Monday, December 30, 2013

My year in pillows and bags

Last part of my review today on the last day of the year. I have to say, it's been quite a turbulent year for me. I think the biggest thing for me was going back to work after six years of staying at home. I had never planned this long break, but I'm grateful I had that time with my kids. But I'm also very, very happy that I was able in this economy to find a job in my field that's fun, interesting and comes with very nice co-workers. I actually thought that I would sew so much less now, but looking back over that last three days showed me that this is not true at all, my focus has just shifted away from quilts.

1. x and plus pillow, 2. Die schoene Seite, 3. Bench pillow, 4. Flea Market Fancy Super Tote, 5. Swappen 3, 6. Birthday present, 7. New Pillow!, 8. Open, 9. In between, 10. Dresden Plate Super Tote, 11. Quilted pouches 1, 12. Open wide, 13. Quilted pouches 2, 14. New bag..., 15. Selvedge pouch side 2, 16. Teacher's gift

So there you have it, almost all the stuff I made in 2013. Let's see what the new year brings, my head is already full of ideas...

I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year! 

My year in clothes

Welcome to part two of my 2013 sewing review! Clothes. I am now at a point where I make a lot of my clothes myself. Quite often I find myself in a store, looking at something, and then putting it back because I think I can make this myself. Not that this would save me any money, since I spend a lot on fabric, but at least no one else is wearing it then.

When I made this mosaic, I realized two things: This is not even half of the stuff I made, and I seem to have a thing for tops and dresses. Seriously, mental note to myself: sew some pants or a skirt in 2014! And the rest of the clothes I made is missing because I never got around to having pictures taken. Let's face it, you get a much better idea about how a garment looks when it is worn. But I never seem to have my husband around in daylight to take photos of me and my selfies just suck. So I think we are missing about five dresses and eight tunics/shirts here...

1. Washi in Knit, 2. A shark in my living room, 3. Every fish needs a fin, 4. Two new shirts, 5. Untitled, 6. Untitled, 7. Kyoto meets Berlin, 8. Most comfy dress ever!, 9. Happy Shirt no. 1, 10. Happy Shirt no. 2, 11. Style T in Comma, 12. Saved by purple plaid fabric

Tune in again tomorrow for part three, bags and pillows! Have a good rest of the day! 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

My year in quilts

Since this year is coming to a close, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look back at all the stuff I made in 2013. Part one of this retrospection will be all the quilts I made. I managed to make eight real quilts and one mini quilts that now serves as a teapot rug. That's four quilts less than in 2012. I guess going back to work took it's toll, quilting-wise...

1. Handprints, 2. Posy Patchwork, 3. Somewhere over the rainbow..., 4. Flea Market Sparkle Punch, 5. The log house quilt, 6. Trip around the Ocean, 7. Chevrons for my nephew, 8. Leftovers quilt reloaded, 9. From bee block to mini quilt

My favorite of this lot is number three, which started on a whim and now lives in Australia in a dear friend's home.

Stay tuned, tomorrow I will show you my year in clothes...

Happy mail!

Guess what the mailman just delivered to my doorstep?

This is indeed mail that makes me happy! I guess it pays off to have a quilting friend who also runs a fabric store... Thanks, Susanne!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Strike 2

I managed to finish more Christmas presents today. Well, actually today and yesterday, since it's now 1.15 am on Saturday morning and I started to sew them around 9.30 pm Friday evening. My husband is out of town, so I had no one to tell me to come to bed...

I made some QAYG pouches. I guess Aylin is to blame for that, she totally infected me when we saw each other in Frankfurt last month.  And it is a great way to reduce some scraps.

These will probably go to some of the women I work with, they have become great colleagues in the last six month. So I figured a little "thank you" won't hurt...

Before I'm off to bed, I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts!

Thursday, December 12, 2013


...23 people opened their advent calender and had one of these inside:

I hope everyone liked their lanyard!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Strike 1!

Handmade Christmas present number one is officially done and crossed off the list!

Last Wednesday, I showed you this WIP:

I will kick off the next round of the Bee Germany in January, and I always wanted to make a x and plus quilt. After sorting through my stash, I decided to use my Comma layer cake for this and went about making some trial blocks. I decided that for a whole quilt, I would like it with a little less negative space. So I turned those four block into a quilted pillow that will be give to a co-worker for Christmas.

I hopw she'll like it...

I quilted the front with green thread and just mirrored the block pattern. It is bound in Kona Green Grass (or is it Grass Green, I never know!)

The back is also made up of Comma, I had some leftovers from my Super Tote...

And now on to crossing more stuff of my to do list...

Linking up with TGIFF and crazy mom quilts.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Feeling fishy

What is really, really embarrassing? When your almost six years old child still has the quilt you made him before his birth! A new one is in order, and he will get it as a Christmas present (yes, and also some Lego). He loves fish,  so when I saw this fabric by Makower UK at my LQS, I had to buy it for him. He also likes chevrons, and this is the result of such a combination:

Pretty intense, huh? I'm not really sure if I love it, but he saw it and does, and that's all that matters. He asks me every day when he can finally snuggle under it...

I also cut into mu layer cake of Comma by Zen Chic on a whim yesterday. I've been thinking about a x and plus quilt for a while now. Not exactly sure what for, since I am also working on two queen sized quilts for our bed and our sofa couldn't possibly take another quilt, but maybe child no. 2 will be happy about a new quilt...

Anyway, I wanted to try this pattern with that fabric:

I think I will turn this into a quilted pillow as a gift for a colleague.

What about you, have you been doing some Christmas present sewing already?

Linking up with freshly pieced for WIP Wednesday

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Fresh sewing day!

Only 24 more days until Christmas! This makes me 1. giddy, 2. panicky. The first because I really like this holiday and my house is already decked out (okay, we are still missing a tree, but in Germany you don't put that one up until Christmas Eve), and the second because I haven't shopped for or made any presents yet. So I guess the next 24 days will be filled doing just that. I have a quilt for my oldest on the list, some pouches for my work colleagues, ...

But I'm getting ahead of myself since this post is intended to actually show what I made in November.

 I made a selvedge pouch for myself, added a little something to Ursi's starter block for the friends with additions bee, made my youngest some koala pants, finished a really sunny bench cushion, made myself another Super Tote and ten more blocks for my Granny Square quilt.

Not as much as I would have liked, but I had the chance to hang out with my favorite sewing buddies, and that alone makes November a highlight sewing-wise.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The 20 minutes sweatpants

My younger son loves sweatpants. A lot. Yesterday, we had a little wardrobe crisis, since all his pairs were in the washing. So he demanded asked real nicely that I make him some. Indulging parent that I am, I took a pair of his pants, traced them directly onto some cotton jersey, cut and sewed. Added some elastic to the mix and 20 minutes later, we had this:

Perfect for lounging around, playing, jumping on the couch...

I had a hard time keeping him from wearing it to pre-school today. But tomorrow he has gym class, so I guess nothing will stop him then...

Cotton jersey by Hilco

I'm linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts!

Sew Cute Tuesday

Friday, November 22, 2013

A spot on the sunny side

Back in April, I started a hexagon pillow as a birthday present for a friend. Her birthday is at the end of August. Manageable, right? Yeah, well, she got it in November. But she is a very kind person and wasn't too upset about it. And I dare say it's just the right thing to cheer up a gray November day!

According to her 7 year old daughter, who had a lot of fun counting, I used 132 hexagons for this pillow. That somehow does not seem like such a high number, does it?

Here it is in action:

I'm just glad she liked it, and for her next birthday, I hope I will finish the present in time...

Linking up with TGIFF and crazy mom quilts!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Block to bag

I've been holding out on you. Besides the 10 more blocks for my granny square quilt, I managed to make another thing this past weekend.

Remember this block? It was intended to be my starter block for a travelling quilt bee, but then I thought it was a bit too busy.

It's not a block anymore, it's now a Super Tote!

I paired it with black linen and some more Comma fabric, and I have to say I love the end result. And the best part: I will keep this one for myself!

The other side has a zippered compartment.

And here's a peek inside:

I am linking up with Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts for the first time today for Sew Cute Tuesday!

Sew Cute Tuesday

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fun with Friends in Frankfurt

What a great weekend this was! We had the second meeting of the Bee Germany, this time in Frankfurt. So much fun!

There was a lot of sewing:

Great works in progress:

Lots of healthy snacks and drinks:

And I got 10 more blocks done for my quilt!

Really, is there any better way to spend a weekend?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


So, I'm part of a group that does an Advent calender. Everyone makes 24 little things (24 exact same things!), then we all send it off to Steffi, and she mixes it up and sends an Adent calender back. Sounds like fun, right? But let me tell you, to get there, it is tedious! I was sewing a lot this past weekend, and just for this! I managed to finish yesterday morning, and I don't think I've ever been happier to finish a project! My day is December 12th, so 23 people all over Germany will get one of these:

 But right now they are sitting in their box and will be shipped off later today. And I get to take a deep cleansing breath...

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fresh sewing day: Three and three

When writing such a blog post, I'm always tempted to write stuff like "wow, it's November already, how did that happen?" I think I should just face the facts and admit that life is speeding by. (Okay, that sounds rather heavy, it's not all so bad!). But when you try to balance family, work, volunteer work for the pre-school and sewing time, it can get hectic. So I'm please that I find enough time for my hobby. For October, I can even break it down and divide it evenly: I managed to finish three things and I have three things in progress (we won't mention all the other UFOs on the shelf now...)

The finished items: a baby quilt for friends who have just been blessed with their first child, a tea pot rug, and a pillow for a swap.
The WIPs: two flying geese blocks, the one with the white background for a traveling quilt bee, the other one will turn into the side panel of a Super Tote, and more blocks for my Denyse Schmidt granny square quilt.

What will November bring? Probably a lot of bad weather, but also a great weekend with my friends from the Bee Germany in Frankfurt, and hopefully a few more finishes!

I'm linking up with Lily's Quilts for fresh sewing day!

Lily's Quilts

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Granny squares and geese

Happy Wednesday everyone! I'm very happy to report that I made some quilting progress last week. I'm a few days away from the start of my new bee, the friends with additions. This is a travelling quilt bee with some really talented quilters from all over the world. We mail out our starter block on Nov. 1st, and I finished mine yesterday.

I had something else in mind, with a low volume background, but when I finished the first circle of flying geese, I thought it is a bit too busy.

I think I will make this into a side panel for another Super Tote, I had a request for one from a friend.

The other WIP I worked on is the Denyse Schmidt granny square quilt.

My friend Anja was kind enough to send me fabric for the upper two blocks, I did not have the pink ones and the pale grey in my stash. I also bought some more Shellburn Falls for this quilt. So now I have Hope Valley, Chicopee und Shellburn Falls in this quilt, and I think to go so well together!

I'm not sure how big this one will be. We have a queen sized bed, so now I have the choice between making it big enough for our bed, or leave it like this as a big lap quilt. I'm also not sure about the layout yet, maybe I will set them on point after all. Any thoughts on this?

I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday on freshly pieced!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hexagons to the rescue!

I guess everyone has a favourite pair of jeans. One that always looks good on you, no matter what. I have such a pair as well. And I wear it a lot. But with pre-school kids, you spend a lot of time on your knees playing. So the denim got thinner and thinner until it looked like this:

But to just patch it up with a scrap of fabric is boring, don't you think? Hexagons are so much better...

Now everyone knows I'm a quilter...

Friday, October 25, 2013


I have a small finish to share this week, even though I had a crazy work week...
Right now, I'm taking part in a German speaking pillow swap on flickr. It's a lot of fun, but I have to admit that I'm not 100% sure if my partner will like what I made. I did use the colors and fabric she said she likes, but when I gave a peak of the WIP, her response was only so so. Too late now, it's done!

I used Parisville by Tula Pink, which I swapped for some DS Quilts fabric with my fabulous friend Anja. The pattern is the Octagonal Orbs block by Elizabeth Hartmann.

This is the back:

I have to admit, I can't wait for this swap to end and snatch up one of those gorgeous pillows!

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