Monday, December 29, 2014

25/2014: A Cargo Christmas

Hey, long time no see here...

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. We had a few relaxing days at home, and we even have snow since last Friday. Wow, I can't remember when that happened!

I was able to finish one handmade Christmas present this year, despite suffering from a sprained wrist and severe whiplash thanks to a car accident. Yeah, our new car, only four weeks old, is totally damaged thanks to the idiot behind me who forgot to break. But that's a different story and let's just say it's only a car and yes, it will cost money, but other than that, I'm well and I guess I was lucky.

Back to the present: My mother-in-law retired this past summer, and since then, she has done quite a bit of travelling. So I thought it would be a good idea to give her a new travel tote. I made Noodlehead's Cargo Duffle with Denyse Schmidt fabric.


I've had this fabric for a while, it's a heavy, canvas-like quality, and it worked really well for this project. I've read online that some people thought this pattern has it's difficulties, but I thought it's well written and easy to follow.


I was a bit afraid of attaching the binding inside, but I used wonder clips to hold it in place and that worked like a charm.


I had a hard time giving it away, I have to be honest. So I guess I just have to make another one now for myself...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

24/2014: Sleeping bags galore!

The other day, I was doing homework when a friend dropped by my place. She spotted my sleeping bag pouch (pattern by the super talented Aylin) on the table and instantly liked it. Since she is also going to school again (French class, just like me), I decided to make her one as well. And since this is a really good friend, she got the royal treatment: Hand-stitched hexagons and Denyse Schmidt fabric!



I gave it to her last Sunday, and luckily she really liked it!



Since I was on a roll, I made some more as teacher's gifts.



Hopefully one of them likes cats...

Friday, November 28, 2014

23/2014: The Kerstin Medallion quilt

I just realized that I haven't blogged in more than three weeks. And that my last finish dates back to the beginning of October. Oops... I haven't really sewn that much lately, thanks to the French class I am taking (3 hours every day plus homework...).

Anyway, the one finish I did make in these past two month can - without a doubt - be called the highlight of my quilting year. It all started out innocent enough. I had ordered some Botanics fabric  by Carolyn Friedlander from my friend Susanne and made a Mariner's Compass with it. That was back in April. And I could not shake off the idea of a Medallion quilt. So I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Botanics from some dubious website from Hong Kong, and some three month later the fabric arrived (I had given up hopes by then). So round and round I went and added border for border. Seven month later, I had a quilt...


It's pretty huge, 2.50 meters by 2.50 meters. I did not intend to keep it a square, I thought I make it into a quilt for a single bed. But luckily, Andrea talked me into it. Thanks, my friend! 

The back is a mixture of IKEA and Botanics. I wanted to go all Botanics at first but did not have enough yardage left.


I was a bit afraid of the quilting first since I had never done such a large quilt before, but it was no problem at all on my Janome.


The quilt now lives on my bed, and I am super happy with it. And guess what, even my husband liked it!



Wishing everyone a nice weekend. And for those of you in the US, hope you did not overspent today...

Linking up with TGIFF!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Quilten in der dritten Dimension / Going 3-D - A blog hop



When I was asked if I wanted to do a review of the German edition of the book "Exploring Dimension in Quilt Art" by c. June Barnes by the lovely people of the Haupt Verlag I was thrilled and immediately said yes. And then the book arrived and I had to swallow hard. To be honest, I had not really given any thought what quilting in 3-D might entail, and what Ms. Barnes is doing is way, way out of my quilting comfort zone.
Als ich vom Hauptverlag gefragt wurde, ob ich die deutsche Ausgabe des Buches "Quilten in der dritten Dimension" von C. June Barnes besprechen moechte, habe ich sofort begeistert zugestimmt. Ja und dann kam das Buch an und ich musste erst mal schlucken. Ich hatte mir ehrlich gesagt nie so wirklich Gedanken gemacht, was Quilten in 3-D eigentlich so beinhalten koennte. Und was Ms. Barnes so macht, ist so ganz ganz weit weg von meiner Komfortzone. 


BUT: This is a totally inspiring and visually stimulating book. Not in a "oh, I have to try this immediately"- kind of way, but more in a "oh wow, I would never have gotten the idea for such a project" way. And I did not understand this book to be a step by step instruction manual. Sometimes there are drawings to help you figure it out, other times there are only a few lines. I understood this book to be a guide, to show you what is possible with fabric, thread, stuff from the home improvement store and lots of imagination. And in this, the book is doing a fabulous job!
 ABER: Dies ist ein sehr inspirierendes und visuell ansprechendes Buch. Beim durchblaettern ging es mir jetzt nicht in erster Linie so, dass ich gedacht hatte "Oh, das muss ich gleich ausprobieren". Meine Gedanken waren mehr so: "Oh wow, da haette ich nie die Idee dazu gehabt." Ich habe das Buch auch nicht als Schritt fuer Schritt Anleitung wahrgenommen. Manchmal gibt es Zeichnungen, manchmal nur ein paar Zeilen Text, die ein Projekt erklaeren.
Ich habe das Buch eher als eine Art Reisefuehrer in die Welt des 3-D Quiltens verstanden, der erklaert, was mit Stoff, Faden, verschiedensten Sachen aus dem Baumarkt und ganz viel Phantasie moeglich ist. 


There were two things I especially liked about the book:
1. Ms. Barnes often shares were she got her inspiration from. I mean, when you look at that plant, would your first thought be about quilting?
 Zwei Dinge gefielen mir besonders gut an dem Buch: 
1. Man sieht oft genau, woher die Inspiration fuer ein Project kam. Ich wuerde beim Anblick des Fingerhuts nicht sofort an einen Quilt denken...



2. She dedicates the last section of her book to other quilt artists who also work with the third dimension, which gives great insight on how others understand threedimensional quilting.
2. Sie hat eine ganze Sektion im Buch anderen Quilt-Kuenstlern gewidmet, die aehnlich arbeiten wie sie.

My favorite project from the book

 I think if I would have to sum up the contents of this book in a single sentence, I'd say: It's all about the form and not the function. If you want to dip your toes into 3-D quilting, then this would be a good reference guide for you.

Wenn ich den Inhalt des Buches jetzt in einem Satz bescheiben muesste, wuerde ich sagen: Auf die Form kommt es an und nicht auf die Funktion. Falls ihr mal Quilten in 3-D ausprobieren wollt, dann waere das Buch auf jeden Fall eine gute Anlaufstelle. 

If you'd like to win a copy of this book, visit the blog of the Hauptverlag until Nov. 15th.
Falls Ihr ein Exemplar gewinnen wollt, besucht  bis zum 15. November den Blog des Hauptverlags.

If you want to know what others think about it, check out the blog hop:
Falls ihr wissen wollt, was andere ueber das Buch denken, koennt ihr den Bloghop verfolgen:

http://aylin-nilya.blogspot.ch/                            Montag, 27.10.
http://sternwerfer.blogspot.de/                          Dienstag, 28.10.
http://suleon.blogspot.ch/                                 Mittwoch, 29.10.
http://www.capricornquilts.blogspot.de/            Donnerstag, 30.10.
http://www.nanasnw.blogspot.de/                     Freitag, 31.10.
http://reginasquiltblog.blogspot.ch/                  Samstag, 1.11.
http://tagfuertag.typepad.com/weblog/             Sonntag, 2.11.
http://quiltsundmehr.blogspot.ch/                     Montag, 3.11.
http://zeit-fuer-patchwork.blogspot.de/              Dienstag, 4.11.
http://klaudias-kreativ-world.blogspot.ch/          Mittwoch, 5.11.
http://nahtzugabe.blogspot.ch/                         Donnerstag, 6.11.
http://sunset-sewing.blogspot.ch/                     Freitag, 7.11.
http://hansundgrete.blogspot.de/                      Samstag, 8.11.
http://www.iliketoquiltblog.blogspot.de/            Sonntag, 9.11.
http://www.nadel-garn-tee.blogspot.de/             Montag, 10.11.
http://www.quiltecke.blogspot.de/                     Dienstag, 11.11.


 















Saturday, October 25, 2014

Undecided

What I should be doing: cleaning the bathroom. What I'm doing instead: sewing.

We are hanging out at home this gloomy Saturday morning. I added another border to my medallion quilt yesterday evening, and I could not resist the opportunity to play around some more with it. I ran out of the print I use as background yesterday, so there is not really a chance to add anything before next weekend when I'll get some more. But I'm a bit undecided anyway how to proceed.

So here's where I'm at right now:


My plan is to add another border of the background fabric all around. Then it should be wide enough for a single bed. I want to use this quilt for our guest bed, so I'll have to make it longer, i.e. it won't stay a square. My idea for the next row was either HSTs or cross stitch blocks. 

Option A:


Option B:

Right now, I gravitate towards option A, but any suggestions/comments are highly welcome!

Have a good weekend, everyone!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2014

The quilt I'm gonna enter for Blogger's Quilt Festival this Fall took a long time to make. It's actually a bee quilt, with two bees working on it (thanks again to all from the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild and the Bee Germany who had a hand in this!). I think all in all it was a two year project.


I've always wanted to make a wheel of fortune quilt. I made a test block and realized I need to piece it on paper if this should be halfway accurate. So I made my own template, took a lot of scraps and Kona Snow and sent it out to my fellow bees. I also asked them to substitute some of my scraps with their own to make it more diverse.


 The quilting took me a whole sewing weekend. I'm not gonna lie, it was a pain in the butt. But I really wanted it to mirror the blocks, so I just bit the bullet.


The polka dots on the back were donated by my co-worker. And since she had a baby two month ago, I conveniently had a gift for her. And no, it was not hard to give this one away, despite all the work. I know it is in a place where it will be treasured, and that's all that matters.


I will enter this in the Scraps category. From what I've seen so far, it will be in excellent company there!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Medallion time!

I can't remember the last time I did a WIP Wednesday post, so I guess it's about time! After finishing all my bee blocks for this month already, I was sitting at my sewing table on Sunday and kind of did not know what to make. When I looked around my room, I spotted the Botanics fat quarter stack and the Mariner's Compass block I made in the Spring. And the words "medallion quilt" kept repeating in my head...


This will be a total no deadline, no strings attached project. I'll make up my mind about the borders along the way. So even though there is a compass in the middle, I have no clue where this one will end up. I'll just keep on adding borders until I run out of fabric.

Linking up with Lee from freshly pieced for WIP Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Come on in: Studio Tour

I finally managed to clean up the sewing/guest room and can show it here. So welcome to my new creative space!

View from the door
It's no very much smaller than my old space, about 12 square meters. But since we have a bedroom less in the new apartment, guests now have to sleep between boxes of fabric.




For storage, I switched from IKEA Ivar to Kallax. I like the white against the hardwood floors, and so far, I manage to find a spot for all the fabric.




I still need a bit of decoration/inspiration around the sewing area. I'm kind of hoping I get a miniquilt in the ongoing Swappen (German speaking swap on flickr) to hang above the Kona Color card. And of course it would be cool to have a wall that's completely covered in embroidery hoops...


Obviously, the double quilt is all wrong for the single bed. If I ever finish the Kona Improv quilt that's still hanging untouched on the design wall, it'll live on that bed. Someday...

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse in my creative world! Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 6, 2014

21&22/2014: Scout meets Monday Makers

You might have noticed that blogposts about finished objects are numbered. I had this idea at the beginning of the year to keep track of how much I actually finish in a year. So far, so good. But then it kind of sucks when you type in the number 22 and realize it's already October! And somehow, it does not seem so much anymore...

Oh well, enough self-pity. In a last effort to hold on to summer, I made two shirts. Two Scout Woven Tees, to be precise. The first one was with cheap fabric to test the fit, and the second was made with precious Nani Iro.

I have to work on my selfie skills...


If you haven't tried this pattern yet and are looking for an easy first project in garment sewing, then this one it is. Seriously, I managed to finish the second one in about two hours.

There's more sewing at the Monday Makers, go and check it out!

Friday, October 3, 2014

20/2014: Double sided pillow

So who says a pillow can only have one fancy sind - aka the front - and one not so fancy one, the back?

My super talented and busy friend Aylin always organizes a German speaking swap on flickr, Swappen. It's already round 5, and I totally lucked out with my partner this time. Very inspirational mosaic, stuff that's right up my alley. So last weekend I went to work. I made a little drawing of my idea first, thinking then my partner can choose for herself. And chose she did, but I could not make up my mind. So I just made both ideas.

Side 1

The basic idea was a rainbow theme and something round. And since I've always wanted to try a double wedding ring...

Side 2

There's now only one problem: I don't get to sent this out until the beginning of December. The pilow has been living on my couch now this past week and looks quite at home there. Maybe I'll just have to make an identical one?


Have a nice weekend, everyone! I'm linking up with Laura from Quokka Quilts for TGIFF and crazymomquilts!

Friday, September 19, 2014

19/2014: Little pouch with Little Folks

At the moment, I am working towards finishing a quilt that I started a long time ago - my Little Folks string quilt. I can't even remember when I started that one, so I guess it's high time to get a move on. I am paper piecing the string blocks, and cutting them in shape produces a lot of tiny scraps. But to get rid off some Little Folks fabric? Never!

So I took all the scraps and did some improv piecing. I really like the look of the voile paired with linen. And since pouches are quick and easy to make, and therefore instant sewing gratification. it was a no brainer what to make...



I added some decorative stitches with orange embroidery floss. This one might even stay here with me.

Have a happy weekend, everyone! I'm linking this small finish up with Sew Fresh Quilts for TGIFF.

Friday, September 12, 2014

18/2014: Welcome back!

Well hello there, it's been a while...
Sorry for the total lack of posts in the last month. It was due to a mix of no internet for almost three weeks and the general busyness of settling in after a big move. But we are up and running now. The kids are happily settled at their new school (I can't believe I have a first grader now!), and I realized that my French is not so bad after all. Still a long way towards fluency though, but I'll get there (in a few years or so, haha). And I finally got a smartphone and discovered instagram! Totally addictive. You can find me under http://instagram.com/sunset.sewing#

Since our new place is smaller than the old house, I had to scale down my sewing area a bit. It's now a combined sewing/guest room. I'll give you a tour in the next post, since I have a finish to show today! The other night I had this idea pop into my head. You always see a lot of color with a low volume background all around, so I thought: "Why not switch this around?" And that I did.


Halfway through the ironing, I realized I don't have enough orange Kona. But luckily I have friends with quilt shops! A quick order to Andrea took care of that. But alas, patience was never my strong suit.  And when I came across some orange cotton fabric at Manor (a department store, kind of like Macy's), I just could not resist. But when I look at it from another angle, then I have finished a pillow and added to my stash at the same time. How cool is that?


 I really like how it turned out. What can I say, I'm totally into quilted rainbows.


And it fits right in with the other quiltiness on my sofa, wouldn't you say?


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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Checking in...

Hi there, I've been enjoying some internet-free time in the last two weeks. Not voluntarily though, we still don't have internet in our new place. I'm in my parent's place this weekend and jumped at the chance to post.
But we moved! Yay! I am totally spoiled now and I will never be able to move without a professional moving company again. Those guys were worth every cent.

I got rid of a lot of things from my sewing room and gave all my scraps to Monika. Yes, ALL of them.



Together as a family, we have quite a lot of shoes (okay, most of them are mine).


And yes, that whole truck was full to the brim.


But now we are happily settled into our new apartment. Let's see how our new city turns out to be, because we'll be there for a while. Which city, you ask? I give you a hint...