Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Up in the salt air

Wow, those weeks fly by fast! It's Wednesday already, I can't believe it. So without much further ado, I present what I did this past week. I started a new quilt!

I recently got two charm packs of Cosmo Cricket's Salt Air. I love the colors of this line! After a lot of thinking and debating with myself, I thought something with half square triangles would be good. After some more bloghopping and flickrbrowsing, I came across this tutorial. And voila, a new idea for a quilt was born. I started only yesterday with this, hence only three starflowers so far. The big one is made with 5 inch squares, the small one was 2,5 inches, and the one on the right was 3,5 inches. I plan on making different sizes of starflowers for this quilt, ranging from 5 to 2,5 inch squares as starting point. I don't think I want to use smaller squares or hst cut from squares smaller than 2,5 inches, it was already quite a puzzle with that size. Unfortunately, this project already came to a stillstand, since I only had a bit of Kona aqua left and now I have to order some more and wait for it. But I'm already really happy with this, I think that one will not go anywhere but find a nice spot on our couch.

While I'm waiting for the Kona, I'll just finish Melissa's baby quilt. I got it basted and ready to be quilted already last week, but then the weather has been so nice (in the mid 60s all the time and sunny), so I spend more time out then indoors...

I'm linking up with Lee from freshly pieced for WIP Wednesday!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Whirlgiggle with a twist

It seems that I'm on a roll this week! I was able to finish a new top and baste two quilts. And out of those two, I finished this one this morning.
I used the whirlgiggle block tutorial from Amandajean of crazy mom quilts, but I added my own little twist. Instead of having the wheels all turn into the same direction, two rows turn the other way.

This quilt has about crib size, and it's a commission from my mother-in-law. She's the principal of an elementary school, and one of her teachers just had her first baby. She asked me to make a quilt that she can give as a gift. I think the baby is a boy, but even if I am mistaken, this could be used as a gender neutral quilt, no?

The fabric is from the DS quilts collection for  Joann's as well as fabric by Tante Ema, which is a German manufacturer. The colors just coordinated so well together. The white is Kona white, and it's bound in Kona cardinal (my favorite red from Kona). I kept the quilting simple, just some (more or less) straight lines in a light green thread.

And on the back? Stripes of course!

I hope everyone will have a nice weekend. I'll be busy celebrating my birthday, but for now, I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WIP Wednesday: For Melissa

Blogging is great. Period. I met so many people through my blog which I would have never known otherwise. One of these is Melissa. She blogs at We shall sew and we got in touch after she left a comment on one of my posts. We've been e-mailing each other back and forth for a few month now, and she just strikes me as a very nice and caring person. (If you are still reading on, you are probably wondering what that has to do with WIP Wednesday, but hold on, it's coming!). A few weeks ago, I posted about this quilt, and Melissa left me a comment saying that she wants that quilt.

Well, sorry, you can't have that one, but I made you another one...

So sorry, Melissa, if I never answered your comment, but I had to keep it a surprise...

Melissa is pregnant with her third baby right now, and this will be my gift for her and the baby. I hope she'll like it. I used a charm pack of American Jane's Punctuation line and paired it with Kona snow.

Linking up with Lee from freshly pieced!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tova, take #1

I fell in love with this pattern the first time I laid eyes on a version somewhere out there in blogland. It has been a long distance relationship for quite a while. To be honest, I could not justify the cost plus shipping for a single pattern, so I just admired on flickr what everybody else made. Until I found out last Friday that you can now download a pdf version! This file was faster on my computer than you can say "paypal"!

This is my first version, and only the first one of many, many more to come, I'm sure about that.  I used some shirting fabric that I got for a great price. It's the same that I used for this dress. That way, it would have not been bad if I screwed it up. But there was no need to worry, the pattern and the instructions are so well written. The only thing that could have turned out better is the corners of the insert, but I guess that just takes practice and will get better with time. And practice I will!

I made the top in size m, and even if the photos don't do it justice, it's a perfect fit. What a great start into the week!

I'm linking up with Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations for Sew Modern Monday!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday shopping

What beats lounging around on your couch on a rainy Sunday afternoon? Fabric shopping of course! And that's exactly what I did together with Monika today. We went to Hilco this afternoon since they had a special sale going on. Normally, it's only for wholesale, but since Monika has her own little business, we could get in. Since we had both never been there, we had no idea what to expect.

Basically, the let us into their warehouse were they keep their stock. You had to buy by the bold, which normally contained 6 meters or more. The prices were okay, and at first we thought we just gonna split a bold if we find something we both like. But of the fabric we both really loved they only had one bold left, with 20 meters on it! I guess we did not love it that much that we thought we needed 10 meters each...

Monika is checking out the quilting cottons

They also have a sales shop for private customers which is open on Mondays and Fridays, I guess I will just come back then. What I really liked was their selection of knits.

They had so many colors and in really, really nice quality, too. We did end up buying some of them. We found a few bolds that had only 2 meters on them. This is what I came home with:

The blue is enough for a shirt, and the red might even be enough for a dress.
Oh, I almost forgot, we even got something for free! The gave us six copies of Knip and Knippie. I only leafed through them, but so far, I wasn't really impressed with what I saw. It's a bit thin for the price they are asking for that magazine, and I like Ottobre much better. But hey, you don't look a gift horse in the mouth, right?

Friday, March 16, 2012

It' Friday, and I have a finish!

Hello, long time, no see, right? I've been neglecting this little space lately. But I haven't sewn anything in quite a while, so I did not have anything to write about. And I wanted to spare you the rather dull kids to school/shopping/laundry aspects of my life...

But this morning I had some time for myself and I decided I need a finish. And lucky me, I had a quilt basted and ready to go. Three hours later, I was done! Yeah, I love crib size quilts just for that reason.

This is my City Weekend girlie version quilt (you can see the boy version here). At first I was a bit skeptical about the pink in this mix, but I tried a layout without it and it really looked bland and boring. It's much better like this. This came together really quickly, I'd say it's a "quilt in less than a week" kind of project (unless you stretch it out over weeks like I did). The fabric is City Weekend by Oliver + S, paired with Kona white. The binding is Kona medium pink.

For the back, I used some fabric I bought a while ago in a home decor store. I thinks it's intended for some light cotton curtains, but the little flower design went so well with the charms. I only had a meter of it, so I had to add some pink gingham.

And fancy that, I have new labels! I had used up all the old ones that I got from a friend as a gift. The old ones just said "handmade by Kerstin", but I thought it's high time I have something with sunset sewing. I got them here, and I just love how they came out with the green print.

I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts again this Friday! What a nice start into this weekend!

PS: What are you up to this weekend? I will be going fabric shopping with my friend Monika! Yay, can't wait! We'll be going to Hilco (lots of their fabric is used for the stuff in Ottobre), they have a special sale on Sunday. If you are in our area, check it out!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Life happens...

...while you busy making quilting plans! Oh, what plans I had for the last week! To finish at least two baby quilts. And what did I get done? Half a quilt top. That's it. Both my boys came down with a cold last weekend, and it hasn't been pretty. The big one is coughing like there's no tomorrow, and the small one has a really sore throat. But hey, that's good news, the pediatrician's first guess was scarlet fever. Thank goodness that test came back negative. So I've been trying to nurse them back to health. That means no preschool, and therefore no sewing time for Mom. Hopefully, they'll be back to normal by the weekend, I just can't stand to see them sick...

But let me at least show you what I did manage to make:

I finished all the blocks for my whirlgiggle quilt. The two top rows are already sewn together. I know that in the original tutorial from crazy mom quilts the pinwheels all whirl in the same direction, but I thought I'll give it my own little touch by letting two rows whirl in the opposite direction. I'm happy that I added the red, it was a bit bland before with just the aqua and green tones.

I'm sure that many, many other lovely quilters and bloggers got more done, so head on over to freshly pieced to check it out!