Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Another perfect swap pillow and

So, you might have heard of the Swap°pen group on flickr. It is a group solely for people in Europe who speak German - since all other groups are english-based and mostly in the US, this is a wonderful exception. The ladies there also make gorgeous pillows which is the main reason I am participating :)
Here are the pillows I made in the other two "pillow rounds":

Swap #5 is over and has proven a somewhat challenging round for me. Not only did my partner - who I was making the pillow for - drop out 2 weeks before the deadline, but I was also moving at the same time, dealing with a ton of deadlines at work, a faulty internet connection at home (so no internet at all), the need to install everything at home (I let that one go pretty quickly, light and heat are obviously important but getting a bed can easily wait for two months while I sleep on a mattress) and the need to find another room mate asap because apartments in Munich are almost impossible to finance on your own (unless you are a millionaire - then you probably bought an apartment here anyway). Oh, and making christmas presents (see last post of my parents' quilt).

 So, the swap was a constant inner rant of "OMG, I am totally going to be late" and "I should have never signed up for this" and "What was I thinking, moving and signing up for this at the same time before christmas". I did manage to make it at the very last minute (and there were even packages delivered after mine) but I pulled some allnighters to get it done and I love my sleep. Thankfully, everything worked out while sewing, I didn't run out of fabrics and I didn't make any major sewing mistakes.

in progress
 And voilà, Miriam's pillow was made, packed and delivered and has been living with her ever since. I leaned heavily on her mosaic for inspiration and guidance (the mosaic has links to the originals).

I also managed to get - yet again - the most beautiful pillow in the swap. This one was made by Andrea of Quiltmanufaktur and it is living in wonderful company now with its three siblings from the other two swaps.

I don't know if I will be participating in the next round yet. It will be another pillow round but based on the X Factor Swap so that should make things easier. I guess we will see :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

The latest bee quilt

Happy new year!

This is one of the very few quilts I managed to get done in 2014 - this one was just in time for christmas and was gifted properly. The inspiration came from the QAL by Material Girl Quilts - though I must admit that I followed no instructions and made the blocks up myself. But there is only so much you can do with HST so this one resembles her quilt a lot. 

The lovely ladies at Fleißige Beenchen helped me with this quilt - half of the blocks were done by them. I free motion quilted each block on its own, added borders between the blocks and joined them with the quilt-as-you-go method. The quilting was fun like this way, but the block joining was so much more tedious then usual. I don't know if I will use this method again in the foreseeable future.
And now: pictures of quilting :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For sale and to give away - zu verkaufen und zu verschenken

 Since I am moving in about a week, I thought that cleaning out my sewing closet would be a good idea. I never imagined that there would be so many things in there that I couldn't even remember buying.
Here are some things I would like to sell, as well as some I would like to give away. If you would like something, please leave me a comment (with a way of contacting you or just send me an email to jonalili at gmx dot de and I will reply as soon as possible).

Thank you so much for supporting me!


For sale:

A FQ bundle with Joel Dewberry's Heirloom containing 13 FQs.
I would like to get 20€ for it (25$) plus shipping (about 7€/9$).

Babywagentaschen-Rohlinge - Forms for making stroller bags. There are 8 pieces (plus one I already took apart for sewing). They were 4€ each new, I would like to get 20€ for all of these. Shipping in Germany will be 4,50€ - for international rates please contact me.

And this is what the stroller bag could look like:

Scraps of Heather Baileys's Lottie Da - I bought a FQ bundle with all colors and haven't gotten around to using them all up. This is 445 Gramm of fabric (about 14,7 ounces).
I would like to get 18€ for it (23$) plus shipping (about 7€/9$).

Hooked zpagetti - this is T-Shirt yarn :) I always wanted to knit but never got around. I would like to get 10€ for the both. Shipping in Germany will be 4,50€

One panel of Ikea children's fabric. Measurements are about 2,25 m x 1,5 m.
I would like to get 5€ (6,5$) for it plus shipping (about 2,4€/4,5$).

The Pillow I made some time ago with the starbust template. Gone, thanks!

I would like to get 10€ (12,5$) for it plus shipping. Shipping depends on whether you would like to get the pillow form as well or just the exterior.

The pillow exterior I made for Fat Quarterly. Gone, thanks!
I would like to get 20€ for it (25$) plus shipping (about 2,4€/4,5$).

6 Frames for purses in varying sizes. The big ones are for sunglass cases. 
I would like to get 15€ for them (19$) plus shipping (about 2,4€/4,5$).

Pompom trim in blue ( twice 1,5m pieces) and  white (one 7 m piece). I would like to get 6€ for them all (8$) plus shipping (about 2,4€/4,5$).

2 FQs that were collected by my parents when they visited France. Gone, thanks!
I would like to get  4€ for both of them (5$) plus shipping (about 2,4€/4,5$).

Antique trim which I bought a looong time ago.

I would like to  8€ for both of them (10$) plus shipping (about 2,4€/4,5$).

 My wonderful weekend bag which I sadly never ever used because I always use my suitcase.

This one comes with an adjustable strap and a matching turquoise apple/dot lining.

I would like to get 25€ for it (32$) plus shipping (about 7€/9$).

To give away - I just ask you to pay for shipping:

A patchwork top made from different old jeans. Gone, thanks!
It took years and then I realized, I simply didn't like it enough to finish it. I am hoping to give it a new home. Shipping rates are 4,5€ in Germany - for international rates I still have to search for something not too expensive. Size is 1,7 m x 2,6m - enourmous!

2 brooches which I made for Quilt Market once. Shipping is about 2,4€/4,5$.

A few flowers I made some time ago which have been hiding in the back of my closet.
Shipping is about 2,4€/4,5$.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tutorial for my weekend cosmetic bag (made from laminated fabric)

This Cosmetic Bag has been very helpful when I was traveling in the past two years - I use it for all my cosmetic as well as cleaning utensils (my shampoo, tooth brush, mascara, etc.). It is big enough to carry all the necessary items and therefore perfect for my weekend travels.
The best thing is that if I spill anything while traveling, I can clean this bag quickly: Ijust hold it under running water and clean it with a little bit of soap. 

What you will need:

·         Laminated cotton (width is 44”) for outer side: 12” for non directional prints, 18” for prints that need to be cut according to their pattern (e.g. when stripes need to run down and not across the bag)

·         Laminated cotton (width is 44") for inner side: 12” for non directional prints, 18” for directional prints

·         Zipper: at least 13" / 33cm (or longer)

·         Sewing Machine, rotary cutter or scissors, thread, about 2 hours

·         Read through the whole tutorial and make sure to understand all the steps before starting to cut and sew.

What you will need to cut from your outer fabric:

·         1 piece: 11 ½”  x 17 ½” / 29cm x 44cm (width x length for directional prints)

·         2 pieces: 4” x 7” / 10cm x 18cm (width x length for directional prints)

·         1 piece:   2 ½” x 4”  / 6cm x 10cm (only if your zipper is longer than 13”/33cm and needs to be cut to the correct length and then covered at the end)

What you will need to cut from your inner fabric:

·         1 piece: 11 ½” x 17 ½” / 29cm x 44cm

·         2 pieces: 7” x 4” / 18cm x 10cm

·         1 piece: 11” x 11 ½” / 28cm x 29cm

Seam allowances are ¼” or ½ cm.

1.        Take your inner piece (11” x 11 ½” / 28cm x 29cm) and sew the longer sides together using a ¼ “ or ½ cm seam allowance thus creating a tube that is 11 ½” / 29cm long. Press the seam open with your finger and turn inside out. 

2.        Position the seam you just created so it is in the middle of the rube and finger press the edges. Lay the part with the seam facing down on the middle of your bigger inner fabric rectangle (11 ½” x 17 ½” / 29cm x 44cm). Make sure the edges of the 11 ½” / 29cm long sides align.

3.        Pin in place. I used paper clips for that because needles will leave permanent marks and are also difficult to use on laminated fabric. Others have had success with gluing seam allowances in place or using hair pins.

4.        Now turn this piece around and draw two lines on the back of the rectangle. Both are supposed to be 2 ½” / 6 ½ cm from the middle line. Sew along these lines. Also make sure to secure the layers by sewing down on the seam allowances where the fabric pieces meet.

5.        Take a look from the right side.

6.        Now draw two lines down from one of the sewn lines to the edge. The spacing from the edges should be 3 ½” / 9 cm. This will create 3 pockets where you can store smaller objects later. If you prefer to keep one larger pocket then you are done with this step. If you prefer to have another three small pockets instead of one large pocket, repeat this step on the other side.

7.        Take a look from the right side.

8.        Take all your smaller rectangles and a round water glass or circle the width of these rectangles. Position the water glass on one side of a rectangle and align the edges. Now draw half way around the water glass and cut along this line so that all four rectangles now have a round edge on one side.

9.        Mark the middle of this rounded edge.

10.    Lay the middle of the round edge on the top of the middle of your finished larger rectangle (the one with the pockets). Start sewing them together slowly. You can use pins/ clips to put your fabric in place but it will be easier without.

11.    Just sew a few stitches, keep the needle down, align the layers in front of your sewing foot and sew a few stitches again. Don’t stretch your fabric.

12.    Don’t sew all the way to the edge of the smaller rectangle but instead stop 1” / 3cm before, leave your needle down, fold over the edge of the smaller rectangle to the left side about ¼” / ½ cm and the sew to the edge.

13.    Start from the middle again for the other side of this end of the cosmetic bag.

14.    Repeat step 10 to 13 for the other side.

15.    Repeat Step 10 to 14 for the outer fabric.

16.    You can chose to finger press your edges in direction to the bigger rectangle and then topstitch (from the left side) to make your seams stay in place better. But it really isn’t necessary.

17.    Now pin your zipper to the edge of your inner piece. Make sure to fold over ¼ “ / ½ cm to the left side just before the start and end of your zipper.

18.    Now sew in your zipper. Backstitch at the beginning and end.

19.    Take your outer piece and pin on top of inner piece aligning the edges along the zipper.

20.    After sewing turn the bag inside out.

21.    Topstitch along your edges, joining the loose pieces from your inner and outer fabric.

22.    If your zipper is too long for your cosmetic bag, then cut it to 13” / 33 cm now. If it is just long enough skip this step. If you don’t like the finish as seen on the first picture, skip the following steps, you have a finished bag.

23.    Take the small piece of fabric left and sew it to the cut end of the zipper, right side facing the left side (facing downwards) of the zipper. Align the end of the zipper with the 2 ½” / 6cm side of the fabric.

24.    Sew with ½” along this edge. 

25.    Now fold the fabric over this seam and the edge of the zipper. Fold the side edges inwards so that zipper is covered. Finger press the seams.

26.    Now take this small tube you created and fold it over twice. Stitch on top of it to secure your zipper end.

27.    Congratulations, you have a new cosmetic bag.

If you make a bag with this tutorial or have any questions, suggestions or improvements, please leave a comment.
You can find the printable version by clicking here. Make sure to set your settings to "fit to page" if you are not using a Din A4 paper format.

Thank you and have a wonderful start into the new week!


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