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

Monday, December 30, 2013


The time has come again
for new beginnings...
Isn't that exciting ?

I wish you all,
beautiful new mornings,
special new projects,
precious new joys in family,
new daily blessings,
new accomplishments,

a new look on your beloved ones, new healthy decisions, etc, etc, etc... but above all, I wish you, from the bottom of my heart,

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


To all my blogging friends,
Heartful wishes !

Looks like my blog issues might have been solved by now,
so what better moment than Christmas for posting a new message ?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Infected !

This morning, as usual, I went into my blog to check my "reading list", and see what my bloggers friends have published... (For this, I simply click on the red B of Blogger on the left side of my blog header)
To my BIG surprise (and disgust) I then discovered more than 20 PORNO messages and pictures, coming from a certain blog, named ".Santi Yago - Flirty Not Dirty ", which of course I didn't open.

YET, I'm curious to know how someone could enter into my Bloglist and pollute it like this ????

I'm gonna STOP using this "Friendship Threads" blog (created 7years ago), send a complaint note to Blogger... And then I'll think about creating another Blog, but certainly not with the same server.

have you already experienced such a bad trick ??  I hope you didn't, it s VERY FRUSTRATING AND DISCOURAGING...

Friday, September 6, 2013

On the road again...

To our Spanish nest,
until mid-November, probably...

In my luggage, I tossed :
- little baskets to handpiece,
- hexie stars to baste,
- appliqué,
- and a crochet project for a good measure

Of course, I'll be following your blog posts!
In the meantime,
take care and enjoy your sewing, 
my friends !

Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Morning Star Count (2)

Inspired by Jessica at "Life Under Quilts", I just finished my first star early this morning...

I'm very pleased with the result,
although still pondering whether I'll use a dark or light background ???
Here it is on both options :

Your opinions would be highly and gratefully appreciated! (Note : the background fabrics on the pictures are not necessarily the ones I'd use. It's just to get an idea)

I'm planning 7 stars in total.
This first one will be placed (appliqued) in the center,
surrounded with 6 other stars, each one of a specific color.
The border will be made of multicolored hexies,
as a reminder of the central star...
At least, this is how I see it up to now, HeeHeeeee ;>)


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Back from Spain...

Hellooooo, dear friends !
We're back to Belgium, until next September,
in order to avoid the big Spanish heat,
and taking this opportunity to "refresh" our Belgian home
(painting, wallpapers, etc...)
Some things need to be done, from time to time, don't they ?

Of course, we had a wonderful time there,
and I must admit I didn't sew so, so much - ahem! -
Oh well, I did what I could, this is no competion, right?

Hereunder is a picture of my "Dutch Treat" project,
that I'm making in memory of my beloved mother.
This is reverse applique and I enjoy it very much.
One block at a time, I'll get there...

I need 64 blocks (8x8), out of which 38 are ready, up to now


My Spanish quilter friends are getting crazy with EPP,
and watching them going everywhere with their little projects
made my fingers itching for starting a new EPP quilt, HeeHee...

I had the perfect new companion with this book.
Do you know Jessica, of Life under Quilts ?
Oh, she really did a wonderful job with this book!
It's a must for every English Paper Piecing lover,
and full of inspiration...
Jessica is now starting a new quilt, made of 7 hexies stars,
and I've decided to follow her.
So here are my 7 stars, cut and pinned on big white sheets of paper
(paper table cloth, actually)

I guess there will be a center star, which I chose to be multicolored :

and then one of each color :

It took me 2 afternoons to sort out my fabrics and cut them,
but now I can paper baste and piece to my heart's content!

Well, this was quite a looong post,
I'd better go back to my sewing...

Have a good time, my friends !

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ready for travelling and celebrating !

There will probably be some breaks in my blogging,
as we're now leaving until mid July...
We'll first spend about 10 days in Provence (Arles),
and then w'ell be heading to our little Spanish village, as usual.

This year, however, is a little more special,
as we're happily celebrating 40 years marriage, HeeHee...
To think I'm always feeling like being 16 years old! 
Where did all those years go ???
Our kids are sometimes looking at us as if we were "alliens",
and I found 2 picture/sayings that could answer their questionnings :
(clic on picture if it's showing too small)

Isn't that funny and SO true ?


Of course, I 'm taking some quilt & crochet projects with me,
(including my Block a Day challenge)
and I'll try to keep you informed now & then on my progress,
as well as pay some visits to your wonderful, inspiring blogs!

In the meantime, dear friends, take care and
enjoy your sewing !

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Mid March Catching Up...

I'm so sorry I couldn't post earlier,
but life really caught me up,
not to mention that loooong winter we're having here.
Can you believe it's still snowing, and the T° goes down to minus 14°C ?
Quite unusual in Belgium, with spring at our doors !

OK, let's see where we are in Nadine's sewing/hooking room...

Quilting / Handpiecing

11 little baskets added to the growing pile...

together with 6 diamond stars...

I must say that the more I go, the more I'm really pondering
about those "egg duck" background diamonds.
1) about the color, and 2) the blue diamonds give a hexagon shape when pieced together,
so why not cut hexies ??
I think I'm gonna keep piecing the stars and let the background aside, until I find the answer.

Another story...
When my mother passed away, 20 years ago, I fell in a deep depression which, fortunately
led me to quilting that helped me so much! 
So I promised myself that, some day, I'd make a quilt in her memory.
Two years ago, I decided to start the "Dutch Treat" quilt, as mom' was of Dutch origin,
but I realized that I was still crying a lot, while piecing the blocks.
So the box was closed, waiting for better times... yet not forgotten,
and I kept collecting indigo blue fabrics for the purpose.

Last week, I decided to try again, and found such an inner piece and sweetness, 
quietly piecing a block that I just knew the time had come.

The precious box will now be staying on my working table,
until that love project comes to a finish.


My summer shawl is almost finished :
two rows to go + a nice edging, and it's done.

Learning from mistakes...
Last year, when in Spain, I fell in love with this variegated yarn

As I'm always in a "blankets" mood,
the silly me bought... 20 balls of it(!) HeHee....
Yet I didn't know that crochet requires loooong colour changes,
if you want to get the right effect,
and I was quite disappointed when having some trials,
as any pattern seemed to "disappear" into the many colours.
What to do?  What to do ?
A wise hooking friend then advised me to choose the simplest pattern possible,
and then to focus on a nice plain border...
I opted for double crochet, and here is the beginning of the blankie...
It measures 55" width and I'm planning it 65" long.

Lesson learned, I then found the right variegated yarn for hooking!
(what a woman wants...)
See what I mean ?

And to finish, my colourful "Gypsie Blanket"
is slowly reaching the end, with still 5 (looong) rows to complete
(mind your eyes, it's "flashy!)
It's rather big (60" width and 65" long, up to now)
but I can't hang it ouside, due to the bad weather.

Our grand-daughter Lily (3 years old) is crazy about that blanket,
and I guess it won't stay long at home, when finished...

Hey, hey, are you still there ??
Phew! Long post, huh ?
OK, I'll stop it here with a package I got yesterday :
inside was a crosstitch project I ordered to keep my hands busy,
while in Spain (light luggage, please! says DH)
I'm planning to hang it in our kitchen.
when done, of course, HeHeeeeeee....

Thanks for your visit,

Friday, March 8, 2013

International Women's Day ...

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Maya Angelou

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Catching up...

Finally !
I have experienced some problems with my PC, lately.
Couldn't open my emails, nor send any,
and my blog was behaving badly.
Main bugs have now been chased away, yet some of them
still got to be solved.  We'll see...

Anyway, although many hours were spent (wasted) on the computer,
I managed to add a nice stack of 26 stars (Robyn's Block a Day Challenge),
plus 38 little baskets (Marian 's Wednesday Baskets Day), in total for February.
I'm quite happy with this progress

Some progress was done as well on my crochet summer shawl,

and I just can't wait finishing it for our next annual sejourn in Spain
(from 1st April to end of July)
Evenings can still be chilly there, in spring...

This coming March, I will focus on my crochet projects,
as well as on some additionnal little baskets.
The 6-pointed stars will have to rest in their box for a while...

Enjoy your sewing, my friends !

Monday, February 11, 2013

BaD (Block a Day) Challenge & some embroidery...

The BaD challenge (see my sidebar) updates
will take place each Monday, so here we go with ...
7 new stars since last week
(they're not attached together, yet)
Not quite sure, about using the same fabric around all
stars (got enough fabric), yet I'm very tempted.
I like the effect of the little stars "popping out" the background
What do you think ??

To mark these cuties on fabric, I'm using my favourite window templates

they are metallic, with an anti-slid layer on the reverse side and they really work like a breeze...
Available in all shapes & sizes, as single shapes or multi shapes kits, their price is quite reasonable, the service is perfect and I would really recommend them to anyone loving handpiecing.
(no personnal interest, I just think it's important to give credit when deserved)


I also managed to start some embroidery on my
"Ladies Garden Club" quilt top,
using DMC variegated floss and I'm quite happy
with the result, so far...


More has been done (yup, I'm on a roll, for the moment)
but that will be for next post....

Enjoy your sewing, my friends !

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Little baskets and a happy boy...

Well I've been quite busy on a new special project
(Shhhhh... still a secret)
but I managed piecing these cuties, pictured this morning,
in our garden,  under the winter sun...

Then I just can't resist showing you our dear grandson,
Andrea (8 years old)
having so much fun in the snow with "Nonno" (e.g. DH)

Watching them playing really makes me think that...
My baskets are full of the pleasures of life !

Enjoy your sewing, my friends !

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday Baskets... and a challenge.

Hello, my friends

Nine little baskets were added to the pile, since last week.
Not too bad, and I still have so much fun, piecing them together...

But what's in that lovely box ??

Lots of diamonds , cut and traced, in order to piece
six-pointed stars together !

Aren't these lovely ?
Inspired by my Dutch friend RIA I started this,
knowing that I'd need LOTS of blocks,
I just love those portable, long-term projects, and I really
don't care about how long it takes to finish.

"It's not the destination, rather the journey"

Then I discovered that ROBYN ("Daisy Quilts")
is starting a fun one-block-a-day challenge for 2013, (you choose your own block)
which is exactly what I need :
quiet piecing, at my own pace, together with other quilting friends,
knowing that my pile will grow, at least 1 block a day...

Interested ?
Just click on Robyn's button, on my sidebar,
and leave her a message, she's such a sweet.

So now my big basket is standing on the table,
with daily stars - and baskets - ready for handpiecing...
30 minutes a day, that's all it takes !

Enjoy your sewing, my friends !

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Baskets, Appliqué... and some crochet.

5 new baskets pieced this week.
Slowly, but surely, the pile is growing...
(sorry for the belated report : my camera batteries were "dead").

While sorting out my shelves, I found an old project
(6 years old, I think) :
"Ladies Garden Club"
of which I had only pieced the background.
I suddenly felt like doing all appliqués and had so much fun.
I think this will be perfect for next spring.
The pattern is from Linda Brannock in her book
"Mrs Jump's Farewell"
(unfortunately out of print).
It measures 50" / 60", and I'm planning to add some embellishments on the ladies' dresses
(buttons, lace...) and some embroidery on the flowers.

It's not a secret, you all know I'm addicted to crochet (especially to those cute "Granny blankets")
Yet, this time I wanted a light shawl for those fresh summer evenings.
So I've started this simple pattern (chain stitch - double crochet), with a thin yarn, and a crochet nr 4.
Shape : a big rectangle - 70" long / 25" heigth.

Thanks for visiting, my friends!