Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fresh sewing day: Three and three

When writing such a blog post, I'm always tempted to write stuff like "wow, it's November already, how did that happen?" I think I should just face the facts and admit that life is speeding by. (Okay, that sounds rather heavy, it's not all so bad!). But when you try to balance family, work, volunteer work for the pre-school and sewing time, it can get hectic. So I'm please that I find enough time for my hobby. For October, I can even break it down and divide it evenly: I managed to finish three things and I have three things in progress (we won't mention all the other UFOs on the shelf now...)

The finished items: a baby quilt for friends who have just been blessed with their first child, a tea pot rug, and a pillow for a swap.
The WIPs: two flying geese blocks, the one with the white background for a traveling quilt bee, the other one will turn into the side panel of a Super Tote, and more blocks for my Denyse Schmidt granny square quilt.

What will November bring? Probably a lot of bad weather, but also a great weekend with my friends from the Bee Germany in Frankfurt, and hopefully a few more finishes!

I'm linking up with Lily's Quilts for fresh sewing day!

Lily's Quilts

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Granny squares and geese

Happy Wednesday everyone! I'm very happy to report that I made some quilting progress last week. I'm a few days away from the start of my new bee, the friends with additions. This is a travelling quilt bee with some really talented quilters from all over the world. We mail out our starter block on Nov. 1st, and I finished mine yesterday.

I had something else in mind, with a low volume background, but when I finished the first circle of flying geese, I thought it is a bit too busy.

I think I will make this into a side panel for another Super Tote, I had a request for one from a friend.

The other WIP I worked on is the Denyse Schmidt granny square quilt.

My friend Anja was kind enough to send me fabric for the upper two blocks, I did not have the pink ones and the pale grey in my stash. I also bought some more Shellburn Falls for this quilt. So now I have Hope Valley, Chicopee und Shellburn Falls in this quilt, and I think to go so well together!

I'm not sure how big this one will be. We have a queen sized bed, so now I have the choice between making it big enough for our bed, or leave it like this as a big lap quilt. I'm also not sure about the layout yet, maybe I will set them on point after all. Any thoughts on this?

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

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hexagons to the rescue!

I guess everyone has a favourite pair of jeans. One that always looks good on you, no matter what. I have such a pair as well. And I wear it a lot. But with pre-school kids, you spend a lot of time on your knees playing. So the denim got thinner and thinner until it looked like this:

But to just patch it up with a scrap of fabric is boring, don't you think? Hexagons are so much better...

Now everyone knows I'm a quilter...

Friday, October 25, 2013


I have a small finish to share this week, even though I had a crazy work week...
Right now, I'm taking part in a German speaking pillow swap on flickr. It's a lot of fun, but I have to admit that I'm not 100% sure if my partner will like what I made. I did use the colors and fabric she said she likes, but when I gave a peak of the WIP, her response was only so so. Too late now, it's done!

I used Parisville by Tula Pink, which I swapped for some DS Quilts fabric with my fabulous friend Anja. The pattern is the Octagonal Orbs block by Elizabeth Hartmann.

This is the back:

I have to admit, I can't wait for this swap to end and snatch up one of those gorgeous pillows!

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

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Holiday in Holland

I thought I quickly drop in and let you know what I've been up to this week...

Husband and me ditched the kids let our children enjoy some quality time with the grandparents and went on a little mini vacation to Amsterdam!

We had three wonderful days full of walking along the many canals throughout the city:

soaking up as much art as we could (we managed a total of five museums in three days!):

"The Nightwatch" by Rembrandt

We also did some window and market shopping:

Tulips, anyone?
If you ever get the chance to visit Amsterdam, don't hesitate, it's a charming city. But beware of the cyclist!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Move over, Mug Rug!

If my teapot could sing, I would hear this song from my kitchen now: "I'm a little teapot, short and stout, and I have a new quilt" (yeah, maybe it's a good thing teapots can't sing...)

Last Monday I showed the bee block from Andrea and my own version of it in Briar Rose. It's a lot of fun to make this block, but at the moment I neither have the time nor the energy to make enough blocks for a whole quilt, so I decided to turn my single block into a mini quilt.

Since this is on the larger side, I can't really call it a mug rug or pot holder, that's how my idea of tea pot rug was born...

Here's the back:

 But this is not my only finish this week! I also made a new washi dress for fall in wool jersey. Turned out well, but I did not have anyone around to take a decent photo. I tried to take a selfshot...

 Hope you had a good laugh now!

Linking up with TGIFF again, today over at Quilt Matters

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sewing the night away...

Hubby is out of town, kiddos are in bed, so what's a girl to do?

Why, sewing of course!

 The fans are the "blocks" for the Bee Germany this month, Andrea came up with this great pattern.

And of course I had to give the finished block a try...

Have a good start into the new week!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Yes, I can!

Still finish a quilt, that is! The last time that happened, it was May! Four month without a new quilt, how did that happen? I guess I've been in a bit of a quilting hole over the summer. Somehow, it seemed to be more fun to finish clothes or sew bags and pouches. But I had a good reason to take up quilting again. Some friends of ours just had a baby boy! We hadn't seen them in about two years, but at the end of August, they came for a visit. Imagine our surprise when our friend showed up pregnant! We had no idea! So of course I wanted to make them a quilt and I let them pick out the fabric and design. Here's the end result:

They picked out Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda. Such a great line, especially for boy quilts! I paired it with Kona Ash. This quilt is not quite an exact copy of a quilt I made for my nephew for Christmas last year. I did change a few things, instead of using charm squares for the center pieces of the Ash blocks, I pieced the squares together.

I also tried my hand a circular quilting for the first time. It was easier than I thought, although some of the circles are not exactly round...

It's bound in Kona red. I realized I kind of have a thing for red binding!

Now all we need to do is meet the little guy and gift him with this quilt!

I'm linking up this one with TGIFF  for Octoberquest!