vrijdag 20 maart 2009

Six years later

In 2003 I started a quilt for Laura, so she would have something nice to feel comfortable under when she went to high school. Well, 6 years later and only a few more weeks of high school left, I finally, finally, finally finished her quilt. Now she can take it with her to study in Amsterdam...

The blocks are quilted by hand and the border with the machine. For the machine quilting I used invisible thread for the first time. I really liked that.

Then, I finally finished my PIFs for four people. I enjoyed making the pincushions so much, that I made one for myself too.
Now this 'funny' thing happened when I sent away the PIFs. One was for an American blogger. And instead of sending it to the USA, I sent it to Australia. Lyn told me to have faith. And she was so right. Today I received an email, saying that my PIF had arrived in the USA! Thank you for the great service, mr. Postman.

A few weeks ago I send Suzie one of my packages from the Quilt Fabric Delight Pin Cushion Club. I didn't like it and after showing Suzie a picture, she said she would really like to add this one to her pin cushion collection. I told her she didn't have to do anything in return, being happy to have found someone who liked it. And look what the postman brought me this week:

Looking at the wrapped presents was already a delight! I guess Suzie really knows I love pink. She even added a poem about Pink to it. And look at the cute chicken. Thank you so much Suzie for the wonderful gifts AND candy!

And finally I want to show you what I have been working on this week. In Holland we have the foundation De Regenboogboom (The Rainbow Tree), a foundation for children with a handicap, a chronical or life threatening illness. Quilters can make a quilt, a droomdekentje (dream quilt) for this foundation, so that these children can find some comfort and warmth in them. I will be making a quilt for this foundation and a similar one for my 3 year old godchild Jasper. The fabrics are from the Vroom collection by Avlyn.
Here are the 260 blocks for two quilts and ...
here is the top to the first one. If ever, you are not able to find a fabric, go to this site and you will very likely find what you want. Debbie Taylor from the Fat Quarter Shop was so kind as to give me the name of this site, since she no longer sells Vroom.

Wishing you a very happy weekend with lots of sun shine and happy moments. And remember,"The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose." - Kahlil Gibran

28 opmerkingen:

Terry zei

Laura's quilt is beautiful! She's going to think of you every time she sleeps under it! :0)

Stina zei

Im glad your Pif is at the right continent now...pheew.. :o)
So much goodies on your side today...love your pin and needle set...lovely colours...and Suzie...such a wonderful little thankyou package for you!!! :o)

Cybele's patch zei

Wat moet dat een heerlijk gevoel zijn na zoveel jaren de quilt af te hebben. Het is zo'n vrolijke quilten zal de studentenkamer zeker flink opfleuren. Je droomdekentjes zijn ook heel leuk geworden. Fijn week end!

Queen of the Armchair zei

Labdien Simone...gorgeous Quilt for Laura, looks so fresh for Spring. Congratulations for finishing PIF, love the pin cushion...no wonder you made one for yourself!!! And how very thoughtful of Suzie to send you the cute little pink packages!!! And finally, I know how much these children and their families will so very much appreciate the Quilts.
Kahlil Gibran has the best sayings...you have a Happy Weekend too Girlfriend!!!

Annelies zei

What a beautiful quilt you have made for Laura !!

Lotusblüte zei

Du warst aber wieder sehr fleißig liebe Simone und der Quilt der nun endlich fertig ist, ist traumhaft schön :o) Ein schönes Frühlingswochenende für Dich und ganz liebe Grüße von Gaby

Guðrún zei

The quilt will be perfect for a boy, with all those cars on it :)

Jackie zei

You're so amazing with the needle! I LOVE the quilt you made your daughter. So bright and cheery. I love the label too. And your pincushion is adorable!

maria zei

Fabulous quilts. I'm sure your daugher loves her quilt even though it is a bit late!

simplestitches zei

Wow, haven't you been busy! Love Laura's quilt, lovely pattern and colours. Lucky you with the surprise gifts....glad your parcel arrived at the right destination....shows we should have faith in the postal service. Cute pincushions...love the colours.
The little person who receives your quilt will cherish it....it's sure to brighten their world.
cheers Julz

Lenora zei

You have been a busy lady. Congratulations on finishing Laura's quilt, doesn't it feel great to have a finish.

Jutta zei

Liebe Simone,
oooooh, endlich kann ich den Quilt für Laura anschauen! So schöne Stoffe hast du verwendet, ich habe mir gerade die Fotos vergrößert:
Sterne, Pünktchen, Blubberblasen, Zebras, chinesische Schriftzeichen, Engelchen, Herzchen, Streifen, "Spinnen-Netze" .... die Kombination ist außergewöhnlich und sehr wirkungsvoll! Ich freue mich mit dir, dass der Quilt nun fertig ist.
Auch das Label ist ganz toll, Laura wird immer an dich denken, wenn sie sich in Amsterdam darin einkuschelt ..... toll!!!!!!

Deine Aktion "Quilt Fabric Delight Pin Cushion Club" war ja in jeder Hinsicht ein voller Erfolg, du hast Liebevolles verschickt und auch ebenso Liebevolles zurückerhalten, schöne Fotos! Und die Post in Australien ist superklasse .... hier in Deutschland wäre es an dich zurückgegangen, Flixibilität ist hier nicht angesagt.

Die Quilts für De Regenboogboom werden klasse, wiederum schöne Stoffe, tolle Farben!

Simone, du bist so fleißig, ich bewundere das und wünsche dir einen schönen Sonntag,
liebe Grüße, deine Jutta

Claudia zei

Your finally,FINALLY finished quilt just sounds like most of mine:))! Still waiting to be finished -finally!
It feels so good, once a project is done!!!
Greetngs from berlin Claudia

Annifee zei

Liebe Simone, eine tolle Aktion für Kinder zu nähen Du hast da wirklich schöne, bunte Stoffe ausgesucht.
Liebe Grüße und einen guten Start in die neue Woche.

Handmade by Mai zei

Wat een mooie quilt voor Laura en wat een lieve postbode heb jij. Zoals vele van mijn voorgangers al zeiden je bent er vlijtig en je maakt zo'n mooie dingen niet alleen voor jezelf maar voor heel veel andere mensen. Een Geweldig mens ben je

Gretchen zei

Laura's quilt was well worth the wait--it is beautiful and so bright and cheery. Perfect for taking to away to school. What sweet pincushions too! I am sure your vroom quilt is going to brighten a little boy's day!

Micki zei

Your work is so lively and colorful! Great job on the finished projects!

Jantine zei

Laura must have thought this quilt was worth the wait! I just love it! Not to mention the presents you got for sending a pattern you don't even liked... Lucky you. The Regenboogboom quilts are turning out very nice too!


...love the quotes very much, such a great reminder to view the rose & smell them too...
ps: I'm finally back blogging again :)

Nanette Merrill and daughters zei

Well everything is wonderful but the Laura quilt is fantastic. So striking in color and design. Well done Simone!

Herzblatt zei

Hello Simone,
the quilt for your daughter is marvellous!!! I had to laugh about the 6 years it took you to finish it...I have got Quilts in one of my thousand boxes, which is waiting more than 10 years now....its colours are getting grey like my hair....:-))
And I love your PIFs....(what does it exactly mean???)...your pincushion is lovely....and I had to laugh a lot about your clever postman....
Some years ago I wanted to send a letter to Australia and sent it to Austria...*lol*...but my postman wast as clever as yours....it came back after more than 3 months....
I am an optimist...in Germany we always say, that there are people, whose glas is half full and people, whose glas ist half empty...mine ist always full!!...:-))
Liebste Herzblattgrüße

Peg - Happy In Quilting zei

Simone...very nice and you have been so busy....

Leanne zei

Well done MR Postman that is a miracle. I am sure your daughter will love her quilt. I love your PIF gifts and what a very cute pink chicken.

A Spoonful Of Sugar zei

Laura's quilt is lovely - so bright and cheerful! Your PIF gifts look so sweet - so glad they arrived safely at their destination.

Renee zei

You have honoured me by stopping and giving me your wishes.

The quilt is beautiful.

Love Renee xoxo

bianca zei

Das Nadelmäppchen und das kleine Kissen finde ich total niedlich.
Schönen Sonntag.

evonne zei

Hi Simone, it all looks so pretty and the racing car quilt is fantastic. Take care Evonne xx

Purpleflowerpatch zei

Simone, you do such beautiful handwork!!

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