Samstag, 8. März 2014

Holy Moly - too busy to blog...

Half a year since my last post? That's impossible! Well, I have been rather busy at work, but I have also been busy in my sewing room. Here are some of my latest products:

Apart from working on my art quilt project with my guild, of which I can't show anything yet, because we'll have a big reveal at the Frankfurt Städel musum later this year, I was busy working on several small projects as well.

Last fall, I finally tackled the cartonnage decoupage Victorian sewing kit that was given to me years ago and for which I never had the guts to approach it. I chose different fabrics than the ones it came with, which I think was a good idea. These antiqusy-looking sewing fabrics are so much cuter than the drab green and Klimt-like modern fabric... It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun and it is quite a decorative pice for handsewing projects and travel to guild meetings.


 Then I added an iPad to my plethora of office gadgets. It, the cables, stand, and keyboard also needed bags, of course. I scratched together the last remnants of my office fabric and made these:
I can carry both or just the iPad on an adjustable shoulder strap, very sturdy, and very safe...
Here is the keyboard
 and on the back side, the cables and stand pockets.

 I made some mug cozies for my office mates for Christmas.

And this spring, I made another Pippi Longstocking apron for myself. I just loved the big polka dots from IKEA...

This morning, I finished another quick project. My kitchen was renovated this winter. I love my old kitchen table that has been with me for about 25 years alrady and is from about 1900. However, the top does not look so good any longer. Several leaks and spills have stained it in the last year, so that I had to come up with a solution to several problems: add color to my white, wood and grey kitchen, cover the table top, and make it safe against future spills. The solution was an unused glass table top we had sitting here unused. I made a quick quilt in bright colors, the size the same as the table top.


Then the glass was put on top. Now, even if something spills, I can simply wipe it off, neither the table, nor the quilt suffer, but I have a friendly splash of color in my kichen!

So, what do you think?
Greetings from the Rhine,
Britta

Samstag, 17. August 2013

Wowzer, time flies...

Okay, I have not blogged in quite a while. But that's not due to laziness, but because I have been quite busy. I started a second job doing translations in February, which needed some adjusting to and in June, my university position was altered and I work more there as well. However, I have been sewing all the while. Here are a few of my exploits...
I added a bag for my cell phone...

and I made a denim shoulder bag for my mom's birthday...
 It has a nifty zipper on each side, which, unzipped, reveals a pretty inlay and adds more room for shopping.

I also tried out a cute pattern I found on Pinterest. Think, I'll turn it into a long vertical wallhanging. The inspiration came from: http://wonderwomancreations.blogspot.de/2009/08/quilt-show-in-springville.html
I made a number of smaller projects... such as bibs for a friend's newborn,


 mitts for the oven,
 a small bag for a friend,
 a heart cushion for another friend, who thankfully is recuperating from breast surgery,
 a three-dimensional wallhanging for the office with hand-dyed fabrics

and alterations to a boring black tunic...
These past two weeks I was finally on vacation, and I got to go to the Black Forest for my favorite yearly quilt retreat with friends. Among other things, I was able to make

a couple of smaller bags. Also, a friend gave me the pattern for comfy slippers and some Decofil/Decovil? to use for the sole. At home, I recycled old jeans to make these slippers which today will get some rubber anti-slip dots on their soles...
 Also, yesterday, I experimented with a technique which we might use for a arts project I've been working on with friends for a while. More about that when we're done. I don't want to spoil anyone's fun. Only so much for now: a group of eight got together and made a trip to the Städel Museum in Frankfurt. Each chose a picture. Then we formed to groups of four each and every group makes four quilts for the other group. So, in the end, each of us will have an art quilt based on a favorite pieve of fine art... Can't wait to see the results. Anyway, this was my experiment:
So much for now. Hope you enjoyed my past projects!
Greetings from the Rhine!
Britta

Samstag, 27. April 2013

DIY kitchen towels

Do you also despair with kitchen hand towels that seem to get misplaced all the time? Well, so do I. When I cook or bake, I often wash my hands and accordingly, often need a towel nearby. For some reason, though, I'm misorganized enough to drop the towel after use in all sorts of places in the kitchen and the next time I need it, I need to look around, where it was dropped last...

On Pinterest I saw a great solution to the problem and a fabulous occasion to put my pretty new Kam Snap tool to work. I bought dollar-store hand towels and cut off the border. Then I gathered the terrycloth on one end as tight as I could, measured the width and sewed an attachment on. Kam Snaps completed the towels, which I can now easily hang on kitchen drawers pulls or the rail on the oven.

Perfect...

All in all, for three towels, it took me about 40 Minutes to makes these...

Here is the original source: http://creamerchronicles.blogspot.de/2010/06/hand-towel-love.html

Greetings from the Rhine,
Britta

Dienstag, 9. April 2013

No lazy here....

No, I am not incurably lazy, but I guess, because I get such little response on this blog, I often simply forget to post new events. I have been busy as of late. My newest craze is upcycling, for one, because I have many clothes I hardly ever wear, secondly, because it saves a lot of money, and thirdly, it satisfies creative impulses.
So, I have altered an old sweater of mine and turned it into a summer cardigan:



Then, I made a kimono, which was in the back of my head for ages. This one is not upcycled, but sewn from scratch. I only had to get some nice lace for the sleeves and bottom seam. Mission accomplished:


I also made alterations to an old linen blouse, which I never wore because it was so boring:



Then, I "dressed" another notebook to go with my purse and pen holder and made bags (but didn't take pictures before giving them away...)...

 And, I found this lovely dragonfly pattern on pinterest and I just had to try it myself. Isn't this the cutest? A couple of these would make a lovely wallhanging...

So, no lazy here... how about you? Any comments?

Dienstag, 22. Januar 2013

A dear colleague of mine just had a baby, so I made him a quick gift of baby bibs. They are real cute, lined with terrycloth and to be closed on one side with velcro...



Also, I made a prototype bird which will acquire many siblings in the next week...



Sewing room organization

After just watching Mary Fons' latest show on QUILTY (yes, despite being a "seasoned" quilter, I love to watch quirky Mary and her tips for quilt rookies), I thought about fabric organization and thought, maybe some of you might enjoy seeing how I store my fabrics and things.

When I buy new fabric, I fold it first lengthwise over my 6" ruler, making a bolt-like tube and then I fold it again over the 6" ruler to make a neat fat quarter bundle. These fit wonderfully into the IKEA Antonius shelves, folded edge up. They can be color- or theme-coordinated and an entire shelf can be taken out for cutting and neatly put back.
 (you can store up to three rows per wire shelf unit)

for travels or classes, I prefer plastic bins...
For small scraps I use little plastic boxes. Like most quilters, I use up everything and even minute pieces can be perfect for applique some day, when I need it...

 


 In my librarian's card catalogue, I store, among many other gadgets and notions, my quilt yarn
 or Turkish crochet yarn (for beading) etc....
Hope you like this and may be able to get this cheap storage system as well...
Greetings from the Rhine,
Britta