Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Something old, something new...

Something old, something new, something with pink to share with you...

Here is my French Abecedaire SAL part four is finished and I have started the new part. I am really enjoying this sampler and it seems to get prettier with each part that Claire shares with us. So this is my 'something old'...

...and for 'something new'...

I have started a new project. Last year, I gave my two lacemaking friends a box and half meter of fabric as a birthday gift. It was for us to make sewing boxes. We are first each designing our own French letter sampler. I will be stitching not only Hs on mine but also sewing items like the scissors I have started, my husbands initials and a cat to symbolize Dagi. I am having lots of fun adding letters to this but am very unsure about the lightest of the three pink shades. It does not show up well at all on the fabric although it matches my fabric choice perfectly. I am going to have to change this shade and rip out the small H I already stitched.

We will be lining the box in fabric and making a few accessories for in the sewing box. I will share progress as I go along and hope to show you the other two boxes also. This is going to be fun to do since they are going to become very personal to each of us.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A tale of UFOs

This is a tale of some UFOs. Just some mind you as I could never even admit to how many I have. That is what happens when you used to teach patchwork and lead a quilt group. You have to keep coming up with new things meaning the 'old things' never get finished. But I am going to share a few tht I have been concentrating on this month of March.

This is the first of my two charm quilts that I am making this year. Each year, I create a theme for our quilt group to work on. In January, we started on charm quilt. These are quilts using a one-patch block and in which all the fabrics are different. This type of quilt became popular in the Victorian period while women saved a scrap of fabric to use for making this quilt. You can read more it about it here.

We are swapping our scraps to help each other get as many fabrics as possible. My top is now ready to be sandwiched and quilted. I have made this charm quilt with a twist in its tale but I will reveal that when I show you the finished quilt next week. Did I say next week? Yes, I really want to get this quilt finished before my next quilt evening on the first Wednesday of April. Crunch time for the deadline!

I will keep the tale of this second quilt (sorry for the wrinkles) a secret until I am farther along with it. I am again making this quilt with a historic connection in mind. Are you intrigued? I hope so and I will tell you the tale soon...

Finally, this applique block has a tale. I have never been a lover of needle applique so I decided to start this Bunny Hill BOM to make myself practice the technique more. I am very behind as this is the January block and I have yet to start on February or March. I will start the next one after I get the quilting done on my charm quilt.

Next post, I will share my stitching projects. I just started a new project which is going to be a very fun one to work on!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Birthday party for a blogger!

Today is a friend of mine's birthday. This very blog brought her into my life. She commented one day saying "Hello from another 40-something woman from Amersfoort". I commented back to her through my blog. We not only were the same age but from the same city. Later she started her own blog and we met for real.

She is a warm and caring person and I am so glad that this blog brought me her friendship. It is her birthday today and she is very busy now working so does not have time to blog as she used to. So I thought it would be fun to hold a birthday party for her here on my blog. Please help me to wish
Carolien the most wonderful day today!

Happy birthday to you my dear friend! Time to get together soon so I can give you a little birthday gift...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A thread box

So often I see something in a shop and instantly imagine what it will become when I start working on it. This happened one afternoon when I went to a little discount shop to buy my shampoo I use. I saw this box and opened it.

When I saw the inside, an idea I had was confirmed and I knew I had to buy it to start on a gift for a friend.

So I measured out the raised space on the top of the box and worked on a design that would fit just right. When finished, I mounted the stitched piece.

I then attached it to the wooden box to create a thread box for Diane. I finished off the edge with a piece of trim. This sweet little box has a removable tray and little places to hold special threads. I enjoyed trying to turn this box into something just that little bit special.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Monogram fun

I just love stitching these French monogram letters. They are just instant beauty and who doesn't love a gift with their own letters on it?

These are a birthday gift for a friend of mine. She loved the ones I made for our bedroom at Cranberry Cottage. I have been wanting to make her a set.

I stitched the letters S and T for her and her husband's first name and L for their last name.

The frames where ones I found a couple of years ago in IKEA. I fell in love with them right away. I often see a frame and immediately get an idea of how to use it. The funny thing is the this same friend has seen these frames and is always telling me that she wants to buy them from me. How can she when I meant to use them for her own gifts. *grins*

She does not do any kind of crafts herself but loves things like this and I cannot wait until I see her next week to give them to her.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Primitive ornaments SAL - Noel

The 15th of this month came very quickly with being at the hospital most of this week. I am sorry to be so late in the day but here is the third ornament of the SAL. This month, we are doing a universal Christmas word - Noel.

Once again, you can click on my chart photo to enlarge it and print it out. This ornament uses beads under each of the three bells.

Here is a slideshow of all the photos I have received so far. I am thrilled to see the various results and have really enjoyed seeing how everyone is finishing their own ornaments. Another idea for finishing is to complete each ornament and save it until all the ornaments are stitched at which time you can sew them together into a little quilt.

I have also decided to hold a giveaway each month from the photos entries received. Jos has just drawn the name of the first winner. Susan will be receiving a little gift in the mail very soon. I will look forward to next month's ornament and giveaway. I can't wait to see your results.

Friday, March 13, 2009

More swap blocks...the US blocks

I am out of the hospital and back to trying to pick up my handwork once again. I am very tired but the treatments went well. They gave me three days of isolation at home. That is very short compared to normal as my body is releasing all the excess radioactivity very well. I now have to play the waiting game. It will be a year before they know if the treatment is a success. With lots of luck, I may find a 15% reduction in the swelling by about 4 months. I do have to have everything tested once again in 6 weeks as it is almost certain that the treatment will result in my thyroid no longer functioning properly and I will have to take medication. I just pray the treatments are successful so I can breath and eat well again.

These are the quilt blocks that my quilt group received from the ladies in the US. They all live in and around Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Karen led the group on that side. She and I have been visiting each other's blogs for some time now. She asked me if we could maybe organize a swap. It has been great fun!

Here is Karen's block - wool pennies made from cotton fabrics...

Paulette's block - Pinwheel made of MN State fabrics by Moda

Jolene's block - Old Maid Puzzle

Kari's block - Northern Lights

Carolyn's block - Stripes and Star

Joyce's block - Lady of the Lake

Mary Ellen's block - Kaleidoscope

Carri Jane's block - Hole In The Barndoor

Marcia's block - Friendship Star

Ruthie's block - Fall Strip Piecing

Gail's block - Card Trick

Liz's block - Buggy Barn Star

If you missed the entry about the Dutch blocks sent over to the US, you can still see them here. I will be back sometime over the weekend with an update on some things I am working on. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Letters of life...

As many of you know, I am having radioactive treatments at the hospital this week. I found out on Monday that I am not allowed to bring my needlework if I have to be admitted. Just in case I did have to stay in the hospital, I started these French monogram letters for a birthday gift for a friend. Her birthday is towards the end of my isolation period. I had planned on working on these while in isolation. Here are the letters 'S' and 'L'. I will have to stitch the 'T' when I am re

I was told this morning that my dose will be too high and I will be admitted tomorrow morning. I hope to be at a low enough radiation level to be able to leave the hospital during the day on Thursday. I have found it all going very easy for all the tests and measurements yesterday and today. Anything I take along will become radioactive and will be disposed of. I am wearing old clothes that can be thrown away when I am discharged.I do however not feel very good about coping with being without my needle and thread for even 24 hours. I am definately addicted! But I am also grateful for the good care I am getting at the hospital.

For now, I am off back home to cuddle my cat and get some sleep for tomorrow morning.I am writing this blog entry from my friend Sonja's house now as she wanted to cook for us tonight. Thank you Sonja!

I will be back in a couple of days and visiting you all once again.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Sweet dreams...

This sweet little child's bed really caught my eye at the quilt exhibition in the Fries Museum. I love things like this along with little quilts made especially to fit these elegant girl's toys. It is a special piece of social history.

It made me think of the antique cradle I have and decided to show these old photos once again. I had just given a workshop for a tabletopper quilt and had lots of triangle corners that were cut off. Instead of throwing them away. I sewed them together and created a little doll's quilt. I was very happy with the results of this tiny pinwheel quilt. I had been dreaming of finding a doll's bed or cradle one day.

While out shopping one day with a friend, I found this antique cradle in a garden center that also sells antiques. I just knew it was the one I wanted even though it is tattered and worn. I loved the primitive looking paintings around the cradle. I said to my friend as I place it in my car that I was sure it would be just right for my quilt. She laughed but was amazed when we got it home and it was a perfect fit.

"Sweet dreams form a shade,
O'er my lovely infants head.
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams,
By happy silent moony beams

Sweet sleep with soft down.
Weave thy brows an infant crown.
Sweet sleep Angel mild,
Hover o'er my happy child."

~ William Blake