Never ending scraps – two pouches

Never ending scraps – two pouches

So, you remember the (gifted) big bag of scraps, right? I have put it to good use again! I asked my brother what his girlfriend Miss S would like for her birthday. He told me she wanted/needed a new make-up bag. I could do that! Two pouches coming up and purple scraps to the rescue! … Continue reading

Foot 2 Freestyle – preparing my own blocks

Foot 2 Freestyle – preparing my own blocks

I have signed up for a fantastic swap called F2F: ” Foot to Freestyle”. Kate (talltalesfromchiconia) and Sue (fromthemagpiesnest) are organizing this worldwide swap. We each make 3 blocks per month, one square foot in size. I am the first to receive blocks this June. About 33 blocks will be arriving on my doorstep this … Continue reading

Scrappy play

Scrappy play

I am glad to be writing a blog post again. Work duties got the overhand these last two weeks. Something had to give. At the moment I am really tired. Like when you need toothpicks to keep your eyes open, you know?! I still have to be in school for a theatre show with my … Continue reading

BLOCK-aliscious #5

BLOCK-aliscious #5

Some more pretty blocks to share with you all! As I said in my previous post in this series I intend to show you the finished block and where possible a mosaic picture of the options I tried before deciding on a particular lay out. Somewhere in 2012 I bought thangle papers to create HSTs … Continue reading

An Easter Parade – new pattern

An Easter Parade – new pattern

It is finally time to release my newest pattern “An Easter Parade”! The “An Easter Parade” set of paper piecing patterns contains 6 patterns: a cute bunny, a sweet little chick, a blooming daffodil and three different Easter Eggs. The pattern is very versatile! With the six blocks you can create an adorable tablerunner, a … Continue reading

BLOCK-aliscious #4

May 2014…. that’s how long ago I last wrote about my  “BLOCK-aliscious” project! Okay, you all understand that sometimes blocks get shelved for a while and these ones sure have been. Receiving some new fabrics got me going on the pattern again. YAY! My quilting buddy Kim gave me BAGS of scraps! Some of went … Continue reading

Flower Pillow – TUTORIAL

Flower Pillow – TUTORIAL

Yesterday I showed you the results of my experimenting with flower pillows and the FMQ. If you have not seen my previous post, please have a look. There are some pictures there that might interest you. Today I will show you how to create your own pillows! It’s tutorial time!!!   Besides the regular quilting … Continue reading

Flower Pillow

Flower Pillow

Last time I was in my Local Quilt Shop I received a tutorial flyer for a very cute round pillow. Everytime I buy fabric there, I get one of these nice tutorials. Great stuff! (I have tried to find this tutorial online, but could not locate it.) As you can see, the tutorial has you … Continue reading

Christmas Quilt – block 1

Christmas Quilt – block 1

A few weekes ago I decided to join a QAL at Springleaf Studios. Each month we create one block. It is actually the same block each month. I didn’t have the right fabric, but I ran into a quilter’s Christmas stash at a second hand market. YAY! Once I had the fabrics I only had … Continue reading

Gift times two

Gift times two

Two girls that are in my classes were deserving a gift. I have been sharing pictures of the WIPs of these gifts on Instagram this week (Please, come find me @ipatchandquilt). Some of you might recognize these pillows! ( I am in AWE of how quickly I was accepted in the IG community. Thank you … Continue reading

An Easter Parade

An Easter Parade

This week an exclusive “Behind the Scenes” of my newest paper piecing pattern “An Easter Parade”! I started with some small sketches. I redrew the design on the computer with EQ7. I finally took the plunge.. Yes , I bought the software I have been drooling over for over a year. Yes, it is expensive. … Continue reading

For the “Girls”

For the “Girls”

This autumn us girls visited the local castle “Kasteel Hoensbroek”. It a medieval structure, but it has been majorly overhauled in more recent years. The oldest part of the building, the round tower, dates back to 1360. The castle houses a museum and large rooms used for weddings and receptions. Here is pretty picture from … Continue reading

ChristMESS

ChristMESS

From the beginning of this year I have been a member of the facebookgroup Declutter 365. We get daily tasks to tackle certain areas of our house. Until now we have been cleaning out the kitchen: silver ware, junk drawers etc. Some jobs really only take 5 minutes and others a bit more. It really … Continue reading

Small quilts part 05

Small quilts part 05

Just before Christmas, I came across the Anita’s Arrowhead pattern. The block is created through a very clever cutting technique starting with the squares: one light and one dark. At the moment the pattern is still FREE to download. I really liked working with this new type of block construction. Very inspiring! The pattern starts … Continue reading

Small quilts part 04 – W.I.P.s

Small quilts part 04 – W.I.P.s

Remember this little quilt form last month? The recipient commissioned me to make another one with the same fabric. This is what I came up with. This little baby quilt has got its binding by now and is already in its new home. When digging through my stash I found a pile of cut fabric … Continue reading

Small quilts part 03

Small quilts part 03

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all well and have had wonderful joy filled holidays! I have been taking some much-needed rest from blogging and sewing. My teaching job has peak moments of intense work and when combined with family holidays and commitments it can all be a bit too much. Yeah I survived… :-)Continue reading

Small quilts part 02 – Twins

Small quilts part 02 – Twins

An colleague of mine who retired a few years ago had twin granddaughters this month. He and his wife are Argentine Tango dancers, just like my parents. They meet up regularly. (For those who have never seen this tango, here and here are some clips. Most tango dancers to don’t dance this vigorously and “wild”. … Continue reading

Small quilts part 01 – Wrapped Gift

Small quilts part 01 – Wrapped Gift

Long time no see! I hope you are all fine, warm and happy! The weather here is nothing like the snow in Buffalo, I only had to clean my frozen car windows once last week. I surely can’t complain!  And I won’t… I will turn on the central heating and count my blessings. You know … Continue reading

Quilts on Show – Veldhoven part 2

Quilts on Show – Veldhoven part 2

This morning I woke to discover I had won the Blogger Quilt Festival in the MINI category. Thank you all for voting for my paint tube quilt! I am amazed by all of the support you have given me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! ——————————————————————————————————– As promised some more pictures with quilts from the … Continue reading

Quilts on Show – Veldhoven part 1

Quilts on Show – Veldhoven part 1

You may have noticed that there is an online quilt show going on RIGHT NOW! About 550 quilts were entered in a total of 12 categories. Everybody could put their quilt in the show and everybody gets a vote! You can VOTE for three quilts in each category. You only have to click on the … Continue reading

Milestone

Milestone

200 posts… Who knew that after 200 posts I would still have things to show you and to write about?! 200 posts… Filled with sharing, fabric love, design beauties, remarkable patterns and quilty friends! 200 posts… Full of your support and love! THANK YOU!!! Thank you for being my quilty friends! You are giving me … Continue reading

Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini

Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini

This is my entry post for the Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini! This summer I designed a Blog Hop Paper Piecing Pattern. I scoured through all of my scraps to create the paint tubes for four blocks. Each block has 5 tubes in it. By creating four blocks you get a complete circle! It was … Continue reading

Hexie pillow finished!

Hexie pillow finished!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I feel loved!!! Last week I finished this adorable (if I say so myself!) hexagon as the front of a pillow. I also promissed to tell you how I created a pillow form for this unsual pillow. I had an IKEA pillow on hand; one of those cheap … Continue reading

New hexies

Last week I turned 38… which did not feel any different from turning 27.  I am glad it did not, as approaching 40 is still a bit too scary! In my first few days as a 38 year old this is what I learned:  Love and have fun! Love: many kisses and big hugs from … Continue reading

Autumn Candy

Autumn Candy

In between class preparations and getting my house ready for a viewing day ( in the hope to sell it soon) I have been working slowly but steadily on a new quilt. One that will be mine… ALL MINE! (Have you ever stopped to think how many quilts you have made for other people? It … Continue reading

Juliet’s sewing machine

Juliet’s sewing machine

Hello everyone! I was kind of missing in action… work took priority over sewing the first couple of weeks of this new school year. I truly love my work, but I wish that some things would not take up that much preparation time. I truly love my work… especially if we get to go on … Continue reading

Summer museums 01

Summer museums 01

Hello World! How are you? The first week of school was very intense. Full of fun teaching, great kids and lots of little things to do even when it is past your bedtime already! I do not even know where the weekend went and the second week has already started in full force. Catch my … Continue reading

Around the World Blog Hop

Around the World Blog Hop

You have probably have come across blogposts on the Around the World Blog Hop, right? I have been asked by Dorien of Just-do to participate. If you would also like to join us on this worldwide trip, please read the bit at the end! So, it is my turn today to write about my quilty … Continue reading

Big Stash

After all of the FMQ last week my left shoulder is acting up. My Janome sewing machine is placed on top of the table instead of lowered into the table. The whole set up is not very ergonomic when sewing for hours and hours… I know now.   :-(   I think I will have to take … Continue reading

Feather wreath tutorial

Feather wreath tutorial

Have you ever tried to FMQ a feather wreath? Did you know you do not need a stencil to do one? I have taken lots of pictures to show you how. Soooo… get ready for this picture heavy post!   Before we start: – I used a Frixion pen to draw on the fabric. The … Continue reading