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Want, want, want, want!!!!

For a baby quilt. The line includes different panels, either depicting tree surrounded by ABC tiles or only ABC tiles. Very pretty. And isn’t that little owl adorable? So far, my favourite fabric store only has the layer cake and the jelly roll. I hope the rest of the line arrives soon!!!
In other news: I want to crawl into a hole and never come out.

Temptation, Temptation, Temptation

I haven’t even finished my first quilt yet, but I’m already thinking about the second … and third … and fourth … And it’s all the fault of the Fatquarter Shop and their fiendish newsletter which leads me oh-so-much into temptation every single time I find it in my inbox. (Poor little me!)

But how to choose? Not just which pattern (I’m thinking about trying out some sort of scrappy log cabin), but, more importantly, which fabrics? Here’s a selection of my favourites. What do you think? Any favourites?

Rouenneries is, hands down, my current favourite. The prints have been inspired by old French fabrics – don’t they look wonderfully elegant, but in a somewhat faded, shabby way?

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And here’s Nostalgia. Aaaaah, Nostalgia. Makes you think of an English garden, doesn’t it? To strengthen the impression of a garden, one could always go with the greens only. Like this:

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Or perhaps another GlacΓ© quilt? (Minus the blue again. I don’t think it really fits with all the other colours.)

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Blessings is more earthy and looks as if it would keep you nicely warm in winter. πŸ™‚
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Aster Manor – very feminine.

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Alliance – another collection in more earthy tones.

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And now some collections which would make fantabulous coin quilts (small stacks of colour against a solid – quite often white – background):

Thoughts? Ideas?

Treasure Box

The buttons from Miss Sock Kitteh came from this old sewing box:


My Mom found it in a thrift store a few days ago and bought it for me (for 5 €!!!). It turned out to be a veritable treasure box, filled with old thread, buttons, little hooks, bits of wool, needles, more buttons, cut-off bra straps, elastic, ribbons, and miles and miles of pinkish embroidery thread of the expensive kind. (Which I used for the lazy daisy on Miss Kitteh’s belly.)


Needless to say that I was thrilled when my Mom brought the box home. πŸ™‚

Sew & Tell: The Sock Kitteh

Earlier today, the kitteh still didn’t have any arms or ears. (Poor kitteh!)


But hey! Look, there’s an ear!

— “Hello, other kitteh! Could I borrow your ears?”

— “Uh … hm … let me think about it …”

— “Have you thought about it?”

— “Yes.”

— “And? Will you lend me you ears?”

— “No.”

Despite this lamentable lack of support and cooperation, the sock kitteh finally got her ears and arms (made from yet another sock) this evening.


Happy kitteh sitting in front of a pile of new books which I got this week:


The inspiration for the kitteh came from this book (also brandnew):


SOCK AND GLOVE by Miyako Kanamori.


The sock kitteh then made friends with the other kitteh.


“Yes, indeed. We R friend 4evah!”


The End

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simply square button

Sew & Tell is organised by Amy Lou. Click on the picture above to jump to her blog & the Sew & Tell party. πŸ™‚

Sewing Soothes the Soul

Yesterday was a day full of worries and general panicking, which made it rather difficult to properly concentrate on my work (the yummy Mr. Thornton notwithstanding). So during my lunch break I took out my sewing machine and started on another pouch, this one in deep burgundy reds from the Aster Manor line by Three Sisters.

I’m happy to report that it no longer takes me 10,000 hours to pin together two strips of fabric (yay me!). Consequently it took me a little less than an hour to put together the outside of the pouch, consisting of seven small strips. I love the ratta-ta-tatt of my sewing machine, and the moment when you unfold the fabric you’ve just sewn together and there it is – a nice straight seam, all neat and lovely.

For me it’s extremely soothing to concentrate for once on something that doesn’t have anything to do with literature, books, or computers. And it’s enormously satisfying to see something grow under your hands and to imagine the pleasure it will give to the person for which it is intended.

After an hour at the sewing maching I always feel refreshed and full of energy, ready to return to the world of books.

1000th Post: Yes, I Can!

Sew, that is. πŸ™‚

So last week I got my lovely, new sewing machine. Hitherto I didn’t have a very good relationship with sewing machines (this was probably due to the fact that I had absolutely no clue what things like “thread tension” meant …), consequently I approached my shiny new Carina with considerable wariness.

What if I couldn’t work with it?

What if it wasn’t a good machine after all?

What if …

(As you can see, I suffered from acute buyer’s remorse.)

I unpacked it, stared at it, felt intimidated, decided I would have to study the owner’s manual, watch the DVD that came with the sewing machine, and then study my sewing books. And after that, the owner’s manual again. That was about eight in the evening.

About two hours later, I had finally worked up enough courage to switch on the sewing machine.

After that, it took me one hour to figure out how to bring up the bobbin thread. *head desk*

And after that, I could finally practice sewing. πŸ™‚

A few days later I put together my very first project. I took a few stripes from the Glace jelly roll:


Sewed them together, then sewed together four more stripes of backing fabric, made a mini quilt sandwich (front, back, batting), sewed it together, turned it inside out and — deep breath — quilted it. With my sewing machine. And it totally worked!

Then I folded one side up, closed the side seams by hand (cleverly using invisible thread!), and ended up with this little pouch:

Then I realised that I had forgotten the button and the button loop. *head desk* As my little bag looked a bit naked without button and button loop, I added a little ribbon and tied it into a bow. Like this:

This is what the inside looks like:

So I guess this proves that I can indeed sew. Even with a sewing machine! πŸ™‚

My Preciousssssss

Next week this lovely darling will be ALL mine. 101 stitches, 7 or 8 different feet, super-easy to use (well, let’s hope that this will turn out to be true …).

Planned crafting projects: baby quilt with Aviary honey bun (from Moda Fabrics; picture snatched from the Fat Quarter Shop, my favourite online fabric shop where I’ve ordered my Moda fabrics) and the daisy chain quilt from Jelly Roll Quilts with Aviary and cream-coloured sashing. Here’s the picture from the book:


Isn’t it pretty? It’s (apparently) very easy to make (sew stripes from jelly roll or stripes from jelly roll and stripe of sashing together, then cut into striped stripes, arrange stripey stripes so they form the daisy chains, then sew together). Nevertheless, it might take some time though until you’ll get to see a picture of my quilt draped so prettily over a fence (and not just because it’ll take me ages to find a fence such as this one *g*).

Shopping Spree, or Quilting Here I Come

In the past few months when I was still tormented by teh Horribelz Dragonz I bought quite a few books on quilting. I love quilts and I thought it would be nice to learn how to make one of my own. As you know, I also thought about buying a new sewing machine.

For weeks I’ve been lusting after the many lovely, lovely, lovely fabric collections from Moda, but refrained from buying any because, after all, I hadn’t yet bought the aformentioned sewing machine and did I really want to put a quilt together by hand??? Sound and very mature reasoning, isn’t it?

I probably would have been to withstand temptation a bit longer, if only it hadn’t been for the sale at the Fat Quarter Shop. And the strong Euro. I mean, if you buy a whole bundle of fabric for $ 71, including shipping, and this translates into mere € 50, why, it’s like a bargain! Sort of.

And thus I succumbed to temptation, after all. πŸ™‚

The Birth of the Flower Bunny

As it’s now past midnight, here’s my Tuesday post: The Birth of the Flower Bunny on Monday Evening.

First there was a piece of fabric and a chibi-bunny pattern (from my little mochi).


And after two hours or so, there was this:

You might have noticed that the flower bunny doesn’t yet have a face at that stage. That’s because I wanted to try what everybody else is doing, namely doing the face after the stuffing.
Bad idea.
Really bad idea.
Embroidering the wee bunny’s face became a major nightmare, but after an hour the flower-power softie finally had a face. Then I only needed to stuff the rest of the body and sew the bottom shut. And here’s the finished bunny:

I hope the recipient is going to like it!

(Is it just me or does the flower bunny look like a flower mouse???)