Monday, 29 September 2014

Block after block after block ...

.. this is what I am doing. I could have blogged about it, but it is kind of boring, isn't it? But I will tell you anyway about the blockmania going on here. So the summer was a huge break for me I had to catch up in all those commitments. I have no clue in what order I made them so I just show them as they should have been made in my two bees.
July was the month of Sarah and Fiona. Sarah asked for a special spiderweb block and I have to say that was the best one I ever made.

Modern Stitching Bee block July

It was so easy going and with all the fabrics precuts so the finger press was the solution. I rarely had to get over to iron the stripes back. It was a pleasure to make them.

modern stitching bee

The other block long over due was for Fiona and she asked for selvageblocks. I am sure this quilt will be amazing when all the blocks are together. 

I am glad I finished those blocks before the school run and even managed to make some key forbs for the girls too. Finally I found a good use for the Japanese fabric. #modernirishbee
the bee blocks are hiding under the wrist bands 
As I had a good week (or two) I also managed to get the August blocks done. Unfortunately this was the last block for the Modern Stitching Bee. I am really sad it is over as those ladies are really amazing! It was challenging but great fun. Thank you Rhonda and Leanne for a great bee year. So Rhonda asked us to make a "union jack" block (which I learned is actually not a Union Jack and better should be called Union Flag). This one was very tricky and you really have to read the instructions carefully not to lose track.

Ok , @gapquilter  I did it but if anyone else is ever asking me to make those blocks again,  I will run!!!!!!! It freaks me out that they are not symmetric.  So I hope there is no mistake in the blocks as I pack them and send them to you NOW.  #modernstit

For the Irish Bee it was Fionas turn and she asked for Churn Dash blocks. They are really fun! The only rule we had to follow was to use our favorite fabric in the middle. Not sure if this was a good idea as in my house it is all about pirates and sculls at the moment. So this is my first block:

Fun block

I showed this block on Instagram and guess what happened; she liked this block! I made this block just for fun and of course this was not the one I had in mind for her. I just loved the combination of pink/purple with the scull and my sewing motivation up high it was made in no time! But of  course I made two blocks in a much "softer" version for her

Bee block for the modern irish bee Bee block for the modern irish bee

Hope all those blocks arrive soon safe in the new houses. I can not wait to see those quilts finished. They will all be very colorful and fun! So I am back on track and have already made my September blocks for the Irish Bee. Looks like it is time to look out for a new bee as this one is also fast coming to an end. Any suggestions? I love to be in bees!
I do not promise to write soon again as my laptop broke down and is only working if I am really nice to him. Think asking him for editing pictures might not be a good for now. But the new one is ordered and I am patiently waiting for it to arrive. 

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Back to routine

My last blog post is quite a long time ago and in the meantime we already came back to Ireland. It is lovely when the neighbors greet you with a "welcome back". The last time I told you we were going back up on the mountain at midnight the next day and we did. We had a great time up on the mountain having a bonfire ...

The Guinness was brought by a friend of mine ;)

.. making bread on sticks, sausages and before the children (we had three with us) had a little nap they made some marshmallows as well. It was a great experience to see the sun rise in 2404 m and even if they were freezing and did not have enough sleep we hope to do it again.

Sunrise at the Nockspitz

The rest of the holidays we visited museums, castles, the silver mine and lots more. We were lucky this year and had lovely weather: not to hot and not to cold. We had an amazing view down on Innsbruck on a sunny day.

View over Innsbruck from the Hafelekarspitz in 2400 m

After we went to Croatia for some days and visiting friends in Graz before we went to Vienna for the flight back. I always wanted to go to the Prater with the children and after a lovely walk at Schönbrunn we went there for the evening. The children enjoyed having a ride on the Big Ferries Wheel ("The third man") and a more scary ride on one of the attractions on the fun fair.

Big Ferries Wheel in Vienna

There was not really much sewing going on in the summer and even the crochet beanie I started was not really touched. I only made the Big Stitching Swap item and sent it off almost in time to my partner. Unfortunately I did not make a picture but my partner was so kind and made one for me. Thank you so much Yeechi!

Using the hexagons I got in London 

Thank you Cindy and Sarah for organizing the swap and make me do at least one item over the summer :) Finally I am back and ready to make all the bee blocks I missed in the summer but more about this the next days.

Thursday, 17 July 2014


We arrived safely in Austria but the weather did not like us at the beginning.  Yesterday we finally had a nice and warm day to climb high on the mountains.  One of my favourite tours is the "3 Seen.

Wanderung" (3 lake tour). There is so much  to see for the children that they do not get bored. Today ee made it up to 2400 m and i am really proud.  They ran up and i had to try my best not to lose them...

... and we do it again tomorrow without the help of the cable car! Berg heil!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Finish A Long Q3 List

Actually I should be packing the suitcase and getting ready for take of but I do not want to miss the fun of Finish A Long Q3 so I have to write my list. It is going to be short as I am at home for a long time and do not take the sewing machine with me.

1.) Challenge on the Lazy Bums

it moved to the sewing alias kitchen table and is patiently waiting to be finished
2.) Nordica 
waiting to be appliqued but think I need to iron again first
3.) Hexagonquilt
decided on the pattern and ready to go but ran out of background fabric
4.) Big Stitching Swap
packed my swap bags for the secret swap ready for stitching on the way
5.) Triangle Wall hanging
already started sewing but .... don't know! just not finished
That's it! The time slot to finish the projects is quite small and who knows how the weather will be in Austria. How many things are on your list? Or are you going on a summer break and just do nothing?

Now I have to run and get the bags ready. I am sure the plain is not waiting for us but hopefully a good friend at the other airport. Have a great summer (or winter)!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Finish A Long Q2

Oh no! Q2 is already coming to an end and I feel terrible now. There have been so many things going on at the end of the school year that I did not have much time to sew.

I also rarely look at the list I write until it is time to check what I have done. This quarter had to be better than the first (you remember? I did nothing!) and I know I made at least one item from the list (waving to Rhonda). So lets face the truth!

1. Spiderweb block from templates - DONE and soooo happy with it! Why did it take so long?

2. Use the fussy square blocks - DONE

3. Nordica EPP - made some progress but it is still not finished

4. Embroidery - no way

5. Florence Triangles - cut, started sewing and put to the side

I only had 5 projects on the list and finished two of them. Not really a lot but at least I made progress in all of them (the embroidery moved to the table to get finished). I am happy with the two I have done and can see the others to be finished after the summer! So how did you do?

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Happy mail day

No, there is no mail day on Saturday in Ireland but lots have been asking to show the pillow cover. I am so happy to tell you it arrived safely in Rhonda's house and she loves it.

It is a little cheeky and full of color but this is how she knows me! I used some of the Japanese fabrics I got recently and lots of scraps. The spider web is quilted off center in a spiral around the fussy peak. My girl already asked to make her one as well but that might also be a long term project. Now I am almost ready for the summer holidays!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Last day in School

Today is the last school day and in approximately 45 minutes the summer holiday 2014 officially starts. It was not a nice ending as there have been some new rules for the next year. So fingers crossed those things can be sorted.
Anyway it was time to think about a little teacher gift but I do not want to be Mum number 29 to bring in chocolate. My little ones teacher had a hard job helping her through the year and she always loved the sewing my little one brought in. So why not make her something she could use? Teachers always need pencil cases and Aylin has this gorgeous "Schlafmäppchen" on her blog I always wanted to try.

One of the difficulties my little girl had was reading. lucky me I got a fabric with lots of text. The newspaper fabric is perfect therefore and maybe next year an other child is going to read on this pouch (I already found the word SCHOOL).

I love the curve and the unique style. Even hiding the edge of the fabric on the bottom worked out really nice. The big zip makes opening and closing very easy.

There is plenty of space to keep all those pencils and stuff you need in place. This time it is not filled with stationery and I could not resist to pack in some sweets. My little girl was very proud to bring it to school this morning and I hope her teacher will remember her in a good way.

Next year an other teacher will have the pleasure to teach her but the older she gets the more she listens. It is hard to say good bye!