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

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!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wednesday Baskets Day - Woensdag Mandjes Dag

Our Dutch quilting sisters always have such good ideas,
so when I read that Marian declared Wednesdays as Baskets Days,
I decided to join the fun and see that 2012 project growing...

Here are the 9 ones I handpieced last week,
and there will come many more, hopefully.

Total up to day ---> 68
Total needed--->198

Enjoy your sewing, my friends !

Friday, January 11, 2013


Do you know Julie ?
She's a very talented quilter, living in Japan.
I love visiting her blog,
where I always find inspiration and motivation...
Some weeks ago, Julie had a giveaway, so I tried my luck and guess what ???
 I was the lucky winner of this beautiful cat panel !
These cuties welcome you and wish you
good fortune & prosperity.

I'm gonna quilt it and proudly hang it in my entry hall.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

My 2013 Word...

I spent some time, trying to choose an interesting
and worth the effort word for this new year...
Then I realized I still have to work on last year's one,
so let's keep going with...