Seeing stars

Seeing stars

WOOOOWWW…. my social media just exploded today after posting about the F2f blocks. The response on Facebook and Instagram is unbelievable. The members of the Facebook groups called ‘Quilting‘  and “For the Love of Paper Piecing‘ have been so incredibly kind. They are commenting with their best wishes for our Miss May and telling their … Continue reading

Girl Power

Girl Power

As you all know am I participating in a worldwide block swap called F2F. Just last week we were informed that one of our group was receiving hospice care. Her turn in the swap was in the month of May of 2016, so as she pointed it out to us… she probably wouldn’t be with us by … Continue reading

Small gifts.

Small gifts.

A while ago I purchased a Fat Quarter bundle of Moda’s ” A is for.” The line has a school-feel and that was what attracted me to it. I had saved it for a unknown future project. You know, those projects you tell yourself you will have so you can just buy the fabric? Finally … Continue reading

Swap blocks

Swap blocks

Last month I created a swap block with the Take Flight pattern that I hope to release by the end of January. This pattern allowes so much play with the lay-out and color positioning. Just look at the next picture. Same patterns, but a totally differently layout and coloring. The color request, for Christina’s swap … Continue reading

First things first

First things first

Hello every body! Welcome to 2016!!! I wish you all the best for this new year. I hope you have all survived the first days back at work. For me it was a bit of a shock to the system, ha ha! I think I could have done with a few more days off! 😉 … Continue reading

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

It is 3 o’clock in the afternoon here and it has been a busy day already. The next couple of days will be filled with family and friends, so this is a precious day alone where I can organize, clean up and pack my things before leaving the house. While going through my ‘stuff’ in the sewing room … Continue reading

Honey for Christmas

Honey for Christmas

Almost a year ago I ran into a quilter’s stash in a flea market.There was some great quality cotton there, but also lots of craft fabric. I wanted to finally use some of this fabric as it is just sitting in boxes, not doing much. As I have been revisiting some of my own older patterns … Continue reading

Oodles of doodles – part 3

Oodles of doodles – part 3

The drawing bug has bitten me again! My mind wandered while attending meetings last week. Parts of these meetings did not concern me, so I allowed my mind to come up with freemotion quilting designs Even between meetings I got my markers out. It helped me relaxed so much more than mindlessly chatting to various … Continue reading

Beautiful Venice — pattern released!

Beautiful Venice — pattern released!

Ah Venice… Have you ever been? I have the privilege to join over 40 students each year on a week long trip through Italy. This September we visited the San Rocco guild hall in Venice, as we always do. I directed the teenagers to look at the paintings on the walls and ceilings. The minute we … Continue reading

Swap and W.I.P.

Swap and W.I.P.

I am steadily working on finishing the W.I.P.s that are stored around the sewing room. Last time I showed you a 24″ baby quilt made with 4 blue and white blocks. Don’t know how it has happened, but I have more blue fabric to show you! 🙂 First the three F2F swap blocks for this month. … Continue reading

Eye candy – test blocks October Sky

Eye candy – test blocks October Sky

Hello everybody, It is time for lots of eye candy today! Three weeks ago I put out a request for pattern testers for the October Sky block, and oh boy… did I get a response! In no time I had 15 quilters willing to try the pattern. Some called themselves beginners and others were experts. … Continue reading

October Sky – pattern available!

October Sky – pattern available!

It is finally time to release October Sky into the world! The pattern has been tested, the pdf has been drafted… the pattern is finished! YAY!!! You may have already seen some of these pictures and drawings on my blog or on Instagram. October Sky is a traditional block with a modern twist. It is … Continue reading

Blocks for baby boy

  Last year I embarked on a new project… one that I stared full of enthusiasm but that lost my interest in a couple of months. I had set out to create all of these blocks for my BLOCK-aliscious project. Several blocks were patched and even quilted, but just a few got blogged about. And … Continue reading

Swap blocks and more

Swap blocks and more

Hello hello hello! I would like to share some cute little projects with you this evening! First up are the three blocks I paper pieced for the Foot2Freestyle swap. Lynn from Tialys requested dark grey backgrounds with turquoise/teal, light grey, white and a sprinkling of coral. All blocks are my own design.   Block 1 … Continue reading

October Sky – testers wanted!

October Sky – testers wanted!

Hello everybody! I have just finished writing up a new pattern. It is a foundation paper piecing pattern based on a traditional patchwork star. The pattern is beginner-friendly. Yes, there are many pieces, but they can be pieced with strips, squares and squares cut in half. There are TWO variations of this pattern. The first … Continue reading

Foot 2 Freestyle – Swap blocks

Foot 2 Freestyle – Swap blocks

Hello again! Before the work week starts again, I wanted to take advantage from this quiet Sunday evening and write another blog post. As you may remember I am participating in a worldwide year long swap. In June I received about 30 blocks myself. What a load of fun each day to get happy mail … Continue reading

Churning it over.

Churning it over.

Sometimes you make a quilt for someone who just NEEDS it. Need in the sense of object to keep that person warm, need in the sense of the act of caring for that person. NEED. This is one of those quilts. Earthy warm colors combined with blacks. A bit of vintage floral ’70s fabric that I had … Continue reading

Back, back again

Back, back again

Hello everyone! I am back. Back again.. I had to take a break. A break from blogging. Nothing mayor has happened, but I decided that I wanted to spend my free time not sitting at the computer. Blogging felt like an obligation for a while. That just was not right. Sewing and blogging is something … Continue reading

Oodles of doodles – part 02

Oodles of doodles – part 02

I am a bit obsessed with drawing at the moment. Here are my newest designs. I used a black fineliner from my pencil case. I think it is one by Stabilo. While watching some dumb tv shows, I drew these. This last one I stitched out. I started with some registration marks. Everything was freehand from … Continue reading

Oodles of doodles part 1

Oodles of doodles part 1

This week I have been OBSESSED with doodling. Quilty doodles that is! Several people were posting picture on Instagram with their daily quilty doodles and graffiti quilting drawings. (#dailyquiltydoodle, #graffitiquilting) I just HAD TO play along! I quickly exchanged my felt tip pen for a fineliner pen. Much better! I was inspired by photos of work … Continue reading

Workshop

Workshop

Last weekend I had the privilege to teach 6 ladies how to paper piece and turn their project into a zipper pouch. Knowing what I know now, that is very ambitious! I had precut all the ladies would need: strips of fabric, batting, and interior fabrics. The puzzles of all the pieces for he pattern … Continue reading

Additions to the sewing room

Additions to the sewing room

A few weeks ago a colleague asked me if I was interested in buying some storage cabinets as they were cleaning out a house of a family member, a lady who had made jewelry with beads. I was so thankful that my colleague thought of asking me. I was able to buy these two cabinets…. … Continue reading

Lots of catching up to do!

Lots of catching up to do!

Hello everyone! WOW, it has been a month since my last post!!! I can’t believe how fast time flies. I don’t have to tell you that everyday life can prevent us from sharing our quilt projects online. I really want it to be different, but I have had to accept that writing blogposts is not something … Continue reading

Blogger Quilt Festival – Home Machine quilted

Blogger Quilt Festival – Home Machine quilted

Hello again! I have something new to show you! Well actually, it is old and new! I started this project over a year ago and only found the time to finish it now! My parent’s commissioned two orange pillows for their living room. The first was finished quickly, but the second one lingered around… Until now! … Continue reading

Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini

Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini

This is my entry post for the Blogger Quilt Festival  for the Mini Category. In February I created a flower pillow that I wanted to share with you today. As the pillow is about 20 inches across I am entering it in the mini category. If it was square it would be about 80 inches … Continue reading

Foot 2 Freestyle – part 02

Foot 2 Freestyle – part 02

Exactly one month ago I showed you the colour inspiration picture for the Foot 2 Freestyle Swap I had just signed up for. I am the first to receive 33 blocks in June. Great he?! In April, I created two of my blocks in mustard, coral and jadeite.   Block 1 and 2:    The pink … Continue reading

Beetles and spiders and lizards, oh my!

Beetles and spiders and lizards, oh my!

One little boy, or maybe a little girl, is going to love this quilt! There are shiny bugs, colorful lizards, magical dragon flies, wiggly earth worms and some spiders…. yes spiders! All of these fabrics were gifted to me by a quilter who was packing up house. We had more than enough of them to create … Continue reading

Have been quilting with teenagers

Have been quilting with teenagers

Hello again! Lots to tell you! I have been quilting with my students as an after school activity. We are creating quilts for the Soy Amado quilt drive by Alison of littleislandquilting. The quilts will be going to Mexico or Tanzania. I asked all of my students to donate fabrics and maybe some euros for … Continue reading

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