Because I am and I do

Because I am and I do.

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