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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ornament SAL - November 2013

Hi all,

I didn't post an update on the Silver Lotus' Ornament SAL in October for the simple reason that I wasn't ready due to the Fall holidays (and me being more involved in the Love Entwined coverlet :-).

Here's the November ornament picture of the Santa's Village. This one is number 7 so still 5 to go. Hope to make at least 9 of them before Christmas arrive (better get me a smokin' needle).
As you can see it isn't nicely outlined as otherwise because my camera display died ... I'm still able to take piccies but I don't know what I'm "shooting" ;-). A new camera will be ordered shortly!


In the meanwhile I also began following a sewing course and we'll be making a - tad more complicated - skirt. Here are my materials which I acquired for a bargain price (last piece of fabric on the "roll" :-) = 4 metres for 8 Euro only!


 Wish me luck!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Renato Parolin news

One of my favourite designers Renato Parolin - always is and will be - released a couple of new Christmas designs. They are just perfect for hanging at doorknobs, the Christmas tree, chimney, etc ... Guess what I'll be adding to my stash?

Auguri
 
Quando Scende la Neve
 
Tempo di Natale

Noël

Nativita

Uno, Dieci, Cendo

Funny Friday

Something to break a little bit of the grey and dull weather for the moment ...

Two guys who want to feel what it is to give birth. They are given a kind of electroshocks (muscle stimulation). Unfortunatelly only in Dutch but soooo very hilarious!!! Look at their expressions ... One of them is a softie - giving in all too soon :-).

Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Holidays and Love Entwined quilt

Hi all,

Last week marked the Fall Holidays at school so ... my hubby, 2 DD's and myself went for a relaxing midweek at one of the Center Parcs in Holland and we enjoyed it very much (being lazy, reading, swimming, eating, crafting, ...)!

Of course a whole big bag of needlecraft items went with me but I only worked on my Love Entwined Marriage coverlet by Ester Aliu. After scoring a couple of new fabrics in the quilt store and at the Open European Quilt Championships I was ready to give my central compass a third tryout = two others were dismissed after cutting and putting it together because I didn't like the final outcome.

From the "Potterije" quilt shop in Lokeren. The two blues in the upper left corner will be used for the zigzag border and the light blue = fourth from the left will be used for the 4 corner vases ... the rest is to be determined yet.

This is an intense appliqué quilt and although I didn't have lots of (almost none) experience in appliqué I decided to begin with it and see how it would go. I'm sure that there could be eventual remarks by experienced quilters and things that I can always improve but I'm quite pleased with the result thus far, keeping in mind that I never followed appliqué courses!
Everything I know I've learned from a couple of good books and from You Tube, which has a real treasure trove of tutorials ... I found a really good one from Jan Patek on how to turn sharp points.

Here's some progress pictures of my quilt ...

Early debut 29th of September 2013
 
Putting all the gridlines and the position of the compass (water erasable marker)
 
Compass has been appliquéd (?) and the shell border is drawn
 
In the meanwhile I've completed 10 triangles in a dark green colour and started to fill in the remaining 10 with a lighter green. I'll continue afterwards with something very tedious = making the zigzag border (1,5 inch for each piece) :-).