Thursday, March 28, 2013

Found this piece of fabric...

In the sales bin.
Looks a little like liberty of London.
Turns out it is enough for a Colette sorbetto top.

Monday, March 18, 2013

I Love to buy fabric,

So I am not used to recycle, but I should do it more often.
Here I turned an old t-shirt of my husband into one for my son.
It took less than 30 minutes.
And the most annoying part - the arm seams - already done. Awesome!
Have five more to go :-)
Pattern: play ball raglan / Ellie inspired

Friday, March 15, 2013

I am so sorry

I hate them too, these capchas,
But today alone I got 10 spam comments :-(
I never got a single one in 4 years on my German blog, so I never thought I would have to use the security system.
But this is seriously no fun.

Hope I might be able to find a different solution soon.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I need a green t-shirt with a leprechaun

my son told me today.
And he added: I am now going to draw one, and you have to make a T-Shirt of it.
A green one!
I need it for the St. Patricks Day celebration on Friday.

a mere 5 minutes later, a drawing lay in front of me.

It took me some thinking how to manage this order, the help of my neighbors (my printer broke), and some time, but I made it:

Can't wait to see him discovering it tomorrow morning.
And can't wait to make him try it on.
(Will go to bed now nevertheless *g*)

I used photo fabric and litesteamaseam2, lightweight knit fabric and the "flashback skinny Tee" pattern from made by Rae.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Get a clue...

To be honest,I didn't have the tiniest bit of a clue who Nancy Drew is when I saw the announcement for the blog hop.

I had to google her :-)
But I really liked the fabric line, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with a smart, fearless young woman as a role model for young readers. Reminded me of the Enid Blyton books I loved so much when I was a kid... Do you read there books here in the US? The famous five?

When I received my online ordered fabric, I was astonished how big the pictures on the panel where. And did you realize how cute the selvage is?

The blog hop was shifted, and I kind of lost the task out of my eye...

So the reminder about the hop start came, and guess what? Me still clueless...
I first thought that it would be great to do an ebook or tablet cover, but meanwhile, I had bought some in  a store....

First of all, I decided what to do with my left overs (I knew I would have some:) Turn two of the book covers from the panel into a really simple library tote. So I sat a large quantity of the fabric aside, but I think, that was a good decision. This fabric makes a wonderful library tote:

The bag doesn't have a front and back, it has two equally nice sides:

And here is a picture of the handles:

And then, suddenly, I knew what I wanted to do for my main project : a book pillow!

Since having one, I really enjoy reading on my ebook-reader. No additional light necessary, so lightweigt, all my books in one small place.
But some books one just has to read the old fashion way - how inconvenient ;-)
That was the moment I remembered the "Lese Lotte" (something like: "reading Roberta") a pillow that holds the book for the reader. No pattern available. So I kept on google-ing, and came up with a free pattern for a "Buchkissen" (book pillow):

So here it is, my Nancy Drew project:

put the book on the pillow and strap it down, so it stays open on the side you are just reading:

From the side it looks like this:

and without a book like this:

It's not a mistake you can see the selvage on the top side, I really like the look. of it, like a divider for the two fabrics:

The cover has a zipper, so it can be easily removed for washing (the inlet is filled with grains)

So what am I reading?
I am quite sure you tried to figure it out :-)

The giving quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini :-) I am sure a lot of you read it too.
I really, really love this series of quilting themed books, but I was a little disappointed by the last one (The weddding quilt?), which was very short and and a little bit dull. So i decided to check the new one out at the library rather than buying it.
So far, I am really enjoying it. Much better than the wedding quilt.

I am really delighted that I was able to combine my most favorite hobbies in this project.

and finally here is the reason why I am not as present as usually on the internet this time:
a good friend of mine is visiting from Germany at the moment and staying with us. We met in middle school and have been friends ever since. She is even the godmother of my oldest daughter. She "volunteered" to model how it looks like to use the book pillow:

(Of course, usually even germans don't wear coats in bed. we just came home from a trip...)

She never heard of a book pillow before but liked it immediately. Might be I have to make a second one....

Thanks to Madame Samm and Carole for the organization of this blog hop - you are doing a wonderful job, as always! It is always such a pleasure to work as a group and see all the wonderful projects show up on blogs around the world.

please check out my fellow day-mates:

The German Mom  <----- (you are here)

this blog hop will continue for another whole week, so there will a lot more projects to discover...

Have a great day

PS if you want to make a book pillow too and need help with the directions, please let me know. I can help you with the translation and the conversion of the measurements.