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

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

HEARTFUL WISHES...

2010 is just at our doors...
and like all years before, we shared our joys, hopes
and quilty projects with a never-failing enthusiasm.
We started many of them, exchanging ideas,
Most of you reached your goals,
while the turtle-me... finished 2 mini's ;>)
I wish to thank you, dear friends,
for reading my blog, adding some friendly comments,
for emailing me, and even making me dance in my kitchen
with the lovely treats you sent to me,
for writing your own blogs, with fantastic tutorials,
with lovely BOM's for free,
for creating groups to sustain everyone,
All these blessings were a constant inspiration to me.
We also shared some worries, and even some sorrows,
with a never-failing care about a friend in pain.
So many stitches, in thoughts with each other...
I wish to thank you, dear friends,
for this virtual bee.
So far, yet so close, because quilters are a big family.
I'm closing the door to 2009,
waving goodbye to those ups & downs.
My door to 2010 is wide open,
with, as usual great expectations ! ;>)
I wish you everything you dream about,
in the secret of your heart.
I wish you health, peace & prosperity.
I wish you to be always young at heart,
And above all, I wish you
LOVE.
HAPPY NEW YEAR !
BONNE ANNEE!
;>)
With a special little candle, lit for a special friend.
She will recognize herself...

Monday, December 21, 2009

SPECIAL MAIL...

Dear friends,
from the bottom of my heart,
I wish you all a very merry Christmas !

May you live these particular days in family,
enjoying the simple things,
in peace and love for each other.

Very heartfully,
Nadine
;>)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

DELECTABLE... BISCUITS, SALAD, AND BLOCKS ! ;>)


Passing on...
What a treat, when Laura my youngest daughter (21)
asked me to teach her making our traditional Christmas biscuits !
I was sooo happy, and she was very willing to learn.
;>)

Nice result, isn't it ?
I think the tradition will keep going without problem !
Always looking for new recipes,
particularly at this moment of the year,
when yummy menus and buffets are getting organized,
I discovered THIS RECIPE from Nan, at "Pots and Pins"
and wanted to give it a try...
Oh My ! Sooo easy, and the taste is just... delectable !
Give it a try, too. You won't regret it !
THANKS, Nan, for this wonderful recipe ;>)
(Oh, and by the way, Nan's other recipes AND quilts are worth it, too!)


Last, but not least, I treated myself with 12 wonderful
(scroll down to see them all in details)
These are cute, funny stitcheries that will become
a Xmas quilt for 2010 (never too early!)
I intend to stitch one - maybe 2 - each month
so that I can piece them together and quilt them on time...
(turtle as I am ! ;>)

Have a wonderful Sunday,
Enjoy your sewing !

Nadine
(from snoooooowy Belgium ... LOVE IT !)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS...


So here we are, 1st Advent Sunday already...
Where did time fly ? This year seemed so short to me !
Here is the Advent calendar that I stitched and pieced
in the last few weeks.
It's very meaningful to me, as the making of it helped me
to overcome some bad moments,
and these stitcheries truly brought smiles and peace in my heart.
****
"Self expression heals the wounded heart"
****
Stay tuned, I'll be back !
In the meantime, enjoy your sewing, my friends...
;>)

Friday, November 27, 2009

A NICE GIVEAWAY !

Margaret of "Konstant Kaos" Blog, is having a nice giveaway
for a quilt magazine + 2010 quilter's diary
Please, go and check her blog,
You won't regret it !
;>)

Friday, November 20, 2009

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL...

Some quilts just draw your attention,
only by their name.
That's what happened to me,
after the difficult moments I recently lived...
When I discovered that gorgeous new pattern
from HELEN STUBBINGS,
it couldn't have come at a better moment in my life.
It's red and warm, like love.
It's full of cute stitcheries & quotes
about the beauty of life,
come rain or come shine...

Moreover, Helen is offering a complete
pattern set, as a giveaway.
Wouldn't it be GREAT being the lucky winner ?
She also asks for a favourite quote that
the beauty of life inspires to us.
So, here is mine :

Life is a gift we are given each and every day,

that is why it is called THE PRESENT...

***********

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A HEARTFUL THANK YOU

Dear friends,
Your comments, emails, phone calls, and prayers
were a true blessing.
I wish hereby to tell you how deeply I appreciated
your friendship and care
One day after another,
One stitch at a time,
I'll soon be back with some quilty news

Take care,

ENJOY YOUR SEWING!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

BLOG BREAK

This 28th October,
early in the morning,
my father passed away.



May he rest in peace...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

15th EUROPEAN PATCHWORK MEETING - VAL D'ARGENT - FRANCE

Helloooooo, there !
Still alive.... and still playing the "globe trotter",
Aaaah, retirement is a real treat !

I was lucky enough to attend my first BIG quilt show.

Oh, it was such a wonderful week ! Pure delight in quilters world ...
Better than words, here's a slide show,with (some) of my favourite pictures,e.g. Dutch quilts, and also those from Hungary & New Zealand (special guests), not to forget a -Yoko Saito, 30 years of quilts -retrospective, and soooo many, many others...

I was also speechless and much moved, when seeing the Amish quilts(these were antique quilts from a private collection). The Amish works are so special to me...

Of course, I dived into the shopping mall, with 146 European quiltshop owners - Aaaaarghghgh !... but that's another story, for my next post.

(you can click on any picture, for a zzzzoooooom)

ENJOY !
;>)

Looks like I've got some problems to upload my slideshow on my blog

(still have to learn/practice, HeeHee..)

Please, click on "view all images", hereunder...


THANKS for your visit !

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

SUNSHINE & SHADOW - STEP ONE -

So I decided that Sunday would be the day for starting with this quilt, and carefully read JERI 's instructions sheets, starting with choosing the 13 colors I needed, among the 18 ones she had sent to me (this was not so easy, as they're all so beautiful).

Jeri cleverly divided the quilt in 9 sections, the first step being the 4 corners - each corner composed of a 10 x 10 squares...

The pictures below are showing the upper right corner.

I cut ten 2,5" strips, each of a different color, corresponding to my choice, and pieced them together.
Then I cut 2,5" strips accross them


and started to arrange them, unpicking at the top...


until I reached this arrangement (which was half the final big square I needed)...
Then I completed each row, using some of the unpicked squares...
Back to machine piecing, watching carefully to the matching seams, and...

T A D A A A A ! ;>)
Happy dance, here is my first upper right corner...
Now, on to the 3 other ones, before reaching Step 2.



If the mountain looks too high to climb,
divide your efforts into several achievable goals.
Sooner or later, you'll reach the top...
;>)

Friday, August 14, 2009

OH HAPPY DAY.... ;>)

"Heaven, I'm in Heaven...."
(love that song!)
This morning my door bell rang,
and I knew this had to be a package of happiness !
;>)
It was a BIG box, coming from JERI
Lookie, lookie, all those wonderful solids (22 different colors!)
that will soon become that "Sunshine & Shadow" quilt that I love so much
(see picture on my blog header)

Jeri will make it with me, so she wrote step-by-step instruction sheets, and she cleverly labelled each color with a number, so that we don't mix anything...

Dear Jeri, thanks to you, one of my quilty dreams will soon come true,

and I'm sooo grateful !

;>)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

KEEP YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND...

Last year, I was lucky enough to visit May Britt, in Norway (such nice memories!)

One day, she told me :
"you can dive into my stash and, please, help yourself"
Boy, I was in quilters heaven !
I cut little bits and pieces, including a piece of that cheater fabric, above.
It really fascinated me... Not only for the colors, the nice blocks arrangement, the scrappy, vintage look,but also the words on it. (click on the picture)

Back home, I searched the Web to find more of it, but couldn't...
Yet, I wanted to make something simple out of it, as a memory.
I kept it in my sewing box for a long time, until this weekend,
when I decided to make this humble wallhanging.
I just added the black fabric, it didn't need more. I know, it looks more like a table mat,
but I wanted to cut the least possible out of the fabric...
Now it's hanging above my computer screen, and I'm happy.
"Keep your feet on the ground, Nadine !"
(especially when you look at sooo many beautiful quilts in Blogland
BUT
"Reach for the stars !"
anyway.... with Love, Wisdom and Virtue
BECAUSE
"Success is a journey, not a destination"
;>)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I' M BAAAACK..... ;>)

Well, it's been a while since I came here to blab, isn't it ? These vacations were certainly needed, after last June sad events, and were highly appreciated... We spent 2 weeks in (hot, hot) Spain (definitely waaay too hot for me) and 2 weeks in wonderful
Provence (France) , where we'll certainly go back
(actually, we already booked for next year, HeeHee).

And what did this silly quilter do in a month,
as she forgot home all her well prepared sewing things ???
Well, she (almost) cried...
and then she read, and read A LOT !

I won't bother you with too many pictures, except quilty ones, beginning with

(1)
this one hereunder, for which I'd need your HELP

I didn't see that quilt in Spain, but stumbled upon the picture

while browsing Spanish blogs.

No name, nor designer... nothing but a picture.

I emailed the blogging lady, but never got any answer. Sooo....

does this pattern speak to you, eventually ?
* * * * * * * * * *
(2)
While visiting a small Spanish quilt show, I was amazed with this quilt.
It's a nine patch design, with a Japanese folding technique
and the story behind it is quite funny,
as it was made by a man (the quiltshop owner's hubby) !

Interesting and beautiful, isn't it ?
I was kindly given the pattern - another one on my "must-do" list...
;>)


* * * * * * * * * *
(3)

Back to normal, I was sooo happy to sew again, and finally decided on
my "Little Blue Birds" borders...
which was not so easy, as I wanted a vintage look,

but I happily found
that "grandma's aprons" repro fabric on the web (E-quilters.com)
There will be a surprise wink in this top,
you'll see it soon...


* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

(4)

My next big project will be that gorgeous
Sunshine & Shadow
that you can see on my header...
I'll be doing it together with JERI and JOANNA
(can't wait !)

I'm still catching up with Blogland posts, and see that
you've all been sewing treasures,
congratulations to you all !

I'll be back soon,
Thanks for your visit
;>)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

WE' RE ON VACATIONS ;>)

Back by end of July...
'til then, take care, and by all means...
ENJOY YOUR SEWING !
;>)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

STARTING A NEW CHAPTER...

Starting a new page in your quilt journal,
share it with friends, is such a blessing,
and there's nothing like some new (long-term) projects
to focus your mind on the bright side of life...

;>)

First of all, look at my blog header.
You might remember I saw that beauty in a French quiltshop in Paris
and I shared a picture with you...
Well, Jeri loves it, too!
So she kindly proposed to design the pattern, calculate the yardage,
and help me find the right solids color palette. Isn't that sweet, indeed ?
Sharon will be joining us, as well (after her big moving).

*****

Some weeks ago, I posted a comment to Rae Ann ,
about her lovely 30's repro fabrics quilts...
She proposed to share a lovely pieced/applique pattern with me,
(and some of those 30's repro fabrics, that I love)
Ain't I lucky ?

*****

And here's the BIG fellow that will keep me busy
for the coming year (s ?)
Actually, it's the reproduction of an Antique Quilt
that Guute recently adapted with EQ6.
Originally, she intended to share her pattern on her blog,
but the demands of enthusiastic quilter friends were so numerous (more than 100!)
that she decided to create a Yahoo Group (see the logo on my sidebar).
You're all welcome to join the fun!
(Guute is posting both in Dutch and English)
I'll be starting handpiecing mine by end of July, when returning from vacations.
This will give me time to think about my colors scheme,
and collect some repro fabrics...


*****

"Those good old hexies" are another long-term,
handpiecing project that I love.
I've been part of The Great Heaxagon Quilt Along for some months.
This is a fantastic hexies lovers blog, created by sweet Robyn
If you love hexies and got some spare minutes,
don't miss a visit, it's full of inspiration!
I'm using bright K.Fasset fabrics, on a black background,
and will bring my tin box with me on vacations...



*****

Aaah, my sweet little blue fella's!
This lovely quilt was designed by the talented Nanette, from Freda's Hive
(pattern available on her Etsy shop, see her sidebar).
Mine is just about being a flimsy, and I love it.
You'll soon be seeing it ;>)


*****
So that makes 3 new projects, plus 2 "oldies"...
This is quite a lot to "cook" in the coming days/weeks/months,
but my stove's ready!
Ain't that quilt therapy,
then what is it ?
ENJOY YOUR SEWING!
;>)
PS : special thoughts for some special friends.
Though not mentionned in this post, you will recognize yourself,
and you know you're in my heart...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

GRATITUDE...



Your comments, emails and prayers,
were a blessing and helped us going through
the difficult moments that we recently lived.

THANKS, my friends, from the bottom of my heart.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

BLOG BREAK....

Early this morning, Nicolas - my father-in-law,
passed away
after a long, courageous battle against cancer...
He leaves a beloved wife,
6 children,
18 grand & great-grand children.
§§§§§§§§§§§§
Rest in Peace, dear Papa,
Thanks for all the love you gave us,
and for all that we learned from you...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

THREE SMALL HOUSES...

all in a row,
were started long time ago,
their maker, who found them by accident,
decided time had come to build an extent.
Home, Sweet Home, she said
Another Ufo I'll bring to an end!

;>)

Want a funny saying ?

People are living longer than ever before, a phenomenon made undoubtedly necessary by the 30-year mortgage...

(Doug Larson)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A SMALL FINISH...

Or how to recycle an orphan quilt block into a cute wallhanging...

;>)



I just had to finish the appliqued flowers, and experienced 3D applique

with some tiny beads embellishments.



It's only 12 inches square, but at least it's a finish

and it feels gooooooood !


Now back to my blue birds BIG quilt piecing!

(seems I'm quite obsessed with birds, these days...)



Thanks for your visit,

ENJOY YOUR QUILTING

;>)


A little saying for today ?


God gives every bird its food,

but He does not throw it into its nest.

(JC Holland)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I LOVE PARIS......

Last January, our children spoiled us with a 4 days trip to Paris,
as a retirement present.
We could choose the dates, so we opted for May,
hoping our stay would be sunny...
Well it was not sunny, but Paris is Paris :
one of the most beautiful cities in the world

;>)

We stayed in a very comfy hotel, and decided to visit

some of the many picturesque places, such as


L'Ile de la Cité, walking along les Quais de la Seine...

up to the Tour Eiffel...


Hmmmm...Stormy weather (but yummy restaurant ! HeeHee)



The day after, we went to the splendid Musée du Louvre, where we spent a whole day...

I think it takes 3 days to visit the whole museum,
so we decided to part, hubby visiting the (big) sculptures section,
while I opted for the Impressionist painters...


then sharing our feelings and emotions on a lovely terrace...


We also went to the beautiful Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral...



Of course I had planned a visit to a famous quilt shop!

So we went to Le Rouvray, just behind Notre Dame...


Such a pleasant and welcoming shop !


with beautiful fabrics, among some antiques


old quilts, so beautifully hand quilted...


and also gorgeous quilt tops. This one was was my absolute favorite one. I have to make such a quilt !


Of course, I couldn't leave empty handed, HeeHee..... And I chose a fabrics kit, to make a throw in sunny, colourful Provence toiles.

The pattern is very simple (sometimes these are the best ones) : four patches, with marbled yellow connecting blocks, and a beautiful border.

Hmmmm, I'm in the mood for starting it right now...

;>)

THANKS, kido's... you really spoiled us !

Friday, May 8, 2009

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY !

My story with Mom is a sad one... I missed her all my life,
as she was very often absent, living in Congo with my father, who worked there...
I've got very few pictures of her, but I could save these 2.
They're very small, blurred and aged, but I cherish them very much.
Mom passed away 15 years ago, and I still terribly miss her.
However, she's with me every day, in a way...
She's my Guardian Angel.
1960 in Congo - She was 30 -


and with me, in 1955 (she was 26, and I was 4)


To all mothers,
Some flowers, with my heartful wishes....



and a wink...

;>)