Thursday, 8 February 2018

SOME PROGRESS (UNDER THE SNOW)

Indeed, winter is still bringing frost and snow, here
But we're also enjoying some lovely white landscapes,
as well as our warm chimney inside,
for which we are so grateful...

This cold weather also helps making some progress
on the quilting front
:)


Baby Julia's quilt is taking shape,
with 7 strips out of 11, hand pieced and embroidered.
The baby is due by mid April, so I think I'm on Schedule
...up to now!


I'm also making a crochet blankie for the baby,
and managed to add a cute little owl 
(thanks to a You-Tube video)
(aren't we lucky we these clever tutorials ?)

Four "Hartjes" joined the stack in their box.
Not much, but it's better than Nothing.
I'm not in a hurry, it's my side-portable project
and I made them while waiting at the dentist's.

And that's it for now, my friends,
THANKS for your visit,
Take care,

ENJOY YOUR SEWING !


Monday, 8 January 2018

HEARTFUL WISHES & PROJECTS


I just love this time of the year,
when everything is new and full of possibilities...

Célébrations are over, and we did have a great family time.

Yet our little village was hit by the "Eleanor" tempest
with veeery strong winds and lots of damages in the neighbourhood.
Our back garden  wooden fence was destroyed,
(although fixed in concrete)

but we can consider
ourselves lucky, when seeing
other people's concerns...




We decided to have a positive attitude against this misadventure,
and thought that, after 34 years of good service,
(and a good insurance too)
this is an opportunity to build a brand new fence...

I'm also in the middle of a bad flu, right now,
but this gives me the possibility to quietly focus
on my 2018 sewing projects,
trying to stay realistic, yet being very excited
:D

(1)
Finish the Pyramids handquilting
(this is an absolute priority)

I'm reaching the borders now,
so it won't take long to complete it.  YAY


(2)
Start our future grand-daughter quilt
(due by next April)


(more about that quilt, in next post) 

(3)
Start a new crosstitch SAL, "Joyful World" found on
It's a gorgeous calendar quilt, and it's free.
The actual blog page starts with December,
but when scrolling down, you'll find the beginning 
with January.
the months names are given in different languages, too.

Here's the idea
(made by Annelies of "Quilts & Siggies Blog)


(I think one block a month is quite do-able)

(4)
Work on my little hearts appliqué side project


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And that's it, my dear friends ... for the moment !

Wishing you all a

HAPPY STITCHING
;D



Monday, 18 December 2017

AND HERE WE ARE... GETTING TO CHRISTMAS !

Dear friends,
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas time,
and a very happy New Year,
in love, joy, peace and health !
Thanks for your visits this year,
Thanks for your encouragements,
Thanks for the inspiration,
Thanks for your friendly care,
And above all...
Thanks for being you !
;>)


(My "Wish Quilt" made in 2012 - design by Bronwyn Hayes)

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

WINTER, CHRISTMAS PREP', SANTA LUCIA ... AND SOME CANDLES TO BLOW


Winter is here, and we had snow, already !

Today, 13rh December,  is also Santa Lucia Day

and, traditionally in our Italian family,
we celebrate the return of the light
(1 more minute of day light, and way to go),
starting the baking for Christmas,
as my mother-in-law taught me years ago



I can't tell you that heavenly smell in the house !

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Yesterday was devoted to Christmas décorations





and I managed to complete this wall-hanging,
started last year...

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Tomorrow will be a little special,
as I'll be turning 66 (I just can't believe it)
YAY !

Yes, I'm a winter girl, and I LOVE it  
:))

("Winter Dance")

ENJOY THE SEASON MY FRIENDS !

Saturday, 25 November 2017

YESSSSS...

It's almost midnight, and I just finished the handpiecing of my
Pyramids quilt top...

So, tomorrow I'll machine piece the (brown) borders,
and maybe even sandwich it, so that I can start with
the hand quilting on Monday.

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This week, I couldn't help having a try on
the "Hartjes" 
(Little Hearts)
and I enjoyed making two of them,
this future side projects is going to be FUN !



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I also want to tell JUUD
how grateful I am for the wonderful surprise envelope
she sent to me, with 1930' repro. fabrics.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, Juud !

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Enjoy your stitches, my friends !



Wednesday, 15 November 2017

STRONG COLORS ... GOOD PROGRESS

With winter at our doors,
I'm beginning to see the green light
with my Pyramids quilt


I could only picture it from Inside, on my working table,
as the weather here is quite grey and rainy
but you get the idea...


7 rows, out of 12, are now sewn together,
and the 5 remaining ones are on the way...
Crossing my fngers this quilt will be
ready for handquilting by end of next week,
so that I can give it to my daughter for Xmas !

With this quilt, I think I'm "cured" from
strong colors for quite a long time, 
and I can't wait getting back to the Stonefields,
as well as starting the sweet baby quilt...

Yet, all in all, I'm pleased with the result.
(DH says it looks like glittering, multicolored Xmas trees)



I'm also finishing a cute crochet baby blanket,
but I can't show it now, as it's a surprise.

ENJOY YOUR SEWING, MY FRIENDS !
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PS
I found my portable side-project
for the year(s) to come ,
with Supergoof "Hartjes" Template (so cute !)


(I would so much LOVE using 1930's repro fabrics to make it...
sadly I can't find those in my little corner,
and ordering these through the Web would cost me the double with shipping...
Well, no problem, I'll make do  :D  )




Thursday, 31 August 2017

A START, A CHRISTMAS GIFT, AND AN EASTER BUNNY...

So I had a quiet start on The Stonefields quilt,
and I must say it was real bliss and FUN
:D




This last block is a personnal one,
with a special meaning to me...

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Our youngest daughter, Laura (29)  recently told me
how she loved the "Panama Pyramids" quilt pattern,
and how she'd like to get one, "some day"...

What does every quilter do, in such a case ?
She drops everything she was doing (eg. the "Glitters" quilt),
and gladly starts working on her daughter's dream,
thinking that this would make a lovely Christmas gift.
:D
Laura and Nicolas love jewel tones, in plain fabrics,
Something with an "Amish look"
they also like chocolate VERY much,
So I opted for a deep chocolate Brown
for the connecting triangles.
The jewel tones were not a problem,
as I had some gorgeous K.Fasset shot cottons
in my stash.
As for the contrasting, common fabric,
I went for a colorful Batik, and ...
I started the tracing + cutting, and tracing, and cutting,
OMG I thought I'd never see the end of this
big prep'ing job !
But is was worh it, as now I can devote myself
to the handpiecing. YAY !




I need 16 rows of 16 pieced blocks,
and I'm planning on completing these by mid October.
This way, I'll still have 2 months ahead of me
for the handquilting...

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And what about that "Easter Bunny" ??
Well, Laura & Nicolas also told us
that she's pregnant with their first child,
for next April 2018
This will be our third grandchild,
with Andrea (13) and Lily (7)
Such a blessing !


Would you guess that I've got some plans for
a baby quilt, as well ??
Of course, I do !
:D
But I'll tell you more in next post.

ENJOY YOUR SEWING

Nadine