Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wa(h)lsonntag

Today is election day in Germany.
Fun fact: in the German laguage the word 'Wahl' - 'Election' - is homophone to the word 'Wal' - 'Whale'.
So I made whales (yes, I made two), as we have two votes in our election system.
I used a free pattern from this webside here.
Number one, nickname 'Gr├╝nwal' (Green Whale), went to a friend's daughter.
If I'm to be any judge, it was well received (she insisted, it had to go to bed with her)
It can even make a head stand and show off its lovely striped belly.
Number 2 - Blue Whale - is made with the same striped fabric I used for Green's belly and from an old jeans of mine for the rest.
I used tiny, itty fabric scraps to stuff them both (I just don't throw anything away)

Disclaimer: The color choice of the two whales have nothing to do with the way I've cast my vote today.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hayner Burgfest and Shirt No2

Last weekend was the Hayner Burgfest, a medieval market in the neighboring town. For some reasons I have managed to miss out on this one before, only a recommendation from a lovely lady at another market got us to check it out.
Even though I saw this demonstration of falconry before at yet another market, I realy enjoyed it.
We met this brave knight at the entrance, and he had no issues with posing for us (he was not quite as handsom once the helmet was off ...)

There were a couple of interesting demostration all over the place, and also really great food to buy.
This one will definitely go on our calender for next year.

I made a second t-shirt from the burda pattern I bought, this time a size smaller, which was much better. I had to improvise a bit, as I bought the blue patterned fabric a few years back, thinking of making yet another shirt, but found that the result (half way along) was not what I wanted. I didn't want to throw the fabric away, but didn't have enough for a full shirt. So I bought some more blue jersey, and made the upper front and the back in plain blue.

The shirt itself is okay, but there was one problem I couldn't fix. At the neck line, when I used the twin needles, several stitches were skipped. It happened only on the blue fabric, the other one was okay.
The root cause is that the twin needle I have (2.5mm) is not really for jersey.
I did buy one for jersey with a 4mm gap, but that one doesn't want to fit in my machine (when I try to tighten it, it just falls out again). It should fit (as the numbering and size should be the same as the other needle), but well, it doesn't.

I have to see what I can do.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Baby Steps

After I bought the dress dummy, I thought to start small with a simple shirt without any frills.
It was challenge enough for the beginning.
Sewing clothing is quite different than sewing a quilt pattern. Just preparing the pattern is not so easy. What size to pick (a picked wrong, by the way - I should have gone down at least a size, if not two).
The fabric is different, more stretchy than quilter's cotton and the transfer from pattern to fabric was tricky (that fabric is quite slippery and just doesn't want to get marked)
Then 3D sewing has additional traps. The neckline refuses to lay flat (I can smooth it a little when on the doll, but wearing it, it does stand out)
All in all, I learned a lot, so I do have that. The shirt is too big, but I propably will leave it as it is, and will get farbic for a second try soon.

Knitting wise, I finished this shawl for a collegue of mine who is leaving the company in October. She always complains it's too cold in the office...
The pattern is called Ley Lines by Loji Locatelli. The yarn is Drachenwolle Merino 500, a new long transition yarn I've bougth this year at the Schwabsburger Wollfest.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Quilt With No Name

I finished this quilt a couple of weeks ago but still don't know what to call it.
The working name was 'The Blue HST Quilt' but this is a bit boring. Though, it decripes exactly what it is. It's mostly blue and it's made entirely with HSTs (half square triangles). I used fabric from various charm packs and also some I cut from my stash. Each block is made from four identical HSTs, all pointing in the same direction.
It's a decent sized quilt, about 140 x 160cm.
Quilting is simple straight lines with my walking foot, left and right of the block connecting seams. Backing is pretty much what I had left from the Bookshelf Quilt (a flanell duvet cover) and even the batting is left overs from the last three quilts I've made.
It doesn't have a home yet, so it may stay with me. Or maybe not ...

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Hello Dolly

Say hello to my new roommate, Isolde.
Isolde's job is going to be to help my sew clothing that actually fits me. Not an easy job, I'm sure, but she seems to be fair game.
Another part of her job is going to be to model some of the stuff I'm knitting (or have been knitting), as in this case the cardigan which I actually already finished back in March. The pattern is called Rocio by joji Locatelli (though there are some hefty modifications). I knitting the cardigan using various lace yarns from my stash held two together. Somehow I have a lot of different blue yarn sitting around, most of it too little to become something useful, so I decided to throw everything together and do this.
I'm quite happy with the result, though it's much too hot to wear right now.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Zippered Pouch

It's summer, so it's too hot to sew (besides, I've been away for two weeks, which doesn't help)
All I made lately is a pouch following Noodlehead's pattern for the 'Canvas Pencil Pouch'
Quick, nice and easy to make. Just the way I like it.
I used some of my cork fabric for the exterior and really like it in combination with the gold accented fabric.
The pouch is currently holding the prepared pieces for my EPP project.
Nineteen stars are finished. I guess it will take some more time.

Friday, July 07, 2017

New Kitchen

After taking everything out of my old kitchen and see it go to the trash heap, I got the new kitchen installed last week.
It is not a very big kitchen, as my appartment is not that big to begin with, but it has quite a few really nice new appliances, so definitely an upgrade.
One of those new appliances is an induction stovetop. As my old pans don't work with the new stove (luckily, the pots were pretty much all okay), I needed new ones. And as I didn't want to get any scratches on those new pans, I made some quick protectors.
The colors are rather drape, I admit, but as those are pans, and won't stay perfectly clean for the rest of their life (if my old pans are anything to got with) I thought it a good idea to pull out some brown/gray/black fabric bundle I bought years ago (though I have no idea what I wanted them for originally)

A little bit more colorful is that pin cushion, which was made from left overs from the placesets I make for my parents.
One of those little HSTs comes to 1/2". They are really tiny.
I think it turned out super cute and so did my friend who got it from me as a little present.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Day of Aeronautics

This weekend two days of aeronautics took place at Frankfurt Airport. There were a lot of information about jobs in and around the airport and also 30 airplanes ranging from oldtimers from around the time of WW2, the world's biggest passanger plane (Airbuss A380), to next generation fuel cell powered planes.
My favorites were the oldtimers. Those old planes still had style.
 Some of them even had wooden propellers.



 The A380 is one big plane!
 We went on Saturday afternoon, and it was relatively empty. I actually went back on Sunday, and found more people about
 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Another Rug

When I moved out of the appartment in Dresden, I had four long curtains left. For one I found a space in my normal appartment, but what to do with the other three? Now, after finishing a couple of quilts I also had the cut offs left over you get when you square up the quilt.
I thought they go well with the off white color of the curtain, so I cut everything up into 1 1/2 inch wide stripes and started braiding.
My sewing machine got quite a work out (this braid is a bit thicker than others I made before) and it had to struggle sometimes to punch through the material. But in the end I (and it) prevailed.
This one is going into my new kitchen, once it arrives next week.

The placemats below are for my parents as they recently pointed out they didn't have a complete matching set of four.
Simple fishbone pattern sewn using 1 1/2 x 5 inch stripes and then attached to some linen cloth. They really liked them (and so do I)

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Three Finishes

I finished a couple of things.
First a cross stitch kit I picked up last year in Isafjordur/Iceland. The kit includes instructions for a pillow, but I'm not sure if I will go that extra step, or if I just leave it as a picture.
Second, a zipped-up tray pouch. I thought it a clever idea when I saw the pattern, so I gave it a try. I'm not overly happy with the material I used for the inlay as it's not stiff enough (I used what I had on hand), but other than that I'm quite happy. I'm sure to give it a second go.
 
Last, but not least, I flat project bag with one side clear and the backside a dresden plate I made using my newest ruler. A couple of German quilters are currently running a Quilt Along with a Block of the Month and the Dresden Plate was their April pattern.
The front is clear plastic (recycled from a plastic sleeve) with a set in zipper. The bag is big enough for circa 10 x 10 inch blocks (the whole back is circa 12 inch squared). I did quilt the back quite densely for added stiffness (and also because I think it looks nice)
I'm using the bag for my newest madness - a quilt sewn completely by hand using the English Paper Piecing method (EPP for short). Right now I got only four blocks done, but it's quite fun, so I have to see how far this will carry me.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bookshelf Quilt

For a very special friend's (who happens to be a librarian) special birthday.
I saw a couple of those on the net and really liked the idea. The quilt turned out 165 x 195cm (65 x 78 inches)
I used a lot of scraps in the quilt, in fact, the only fabric I bought specifically for the quilt was the brown for the shelves and the backing (which is a flanell duvet cover)
I also incorporated this orphan block which was left over from some paper piecing experiment I made.
 My friend loves cats, so, naturally, I had to include one as well. Her cats are black and white, though, but this wouldn't have worked with the background, so this brown tabby it became. She didn't mind the color at all.
The print on the vase is some of my rare Japanese fabric from my last trip there many, many years ago. The flowers are from an ongoing EPP project.
Here on the back the quilting is more visible. I first went around all books using my walking foot. Then I free motioned the black background with more or less straight lines. Finally, I fmq'ed the shelves with some wood grain.

I had lots of fun making that quilt, the quilting came our great, and my friends loves it (which is the most important part.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Romans And Quilting

Last week I went to Israel for a week (mostly work, but I got a few hours for myself before my flight was due on the last day). On the way to the airport, I stopped at Caesarea, an ancient Roman city, and did some sight seeing.
While I was there I noticed that a lot of the mosaics they had unearthed resembled well known quilt patterns. Here some examples.
The Double Irish Chain:

Clamshells
Triangle:
And Orange Peel (I liked that one the best):
Now I try to imagine an ancient Roman household with a quilt throw on their bed *grin*

Monday, May 01, 2017

Goldfishpond - A Finished Quilt

I finished a quilt. Yeah! Go Me! Go Fish! ;-)
I did finish the quilt top already back in December, but only got around to make the actual quilt a few weeks ago (and then my stippling foot broke and I had to improvise). 
It is the first time I made a quilt following the pattern in a book, but when I saw the funny goldfishes on the cover of Bernadette Mayr's book I fell in love. I don't think I changed a single thing from the pattern, except maybe that I converted to American measurements, as all my rulers are in inches (rulers are only used to cut the blocks to size).
Making the quilt has been loads of fun. Not using a ruler when cutting can be quite liberating, and I was always curious how each of the fish would eventually turn out (that fellow below with the small overbite and the hump is totally my favorite)
For the binding I used an ombre yellow, which also adds to the quilt (I think)
I very much love the quilt and it's definitely one of my favorite quilts to date.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you all.
When we went to Easter dinner at my sister's, she had the brother of this little fellow on the table.
Of course I had to ask for the pattern (it's from blog.kreativbuehne.de and is a freebie)
He turned out okay for the first result, but second time round I would use a different glue (I used liquid glue, but some tape with two adhesive sides would have been better)