Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year 2018

May all your wishes for next year come to pass!
Here, take a muffin.
(Banana-Caramel-Buttermilk Muffins)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cookies 2017 And a Finished Quilt Top

Last couple of weeks have been busy, so don't have that much to show.
My scrappy 2 inch quilt top is finished. It followes the pattern for the 'Growing up Odd' quilt and used about 1940 individual scraps. I really like how bright and colorful is turned out and how all those little scraps play nicely together.
I won't be able to finish this before the end of the year, though, but I do have a week off at the beginning of next year, and I hope I have the time then to make the actual quilt.
This weekend I finally got around to to my x-mas cookies.
Heidesand with ginger (5) are back, as well as the 'Gebabbte'(3) and Walnut-Konfekt(7).
New are Black and White cookies (1), Vanilla Moons (Kippferl) (2), Eliesenlebkuchen (6) and Nutty Clouds (4) - which only exist, as I had too much eggwhite left.

I've made them together with my friend and we split the results, so we both have a good variaty.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Foldover Bag The Second

My Mom liked my Foldover Bag so much, she asked me if I would make one for her. As today is her birthday, I was more than happy to dive into my stash and get sewing (Psst, I would have made one for her anyway, but she doesn't need to know this ...)
The fabric for the top part was a Rome find. On our last day, we came across this store with fabrics for interieur decorationes. My sister and I both liked that one fabric so we convinced the gentleman to cut off half a meter for us (though normally, they only do full meters)
The bottom bit is the same fake leather I used on my bag, and I lined it with a light, almost golden fabric from my stash.

Do you have things on your quilting / patchwork bucket list? A pattern or something you always wanted to try out, even though there's no specific goal or project in mind?
One off my list now is the 'Feathered Star'

It's definitely on the fiddly side of things (i.e. there are 48 tiny HSTs needed). Still, I totally love how it turned out and am also very happy with my fabric choice.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Four days of Rome is definitely not enough.
Still we only had four days, and we made the most of it.
Day 1: Coloseum and Forum Romanum

Day 2: Vatican Museums (we waited 2 hours to get in)
The Laocoön Group
It was not allowed to take pictures in the Sistine Chapel ...

Day 3: General sightseeing, like the view from the top of the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Day 4: Pantheon and more general sightseeing

Beautiful City, great food, and about a million tourists (at least - one would think end of October there would be fewer)

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Foldover Bag

Two weeks ago, I came across the youtube tutorial for a Foldover Bag by Rob Appell of Man Sewing (a youtube channel I've been following for quite some time already).
As I was on the lookout for a simple hand bag, I started cutting right away.
 I've used some blue upholstery fabric, black fake leather, and for the lining a light green cotton fabric.
By chance I also has the proper hardware already in my stash.
The bag came together quickly following the instructions in the video.
It turned out really nice. And it already passed the praxis test with flying colors.
It came with me to Rome for four days, and it held up really well.
Only thing I would add if I'd ever do this again would be a zippered outside pocket.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Variations on a Theme

A while back, in April, I talked about quilty WiPs I have. One is a scrappy quilt from 2" squares.
This was my plan at the time:
Later I reviced my plan to include wonky yellow stars (a pretty crappy photo - sorry about that). I've already made a couple of stars, when I changed my mind once again.
This is the latest and final version. The pattern (if you call it that) is called 'Growing Up Odd' and is using blocks of 9, 21 and 49 pieces of fabric (odd numbers, you get it?). Using some sashing, 17" x 17" large blocks are made.
I've have now 20 of those larger blocks, which leads to a quilt of 94" x 75.5" (235cm x 192cm), which is plenty big. I've used up a total of 1940 pieces of 2" scraps. Not that I counted (no, I simply did the math ...).

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Triangle QAL

A few months ago, Bernina started a quilt-a-long for a triangle quilt.
As a triangle quilt was definitely on my to-do list, I decided to join. The QAL asks for 10fat quarters. I didn't have 10 FQs (well, I do, but not from one line) but what I've had is a lovely layer cake of Robert Kaufman fabric in the line 'Blueberry Park'. I did some math, and decided that it should just be enough to do the quilt (in the mean time I started thinking that it might be too tight, but I'm sure I can improvise - after all, that's what's quilting is all about)
So far, 4 different blocks have been published.
Block 1 is a simple half and half (and I'm thinking I'm missing one - there should be 15 and I'm counting only 14):
 Block 2 was little triangles on top of the triangles:
 Block 3 was triangles with a stripe in the middle:
 Block 4 was stripes (this one was paper pieced)
So far it's been a lot of fun and I#m lookign forward to the next blocks.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Marisol and Kvothe

Marisol is a blouse pattern by Lillesol Women. There are a couple of nice details, like this front fold.
 The neckline is easy to make and I always like V-necks anyway.

The fit does need a little bit of optimisation still. I have enough fabric already for two more, so in time that should work out.

Kvothe is a drop stitch shawl on the bias. The pattern (which. btw, is free) is named after one of my favorite book characters, Kvothe, from the 'Kingkiller Chronicles' by Patrick Rothfuss (a book I highly recomment to any fantasy lover - I can't believe, that the third book in the series is currently announced for 2021!)

 Yarn is Wollmeise 100% in the colorway 'Guide to the Galaxy'
 What can I say, I'm a geek at heart.

Sunday, September 24, 2017


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 'Grünwal' (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