My Little Pony Pennant

Oh ya, I forgot about that one- I made this pennant for Birdie’s last birthday. I am not sure what possessed me but I decided to make her a My Little Pony Pennant using felt and then sewing them onto some fabric. Needless to say it took forever! The last night before Birdie’s actual birthday Hubby got the glue gun out and helped me because he saw the expression on my face and listened to me muttering…..safe sign that I was about to lose it :-)

Hi Ponies….

Applejack

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Twilight Sparkle:

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Rainbow Dash:

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Rarity:

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I also tried to find fabric that would correspond with their cutie mark or their abilities. Yes, definitely a dash of grandeur there… So I added some apples, balloons, butterflies, rainbow unicorns and purple and white stripes- you get the drift.

Happy Birthday, Birdie. I don’t think I will do that again haha.

Brookie’s Bear Quilt

Ach ja, da war ja noch einer, den ich Anfang letzen Jahres fertiggestellt hatte.

Meine Freundin Brookie hat mir erzaehlt, dass ihr Totem der Baer ist und ob ich ihr nicht einen Quilt machen koennte. Da ich aber noch nicht wirklich viel Erfahrung im Quilten hatte, habe ich mich fuer einfachere Muster entschieden. Wer Brookie kennt, der weiss, dass man sie nicht in “Schubladen stecken” kann. Das wollte ich irgendwie mit diesem Quilt zeigen, daher die unterschiedlichen Muster fuer jeden Bereich des Quilts. Ausserdem wollte ich keine Teddybaerversion produzieren, die einen niedlichen Baeren zeigt. Teddybaeren sind suess, aber fuer mein Projekt musste ich mit etwas anderem daherkommen. Also habe ich einen Baeren in die Mitte gesetzt, der ein bisschen wilder aussieht und in seinem natuerlichen Element ist. Eigentlich wollte ich ihn huebsch auf den Stoff applizieren, aber es sah wuest aus. Leicht veraergert bin ich mit der Maschine wild hin und hergefahren. Zu meiner grossen Ueberraschung hat mir das Endergebnis richtig gut gefallen. Es war ein grummeliger und zotteliger Baer und so sollte er auch sein.

Danach habe ich versucht Wasser/Fluss, Wald, freien Himmel, Sterne und Aurora Borealis nachzustellen. Ich hatte auf jeden Fall viel Spass damit und fand es erstaunlich befriedigend alle Regeln zu brechen und mich an kein Muster zu halten. Ich wusste ausserdem, dass ich klaeglich an komplizierten und filigranen Mustern scheitern wuerde. Ich wusste, dass ich dafuer noch nicht bereit war. Irgendwann mal, aber nicht zu dem Zeitpunkt.

Brookie liebt Ihren Baer-Quilt.

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Ich habe Ewigkeiten gebraucht, um den richtigen Stoff fuer die Rueckseite zu bekommen und habe noch meine “Fehlkaeufe” im Schrank liegen. Keine Sorge, sie werden noch verbraucht werden. Hier habe ich einen blauen Baerentatzenstoff gewaehlt. Natuerlich hatte ich mich beim Kauf vertan und nicht genug Stoff uebrig. Also habe ich kurzerhand einen zweiten Stoff dazwischengenaeht, der aus Loewen und Tigern bestand. Der Totem ihres Mannes ist ein Bergloewe und das war “as close as it gets”. Fuer den Rand habe ich einfach meine Stoffreste zusammengenaeht und so das Buendchen hergestellt. Ich muss sagen, dass ich stolz bin auf diesen Quilt.

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Brookie is a friend of mine who is interested in Shamanisimn and her totem is the Bear. I decided to make her a quilt with a bear in it. At that point I had very limited experiences in quilting and knew I would have to stick to the easier patterns.

If you know Brookie, then you know that you cannot stick her in categories and “label” who she is. She is unique and I am very glad to know her and call her my friend. Somehow I wanted to translate that into quilting. I knew this would allow me to break every rule but still create a typical quilting product. First decission was to pick a motif that was not a cuddly teddybear in pink or babyblue. They are cute but that is not what I wanted. Instead I picked a somewhat more natural looking bear. I appliqued him onto some unbleached cotton and created negative space. I like it that way. My stitching is horrible and I was soo angry with myself when I was done. So angry in fact that I went around and around the bear like a mad woman. To my utter surprise I liked it. He is grumpy and wild. Love it. (Hey Brookie, you are not grumpy but this bear had to be :-) ).

Then I wanted to put him into an “Alberta background” so I started with the water/river, added the forest, the sky, the stars and Aurora Borealis. I had so much fun creating this quilt because I could work in stages, not having to worry too much about seam allowances and trimming blocks to a certain size. I went crazy and wild quilting-wise :-) and it was a great experience.

The backing is a flanelette showing a blue background with bear paw prints. Since I didnt really meassure anything I was short and had to add a strip in the middle. It shows Lions and Tiger which I thougth fit because her husband’s totem is the mountain lion and this is as close as it gets.

Brookie says she loves this Quilt.

Quilt fuer Mara- A Quilt for Mara

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Das Internet ist Himmel und Hoelle zugleich. Wenn ich etwas Bestimmntes suche und es mit Naehen oder Quilten zu tun hat, dann gibt es tausend und eine Quellen. Was als 10minuetiges “Suchen” begonnen hatte, endete in einem 2 Stunden Marathon. Soviele Muster zu bestaunen, soviele Blogs zu lesen und YouTube Videos anzuschauen. Mehr durch Zufall stolperte ich ueber einen Beitragnamens “Jellyroll Race”. Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Frontman oder besser Frontfrau Jenny hat mich so zum Lachen gebracht, dass ich mir ihr Tutorial mehrfach angesehen habe. Auf ihrer Webseite haben sie Unmengen an Tutorials. Ich liebe ihre unkomplizierte und charmante Art und die Tutorials sind darauf ausgelegt, dass Leben eines Quilters so einfach wie moeglich zu machen.
Hier ist der Link

Kurz vor Weihnachten hatte ich mich entschieden einen Stripquilt fuer meine Nichte Mara (Hallo, Mara!) zu naehen und habe mich fuer Neonfarben entschieden. Sie war zu dem Zeitpunkt 9 Jahre alt und nicht fuer rosa und Eihnhoehrner zu haben. Ich glaube Monster High war mehr auf dem Plan. Ein bisschen Pink durfte es aber schon sein. 2 Jellyrolls wanderten in den Einkaufswagen und abends, sobald Birdie im Bett war, ratterte meine Naehmaschine. Nach 10min kam Hubby runter und wollte wissen, was das fuer ein Krach waere. Upps. Ich wurde am naechsten Tag ins Basement verbannt. Selbiger war nicht ausgebaut und es war Dezember- schweinekalt. Ich sass also mit 2 Pullovern, Strickjacke und Handschuhen an der Maschine. Ich wollte es unbedingt fuer Weihnachten fertigbekommen.

Die Decke and sich war superschnell fertig. Zu dem Zeitpunkt hatte ich keine Ahnung, dass man Quilten (das eigentliche zusammennaehen von Decke, Wollfleece und Rueckseite) kann wie man will. Das war erst mein zweiter Quilt! Stitch in the Ditch war das einzige was ich kannte. Arrrggh! Ich habe ungefaehr viermal solange gebraucht bis ich alle Reihen genaeht hatte. Geradeausnaehen war die groesste Herausforderung. Es hat auch nicht immer geklappt. Ich hoffe Mara verzeiht mir, dass der Quilt nicht perfekt ist. Es steckt viel Muehe und Liebe hinter und das sollte ausschlaggebend sein, oder? Meine Schwester meinte er waere gut angekommen und wurde gleich auf dem Bett ausgebreitet. Mission accomplished.

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I found this wonderful and amusing Tutorial of the Missouri Star Quilt Company online and was hooked. This looked like a beginner could do that. Jenny from the MSQC makes quilting look so effortless and easy. I was intrigued. It was close to Christmas and I wanted to make a quilt for my niece Mara. Watch this tutorial. I am subscribed to her tutorials because they are wonderful, entertaining with just the right amount of humor and NEVER boring: Tutorial

Well, they are also clever and enthusiastic about their shop. I have ordered from them several times and my only regret is that they are not in Canada and therfore my mail got caught at the border twice. I wish I could pay the extra tax and be done with it. No, they add 20$ handling fees!! This makes no sense to me. I am not trying to avoid paying our GST but I have no control over how it is sent or handled at the border. I hate it.

Lately I try to turn to some online Canadian fabric stores but they are (unfortunately) not a match to the US ones yet…. Ok, sorry that was my rant of the day.

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The top came together really quickly. Hubby came downstairs to see what the commotion was about. I guess when you speed-sew the noise level raises …a lot…. I was banned to the basement so that I won’t wake up Birdie. Point taken- I moved into the unfinished basement in December *insert shocked face*. I sat there with two sweaters on, a cardigan, thick socks and gloves. I am not even kidding. I wanted this quilt done for Christmas and I was not about to get stopped by a little bit of cold air…

The issue was not the quilt top but the actual quilting. Sewing the three layers of quilttop, batting and backing together took me four times as long as the top. At this point I only knew “quilt in the ditch” so I diligently quilted every single strip. Mindnumbing LOL. I am also still working on sewing straight. Considering it was my second quilt I am ok with the fact that is not perfect. Mara may forgive me but a lot of effort and love went into it and that is the main reason I make quilts. I hope somebody treasures it because someone took the time to make it and it is not from Walmart or Ikea. It is unique in all its imperfections.

My sister said that Mara loves it and put it on her bed right away. Mission accomplished.

For the backing I chose a black fabric that had tons of colourful flowers on it. After all it was a quilt for a girl, rigth? Why didn’t I take a proper picture of the back? Beats me, I have a lot to learn.

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Summer/Sommer

Oh Summer, how I do miss you!

Harvest from my last garden. This year we will start a garden in our new house from scratch! Birdie already demanded pink and purple flowers so that she can eat them.

Why not?

My little Pony

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When we went to the K-Days in Edmonton we HAD TO go to the My Little Pony Show. Birdie has every pony imaginable and I have no idea how that happened. We were lucky and got a good spot and clearly the kids enjoyed the show. Birdie kept asking where Apple Jack and Rarity were. Uhm… sometimes you don’t know whether to tell the little kidlets the truth or just come up with a made up answer haha. We told Birdie that Apple Jack will be in the next show. I hope she won’t remember….

We saw another show at the Millwoods Mall and Birdie was just blown away by the fact that they were “real” and singing. She was hilarious.

So when you think you have all the ponies in the world in your house then Hasbro comes up with the genius idea to create the Equestrian Girls. Brilliant marketing and a money machine. The parent in me screamed “Noooooooooooo” at the top of my lungs. I despised them with a vengeance in the supermarkets and toy stores. Then we watched the movie and that was the end of the resistance. We got her the Equestrian Girl- Twilight Sparkle since it is her favourite character. Needless to say that we also have Pinky Pie and Trixie Equestrian Girl and that Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are in the cupboard as rewards. Sigh.  Don’t judge  me, please.

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It was so cool to meet Twilight Sparkle after the show :-) But then Twilight Sparkle Equestrian Girl started to talk to Birdie and that was too much reality for her. She turned into a toddler again and clung to me. Haha. We had fun and that is all that matters.

We still have the Pony Ears at home and some pretty funny pictures of her running around stark naked but with her Pony Ears on. I won’t share them since I need those for her wedding HARR HARR. Love, Mama.

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Funny Faces

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Feeling funny today? It is interesting to see how toddlers develop a sense of humor. There are things that make them laugh that you (the adult) don’t consider funny. Not even remotely. So when we had Oma and Opa from Germany visiting I just knew that Birdie would pick up something. Sure enough…while we were drinking coffee Opa made a funny face….and all bets were off.

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I am still surprised I did not choke on my cookie :-) Toddler ears are so soft and flexible. What Birdie does with her ears would bring me into the emergency room within the hour.  See what she does with her mouth? In my head I would looking for an explanation that I could give the daycare ladies just in case Birdie’s face splits in half.

Whatever it is that makes toddlers tick, we had a lot of fun at the coffee table and Oma and Opa left an impression :-)

See you at Xmas!

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I hope you are as impressed as I am right now.

Table Runner/Table Cloth

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Wow, isn’t there a saying out there that says: the way to hell is plastered with good intentions. Well, mine surely is.

Months go by and I have unfinished projects, projects in my head I haven’t even started yet, a huge guilt trip because I am not as organized at home as I would love to be. I read about Mom’s with meal plans, shopping lists, their calendar filled with play dates for the kidlets. I have good intentions….and then life happens.

I am working hard on not feeling guilty but I do have my moments of doubt and insecurity. Should I try harder to plan our meals and have all the ingredients ready in the fridge? Am I giving Birdie enough attention and nutritious meals? These moments pass when I look at her and see her happy and full of energy. Don’t get me started on her current bedtime haha. Between her bedtime and my bedtime lay 30minutes. I rest my case….

Ok, so one of the projects or hobbies that I started and only occasionally get to is sewing and quilting. What I realized is this: with the (limited) time I have for myself, a full time job and being a Mom AND the temptation of sun and summer I have to put some Quilts on hold. Otherwise this hobby will turn sour and become a chore and not a fun and creative way to spend. I still have to finish a Quilt for Meike and for Hubby as we speak :-). In the meantime I am trying to pick projects that are smaller and hopefully faster to complete. This way I actually get to see a result in a shorter period of time and I can experiment with shapes, colours, blocks and ideas in general.

Ok, long story short. This is a table cloth I made for my mom-in-law (hi, Oma!). She loves blue and beige and the colours fit perfectly in her living room. It started of as a bigger hexagon shaped tablecloth but Oma said to make a square out of it since it would be better for the small table she intends to use it on. Cool, problem solved since I didn’t have enough of the fabric I wanted to use on the back. I picked a fabric that is identical to the pattern her coffee mugs have. It was a sign, right? In my mind it was.

I used the white and blue fabric on the back mixed with a white fabric. The white fabric is a white bed sheet that my mom-in-law gave me. As a joke, I cut the bed sheet so that you can see the blue stripe in some of the white squares. Mom-in-law said: Cut it up or it is going in the bin. Nothing gets wasted in my sewing world- you should see the tiny scraps I am keeping in my bags. Ideas, anyone?

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In hindsight I should have take a picture of it laying on the table since it is suppose to be a table cloth. Uhm. Well. I don’t know what to say. Just pretend it is on a table, ok?

Oma and Opa were here for 2 weeks and Birdie was in heaven with all the attention and the presents. Omg, the presents. Way too many. Every time Birdie went on the potty, she got a present from Oma….Nobody is giving me presents for going to the potty, lol. Being a kid is awesome- being a kid with grandparents who love her to bits is even better, don’t you think?

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Ok, I have to go to my little sweatshop in the basement and get going on some other projects. Or maybe I take a nap.


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