Saturday, 8 July 2017

BACK HOME WITH SOMETHING NEW ... :D

We had a lovely time in Spain,
enjoying the people and the weather
(although with a nasty heat wave , by beg. June)...

However we're now very happy, being back home,
catching up with the kids & grand kids,
and taking back our good old routines...

You can't deny your roots,
and our little Belgian nest is just so comfy...


On the quilting front, I was able to complete
my Emma Mary quilt top  YAY !
which I'm simply naming : "Summertime"

Hereunder are some pictures.
These were not so easy to take, due to the weather :
although sunny, there was a constant breeze,
but you'll get an idea, hopefully
:D
It's quite a huge quilt, finally,
measuring 95" by 95"
and, as you can see, I skipped the center medallion,
but added borders,
so it's really my own version...






I've also got another lovely (smaller) finish,
yet I'm keeping it for next post (soon)

THANKS for your visit,
Enjoy your sewing !

Friday, 27 January 2017

SOME PROGRESS AND SOME TRAVELLING ...

Hello, dear friends  😊

As promised, I'm back with some news...

I made a good progress on my "Emma Mary quilt",
with 36 new "Donuts" (as I'm calling them)


Also, some 6 new "Dutch Treat" blocks have been completed


Not too bad, I'd say...
I hope being able to keep doing so !

Some travelling is on the agenda. as well.
As you might know, since retirement, we use to
spend some months/year in Spain, particularly when
we need some light and sun, compared to our Belgian bad weather...


So we'll be heading to our sunny spot by next week,
coming back to Belgium to celebrate Easter with our kids...

I'll be taking my PC with me, so you'll get some
Spanish quilty news...

ENJOY whatever you create !

In stitches,
Nadine

Friday, 6 January 2017

HERE WE GO AGAIN...

Beginning a new year is always a time of introspection,
a time of projects, of hopes and décisions...
Well I've been thinking, dreaming, pondering,
rumaging through my stash, including my Ufo's,
and decided to list some reasonable goals,
hoping I'll be perseverant,
and will achieve them heartfully...

DUTCH TREAT
***
This quilt, started in 2013, in loving memory of my mother,
who was of Dutch origin,
has been left aside long enough.
I've reached 62 blocks, up to now,
and I'm planning to make 2 blocks a week.


HAND QUILTING
***
I'm planning to put "Les Sœurs" into the hoop,
and handquilt 3 threads a day.
Not much, but one stitch at a time, I'll get there.


EMMA MARY QUILT
***
A new handpiecing project (pattern by Judy Newman)
All pièces are traced and cut
(272 blocks in total + an applique center medallion)
I'm more than ready to start that beauty,
and I'm planning 5 blocks a day.


GLITTERS
***
Another new,  handpiecing, scrappy project (pattern by Jen Kingwell),
yet I'm ONLY cutting some pièces for the moment,
stacking them into a nice tin box, for the future,
in case I've been a good girl and meet my goals  :))
But this will be a 2018 project.


CROCHET
***
THE MOORLAND BLANKET CAL
(starting today, until end of February)

Our dear Lucy ( "Attic24 " Blog -clic-) had done it again,
with a gorgeous blanket, bringing you into the Yorkshire summer Moorland
atmosphere, with those heathers and heavenly colors.
Moreover, as usual, Lucy is guiding us step-by-step in her
weekly tutorials.  How could I resist ??


EMBROIDERY
***
"La Route des Epices"
("Spices Road")
A very old Ufo (traditional embroidery),
that I really, really want to finish this year.
It makes me dream of those times,
when the ships sailed to far away countries,
and brought back such strange and tasty spices...
Spices are cooking's treasures,
and I'm planning to hang this in my kitchen.

I'm half-way through it.   I'm aiming one item a month.
(6 more to go)


***

Well, it looks like my basket is full of blessings, doesn't it ?
One stitch at a time, with love and perseverance ...

Last but not least, I've also promised myself to be a better blogger,
and to post on a more regular schedule.
I'm taking so much pleasure and inspiration in reading you all,
it would be nice from me to send you a smile,
and give you some news from my little corner...

Wish me luck !

In stitches,
Nadine




Saturday, 24 December 2016

IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR ! :))





to all my blogging friends !

May you find the special pattern you're looking for,
finish some of your Ufo's,
enjoying the whole process,
and putting much love Inside !

Heartfully,

Nadine
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

BEGINNING 2016 WITH A FINISHED TOP ...

Last August 2015, I started handpiecing 
"LES SOEURS" (aka "DE ZEURS", aka "THE SISTERS"


following a pattern out of a wonderful book :
"Promenade dans un Jardin Hollandais"
by Petra Prins and An Moonen


I'm now so happy to say I just finished handpiecing the top
and I'm ready to handquilt it  :))

Here is my version of that lovely pattern :





Now, on to the handquilting... and some new projects !

ENJOY YOUR SEWING 

Nadine

Friday, 25 December 2015

Friday, 14 August 2015

NEW PROJECTS UNDER THE SUN, AND A FINISH ...

This summer is SO hot, it was sometimes difficult to hold a needle, not to mention any handquilting ! Yet, all quilters know that the weather cannot stop us making projects, and this is for the BEST...

So what's been simmering in my head, lately ?

Inspired by Petra Prins & Ann Monen beautiful book "Promenade dans un Jardin Hollandais" as well as by Juud's gorgeous quilt (visiting her blog is a MUST for the inspiration, See my Bloglist, on the left) "LES SOEURS" touched my heart, as well as my best friend's, Valentina.
So we've decided to start that wonderful journey together, and so we're  now "zeuren", as Dutch quilters say.










 Since then, we're tracing and cutting loaaads of half-square triangles, in order to piece lots & lots of Hourglass blocks, choosing among our treasured fabrics.







We're also dreaming about the JANE AUSTEN QUILT (sooo romantic!) and collecting/exchanging special fabrics for the purpose...






I'm still pondering whether I'll make mine close to the original ....

OR



OR  making it "à la Brigitte Gibblin", like this one ???  
(I love hexies, and I love breaking the rules, too)...

Going next month  to Val d'Argent (Ste-Marie-Aux-Mines) for the big European Quilt Show will certainly help making a choice (as well as find lots of lovely fabics, HeHeeee....).

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While in Spain, I fell for CROCHET and decided to make a colourful blankie for the coming cold winter (yes, of course, winter will come!).  I was inspired by the talented "My Rose Valley"(clic)
and her Gipsy Blanket"
(pattern available on her Etsy Shop)





It's almost finished,
The border still needs a few additional rounds to get the right size
(as soon as the weather allows it)
I'm very happy with the result...


Last but not least, I fell in love with a very cute, handy Sewing Caddy, and with the kind help of a very nice quilter friend (THANKS again, dear!), I'm gonna make it in-between all my projects...



What are your next projects ??  I'm always curious... And maybe some of you are coming next month  to Val D'Argent, as well ??  I'd be very happy to meet you !

ENJOY YOUR SEWING !

Nadine