Saturday, October 25, 2014


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!

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!