31 December 2008

A review 2008

A little review from what I did in 2008. I like to say "Thank you" to my blog friends,whether you are just looking or leaving a comment and please know that I really do appreciate the fact that you take the time to read and to look at what I made.

27 December 2008

Angela's Quilt

The bed-size quilt for my granddaughter is ready. It is a split 9-patch pattern.
Machine sewn and machine quilted.
The size is 210 x 135 cm. 84 x 54 inch.

22 December 2008

ready for quilting...........

The quilt has now got two borders, is on batting and a back and ready to be quilted.
Will be continued...............

21 December 2008

Season greetings

To all my blog readers my season greetings.
Hyvää Joulua.
God Jul.
Fröhliche Weinachten.
Joyeux Noél.
Merry Christmas.
Feliz Navidad.
Feliz natal.
Buon Natale.
Prettige kerstdagen.

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!

Cyber Fiber exhibition

If you have 20 minutes time today to visit an exhibition take a look at this blog.
There are both an atc show and a postcard show from the exhibition Susan Lenz organises.

CYBER FYBER EXHIBITION is an international event scheduled at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, USA from January 8th through 20th, 2009. The focus of this exhibition is to highlight the influences of Internet access for today's fiber artists.

There is both a postcard and an atc from me in the videos.
Wish I could go there and see them all in real!

19 December 2008

nice things in the mail

The last days I have got very nice things in my mailbox.
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

cutting-sewing-cutting-sewing...


Yesterday and today the weather was not worth to put your nose out of the door, so I hide myself in my sewing room in the basement.
Cutting-sewing-cutting and sewing again. 60 split nine patch blocks are now ready to be assembled. PINK, PINK, a bed-size quilt for my pink loving granddaughter.
Story will be continued............

15 December 2008

TIF challenge December

This month Sharon wrote on her blog:
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

Christmas things







Lately I have made some Christmas cards and a few atc's from the left-overs.
The atc's are for trade, the Christmas cards are on their way to their new homes.
I am working on my December TIF page now and will show it in a couple of days.

07 December 2008

DYB-RR block

Here is my block for Cobi ( the Netherlands) in this DYB-RR from the group CQI.
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

needlefelt quiltie

A needlefelt quiltie for a swap in the Unlimited Textiles group.
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

Happy mail




Today my presents from my swapsister Hideko ( cqaw-group)came in the mail.
I have seen the photos on her blog but it is much nicer in real.
A scissor case and a pinkeeper.
Thank you very much for those nice made gifts. I will use them!

30 November 2008

Just in time, TIF November

Sharon wrote:
"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

DYB-rr Block

Yesterday I have finished Wilma's block from the DYB-RR of the CQAW group.
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

fabric postcard and atc

Above a fabric postcard made for a December swap in the Fibre_Fever group.
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.
photo below.



21 November 2008

received by new owners

Now I can show you things I have sent away lately. Above the shopping bag made from the purple block a few weeks ago. The bag is a birthday present for my cousin who has her 50st birthday on December 2nd.
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

swap-block for Margreet

Six inch, 15 cm block made for Margreet in the Netherlands. We are together in a little group; Crazy quilters around the world and we swap a CQ block every 3 months.
Margreet's theme is: nature, flowers, birds and bees. I hope she likes it.

15 November 2008

the Latin America Way


Although it was very!! rainy and stormy weather today, grey and dark, I have been to the caribbean. Warm and colorful, dancing in the sun :)
I made this quiltie today for Alis in the Unlimited Textile group.
We have a November swap with the theme "the Latin America way".
The size is 13 cm. 5 inch square.

DYB-rr, Simona's block


This is a DYB-RR block for Simona ( Italy).
Simona makes a baby quilt from the blocks when they come home.
She asked us to use only embroidery, no sre,beads and buttons.
The block is 15cm, 6 inch square.

12 November 2008

DYB blocks came home

This is the result made from 6 DYB RR blocks. We did this DYB RR ( do your block round robin) in the CQI group.
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!

give away

Laurence in France celebrate her first blog anniversary with a give away, a cute embroidered little bird.
Have a look at her other beautiful work too. Here is her blog.

10 November 2008

purple block

The last days I have been very busy making a CQ block. The size is 30 x 36 cm. or 12 x 14 inch.

05 November 2008

Book

In July when we had the Norway gathering, Helinä brought with her this book and her tatting needles. We all could have a try and it was easier than I thought in the start.
A few weeks ago I ordered the book for myself and voila, here is my first try. I have started with crochet cotton and the thickest needle to see what I am doing. I will try to make little items for the CQ work.

02 November 2008

A cosy afternoon



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.
He didn't know what to make so I asked him if he would like to sew a totebag to his mam.
Yes, he liked that idea. I cut up an old jeans and he found a lot of nice trims in granny's boxes! The two jeans pieces became very colorful in red, purple and gold. The favorite colors of his mother. He has sewn the whole totebag by himself except the last seam on the top were the handles come in between the lining and the outside of the bag. And proud he was!!
It was just ready before I had to cook a quick diner.
Sad enough we forgot to take a photo of the bag when it was ready.
He was só proud to give it to his mam and she was using the bag immediately and was very proud too!

31 October 2008

Gold card


Those days a cold card is flying around in Blogger land.

I got this card form Connie and Tricia. Thank you both very much.

I have to give this card further to my blog followers. I appreciate them all and don't like to make a choice.
You can find them in my side bar.

Thank you all so much for your interest in my work and other adventures :)

29 October 2008

Needle-felt landscape round-robin

Here is a landscape piece made from needlefelt on the embellisher. The owner is Tricia ( GB)
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

Her name is Anna

While Violet is on the plain on her way to Finland, Anna arrived today in my house :)
She is very happy to be here and I am happy too. She is a lovely new friend. Thanks Helinä !

26 October 2008

her name is Violet

Dotee doll made for a friend in a private swap. My friend likes purple/violet :-)

19 October 2008

TIF October challenge

This month the challenge is to think about your textile work space.
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.

I didn't use the colors from Sharon this month but the item about my work space.

This block is about 20cm. 8 inch square. So that it will fit in my fabricbook at the end of the year.

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18 October 2008

DYB-RR block for Margreet

This is a DYB-RR block that I have embellished for Margreet. The block is 15cm. ( 6 ").
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

made for a friend


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

Landscape RR

This is a naked landscape for a RR in the group Tricia's Textile challenge.
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

something to look at...





No sewing this past week. First unpacking and the dirty clothes in the washing machine.
I hope I can sit in my studio this weekend to do some work on the embellisher.
I have to make a background for a RR with the theme 'landscape'.
The photos above are atc's , 2,5x3,5 inch, which I made a while ago and are all traded.

08 October 2008

Home again

We are home again after a few weeks in the Netherlands. It was very nice to see daughter and grandchildren and old friends.



Nice surprises in the mailbox.
Postcards from Helga ( Germany) and an atc from Jean (GB).

And a bad surprise too, we didn't have telephone and internet for three days, so I am behind with all the e-mail ;-)

16 September 2008

On the road....

Tomorrow we will leave for a family visit to the Netherlands. Our youngest daughter and two grandchildren and other family and friends.
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 :-)