Here is my contribution for the Crazy Quilt Year Project for the March month.
The third block. I can make a row now, looks nice :-)
The lace in the lower corner is antique, the very last piece I found in my stash of this kind of lace.
Handmade in Belgium, about 150 years ago, so called: Rijselse kant or Beverse kant.
Original it was used for a lace bonnet in my region were I come from; North-Holland.
Here is my February block, it measures 8", 20 cm square.
I have embroidered alder flowers on it. Along the roads they blossom all the way.
We didn't have much of a winter this year in the North-west part of the Netherlands, no snow at all and almost no frost either.
Outside it feels like Spring already.
Slowly it goes a little bit better with me. It seems that the injection does its work. I need less painkillers and that is a nice start.
It will take a while before I can trow them away all, a very happy day :)
Than I can take the car and go out! Now I am in the house long enough!
In the meantime I embroider further on the next block :)
Hello CQ friends. At least here I am again.
It took a while because of my health which is not very good.
Tomorrow I go to the hospital to get an injection in my spine.
I so hope that will be the solution for the pain I suffer from since half December.
In the meantime I embroidered a little bit CQ, one seam at a day. I cannot sit on a chair for more than 10 minutes.
This is the first block of 12, all in the same color range.
I had the plan ready last year for the CQJP but that didn't work out.
Now I have made a start for the CQJP 2014.
In the end it will become a wall hanging in the livingroom.
The size of this block is 8 inch, 20 cm square.
I kept the embroidery simple because the fabrics have a pattern also. In the right corner a bit of a crochet doily from my grandmother.
Dear blogfriends, slowly I settle in my new home. Not all the moving boxes are unpacked, that will take a while.
My furniture and all my things arrived on December 5th. It is 12 days ago now. The living room is more or less free from boxes but in the guestroom is a pile :(
I try to have a bit Christmas with my tiny tree ;)
It is still a strange idea that I live in the Netherlands again, noisy, filled with people everywhere, large supermarkets, many cars and bicycles on the roads.
It is a huge difference compared with the little peninsula in Norway where I lived almost 12 years.
But I am sure I get used to it again.
In the boxes I found my 12 CQ blocks which I sewed a year ago to participate the CQJP 2013.
I didn't finish one of them. No time nor energy.
So I will embroider them next year, 2014. One block for each month.
I am looking forward to it!
I promise to keep my blog alive too and show again what I am doing.
The past year was not easy and I had so much other things to do and to think about.
Last week I had to cut the garden paths agian. It is much work but I love the result. It looks so nice when it is done :)
Two days ago I have ordered the CQ stencils from Sharon B. They are flying to me now. I think when they arrive I get the inspiration to do some CQ. There are PDF files too with many nice seam examples. Here is the link to Sharon's page ( klick) where she presents her stencils and workbook in detail, with instructions for how to order them.
Dear blog friends. It is a long time ago that I have written something here.
I have much garden work to do in the Spring and don't have time and energy left to do CQ work.
The garden is very ! large and I hope I can manage to keep it tidy enough.
You see, I planted 8 rows of green beans today in the kitchen garden. They were grown up in our greenhouse. Today the weather was nice and the plants are strong enough to plant outside.
Now the nature has to do the rest!
The embroidery and quilting things are not out of my mind and I am sure I start in the Autumn again.
I made a shabby journal a few weeks ago and forgot to take pictures, it was a gift to a friend.
Last weekend I have wet-felted some objects, I shall take photos when it is ready.
I am on Facebook too and post every day there. Not always important things but when you have facebook too you can find me :)
Today I got a package in the mail all the way from Romenia. A while ago Annamaria Kövér ( click) had a give away on her blog and I won this eyeglass case. Annamaria makes the most beautiful things and her work is outstanding! Very precise and neat. She has an Etsy shop (click) too and I will recomend her shop warmest. Thank you very much Annamaria, I 'll use it :)
Today, 8 February, is the day of the broken needles.
For 2 years ago I made a needle book in a class teached by Susan Elliot.
I have used it since.
The last page in that needle book is for the broken needles.
They have served me a long time but suddenly there was a moment that they broke.
I have saved them in my needle book and it was the meaning that I should bury them today.
But because of the frost in the ground and the snow I have to do it later this year or wait to next year.
In Japan every year is a ceremony to honour the needles which have been used and are broken.
They place them in a piece of tofu and bury them later.
Everything has a soul and should be handled with respect, they believe.
No handwork this time. No excuses either. But I did something else.
I have painted the living room. It took almost two weeks to get it ready.
Much work, but I am glad I did it. It is so much lighter in the house.
We had planned that almost a year ago and it should be ready before Christmas.
But than my DH became ill and you know the rest.
When I was ready with the painting, the snow came and I had to clean up the drive every morning.
It is a long drive!
I shall try to embroider my CQJP 2013 January block the coming week and sew the February block at the same time.
Thank you for your patience with me ;-)
I couldn't help myself but I have started a new crochet blanket.
I use the other one daily and I like to have a second one in other colors.
Now I use a bit thicker yarn than the first one.
Senjagarn from Gjestal AS, Norway.
It is 80% superwash wool and 20% nylon. I use crochet needle 3,5 mm.
It doesn't go fast, there are other things to do also.....
So far, so good :)
This is the last block of my Crazy Quilt Year Project 2012.
It says Christmas but also mourning.
Black and silver-grey fabrics and beads.
I have used some vintage buttons which I got from a friend this month. Also the silver and red leaves were in the same gift.
The huge snowflake is a piece of bobbin lace which I have made many years ago.
It is made from linen thread.
The block is 20 x 20 cm. Now I have to make the fabric book of the twelve blocks. I like to wish you all a very nice new years eve.
Dear Blog friends, I like to wish you a merry Christmas or whatever you celebrate at this time of the year. Thank you all for your support in the past five months. It has given me much.
My December CQJP block is almost ready, just a few beads and stitches to go....
Here is my CQJP block for the November month. In November we always set up a bird house and a tree branch on the veranda fench. When there was a bit snow at the end of October the birds came and looked if the food was there. So I took the tools my DH always used to set up this and a few minutes later the birds came.
Here is my CQJP block for the October month.
It says Autumn. In October I was working in the garden, cutting the old flowers away with help from my daughter and grandson.
On the days I was alone, my little cat followed me everywhere. Meowing when I went too far from the house towards the sea.
The rest of the flowers lost their colours and the leaves were blowing away in the wind.
At the end of the month all the trees got naked branches.
I have used the vintage glass pieces again, there have been some frost days as well. Icy and cold.
This block will be the tenth page in my fabric book 2012.
The size is 20 x 20 cm ( 8") .
Last week I made two table runners. The one above for my daughters diner table.
Made from rests in purple and grey.
When I was preparing my meal, my cat thought this is my place to sleep this evening.
Clean and warm ;-)
I forgot to take a photo when it was ready, so this is all what I have to show.
The size is approximately 135 x 60 cm.
The table runner below is for my own little table. Also simple made from the fabrics I had in my stash. Size 110 x 55 cm.
The past week I have got lovely mail again. In my mailbox was a little package from Leslie E.
A six inch fabric page, silk ribbon to use later and a kind letter.
Yesterday I had an other surprise: a yellow envelope from Nicky Lee. Lovely painted lace, a few enamel fish and also a kind letter.
And last but not least, a fabric page with a heart from Wilma with some wise words on the back.
Dear friends, thank you very, very much. It warms my heart in this difficult time of my life.
Knowing that I am not alone with my grief and sorrow.
Below a photo taken this morning out of my livingroom window, snow and storm, only one degrees Celsius!
Here is my August block for the Crazy Quilt year Project 2012.
It is made from a well used jeans and three well used shirts from my DH.
I have embellished it with garden- and sea themed things.
The piece of hand made lace ( I think it is crochet) was enclosed by one of the comfort hearts I received last month. I added it because of that fact and because it looks like a sea wave.
The little fish was also a gift from one of the FF ladies.
The lovely glass beads are vintage and are a gift from Susan Elliot.
The size is 20 x 20 cm.
This block is a homage to my Simon and the things he liked to do.
Here are the heart pages I got from the Fibre fever group members after my DH past away.
The first one from Nel and Trees, the rainbow from Annet, the wool-felt from Marja and the last one from Janny.
The first CQ one from Ritva, the second CQ from Helinä, the purple CQ from Margreet with 6 crochet tiny butterflies, the water one from Maureen because my DH loved the sea so much.
The red padded heart from Kate, the CQ with the ribbon from Hideko, the pink with heart beads from Helga and the red wool one from Evi. They all are 6" square.
Below the beautiful art card I got from my blog friend Hannie.
Dear friends thank you very much ! It has helped me much to go trough sad days when I found such heart warming mail in my mailbox.
This is my crazy quilt block for the month July. July 21st I had my 70th birthday. We have had a lovely day with family and neighbours. We had coffee, tea and cakes in a gallery in our village. They also have a nice little cafe. And they serve the most delicious plum cakes. I sewed this block just before my birthday and had the intention to embroider it right after that day. Than I was too busy with guests and work in the garden. I thought, I'll finish it next week, the first week in August. Than we got the message that my DH was very ill and I didn't have time and energy to finish it. But now it is ready and I am happy with it. The size is 20 20 cm. ( 8 inch) As you remember my CQJP blocks will tell something about what I did in the year 2012. At the end of this project it becomes a fabric book with 12 pages. Now I have to sew the block for the month August.......