Thursday, 18 December 2014

Getting insane

The last week was insane and it still drives me insane. To many curve balls in a short time and it is not over but I wanted to show you a making before Christmas.

It took some time to get this done but I am glad it turned out nicely! It is on its way to a new home and I hope she loves all the fussy cutting as much as I did. Now it is time to get the last presents and hopefully a tree :)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

A Fairly Bucket Bag for my girl

It was not long ago the I spoted a cute bag on the SewMamaSew  blog. Last year I got myself a slightly thicker fabric with the London map and I knew this one would be perfect to make a bag. I chose different patterns since than but non really suited me but when I saw the Fairly Bucket Bag I knew that is the one.

On my trip to Belfast I had a stop in different craft shops and got myself eyelits for this bag. I was sure that I have rings in my stash and sliders but I could not find them anymore. Even running into the shop in town did not solve this problem. I used left overs from an other bag which I cut up and collected the usable parts.

I used one of those stoppers for the cord so I can really pull it tight and it stays there. I have lots of them from making an other bag ages ago. They came in handy today.

Do you ever change a pattern? I think I do this all the time and call it adapting the pattern to my use. There is a inside zip in the pattern but I wanted to have little pockets on the other one too. Just to put a phone or a pen in. I also added a magnetic button for the pocket. Just in case as I throw everything in the bag. The strip has one of those openers as well so I can take it off quite fast if I need to (I like to carry a bag diagonal over the chest)

This bag is really great and the tutorial is straight forward. It has a good size and with the two layers (I used two heavy fabrics and left the lining out) it has a good body. My girl came home from school and already took it for herself so I have to make the bag with the London fabrics again.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Modern Irish {Scrappy} Bee December

Do you like beeing Queen in a bee? I love to do so. It is even more fun if you know some of the ladies and love their work. This month it the last one of the Modern Irish {Scrappy} Bee and me cheeky monkey chose that month! I am so delighted to get an other wonderful quilt. I adore the one the ladies helped me make last year ...

Modern Irish Quilters Bee Quilt 2013

.. and I am so looking forward to see all the blocks arriving! It was a tough desicion but finally with a lot of help from Kathinca I made my choise and ask for these two wonderful blocks. They are slightly different in the center where the first one uses HSTs ...

... and the second one a fussy cut. The fussy cut can also be an applique or embroidery if someone wants to!

Aren't these amazing? I love them! This will be an other scrappy colorful quilt to adore in the house! If you want to know how to make those blocks head over to the Modern Irish Quilter blog! Have fun ladies and thank you so much!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Falling Hexagons

It was a long time ago that I wanted to make a quilt out of hexagons. I had many plans how to make it but it was only some weeks ago that I made the final desicion. At the end I changed my mind again but now it is done. I have my hexagon quilt!

Salthill, Galway
It took a long time to burry all the threads from quilting and my time table was totally a mess as I underestimated how this will take. I also removed the FMQ quilting I had done as a border. I did not like it at all. Not that it was my first try and it was just not good it also did not match all the straight lines with the curves.

I used pink and aqua varigated thread around the hexagons and a yellow to add a diagonal line. To emphasize the last line falling out I added straight line getting wider at the end using all three colors. This is the first time trying to add a picture with the quilting.

I am happy how the quilt came together. It will be a cosy fluffy one for the living room now when the days get colder. Therefore I used fleece which my girl chose for the back (now my sewing machine is pink too). It is a heavy and comfy quilt.

Waterwheel, Galway

I am so happy as this is my second finish on the FAL Q4 list. Only some more and I get the jackpot! Now I have to hurry and get on going on the pillow for the Irish Quilter Swap and I have to finish the tutorial for my bee block for December!

And linking  up with Finish It up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Feedback Wednesday ... part 3

Heute geht es in die letzte Runde von Feedback Wednesday. Es hat Spaß gemacht, daran teilzunehmen und ich habe einiges rund um meinen Blog erfahren. Es wird noch einige Zeit dauern, bis es Änderungen gibt (danke liebe Weihnachtsvorbereitungen), aber die eine oder andere Idee wird umgesetzt werden. Danke, daß ihr euch die Mühe gemacht habt, und in meinem Blog gestöbert habt.
Today is the last time me linking up with Feeback Wednesday. I have to thank everyone who took time to have a look at the blog and told me things I had either forgotten (what were I thinking when I started the blog) or did not see the way you do. It will take some time (thanks to Christmaspreparations) until you might see changes on the blog but I will be working on it soon.

Aber nun zum Teil 3 ... 
Nennt bitte je ein Thema. Egal ob aus Design, Inhalten, Schreibstil … Was gefällt euch besonders / was nicht. Oder fehlt euch irgendwas ganz furchtbar? Das wärs schon wieder. ;-)

But now it is time for part 3 ...
Tell me one theme (ie design, content, style, ...) that you like the most or one that you would be happy I drop. Is there anything you can happily miss?

Danke an alle, die mitmachen und viel Spass beim stöbern auf den anderen blogs!
Thanks to everyone who joins and have fun looking at the other blogs too!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Mittens are done

I am delighted that I a long time UFO is done. The evenings are getting colder and the sund (if she is ever out these days) is gone in the early afternoon. This time I usually start knitting again and enjoy it a lot BUT there have been those mittens. I bought the pattern last year somewhen and started short after. It also did not take long and I put them to the side and so they were lefter there.

I did  not like them at all so I ripped them. I started new and really wanted to have them finished. I was challenged by Leonie this month as well so I sat down knitting. I love knitting but it was really hard to keep track on the pattern. I was lucky not to lose the line and only had to rip once and now they are done!


I am happy they are finished! It is done! I am not happy with the look but they will keep my fingers warm. I will put them in my bag so just in case the days get colder I am sorted. Thanks Leonie for the challenge! 

I am already working on a second (long time overdue) finish and "only" have to burry all the threads (I did not count them but there are quite a lot).  

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Feedback Wednesday: Design

Erstmal ein Danke, an die vielen lieben Kommentare letzte Woche. Ich hab mich irrsinnig gefreut. Am besten fand ich die Idee mit dem Übersetzer. Ich hab ihn einige male selbst ausprobiert und selten so gelacht! Danke!
Vor einigen Tagen habe ich eine email mit dem Thema für heute erhalten: Design! Umpf, war mein erster Gedanke dazu. Na gut, dann will ich mich mal der Realität stellen. Der Blog ist ursprünglich entstanden, um den Zurückgebliebenen in Österreich unsere neue Welt Irland näher zu bringen. Glaub davon habe ich mich in den letzten Jahren weit entfernt. Irgendwie war das klar, denn wer will schon dauernd vom selben lesen und da es hier nicht mal wirkliche Jahreszeiten gibt, sieht es auch immer gleich aus. Auf jeden Fall wurden immer mehr posts zum Nähen und dann quilten geschrieben und so gibt es nun nur noch ab und an etwas aus Irland zu berichten.
First of all I want to thank for the feedback last week. I was pleased reading all those comments. The best idea was adding the translater. I tried it the last days and I have to say: HILARIOUS! The translation made me laugh. Thank you! 
Some days ago I got an email telling me the next theme for the Feedback Wednesday: Design! My first thought was just umpf. Ok, I have to face reality. When I started the blog it was all about telling friends in Austria about our new life in Ireland. To be honest, who wants to read about the same stuff over and over again and even the surrounding looks kind of the same all over the year Anyways! Over the years it got less about the living and more about sewing and crafting. 

Es ist an der Zeit mich dem Thema Design zu stellen und euch zu fragen, was euch an dem Blog gefällt und auch um Kritik zu bitten. Es soll ja besser werden! Ab und zu "arbeite" ich an dem Layout aber zufrieden bin ich selbst nicht. Irgendwie habe ich mich bisher nicht der Herausforderung gestellt, aber es wird Zeit. Ich freu mich auf eure Kommentare was euch gefällt, aber auch was ihr ändern würdet, was ihr euch wünscht .... einfach was euch einfällt!
It is time to have a closer look at the design of the blog. Every now and than I try to change it a little, clean it from different icons I collected but it is still not the look I want to have. I appreciate your feedback and help me to get the blog sorted. Tell me what you like or disklike, what you would like to be changed, what you miss, ... I want to know everything. 

Wer heute wieder bei Susannes Aktion mit dabei ist, seht ihr hier unten.