Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WIP and a Giveaway!

I have to say that it's been a little hard to resist working with the Sweet as Honey fabrics from Bonnie Christine, and it's not hard to see why. This fabric collection is absolutely divine! So as usual I have lots on my plate, and even more on my cutting table. Some things I can show you now and some things have to wait a bit until it can be "officially announced".

... here's my latest work in progress (wip)... almost finished.

...and as for the giveaway, be sure to stop by Jolijou's blog for all the details and leave a comment with her to win a "Sweet as Honey" Fat Quarter set. Trust me, you'll have a great time working with these fabrics and you don't want to miss out on your chance to win:

So what's on your cutting table or has the nice weather kept you outside and away from your sewing machine?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Patchwork Inspiration

For my Enlgish readers - Since this blog post is about a German quilting magazine, I thought it made the most sense to do this post in German:

Ich war ein bisschen unsicher, ob ich dieses Magazin kaufen wollte oder nicht, denn es war in Folie eingeschweißt und ich konnte es nicht mal eben durchblättern. Risiko beiseite, ich habe es dann doch gekauft und ich muss sagen, es hat sich gelohnt!

Als Quilting-Anfängerin (aber nicht Nähanfängering!) suche ich Quilting-Projekte, die vielleicht ein bisschen schneller gehen, als gleich ein ganzer Bett-Quilt, die aber trotzdem schöne Designs haben und sich für moderne Stoffe eignen.

Und in diesem Magazin gab es nicht nur Projekte, die man sich für moderne Stoffe vorstellen konnte, sie waren sogar schon mit modernen Stoffen genäht!

Dieser Quilt hat mich z.B. für mein eigenes Projekt inspiriert… wie Ihr wisst, liebe ich Knöpfe! (Mehr dazu in Kürze...)

Außerdem gibt es jede Menge Tips und Tricks zum quilten, und sehr gut gezeichnete Schritt-für-Schritt Bilder und Anleitungen. Alles was man zum quilten braucht.

Und noch dazu gab es sogar noch einen Bonus... Stecknadelen kann man nie genug haben, oder? Sind die nicht süß?

Kennt Ihr Simply Kreativ Patchwork & Quilting bereits? Kauft Ihr häufig Patchwork Magazine, oder eher Magazine für normale Näh-Projekte? Was sind Deine Favoriten? 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Starting Small

So a while back I shared my grandiose plans of quilt after quilt, knowing that everyday life, children, work, and general creative distractions might be a challenge for their completion. While today is not the big reveal of those started quilts, I have been working with various quilt patterns and techniques in the meantime. In fact I have two other quilt projects in the process in addition to my first two! I know, I know, not the best way to start out, but I have made significant progress with all of them.

This pattern is from fabric and quilt designer, Camille Roskelley. If you are looking to start quilting, let me highly recommend her patterns... simple and straight to the point without a lot of unnecessary text. 

So, the original Spools pattern, as you might guess, is a lot bigger and obviously has more spools, but I liked the idea of a quick little mini quilt.... getting to know the process and more practice before I tackle the big ones.

  What a cute little mini wall decoration, right?

Recognize this sweet little fawn nestled in a bed of flowers?

Fabrics: Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Zakka Style

According to Wikipedia, "Zakka has been described as "the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane". Or as fabric designer and founding member of Cotton & Steel, Rashida Coleman-Hale defines it in her "Zakka Style" book, "it has grown to mean a style that embodies a kind of simple charm and uniqueness - something handmade that is useful yet pleasing".

However the style is defined, what I see repeating in Zakka style projects are a combination of a simple basics combined with unexpected pops of color and often what some might consider"kitschy" novelty bits and pieces.

I've been having fun with these new Zakka trims, which aren't just for sewing projects. Perhaps 
birthday presents with cute little accents…. 

... add a little pizzaz to a simple storage contaier with wrap-a-round cozy...

 ... and of course, thank you cards.

So, what about you... do you make Zakka style projects too? Anything in the making?
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