Saturday, January 31, 2009

Back after the troubles and give-away

Hi there, yes I'm back as you can see. My pc got repared and it's working properly again, so relieved that there was nothing too bad to get fixed and that all my pics and documents are still there.

So, what did I do meanwhile, what do you think, .........................., lol, stitching and creating.

Wanted to upload the pics, but impossible for the moment, net too busy.
So you have to check my flickr account for the moment

By the way, as you can see in my sidebar, I joined this give-away hosted by Katy. See you on february 4th overhere for more details.

Update on february 2nd (as it was possible to add the pics, ;o))))

this is my ongoing project for the 4SQS5, it's a personal creation
you know I'm not too much into brown, but what can you do when this is one of your partners preferences
the project has to be monochrome, you only have the right to add some white or black
think mine is ok for these restrictions

as a follower of Linda's and Becky's blog I had to take this opportunity, you can read the post about this block overhere
Have to hurry, as they need a pic of the completed quilt by the end of february

this is also my own creation based on Gee's Bend quilts
it's a mini, about 8 x 12" I think
the name is Pyjama party as I have used only old (even some very, very old) fabrics
the pale blue ones are from my childhood duvets and the one with the roses my mum used for sewing me a pyjama (that's where the name comes from, ;o)))
the striped one is a very old thick fabric that was used for my mums pillows (filled with buckwheat)
and the yellow/white, also a very old one, an upholstery fabric used for the strawfilled bed bases, sorry but I don't know how you call these exactly (at some spots you can even see the rust marks of the nails)
it is handpieced and freecut, only the quilting was done by machine, as some of the fabrics are really thick

TADAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, and now to the first hint for my give-away on wednesday

I created this quilt pattern this weekend and a copy will be added to my stash fabrics

More information on february 4th

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Warning, heavy stuff

Wow, wow, what a long time since my last post

First I have to apologize, but in this post you'll find some explanations for my absence on the blog.

You know, I have major problems with my PC, don't know why, but quite often it crashes completely or it turns off just like that. Have to bring it to the store as my Virus scan is not working properly, when I scan, the system crashes and then I have to wait some minutes before being able to connect again. Seems that the monitor gets no signal, bizarre, bizarre.

I tried several times to post overhere, but no way, blogger didn't allow me to add pics, ............ until a had the idea to try again by using Internet Explorer, and ........... this seems to work (some time ago I switched to Firefox and there it was impossible)
So now I hope to get some pics posted, ............................. please blogger, let me do this

I've been quite productive though, but you'll see

First a christmas gift for my godchild, she is such a Minnie fan and my brother just told me that she takes her gift every night to cuddle to her bed (originally it should have been used as a floor mat)

Here is my creation for the Miniature Holiday Booty QS, my partner Gina wanted something not too traditionnal and with unusual funky colors. Apparently it was more than she expected, she's in love with the wreath and wants to leave on the wall all year long.

As you know, I was doing the Spring Fling RR2, this was an amazing experience and I've already planned to participate at the next round too. Maybe someone else wants to join, just check the blog, cause there will be a number 3.
Here is the last quilt that I worked on, I only did the handquilting and the finishing before it was sent to Alicia.

On the next pic you can see the back and my quilting a little better.

Now the ONE, this one got so many comments on my Flickr account, it was for the swap mum the very dear Margaret and it will hang in her daughters bedroom.
You have to read her post to know what she thought of my creation.
There was such a lot of empty white space when I got the block after round 1, I had to fill this space and add some girly color, so I created this applique pattern on the dotty fabric.
(all the applique is my work and it's needleturn)

And yesterday I finally got mine, you can believe me, it was hard to wait after having seen all those beauties.
See what I've found after opening the envelope, first this amazing tissu package (look at those tree ornaments, machine embroidered by Julia) aren't they lovely

And then, wow, wow, wow, this incredible quilt, peacocks paradise. (that name is more than perfect, lol) Normally I'm not too much into blue, but this is killing me. Look at the borders, they seem to be the peacocks tail wheel. The borders have been done by Sharon and Luisa.

Now a close-up of the peacock, as I said, incredible, thanks so much Tami, you're a wonderwoman with wonderhands.

Let's go on with some handpiecing projects, yes, don't tell me that you don't want to see, I warned you that this is heavy stuff, ..........

Some months ago I told you about my first handpieced project, and you know what, it's almost finished now. I still need to quilt the center with big flowers, add some appliqued flower buds and then off to the finishing.
Here you see the marked fabric and my stitches

And this is how it looks now, the border isn't sewn to the center yet, but you get an idea. I had to spread it on my bed, it's about 52" x52"

A close-up, don't these fabrics make you happy too, they are so fresh, just what I need now cause it's f.......... cold overhere actually.

And finally, my new 2009 12 months BOM, a creation from an amazing and very talented lady from Nancy in France, Bénédicte Maurin. You should see her shop, Atelier des Abécédaires, it's a Ali Baba's cavern.

The masterpiece, she called it "Old Glory" and all the fabrics are reproductions. This whole top is sewn by hand, can you imagine what lies ahead of me?

Now my first blocks, the applique ones (think that I have a new passion, it's just so relaxing)
I used Tracey's method for the applique, thanks my dear for the tutorial, it made everything so easy.

Ok, that's it, hope you still alive, ......... kidding
Hope to see you soon again overhere

Oh yes, I almost forgot