine it in my head. Sadly, this is not always the case in reality. Take this Tova tunic. So cute in my head, but totally overwhelming in real life...

But I already worked out a plan how to safe this. We'll see if that's another "Only in my head" thing. But if it works, I fully intend to wear those frogs in public!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Granny Squares

I'm back! From vacation, but also from a quilting hiatus. The quilting hiatus wasn't intended, it sort of happened over the summer. I was lacking inspiration and a bit aimless, and sewing clothes was just so much more rewarding. But while on vacation, I had the chance to shop for fabric and I brought home a nice bundle of Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt. That was the fastest fabric buy ever, since my husband was in the store with me breathing down my neck waiting patiently till I made my purchase.

And with the new fabric, inspiration struck again!

I made some granny squares. Fun, fast, and gives endless possibilities for different fabric combinations. I will make this an all Denyse Schmidt fabric quilt. So far, I used Chicopee and Hope Valley, and there's also a lonely square from Shellburn Falls. The solid is a Kona Cotton, although I'm not sure about the color, I have to check the color card. What I also love about this project is that it does not have a deadline nor a specific purpose, it's just for fun!

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

Friday, August 2, 2013

Flamingos and Foxes

Today is the last day of pre-school before a three week break. My older son is already very excited, because he will be one of the "big ones" after the vacation. He will also be in a different group then with a different teacher, he will move from the "Flamingo group" to the "Foxes group". The teacher he had the last two years is great. She is kind, patient, loves the children and she was a big help to him when he first went to this school. We had just moved back from the US and everything was new to him, so we were very happy that he had someone looking after him in such a gentle way. To say thank you, I made her a little something:

It's a simple tote. The tan fabric is from IKEA, the patterned fabric is Noteworthy by Sweetwater for Moda. I had a jelly roll and it reminded me of summer, that's why I chose it.

For the lining, I just pieced jelly roll strips together. I also made some pleats in the bottom to get a bit of a boxy shape.

I gave it to her this morning and she really liked it. It's not that common here like it is in the US that you give a teacher's present, and I think that's a shame, we should celebrate the people who educate our children, and even more so when they do a great job!

Have a happy weekend! I'm linking up with TGIFF and crazy mom quilts.