Wednesday, May 28, 2014

15/2014: Ready to turn

On Monday I told you about the fantastic weekend I had, and today I'm showing you what I finished during our retreat. My wheel of fortune quilt is finally, finally done! After a year in the making. I had two bees working on the blocks, the Bee Germany and the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild Bee. I love that people used their own scraps for this one in addition to what I sent out, so it's a really, really colorful quilt.

I'm not gonna lie, the quilting was a pain in the butt and it took me altogehter over a week.

But in the end, it was worth the work.

It's bound in red, my go to color for binding whenever it works with the rest of the quilt.

This one will go to a little girl that is supposed to come into this world in September.

Linking up with crazy mom quilts for Finish it up Friday!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Laughing in Lauenbrueck

I had such a great weekend with so much laughter, sewing, good food... because I got to hang out with the girls from the Bee Germany. This was already our third meeting, and this time we were staying in an small village somewhere between Hamburg and Bremen. We had a lot of space there, I think the building used to be a barn or something like that.

I also think we have never been this productive. This is only a selection of what got done:

There was some diligent sewing...

There was also creative chaos...

Thank you all for this great weekend, my fellow bees!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Giveaway winner

Happy Monday, everyone! I am kids-free this week and I started the week off by working extra long (no need to rush to daycare to pick them up!). I also squeezed in a trip to the fabric store on my way home, but that's another story...

I still owe you a winner from the sew mama sew giveaway. Mr. Random picked Beth, you said:

"Oh, what a precious pin cushion. Among my favorite sewing tools are my glass-headed pins, so sharp and thin and perfect for pinning precise points." 

Thank you so much everyone who visited my blog, who became a new follower and who took the time to comment!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

14/2014: Granny is done and joins the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Phew! I finished the biggest quilt I have ever made to date. It only took 1600 2,5 inch squares and about six yards of Kona Cotton Ivory.

Let me introduce you to Granny, who now lives on my bed:

This quilt started out as playing with my stash. I have to say I'm not normally someone who buys a whole line of fabric the minute it comes out. So it took me a while to really appreciate Denyse Schmidt fabric (I totally blame my friend Anja, she hooked me on Denyse!). My favorite line ever is Hope Valley, and when I jumped on the bandwaggon three years after its release, I had to scramble to get all the prints together (a big thank you to Anja and Ulrike for helping me out here!). I also got some Chicopee and later added a Shellburn Falls and a little Florence to the mix.  The first blocks were made in August last year, then it went on hiatus, and then I had another boost in November last years. And now, another six month later, it's finally finished.

I was a bit afraid to quilt such a large quilt, it measures about 86 inches on each side. But it worked like a charm with my Janome. And after a lot of thinking, I just went with straight lines.

As for the back, I had about 2,5 yards of this Florence print in my stash, it was supposed to become a dress. Oh well... I paired it with Kona Cotton in Sage and Peacock and added some scrappy binding to the mix.

This will be one of my entries to the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I missed out last fall, so I'm excited about this one...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Now with a purpose...

The other day, my younger son came into my sewing room and saw the Kona Cotton improv quilt on my design wall. He determined then and there that this will be his new quilt. Since he will celebrate his 4th birthday in two weeks (yes, his taste is very modern for someone so young), I am suddenly in a hurry to finish it. It's now wide enough for a single bed (54 inches), but I still have to add some length to it (right now, I'm at 57 inches, so a good 20 inches more to go).

I also call this my "Evolution quilt", because that thing is slowly evolving through my hands right before my eyes. It is also unlike any other quilt I made before, so I guess it also helps me in my evolution as a quilter. Here are the various stages so far:

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Linking up with freshly pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Giveaway Day!

It's Giveaway Day on sew mama sew and I actually

a) remembered,
b) had time to sew something,
c) managed to take a photo and write a blog post.

So welcome if you come over from sew mama sew and are new here. Hi to everyone else as well! If you are new here, my name is Kerstin, I love to sew, I am a total fabric addict, and this blog is where I write about my adventures in sewing.

I am giving away a pincushion and pins, because you can never have enough of those, no?

For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post. Just say hi of if you like, or tell me what your favorite sewing tool is. I'll pick a winner randomly on May 17th. International entries are welcome!

Have a happy giveaway day and for all the mothers out there, I hope your day was a nice as mine yesterday!

Update: This giveaway is now closed, I'll announce the winner on Monday, May 19th, 2014.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Granny again

Wanna know what I've been up to lately? I spent a lot of time with Granny. My Granny square quilt, that is. And I'm quite thrilled that I'm almost there. Only eight more blocks to go!

Here's a shot from the other side:

The fabric is all Denyse Schmidt. There's a lot of Hope Valley, Shellburn Falls and Chicopee in there, along with a dash of Grenfield Hill and Florence.

But the really interesting thing is yet to come: How to back it and how to quilt it.

Have a nice weekend, everyone!

Linking up with Kim for SEWJo Saturday!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fresh sewing day

Wow, May already! Time flies, and I've been really busy at work, so April has been a slow sewing month for me. I managed to make only a few thing, but I really, really enjoyed sewing since I treated myself to a new sewing machine at the beginning of April. And I haven't regretted spending the money since!

So here's what I did make:

1. Spring has sprung, 2. Evolving again, 3. Meow!, 4. Mariner's compass

I am really, really looking forward to May though, because I'm going on vacation at the end of the month and I get to see my sewing buddies from the Bee Germany! How lucky am I!

I'm linking up with Lynne from Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day

Lily's Quilts