zondag 22 november 2009

A finish, two 'working-ons' and vintage hexagons

Ta-da, I finished the Advent's calendar for Laura. As you can see, I took your advice and used the white fabric with Christmas trees. The colors are much brighter than shown on the picture. Have a look at the next picture. It is a bit better.

I found this pattern at Sew, Mama, Sew, a wonderful blog! It was designed by Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! A very inspiring blog!
I changed the pattern a bit, since I thought the fabric was already busy enough, to make the blocks 'jump' as well. I didn't add the numbers either.
Laura loved it and will take it with her tomorrow (^-^)

A while ago I won one of Bev's giveaways. I chose the fabric with the large roses, because Bev often writes about her garden on her blog and there she mentions the wonderful historical names of the roses she has. This fabric will always remind me of her. Thank you, dear Bev for letting me win this wonderful fabric! Bev was one of the first people I started blogging and mailing with. She is a very special and talented friend (O:

And look what else arrived with the post this week ... the real vintage blocks from Lyn. Go here, here and here to read more about these blocks and the project. It is very special to have them here in my home. I asked Jos from Cybele's Patch to help me with making hexagons for this project, since to me, she is the hexagon expert! Looking forward to see you again soon, dear Jos!

And here is my progress on the Picnic Schnibbles for November. When I joined this challenge, I thought it would be a fun and fast project for each month. It is definitely fun but not fast at all. Lots of cutting, drawing lines, sewing, ironing, sewing, cutting, ironing, sewing etc etc. Sixteen lovely baskets to be made and then put together in a special way. Once again I learned to read the instructions before starting, because quite at the end of the pattern it shows you different ways of sewing the flowers and baskets. Of course I had already finished the initial way to make them, so I could only make 2 of the 5 choices.

Now this is definitely a WISP! I finished this top a long long time ago but was not sure what to do with it. Now my sister-in-law asked me if I would make her a quilt one day. She loves blue, so I searched for this top. And here it is. Bibi is not quite sure whether she likes it, but when I sent my SIL the pictures, she definitely wanted me to finish it for her. I think I will add three borders to it.

And this is a project I made a few years ago. While I was looking for something, I came across it. It is a big pillow, about 75 cm x 75 cm. The blocks are made by samplers for curtains. I am glad I found it again!

I saw this project at Sarah's If only I had chocolate. Kathreen at Whip Up is organizing a quilt block drive for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Australia. You can find all the details and the pattern for it here. I joined in for one block and hope you will too.

And if you have some more time left, here is another project for an organisation that fights childhood cancer. The tutorials given for the Friendship Stars and Friendship Star Variation are great to make, so have a try. Email the ladies at FabFanatic here if you are interested.

Then, there is still some room for 'European quilters' to join the virtual Euro Quilting Bee. Please let me know if you want to join. Look on my right sidebar to see some of the lovely quilters who have joined.

I love the quote I found for this week. It reminds me of all the lovely people I have met over the past year in blogland. Remember to join the giveaway in the previous post!

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

~ Leo Buscaglia ~

23 opmerkingen:

Anoniem zei

Ik zie weer allerlei mooie quilts langskomen. Als Jos jou de hexagonnen heeft uitgelegd, dan mag je het mij leren, please???!!!!. Ik heb hier hele kleintjes kartonnetjes liggen. Hoe gaat dat in zijn werk de european quilting bee?

Stephanie zei

Great advent calendar! And your pillow is a treasure found. Terrific solids with squares. As for Bibi...perhaps she's trying to tell you she wants a quilt of her own.

A Spoonful Of Sugar zei

Laura's advent calendar looks so festive - I love the brighter colours for Christmas this year.

I love the quote you found - I think I will print that out to put near my desk at work.

Cybele's patch zei

Wat is de adventskalender leuk geworden. Ik herken een stofje dat ook in mijn kerstquilt zit. Wat goed dat je een bestemming voor de blauwe quilt hebt gevonden. Beiden blij!
Net als Mai zou ik graag wat meer willen weten over de Europese quilting bee (heb toch al niets te doen :-0)

Sherri zei

The advent calendar is wonderful...and of course I can't wait to see those Picnic blocks!

Notjustnat zei

You have been busy Simone. Nice advent calendar for Laura. A lucky girl - Hugs Natima

Peg - Happy In Quilting zei

You have been so busy Simone...all projects are just so lovely.

Sarah zei

You make me so dizzy with all your projects!!!!

Bev C zei

Simone, I do love your quote for this posting. Good luck with the hexagons, a very special project.I can see why Laura loved the quilt you made for her. Just so bright and beautiful.I am sure Laura will treasure this always. Happy days to you and your family Simone.

Annelies zei

Again you did a lot. I love your advent calender !

maria zei

It looks like you've been very busy this week. Keep it up!

Cattinka zei

The advent calendar turned out so pretty, I like the bright colours just right for a child.
And these antique blocks you got are something very special and I know you will treasure them.

Herzblatt zei

There are so many wonderful things in your post again!!!! The Advent`s calendar is so cute and I love Hexagons....Have a quilt with lots of them in my big big cupboard.....I will finish it one time...:-))
Best wishes and have a great Advent`s time

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries zei

Lieve Simone, Laura will love her Advent Calendar - it's so fantastic!!! Congratulations on Bev's giveaway win...Boy have you been busy!!! And a great quote to finish off...another wonderful post♥x

Guðrún zei

What is "virtual Euro Quilting Bee"? I also got blocks from Lyn, it will be a headache what to do but fun.

Jackie zei

Your hexagons are wonderful! I've not tried them yet. Lots of possibilities.

The Schnibbles quilt looks like a lot of work. I'm sure your quilt will be beatiful.

Anoniem zei

Hallo Lieve Simone, glad you have received your vintage blocks...you have been so busy ....looking forward to the Challenge....Hugs Lyn

Micki zei

You have a lot of things that you are working on Simone...I love the hexies!
Have fun with it all!

Anoniem zei

Hia Simone what wonderful makings you have. The calender is great. She'll love it. I love the colours you used in the big pillow. Well done foe finding your blue flimsy. Beautiful colours. Gorgeous prize. I hope I haven't missed anything. I'll post my makings later today.

Jutta...stoffundnadel... zei

Hallo liebe Simone,
so viel Schönes gibt es bei dir zu sehen:

- der Adventskalender für Laura ist toll geworden, prächtige Farben, bravo !!! Wirst du auch noch Zahlen applizieren, wie es Elizabeth gemacht hat?
- Und nun wirst auch du "Hexagonsüchtig" werden, so wie ich, ich habe eine große Decke angefangen, nur aus Resten, es ist wie eine Sucht ;-)
- Ich wünsche dir viel Erfolg bei deinem Schnibbels Projekt, klingt schwierig.
- Dein blauer Wisp gefällt mir, wie gut, dass deine Schwägerin blau mag. Das Kissen sieht so fröhlich aus, genau das Richtige an diesen grauen Tagen.

Ganz herzliche Grüße, deine Jutta

méri zei

So many projects!!!
The Advent's calendar is beautiful!
You work so fast, it is always an astonishment for me. The blue quilt is great too.
I was offered some fabric samplers and perhaps I'll try a little quilt project soon, who knows? (I've no idea how it works...) :)
Have a great week!

Ineke zei

Hallo Simone, kwam toevallig jouw blog tegen. Ik hoop dat ik 'one day' ook de tijd en rust kan vinden om wat meer handwerk op te pakken :)

Lotusblüte zei

Liebe Simone, so viele tolle Dinge sind bei Dir wieder entstanden. Der Weihnachstkalender für Deine Tochter ist wunderschön und auch die Hexagons sind super- Du weißt, ich mag sie auch sehr :o)) Auch der blaue Quilt ist hübsch und das bunte Kissen ist ein toller Farbklecks in diesen trüben Tagen.
Einen schönen Adeventsabend noch und eine guten neuen Wochenstart wünscht Dir von Herzen Gaby :o)))

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