Saturday, 30 August 2008

I'm Off...

... to spot animals in the wild. No, this tame little bear belongs to our latest Christmas project, 'Bearly a Glimpse' by McKenna Ryan. Our first and last pattern by her... way too detailed.
Next four weeks I'll be in South-Africa.
PS. G. it was my yellow pompom...

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Quilt For Big Sister

The latest quilt (for Big Sister) is just finished today. Now, finally all childen have their own quilt.
See how well the quilt fits the wall paper in the bedroom. G.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Happy Birthday!

A birthday requires a purple and pink Barbie cake. I was so happy to discover Wilton icing products in a shop in Amsterdam! The icing is so much better to work with and tastes so great! G.

Yasmine Outfit

One more outfit from my Disney dress up book. My little birthday girl wanted a purple Yasmine outfit. She loves it and I love her tummy in it! G.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Little Miss T's Quilt And Pillowcase

Little Miss T. has her quilt for quite some time now, but I haven't hung it out for a formal picture yet. A week or so after M. finished the quilt she added a pillowcase in purple to go with the quilt (at special request of Little Miss T. of course). G.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Christmas Visit...

No... I have not gone completely daft... it is the title of my new cross stitch project. And I know it is August, but if I am to finish this one in time I have to start now.

Working on two simultaneously 1. Seasonal Blessings and 2. this new one 'Christmas Visit. A "Butternut Road" pattern, designed by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum. She also designed the Celtic Ladies (Lavender & Lace patterns).

Christmas Visit 'greys and burgundy on her dress and a basket of Christmas gifts in her hand'. Visiting those in need I imagine. I thought she was carrying a basket with flowers, but it looks like a cloth covering the basket.

And the most perfect thing of all... no beads, no speciality stitches... only cross-stitch...


Busy Beads

Another Friday evening spent beading. As regulars we did not need any tuition and hence did not have to pay the ten euros tuition fees ;-)) We did spend the ten euros buying beads. Any more craft hobbies left to try...?!? I flatly refuse to take up knitting or crocheting.

Works in Progress...

Masterpieces completed...

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

On Demand - Enschede Pictures Part 2

This last picture clearly shows the fabric all contestants used in their quilts. G. and I bought the fabric as well - currently still in our stash waiting to be used.

"On The Good Ship Lollipop"

Little Miss T. in her Shirley Temple outfit, all ready for the Hollywood 30s glamour party next month. G.

Silver Needle - Stash Enhancement

Postman arrived this morning bearing gifts. A new cookbook, a present for Little Miss T. and some needlecraft goodies from the Silver Needle.
Two new Quaker patterns: a large one and a spectacle case that I will finish into a needle book. Fabric for the needle book and a companion to a pair of scissors I bought last year. And a nice set of Quaker measurement cards - for a quick look where to start stitching on the fabric. Our Shepherd's Bush charms and the 2008 JCS ornament issue are still in backorder.

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Broken Bracelet

Dear G.
Your wish is my command. What about Friday... my bracelet is broken.

Search And Rescue - Katwijk

Went to Katwijk last Saturday with my sister and her family. Especially enjoyed the launch of the 'Ameland' rescue boat - check out the horses. First pictures on our blog with my new camera.Watch the determination on my niece's face. No fire in sight, only people ducking for cover.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Our Fabric Stash Is Coming Along...

Haven't we been busy gathering fabric for our Civil War quilt! There isn't a quiltshop in the Netherlands that we haven't plundered! Even the batik-queen in de Rijp had an addition to our stash! We should be able to make a great start with these! G.

A New Hobby

Last night M. and I did a workshop jewelry making. I wanted to make a necklace to go with my evening dress. It wasn't easy to crochet the beads together, but I'm very happy with the result. Going through the beads-shop was like being in a candystore. You just wanted to use everything in your work! M. made a gorgeous bracelet. My only other comment is: when can we go again, please please please.... G.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Projects Progress...

No quilt progress after I finished Little Miss T 's quilt and pillow case. Started 2 new cross stitch projects. Seasonal Blessings for Little Miss T and Angel of Love. Not a lot to show for now.Visited Irma's Sampler last week (bought some reproduction fabrics) and one of the ladies told me she allowed herself to start as many projects as she liked as long as she had 3 finishes per year - and yes even a single potholder qualifies as 1.
My finishes this year: a quilt, a pillow case, a bed sheet, a christmas tree, a necklace and a surprise stitch... Ok, I am pushing it a bit. Near finishes: a dress and a pair of trousers.

Petra Quilt Patterns

Lovely quilt pattern on a church floor in Petra, Jordan. The keeper of the church started waving frantically at me when I started to take pictures. I thought he was about to throw me out, but turned out he only wanted to water the floor to bring out the patterns even more. Bless him.

Long Overdue

Pictures of our trip to Twentsewelle - quilt exhibit in the Enschede museum. Lovely quilts.