Sunday, October 30, 2011

Finished today....
the outside block for the Christmas Cracker Swap on Crazy Quilting International, now I can fill it with goodiesand a heart for Betty Pilsbury who lost her beautiful garden due to the flooding in New York State some time ago.The colors are more turquoise and bold cobalt blue then on the picture, the fabric with the flowers is a piece of vintage traditional Dutch fabric from Staphorst with white and yellow painted dots.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Can you imagine that in 2 months it is Christmas?
This week I made the decision to join some swaps to distract me from a lot of things happening in my life at this moment. Won't badder you with that... Today I have been making a block of 8 x 13 inch for a Christmas Crackerswap on Crazy Quilting International. After finishing the block you have to make a Christmas Cracker of it and fill it with fabrics, threads, motifs, little presents and a Christmas card. This evening I started with the embroidering.

Friday I have been to the institute for blind people with my mother. She would love to move to a home over there, but unluckely she has to wait for more then a year, there is a long waiting list. Now that she stills sees a little bit it would be much easier for her to get used to everything!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

On May 22th I told on this blog about the Crazy Quilt block I made for "Hearts and Hands for Sendai" to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Japan. Leslie Ehrlich has done a great job sewing all blocks into many quilts and now they are on their way to our friend Hideko in Japan. All quilts will be shown at the Quiltshow in Yokohama in November. Here you see the Crazy Quilt with my block in it, it is in the middle of the upper row.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Last post I told you that I was not happy with my Victorian CQ block. Gerry was so sweet to have a look at it and you can see her proposals on Gerry's Block Talk. I will show you the end result in time when I have decided what I will change.Now I'd like to show you a great buy I did some time ago. The lady I bought the crocheted pieces from told me that they were made by nuns as examples for later on. There were some very unusual pieces among them. I can't crochet at all, so I admire every piece. They will be great for CQ and multi media projects.After all the encrusted blocks I made I am now working on some very different CQ blocks. I got a postcard with a beautiful antique American Crazy Quilt made in the late 19th century on it and immediately fell in love with it. I think I may not show a picture of it because of copyright. Most of the blocks have an almost childish embroidery on them of flowers, animals, capitals or fans and the seams are stitched with thick perle threads. I have finished these 2 blocks and am working on a lot more. I will keep you updated!

I had not much time to post lately, my dear mother lost sight in one eye some years ago and now she has thrombosis in her other eye and has only 20% of sight left. Her eye-specialist told her that it isn't safe for her to live on her own. You can imagine that she (and me also) are very upset about this, friday we have an appointment in an institute for blind people to see if she can get a home over there.