Samstag, 5. Mai 2012

Neck roll, anyone?

I didn't know that it would be so difficult to buy a simple neck roll.
JoAnns has them, but they charge you 28 Dollars - that's a lot. Even if I would have a 50% off coupon, 14 Dollars is still a lot.

Somebody told me IKEA has them, too.
I didn't found them, only pretty small ones (10 inches?), and they have feathers inside - years...
I don't like feathers inside a pillow at all, i prefer something washable and absolutely germ free.
But they would have been pretty cheap, marked down at 9.95.

So the next neck roll is now a simple rectangular pillow.
Again the combination of cloud 9 organic allegria fabric and linen,
with embroidery and woven ribbon (sorry, I sew euro *g*)

This was a birthday present for a friend. I think hope she liked it.


pattern: made by me
fabric: Allegria / cloud 9, A verb for keeping warm (Oakland), linen (JoAnns)
embroidery pattern: OrchIdeen (Kunterbunt Design)

Freitag, 27. April 2012

A verb for keeping warm

is a nice little fabric shop in Oakland.
They not only sell fabrics, but yarn as well.
Even better: They have some kids toys hidden under one table.
Even better: They have a bird that thinks beautifully.
Even better: They have a bunny that is allowed to go on its own through the store.
My daughter was thrilled :-)

So I had some time to browse there rather small, but fine fabric selection.

And I finally bought this:

Cloud 9 organic Allegria fabric
Riley Blake star fabric
100% cotton (!) Gingham and
black canvas.

I already used the Cloud 9 fabric (it is SO beautiful!) for a demo version of a neck roll:

Not perfect yet, but the fabric is gorgeous.


PS the store next door is a real cool, relaxed coffee shop. Great coffee, homemade pastries - don't just pass!

Samstag, 24. März 2012

I like to say thank you

with little presents made by me.

Like this small (or not so small) Zipper pouch.
It is a german Farbenmix pattern, with some small alterations, easy to sew, with lots of possibilities:

I made it for my neighbor, who always helps me out.

I love this Prince Charming fabric - isn"t the frog just so cute?
Inside is oilcloth, so the pouch can be wiped clean

pattern: Lieselotte Hoppenstedt, Farbenmix (available in english, too)
fabric: Prince Charming, Tula Pink

Donnerstag, 22. März 2012

I spy swap

I participated in a charm swap - An I spy charm swap.
Last week, I received my bundle, and I tried to figure out how to arrange them...

arranged in color groups
(I like that, but too much whites, not enough reds)

rather random - but arranging them in 6 x 8 rows doesn't work. Obviously.


4 x 9 rows. Running from pale to dark . To narrow, no?

Tried to rearrange after colors - whites, darks, blues, teal, reds, yellows, whites. 
Okay, cheated a bit.

Think I like this best so far. What do you think? Any ideas?

THANKS everybody for the great fabrics. I can't wait to start sewing my I spy quilt!
Hope I find the time soon.

And THANKS to Lorelei from the midnight maker  for all the work she has done to make this swap possible. I owe you :-)

Mittwoch, 14. März 2012


Another mom gave me a bunch of great clothes for my two younger kids.
As I had nothing to trade, I though it would be a nice idea to give her something handmade for her kids instead:

The pictures are fairly bad, sorry, it is raining in California today...

I hope they will like them.


Dienstag, 21. Februar 2012

I made it! I made a swoon block!

I' so proud of myself, you won't believe it:

Here is a real bad evidence photo, I will show more when I'm finished (no, I won't make a swoon quilt)

see you :-)

Sonntag, 5. Februar 2012

Finally, they are marching to Texas...

but you know, elephants aren't so fast - they march rather slowly, like the usps *laugh*

I am so sorry it took me so long, but with four sick kids (each one is having it's second turn since christmas now), I'm rather sitting in my pediatricians waiting room than at my sewing machine *sigh*

Aren't they cute?

And, finally, you can see the difference between the elephantastic (elefantös) elephant and the elephantiny here:

I hope, Laura and here daughters will like them,
one is for the new baby to come, one is for big sister to be Kate - guess which is which ;-)

(make this photo bigger and you will know *g*)

have a nice weekend,

Sonntag, 29. Januar 2012

Do you know "Jingle all the way"?

no, I am not late.
In german this movie is called " a promise is a promise" what means: You have to do what you promised.

In this movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the hunt for a action figure he promised his son for christmas.
Sold out everywhere, fights over it....

My friend Christiane, living in Germnay, was VERY fond of the echo fabric line by Lotta Jansdotter.
I promised (see above) to send her the whole collection - like a fat quater bundle - .
I didn't assumed this to be any problem - hey, I have some fabulous stores around, I know a lot of internet stores, and google is my friend...

I never ever would have thought that every quilter or crafter or seamstress in the US has a crush on this collection.

I ended up with buying 9 of the 20 fabrics at a local store.
Then I ordered the other 11 at one internet store.
Then I got the message that one of the fabrics was sold out, despite the website let me order a half yard.
And then I searched, and searched and searched.
I finally found one internet store where I could place a pre-order. It is still not available.
Then Christiane send me over to a film in the fridge, where links to other stores appeared. I checked them out and was able to order a yard of my missing fabric at marmelade fabrics (at the other two stores: sold out)
Tammy from marmelade fabrics later sent me a mail regarding one of the other fabrics in my order. I said she shouldn't care as long as she would be able to send me the echo print. She then told me i just ordered the last yard!
Lucky me!

So it arrived yesterday, and now I am able to send my friend the whole echo collection. Sigh!

I cut each fabric in two half yards, then in one fat quater and the rest in 5 inch x 5 inch charms.
So I gonna send the fat quaters of it to my friend,
I gonna keep some of the charms
and the rest will go to my  etsy and in my dawanda shop, so if you are looking for the whole collection of echo prints -just head over and grab a bunch of 20 5 inch charms - or two...

It was hell and took me forever or at least hours to cut them... But I did my very best...

And, make a guess, which fabric was so hard to order?

It is this one:

the spring buds in mustard.

As I am still waiting for the pre-order I placed (I could not cancel it), you can buy two fat quarters or a half yard of it in my etsy shop, too.

Enjoy your weekend,

Samstag, 21. Januar 2012

sleeping beauty owl

my dear friend Annette send the owl-kit fabric I ordered back in Germany.
It finally arrived yesterday, and I could not wait to make the first owl.

Though it was already beautiful as it was, I embellished it with my favorite Farbenmix-Ribbon and decided to add a matching crotched flower.

I think it's lovely ;-)

Unfortunately, the fabric is sold out.
So there are only five more to come, and every single of them will be unique - and the fabrics are all different, too.

I just love it, I only wish there would be the possibility to embroider the face - would love that even more.

Dienstag, 10. Januar 2012

New fleece-Jacket for my little gnome

My daughter did outgrow her fleece-jacket finally.
Well, she is 14 month old now, and it was a size 3-6 months...
I decided to make the same modell again, because it was easy to sew and did fit great.

Here are some pictures of my mini-modell - can you believe she did start to dance on the dining table saturday morning? Je just loves "move like Jagger" by maroon 5 *g*

And here are some more pictures I made this afternoon in the redwood park in Oakland - can you belive it is just 20 minutes to downtown San Francisco?

Here you can see the embroidery file I have chosen: Zwergenpaar by Huups!

This jacket is part of a pattern-set for Babies (size 3 months to 18 months) and you can buy it at Farbenmix - translated to english.

(You say little pumpkin, we say "Zwerg" (gnome), so Zwergenverpackung means "gnome wrapping")

pattern: Zwergenverpackung / Farbenmix
embroidery files: Huups!
fabric: Fleece imported from Germany.