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

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SOME PROGRESS + THIS & THAT...

Brrrrrr.....This winter is colder than usual, with temperatures very often well below zero. A bad flu visited many of us, including me! :( Well, I guess that's the game of the season...

So I slept a lot, cuddling under my favorite quilt, but I also managed to finish some small things, that I'm showing you hereunder :

Meet Felix the Cat
a door hanger. I enjoyed very much making it and I guess it's not the last one ....

This scissor fob, or pincushion, whatever you name it, was also
a nice exercise with half inch strips from my scrapbag...

and I also finished a cute Bronwyn Hayes stitchery...
that became a stitchery bag for an Italian friend

Now I'm still busy handquilting "The Blue Hour" (see previous post), piecing my Angels Story quilt top, plus my Little Blue Birds (a Nanette Merryl pattern) . Slowly but surely, one stitch at a time...

Do I dare saying I made some poor attempts, piecing some Kaleidoscope blocks - a pattern designed by Teresa (watch her blog, her quilt is going to be fantastic!). But I still need some practice AND perseverance, as this pattern - though looking simple - requires A LOT of precision. We'll see.....

Now I guess I should start preparing our TRIP TO VENICE - ITALY (from 10th to 25th February). I'll talk about this one next time...

UNTIL THEN, STAY TUNED,

ENJOY YOUR SEWING

AND TAKE CARE !

;>)

Friday, January 9, 2009

A NICE PROGRAM, INDEED... ;>)

Well, I started this new year trying my brand new Pfaff (a present from sweet hubby for my retirement), and though being a handpiecer, I must admit it was veeeeery pleasant and it worked like a breeze (nothing to do at all with that naughty, old Toyota!)
So I chose to make a nice top with the 9 beautiful Lemoyne stars, that Christine had sent to me last year (remember?)

And tadaaaaaa...... here is
"The Blue Hour"

I didn't make any busy border, as I wanted the eyes to focus on the stars...
It's 52 inches square, and I'm planning to start handquilting it tonight.
(note : it really is straight, but I'm so bad at hanging a quilt and making pictures ;>)

This leads me ---> to my 2009 quilting program (ooohlala!)
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(1) Arkansas Snowflake (one of my favourite patterns)
I was sooo lucky getting this wonderful quilt kit, last Xmas, from Santa Claus
(bless him!... or her ???? ;>)
It's a handpiecing project and I'm planning one block -a-day

(2) An Angels Story quilt
15 blocks ready, one more to go, scrappy squares ready, then piece the whole together

(3) Little Blue Birds (a pattern designed by Nanette).

I'm half-way with handpiecing this one...


(4) "Little Baskets"
(one block-a-day, as well... long term handpiecing project. I need 338 blocks! LOL)


(5) Nine Patch Friendship quilt
A handpiecing project with Christine - reproduction fabrics


(6) "Obsession" A machine piecing project with K.Fasset fabrics

(still must decide on the pattern... it's "obsessional ! LOL)

(7) A Kaleidoscope quilt (no picture)

together with a nice friend, who designed the pattern, so I'd rather let her tell you about this one ;>)

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Well, this is quite enough for some time, don't you think ? Not to mention some nice trips, forecasted with (also retired!) DH..... but that's another story, for another post !

UNTIL THEN... WISH ME LUCK,

ENJOY YOUR SEWING,

AND COME BACK OFTEN !

;>)

Friday, January 2, 2009

A LITTLE POSTCARD...

To all my friends,

Heartfully,

Nadine

;>)