zondag 28 november 2010

More family news

It seems that the last days were all about "nephews". Now my DH is recorvering from surgery, his sister came along with her youngest son (our nephew) to keep us company, play some computergames (the nephew) and to cook for us. She's a very good cook, so we didn't say no to her offer!!!
She did the cooking, and I teached her about needlecraft and stitching, so her first project is finished a "French Bread Bag". I think it turned out very well, so I'm thinking too about making one for my kitchen.
Here is a short instruction: the bag is: 50 cm high, 32,5 cm width, so you need two pieces of fabrics: 50cm x 65 cm, and one piece of batting of the same size. I used the instructions from Pacific Fabric "wine bag", to make it. For the handles you need two pieces of fabric of: about 30 cm x 5 cm. Make a tube, don't forget to pin them between the fabric before you start sewing.
She already started her second project as well a little wallhanger, and she's also thinking about a third project a quilt on the sofa. Oh dear, do we have a new quilter in town?
Today there was a party from our nephew Kevin, he married Marliese a few weeks ago, and today we celebrated it. Unfortunetaley without my DH. But I have to start another baby-quilt, because she's expecting a baby in april.

What did I do this weekend? Take care of my DH, walk the dog, make more mooses and feed the birds (although I hadn't expect an exotic bird).
It's going to be a cold week (-6 Celsius).

vrijdag 26 november 2010

Welcome to the family

This is Christian my new nephew, he's born 26 november, 5.21 p.m. local time. In this case local time means China time. My brother, sister-in-law and their three kids now are still living in China. So it probably will take some time before I can see him.

maandag 22 november 2010

My moose

I love to make mooses, I already made several ones. This pattern I got from a friend last saturday. Isn't she/he cute. I think I will make a few more, because they're so nice to hang on your doors.

vrijdag 19 november 2010

Little X-mas trees

After my big KF project, and the X-mas tree project that was much too complicated I made this little X-mas tree quilts, they're about 5x6 inch. The pattern is from Atelier Bep. The originally pattern is with little rusty bells, but I must say I like my little star buttons as well. Next week more about my big X-mas project.

zondag 14 november 2010

Too complicated

Sometimes it's just too complicated.
Even with 4 years of quilt experience.

In march I bought this lovely pattern when I was visiting Marne in Seattle. I thought this would be a beautiful X-mas quilt. So what can you do on a rainy sunday afternoon: right, start your X-mas quilt!

When I was reading the instructions my heart sank in to my shoes, 10 pages of instructions, each row is different, the sewing and cutting. I like a quilt-challenge, but not this one ; ).
So I'm going to make a X-mas quilt with those lovely fabrics, just a nice and easy pattern.
But if you're looking for a challenge, I'm happy to send you the original pattern.

zaterdag 13 november 2010

An amazing story ....

about lost packages and the most famous postmaster in the quilting world: Connie (from Henderson).
You can read the whole story on Sandi's blog.
Some of you may remember that back in August I posted about the Posey Pincushion swap that I joined over at QuiltingGallery. I sent my little swap package off on August 18th. I posted about it here. I was so excited for my partner Caroline to receive the package as I chose autumn colors which she said were her favorite. I only had to make the needlecase for the swap but it looked lonely so I made a pincushion to go with it and tucked in fat quarters of the fabrics that you see in the photo. Time passed, a month, and no little package arrived at Caroline's door.

donderdag 11 november 2010

Life is filled with Sew many blessings!

That's what Sandi wrote to me on the parcel. It finally arrived safely in The Hague, the first time it was sent back after 2,5 months by the Postoffice here in the Netherlands. Sandi forgot one line of my adress and with 479.000 people in The Hague.... it seemed a little bit of a problem to find me ; ).

As you know I love swaps, and this swap (Applique Posy needle case) was from the Quilting Gallery.

Oke, I had to wait a little bit longer, but she sent me a really lovely parcel, with all kind of suprises like a lovely handmade pincushion and needlecase, beautiful autumn fabric ( I like autumn with the wind and rain around your house and falling leaves, it's really quilting weather), and some other little gifts, including a "wool" pattern/kit she designed by herself. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

maandag 8 november 2010

Just a quick note ...

to let you know that my KF-quilt is on my bed. Cold nights are welcome!! Watch the KF doggie quilt.

vrijdag 5 november 2010

I can hear you thinking...

... another Kaffe Fassett Project!!! YES!
This is really really the last project. This are the leftovers from the leftovers, just enough to make a Kaffe Fassett Doggie Quilt. I can't let Paco sleep in his basket in the bedroom without a matching Kaffe Fassett quilt ; ).

woensdag 3 november 2010

Still 15 rows to go......

it's going slowly but steady. My Kaffe Fassett Quilt is almost finished. Because of the wintertime I'm awake very early. It always take me a few weeks to get used to it. But doesn't matter, why not quilting at 5 a.m. in the morning? Are there any more quiltes who like to quilt early in the morning (before you go to work). Please let me know!!

This is how my sewing machine looks when you put a really big quilt under it: 2m30 x 2m70