Friday, June 20, 2014

16/2014: Lone star, but not so very lonely

I learned a little lesson this week: You can actually finish a quilt in a week when you only work on this one project and don't try to juggle several things at the same time. Okay, that's not really something new to me, but I so rarely live by that...

However, since my colleague will go on maternity leave in two weeks, I had to bust a move. I started the top a week ago and finished it on Wednesday. Yesterday evening was spent basting, and this morning quilting and binding.

A lone star quilt has long been on my to do list, but I wanted to make it a bit more modern. So instead of the one single star in the middle of the quilt, I went with two bigger half stars and two small complete ones.

The fabric is all from my Denyse Schmidt stash, mainly Hope Valley and Florence. The neutral is Kona Cotton snow.

The binding is a first for me, same color as the solid fabric.

Here's a shot from the back, it's quite densely quilted. As backing fabric, I used Kona Cotton Peacock.

It is a bit smaller than crib size, but since the baby will sleep in a sleep sack anyway, it could also be used in the stroller. Hope mommy and baby boy (due in the middle of August) will like it!

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

Friday, June 13, 2014

A little late night sewing...

This past week has been crazy. My husband went house hunting in our soon to be new hometown, I stayed home and tried to get organized after two weeks of vacation (lot of laundry to do!), went to work and tried to get organized there as well (so many e-mails to answer!). I really had no time at all for sewing, and it looks really, really messy in my sewing room (which I can kiss goodbye on moving day). Anyway, I went in there tonight to clean up a bit, and that lovely stack of Denyse Schmidt fabric that still sat on my desk from this quilt kept calling my name, and before I knew it I sat in the middle of my mess and made it even bigger. And the last thing I need is another WIP right now. But sometimes, I just can't help myself.

I'm linking this little project up with SEWjo Saturday, hosted by the fabulous Kim!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The last two weeks...'s been quiet around here. I did not sew a single stitch. But not because I was lazy or uninspired. We took a much needed vacation and went to beautiful, sunny Tuscany.

The last time we've been here was in 2001, and it was fun to experience this region all over again from a different viewpoint as parents.

The pool was very popular with my boys,

but we also did a lot of exploring.

We checked out Leonardo's house (da Vinci's, not di Caprio's):

We did some shopping:

I even splurged on a pair of handmade Italian shoes but wore only a pair of Crocs the whole vacation...

If you ever get the chance to visit this region, just do it!