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Sonntag, 20. Juli 2014

Some stories and a Quilt Destash

Today I want to tell you something about me.




My first memory of my interest in fashion and my quite special sense of style ( for that age) is a day when I was 11 years old. We where in holidays in Austria, I remember sitting at the table with my mother, my sister and my grandmother (who was a very strict lady from "the old times"). That day I wore a yellow jeans trouser and a hot pinkish sweater . My granny looked at me intensively and said " that is an interesting color combination you are wearing there". And I remember me replying "Yes I know Danny, I call it vanilla ice cream with strawberrysauce" I was so proud of my outfit, maybe this was the beginning. I am very thankful, that my mother let me use her sewing machine and the knitting machine and every crafting supply we had at home, because the passion for making and combining different clothes, trying new things  was huge and endless. 
So it quite naturally happened, that I studied fashion design in munich for three years. A few days before our very last fashion show a woman showed up at our school, she was looking for an intern for a cinema movie. Somehow we started to talk and I was in. The day after our diploma fashion show, I started working at the movies (and didn´t stop for ten years).
I had really good times, saw interesting places, met wonderful people, I had good money, I could have done a lot with that, especially travel.   But I didn´t.   I was always afraid I could miss the next good job offer ( in the movie business you normally just work for a few months and then you go to the next project). I was afraid that if I said no to an offer, I would not be asked again. So I didn´t allow myself to take breaks. I worked and worked and worked. And when I didn´t work I was waiting to work again. 




One day at the film set something happened, I don´t remember what it was but I started to cry. I started to cry and I couldn´t stop. I cried for days, I was totally down. Now I know that I was burned out from all the years of work with not much of a social life. I felt totally lost and knew that I couldn´t go on with a life like this. 
I quit the job and went to a therapist twice a week for 6 months. After a while I felt better. But I still knew something had to happen. Finally after two long trips to Australia, where I just travelled around to find myself, I decided that it was time to do what I always wanted to do. The fashion. Colors, shapes, fabric, design and sewing this is what I know. This is what I feel comfortable with, this is what I love. 
From 2008-2011 I had a shop of my own. That was a  really good time. But then I wanted a change and moved into another with a jewellery designer. We had such a great two and a half years until she decided that she didn´t want to go on in a shop. So we moved out. The shop was to big for me alone. 
I thought this might be a good opportunity to try something new and just sell my clothes on craft fairs and markets. Well this is what I did the last 7 months and I have to say it is quite exhausting and to be honest it doesn´t bring enough money. And then faith brought another little shop to me. just across the street from my old one. 
I am going to open it in the beginning of september. 

And here is why I tell you all this: In all honesty, I have to generate some money for the renovation and  furniture and so on. Because of that I will have a quilt destash. I will offer some of my favorite quilts for a really good (low)price. I will do that here and on instagram.  I would be really thankful if you share as much as you can. 

I thought about this for a little while and thought that it might be a good possibility. It feels weird though.
But here we go: The quilt destash: 

Trips around the world quilt made from Denyse Schmidt DS collection. 44"x65"   $150 + shipping



 Scrappy Log Cabin  made from various fabrics. 41"x69"         $150 + shipping


Scrappy trip around the world  made from various fabrics 59"x71"  $200 + shipping


Sliced 16patch quilt made from various fabrics  an chocolate brown polka dots  55"x 74"   $150 +shipping


 Sunny Berlin Quilt made from various fabrics. This quilt was featured in the wonderful book "Quilting with a modern slant" by Rachel May. 49"x 66"   $200 + shipping


Patchwork Quilt made from Modas "Botany" fabric. 53"x 61" $150 + shipping


Scrappy Baby Quilt made from various fabrics  36"x 43"   $80 + shipping


Star Baby Quilt made from "Sherbet Pips" fabric 36"x 36"  $60 + shipping


Trip around the world quilt made from precious "neptune" fabric  36"x 48"  $100 + shipping


Coloured Pavement quilt made from various fabrics. Original quilt pattern by me! 47"x 69"  $220+ shipping


Scrappy Tumbling Blocks Quilt made from various fabrics  44"x 62"  $180 + shipping
Dear Readers, thank you for reading this and a double thank you if you are willing to help by purchasing one of my quilts. :-)

Please leave me a comment with your  email adress and I will contact you shortly.






Donnerstag, 26. Juni 2014

Summer Clothes/ Sommergarderobe

Der Sommer ist da ( jedenfalls manchmal). Was für ein guter Grund sich ein paar frische Tops und Kleider zu nähen. Obwohl es gestern wie aus Eimern geschüttet hat, war ich in sonniger Stimmung und habe mir ein neues Sommertop gezaubert.


 Dafür habe ich einen Cloud9 Stoff aus der Collection Shape of spring in der Farbe petal pink verwendet. Ich mag diese lachsfarbenen und gelben Töne sehr gerne. Für das Top habe ich meinen eigenen Schnitt verwendet. In letzter Zeit habe ich des öfteren Anfragen erhalten, ob ich meine Schnittmuster auch verkaufe.
Ich bewege diese Idee schon eine Weile in meinem Herzen, jedoch bin ich auf der Suche nach einem Schnittmusterprogramm für PDF Schnitte. Kennt da jemand etwas, das für mich als jemanden der nicht besonders versiert ist mit Computern, in Frage kommt und nicht allzu teuer ist? Ich bin jederzeit offen für Empfehlungen.

Aber zurück zur Sommergarderobe. In letzter Zeit habe ich viele sehr leichte Sommerkleidchen für meinen Shop genäht und diesmal habe ich ganz bewusst eines für mich genäht. Dafür habe ich wieder einen tollen Bio Baumwollstoff von Cloud9 verwendet. Der ist so super weich und sehr schön zu verarbeiten.

Übrigens habe ich diese schönen Stöffchen von Susanne , die Cloud 9 Stoffe und andere Schätze in ihrem online shop "Quilt it Out" verkauft.


Summer is here ( at least sometimes..). A good reason to sew some fresh dresses and tops. Yesterday it was raining cats and dogs, but I felt quite sunny while working on a fresh top made out of the cloud 9 fabric called "Shape of spring".


 I used the petal pink  fabric because I love these tangerine and yellow shades. I used my own pattern. As I got many questions recently if I sell my patterns as well, I wanted to ask if somebody has a recommendation on some pattern programms for making Pdf patterns. I am not very good with computers, so I would be very grateful if somebody knows an easy and affordable program?

But back to my summer wardrobe. I use to sew some very light summer dresses for my shop recently and took the chance to make something for me. Here I used the  Cloud9 La Venta Voile.It is so incredibly soft and I loved sewing with it. It worked like a charm.



By the way I got these lovely organic fabrics from Susanne who has these phantastic fabrics in her shop   "Quilt it out".

Now it just has to get warmer again, at least today the sun is shining and I can´t wait to wear my new top for the soccer game tonight. Hey US peeps, its you against us!!! :-) Any tips? My guess is a 3-1 for germany.






Sonntag, 22. Juni 2014

Fan quilt and some other things...

Its been such a long time, since I blogged, but, what can I say. Everything has already been said.
Here after all are two finished quilts.


One for me and one for a friend of mine from my gospel choir. It was a commission and I am so happy that it worked out and he loves his quilt.
He loves it so much, he even hides it from his cat when he is away. Please imagine that really, and I mean really big guy, covered in this quilt, sitting on his balkony in the evening, when the weather is bad... I find it just to cute.


Unfortunately I had to hurry to give it to him, so I just could make a few fast shots inside, I hope you can see the beauty. I quilted it at our sooo awesome Bee Germany quilt retreat in May. Ladies, once again I had a blast!
Here is a picture of the wonderful things we made.


At the retreat I also quilted this one, which I don´t know how to name, is this one a fancy fan quilt?? Yeah, why not- let me introduce you to "The Fancy Fan Quilt".


I am sleeping under this beauty for a few weeks now, except the nights, when temperature was over 27 degrees celsius at night, and it feels amazing.


This one is so fluffy and cosy. Makes me want to make another one. There are still two quilts waiting in line to be quilted. Sooner or later I am getting there.




At last I want to tell you about my lovely afternoon today. I went with a friend to her garden a bit outside of Berlin and we harvested some green walnuts. I climbed into the tree, and I really mean climbed. I so enjoyed it, as this is something I didn´t do for let us say 30 years?  It was such good fun. Now the walnuts all lay pricked in a water brine for the next days and in about two weeks I will pickle them with a malt vinegar/ herb mixture and at the end after a few months I will hopefully have these wonderfully delicious black walnuts, I once ate six years ago on my trip in Australia. I never had seen them before and was just so happy when I found a recipe and found out that my friend has a walnut tree in her garden.
Here is a link to a recipe, so that you know what I am talking about.
At the end of our nut picking afternoon we picked some wild flowers and this is the wonderful bouquet I brought home.
How such a short little trip, not to forget the stop at the lake where we ate some Solyanka, a soup which was often eaten in the GDR, how such  hours can make me feel like I was on holidays.
Thank you sunday!
I hope you had a good one, too!



Dienstag, 1. April 2014

Glam Clam Quilt

Just a quick post and a Hello from here, sunny Berlin.

 I totally forgot to show you the finished Glam Clam Quilt which I started in the fall at our Bee Germany meeting in Frankfurt.  The übertalented Quiltengineer Latifah Saafir has a wonderful pattern which she offers at Craftsy for free and this is what I used.


Here I can show you some pictures, also with the (somehow) matching pillows I made recently.

           
I wish you all a wonderful, sunny and happy week!!

Montag, 24. März 2014

Monday Makers

Well finally I managed to take part in the monday makers series by Aylin and Susanne. Here is just a quick little post, because I am in a hurry for my swing dance lessons. And as you know, tomorrow is not monday anymore---no monday makers. Tada. Here you go. I finished a lot today, but this is a quilt I had lying around for a while, I am very happy, that I managed to finish it finally. And I like how it turned out. Some boring 16patch blocks became this quite nice quilt. I guess I am giving this in the shop with some pillows, which I am going to show you another time. Happy Monday for you all.








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Sonntag, 23. März 2014

Cargo Duffle Bag

This morning I woke up at four, because of some party people passing my window screaming, laughing, singing. Good for them, that they had fun. I was awake! And I couldn´t fall asleep again. At six I decided I had to get up. At 7 I decided I had to make a cargo duffle. Now at nearly six in the evening I am done. The bag is finished. Nearly. Inside there is still a mess, but this will be solved tomorrow with the serger at work. It is a wonderful pattern by  noodlehead.


As I made a promise to myself not to start new projects, this was a bit of a compromise. I used the Anna Maria hexies, I had lying around for ages. I like the look they give the cargo duffle. Because I  didn´t want to cover all the hexies, I decided to just make one little pocket.


Unfortunately my "new" old sewing machine had some tension problems and the quilted area in the dark fabric doesn´t look so nice. But you know what I don´t care. I like the bag, I think I am going to use it quite often, is has the perfect size, maybe even for a everyday use...?
Here you go, the Cargo Duffle. And the little pocket still needs some snaps.


Donnerstag, 13. März 2014

Quilting with a modern slant

Hi Everyone.
I don´t have to mention that I didn´t write for a while, you might have noticed. I said it before, the changes flickr made and the fact that I am using instagram now, made me writing blogposts very rarely. Unfortunately. I enjoyed blogging, well maybe I can find my mojo back sometimes.
Why am I writing today? 
I want to proudly announce my appearance in a phantastic quilt book that came out a few weeks ago. "Quilting with a modern slant" by Rachel May. This book arrived in the mail today and that really was a good day to arrive, as I am a bit lost today, figuring out how my little design business is going to go on without the shop. I realized that there is a whole new world in front of me, finding other ways to sell and finally dig into the world of social media for my business. A new facebook page for my fashion label already was made today, now I am just waiting for sunday where I am going to make some product photos...
But back to the book: Rachel was so nice to ask me if I wanted to be part of her book and of course I said yes. So here we go. I couldn´t show you this quilt earlier, allthough it has been finished for nearly two years. It is called sunny Berlin. This is what Berlin (and the rest of Germany) is thesedays. It is extremely sunny and warm, and I definitely love that!


If you want to do yourself a favour, buy this book it is packed with inspirational people, stories and quilts.