Wednesday, October 29, 2008

On vacation

Hi there,

just wanted to let you know that I won't post during 2 weeks, maybe you wonder why ........

cause I will be in Marrakesh, Morocco, I'm just so excited, haven't been there for about 7 years

Have a creative time and see you soon.



Monday, October 20, 2008

Some new projects

I had to finish some projects to be on time for my swaps and I'm still not up to date, grrrrrr, bad time managment, get to get more organized next time.

So here you see my little quilt fot the ALQS2, it's almost done, hope to do the quilting and binding tonight. The actual size is about 16" x 19,5" and the thumblers height 1,25", so you can imagine the tiny tiny applique pieces for the bees, pretty ticky.
It's all done in japanese fabrics, that's why I call it "bees in a japanese garden".

And don't worry, the blue marker lines on the bees will disappear, watersoluble pen.



Below you can see a close-up of my little bees, aren't they cute?



And now something for the season, it's a little wall hanging based on a picture from Art to Heart.
I made this for a friend, but I think I need one too.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My last border for the Spring Fling RR

I participate in the second edition of the Spring Fling RR and I like it a lot, it stimulates my creativity and up to now I would have loved to keep all of those I worked on.

But I can tell you, this last border was quite thrilling, when I first saw the block that was sent to me I had no idea, so much empty space to fill, gosh.

Then I made different plans and decided to add some applique to fill up these spaces. I created the design myself and I think it matches perfectly with the rest of the quilt.

It is very hard to take a pic without revealing too much, ;o)))))).


Still have to wash the piece to get ridd of all those watersoluble marking lines, but at least you can have an idea.





And many thanks to Margaret for organizing this, I promise you to join for the next one, you're doing an amazing job.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Maybe you wanna see

Hi there, I just thought that I need to show you my latest dear Jane blocks.
Up to now I made 51 blocks, that makes just 118 more to do to finish the center.

I didn't use any of the fabrics twice, but maybe I have to reuse my fabrics for the triangles, that's why I decided to create these only when most of the center blocks are done, all depends on my fabric stash.

I think I'll love it once finished, it's so colorful, it will be so me.


And now to the pic

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Win a handbag

I know, I know, women always need handbags, me too.

So go here and maybe you will be lucky.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

As promised

Ok, as I promised some days ago, I want to show you some of my handsewn projects now.

You know, after having completed some of the Dear Jane blocks by hand, I decided to do a major project by hand, it is so easy to take along, you can almost sew everywhere and I find that it is very relaxing.

The more complicated part is done, I mean the marking and cutting and now almost everything is ready for the handpiecing.




this kit is from Kristel Salgarollo, an incredible woman, it was published in this year's Summer Special of Quiltmania magazine
if you live close to Belgium, of course the one in Europe, go and see her, the shop is like Ali Baba's cavern

I even finished another handsewn project, Gwen's second lady of R de rien in x-stitch, way too cute and I've got some more of her patterns, so you might see the finished stitcheries soon



And see what I've got from Andrea in Greenwood Lake in NY
Incredible swap, don't you think so too, this woman is awsome, thanks so much my dear



Have a nice and creative week or better weekend
Till next time my friends

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Back again

Ok, think it's time to show up again.

Where have I been, is that your question?

First of all I went for a week to Portugal, I just loved that, a very pretty country, or at least the part I've seen. I even decided to return one day to Lisbon, one day was not enough.

And then, there was a huge world music festival in Belgium and different other happenings overhere in my tiny country.


I started work again after all that and you can believe me, I had a hard time, still now, too many collegues ill and so my working hours were and are still terrible. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, in one month I have my big break, a whole month off, ouffffffffff.

There's just one problem, I don't know where to go as apparently I have to travel alone, do you have an idea?


Now to some of my works, beside my Dear Jane blocks (I show those in a separate post)

A plaid for my friends new baby boy



A Mini quilt for the 6-12" Flickr exchange (in the center of the yoyos I added some beads to make it sparkle)



I added the first border to the center for the Spring Fling 2 project
(really wish I could have kept that one)
I can only show a glimpse, have to keep the secret till december, lol



And yesterday I created another little beauty for the 6-12" group, I have to do one like that for myself too, just my kind of colors and they remind me alot the actual nature colors, that's why I called it "autumn approach"
Hope my partner will like it.


That's all for the moment, but some more post will follow soon, one with my Dear Jane blocks, one about the "Euopean Quilt Festival" I visited 2 days ago and for sure another one about my handpiced project (especially for Belem, ;o))))), as she is very curious.

Take care and till soon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What a long travel

Wow, sometimes I don't understand why postal services can take sometimes that long.

My very dear friend Lisa sent me a package for my birthday, she posted it on may 29th in her town (close to Pittsburgh). We already thought it got lost, last week I had even to sign an inquiery where I declared never having been delivered this package and now ........... or better yesterday I had a notification in my letter box that some package was waiting for me at the local post office.

I went there to get it this morning and look what was inside





She's crazy, sorry my dear, all these goodies just for me, I liked everything, but my favourie item is the center fabric, the repro one with the red flowers.

Thanks a lot love, you're a true sweetheart, glad I've met you and honored being your friend

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cherries for my honey

Yes, sure, ......... but not my honey, by the way, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, do I have one, ;o)))?

And no real ones, just little tricky colonial knot cherries.


Ok, I tell you the secret, it's the name of my summer quilt for the 4SQS.
Still have to iron it and tomorrow I'll run to the post office and post it to my secret partner.
I hope it will be appreciated, as I had just very little information about that person's likes.

Here's a full view, taken this afternoon on my balcony.




And for the very curious ones, one where you can see the details and embroideries a little better.

Friday, July 18, 2008

I want it, I want it

Go and check overhere, Dana is giving away an incredible quilt.

Yes I know, by posting this on my blog, I attract more people, but that's part of the game.

Mr Random picker, lol, maybe you want to be very nice and choose me, please, ;o)))))

Monday, July 14, 2008

Some little handwork

I am a member of the 6"-12" mini quilt trading swap on flickr and this month's theme is triangles.

In this post I told you about Ruth Tschudy, a swiss lady who is an expert in Korak quilting, a very special technique (The word «Korak», meaning «patch», is today’s applied word of an old technique from Central Asia, mainly Turkistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.)
She sent me her book and now I'm proud to present you my very first little Korak, I thought it would be the perfect choice for this month's swap, as there are a lot of triangles.

Here are some pictures of the making

first I had to trace a grid on the background fabric, cut little squares of fabric , fold them in rectangles or triangles and choose the color layout



and then, add pins, some pins, ......... no lots of pins before sewing these little pieces by hand to the background fabric



ok, all the strips are sewn to the background, ........ and yes, I like it


and tadahhhhhhhhhhhh, here it is, pretty colorful and I'm in love




but it's not for me, last week I posted this quiltie to .......... someone overseas
hope she likes it

I think I have to do one like that for myself, it was so much fun and it is a perfect technique to use all those very small fabric scraps that accumulate in the scrap bin

you're interested in this technique? go and get Ruth's book, the explanations are described in german and english and easy to understand, have fun like I did

Sunday, July 6, 2008

PLEASE, PLEASE sign

Hi folks

Today something really different, maybe you've heard of this horror already, it's just unbelievable, disgusting and criminal, how can someone be that cruel?

There'a a so-called artist who is nominated for the "Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008", Guillermo Vargas Habakkuk (http://www.marcaacme.com/blogs/analog/index.php/2007/08/22/5_piezas_de_habacuc)
In one of his exhibitions, he tied a dog with a tight rope to the gallery's wall and led to the death of that dog by starvation during the event and this was intentional.

I don't want to show a picture of this poor creature, my stomach is revolting and my mind gets mad just by thinking of this. Where does our world go?

I beg you now, PLEASE, PLEASE sign this petition, in the name of that poor dog

It's overhere, already 1.416.222 total signatures up to now
Boycott to the presence of Guillermo Vargas "Habacuc" at the Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008

Thanks

Friday, July 4, 2008

Look what I've got

You remember, sometime ago I won at Stacy's give-away and now I got that package.



Already opening the package was pure delight, everything just smelled awsome.The wool is great, the ribbons cute, the jam perfect (didn't know that), the ice cube maker cool, the little angel amazing, the chocolate yummy (already gone, ;o))))))), the batik fat quaters very nice, ......but the best of all are those vintage fabrics, gosh, they make my heart sing, such happy prints and colors.This package was way more than I expected, girl, you made my day.


Stacy, look, the little angel is always with me when I sit at my pc desk, he's protecting me, thanks so much.




And now, gosh, you should have seen my face opening this package, Kathie told me that she had posted it and I got already excited by the idea of discovering what was inside.

I sent her some african fabrics a while ago and I got all these beauties in exchange from this incredible woman. There are some fabrics from her stash (lol, wish I had such a stash) and some very new ones she bought especially for me.

Kathie, you're a sweetheart, many thanks for all that.



I wish ...... and more

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I wish all of my my friends in the US a happy 4th of July


And now, look at this, I got it from my Partner at the 6-12" Mini swap at flickr, it's so cute and love the postcard as well. She even joined some fabric scraps in turqoise, gorgeous.


I've also worked on the last Dear Jane blocks, I can tell you, the last one was tricky, such tiny tiny pieces but I'm glad with the result.

G-8 Justin's Comet (handpieced, too many Y-seams to do it by machine)




D-10 Battlefield

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Something different

As you know I love x-sitch too and when I saw this pattern I told myself that one is for me, lol.

It's from a french designer, R de rien, all her stuff is just too cute.

This is the first from a whole collection that I want to make and I smile everytime I look at it. Now the stitching is finished, I just have to frame it with the fabric.





And a new picture of my everlasting project, the houses of Hawk Run Hollow, it grows, but slowly. Each square is about 3x3" and 90x90 crosses, can you imagine, I have to be at least a little mad, don't you think so?



See you soon overhere

Friday, June 27, 2008

Wish I could keep this

As promised yesterday I tell you a little story of a very special quilt.

Some time ago I took a class on doing applique mosaic style. The woman who told us this technique is a friend of the amazing Yoko Saito from Japan and explained that this is commonly used in japanese quilts, very often in borders, but also on bags.

Here I show you a picture of one of Yoko Saito's bags made that way




First I was a little stressed, that much applique, wonky effect, little pieces, whaw .............
but decided to give it a try. It's true, it looks quite scary, but knowing all those little extra tricks like using a hera marker instead of freezer paper made life that much easier and after a while it was pure fun.

My class project is still not finished, lots of little triangles to applique, but I needed a finished project as I had to teach a class myself on this. That's why I started a second one, much easier, only rectangles and squares (some of them are just 3/8"), I didn't want to frighten my students, lol.

The class was a pure success, all the women just loved this kind of doing applique, the hardest part for them was avoinding straight lines and creating like this the essential open spaces between the appliqued shapes that give the mosaic effect.

As my project was quite small, about 18"x18" I thought I could use it as my contribution for the ALQS, I just needed to fill some of the empty space and then I had the idea of adding some silk ribbon flowers around the center and embroidered colonial knot flowers on the border.

And know it's done and I have to confess, I would have loved to keep this little beauty for myself, I just love it, the embroidery added the last special kick and I think it's a pure beauty.

You know, sometimes it's amazing, you choose some fabrics for a quilt and you think, ok, not too bad. Then you do all your piecing or appliqueing work and the first bizarr ideas appear, "do I still like that or not" and then you add just a little detail and the ugly duck turns into a white swan.

Do you know that feeling?


OK, , stop talking girl, they are waiting

taaaaaadaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, here it is




Isn't it pretty? And it's on the way to ................., lol, I just say overseas.

Have a nice weekend and see you soon.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Back again with Jane

Hi my friends, well, well, that's been a long time since my last post.
I had a very busy month of june, lots of work, quite some stress and not that much time for sewing or blogging, but now I'm back, hurray.

First I have to tell you that june is a busy birthday month for me, 10th my nephew's, 15th mine, 20th my niece's and finally 25th my other nephew's who's also my godchild, so you can see, there was a lot of partying.
On june 23rd was also the celebration of our national day, huge party all over the country with lots of free drinks and fireworks. Busy, busy, busy, as you can see.

Yesterday I found some time to work on my Dear Jane blocks, had to do 4 to catch up and yes, finished 3 and the 5th is almost done. Welldone girl, lol. But oups, today is thursday and that means that a new block is being displayed at Anina's blog, so I'm again a little behind our "mistress".

Here now the pics of my Dear Jane's

First a pic of all the blocks done before



Now the new ones

C-1 Trooper Green's Badge

K-11 Columbine

K-8 Springbrook Park


And the ones I've done yesterday

H-11 Piercing Rays (first try on hand quilting, because of the Y seams and I'm pretty happy with the result)

M-11 Rickshaw

and H-13 Farm Fields


Now back to my sewing machine, as the last 2 just wait for me.
Oups, no machine for E-1, all applique, but I love that.

More news and pics soon, I promise.

Take care

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Perfect beginning

Girls, got a huge surprise this morning when I read this post, look at the names of the winners, lol, that's a perfect start for the day, thank you Stacy, or should I say George .........

Yesterday evening I started assembling the last Dear Jane block on the to-do list for this week and after such great news I was really motivated to finish that one.




It's F-5 Parcheesi, I did the whole block in applique, just added the corner triangles by machine
I tried also to reconstruct the color fabric as it was before cutting, pretty easy, you still can imagine the whole flower


oups, I forgot to show you the other block I made some days ago




I-8 Pete's Paintbox, thought this block would look nice using striped fabric and I'm more than happy with the result

Now I do some more fabric cutting, I have a class on thursday and I have to cut tons of fabric triangles for that project, just a little hint, all the fabrics I use are Kaffe's, maybe I show you later.


Take care, wherever you are

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Now I can show you



This is the little quilt I made for Annette for the MiniatureBooty swap.
I know, it's a bit funky, but she seemed to like it, that's at least what she told me.

It's always good to hear that your work is appreciated, that's what makes swaps so interesting.

And now I return to my Dear Jane block, lots of applique to do.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Todays blocks

I had to do 2 blocks for my Dear Jane and as I had some time this afternoon I did what I had to do to catch up the leader Anina.

Here they are




the first triangle in the bottom row
I know, it's not mirror image, but that's ok for me, no one will see when the quilt is finished




H-1 Peek-a-boo

Another giveaway

This morning I checked all my favourite blogs and see what I've found overhere.
Stacy is having a giveaway, loved the post especially because of the amazing yarns.
Can you believe that, yarns made out of milk and corn, sounds pretty weird, but they look very nice, maybe I have to check that online-shop and begin knitting again.
Yes, I knit too, I even used to knit for a shop on order, but that's a long time ago.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Giveaway

It's overhere, the story's just a dream, but this one would be great, let's dream together with our friends.

True friends are diamonds

Friday, May 16, 2008

2 amazing surprises and a little finished one

Yesterday I checked my mailbox very early, wanted to know if my 4SQ would be there and ......... yes it was. I was very excited, couldn't wait to open the envelope.
First I just saw the border fabric and I was alredy delighted, perfect, how could she know that I love this one so much? (have the same one in red)
Then I discovered a beautiful magazine, Australian Patchwork and Quilting, quite hard to find overhere and some cute kitties transfer patterns.
I had to open the quilt imediatly and discovered this beauty



Isn't it just pretty? Thanks so much Christine, you're a sweetheart.


Today, after coming home from work there was another package waiting for me. Got really confused, posted in Finland, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I don't know anyone from there.
There are some strange things going on, I didn't have any idea what the package would content.
Did I win something on a blog without remembering that I made a comment for a give-away?
You know when you get older your brain sometimes gets damaged, lol.
I had to check that package and discovered a second little quilt. Gosh, my Miniature Booty swap arrived, didn't expect that so early.

Can't hide it from you, another beauty, the perfect sister (or brother) for the other one.



You have to confess that it's beautiful, don't you and it was made by Jen
Thank you, thank you so much, I will cheerish it forever.


Now I had to finish mine and get it posted to .............................................
Oups, my hands refuse to write the name.
Here's a little teaser of the finished project, enjoy it.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Not quite satisfacted with this one




This is my last Dear Jane block and I have to confess, I'm not really satisfacted how it looks.
Maybe I shouldn't have made the strips the same width, but I wanted the block to look like Jane's. I think also my appliqued shapes are a bit to long, maybe I just shorten these.

I'll see, for the moment it stays like this.