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

Friday, March 27, 2009

WATCH THIS !

posted this video, some weeks ago...
It's funny,
good music,
and above all... SUCH an important message !
;>)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

TO-DO-DO-TO-DO-TO-DO......LOOOOONG LIST

HI, FRIENDS !

;>)


This morning the house was all mine, and I decided to have a TREAT :

a nice cup of coffee,

while flipping through a Quilt magazine

(A Japanese one, actually)

I suddenly had a QUILT-SHOCK !

(you know what I mean, don't you ?)

and couldn't stop looking at...


THIS BEAUTY

single picture, no pattern, nothing else....But I couldn't help starting drawing plans :

3 colors : red/white dotted - bright yellow - sky blue

+ lots and lots of crispy white, for tiny and BIG triangles...


AND A NEW DREAM IS IN MY HEAD ,

AND ON MY TO-DO-TO-DO LIST !


I'm hopeless, I tell you !

;>)


note : anybody interested in drawing the pattern, and calculating approx. yardage with me ?

I won't sleep well until then, you know !

Friday, March 13, 2009

WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT ?

AT LAST... A FINISH !
Here is "Anything Goes"
as I named it

65"/85"
Hand pieced (English Paper Pieced) and hand quilted
Started in 2001 (among sooo many other projects)
it is adapted from a pattern published by Australian P&Q Vol.8 Issue nr.9

I changed the colors settings, using dark ones for the big elongated hexagons
and a light beige for the short ones


Whew ! Feels gooood !

I counted more than 20 flimsies in my "shame on you"cupboard,

So.... on to the next one !

;>)

A saying for today :
Be not afraid of going slowly,
Be afraid only of standing still...
Chinese Proverb

Thursday, March 5, 2009

TRIP TO VENICE - PART 6 (THE LAST ONE)

One of my best memories will certainly be the meeting with Linda !
Linda is an Italian blogger and we've been chit-chatting for about 2 years, now.
She's such a sweet woman !
Not only a very talented quilter, but also a writer (you should read her poems on women's life), and a very active and generous representative of the Italian quilters.
She blogs both in Italian and English, and her posts will always "move" something into your mind & heart...
Once this trip was organized, we both decided we had to meet in Venice.
So Linda arrived with her husband and beautiful daughter, on a bright, sunny morning.
We immediately recognized each other
and talked, and talked...
and walked and walked...
and laughed and laughed...
like all quilter friends in the world ;>)
(so did the hubbies !)
Linda spoiled me with wonderful quilty presents (thanks again, dear!),
and we really had a memorable day.
Another blessing to add into my life album
;>)










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This ends that loooong report on our trip to Venice,


BACK TO QUILTING NOW !
(and, boy, there's a lot to do...)

Monday, March 2, 2009

TRIP TO VENICE - PART 5

THE CARNIVAL
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Early in the morning...
Where was Casanova going to ?


Hope I'm not boooooring you ?

;>)


The Carnival In Venice is one of the most important events, every year.

Thousands of visitors from all over the world,

and hundreds of them wearing very special costumes...

Anyone can walk in disguise.

Some will rent their costume, but most people are very creative

and spend the whole year long at sewing their own costumes,

hoping to be selected among the most special...

They don't march in groups, but rather slowly walk in pairs, or alone.
They love being photographed, and really "play" their costume, with special attitudes.

You can be surprised at every corner,

and of course see many of them on the big Piazza San Marco...

We were very impressed with the diversity, colors, and creativity,

and wished we had more than 2 eyes to admire them all !




























Usually, I'm not so good at photographing...

but I think this last one is gorgeous.

Actually, it's my favourite one !

;>)


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To be continued...
tomorrow, with the last part (6)
telling you about a veeeery special quilter friends meeting in Venice !
STAY TUNED (if you can!)
;>)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

TRIP TO VENICE - PART 4



I didn't see any quilt shop in Venice...




but what do you think of those floor tiles ?




Aren't they truly inspirational ?

Don't they remind you any quilt ?
..........

To be continued...

TRIP TO VENICE - PART 3

Most streets will lead you to the famous PIAZZA SAN MARCO
with its splendid Basilica...
and the breathtaking wall paintings (this is the main entrance external ceiling)




The Doges Palace
(Doges were very important noblemen, ruling the city)

And then you just sit and enjoy one of those tasty "Espresso coffee"
..........
To be continued

TRIP TO VENICE - PART 2

While strolling through the picturesque streets, you can't miss those special shops...
with Italian porcelein


hand made masks for the Carnival of Venice
in February (one of the reasons why we chose that period of the year)

Italian lace and linen...


Fish market...

And of course... pasta, pasta everywhere!
..........
to be continued

TRIP TO VENICE - PART 1

Hi, there !
Guess I still have to practice that slide show system, so in the meantime I'll just deliver a number of posts. Ready ? Here we go...
;>)

We arrived in Marco Polo airport on a bright, sunny morning, after just 1h20mins flight time... 20 minutes taxi on "terra firma" drove us to our beautiful destination. Venice is an archipel in Northern Italy, made of 500 very small islands, linked together with bridges, and this initial protection against ennemies (long time ago) gives the town its particular charm....

After settling down in our romantic hotel, we had our first discovery tour.


through small, mysterious streets
You don't drive inside Venice, you walk ! (and boy, we did walk A LOT! )

You really feel on an island and water is part of everything


The famous RIALTO bridge...

View from our hotel room

..........
to be continued