Monday, August 13, 2018

More Red

My tomato harvest so far is pretty good (at least compared to last year) and I decided to conserve some of it. I admit though that I added some market bought tomatoes to the mix, just so I can have enough (and then I ended up buying more than I actually needed for one recipe, so I had to try something else)
The main batch is a oven baked tomato sauce, perfect for pizza, or to add to meat sauce for pasta, or rice. I did a batch last year and it lasted only until March or so, so I knew I had to make that one again. The tomatoes bake in the oven together with onions, garlic, rosemarie, thyme, honey and olive oil for 45 minutes before processing and pouring it in sterilized glasses.
The second sauce is actually a tomato chili chutney (with my own chilies *yeah*) which cooks for over two hours and came out plainly effing delicious (it the slightly darker sauce in three of the front glasses). Starting out with about the same amount of tomates as the first sauce in the end it's only half of it.
Last month I showed the Star Wars bag I've made for my head phones. Now I show the new one for the head phones as I decided that the SW bag is just a little bit too small. I simply tweeked the pattern a little bit and made a slightly larger bag, but the principle is still the same.
Preparing the fabric took longer that sewing the bag itself, but well worth it.
That is, I believe the sixth bag I made following the pattern.

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Mid March I planted some tomatoes for my balcony.
They started pretty small (you may remember).
 After four months, they are not that small anymore.
 One kind is stripey, which is really cute.
Tonight, I'm going to feast on tomatoes!

I also have a hibiscus plant on my balcony. The flowers look pretty cool, me thinks.
 Especially, when I pull out my marco lens.
Pretty, cool, indead.
Another cool picture from back in March, when I looked out of the window and saw this amazing sun rise (camera says it was at 8:10 AM).

Sunday, July 08, 2018


There are some pattern that work, and some ... not so much.
On the working front, I've made another two of those cute little bags (I blogged about them before in Jan and Feb 2017)
They are relatively quick to make (the decision on which fabric combination to use is almost the longest part). There are quite useful for all kind of things (the Star Wars one is going to hold my headphones from now on - the fabric was a gift for my birthday and I knew I wanted to make something quickly. And I needed something to hold the headphones).
Finally they are also great gifts (the one below is heading in that direction).
A pattern in the 'not-so-well' working section is the raglan t-shirt below. There is nothing really wrong with the patten itself. It's just that my body doesn't seem to work well with raglan. There is always this really unflattering bunshing of fabric under my arm pit. Ugh.
It took me two shirts to come to that conclusion (I thought the first one didn't work because I didn't use lace fabric for the arms section, but seems this is not the problem - though the first one has the additional problem that the top of the arms stand off kind of like I'm wearing huge shoulder pats)
I'll put it down to Learning Experiance.
Also, because this was the first time I used my new overlock machine (and in hindsight, using a lace/jercey combo for the first project was probably also not the best of ideas). There were some problems with that too, so ... as I said live and learn.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Three T-Shirts

I'm currently sewing T-Shirt as if I didn't have any already. In the last week or so, I made three.
Number 1 is my true and trusted, home-made pattern I used on the flower shirt last time. Only change is that I made it with a V-neck this time around.
 Number 2 is a new pattern I've bought. It's called Laura and normally uses lace fabric for the arms (which was, I think, what initially attracted me to the pattern). To test the pattern and the fit, I used something jersey in blue (I know the picture looks more gray than blue, but the second pic shows the fabric color more true).
Overall I'm happy with the pattern and the fit. I would add a few cm in length the next time, but that's mostly because I like my shirts a little longer to begin with.
Finally, number 3, fresh of the neddles (so to speak). Back to the first pattern, but with an added pocket and cuffs made from quilting cotton. The color is more petrol than on the picture, though. Petrol is really a hard color to take pictures of.
I'm super happy with my new wardrobe, so far.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Sorry for the long absence. In light of the new EU-DSGVO law, I've been thinking about stopping running this blog. I've seen that some blogs moved to invite only. Maybe I'll move in that direction.
It's not that I run any adds, or sell anything. I just don't know yet.
Anyway, despite the hot weather, I spent some time at the sewing machine, making some wearable stuff (the thought of working on the quilt is currently not an option - just the thought of all that fabric on my lap while I do the quilting ...)
First of, a second go on Marisol (by Lillesol Women). The first one I made in October was okay, but I wanted to have a second go. This one, I like a lot more (even if the fabric is a bit on the stiff side). I had no problems and the fit is great.
 The fold in the back is a nice detail and gives a little bit more room.
 Second is a t-shirt I made from some fabric a collegue of mine gifted to me. I added some white to the neckline and the arms, which, I think, is just perfect.
I took the pattern off a store-bought t-shirt I liked the fit off, but added about 4 cm at the hip. The advantage of sewing your own clothing.
I really like how it turned out - especially as it basically cost me practically nothing.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Double Stars - A Finished Quilt

As a quilting warm up - and because the top has been finished for weeks now - I decided to finish the Double Star Quilt. The blocks had being finished over a year ago, but for some reason I didn't sew them together into a quilt top until maybe six weeks ago.
I have no idea why I waited so long, because, I do love the finished quilt. It is bright and colorful, and I adore the secondary pattern that emerged after the top was put together.
I made the sandwich on my dining room table, using my tried and tested clamp everything to the table method (which mean you can work standing up, which is really, really a good thing)
The quilting itself is free motion swirls and waves pattern all over with grey thread. It's quick and fairly easy, once you get the groove going (it took my maybe three hours all together)
Do you see the secondary patterns? The diamond and the secondary star?
I'm telling you, I'm loving it.
The quilt ended at 150cm x 180cm (60" x 72") and the binding was done with a plain Kona Cotton in 'Ash' (I think)
My mom saw it, she liked it and she is going to get it (once it's been washed)

Friday, May 04, 2018

Flame - A Finished Quilttop

Sometimes you have to play with colors. And there's no better way to play with colors than a nice rainbow quilt. Which is where the book 'Modern Rainbow' by Rebecca Bryan comes in (no affiliation, I just like the book)
There are quilte a few really nice quilts in the book, but the one that jumped at me and INSISTED to be made (NOW, if you please!) is called Flame.
I love so much about this quilt (top so far). One, of course, is the color. Rainbow-y, but not smack in the face color-overdose (the one in the book is a lot less saturated, which is also nice, but not really what I wanted). Then, the way the colors are all work so nicely with the light grey. Also, I love that I've got to use one of my precious jelly rolls (it's all 2 1/2 inch stripes). There are also additional colors from my stash. So, it's sort of kind of scrappy, but very organized about it.
Size is about 177 x 172 cm (69 1/2 x 68 inches), which is a really good size.
The only tiny complaint if you will, there is (in my opinion) an error in the pattern. If you cut the longest part of a flame at 6 1/2 inches, it will never be enough. I usually did cut at 7 1/2 inches, and had very little in terms of trimming available.
With two quilt tops finished and another one fairly close to being finished, I guess I'm going to have to do some actual quilting in the near future.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

On Point

I'm still working on the Triangle quilt.
So far I've sewn all the tringles into rows and am now in the process to put all the rows together. It tricky and slowly going as getting all the points to match is not easy.
I'm trying to be not overly obsessed, but still try my best.
So far so good.
I made a smallish table runner from the left-overs of another quilt in progress (the flames quilt)
I do love the colors, I have to say.
This year I'm trying again to grow my own tomatoes. The seeds have started to grow into little plants, which I put today in individual pots. Looking forward to see how they will turn out.
I also have some oregano and basil.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Triangle Quilt - The Layout

I've joint the Bernina Trinagle Quilt last October. Over time, I managed to sew all the triangle blocks from my 'Blueberry Park' Layer Cake, with having exactly one single 10x10 inch square left over (that was with some very careful cutting and using the scraps as much as possible)
So now it's time to put the top together.
 I pulled out the pieces I've had made, cut the background and accent triangles and went to my design wall. Only to realize, that the wall (which is 1 square meter) is waaaaaaaay too small to work.
I need 19 rows. I managed 7.
The tip in the QAL is to us a plain bed spread and pin the triangles to it. Which is what I did (bringing me close to the limit of my pins - luckily I remembered I had still some old pins squirreled away).
The dark blue triangles are all background and there will be more of it on the sides once I sewn the rows together.
I aimed for a green to blue transition from right to left (top to bottom eventually) as some of the colors are quite harsh next to each other. At the moment I'm happy with the result, but I may switch a few more patches around before I eventually start sewing.
I also had some doubts about my choice for the accent triangles (a salmony medium red), but right now, I'm really happy with them.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Panda Row Update

While listening/watching my newest obsession (which is 'Critical Row', a show "where a some nerdy-ass voice actors sit around and play Dungeon & Dragons") I'm making progress on the Panda Row pattern.
Three out of five pandas done (though the last one on the right is not back stitched yet)
Still a lot of fun to stitch.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Fallberry Fingerless Mitts

I really, really like fingerless mitts. Not so sure were this is coming from, but I love to make them, and I love to wear them. And, I also seem to love to loose them. At least it feels like that, though usually only one of a pair (which is annoying, as I do have two hands, and only wearing one is stupid)
Luckily, I do have yarn, and there are many, many patterns out there to make new ones, so all is well.
The pattern I used is called 'Fallberry' and if a free pattern from Knitty (Winter 2011). I used some leftover Wollmeise yarn in the colorway 'Heavy Metal'
As I had so much fun making one pair (and it really is a pretty fast knit), I went and made a second pair, this time in Rowan Felted Tweed DK.

One project for using the last little bit of scraps are Russian Joint socks (I made one pair already last year in Mai). The most work is preping the yarn, but once that is done, it's easy and fast knitting. I've make two skeins simultaniously, resulting in (I hope) similar (if not identical socks)
I also finished the cowl using Wollmeise yarn. 120 stitches knit in the round, 'Dunkle Maus' as the base, switched every eight rows with eight different colors out of the blue/green spectrum. Love the result and also that it manages to keep me warm as -10°C
Also, some crochet. Three baskets in blue and orange.
Once you get away from the base, where you have to pay attention to double every xth stitch, it is easy mindless crocheting.

Monday, February 19, 2018

New Beginnings

After finishing a big quilt (Quilt Oddity) and finishing the top of another one (Double Star - no photo yet, but basically the same as last April) I decided I was 'allowed' to start another quilt.
I decided to do 'Flames' from the book 'Modern Rainbow' by Rebecca Bryan.
My starting point for this was a small jelly roll in rainboy colors, though I added additional fabric from my stash.
So far I'm made red, pink, orange, gold, and yellow flames.
Now on to yellow/green, green, blue/green, blue and purple. Making these flames is a lot of fun, really. The layout above is not the final layout, there's a lot of sashing that will be added later.

I also decided to get back to do some stitching. I've got  a couple of larger x-stitch kits that sit in a box at home, which is really a shame.
The first I pulled out is called 'Panda Row' and was a gift from a friend many, many years ago. I even was a good girl and did a proper grid before I started stitching.
This kit has a fairly limited palett of colors (I think it's only 17 or 19 colors), but the result looks pretty cool if I may say so. And isn't that panda super-cute?

Sunday, February 04, 2018

A Quilt Oddity

This quilt has been a while in the making.
I've been collecting 2 inch squares basically since I started quilting. Eventually I started sewing 9 patches together, storing them in a tin box and adding to them whenever I didn't really know what else to sew.
I found the pattern for this (called 'Growing Up Odd') a while back and it was one of several options before I finally decided to got with this.
So I present (tata!): 'The Quilt Oddity'
The back is basically the same pattern. I stuck with solids only (all from my stash) and used 5 inch squares instead of 2 inch. The sashing then is black instead of white (which makes the colors pop quite lovely, even in the crappy weather we have today)
The size is fairly decent with circa 234 cm x 188 cm (91 inches x 73 inches)
For the quilting I went with simple, just an all over meander in white thread on the front and black on the back.
The binding is in black with a bright, colorful faux piping. I really like the look of this type of binding, even though getting it to look neat is a pain in the butt.

Saturday, January 20, 2018


It's been a while I've showed anything knitting related.
Part of this is that I haven't knitted that much. Another part is that I forgot to take pics of the socks I've knitted before xmas for presents.
But here are two projects I have pics of.
I bought the yarn I used in this shawl more than a year ago for a different project. And then totally forgot about it. I found it two weeks ago by chance and desided I'd like to make a smallish shawl, a quick little project just for fun.
The pattern is called Nurmilintu (and is free) and I used Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal yarn for it. It was a fun little project, even if I had more problems than usual with the lacey bits (but nothing that a ton of stitch markers couldn't solve). I added two more lace repeats than the pattern called for in order to use up as much of the yarn as I could. With some extreme blocking if turned into a light, reasonable sized shawl.
The other one is a longer term projects using some small amounts of different Wollmeise yarns. I'm using 8 differen blue/greens alternating every 8 rows with Maus alt. It has about a million ends to weave in, but other than that loads of fun. I'm almost done with that.