Because I am and I do

Because I am and I do.

14 Nov 2016

2,5" charm square challenge MCQ

Have you heard? The Modern Cologne Quilters have posted a challenge that runs till end of February. Read all about it on their site here and here

I have recently not had the amount of time to sew I would have liked, but some other changes happened that (dare I say) have been worth giving up patchwork time. I still intend to keep my blog, albeit with fewer posts. My aim is 1 a month.

This weekend my daughter was invited to a birthday party and I decided to use that occasion as an excuse to use up a mini charm pack that May gave me.


I made a drawstring bag with an Aloha Girl (Fig Tree & Co) and some linen.  I love the combination between the soft colours and the rough linen.


Some simple crosshatch quilting and voila, gift bag done! 


I have another project in mind, I hope it will be ready in time for the modern patch monday from next monday. But first things first, this week I'll need to prepare for our very first MCQ retreat this weekend! We are all looking forward to it so much. What to bring? I will get back to you later this week in that as I fully intend to post my packing list.

I am linking this post to:



till next time,
Iris

23 Sep 2016

Thank goodness it's finished Friday

Hello and welcome to:



I am very happy to host this finished Friday. We recently had an addition to the family. Just to clarify not our own, but DH niece gave birth to a lovely baby girl whom she and her husband named Clio.



Like I needed a reason to make a quilt ;). This Quilt has actually been done for a while, but I waited to share it with you because I wanted to add her name, which the parents kept a secret. 

When I first heard that DHN was having a girl I knew that I was going to make her this quilt. I made it using Amy Butlers fabric line Lark. DHN didn't seem to be the pinky girl type of mum and I love that Lark is feminin without being pink.


 As backing fabric I used an Ikea print, for batting 100%cotton and I used Kona snow for the binding.



I quilted organic circles, because I have been wanting to try them for such a long time. I started off very close together in the middle, but as I moved out I made them wider and wider. I really enjoyed the process and will no doubt use this technic more in the future.

So what do you want to share with us today?

Please link up your finish here and link back in your post to the party. Then enjoy and spread some comment love.

till next time,
Iris


21 Sep 2016

TGIFF: coming this friday!

Get ready to share this friday, because I'll be hosting:




hope to see you then,
Iris

22 Aug 2016

Et Doemsche

Earlier this year Dorthe created a freebie on her blog called 'Et Doemsche'.  Anfang des Jahres hat Dorther ein Freebie auf Ihrem Blog freigegeben namens 'Et Domesche'


Since then it has featured many times (here, here, or here) so we thought it would be a good idea to offer it as a class.
Seitdem ist mehrmals drüber geschrieben worden (hier, hier oder hier) also dachten wir das es vielleicht eine gute Idee waere es auch als Kurs anzubieten.



Thursday 15th September from 19:00-22:00 OR Saturday 17th September from 10:00-13:00 you have the opportunity to sew this cute pillow.
Am Donnerstag 15.September von 19:00-22:00 oder Samstag 17. September gibt es die Gelegenheit um zusammen dieses süße Kissen zu nähen.


It is a paper piecing pattern and we will finish it of with a hidden Zipper. The finished since will be around 35 x 35 cm. At the moment there are still a few places available, but there is only a limited amount of participants I can take. Courses take place at Lalala patchwork quilting and more in Bensberg.
Es ist ein Schnittmuster wobei man AUF dem Papier nähst. Das ganze wird fertig gestellt mit ein Reissverschluss auf der Rückseite des Kissens. Momentan gibt es noch ein Par Plätze zur Verfügung. Der Kurs findet statt in Lalala Patchwork Quitling and more in Bensberg.

Hope to see you there,
Iris




1 Aug 2016

OMG: August is Blueberry park month

Behind the scenes I have been working really hard on a quilt I designed using Karen Lewis' Blueberry park line. Without wanting to give away too much I have great plans with this quilt for next year. In order to do that I want to finish the top this month.
So my One Monthly Goal will be:



to finish the top of my blueberry park quilt.

Linking to Heidi's:

Till next time,
Iris

30 Jul 2016

One monthly Goal: the result

At the beginning of this month I decided to sign up to Heidis One monthly goal party (here)



I have to admit at the beginning of this week  I didn't think I was going to make it this month.


I decided that I might not make it, but I was going down trying.


It then came out that I actually had already done most of the hard work. All that was left to do was sew inside and outside together.



 Turned out  I even had time to hand stitch the binding. That does make such a difference. I think this might be my first sew together bag where I didn't break one or more (machine)needles.

Linking to: OMG It's Finished: July Linkup!

And


This one was also part of my FAL Q3 list
till next time,
Iris



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25 Jul 2016

Bee Blocks July

It is getting to that time of the month....

Amsterdam Quilt Block for Christiane of the MCQ Bee
This month was a good month for bee blocks, not only were they easy to make I had also never made either. I love it when that happens.

X-Block for Steffi of the Fleissige Beenchen Bee
Linking to:


Till next time,
Iris













18 Jul 2016

miniature Blocks

A couple of weeks ago I was inspired by Karen who posted a tutorial for a pixel play pincushion.
She in her turn was introduced to this technic through a book written by Paula Doyle called Mini Mosaic Quilts.
The technic is quite simple and virtually fool proof. I used H200 fuseable fleece. For more details check Karens post out, she wrote an excellent tutorial. 

This technic is exactly the reason why I hold on to even the tiniest scrap. I had some 2" HST scraps left over from some flying geese units I made and decided to have a play.



And because the 2" HST blocks generated left overs themselves I even made a mini version of the miniature pincushions I created.


The bigger pincushions finished at 3", the plus block one is 2,5" x 2" perfect fit for my sew together bag.


What I especially love about this is that it is so incredibly versatile and quick to make with a small dip into the scrap basket.


These are just the beginning, because I am totally in love with this technic. Next I will try to work little blocks in a pouch or journal cover. The sky is the limit.

I am linking to Modern Patch monday today.


Till next time,
Iris


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10 Jul 2016

Happy Birthday

This week was all about my daughters birthday party. She asked for an owl party in a local forrest school. Every year I am frustrated by the party bags available in the shops. There is hardly any space in them, they can't even hold a pencil. 


This year I decided not to get frustrated but got sewing instead and made some. Roughly based on a tutorial from Jeni Baker I made some owl drawstring bags fitting the owl themed birthday. Every child got a bag with an initial and an owl appliquéd on it.


Even without being stuffed with sweets, the bags were a real hit
Tomorrow as every monday I am hosting the Modern patch monday linky party over at Modern Cologne Quilter blog. Please join me if there is any patchwork sewing you would like to share. We'd love to see you there.
till next time,
Iris

3 Jul 2016

a case of paying it forward

At the end of May I unexpectedly received this great parcel from the lovely Sandra




I have followed Sandras blog for a while now. She too is a dutch person living abroad plus there is the Ireland connection. I am married to an Irish man and she lives in County Cork, Ireland. In June Last year she posted a post about crafting it forward. I had heard and seen people do this before, but was never able to participate. 

I love the idea of paying it forward. The idea is that you make/craft something for someone and send it to them, that person in turn will then do the something for other people. There is no tit for tat, but it is just doing a nice thing for someone else. If everybody did this the world would be a nicer place. I find it hard not the be inspired by this.

So I guess it is my turn: 
Please respond to this post. From the comments I will pick 3 people that I will surprise at some point over the over the next 6 months with  something handmade in the mail. In the hope/understanding that they in turn may be inspired to do something similar.

So what do you say, are you up for it?

till next time,
Iris

2 Jul 2016

OMG Red letter quilts

So Yesterday I posted about goals for the next quarter here. Now how do you eat an elephant?




So it makes sense to split it up in (at least) one monthly goal(s). So for this month I wanted it to be :


to finish my sew together bag


It has been partially assembled for a while now, let's just get on with it and finish it.

Linking to:
Till next time, 
Iris

1 Jul 2016

Finish A Long Q3: kickstarting again

Today is the first of the month. I love the first of the month. It is like a new notebook, you know when back in the schooldays you would put in extra effort to keep it neat and tidy? Realistically it very lasted more then 3 pages, but the feeling remains, still.
As the year began I decided to sit out this years round of FAL. Now half way into the year I found that without a list to work too it is very easy to let things slip, which was ok if not necessary for a while. For the 100 day project (which I abandoned half way through) I focussed on my WIP, like so many times before I learnt the hard way (again) that balance is of the essence. So here I am again with some old and some new projects for a Q3 list.




Project 1: 5 Placemats
These were on my Q4 list 2015(!). Maple leaf placemats. Better get them done before fall is over.

Project 2: Tabelrunner

With the planned placemats it seems predictable to make a table runner as well. Maybe I prioritise the  table runner higher as it would look so lovely and would bring some colour now that the weather is only getting grey, dark and dreary.(This too was a left over from my Q4 2015 list)




Project 3: Tula Pink

After putting all that work in at the simply solids retreat (Sept 2015!), it seems a shame to not finish the last border and get it quilted. It would make a nice christmas present for Mr Crazybird and myself.



Project 4: Economie UFO

I want to use this UFO as part of another ESTB quilt I am planning
An UFO that I would like to hand quilt. The blocks come from a Bloggers BOM I followed.



Project 5: Bloggers Block UFO
One of my oldest UFOs I wanted to use this one to practise some hand quilting on.


Project 6: Blueberry park Quilt
I designed my own quilt and want to make it with my Blueberry Park stash.


Project 7: Sewtogether bag
Ever since my first course of the sew together bag I had one half finished sewtogether bag lying around, that one needs to be finished up.

One of the things that became more obvious to me in the time of slow blogging is that my main reason to start blogging was so that I have a way of journalling my projects and processes. So with linking up to FAL will also help me to blog more hopefully.


linking to 
2016 FAL

Till next time,
Iris

Iris


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