October 19, 2011

Oops I did it again

Did you know I've invented a perpetuum mobile? No? I didn't either, but I started to suspect something along these lines some time ago. I have to warn you - it is a very boring true story with a happy ending. It goes like this.

Fabrics cost a lot around here, about 30$/yard and there isn't really a big choice of fabric to choose from, so I spend a fair part of my day surfing around fabric shops overseas. Usually it doesn't take long before the urge hits me on the head and I get all crosseyed and feebleminded. As a result there alway seems to be some items in my shopping cart, don't ask me how. It is one of these mysteries. All items vital, of course.

Usually there is some space left in the package and as I have to pay the shipping anyway it is only good economy to take care of this space. All d'accor with this? Thought so. You see it is absolutely necessary to shop some more. Then I order some new line, just to get good value for the shipping costs. I'm saving money.

For the extras I haven't any definite patterns in mind, but well, don't be too hard on a girl with a severe concussion. I believe some call this phenomenon stash building. You could as well call it insulation against cold winters, or perhaps padding in case of an earthquake. I don't suppose I have to spell it out, but these extras are awfully nice to caress and rearrange every two weeks according to my newest brainstorm in the field of stash organizing.
(By the way; I suspect this story isn't getting any better, don't blame me if I'm boring you ad nauseam)

Usually about a year later the inspiration hits me unexpectedly and I get shaky hands and am crosseyed once again, this time looking for my cutter and all the rest of necessary paraphernalia. It doesn't take long for a junkie like me before the new project is under the machine, but then...As I didn't have any definite plans for the stuff I naturally hadn't bought any materials for the finish. Of course the line has disappeared - never to be seen again - and there am I surfing the fabrics shops for something that might suit. Then there is this extra space in the parcel and it would be bad economy to leave this space unused, so I order some new line and...If this isn't a perpetuum mobile I don't know what is!

At the moment I'm waiting for some batics for my ninepatch quilt. (Thanks a lot for the advice I got on this one! I'll try it out ASAP). Therefore I tried in the meantime to finish the Neptune line quilt. But the dark blue fabric for the border I needed isn't availble anymore. Therefore I started on a quilt with Wild Rose fabrics. This time I had the backing and the binding, but the border is missing. Somehow I just forgot about it. Too bad.

Yesterday I found the fabric for the border, but, hey, 14$ shipping for 1 yard of fabric? This time Etchings came along, and if I'm not deceased I'm happily ordering more stuff for ever after.

The end

October 16, 2011

After all this time some quilts are finally finished

Sorry about my absence; I've been enjoying a bout of Supermanitis. You know this helpless feeling when you realize that you cannot save the world; no matter how much you want to. Still even if I haven't done much of good in the Superman department I've managed to finish two quilts!

First of all, let me proudly present Spooky - no longer Phd.

This one was a lot of fun and I enjoyed making it. FYI we don't decorate for Halloween around here, but still I know where it is going to be in a couple of weeks time. I'm even planning on some creepy spiders with long hairy legs hanging in the porch.
Usually I'm in for at least one more quilt out of the scraps, but this time there was nothing at all. I used every last bit. The scraps went into the backside.

My second quilt was made out of two charm packs of Oasis. The pattern is called Roundabout, it is one of Miss Rosies patterns. From the charms packs there are three 5" pieces left.

The quilting is just stich in a ditch, but I am still very proud of myself. This time the quilting wasn't a total disaster. I didn't have time to iron the quilts before taking the pictures. You know we have been having lots and lots of rain, so I grabbed the first chance to take the pictures with some sunshine in the background.

There is a third quilt just about finished, but I've run out of fabric and am having some difficulties finding the right shade of dark blue for the inner border. I used Neptune by Tula Pink, but didn't buy enough yardage. In case someone has too much of dark blue fabric from this line please contact me. I'm sure we can come to a mutal agreement.

Of course I've been doing some other things than mooning around and finishing quilts. Last weekend I went again to Berlin for 4 days. My kids have finally found an apartment and I thought they would appreciate some help getting started. This time I didn't bother with buying any airplane tickets and made a date with a nice young man going the same way. I've told you about the "Mitfahrgelegenheit", I still don't know what it is called in English. Everything was just fine, if you don't count his halitosis and some 6 hours later I was in Berlin. The trip from Bahnhof Zoo to the apartment took almost 1 1/2 hours; Berlin is a big city. Friday we went shopping with the kids and had lots of fun. In the evening we went to a restaurent and had two different kinds of cheese fondue and a chokolate fondue as desert. Yum!
Saturday we went to Ikea and a home improvement market. Sunday we painted some walls. Princess wanted green walls and it took almost the whole day to finish her room. One wall in the kitchen is painted in aubergine. It looks just great. I didn't take any pictures as it was raining once again.
Monday I had to go home again; this time I took the train. You know what? It was rather boring; I much rather get to know new people.