Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Checking in!

I can't believe a whole month went by since my last post. How did that happen? I guess I've been busy and trying to make the best of what's left of this year. I'm want to be super organised this year (don't I say that every year?) and have already started to "stockpile" Christmas gifts and bought Christmas cards as well as made a few for special people who appreciate a hand made card.

I found a tutorial here of how to make fabric stamps and made some with Christmas fabric. Aren't they cute?

Here are a few more things I made for the Christmas charity fair:

Coasters with coordinated boxes

A couple of tea boxes with  glass lids

a Singapore photo box

I've seen these Christmas house ornaments on Pinterest and was dying to try to make them myself. Here's the first attempt. It turned out a bit too big, it's almost a small pillow so I will have to give it another go!

Last week our group made sewing kits to sell

and since they they are great for travelling, I made one for myself as well.

Then I made  another sewing box and if you are wondering how many sewing boxes one person needs, well this one is much bigger and can hold all my Auntie Green Quilt paraphernalia which is great when I work on it away form home. 

And talking about my Auntie Green Quilt; I have to be careful not to let that fall by the wayside and have decided to work on it each day for as little or long as I have time for. Here's a progress photo.

Till next time, take care everybody.
Vreni x

Monday, September 29, 2014

Yikes, they are multiplying!

I had a little bag making workshop with my quilting group a couple of weeks ago and here are all the bags together. Everybody was please with the result. 

And in the meantime DH's birthday has come and gone. The cake has been made and eaten and although it looked a bit rustic (or in other words home made) it was delicious. 

I also managed to make him a couple of little pouches he requested .

After all the zippers I've sewn lately I can do them almost blind folded now! With the left over fabrics I made this little pouch intended for the charity bazaar in November

as well as this key pouch thingy. 

A friend made made a Jester Bag and I tried to copy it. It should have small bells at the end of the pointy bits, but I think I leave them, as it looks more like a flower this way. 

 I made myself a pattern as I want to make more of these bags. They are fun and easy to make and I think they will look lovely filled with goodies.

But I doubt I will have much time for sewing this week as my daughter came for a surprise visit. 

Have a great week ahead.

Vreni x

Friday, September 19, 2014

I'm thinking Christmas gift

 I've made two more "sew together bags" and as with everything else, it gets easier with practice. They are very addictive!

This one is earmarked for my daughter. I "dived" into my scrap bin and added a few fabrics from my stash and here it is - quite scrappy and colourful. The black and white bindings are leftovers from quilt bindings. It's become a bit of a tradition that I would make her either a box or a bag and filled it with "girlie stuff".  Last Christmas she told me that it is always her favourite present.

This one has not been allocated yet, but I have a few recipients in mind. Made almost entirely with Cotton & Steel fabrics it is nicely coordinated, although to be honest, I think I like the scrappy look better. It's more me!

I'm very temped to start one more, but there are other things which need my attention first. My Auntie Green's Garden for one not to mention that I promised to make a few things for the Charity Christmas Fair my group is taking part this year. And there's the little fact that it's DH's birthday tomorrow and I always make him a Linzer Torte. He also mentioned that he wouldn't mind a little bag to put his medication and vitamins in when he's travelling. I'll keep you in the loop.

Vreni xx


Monday, September 8, 2014


After a bit more than a year since I started, my Camelot top is now finished. I decided on a small border, although it doesn't really look like a border but more like an extension of the blocks. The blocks are all hand pieced, but the rest is done my machine. I used only two fabrics for the little corner squares as I prefer it to the scrappy look the pattern suggested. I think it's scrappy enough as it is. The top measures 70 by 70 inches.

I have also prepared the backing as well as the binding for this top to go to the Philippines where it will be hand quilted. It will take around four month, which really isn't long but still, I can't wait to see it finished.

Don't forget to check out Wendy's, Ailsa's and Martina's  "Around The Word Blog Hop" posts today.

Have a good week ahead.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Today is my stop on the

My friend Linda of Flourishing Palms  fame has kindly tagged me and I'm very happy to comply. The idea is to answer some questions to get to know me a bit better. So here goes:

1. What am I working on? 
I usually have a few project on the go at the same time but I always have one which I do by hand. As I'm meeting with two different quilt groups on a weekly base I have several hours of sitting and sewing time, when I'm not too busy chatting, laughing eating that is.

This is my hand sewing project that I'm working on at the moment: Auntie Green's Garden

and this is how it's going to look when it's finished, hopefully!

Auntie's Green Garden

I'm also in the process of sewing my Camelot blocks together. All the blocks are hand pieced. 

I have to decide if I'm going to add a border or not. And then of course I have to think about how to quilt it. I feel it deserves to be hand quilted but I might "out source" that task.  

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
I don't think it's much different really from other quilters. Looking back I have definitely moved on from country and shabby chic to the more modern/contemporary fabrics. But I'm not categorising  myself as a certain kind of quilter as I like a wide scope of styles. I think I have a low boredom threshold and don't like doing the same thing over and over again therefor I would never attempt to make a quilt where I had to sew lots of the same blocks, especially using the same fabrics.  What I do like is putting my own stamp on a project as I hardly ever follow a pattern completely. I love applique and this is one of my earlier more traditional applique quilts which started with  Eleanor Burns "A Quilt a Day" pattern but then it became "my own".

Applique is my first love anyway, probably because I can't sew a straight line, and I'm not kidding! But as every quilter who hand appliques would tell you, it's slow going. Since I've discovered raw edge applique a whole new (applique) world has opened up to me. A quilt can be finished in a fraction of the time it would usually take to hand applique. Here are some examples I made this way. They are all Don't look now patterns with the exception of the middle one on the left, which I "designed" myself. 
Speaking of designing; that's something I would love to do more in the future. When I say designing, I don't mean I sit down and draw a pattern of a quilt. My method is more hit and miss. I start somewhere and see where it takes me. Here are a few examples:

Another craft I adore is French Cartonnage and sometimes I combine it with applique and quilting. It's great to make use of the fabric stash which grows at an alarming pace at my house ;)!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I probably started quilting/crafting more out of necessity to keep myself occupied and to meet new people than anything else. My family and I have moved from country to country for almost 30 years now. That meant that I wasn't able to work (paid work) and I had/have plenty of time on my hands. Finding a quilt group was almost the first thing I did when we moved to a new country, after settling the kids into their new school and setting up house again. The kids are now grown up and I have even more free time but of course quilting has become much more than just a time filler. 

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Certainly not in any structured or scientific way. I just make and then I show photos and write a little blurb on my blog. I have a note book where I list all my WIPs,  UFOs, quilts I would like to make etc. and at the beginning of each month I write goals of things I want accomplish. Blogging has definitely helped me to stay a bit more focused though (read finish things instead of starting new projects all the time) and I enjoy the interaction with other blogger. Technology is an amazing thing, most of the time at least!

And now it's my turn to tag three more bloggers. 

First we hop down to New Zealand where the relatively new blogger Wendy lives and blogs at Wendy's Quilts and More. Although she is fairly new to blogging, she is definitely not new to quilting. I love her colour choices and I adore the Victorian Gingerbread village she is currently working on.

We will stay a bit longer in the Southern Hemisphere and hop all the way to South Africa, where the talented and creative Ailsa blogs at Cape Pincushion. She is a scientist by day and a quilter/crafter by night as well as on weekends. 

And the last stop is Basel, Switzerland where Martina lives with her family . She blogs at Sunshinequilting and she is currently hosting a "sewalong". Although I still call Basel my hometown, we have not yet met in person.  Hopefully one day! 

All three tagged bloggers will have their own blog post on September 8th where they will answer the same questions and then they will get their turn to tag three more bloggers.   

The purpose of the Around the World Blog Hop is to introduce you to bloggers that you may not know about otherwise. I hope that you've enjoyed your visit to my blog today and continue to follow along with the Blog Hop!

Vreni x

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sewtogether bag and more Dr Seuss

I'm still busy with my Auntie Green's Quilt. But once in a while it's nice to do something different, preferably something that can be finished in a day or two. I'm sure you have seen lots of different versions of the "Sewtogether bag" on the Internet. I bought the pattern a while ago and this week I was able to twist a friend's arm to make it together with me. We had fun and are both pleased as punch with the result. We found a terrific sew along on the The Quilt Barn Blog with lots of photos, which were very helpful. 

I loved how my friend put hexagons on her bag and the copy cat that I am I had to do it too.  

When my daughter was here, she was looking for a basket for her classroom to put all her pen holders in (she has several for all the bits and pieces she needs on a daily base). Apparently her kid always make them fall over which results in a big mess. As we couldn't find exactly what she was looking for I suggested I would make her an open box. She chose a couple of  Dr Seuss fabrics which will go nicely with the quilt and bunting I already made for her classroom and this is the result: 

Vreni x

Sunday, August 24, 2014

We have a winner!

Thanks everybody who entered my Bali batik give away. I asked my son to chose a number between 1 and 140 and he said 29. It turns out that the 29th comment was left by one of my longtime and good quilting friend Hilde who said:

You know how to make a quilt friend happy! This Bali trip has been a good one!

Congratulations Hilde; the fabrics will be on their way as soon as the post office opens tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing what she is going to make with them. 

Vreni x