Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ornament SAL - September

Time for an update on my stitched ornaments for the Silver Lotus' SAL.

Sorry for the repetition but it's again two houses by Country Cottage Needleworks.

I did stitch them in August but kept them for now.

Enjoy!

Santa's Post Office and the Reindeer Stables

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Creative fair Malines

On Saturday I went to a creative fair in Malines (the "Hobbysalon").
 
General view
 

 
One of my favourites ... Liebevolle Kreuzstichentwürfe

Knowing yours truly you could expect that I would buy a couple of things ... first of all I bought a couple of Delica beads bags because I didn't have enough of a certain golden colour (there were colour changes in the batches between the two years that I bought the first golden batch and this one).

Second a new and lovely Dimensions kit featuring a lavender field.

 
I've also bought a small booklet to make a felt "Sinterklaas" boat for December 6th. Not sure if this will be for this year or the next one though but I fell in love with it last year when I saw it on another blog. Here are some pictures of it in the booth. Everything is imagined and made by the ladies of the Atelier Vrolijke Viltvriendjes.
 

 
 


And most important a number of fabrics to start the Love Entwined quilt by Esther Aliu. There's a lot of appliqué in it so I hope this won't be a too difficult task for me since it's a technique I'm not too familiar with :-). We'll see how it goes. The first part shouldn't be too difficult with a Mariner's compass as a start.

The total quilt or when you don't want to invest too much time in it ...

... only the middle part!

Here are the fabrics I've chosen but I'm not going to tell you in which order I'm going to be using them so it will stay a surprise a little bit longer.
 
All the fabrics and the background fabric only

The shop where I've bought my fabrics

One of the lovely quilts in her booth

And a couple of other lovely cross stitch pieces ...



Remember the tree ... in my stash and stitched for 2/3rd :-)!

See you soon!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A little bit of this ...

Hi all,

September 1st it's back to school after two months of holidays for the kids. I can honestly say that it's good to be back in our normal routines ... even the kids were happy to go back and see their friends :-)!

Stitching has been less the last couple of weeks due to different things = Pinterest and a lack of stitching mojo.

Now that everyting has calmed down I'm considering taking up some of my WIP's. First of all "Scream House" by Just Nan (I just love this piece and don't know why I didn't continue with it) and second "Sleepy Hollow" by The Cricket Collection (a big part has already been done but I stopped when I was out of two overdyed skeins).

 
On the Just Nan front there's a new piece that I like a lot ... a type of pincushion in Halloween style. I just love her pieces and would love to stitch them all (or a fair part of them at least)! ;-)
 
 
Another Just Nan that has been too long on my "must start shortly" list and that I would like to tackle this year:
 
Emma and Eliza meet the owls of October
 
In my drawers as well ...
 
Hagatha's hats in orange and purple version
 
Just Nan limited edition piece (forgot the name)
  
As for my Singer Featherweight ... she went to the "sewing" doctor :-) and the prognosis was really good. She's in an impeccable state, still runs well for her age and she's had her revision and oil where needed :-).
 
I'm considering doing (or at least starting) two or three quilts by Trinne Bakke from the book "Patchwork Quilts: Traditional Scandinavian Designs for the Modern Quiltmaker" (for me in the Dutch version :-). I like her style because she's a relaxed quilter that uses traditional blocks and gives them her own twist (and she has some smaller quilts - ideal for me).
 
The first one is a Dresden Plate quilt.
 
 
The second one resembles but is smaller. It's called Summer flowers. A friend told Trine that she used to call the injuries that kids have on their knees when falling "flowers" to enlighten the pain - don't know if this works - and summer because kids play - and fall - a lot during summer :-).
 
 
The third one is a hexagon table runner, ideal for all those scraps.
 
 
I'll keep you posted with progress piccies!
 


Monday, September 2, 2013

New baby!

Hi all,

As already said I was expecting a new baby ... in the mechanical sense that is! ;-) LOL!!!

I already spotted her when I was at the Belgian coast for a really interesting price .... but because we were with our bikes I didn't take her with me. Afterwards it kept nagging and I found another "her" on a Dutch site. After bidding (and winning) I became the happy owner of a lovely new-old girl ;-)

Let's have a look:


Still curious? Let's have another peak ...those who are familiar with this item will already know what's in it after viewing the next picture ...


Let's open the lid:

 
Take a look down ...

 
Ladies (and gents) may I present you my new precious jewel ... A Singer Featherweight from 1951 (previously owned by an American/Indonesian lady that lived in the Netherlands for a big part of her life)!





Ah ... I think I'll enjoy working with this nifty little thing ... Now to figure out the "how to's" because she's different from those modern machines.

Hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures!

Have a nice day!

P.S.: For those wondering what that yellow is ... I took the piccies outside (better lighting this morning) and had my photo session around and on my daughters play table :-)