Thursday, May 29, 2008

Wind Mills Quilt is now ready for basting!

First I couldn't sew or do many things do to a terrible headache I had on Tuesday, the whole day I felt like my head was going to explode...I almost cancelled an invitation for a "coffee and cake afternoon" yesterday, but some more medicine and then I went there. It was very nice, but I didn't stay long. That was the right decision, a little bit more of rest and today I was feeling much better.

I'm really glad I asked for your opinion about the border!
I tried the other suggestions and in the end this is the combination I liked most. I think it looks pretty good!
During the weekend I hope to be able to get it all basted for hand quilting.
(The wind was not willing to cooperate when I took this picture!)



Remember the little quilts I was working on?
They are finished and already diplayed through the house. I still coundn't get the beds done for the Teddy bears because I need to find some mattress to suit the little beds. But there are enough place around to show the dolls quilts:

Here with one of my toy sewing machine and Giordano, the "jeans cat" (like the one I made for Anne) and his little mouse.

And here some little pillows.




This week I got the latest Marie Claire idées edition. A lot of colours and ideas for summer:

For blue colour lovers!

It is a nice quilt, isn't it?

The seashore is calling!
Just think of the sea breeze and the sound of the ocean waves!
I wish I could be by the sea!...





My DH says that he is always sure that I'm doing fine when I'm sewing or baking.
Well, today , thanks God, I did some sewing and I baked! No headaches, no sickness!
I made some cinnamon rolls and they tasted delicious with a cup of tea!

But, of course, I couldn't have make it without our sweet Mrs. Cookie!

I am hand quilting the last little quilt I showed in one of my older post. I intend to get it done next week so I can start some new projects again!
If this is an addiction, I do not want to get cured!!!
Do you?!
Happy quilting, happy stitches and everything that makes you happy!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Thanks for your suggestions!

First I want to thank everyone who made suggestions about the border on my quilt, they really helped me to decide! Great ideas! Now I know how I'm going to finish it, just have to wash the fabrics and get sewing! I'll show it very soon (I hope!) , so stay tuned!!


Since I haven't had a chance to participate in any swap (I would like to get some information about it!) and I'm a bit far from my 100 post for a giveaway, I took part of a PIF (Pay it foward) that Ulla started in her blog.

It is the Pay It Foward Exchange. It is based on the concept showed in the movie "Pay it Foward", were acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, hoping that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on.

Here is how it works : I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on the blog requesting to join the PIF exchange. I do not know what the gift will be yet, and it won't be sent this month, probably next month, but it will be sent within 6 months and that's a promise. What you have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

If you got interested and want to join, here is your chance!

I have met so many nice people in blogland! I just want to help spread a little bit of joy, it is a way to say thanks, to show that blogging means a lot to me!
I wish you a nice Sunday and a great quilty kind of a week!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Do you believe I forgot about one of my quilts?!

It is almost embarrassing to tell that I simply forgot about one of my quilts!...
I don't know how that happened...I had so much fun sewing this quilt and I liked the results so much!!!
I finished it in January or February I guess (...Oh my, my memory does need some refreshments...) to take it to a quilt show. Afterwards I was so involved in doing so many other things that it just got forgotten!...

This is the first picture:

My DH said it reminded him of one old game (from Game Boy?!) called Tetris and that is how I named it. I saw the pattern in McCall's Quilting. I changed the size and some block placements so it could fit better (I did not have enough dark blue fabric).

I quilted it by hand and it was, as usual, very relaxing.

And what was the reason why I suddenly found Tetris???
I thought it was time to get the "Wind mills" quilt that I had sewn last year done before I sew the "Nickel Quilt" together. The "Wind mills" was almost ready, I just had to add the borders.
So, "add the borders and then baste it and later you can sew the "Nickel quilt" together", I said to myself.
What do you think happened?
Yes! On my way to the Wind mills I found Tetris!!! Isn't that crazy?!
I was surprised and also a bit upset at myself... How could I forget it? Am I getting screwed up?!
....Do I have too many quilts?...Heaven knows...

Now the problem is, which colour for the border?
Do you know this feeling?

First I wanted red, it brightens up and it looks wells too.

But I love blue, and I got this:


I'm still trying to decide...
Will it get a red border at the end?
I'd appreciate some comments on that! Maybe you have a better idea!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A wonderful award!



I got a wonderful award today that made me soooo happy!
Thank you so much Anne Marie!!! Mange takk! You too are a very nice quiltfriend!
It is not only the kind comments and helpful tips, it is also the friendly contact that we share through our blogs that makes everything so special!

So I will give this nice award to 4 other great bloggers! Actually, I could give it to so many others!... But this time it goes to:

Nicolette, I love your blog and your sewings! You are so creative! Thanks for all your kind comments on my blog!
http://devliegendekoe.blogspot.com

Lucy, your quilts and your blog are so inspiring! And you are so prolific, it is incredible!
http://lucyquilting.blogspot.com

Anne Ida, you have so many beautiful quilts!I love your colour combinations. It is always nice to read your comments!
http://quiltoholiker.blogspot.com

Elisabeth, I really like your projects, the quilts and everything you've knitted, just beatiful!
http://hobbymommy.blogspot.com


Now I have to go back to some of my chores (...)
But tomorrow I will have more time to finish some of my projects!

Have a nice day and happy quilting!

Friday, May 16, 2008

"Good buys" and "bad buys"

In her blog, Anne Marie showed a" good buy" she made (lovely cups!) and also a "bad buy", which was some fabric she ordered and when she got them, well, it was not the colour she thought it was...
I found it was a nice idea so I decided to show you one of my "bad buys":

I saw this box from Moda and from the front cover I thought the colours were very nice and I liked the pattern too, so I bought it.
I cut all the fabrics following the pattern's instructions (one wrong cut and you are in trouble, that made me a little bit nervous, so here a minus!).
When it was all sewn together I was disapointed, the colours did not match as I expected.
It lies somewhere in a drawer, I thought of sewing a cushion, but I always set it aside again...

Here is the result:

But here is very "good buy"!
Actually I did not buy it, it was a present I got from my DH a couple of years ago for my birthday. It is a wonderful practical bag you can carry a lot of things!

When you open the zipper, there you are! Six boxes where you can put all your sewing "goodies" separately so they don't get mixed up!

Well, in the boxes they can get a little bit "untidy", but you always have them at hand!

I hope some of you also show some of your "bad and good" buys!!!
It is quite interesting to see what other quilters buy!

Have a nice weekend!
And happy quilting!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I'm a little bit late...

I wanted to show the new wall hanging yesterday, but there were so many other things that had to be done that I just did not get round to it.
I hope I will have the time to baste it until the end of the week.
It takes me some time to plan how I'll hand quilt it, but it is nice to play with all the possibilities!



There is a wonderful giveaway by Kerry
Take a look at her blog, she has a lot of nice things!
Her "Honey bears flowers and bees" quilt is lovely!
I am planning a giveaway too, let's see how much I get done in the next weeks.
I'll let you know for sure!!!

See you!



Monday, May 12, 2008

Blocks are all done!!

Here are they, 63 blocks 8" x 8", now all done!!!

It is nice to see that so many of the fat quarters were used, I did not buy any new fabric for this quilt!
I still have enough thimbleberries fat quarters for one more quilt, but I don't know which one, have to take some time to decide.
Actually I would like to sew the Civil War Diary Quilt, but I'm not sure if I want to use thimbleberries fabrics.

I will sort them out and see how they look like together.
I am quite sure I will quit it by hand and this time I'll use 100% cotton batting instead of the 80% cotton, 20% polyester.


I also finished some stitcheries!

This pattern is from Ursula Schertz and I bought it in Einbeck. She had some pretty ones that were already sold out so I ordered one and I hope to get it soon.

This one is from Anni Downs, she has so many cute ones, it is hard to decide which one to stitch!

This one I got from an Australian magazine, last year I think.
I chose a patchwork border, it looks a bit more country, the squares are 1" x 1"

And this little cushion was made last year, it goes well with spring.


I did most of these stitcheries sitting in the garden, it feels so nice and warm.
It is really a pretty season and one just has to enjoy it!

But in the evening, I can sit and sew again in my room!

There were some "leftovers" from the Nickel quilt and then adding some more fabrics I started a new small wall hanging!
Tonight I'll add the borders.
Tomorrow I can show it!

See you!


Saturday, May 10, 2008

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!



To every

Mother

Mama

Maman

Mummy

Mutti

Mom

Ma

A beautiful,

lovely day,

full of big and little hugs,
that can speak for the heart without words

And full of tenderness and love

that we get back

from our wonderful children!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!


PS. Of course I got some chocolate today!!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I really tried...

There is something missing!

And it is chocolate!!!!!

I've been trying not to eat this wonderful , sweet, totally irresistible thing for more than a couple of weeks, but I give up...I have to confess that I am not strong enough...

That is exactly how I feel : I want chocolate!


The little magnet in the kitchen says what is true to me!


I didn't even hang this little wall hanging as a way not to think about it.

No way...



Chocolate and sewing are the most wonderful addictions!
I just can't live without them!!!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

A great quilt event!

I'm back!
I have so much to tell...
I'm really glad I had the chance to spend three nice days in Einbeck.
It was a great quilt event, I had a wonderful time.
I met many nice people during the workshops, and almost everywhere was someone I knew, it was a pleasure to see them and to talk to them.

It is hard to say which quilt show I liked most, there was so much to see, to read, to learn.
The one called "My country" was so interesting, I love to see how women from other countries work, their own way and ideas for patchwork and quilts. It always amazes me!

Here are some of the pictures I took:








What really impressed me most were the ones about women's destiny and how they find a way to cope with it. Even if they live in extremely poor conditions and their everyday life is full of injustice and violence, still they do not give up, they raise their children, they do what they can to feed them and they are still able to keep their dignity, their faith.
Like the women from Afghanistan, the embroiderers are between twelve and the mid fifties. The older women have learnt in their childhood but most of them have not done any embroidery for nearly 20 years. By this one project Deutsch-Afghanische Initiative e.V. (German-Afghanistan Initiative) they sell their embroidery here in Europe. They get all the material they need and they are free to create their own pattern. These squares (8cm x 8cm) often turn ou to be artistic creations. This is the address www.deutsch-afghanische-initiative.de


These are some of the work that were done with their embroidery, but one can also make small bags, cushions book wrappers and so on. With the ones I bought I want to sew a book cover and also a little pouch.




These are the quilts from the Bosna Quilt Werkstatt
What started as an action to help the women during the war, turned out to be a project that now goes on and on. The quilts are made from simple squares and rectangles until they achieve a pleasant harmony, Lucia Feinig-Giesinger makes all of them. Then the bosnian women quilt them, they create their own style, their own way to tell their story.
I've never seen such beautiful patterns in this unique way, I could look at them for hours.



There was also a quilt show that took me quite long to see everything and admire such wonderful work, but it was not allowed to take pictures there.
Women from a group called "Alküns" set all their creativity to tell the history and most of all, the tragic destiny from women all over the world. Women who fought to make changes, women who suffered great injustices, I coul mention so many of them...They died, but their stories will be told, they won't be forgotten.
When I get the CD with the pictures and the background story I can write more about it.

Then the show that also impressed me a lot.
The same group worked with a very difficult theme, breast cancer.
They all decorated bras with their ideas. There were funny ones like "a day in the garden", or a bird's nest, or the size breast "should" have.
But it is something hard, something tragic, something every women are afraid of.
As I walked along and admired the creativity, I realized how the decorations changed, it became more and more like a silent cry and then almost pain. There was one black bra full of nails with the title "Don't touch me". I also bought the CD and I want to see it again.







The last quilt show I saw was the one at Theater der Nacht (Theater of the Night) in Northeim.
I really love this building!
It is mythical, magical, full of misteries.


Take your time, sit down, drink tea or coffee, eat a piece of cake and admire the wonderful crazy wall hangings, wooden creatures and everything they have there. Or see one of the plays!
And if you are lucky to meet Barbara, then it is simply great! She is such a creative woman, full of ideas and bursting with life!
One can learn so much from her! I'm really looking foward to meeting her again in October.








I took two courses and they were very interesting.
I have some more ideas and projects that I would like to start right now, but I know I have to get my things a little bit organized before I begin any other new project!...

I think I'll sit down in the garden (the weather is lovely), sort my new things out and then decide what I can sew next.

All the things that I saw keep on going like a movie on my mind.

What is now more clear to me is what these quilt shows and all the beatiful work showed me.
Even when life gets you down,
makes you ill,
takes your joy away,
you must not give up.
Keep your dignity,
keep your faith,
keep your creativity.

Like the flowers that grow between the stones,
they come through,
they grow,
they reach the sunlight.

And when their time comes,
like the dandelions,
they will be carried away by the wind
but they will come back again and again.

Women do not have an easy life, specially in some parts of this world.
But women are the most wonderful and amazing human beings, don't you agree with me?

I wish you all a nice week!
Healthy, creatiave and full of joy!

See you!