zondag 27 september 2009

Another finish, my Christmas Wish and a sneak peek

This week my dear friend from the States called me. It was great hearing her voice again. She became grandmother for the second time and will have another grandchild next year in May.
This is the wallhanging I made for her second grandchild. I still have to finish the parts where they can hang it up on, but I am waiting for buttons from the UK, which still have not arrived. The colors are brighter than shown on the picture.

Here is the second part of my Christmas Wish. I made borders with a creme colored fabric that has a silver glitter pattern on it. It fits to it very well. You don't see the glitters on this picture, but you might see it on the next one. I think the green border suits the top best and the binding will be in the same fabric.

The glitter is still hard to see /O:

And here is block 2 of the Gail Pan's Christmas Wish that I am trying to finish together with Melanie, Lyn and Karen. Even though I'm making it for the second time, it is once again lots of fun to make (O:

This week I started a new project. I want to finish the top by Christmas. There are 11 more blocks to go. It is the Web Sampler Celebration 4. This is block 9 by The Fat Quarter Shop.

And this is a sneak peek of a very cute project I also started this week. I have not made one for a long long time and happy to have found a gorgeous pattern. More next week, when I hope to have it finished (O:

Here is a picture of my sweet dog Bibi, keeping me company in my new sewing room. The picture is a mess, but if you only look at Bibi, it is very nice. This is Laura's room, that I work in when she is not there. It is great to have a sewing place where you can leave your stuff and start again whenever you want to, without having to get things ready again. This saves lots of time!

"Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird
that cannot fly."

- Langston Hughes

zaterdag 19 september 2009

Two finishes, one ready to finish, two starts for a finish and lovely post from Germany

I finished Laura's quilt and it is already keeping her warm in Amsterdam! The minute she saw it, she said she fell in love with it. I had a wonderful time making it, thinking of her and knowing that it would one day keep her nice and warm!

Part of the back.

I finished Gail Pan's stitchery that I won last December. A great project to make. I used some left overs from Laura's quilt. I think it suited the stitchery very well.

Here are the nine Christmas Wish blocks. I am not quite sure how I will finish the quilt. Maybe I will leave it this way.

Then I was planning to make a second Christmas Wish stitchery for a dear friend of mine, but somehow I didn't get to it. Together with Melanie, Lynn and Karen we are going to make one block each week and post it on Sunday. Sorry mine is one day early.
This time I want Noel to come in the middle of the quilt, so I will have to stitch the letters red.

And look what loveliness that arrived my home this week. It is from Gaby! She made this gorgeous little quilt and added some wonderful goodies, such as a piece of soap, two wonderful fat quarters (pink!), thread and a lavendel pouch.

And look at the lovely heart she added and the handmade card. Thank you so very much, my dear Gaby. The sad part about this post is, that Gaby send it for the second time. She send the first parcel in July, but it never arrived. I was hoping it was still coming. Unfortunately. The same thing happened with my parcel for 'Christmas in July'. I feel so bad for those people who have put so much energy in their work and the post can't be trusted.

"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace."
- Buddha

vrijdag 4 september 2009

Already two weeks later

I was planning to update my blog weekly, but somehow that doesn't work for me. Maybe next time.

In my last post I promised you to show you some more lovely projects dear blogger friends have made for me.
The very personal lavendel bag was made by the very talented and sweet Jos at Cybele's Patch. Jos is the first blogger I ever met and that was so nice! We could have kept on talking for hours. Soon we are planning to see each other again.
Thank you dear Jos, for this wonderful present. I look at it everyday (((O:

Isn't the back just lovely too! I turn it around every now and then, so that I can enjoy both sides.

Then a wonderful suprise came from my dear caring friend Dzintra at Queen of the Armchair. I love the fabrics and colors she used for this clever bag and the tag is so special: Friends are flowers that never fade. A wonderful present, dear Dzintra and so beautifully made!

Over the last few months I have received quite a lot of siggies. It is so much fun, to receive these from different kind of people all over the world. I am not going to show you all my siggies, since I have them together with the letter people send with them and then I would get them all mixed up. But I wanted to share these two special ones with you. The left one with the note is made by an 85 year old lady, who collects siggies and communicates via email. Now isn't that something. She reminds me of my almost 83 year old dad, who is still into internet and communicating via email with among others his grandchildren. I always enjoy receiving emails from my dad!
The other siggy is from my wonderful friend Jutta at Stoff und Nadel, with whom I make Leanne's House together. She made this one especially for me. And yes, that reminds me, dear Jutta, that I still need to make you one. I haven't forgotten it, even though it is a few months ago ...
This week I received an email from an Italian lady, in Italian. I figured she wanted to swap a siggy with me. The only word I could recognize was - yes, siggy. So I will gladly make one for her and look forward to receive one from Italy!
And this is one of the things I have been working on over the last few days. It is a pattern by Gail Pan, which I won on her blog last December. It is called Gentle Dreams. A lovely stitchery to make!
I have also been working on Laura's quilt, which I showed you in my last post. I received the fabrics this week. So the top is all finished and I got the batting today at The Logcabin. Very nice batting. 80% cotton and 20% polyester. It feels very soft and I wanted that for this quilt. I will show you the whole quilt as soon as it is finished.

Today Jacqueline at The Logcabin had Christmas in August. She showed some lovely Christmas quilts and new Christmas fabric collections. I found these two fabrics to finish my Christmas Wish. The picture doesn't really do them right. Soon you can see my blocks surrounded by them!

Laura is doing well in Amsterdam. She started classes this week and has to get used to the new system and all the homework they get. She was home last weekend. That was so nice, not having seen her for 2 weeks! But we talk to each other daily via skype and there is always sms and emailing.

Two quotes this week, since I could not choose:

"Joy is not in things; it is in us."
- Richard Wagner

"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
- Albert Einstein

Have a lovely, happy and creative week and I hope to be back with you within a week next time (O:
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