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11  Patchwork Soccer ball/ Truncated Icosahedron with rattle - including tutorial in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by aml on: February 01, 2012 03:18:12 AM
I recently saw these in a quilt shop and knew I had to try my hands at them. A few friends of us were expecting babies - what an ideal situation to try something new.

As neither I nor the parents of the recipients are particular soccer fans, I changed the color scheme. Each pentagon is surrounded by five different colored hexagons, no two adjacent pieces having the same color.

Once you have all the shapes it requires some patience to hand-sew all the shapes together, but apart from that it's a nice thing to patch together in the evenings while watching TV.

I put together a tutorial including the paper piecing templates added below.
I'd love to get feedback on the tutorial and see any soccer balls you sew Smiley
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12  Maternity blouses from old mens shirts - with link to tutorials in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by aml on: January 30, 2012 07:48:44 AM
Less than 15 days to go till due date - I finally got my husband to take pictures of the shirts I altered for myself.

I started 3 shirts, but finished only 2 - with this little time left to go, I'll wait for my next pregnancy to finish the last Smiley

1. Shirred maternity top

I used the following tutorial from DIY maternity - but kept the sleeves long, chopped the cuffs off and added some elastic instead because it's winter.

2. Button up baby doll shirt

Except for adding darts in the upper part, I followed this tutorial. A tutorial from DIY maternity as well.

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13  Wee play - my first quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by aml on: September 05, 2011 02:17:42 AM
I just completed my first quilt - at 8:30 in the morning, to be given away at noon Smiley - enough time to take some pictures and wrap it nicely.

When my best friend got pregnant three years ago I decided I'd like to make her a quilt for her first child.
So I searched for nice fabrics, bought them, got all roll cutter and mat, and put everything aside as soon as a started my first job. Now she got pregnant with her second child - and I got to be the godmother. I finally started to plan the top, put everything together and even got the binding done in time for the baptism.

the back

and artsy shot - just because I liked it on top of the flowers

It's 1,10m x 1,10m (3'7'' square) made of 1 1/2 charm packs of modas wee play line, 6 panels, plus some contrasting fabric, backing, and binding
I planned the design with a normal graphics program at the computer, scanned all the fabrics, and played around with the colors. Finally, I decided on four different colored corners, and blending the colors between. (It's a very educational quilt Wink - four squares/triangles of each fabric, learn the letters, the numbers, and the colors... who am I kidding. The child will lay on it and burp on it, but it's fun anyways)
It's machine quilted - simple quilting in the ditch. Would have loved to do some freehand quilting around the figures in the panels, but ran out of time.
Learned a lot that I'll do differently for the next quilt (baste the hell out of the quilt, before machine quilting....), but overall I like the result.

Best thing - the family of the child loved it. Hopefully it will be an heirloom to stay.
C&C welcome Smiley
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14  a new party dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by aml on: August 13, 2009 12:24:08 AM

it's been a long time since I've last posted.
I had some leftover from one of the formal dresses I sewed last year so I decided to finally try out the newlook 6749 that I always wanted to sew. I fell in love with the picture on the pattern envelope.

Here's the result:

and a picture of the back using the flash light to show off the shiny fabric

I love the final result - especially the neck line, but it's been a long way there.
The instructions call to finish the bodice first, sewing together lining and fabric in one continuous process. Last thing you do is sewing in the zipper. This is where I found out the hard way that I had to take in 2-3 inch. No fun ripping out the zipper twice...
I also had to adjust the darts in the back to minimize the tucking. It's not perfect, but way better.

Thanks for looking! Comments and criticism very welcome!
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15  YAVA (yet another vintage apron) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by aml on: August 14, 2008 02:51:32 AM
.. but with a modern twist. I know lots of these aprons have been posted before. I just had to try the pattern, especially as straw-holder posted the link to the free version (http://www.susanbranch.com/shopping/shop5-07/aprontest.pdf)

just plain, without printing

As I already have enough aprons, a friend had to be the victim of my sewing madness. She picked out the colors. orange+black-> chemical warnings. I could not resist to try my first attempt at stencilling, she helped.

the lucky recipient Smiley

close up of the print in all its smudgy glory. "reizend" means both adorable and irritant in German. So be careful when she is cooking while you are around Wink.

As always comments are very wellcome Smiley
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16  Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by aml on: August 03, 2008 12:16:23 PM
I got the cutest mini mitts from perlabella:

and action shot:

perfect for my pots with steel handles!

Thank you so much!


100g  (a bit less than 1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter
100g  (1/2 cup) sugar
8g      (1/2 tbsp) vanilla sugar (equals 1-2 tbsp. vanilla extract)
200g  (1 2/3 cup) flour
1 egg

Mix together to a shortcrust pastry dough. First using a mixer, or a food processor, then kneeding the dough.

Roll out pastry, wrap around rolling pin and gently ease into springform pan, pressing into the base and side of the tin.
Preheat oven to 200C/400F

1 kg (2 pounds) slightly sour apples
Peel, core and quarter apples. Put them on top of the dough.

1 bottle (0,75l) white whine
250g  (1 1/4 cup) sugar
2 pkg   vanilla pudding mix

Cook pudding after instructions, substituting the milk with the wine, pour over the apples.

Bake for 40 minutes, covering the tarte for the last minutes with aluminum foil to prevent burning.
Cool to room temperature.

flaked almonds.
Roast the flaked almonds in a pan. Double the amount you think you need, so there are any left, when decorating.

1/4l  (1/2 cup) cream
1-2   "whip-it"  -- cream stiffener/stabilizer

Whip cream with "whip-it" and sugar/vanilla sugar to your liking. Put on top of the tarte, decorate with roasted almonds
(The "whip-it" is not absolutely necessary, but it keeps the cream from running on hot days)

I included some links to Dr. Oetker to clarify the meaning of some of the products used. I'm not sure, whether they are as common in the US as they are in Germany. That does not mean that Dr.Oetker is the only firm that produces them in the US.

CLAFOUTIS AUX CERISES (cherry clafoutis)

350g    (3/4 lb.) sour cherries, stoned

(if you use preserved ones, drain them good)

for the batter
4       eggs
100g    (4/5 cup) plain flour (7 tbsp)
90g      (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
250ml  (1cup)     milk 

Beat the eggs in a bowl with a fork and add the flour. Whisk in the granulated sugar and milk.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Grease a 20cm/8" diameter, 5cm/2" deep ovenproof dish. Spread the cherries in the bottom, then pour the batter over them.

Place in the oven, bake for 35 minutes.
Serve warm (accompanied with vanilla icecream after liking Smiley )


(serves 4)

2  cucumbers
1  onion
1-2 tbsp  instant bouillon powder
1/2 lb  diced bacon

1/2+ cup  sour cream
2-3 tbsp  tomato paste

Peel cucumbers, cut lengthwise and scrape the seedy part out with a spoon, set aside in a bowl.
Cut the cucumber into large dices.

In a large skillet/pot, on high heat, melt some butter/heat up some oil. Fry the onions and the bacon. Add the cucumber pieces and the liquid from the seedy part of the cucumbers. Sprinkle with the instant bouillon powder. The bottom of the pot should be covered with liquid about 1cm/ 3/4" of liquid, if not, add some water.

Cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes at medium heat, stir occasionally. Add any more liquid, that might have accumulated in the bowl with the seedy part.
Season with sour cream and tomato paste. Serve with tomatoes.

All measurements are just meant to be guidelines, as this is a recipe of my gran and she would use whatever she had at hand. I have to admit, that I do that, too. You can also add/substitute tomatoes, peppers etc.


1 pkg spinach
1-2 cups sliced strawberries

Clean spinach und strawberries. Mix in bowl. Set aside.

1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar (or twice as much red wine vinegar)
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 green onion - finely chopped

Combine all ingredients in a container with lid. Shake well before serving.
Can be made up a day or two in advance.

1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp water

Combine all ingredients in a non-stick frying pan or pot. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until melted sugar turns golden brown and coats almonds (approx. 5-10 minutes). Turn out on piece of greased foil. Cool an break into small pieces.
Double the almond recipe so that the time the salad ist ready to serve, therell be some almonds left.


Add almond pieces to salad. Add dressing just before serving.
Can be made with a combination of spinach and romain using fresh raspberries or a smaller amount of strawberries and mandarin oranges, kiwi, or blueberries.

alternative Dressing
if you dontt have raspberry vinegar

1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 green onion - chopped

Combine all ingredients in a container with lid. Shake well before serving.
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17  4 invitations to weddings = 2 new dresses :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by aml on: July 31, 2008 09:41:41 AM
Hi there,

we got invited to four weddings this year plus a ball or two. So I had a very good excuse to sew myself some new dresses. :-D

First: Butterick B5026 ... I saw some very nice versions of this dress here on craftster and always wanted to have my own.
I made some minor modifications: lined the whole thing and added removable straps (not shown - and not needed Smiley )

flash on -- all shiny

close up of the fabric

and a first for me:
a real dress sewn without a ready-made pattern. I strongly altered a basic, strepless princess-line dress into a halter-dress, made out of dupion silk.
It turned out a tad to short... well can't change that anymore. I thought about adding some ribbon or so at the bottom. But as the dress isn't decorated in any other place I'll just leave it as is.

making silly faces...

action shot

and a close up of the vintage button I used. Found it in my grandma's stash.

Comments are very wellcome. Thanks for looking. Smiley
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18  meet Schildkrte in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by aml on: April 18, 2008 04:59:02 AM
hi there,

I made this little guy for the newborn daughter of friends. It is modelled after a homemade toy turtle I got as a baby but used to throw out of my crib. So after my brother was born it was given to him and he loved it dearly. It got patched so many times during its live, you finally could only guess the original colors.

I really wanted to make one similar to his. Hope this one will be loved by his first owner, otherwise she'll have to get a baby brother soon Wink

eating my plants Wink

belly shot

It's the first time a tried patchworking... uff I bow to all of you quilters! I do not really like to sew hexagons.
Also I had to rip apart the side seams like a million times, because I did not bast the legs good enough. So they would not stay attached to the body. I still like the result.

Comments are very wellcome. Too bad I have to give the little guy away tomorrow.
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19  Re: traditional easter eggs in Easter by aml on: March 17, 2008 02:48:27 AM
what was the exact tool you used for the little diamonds.  they are so perfect.  all the same size.   they are lovely.    you do a wonderful job.   i will have to look around for the wax  i have never seen that kind around here.

Thanks for your compliment. Smiley

I use goose or dove feathers. I carefully rip (not cut) off the lower side parts off the "stem", leaving only the sides of the top 1-1,5 cm. The stem has to be quite thin, in order for the feather-stamp to work correctly afterwards.
Then I roughly cut the basic shape and dip the feather in wax. Thus fixated I do the fine cut.
Sorry if my English is not totally correct but I do not know all the special terms considering feathers.

The reference scale is in cm.
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20  Re: traditional easter eggs in Easter by aml on: March 16, 2008 02:28:28 PM
some more eggs  Cheesy
my most recent:

one I did a few years ago:

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