Because I am and I do

Because I am and I do.

17 Dec 2015

TGIFF! Disappearing 9 patch

Welcome to all on this TGIFF!

Today I am sharing with you one of my recent finishes. 'About time!', I hear you say? Yes it has been rather quiet on this site since November. BUT there was a reason for that: I have been working like mad on my first teaching courses.

That's right I will be teaching courses in my LQS: Lalala Patchwork, Quilting and more. From this January on I have courses planned on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. Check out my Kurse page. I am very excited about this new adventure.


One of the first courses is a beginners baby quilt course. In 4 sessions (thursday evenings) we will make a baby quilt from beginning to end, walking through all the different stages together. For the pattern I decided to take a disappearing nine patch block.


 For this baby quilt I used Art Gallery fabrics from the Gossamer line in lovely pastel shades.

It measures 40" square and the backing is pieced from the scraps I had left after piecing the front.



I love a disappearing  nine patch because it looks like a lot of work, when it really is one of the quickest and simplest blocks to piece.


So what have you finished this week? Please share with us in the link below.


15 Dec 2015

TGIFF hosting

After a few quiet weeks I am popping up to tell you that I am hosting Thank God it's Finish Friday THIS friday!

Besides a cute finish I also have some exciting news!

So make sure you are ready to link your lovelies this Friday here at this space.

Till Friday,
Iris



16 Nov 2015

A bee went travelling...

Oh this glum, glum weather! It makes taking pictures of my finishes so miserable.


Today I want to share something with you that I made a while back. It was not meant to stay with me, but as luck has it, it will now.


This basket (loosely based on the one hour basket with different sizing) was my gift for my Partner in the #beestillmyheart swap. My partner has recently given birth to a baby boy and so I filled the basket with some baby toys and fabric. Last week it got send back to me with the message that the recipient has moved without a forwarding address....

This was one of those rare occasions where it was an open swap, hence you 'knew' your partner as you were sewing for each other. About 8 weeks before the deadline she dropped of the face of IG never to be heard of again.
You win some you lose some, in my case I won some even when I lost one.

Till next time,
Iris






This Bee Basket was part of my FAL Q4 List

13 Nov 2015

Oktober Sky: a finish

Today I want to share with you a finish! After two weeks of belly bug kids (with no to very little sewing) I manage to catch up a little this week. Recently Esther was asking for testers for her super versatile Oktober Sky pattern. This pattern comes in 2 sizes and a gazillion options.


I chose to make the 10"block. The blocks are very scrap happy with all the different stripes that can be used in this pattern. 


When it then came to the quilting I opted for a very minimalistic approach. A few stitch in the ditch squares that then echo into others.


I couldn't resist putting this fussy cut bicycle in as it should be a little reminder of the maker. I consider bikes to be a very, very dutch thing.


For the backing I took Wild flowers from Camelot fabrics and chose a hotel finish.

Be sure to check out Esthers pattern HERE.

I am linking this with:
Crazymomquilts finish it up friday
T.G.I.F.F. over at Quilt Matters today
Scraptastic tuesday over at shecanquilt
FAL Q4 finishes party as this one was part of my FAL Q4 list
ALYOF finishes party as it was also my ALYOF November goal

Till next time,
Iris

6 Nov 2015

ALYOF November Goal

November, really?? I can't believe we are already in November! It doesn't help that the weather has been unusually mild.

It's that time of the month to set the one goal that you want to finish for that month. I am going to go with my IG pillow swap:

I originally had a different pattern in mind when I first posted about it in my FAL Q4 list, but I changed my mind, when Esther send me her pattern to test.


So far I have made 2 blocks, so a pillow with those 2 will look something like this. Although I plan to use different colours on the other 2 blocks.

This pattern is a charm to work with and very versatile so look for it when it arrives later this month!

What are you planning on working on this month?

till next time,
Iris

4 Nov 2015

November blues blog hop

Today I am guest blogging on Dorthes Lalala Patchwork and more blog


I recently received one of my best swap parcels ever! Then again I am biased, the lactose free chocolate helped enormously, but the pattern too was the result of extremely good "stalking". A real eye for details makes all the difference.

This inspired me to write my DIY against November blues: Its all about swaps, go check it out. There are 3 posts a week for the whole of november.



Till next time,
Iris

1 Nov 2015

DIY gegen November Blues

This month I am participating in a blog hop to fight the november blues.



This is a german blog hop, so for you now german speakers this is an excellent opportunity to brush up on your language skills ;).




Here is an overview of all the participants, who will all be guestblogging on Dorthes Lalalashop blog.




04.11. Iris crazydutchbirdquilts

06.11. Jule chaosandqueen

09.11. Birgit Modewerkstatt in Refrath

11.11. Sandra sandravoncoelnerliebe

13.11. Judith julchennaeht

16.11. Martina qcm-quiltcollection

18.11. Mareike http://rundherumblog.de/ 

20.11. Christiane simplethingsbymisssewing

23.11. Andrea quiltmanufaktur

25.11. Moni pgrenouille

27.11. Dorthe lalala-shop

See you there,
Iris


31 Oct 2015

Compromises

Here we are on the last day of the month. As the end came nearer and nearer a couple of spanners were thrown into the works. Since the twins arrived 3,5 years ago today life has been a juggling act. Borders and limits are being newly defined on an almost daily basis.


In the beginning I learnt quickly to reprioritise. Now I am becoming more and more aware that it is a marathon and we are in it for the long haul. That realisation has slowed me down. I no longer seek to break the bank. Compromises have to be made, and can be enjoyed. In the past I begrudged them, but I am changing my tune.


So todays post is a compromise. The quality of the pictures can be considered shocking. The alternative was no Post, no finish, no ALYOF linky party. And I enjoy those. They give me a sense of achievement in a month were (seemingly) not much else was achieved.


Of course I get it, nicely lit pictures are much nicer to look at. But perfection is not what I strive after, balance and enjoyment are.

So I present to you my Finished ALYOF Oktober goal: My Craftsy BOM 2012 quilt which happens to also be part of my FAL Q4 list.

I quilted it with a crosshatch and backed it with an Ikea grey check. The binding was made from the scraps. It measures approx. 48"x 60", which happens to be perfect for the inbetween bed Miss J. sleeps in at the moment. 

Linking to Melissa and Shannas Oktober Finishes Party.

Till next time,
Iris


17 Oct 2015

FNSI results

So yesterday was Friday Night Sew In. It beautifully coincided with a meet up with my Modern Cologne  Quilters group, so technically I may not have sewn in, but I'll let it go if you do too.


Cheers to a friend who couln't make it tonight.
 We meet about once a month in Dorthes (in the picture on the left) shop.
Early evening
 Which is great because everything you could possibly need is there.


There is a nice big table set up in the middle of the shop
 Usually there is about 7 of us, which is nice and easy going. We do crack on, whilst chatting of course. A lot of brainstorming and exchanging goes on.

The majority was working on stars for a QAL
 At the moment 5 of the women have joined Aylins and Sandras Christmas tree QAL. Four of them sewed up a storm last night.

I made some progress as well, albeit slow, but at the end of the evening I had finished my Flying geese block.


Result: Flying geese block
It is one of 4 blocks that are missing from my 2012 Craftsy BOM quilt that I have set as my ALYOF goal for this month. There was lots of reminiscing while I worked on the block as the 2012 Craftsy BOM was my first QAL. It also reminded me why I had't persevered with them. Fast forward 3 years and it was still a tricky one to sew. My seam ripper came out quite a few times. But at the end of the day that is one down and only 3 more to go!

I can't wait to see what the other FNSI participants made, check it out here.

EDIT: I will continue to work on my Craftsy BOM 2012 Quilt and was invited by Cath to link to her Desgin Board Monday, see here

Till next time,
Iris

16 Oct 2015

FW1930sQAL block 9 -10

So my first Farmers Wife Friday. This week is was the turn of block 9 and 10. With each block comes a letter send to the editor of a magazine called 'Farmers Wife'. The letters were all written during the great depression in the USA.

The letter accompanying block 9 the last paragraph really struck a cord with me.
"I could find plenty to do in that half hour, but I believe the time well spent and I can accomplish more after s little relaxation of both mind and body."

The letters all are brimming with positivity it seems. A real desire to look on the bright side, but at the same time not whipping away that life is tough at times indeed, a silver line.
So too in the second letter this week: "I used to grieve with other childless women whom I met. Now I know the bliss of having babies to cuddle, even if they are no flesh and blood of my own."

Block 9: Autumn
Block 9 was quite straightforward to sew. I could have taken more care in choosing the green pieces. But since we are still at the beginning of the QAL I want to be as economical with the fabric as possible, until I can make a besser judgement if what I bought will be enough. I doesn't bug me enough to redo the block, so I am keeping this one. 

Block 10: Ava
Block 10 came together super fast. I am working on my lighting situation in me sewing cellar and think the pics came out a lot better, thanks to a daylight lamp. However here I want to make the footnote that the blue in block 10 is actually more of a teal in real life, either way it pops nicely.

Till next week for blocks 11 and 12,
Iris






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15 Oct 2015

Friday becomes Farmers Wife 1930s QAL update

Last month I posted about the Farmers Wife 1930s QAL that had started. Then THE retreat happened and I spend longer then anticipated getting back into the flow of things.

Block 1-4
However this last week I have done my very best to catch up. So I present to you all my blocks so far.

Block 5-8
As I was catching up I realised how much I love the steady pace this QAL goes at, but it also became clear that without a routine catching up becomes the name of the game.
Last year during the German Tula Pink QAL I (tried to) got in the habit of posting my blocks on a set day of the week, so I will try that again with the Farmers Wife blocks.
So for tomorrow Block 9 and 10 are on the program.

See you then,
Iris

14 Oct 2015

FAL Q4 list

 So for Q4 I decided that I wanted to start 'fresh'. No roll overs from last quarter (gods know I would have had plenty to choose from). I thought about Amys pledge I took a while ago and pondered over what our family needs. This is what I came up with.


Sewingmachine mat in modern minis
Both pattern and fabric is from the lovely Lori Holt. I'm hoping that putting this mat under my machine might make it slightly more quiet or less rattly.


bee blocks/hour basket
A friend had a baby boy a while ago I wanted to send her a little something, but never got round, till now. This one should be finished by hopefully next week.

5 Placemats
I've had these in my mind for a while now, maple leaf placemats. Better get them done before fall is over.


SBC 2012
My ALYOF goal for Oktober, so it makes sense to add to this list.

Tula Pink
After putting all that work in at the simply solids retreat, it seems a shame to not finish the last border and get it quilted. It would make a nice christmas present for Mr Crazybird and myself.

Quilt Niece 1
Middle of december my brother and his wife are expecting twin girls so I wanted to use this quilt top for one of them.


Quilt Niece 2
I am thinking along the line of blowing this block up for niece 2, to make it the same size as niece 1. I even have fabric left from the niece 1 top, so I might use one or more of those fabrics.

Sew together bag
I have signed up to the #zipperpouchswap2016, but since my partner asks for a sewtogether bag I think it is better to start earlier, rather then later.

IG Pillow swap
One more swap I am in with its deadline in this quarter. My partner likes scrappy, so I am planning to make her a scrappy pillow as per pattern from Crazymomquilts Amanda Jean Nyberg.


Tabelrunner
With the planned placemats it seems predictable to make a table runner as well. Maybe I prioritise the  table runner higher as it would look so lovely and would bring some colour now that the weather is only getting grey, dark and dreary.

That is ten fresh projects to get finished. What are you planning for the rest of this year?

till next time,

Iris