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.........

Monday, January 27, 2014

A little painting

This poor little fellow flew against our living room window and is now burried in our garden......but not before I made a little painting of him! 
It is a "groenling", Carduelis chloris, a little European bird.

The last time I painted was in June 2013 and I could notice that, but I am happy that I managed to do it again. 
Now on to something bigger!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Under The Sea

At the start of 2014 I challenged myself to be creative every day, ain't that a good decision......? 
Due to my burnout last year I haven't done much stichting, drawing or painting in 2013 but I decided this has to change now, if only for a few minutes a day! 
Today I made a 12 inch block for the Under The Sea (UTS) Round Robin on CQI.
I decided to be co√∂rdinator for this swap and 4 ladies from around the world have joined me. 
Every month I have to embellish 1/4 of one of these ladies UTS blocks. 
It is great to see that we have 3 groups starting on CQI with this Under The Sea theme!

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Last year I joined the Crazy Quilt Journal Project but didn't manage to finish much.This year I want to give it a new try!

I so much loved my friend Lorraine's dark Crazy Quilt blocks, that I also decided to work with dark "jewel" colors for this project. 
Through the years I have collected several peacock silkies that I want to use in this CQ.
The silkies are cigarette silks made in the Thirties by Turmac, a cigarette company here in Holland.

This is one of the blocks I started working on!

And this is the ATC I made for this months Fiber Fever swap. It is for Margreet here in Holland. She loves to make papercuts so I decided to make her a silhouette of our new king Willem Alexander. Of course it had to have an orange background! You can find Margreets beautiful papercutting on her Flickr page.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A new blog start on a new computer!

In December we switched from server and my laptop decided not to join......... The guy at the repair shop is now trying to retrieve some data, would be wonderful, I hope not to have lost about 15.000 pictures!!
Now I am the proud owner of a new (pearl white)Toshiba laptop with Windows 8.1, but the trouble is I don't know how to work with it. I am slowly learning, that is why you missed me blogging..........

Today I will show you some pictures of the ATC's I have been swapping on Fibre Fever.
Last month the theme was Paris. This is the beautiful
ATC I received from Helina in Finland. And this one I made for Kate in England

This month the theme is Kings and Queens. Annet from Holland made me this ATC of our new King Willem Alexander, ain't it great?
Here a real picture of him and our beautiful Queen Maxima.
I am still working on mine, the first try was no success....
Will post pictures later!