"Whatever your hands find to do, verily do it with all your might" Ecclesiastes 9-10

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A SWEET MIDSUMMER EVENING...

It's 8 pm and it's been a wonderful sunny day...


A giant hydrangea falls asleep in our garden...



Our neighbour farmer has mown the meadow, for the livestock this winter...


And I cut these bright colorful flowers for my next quilt :
"Blooming Roses"- a Pat Sloan pattern - Aren't they gorgeous ? I had soooo much fun !
(Thanks Kairle -"Happy Valley Quilter", and Gail - "Quite Quilted", for having shared the pattern, and Julie - "Feeling Simply Quilty", for the inspiration - have a look at her 26th June post !)


These are the fabrics I chose for the backgrounds....
I must say that taking some pictures really helps making a selection !

A bonus : flowers + backgrounds are all from my stash ! Yeaaah......(A local quilt shop closed for vacations is a good way to bust the stash!)

I also managed to stitch 2 additional "Little Sweethearts" blocks, but that will be for next post... HeeHee...

GRATITUDES

- A delightful quiet summer day,

- My youngest daughter, Laura, sitting by my side while I was cutting fabrics,

- No ironing today, (Ha !)

- Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey on TV, tonight

- A nice phone call...

QUOTE FOR TODAY

A fat quarter is not a body part...

(smiles!)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

BACK TO STITCHES....

But first, I wish to thank all of you, for your sweet, friendly comments, about my vacations pictures. I couldn't answer you personally : you know how it is, when coming back from trip, with washing, ironing, listening to the kids, visiting family, etc....

So here are my - quite modest - accomplishments... I stitched 6 "Little Sweethearts", out of the 20 (!) I had prepared (LOL). Well at least these are done.... only 36 more to go ! (Optimistic, as usual. HeeHee...)
I had an unusual pastel "almond green" (or nile green) in my stash, and decided to use it as a background. The stitching is done with DMC 221 coton thread.



When I came back home, I knew I had to find the right fabrics to use as complements, and I did (I'm not the "wait and see" kind of girl : having the whole project around me stimulates me to keep working. I have to visualize the final result).
My usual (and only) quilt shop being closed for vacations, I went huntig into my stash, and found 4 yards (!) of this beautiful strippy fabric, sleeping in a drawer. Bingo... The dark red narrow strips will be the sashings, and I'll use the large ones for the borders. Luckily enough, I also unveiled one yard of a pretty khaki+"beige/rosé" print, for the cornerstones... This stitchery-quilt will look quite sweet and romantic (when finished)... What do you think ?


You may also remember another stitching project that I had prepared in June : Leanne's House "Winter Garden". It came with me to Italy and believe me : I tried, I really tried to hold that 35 inches square (+ batting) on my knees, in my wet, warm hands, but it was too hot. So here is the "poor" report I can proudly show you... However, I'm determined to catch up with it, as I like how it's coming out.
For this one, I'm using a "fuschia/red/burgundy" variagated DMC coton thread nr. 4210



The beautiful tapestry purse and needle case shown on the photo were hiding in a very tiny Italian village shop, and I just couldn't resist them...

GRATITUDES :

- I won my first-ever quilty prize, with one of Darlene's darling pincushions ...

- I signed up for a stitchery swap, organized by Paula (Coffee Time Quilt Studio)...

- It's raining here, and this perfumed summer rain is making our garden soooo green ...

- Got my new issue of "Australian P&Q" magazine...

- The smell of fresh coffee in the kitchen, right now...

TODAY'S QUOTE :

In this crazy quilt of life,

I'm glad you're in my block of friends !

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

SOME PICTURES... (5)



Bye-bye San Marino......



Hello Rimini...


This beautiful, big town, is divided into two distinctive parts : the seaside one, very modern, with a bank and a church every 400 meters, beach shops, bars, gellaterias(ice cream), hotels, etc...... and the "old town" - shown above : the historical center, where no cars are allowed, where you can see very elegant ladies, prestigious boutiques, such as Armani, La Scarpa, Gucci... è tutti quanti (etc...) - just admire, don't look at the prices !




Then return to the country side, stop by a small restaurant, proudly showing this at the entrance... and enjoy !


I couldn't send a postcard to everyone of you, my friends, but here is one from us to you all..... Do we look happy ?



Now, as a conclusion, I'll tell you that these summer vacations were a dream to cherish in our memories. DH also used a lot his film camera , for us to remember...

I only sometimes missed a Quilt Shop (not one to visit in the area... nor any quilting magazine)... but who cares for three weeks ?

I guess I'll be brave enough tomorrow, to show you the "tremendous" amount of stitching I made under the Italian sun, with temperatures rising to 100 deg. F..... (thank God, these long hot walks prevented me to gain any weight ! LOL LOL).



SOME PICTURES... (4)




Hushhhhh..... It's nap time, behind the thick, fresh, stone walls... Not a sound, except the never-ending cigadas songs : crr..crr..crr..



Time to slowly wake up, hearing the bells singing the Ave Maria....




We decided to visit the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum.... (no photos allowed inside)




But we managed to make one, outside.... I don't think Leonardo would appreciate... LOL



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Climbing such picturesque streets....


Stopping high above, in a nice restaurant, for a well deserved Italian menu.... (doesn't he look happy, revisiting his native country ?)


Then touring down after lunch, in the quiet, sleepy streets, thinking about all those people living here in the Medieval era, those ladies with elegant long brocard clothes, waiting for their promised, to get back safe from war.....


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

SOME PICTURES (2)...

The first three days were devoted to resting on the beach and enjoying the cheerful people and the language (we had decided not to speak French outside the hotel room). The Italian language is sooo nice, it's very musical and colourful, like "singing flowers out of your mouth"....




But what would Italy be without SHOPPING in the typical small streets ?......




Then we decided to visit the Republic of San Marino, an independent "country within the country", very small, beautiful and with a great history.... It was only 30 minutes driving from the hotel, up on a mountain...


Absolutely beautiful and charming...
(to be continued)


SOME PICTURES... (1)

So, we left home at 3 a.m, through South Belgium, Luxemburg, reaching Switzerland around 9 a.m...




By the afternoon, we reached the Lake of Como, where we had booked a hotel room for the night.... Nice visit, very romantic... and nice restaurant too !


The next morning was devoted to a delicious buffet breakfast, and to the last part of the trip....




At lunch time, we reached our hotel, where we were welcomed by a cheerful Italian team, who showed us our nice, yellow, comfortable, air-conditioned, fresh room, with balcony viewing the sea... Nice start , and nice, sunny weather : 75 deg.F (we had left belgium at about 60 deg. F !)...



to be continued,




Monday, July 23, 2007

HELLOOOOO !


Oh, I'm soooo happy to be with you again, my friends !

We had wonderful (hot) vacations, visited beautiful places (photos soon), met cheerful people..... but I really, really missed you ....

I won't be long tonight , as we came home about 2.30 hours ago, after a
18 hours car trip.

Everyone being in bed now, I savour the quietness of my nest, touching everything (including my fabrics), huming my wet garden (it's raining here), opening some mail from the pile, sipping a nice cup of MY coffee, in MY kitchen.... see what I mean ?

Unpacking will be for later, I just need to put my head on MY pillow and let sweet dreams and home projects gently rock me until tomorrow...


I took some minutes to quickly browse Blogland : thank God you are still all there, and I'll spend wonderful moments, in the coming days, reading your last posts !


GRATITUDES :
- Home, sweet Home...
- A safe travel...
- The kids, waiting for us...
- Many things to share...
- The unique smell of my nest...