Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It's done! It's done! And Merry Christmas!

YES! And I'm so proud of it now! Of what? I finally finished the Star Wars Quilt for my little brother. After several ups and downs in the last couple days.

So after painting the faces onto the blocks using textile paint, which took me 2 days due to several colours and layers on some, and deciding in which order to put the blocks, I sewed everything together in rows and then into one top.


  


But since the plaid that I wanted to use for the back has a size of 120 x 150 cm and the top I now had was about 110 by 120 cm, I knew that something else had to be added, so that it wouldn't look so lost and empty. 
The immediate idea was to add the opening slogan of each Star Wars movie... "It was a long time ago in a far, far away galaxy..."
Since my little brother and I are German, I used the German phrase of the movies, though. That resulted in 2 gruelling days of handpainting two banners, with which I pretty much killed my neck and shoulders while hanging over the table and using nail art dotting tools to get the letters accurate. Yes, I now look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. No, lol! Just kidding ;)


I have to admit that the whole part of sewing together the blocks and rows went extremely quickly. I had that done in just one afternoon, but the whole painting took ages, and of course so did also the making of all the blocks, that Kristy from Quiet Play so awesomely made all the patterns for, which even resulted in me wanting to make this quilt. It was so much fun paper-piecing all these blocks and I can't really pick a favourite, although I re-did my Princess Leia block and I really adore the new one I made. She turned out so cute! My mum loves Chewbacca and Lando by the way, so she kept telling me repeatedly throughout the whole putting-it-together process.


Then after lots of pinning all my 3 layers together the whole quilting process started albeit not as I had planned. I always though my machine was quite big, but obviously has zero throat space, as I was struggling to get my roll underneath, so the idea of straight-lining AND stippling quickly resulted in my throwing the stippling out the window and only sticking to straightlining in the ditch around the blocks.

At first I was sceptical if that would be enough to keep the layers together, but when I was finished with the quilting, it all actually looked ok to me. I used batting of about 3/8 inch thickness, so the blocks and rows now have a really nice puff to them and I'm sure this blanket will be nice and warm on my brother's bed.

That is, if he doesn't decided to hang it on his wall instead, which I would have no objection with, but I haven't added any hoops for a dowel or anything. We'll see.

So, without further ado...here's the finished Star Wars Quilt! *inserts excited squeal* I'm always sooo happy when I've finished something and have it all packed and ready to go, it makes me super excited for the person to receive it :)




The fleece plaid on the back makes this quilt extremely snuggle worthy, after using about 15 paper sheets of my lintroller on it, it was all nice and puff and I kept wanting to hug it, lol! I hope my brother will give it lots of love. :)

Ok, so much for the Star Wars News, but there's more. 

It might sound a bit sad to some, but each year I give myself something for Christmas. Last year, I bought my first own sewing machine, after sharing with my mother for several years. This year I added to my collection when ordering a serger. And this is about the cheapest that I could get for 99,95 Euro, but it's extremely sturdy and sews perfectly for my taste. I'm sure, we'll go on many new adventures together, especially lots of bag making ;) 


I made the above picture just after unpacking it, now it's threaded with 4 cones of white thread and I already did a few small projects on it.

And then I decided to get my own labels made. For the past couple years I've always made them myself by printing on T-Shirt transer paper and then ironing those labels onto twill tape. But then I saw that many sewists have these really cool woven labels and I've had my eye on those for a while. Now I finally ordered some simple ones and chose the mix colour batch that was on offer. That way I have a range of 8 colours I can choose from, depending on what that certain project looks like, that I want to add a label to.



I already used one of the light blue ones on my brother's quilt above. 
You can see the difference in my labels in the picture. The big one is one of the ones I made myself. I really like the colours of the woven ones, though. They're really nice and I ordered them from Dortex, if anyone wants to know. 100 of them cost me 30.75 Euro and they were here in about a week. :)

That's it from me for now, but I'm not leaving you without one more thing.

It's Christmas Eve and I want to wish each and everyone of my readers a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and an equally Happy New Year!

Thank you for reading along and I hope you will keep on following my sewing adventures in the new year!

Hope you all have a blessed Holiday Season!

xx Lia


Monday, December 16, 2013

An update on my Star Wars Quilt

For the past couple days, or actually weeks, I've been spending each possible moment on my machine and sewing up Christmas presents. Just a couple days ago I finished the one for my best friend, but I can't show you that one until after Christmas, as she comes by this space every now and then and I really don't want to spoil the surprise.

What I can show you, is the progress that I'm making on the Star Wars quilt for my little brother. I've finished the next 4 blocks, which are R2D2, C3-PO, a Storm Trooper and Darth Vader, and then decided that I'm going to redo Princess Leia. Her block was the first one that I made to test the pattern for Kristy from Quiet Play, who has created all these amazing patterns, but I used a flower print on her gown and did all the other blocks in solids. Also, my brother is obviously a boy, so flower prints? Meh! So I will be re-doing Princess Leia tomorrow. 

C3-PO, R2D2, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper

I'm starting to get pretty excited about this, as the last couple blocks were really fun to make. Darth Vader proved to be the struggle that I thought he would be, especially as I wish that I had a darker grey to create the accents of his face, but this had to do. And I just love how cute C3-PO is!

For the sashing I bought this really cool fabric called "Out of this world" from the Stonehenge Kids collection by Northcott and it has a galaxy print and actually glows in the dark. I thought it was perfect for this quilt and I can't wait to start cutting into it.



For the back of this quilt I bought a Lego Darth Vader Fleece Plaid. It's all soft and nice and I thought, since Kristy's patterns are especially for Lego Star Wars figures, this would fit the best as a backing and give the quilt a cuddly and warm texture. I also bought variegated thread that blends from a light shade of blue into royal and darker blue, so it should go well with the background. 


And then just for reference of the space available, I laid all my finished blocks out on the blanket. I still have to paint all the faces on and the Leia in the top row is still the old one, that I will yet replace. Plus, the final 4 blocks that I made in the past 2 days, all still have the paper on. I'm dreading the removal, it's what I hate most about paper-piecing. Don't get me wrong, I adore the things you can do with paper-piecing, all these pictures you can create with this technique, but removing the paper from your project is by far the worst thing ever! LOL!


As there is still room next to the blocks, I decided to add 3 lightsabres in the matching colours to each of their partnered blocks. For example Obi Wan will get a blue one, Luke a green and Darth Vader a red one, while I will do an appliqued Star Wars logo next to Han Solo.

I've got it all planned out in my head, just hope that I can pull it off the way I want it to be and then get it done in time, so please keep your fingers crossed for me ;)

Until next time, happy sewing!
xx Lia





Saturday, December 14, 2013

Announcing the winner of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!

Just got home from a long day at work in the turmoil of customers doing their Christmas shopping while transforming our store into what at times looked like the aftermath of a hurricane, and I'm looking foward to a hot cup of tea and some TV while my feet are put up in eye level, so forgive me for making this a very quick and short post! ;)


In my previous post I was giving one of you the chance to win this little, sheepy quilt during the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day (week actually) and Mr. Random decided that the winner is comment number 56 made by Joyce Mitchell aka JoyceLM.




Congratulations, Joyce! I've already sent an email out to you :) 

I would also like to thank each and everyone of you who joined in on the fun and all the new followers. Unfortunately we once again had a massive load of no-reply bloggers, so in the future I will design the giveaways a little different, as this is starting to become a bigger problem with all the changes Google has been making lately. 

Who knows, maybe I'll move over to typepad or wordpress with my blog, we'll see. Any recommendations?

But it's weekend now and I hope you all enjoy yours!

See you soon with Star Wars quilt updates...
xx Lia


Monday, December 9, 2013

It's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!




Last year was the first time I joined the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day, when my blog was still brand new and I was looking to find a few followers to keep me company and I'm thankful for all you awesome readers that I met through Giveaway and Blog Hop Days! :)

For everyone new here, I'm sending out a warm welcome and invite you to have a look around at my blog to find out what I've been up to in the past 12 months. But now onto the giveaway!


This year I'm giving away a little baby quilt that I designed and made a good year ago. I have a bit of an obsession with sheep, but had not yet sewn one until then, which is when this quilt was created.

I hope one of you will give this little fella a new home, as it's been really lonely mingling with other finished projects in my cabinet and just wants a little friend to cuddle with. Due to the colour use of yellow and green it would be perfect for both boys and girls.

This baby quilt has a size of about 37.5 x 37.5 inches and is padded with polyester fleece lining. The fabrics used are entirely cotton. The sheep was made with machine appliqué and has movable ears and legs, the eyes are firmly attached buttons. 

Here are a few more photos.






To win this sheepy baby quilt you have to do the following:

1.) For your first chance to win, leave a comment and tell me who would receive this little quilt. Do you have a friend who's expecting? Or someone in your family? Do you want to use it for your own baby? Let me know :)

2.) For an additional entry become a follower of my blog, for example through Bloglovin', Google Friend Connect or subscribe any other way (links can be found to the top right of this blog) and comment that you did and how. 

Of course all of my awesome, existing followers get this extra entry too! ;) All you need to do, is tell me that you're already a follower and how you follow me.


This Giveaway is open until Friday, December 13, 2013 - 5:00 PM PST (Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:00 AM CET). International participants are highly welcome.

To be eligible to win this baby quilt, make sure that I have a way to contact you via email. Comments from no reply bloggers will automatically be disqualified from this giveaway unless there's an email address stated within the comment that you left. If your email address isn't displayed in your blogger profile or you're unsure wether or not it is, just add your email address to your comment, because if I can't get in contact with you, you can't win!

The winner will be picked with the help of Mr. Random and announced here on the blog within 24 hours of the end of this giveaway.

Good luck everyone!
xx Lia

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The winner of this giveaway is JoyceLM with comment number 56. Congratulations, Joyce! :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fabric Postcards!!!


Finally I tried my hand on fabric postcards and made a few that I want to send off to a couple friends this week.



I admit that the first one (top left in the picture) was a bit wobbly and then a few of them have the stitching around the edges a bit too close, so that the thicker paper that I used for the back, kind of started to fall apart a bit, so I had to straight stitch around their edges again to secure them. But I'm pleased with how they turned out. 



I also found out that my machine hates the metallic embroidery thread of Gütermann that I have, so there's only one card with fancy golden stitching I'm afraid ;)

These were fun to make though, and I'm already itching to make some more. The two in the following picture are my favourites. 


Still a lot more gift sewing to do here, am totally slacking on the Star Wars Quilt for my little brother. But I have 3 days off this week, so I need to sit down and work on it and hopefully will have another update for you soon.

Also, tomorrow marks another Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and I'm participating again. If you want to win something sheepishly cute (yes, that was a hint!) make sure you come back tomorrow!

Have a good evening :)
xx Lia

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What I've been up to lately...

I think I'm in bag mania at the moment. If you look at the previous blog posts it certainly looks that way and this post won't make it look any different.


For the past 2 days I've been sewing shopping bags that I want to give away to family and friends for Christmas. I made a bunch of 16 bags so far, all following the pattern of Teresa from Green Bag Lady. They are so easy to sew, but I wish I had an overlock machine as I probably would have 60 by now instead of 16 if I did. The overlock stitch on my machine isn't quite the fastest *yawn, eye rub, back stretch*

Here are the ones that I made, I especially love the first 2, which were made with thick cotton fabric that was given to me by a friend. I think I will give these to my boss for Christmas, I really love them.


The next 4 were made out of cotton sheets that I bought at a very good price on sale at some point. I really like the colours of the fabrics and the appearance of the big 'stones' on the bright one.



The next ones were made out of a bit heavier cotton curtain fabric. They have a linen like texture. Back in the day I bought all of these as curtains, but with the purpose of making a baby quilt for my aunt. She received that 2 and a half years ago, just after her 2nd baby girl was born. :)



The next ones are all made from cotton sheets again. The pink ones I also own in brown colours and I only bought these because I thought they would make great bags. I've had them for a couple years and used them for several bags already, as lining or main fabric. I think the colour just really is the ultimate eye catcher and the big print goes well on bags. The cream fabric with flowers is one I have lots of as well and have often used to wrap swap packages with. 





And thennnnnnnnn...I have another project, which I need to get working on, because I need it to be finished for Christmas, as I want to give it to my brother. He's a Star Wars nerd, the little guy - he's 10 now - and when Kristy of Quiet Play started her paper-pieced Lego Star Wars pattern series, I just knew that I had to make a quilt as well.


I've done Leia, Chewbacca, Obi Wan and Han Solo. The first two already have their faces painted on with textile paint. I will do that with the rest once I have all of these done.


Then I've done Luke, Yoda, Lando and Palpatine as Sith Lord. The last two were adapted from the Han Solo and Obi Wan pattern. I saw on Kristy's Flickr group that someone had made Lando from the Han Solo pattern by changing fabrics and colours, which gave me the idea to do the same. I then changed Obi Wan's face and colours around to make Palpatine, because this quilt will only include the original, old characters of the first 3 movies.

I still have C3-PO, R2-D2, a Storm Trooper and Darth Vader to do. The last one I'm dreading the most because he looks a bit complicated, but I'll get there. Then I have a fleece blanket that I want to use as backing for the quilt, which has a big Lego Darth Vader printed on it, and I have bought dark blue fabric with a star print that glows in the dark for the sashing. So yeah, I really need to work on that.

But since my bag marathon has made sure that I now have most Christmas packages sorted and ready to be packed and shipped off, I think I will be working on more Star Wars characters just next week.

And what have you been up to? Lots of sewing Christmas presents? Would love to know :)

Hope you have a great pre-holiday season!

See you next time,
xx Lia

Monday, December 2, 2013

Announcing the Winners of the Green Bag Lady Freebie!

Thanks to everyone for commenting on my Blogaversary Freebie from the weekend and celebrating my 1st Blog Birthday with me.

The winners of the 12 Green Bag Lady bags are:

sew.darn.quilt 
Marelize Ries
Grace 
Margaret 
Christine
Julia Isakova
jodie
Paula
Audrey Matlock
Tatiana
Nadezhda Azarova
Heathe A Driscoll

Congratulations to all of you, you've all been sent an email from Lia's Handmades with the Subject 'Green Bag Lady, Germany Freebie_11_2013' to notify you of your win and asking for your shipping address. Not received an email? Please check your Spam Folder just in case!

If you're not one of those winning a bag this time, don't fret. Teresa has another freebie on her blog at the moment, so head on over there and join and keep an eye on her blog. She's posting bag freebies frequently. 

Have a good day!
xx Lia
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