Monday, 12 December 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
On Saturday we celebrated Sinterklaas, a Dutch custom which resembles Santa Claus giving presents.
I received some lovely goodies. See picture below. Luna is inspecting the bird house which I received.
So far six of the twelve blocks for QuiltAid2011 have arrived and they are all so cute! Not sure where to start once my second Berries & Bluebirds block is done.
The fabric which is used is the new line Ruby by Moda Fabrics and it is ever so pretty.
Thursday, 1 December 2011
My friends in England, whom I was supposed to be having a lovely time with this week, sent me these beautiful roses with a lovely card.
I was supposed to travel to Engeland on Monday, but I've been struggling with a chest infection for three weeks now and I didn't feel well enough to travel. Very disappointing, also for the friends I was supposed to spend some time with.
Friday, 25 November 2011
This is particulary close to my heart as I lived in Ethiopia for four years as a child.
If you can, please support this good cause with a block, or two, or twelve! It helps that the twelve designers came up with 12 very cute blocks and that the fabrics which are used, Ruby by Moda, are very cute too.
Watch this space, as soon as my kits start arriving, I'm sure I will not be able to resist starting these very cute blocks, which are a mix of piecing, applique and stitchery.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
As I was still struggling with colour choices for my first block of Berries and Bluebirds by Gail Pan, Kruimel decided to give me a helping paw. He has never before seen his mummy struggle for so long on one block!
After a bit of reshuffling, he came up with this:
Since Christmas will be upon us in less than six weeks, and after seeing Lynette Anderson's completed quilt, I pulled out my Christmas Fun project to see at what point it had got abandoned for something much more 'interesting' at that time. These are the WIPS of block 1 and 2, which still need quite a bit of work:
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Nor can I believe that I'm still showing you block one of Berries and Bluebirds! But in a different layout now.
Luna says thank you for all the lovely comments.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
My week was filled with birdies. Tail Feathers Quilt is coming along nicely and I completed block 9, assembled these two rows and took block 1 apart, because I was not happy with how it looked. It was the start of my patchwork, stitchery and quilting journey and that was quite obvious.
I was also naughty and starte a new project, Berries and Bluebirds by Gail Pan. The pattern for block 1 arrived and I just couldn't stop myself from starting it, not helped by Michele who showed her lovely block!
Monday, 24 October 2011
Last week this is what I saw on and behind my living room window. Pity about the dead earwig, but that's nature for you!
By now you are probably bored out of your mind with pictures of Kruimel, but here are a few more, just to show you what a nuisance he is when I'm trying to stitch:
Here he has squeezed himself between me and my stitching and the daylight lamp:
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Kruimel has gone outside in the cat enclosure, so I had better get to work on my little birdies!
Monday, 3 October 2011
As you saw in my previous post, Ineke very kindly sent me half of her skein of Eterna Silks mini twist 4220 which she got in her kit from ECC, so we could both use this thread in part 1 and 2. In ordered another skein from ECC with the plan to share this one with Ineke. A stitching friends plan with no problems we assumed, and we happily used the half skein of Eterna we both had. We thought Cindy would ship within some weeks because it was on backorder. But Cindy told us last week there are severe problems with the Eterna backorders: 'We might not ever get the Eterna'. I also ordered a skein from Thread Express, who hasn't shipped nor acknowledged my order, and hasn't answered to an email I sent to enquire about the Eterna.
So now we do hope some of our fellow Herbularius stitchers will be so kind to send a little part of their skein to us so we can both finish part 2 with the Eterna. We dare to ask because Martina writes 'approximate usage 0.55 skein' and therefore there will be plenty left over from a whole skein. We would be very happy with some 25 centimeter lengths. And do hope some kind stitchers will help us. We are, of course, very willing to refund the postage via PayPal.
PS: Martina has revealed today that the Eterna 4220 is only used in parts 1 and 2 of Herbularius. Hope this helps! :o)
Since it has been a little while that I showed you pictures of our furry friends, here are a few I took over the past days:
Hoping to show you some more stitchy pictures next time!
Friday, 16 September 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Those dark blue lines need to be stitched in preparation for part 2 which has already been released and I need to find four golden beads which will fit in the pink jessica stitches. I do have the Aurum bicones which should go there, but I'm not sure I like them. Maybe something round would be better. I did the same for Victorian Garden and I like how it looks.
I did a needleturn demo at a quilt show in Holland, in a beautiful church, Pieterskerk in Leiden. Alas I do not have any pictures, because I was too busy explaining to all the eager ladies who want to learn how to do needleturn applique. It was my first time and I enjoyed it very much.
Edited to add: Rennie kindly sent me this picture of my 'booth' at the quilt show. Thank you, Rennie.
On the right you see Jacqueline of Samsara Quilting in the middle Rennie herself and on the left you see me, looking rather puzzled by what my visitor is trying to tell me :o)
Now it is time to pick up one of my quilting/patchwork projects once again. They have been sadly neglected since the show last Friday.Thanks for your lovely comments.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
My first block 4: Flowers for Me of Heart's Desire by Esther Aliu is finally done. As far as I can get it done before the centre is pieced, because some of the leaves go onto the next blocks.
This is Minty, the fourth of our pussycats. She is very shy and frightened of the camera, so it is really difficult to take her picture. She was called 'Minty' by the people of the cat shelter because of the white patch (peppermint) on her breast. She has come along so much since we first adopted her almost six years ago.
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
My two main projects this week are Herbularius by Chatelaine and the rabbit applique block which I will be teaching in October.
I made some more progress on Herbularius. Part 1 is quite big and part 2 was published today by its designer Martina Rosenberg.
The bunny block got finished and I will take it to Samsara tomorrow or Friday, to be displayed in the shop. The design is by Edyta Sitar.
Our hydrangeas have started to display their autumn colours. August is nearly over and our summer has been very wet. Hopefully nature will have a nice Indian summer in stall for us.
My number of followers grew over the past week, and I would like to welcome my new followers.
Thanks to everyone for your lovely and motivating comments.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Here are a few pictures for those of you eagerly following its progress:
Not sure I will get part 1 finished before September 1st, but that's alright. It is not a race. I'm enjoying the journey.