Let’s tour my sewing space

Fresh Sewing Space | veni vidi vickyI hold an advanced degree in procrastination, but when I’m excited about something I can jump into it head first. That’s how my sewing space came about.

Up until this summer my quilting supplies were stashed in a bookcase in our living room. If I wanted to sew I got what I needed out of the bookcase and set camp on the dinner table. We live in a small apartment downtown. While we enjoy the urban surroundings our space is limited. Thus it had always been out of question that I could dedicate a room to my quilting hobby. As my fabric stash kept growing things got a little out of hand; there just wasn’t enough storage space and I kept getting annoyed by having to clear the table each night. We thought, that this was just the way things were and we had to live with it until we’d eventually move.

I don’t remember what initiated it, but one day this summer I thought to myself that if we redid our office, got rid of a couple of things and put most of my remains from architecture school in the cellar, there could actually be just enough room to host a dedicated sewing table. That idea, like a spark, initiated some frantic pinterest searching for tiny sewing spaces, corners, niches, nooks, you name it. This image of a fresh, lively yet clean enclave (??) formed and I put together a mood board that I proposed to my boyfriend. He’s happy when I am, and I’m pretty sure he loved the idea of moving all things sewing out of the living room – proposal accepted!

Fresh Sewing Space | veni vidi vicky

Next, my planning skills came in handy. I took our office’s measurements, drew up a floor plan, calculated dimensions and picked out pieces of furniture from IKEA accordingly. And when our original plans to go canoeing were canceled by the provider that weekend, off to IKEA we drove.

Fresh Sewing Space | veni vidi vicky

Fresh Sewing Space | veni vidi vicky

I didn’t buy all the things I had originally picked out, but all the essentials. I had to work on a budget and I like the idea of adding pieces I find along the way, too. And I went with a different carpet that now covers he floor in the niche completely. I am a sucker for carpet under my feet! The sewing nook is tugged behind our convertible couch / guest bed at the back of the room. The sofa is covered with my Glass Half Full quilt. I didn’t originally intend to keep this quilt, but when I saw how well the colours harmonize with the other green hues I decided to keep it.

Fresh Sewing Space | veni vidi vicky

My sewing table isn’t big, but it holds my notions and thread in two drawers, which are now within reach without taking up space on the table. And since I was able to put up a design wall, I don’t have to lay out blocks and design on my table either. When I sit and work Í have my machine to my right and my cutting mat on the left and can easily switch between cutting and piecing.

Fresh Sewing Space | veni vidi vicky

Fresh Sewing Space | veni vidi vicky

My fabric stash and other supplies are stacked in the green sideboards. I will open it up and show you around soon, stay tuned! And now I would love to see your sewing spaces, feel free to share a link if you’ve posted about yours in the comments, let’s spread the inspiration =)

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(The Monstera print included in the mood board is from the fantastic artist Janine Sommer)
This post is linked with Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story

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Hexie Tiles [WIP]

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If I buy a fabric collection as a whole it must be special. I’m more of a picky type with my fabric purchases: I’d rather buy my fav prints in yardage than spending money on a bundle where I only really love half of the designs. But when Alexia Abegg’s current line Printshop (for Cotton + Steel) came out this summer, I knew I needed to have all of those colourfully stamped fabrics, every single one. And when the bundle of yummyness arrived there was no way I was going to pull it apart.

Hexie Tiles in printshop | veni vidi vicky quilts

So I had this bundle stashed away in a save place in my fabric cupboard, to be admired from time to time. I had thought about using it in a special quilt with a special design for a special occasion…. you see it wasn’t going to go anywhere anytime soon. But then one glorious, sunny day (enter Prince Charming) Julie Hirt’s Hexie Tiles came along and swept me off my feet. Now this was a pattern worthy of my precious Printshop fabrics!

Hexie Tiles in printshop | veni vidi vicky quilts

The paper piecing template for the Hexie Tiles consist of two pieces, which sewn together form a hexagon with a fan like center. There are more ways to combine the two pieces to form other shapes, too. Some of these are shown in her pattern. And as I was playing around with colour placement I found another arrangement that forms wide flying geese made up of two stacked triangles.

Hexie Tiles in printshop | veni vidi vicky quilts

I love this variety of patterns the templates offer and would have loved to combine them into a sampler style quilt. Unfortunately I ran out of the Essex Linen I used as the background, which left me with not nearly enough material for a quilt. However I have enough to make two pillow covers from it. I decided to make one panel with the original hexie arrangement and one with the flying geese formation.

Hexie Tiles in printshop | veni vidi vicky quilts

Currently I’m pondering how to quilt both of them respectively. I think about maybe only quilting the background, so the coloured parts pop like gem stones. Does this sound any good to you?

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This post is linked up to Handmade on Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF this week at Rainbows, Bunnies, Cupkaces, Finish it Up Friday at crazy mom quilts and Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters.

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Grey to Green Ombré Quilt

grey/green Ombré Quilt | veni vidi vickyOne of the most humbling things to experience as a maker is someone loving your work so much, they request a piece of it to go into their home.

A lovely friend of mine asked me to sew a baby quilt for the nursery she was just setting up for her baby boy Charlie, expected to arrive in July/August. She was decorating the room in greys and a soft pastel green, which turns out to be such a calm, serene colour combination.

grey/green Ombré Quilt | veni vidi vicky
grey/green Ombré Quilt | veni vidi vickyAfter sending design ideas back and forth we settled on a grey-to-green ombré layout, set in half square triangles. I had to shop around for some bridging fabrics, meaning prints with both grey and green in it. This turned out to be an extremely rare combination! Luckily Heather Givans put some in her Succulent line, which I love a lot.

grey/green Ombré Quilt | veni vidi vickyTo be honest, I wouldn’t have picked grey and green for a quilt, had it been up to me. The more suprised I am that I actually very much appreciate the different shades together. I think it’s a warm, fuzzy scheme and a very understated one, much like Charlie’s room.

pattern: my own | finished size: 36 x 44” | batting: warm & white | quilting: straight lines 3/4” grid | backing: Kona Cotton Green Tea

grey/green Ombré Quilt | veni vidi vicky
The design brainstorm and tossing of ideas also reminded we why we need community and interaction, even in a seemingly solitary craft like quilting. Without input we’d get stuck in our ways and make the same stuff over and over again. How boring that would be!

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This post is linked to Sew Cute Tuesday at Young Texan Mama, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF this week at The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilt, Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters

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A bag full of leather scraps

In my town, straight down the road from our house, there’s a small shoemaker’s shop still in business. It has a charmingly decorated store front with huge Monstera plants and a bit of the shoemaker’s equipment on display.

It’s just like a time capsule – a man still making a living from creating custom shoes by hand. I know, I might be romanticising this a fair bit but I like to think of it that way.

A Bag Full of Leather Scraps | veni vidi vicky Quilts

Last week he put a sign out: ‘leather scrap and tool sale tomorrow. We’re moving shop.’ I’m sad to see the shop leave our street, but leather scraps? I’m taking them all!
Even better, it turned out to be a ‘fill your bag for 3€’ arrangement. Must have been my lucky day! At this point you might or might not wonder why this got me so excited? 1. I love leather, and I love it even more combined with fabric 2. It’s really difficult to source some unless you want to buy it by the bulk or spend a small fortune on a few bits.

A Bag Full of Leather Scraps | veni vidi vicky Quilts

I filled up a bag, but left a little room. The restraint! so proud of myself! I tried to pick pieces that are fairly thin. My little Pfaff Passport is a powerhouse, but I don’t think it would manage with some of the thick, thick sheets of leather they use in their shoes.

When I posted my haul on Instagram a couple of friends were interested to see what I would make with all these scraps. I actually put the first piece to use last week when I sewed myself a clutch to carry to a wedding that weekend. Everything went smoothly, almost as if the leather was just a really thick piece of canvas.

A Bag Full of Leather Scraps | veni vidi vicky Quilts

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I went into sewing this with little to no experience with sewing leather. So I can only encourage you to just try. And maybe ask your local shoemaker for a good deal on a bag of leather scraps? ;-)

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This post is linked up with Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles.

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