Oh my, it has been so long since I have been blogging, I don´t even now which buttons to push.
Sorry for that, but I definetely had my reasons. One of these reasons is that I was really and I mean really busy over christmas. And that started at the beginning of october. Last year I was really struggleing financialwise, and I new that I had to make the christmasbusiness awesome. And that ment sewing like crazy. I attended 3 christmas market weekends in december and I remember that in one period of five days in between two weekends I sewed 36 tops, 48 undies and 20 scarfes. Sleeping was overrated these weeks.
But you now what? It payed of. Lets say I am getting there, Slowly but steady I can breath again. And relax and enjoy life. And I really mean enjoying.
This is the second reason, that I didn´t find the time and energy to blog: I met a really nice man! We are dating and enjoying time together for four months now and it really feels good and real. So please accept my apologies for not beeing to uberactive here. I have some other things to do...;-)
And there is a pattern.
I am really exited to tell you that I wrote a pattern, finally.
I wanted to do that for such a long time. I had already made two versions of this particular quilt and then in my last post I showed you the coloured pavement quilt I made with the amazing Tidal Lace fabric by Kim Anderson.
And I promised to write a pattern. Well that had to wait until the last minute, again- I had other things to do... :-)
But now it is finished. It is ready to get online. You will be able to buy it on craftsy.
I am supernervous, because I never wrote a proper pattern before. I really hope it is understandable and well written, I checked a thousand times and I let some of my quiltbuddies, check and testsew aswell.
Hey Everybody, have you seen the new fabric collection by extra sweet and talented Kim Andersson of "I adore pattern"? It is called "Tidal Lace" and I was happy enough to have the chance of making something of it.
I met Kim through the "Quilt design a a day" group on facebook. There is such a fun and talented crowd of people in this group, Kim is just one of them.
But back to Tidal Lace. This fabric collection has such a summery feel to it, it make me want to go to the next beach ( about 200km far) right away, sit down in the sand and play with some shells.
When Kim asked me if I wanted to play with it and when I saw the fabrics, I was immediately drawn to the ombre print in the collection and I wanted to use this as the main fabric.
The "coloured pavement" quilt pattern came into my mind, a pattern that I designed a few years back ( it will be available in January as a PDF download right in time when Tidal Lace hits the stores)
As I am the last to write about Tidal Lace, I just can recommend to go back to all the blog hop stops from the last couple of days, there are so many wonderful projects to admire.
Before I forget, there is a giveaway, Windham is giving away a fatquarter bundle of Tidal Lace. Just leave a comment and the winner will be drawn soon!
Puh, the stressy time before the opening of my little shop seems to be gone at least before the christmas rush begins. Good for some quilting, isn´t it?
I finished my Bee Germany Quilt this weekend, and today I found the time to take a good photo of it, so that you can have a look. I really like what all my lovely bees did, I like how it turned out, even though it has a quite odd shape, but I really didn´t know, where to cut, or what to add, so I thought well I take it as it is...
I think of using it on the couch, or maybe with a wholecloth blanked underneath it on the bed...
Dear Bees, thank you so much for helping me with this one, I know it wasn´t always easy.
I know time flies, its more than 6 weeks since my last post. Well there was a lot going on. I renovated and furnished the shop, went for holidays in spain with my family and finally last friday there was the shop opening.
Of course I didn´t take proper photos, these are some I phone photos by a friend of mine. Maybe I can manage to take some nice and detailed pictures soon.
Right now it doesn´t look too impressive, but believe me it is a really nice shop. :-)
And there was spain, ahh spain my place to relax, to browse through fruit and nuts, my place where I calm down, because there is nothing I could worry about... (ecxept mothers sometimes, who doesn´t know that? ;-))
I spent my days fig drying, almond picking and of course I could squeeze in some stitching, too.
I put together the Bee Germany quilt top and I think it is going to be awesome.
The matching EPP pillow is in the making aswell.
So this is it for know, more to come soon. Have a fabulous week!
Der Sommer ist da ( jedenfalls manchmal). Was für ein guter Grund sich ein paar frische Tops und Kleider zu nähen. Obwohl es gestern wie aus Eimern geschüttet hat, war ich in sonniger Stimmung und habe mir ein neues Sommertop gezaubert.
Dafür habe ich einen Cloud9 Stoff aus der Collection Shape of spring in der Farbe petal pink verwendet. Ich mag diese lachsfarbenen und gelben Töne sehr gerne. Für das Top habe ich meinen eigenen Schnitt verwendet. In letzter Zeit habe ich des öfteren Anfragen erhalten, ob ich meine Schnittmuster auch verkaufe.
Ich bewege diese Idee schon eine Weile in meinem Herzen, jedoch bin ich auf der Suche nach einem Schnittmusterprogramm für PDF Schnitte. Kennt da jemand etwas, das für mich als jemanden der nicht besonders versiert ist mit Computern, in Frage kommt und nicht allzu teuer ist? Ich bin jederzeit offen für Empfehlungen.
Aber zurück zur Sommergarderobe. In letzter Zeit habe ich viele sehr leichte Sommerkleidchen für meinen Shop genäht und diesmal habe ich ganz bewusst eines für mich genäht. Dafür habe ich wieder einen tollen Bio Baumwollstoff von Cloud9 verwendet. Der ist so super weich und sehr schön zu verarbeiten.
Übrigens habe ich diese schönen Stöffchen von Susanne , die Cloud 9 Stoffe und andere Schätze in ihrem online shop "Quilt it Out" verkauft.
Summer is here ( at least sometimes..). A good reason to sew some fresh dresses and tops. Yesterday it was raining cats and dogs, but I felt quite sunny while working on a fresh top made out of the cloud 9 fabric called "Shape of spring".
I used the petal pink fabric because I love these tangerine and yellow shades. I used my own pattern. As I got many questions recently if I sell my patterns as well, I wanted to ask if somebody has a recommendation on some pattern programms for making Pdf patterns. I am not very good with computers, so I would be very grateful if somebody knows an easy and affordable program?
But back to my summer wardrobe. I use to sew some very light summer dresses for my shop recently and took the chance to make something for me. Here I used the Cloud9 La Venta Voile.It is so incredibly soft and I loved sewing with it. It worked like a charm.
By the way I got these lovely organic fabrics from Susanne who has these phantastic fabrics in her shop "Quilt it out".
Now it just has to get warmer again, at least today the sun is shining and I can´t wait to wear my new top for the soccer game tonight. Hey US peeps, its you against us!!! :-) Any tips? My guess is a 3-1 for germany.
Its been such a long time, since I blogged, but, what can I say. Everything has already been said.
Here after all are two finished quilts.
One for me and one for a friend of mine from my gospel choir. It was a commission and I am so happy that it worked out and he loves his quilt.
He loves it so much, he even hides it from his cat when he is away. Please imagine that really, and I mean really big guy, covered in this quilt, sitting on his balkony in the evening, when the weather is bad... I find it just to cute.
Unfortunately I had to hurry to give it to him, so I just could make a few fast shots inside, I hope you can see the beauty. I quilted it at our sooo awesome Bee Germany quilt retreat in May. Ladies, once again I had a blast!
Here is a picture of the wonderful things we made.
At the retreat I also quilted this one, which I don´t know how to name, is this one a fancy fan quilt?? Yeah, why not- let me introduce you to "The Fancy Fan Quilt".
I am sleeping under this beauty for a few weeks now, except the nights, when temperature was over 27 degrees celsius at night, and it feels amazing.
This one is so fluffy and cosy. Makes me want to make another one. There are still two quilts waiting in line to be quilted. Sooner or later I am getting there.
At last I want to tell you about my lovely afternoon today. I went with a friend to her garden a bit outside of Berlin and we harvested some green walnuts. I climbed into the tree, and I really mean climbed. I so enjoyed it, as this is something I didn´t do for let us say 30 years? It was such good fun. Now the walnuts all lay pricked in a water brine for the next days and in about two weeks I will pickle them with a malt vinegar/ herb mixture and at the end after a few months I will hopefully have these wonderfully delicious black walnuts, I once ate six years ago on my trip in Australia. I never had seen them before and was just so happy when I found a recipe and found out that my friend has a walnut tree in her garden.
Here is a link to a recipe, so that you know what I am talking about.
At the end of our nut picking afternoon we picked some wild flowers and this is the wonderful bouquet I brought home.
How such a short little trip, not to forget the stop at the lake where we ate some Solyanka, a soup which was often eaten in the GDR, how such hours can make me feel like I was on holidays.
Thank you sunday!
I hope you had a good one, too!