Wednesday, October 30, 2013

swap pillows - Swap Kissen

I thought, I'd write a bilingual post, because this is about the German speaking swap I participated in. I finished the swap pillow and also received my pillow! Yay! First, I'll show some pics of the one I made.

Ich dachte ich schreib ein zweisprachiges Post, da es um den Swappen auf Deutsch Kissen-Swap geht. Ich habe mein Swap Kissen fertig bekommen und heute meins bekommen! Juchuu! Zuerst zeige ich euch ein paar Fotos des Kissens das ich gemacht habe.

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I'm really happy with it!

Ich bin wirklich zufrieden mit dem Ergebnis!

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Here's the back.
Hier ist die Rückseite.

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A couple of details.

Ein paar Details.

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 And here's the pillow cover I got:

Und hier ist das Kissen, das ich bekommen habe:

swap kissen ist angekommen! :-)

Jackpot! I love it! AND it looks great on our sofa!

Volltreffer! Ich liebe es! UND es sieht toll auf unserem Sofa aus!

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The back is really beautiful, too.

Die Rückseite ist auch sehr schön.

auch die Innenseite sieht schön aus

It's even pretty on the inside!

Sogar von innen sieht's schön aus! 

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Here's a detail of the beautiful hand-quilting.

Hier ein Detail des schönen Handquiltings.

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Pretty envelope!

Schöner Umschlag!

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It was beautifully wrapped, too.

Es war auch sehr hübsch eingepackt.

Thank you so much, partner!!!

Vielen, vielen Dank, Partnerin!!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

simple baby blanket and a pillow in progress

baby blanket

So above is the simple blanket I made for V. during my pregnancy. It actually was the very first thing I made when I found out I was pregnant. I really love that print with the trees, owls and moons and I think the aqua and yellow are quite gender neutral. I made it in the same way as the first blanket in this post.

The weather here has been really gray and dark, so I couldn't get any decent photos of the trousers I made. I dug the pics of the blanket out of my photo archive ...

One little action shot:



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As for other crafty activities, I'm participating in my first swap. It's a German speaking swap and we're making pillows! I just finished the pillow front and am looking forward to finish the rest as well. I think it will turn out quite pretty!

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I have to send it away next week, so let's hope there will be a little bit more light so I can take some decent pics before I have to part with it!

Have a good rest of the week and lovely weekend!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

small baby sewing

 lucy's kimono - appleville

There are still a couple of things from my pregnancy sewing frenzy that I haven't shown you, yet. I finally took some pictures of these kimonos before packing them away. (They've been too small for quite some time now ... sniff!)

lucy's kimono - habitat

They're the Lucy's Kimono pattern from Heather Ross's Weekend Sewing book. I made them assembly-line style, and they came together quite quickly. One thing to keep in mind when making this pattern is to choose a non-directional print, because the sleeves only have one seam. They're really cute, I think!

I also made another pair of  Cute-as-a-Button Booties from Handmade Beginnings, in the second biggest size. The outer fabrics are Lizzy House Outfoxed, the lining is from leftover scraps from a blouse I made for my sister-in-law several years ago.

cute as a button booties

These are so super cute, but we haven't really been using them. They do fall off or get pulled off and chewed on and I get tired of putting them back on ... ;-) Anyway, they're sweet to look at and fun to make if you want use up some special fabric bits for a cute project.

One of the biggest hits of the things I made for V. has been this tag blanket (instructions in Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter).

tag blanket

I chose the fabrics to go with the bits and pieces of ribbon I had lying around. I think it looks really nice and V. loves it! It feels like she could look at, chew at and feel those little ribbons for hours on end! She also always babbles a lot when she's playing with it, so I take that as approval! :-)

Now I only have two more Quick Change Trousers and a simple blanket left to show you from the big frenzy. I only have to manage taking pics of them. Hopefully, I'll get to show you next week!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

feature panel fabric bowls


 Doesn't my creative choice of title just bowl you over?! ;-) Anyway, I finally finished these two Nesting Fabric Bowls, which were almost finished before V. was born. It was fun making this more embellished version! I cut fabric remnants of the previous bowls I made into random widths and pieced them together for the feature panels. I also quilted above and below the panel, as suggested in the pattern.


Really cute, I think! Now the only size in the pattern I haven't made yet is the biggest one. I'd really like to try that, too. I love that there are so many different ways to make these and also use these. For now they work great as toy storage!