Because I am and I do

Because I am and I do.

31 Oct 2014

When push comes to shove

I have been putting in a couple of decent late nighters in an effort to keep my ALYOF Oktober goal and I made it! Although it gave me a lot of food for thought, but more on that later. For now with 16 hours to spare I am presenting my Starplus 'Papi we miss you' quilt:




For the backing I improv pieced of sorts. I also used paper pieced letters from Diane's pattern to piece in the name I decided to give this quilt: Papi, we miss you. For reasons beyond me, my kids call their father Papi. I don't know who started it but they have all followed suit, I guess there is worst things he will be called by them ;). I blogged here and here more elaborate about the WIP proces and how I came to the name.




For the quilting I decided to keep it nice and simple, mostly outlines, stitch in the ditch. This afterall was the biggest quilt I made to date, quilted on my small domestic machine.



The pattern is from Claudia whom I am told entered her version in Amys Bloggers Quilt Festival, so if you like the pattern, show her some love and vote for her quilt.

For now  I am linking up to  Finish it up Friday from Amanda, T.G.I.F.F. hosted by Aylin and to the Oktober finished party of Melissa and Shanna.

till next time,
Iris

27 Oct 2014

Tula Monday 44/45

We are approaching the half way mark in our Germany Tula Pink City Sampler QAL. I am so thrilled to see the group still going strong. The vast majority seems to keep up and that is very motivating, and a real effort is being put in to comment on each others blocks.

This week nr 44 and 45, so withour further ado:

Block 44: Speed
This block reminded me of computer games that one can play where there are areas where all of a sudden you are boosted ahead.

Block 45: Deviation
Both blocks came together easy, but for this second one I deviated from the book as I chose to use the less wastefull HST method of making two at the time. Hence the name.

till next time,
Iris


21 Oct 2014

Building Blocks Oktober

I love Jens building block tuesday link up. There is always a great variety of blocks and it is a great place to get inspiration for Bee blocks.

This week I finished my Eurosibling together bee blocks. Nicolette is queen bee this month and she asked us to make heart blocks.



I knew this kind of block with a star instead of a heart, but it works equally well. Great choice Nicolette! They should be with you soon.


On a roll I then also finished my SBC2014 block for this month: Peace:


Compared to the others is seems rather toned down, but I figured the quilt might need some toning down as other months did get gather bold. 

the 'bolder' blocks so far.


Only 2 more blocks to go, I better start thinking about ideas to finish this one up.

till next time,
Iris
Linking up to  Jens building block Tuesday.









18 Oct 2014

Girls catch up

After a lovely evening of FNSI Tula and I are all caught up:

Block 38: The hills are alive

Block 39: In holland staat een huis (There is a house in Holland)

Block 40: building blocks

Block 41: Toowit Toowhoo
Block 42: Candy land
Block 43: Caution Curve
Like all good friendships you need to take quality time from time to time to strengthen your friendship. We had a good heart to heart and inspiration started flowing again. It was great and it certainly helped me to recharge motivation to stick with it.

Thank you Wendy for organizing another lovely FNSI!




till next time,

Iris






P.S.: I'll also link this up to Montagsmacher/Monday Makers from Aylin and Susanne


16 Oct 2014

FNSI will you join us?

As a result of my work on my StarPlus Quilt I kind of neglected Tula. But now that the top is done I am planning a girls night to catch up with her.



Wendy over at Sugar Lane quilts coordinates us all and you can register with her. Love to see you there!

till next time,
Iris







15 Oct 2014

What happens when I don't feel like ironing shirts...

Last month Claudia sent an email around asking if we'd be interested in testing her pattern. About a year ago she made a beautiful quilt out of different sized blocks and I commented how great it looked and if she was ever to write a pattern she should give me a heads up. So fast forward and that time came.

The quilt is called StarPlus and the pattern is GREAT! It was written very clearly, and is very overviewable. The blocks come together easily and swiftly. I am simply totally in love with the 'uneven block' concept. Claudia has it now listed in her Crafsty shop, check it out.

For me this was my first 'big' quilt that I am making in one go. So I cut all the fabrics.


I decided to use some of Mr Birds shirts and some of my grey stash. The kids have recently found it harder when Papa is away for business, so the idea was (still is) to make a comfort quilt where we can all huddle and cuddle under when we miss him.

 For me it was a new experience to only work on one quilt from cutting until the top was done. I found it challenging (physically) and soothing in equal measures. There is something phenomenally soothing about making long chains of (part of) blocks. It also became apparent that I might need to check the ergonomical side of my sew set up, my back/shoulders will be grateful. This is something I had not come up against before since I normally alternate much more between activities.

growing number of blocks
playing with lay out
 But last night I finished with the last block.


For perspective a small, a middle and the big block
 And this morning I pieced the top together. It is unlikely that I will finish the backing, basting and quilting before Sunday (when Mr Bird leaves for a week to Japan) but there will be many more trips away.

One top pieced
So for now I am linking up to Lee for WIP Wednesday and Lornas Bee Social.

Till next time,

Iris





6 Oct 2014

Q4 plans

After starting this month with such a flying start I decided to bring a bit of focus to it all by planning my Q4 for FAL and picking my Oktober goal for ALYOF.

1: Star plus quilt


I am testing a pattern written by Claudia of http://machenundtun.blogspot.com. I am so honoured that I was allowed to test, but also thrilled to bits because the pattern is great. I've made a few blocks so far and cut the fabric for the whole top up.

 

I am making this as a comfort quilt for my kids. Mr Bird sadly has to frequently travel for business and as the kids are all getting older they are becoming  more and more aware that he is gone. So I am making this quilt out of old shirts that belonged to him. So there is a part that stays at home and when the kiddos miss him, they can cuddle under it.

2: Hootenanny Quilt using the pattern from the Dare to be square book by Boo Davis.



I am planning to turn this quilt around. I want to piece the owl in brown and the background in green.

3: Adventcalender for Mr C. 


I made the boys advent calendars last year, but Mr. C.'s calendar turned out a bit big. I donated it to our nursery school and now I have to make him a new one. I am planning on using a pattern in the moda bakeshop.

4: Celestial star Christmas wall hanging:


Originally this one was planned as part of the QAL Diane hosted in August/September, but then my priorities changed and I decided to postpone it for a bit. Both templates and the paper piecing blocks are printed. The fabrics are picked and bought all I need to do is cut them and sew them back together.

5: Christmas Stockings for Mr. C. and Mr. K. 


For nursery school my boys will need a stocking each. I found a fun pattern in 'Simply modern Christmas' from Cindy Lammon.

 6. Miniquilt for a swap I am participating in.


I found this pattern for a mini in my Sarah Fielke Crafsty class and it screams my partners name at me.

For my ALYOF I choose my star plus quilt from Claudia since her deadline is this week and so I want to at least have the top finished by friday, which should mean by the end of the month the quilt should be snuggled under, just in time for a Japan trip possibly?

There will be hopefully more, but those ideas/deadlines are not shaped enough to be allowed here. Like the IG mini swap hosted by CurlyBoy1, that I am participating in with a deadline in the first week of December but sadly so far I have ideas/inspiration for patterns, fabrics or even colour.


till next time,
Iris


3 Oct 2014

a cousin and we are off to a flying start.

I am off to a flying start this last quarter of the year.

On my finishes page there is a quilt I made for a friend of mine who earlier this year had a baby girl, Pauline. Now Pauline had a new cousin on the 24th of Septermber a baby girl called Frieda.

My friend loved her blanket so much that she asked me to make something similar for her new niece. One of the details she was most chuffed about with Paulines blanket was that I FMQ Paulines name in the border and she wanted me to do that for Frieda too. It took Friedas parents a while to decide on her name and then her birthday was then pulled forward by nearly 3 weeks made the deadline tight.

I am very happy with the result, so without further ado:



















The quilt measures 1 x 1 meter, backing is fleece with a layer of 20/80 hobbs batting in between. All the top and binding fabric was from my stash. I used Jenis Giant star tutorial, but modified the size.

I am glad to say that mother and baby are doing well.

Till next time,
Iris





I am linking to: Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday, Laura for T.G.I.F.F.