Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to blogging -long!-

Sometimes life just gets in the way! A lot has happened since the last time I blogged. A little update:


First the sad news: we had to let go our beloved yellow lab Daisy, our loyal companion for almost 13 years.....
We miss her so much!







The first weekend of June I participated in the Art Route here in town. Here you see me with some of my paintings in the background. It was a great success, we had more than 800 visitors!
 
After that we went to France for holiday. We love to travel around in search for antique-and brocante markets and do some sightseeing in the lovely old, sometimes medieval towns (by the way, you can see more doors and windows on  my Pinterest page).

Champlitte



Painted houses in Adge

Marseillan


Champlitte-de-Ville


Marseillan

Cap d'Agde


Marseillan

Of course I have also spent some time stitching on my Peacock quilt, pictures will follow later this week!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Under the sea

 This is the second block I have embellished for the 
Under The Sea themed Round Robin of CQI.
 It is for Dana in New Zealand.


 Dana loved to have a "coral reef" kind of look, so I started with making a colorful fantasy fish. 
Here a close up of the fish.

After that I added the green fern, stitched in a green variegated perle silk cotton hand dyed by my friend Lorraine from www.colourcomplements.com/shop
After that I stitched the orange coral from bugle beads and added the beaded starfish.


 At last I added a little piece of tatting and the seahorse and crab charms.
Happy Easter!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Another CQJP block finished!

 I just finished the second block from the peacock Crazy Quilt for the CQJP 2014. I am way behind, life is just getting in the way all the time.................
I love sewing on this CQ, I really like working with these jewel colors.
Just now I was sitting inside sewing in the sun  but bad weather is approching as you can see. 
We had very good weather the last weeks, but now it is back to rain and the winter coat.
Even nightfrost is predicted later this week......
                                                                                                    


 And at last some tulips for you from my garden!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Work In Progress....

Today I want to show you my work on an Under The Sea
(in short UTS) block for a Round Robin on Crazy Quilting International. 
Beth and Kathy from the USA, Stefanie from the UK and Dana from New Zealand have joined me in this RR. 
I have to embellish a quarter block for the 15th of each month. 
This is the first block I received from Kathy. 

I decided to start on the right part below, first did some stitching to the seams. 
After that I added the silk ribbon and the branch on the right, stitched in a variegated perle cotton, both are handpainted by my friend Lorraine of Colour Complements.
Than I couched the yarn over the silk ribbon and made the orange feather stitched coral, also added some shiny short bugle beeds.

I painted the little piece of lace on the left to color coordinate with the branch.  
Than I made the whipped wheel to form a starfish and added the lace on the right, thought it looked a bit like a sea cucumber....................
   At last I added the little orange fishes, charms and beads.
                         I hope Kathy will like the result!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday-a day early.....


The first block for the CQJP 2014 is finished at last!
Must say that I finally like working with these colors, now the block is finished it looks really vivid!
 I am now working on a corner block, it is a fan block and  almost finished so I hope to show that next week! 
Everyday this week I have been trying to work some time on my shabby chic fabric book, I have finished the cover, here a picture of the front:


and the backside......

Last year I bought a whole box full of vintage and antique laces in France and I can make good use of them for this fabric book. It is much fun to search for and make combinations of fabrics, lace, trims, doilies and motifs, there are so many possibilities. 
The "fleur de lis" I found
in my friend Cathy's Etsy shop.

Now I can start working on the inside pages........

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday

         Today I have 2 projects to show you.
Here an update on the january block for the CQJP2014.

As you can see it is not finished yet.
The green leaves take a lot of time to embroider and my sight is not good enough for stitching them in the evening, so I can only work 
on them by day and my hours are very limited then.
Also I am always working on more blocks at one time, so I still hope to get 2 blocks finished this month!
This is another project I am working on.
I love shabby chic fabric journals and for a long time I already want to start with the making of one of them. 
I have collected antique and vintage laces and doilies for it, but constantly hesitated.
Last Saturday I decided to just give it a try.
This is the start of the cover of the book........
More WIP'S you can find on Sharon Boggons website!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday

Today I want to show you what I am making for this years Crazy Quilt Journal Project.
These are some blocks and fans I stitched for this CQ to give you an idea of the colorscheme.
 As I already told before, I  decided to work with dark "jewel" colors this time and put some peacock silkies from the 30's on my blocks. 

As you see I couldn't help it to put some polka dots in also, I just like them so much.......
Also I took the decision to embellish the seams in one color. I only don't know if this was wise. I am now very limited in my choices as I will only use the colors that are in my blocks!

That is why I also decided to bead some seams and also use sequins, which is a challenge for me as I absolutely do not like them! 
Others Works in Progress you can find on Sharon Boggons pintangle blog.
More next week.........