31 December 2008
27 December 2008
22 December 2008
21 December 2008
This crazy patchwork postcard is made for all of you. I would like to send a card to all of you in the snailmail but that is not possible.
I shall send this card to one who leaves a comment here.
Update December 26: The card goes to Maureen ( GB).
My DH did the lottery and he took number 17.
Thank you all for your comments!
19 December 2008
First came a baggie from Jo which I won in the November lottery on Jo's blog. Many pieces of tatting to use in my work , sassa lynne threads, wired ribbons and one of Jo's beautiful cards!
Than the atc on the left, dark blue with the star from Jean Toms ( UK) it is in mixed media and much nicer in person than the photo!
The second atc on the left from Anne Lugherini ( France). Anne and I have traded a few atc's now and she always sent something nice. Anne doesn't have a blog.
The lovely embroidered bird is an other gift. I won this from Laurence's blog.
A while ago she offered this on her blog because of the blog anniversary.
As always you can click on the photo to enlarge.
Am I spoiled or not?
Yes, I think so :-))
18 December 2008
15 December 2008
For the final challenge of the year and since it is the gift giving season and many of us run ourselves ragged either making gifts or buying them I want to ask what is the idea of generosity to you. That is the theme for this month. So just take a few moments and think about what it is to give and how would you represent that visually.
For those who want an easy challenge or simply too busy to think, doing the colour scheme is not difficult and it can be applied to a seasonal project. If on the other hand, since this is the last challenge for the series a more difficult challenge is appealing then the question about what generosity is to you is will be interesting.
And here are the colors given
As you see I did nothing with the theme and have only used the colors to make a Christmas block.
This is the last challenge of the "Take It Further" year and I like to thank Sharon for the ideas she offered to use the year round to make something different.
For me it was often a challenge to use both the theme and the colors.
This block is 8", 20 cm square.
I have made a fabric book of the pages, you can see it on my Flickr page HERE.
13 December 2008
07 December 2008
Cobi's theme is India. The size of the block is 6", 15 cm square.
I had to go out of my comfort zone to embellish this block.
Much glamour and glitter.
I have embroidered a painted hand what they do in India with special occasions.
Made a shihsa and have added more sequins than I normally do.
You may wonder why I have added green threads and green sequins?
Have a look below and you see four other blocks from this series, they have green silk fabric and are embelished by four other ladies in this group.
04 December 2008
The theme is "winter wonderland". I have made it on my embellisher machine from colored sheepfleece and a few angelica fibers for shiny sparkles in the snow.
The quiltie should be 5", 12,5 cm square but it seems I have great difficulties to work so small.
This piece was far too large and I have cut away as much as possible to keep it nice.
Now the size is 13 x15 cm. I hope the receiver likes it as it is, if not, I presume she has a scissor :-)
01 December 2008
30 November 2008
"This month the challenge is to use typography as inspiration for a piece. Many designers are inspired by letter forms in other words it is the forms of the letters and words themselves that they find visually stimulating. It is not using text, as in using a quote or a sentence that they find stimulating but the look of the letters as a design element. "
First i made a piece of needlefelt on the embellisher machine, using the colors from the November palette. I have added some angelina fibers for a sparkle. It is not good shown on the photo. I real it gives a very lively shine.
I looked ad the L and found out when i write it that it is dancing.
Also the L stands for Love, Life, Learn and Live.
Those 4 I have placed in a circle.
I was a very nice experience to make something very different from my other pieces and therefore it was a real Take It Further piece.
The size is 8 inch or 20 cm. square.
24 November 2008
Wilma's theme is 'under water' and she asked us to keep the seams in ton-sur-ton colors.
I have made coral from and old tea-dyed collar and a kind of anemone of two tatted rings.
A jellyfish from sequins and the two little fish in the upper left corner are from Maureen's baggie what I have got this past summer.
The block measures 15 cm. 6" square.
22 November 2008
The card goes to Doreen in Australia. When I was sewing today I remembered Doreen's granddaughter Ebony who is collecting atc's.
I have made an atc from the same fabric as the pc for Ebony's collection.
21 November 2008
Below a needlebook made for Hideko.
Hideko was my swapsister this year in a little group we both are a member of. We have sent each other 3 baggies with goodies for CQ and the last item was something handmade.
It has come to Japan now so I can put it on my blog.
17 November 2008
Margreet's theme is: nature, flowers, birds and bees. I hope she likes it.
15 November 2008
12 November 2008
I sewed those block in May and they came home just in time to make this beautiful wall-quilt of them.
I quilted this quilt by hand in the ditch around the blocks and between the green and red border. It was not that easy because of all the beads and buttons and the thickness of the material. CQ has often many layers in the seams. But I managed and not too bad I think.
In the blocks I did some knots.
A sleeve and a date on the back.
The blocks are embellished by Simone ( Italy) Cobi (the Netherlands) Lauri, Lyn and Leslie (did 2 blocks), all from the USA.
Ladies thank you very much, you all have done a wonderful job.
The size of the quilt is 68 x 51 cm or 26,5 x 20,25 inch.
It goes to our daughter and grandchildren.
Don't forget to click on the photo to see the details of the beautiful embroidery, bead-work and embellishments!
10 November 2008
05 November 2008
02 November 2008
Yesterday I have had a cosy afternoon. My grandson ( 10 years old) was here and wanted to sew! At school on the craft lessons he once tried to use a sewing machine and he seems it was fun. And because his mother doesn't have one they came to our place yesterday after lunch.
31 October 2008
29 October 2008
Tricia made a wood landscape and I gave it an Autumn feeling. Autumn is a very colorful time of the year in the woods, so I thought it will be easy to cheer the piece up with a lot of colors.
I was the first person to work on this piece. After me comes Joelle ( France) and Sarah ( USA).
As always you can click on the photo to enlarge.
The original size is about A4. Below the piece how it arrived at my house.
28 October 2008
26 October 2008
19 October 2008
How do you feel about this space?
What role does it play in your life? Sharon's post is HERE.
My workroom usually is a mess. But I like it that way. I like to have everything around me and grab beads, laces and ribbons out of the boxes when I need that.
I am always happy to be in my workroom, that means: I have time for myself and I can do what I like, play around ( as I did today) or make blocks for round robins or internet friends.
Both very pleasant!
The floor is mostly a mess too. But the colors of treads which were on the floor this morning looked so cheerful to me that I thought to do something with them. Years ago I knitted pieces to make warm slippers. I never finished them. Now I have felted one piece with the embellisher and punched all the thread rests of the floor onto that. It made me smile :0)
On the table also little boxes with private gifts which I have got from friends and I don't use that on blocks which I send away. Now I have sewn those little things on this piece. A sewing machine button, given to me by my grandson, and items from friends.
This block is about 20cm. 8 inch square. So that it will fit in my fabricbook at the end of the year.
18 October 2008
We do this RR in a little group: Crazy quilters Around the World.
Margeet's theme is the song "what a wonderful world".
In this song is the sentence 'I see trees of green and red roses too', so it was obvious for me that I had to make red roses too :-)
The big green 'diamond' was sent with the blocks by Margreet and she asked the participants of this RR to use a diamond on each block.
I have added some other beads too, the diamond only was too lonely.
Now the blocks go to Finland.
17 October 2008
This block ( 8 inch , 20 cm.)and heart (6 inch, 15 cm) are made for Ingrid, USA.
She was so kind to sent me some tiny metal dragonflies and butterflies, so I made a heart and a block for her to say: thank you.
The fairy in the block was sent by Ingrid to me for being a centre piece.
I hope you like it Ing :)
14 October 2008
I made it from colored wool fleece with the embellisher machine.
The meaning is that three other ladies do their work and make the landscape 'alive' with flowers etc. The name of my landscape is "summer meadow"and the size is 12x10 inch or 30x25 cm.
Tomorrow it goes in the mail to France.
11 October 2008
08 October 2008
16 September 2008
It is always on this time of the year we go. Our granddaughter has her birthday in October 1st, and we like to be there on that day.
The Netherlands, the land of the windmills, these are old ones a water mill and a wheat mill.
The Netherlands is flat country and always windy.
Nowadays they also build modern wind mills to get electricity.
See you again in a couple of weeks :-)