donderdag 5 oktober 2017

A Sew Along

I found another sew along to join. I'm still hand quilting my Splendid Sampler, slowly but surely, so I'm not taking on any big project right now. I have sewn a lot of clothes in the past months, but I didn't feel like blogging them. Maybe I'll do a post with all of them at once soon, just to catalogue them for myself. I love looking through my old posts, they are like a scrapbook of my creative products. The days are getting shorter though, and getting good light for photographs is hard, so maybe I won't blog them at all, just enjoy wearing them, or seeing them being worn by others in real life!

Anyway, I think I'll be joining the little happy sew along for an advent calendar at Pretty Fabrics and Trims. I am not buying one of their lovely kits, because I have too many fabric in my cupboard already, so I curated my own kit. Almost all the fabrics are from their shop, though. I bought them this spring, as a birthday gift to myself. I took a looooong time picking these, but I'm happy with the result. It feels christmassy to me, but the yellow and purple make it more fun. As you can see I haven't decided on the buttons yet. I was too lazy to get the button tin from my basement yesterday. I really should find a better place for my buttons and trims, but for now they live in the basement. I might buy just a little piece of finer linen, because the one in the picture is very coarse. But then, I've been very busy at work, with no time to spare to do a little bit of midday shopping, so I might just make do with what I have, and feel proud of myself for being so frugal!

My pretty fabrics and trims selection for the little happy advent calendar.
As I look at my "final" selection, I'm reconsidering the green fabric. Should I have another pink or purple instead? But then the green ribbons have to go, and I don't have a lot of purple or pink ribbons, I think. Maybe I'll dig up my trims again, too... . I'm looking forward to seeing the calendars others make, too.

dinsdag 6 juni 2017

My Splendid Sampler™ is ready for basting ... I think.

I am so proud to be able to say I finished the top for my Splendid Sampler™ quilt! Like so many other quilter, I started sewing the six inch blocks in February 2016. I didn't sew all the numbered blocks, a few were replaced by bonus blocks, or by my own blocks. All in all, it was great fun! I learned so much, about sewing techniques, color, being creative when I don't feel like it, ... .

The 2017 on that is probably a bit premature, it will be 2018, for sure!
The big reveal!

Here are some of my favorite blocks, in no particular order:

Simple, yet effective. i see a whole quilt of crosses. Plus it appeals to the doctor side of me.

Pretty and playful.

Positive and uplifting.

Have to love bumble bees!

My great-grandmother's tea cup.

Colorful cross stitches.

A bit of sewing whimsy.

I learned to apply perfect circles on this Kandinsky baobab tree thing.

Too cute! Makes me sad I won't be having any more babies...


Fresh and fruity!

Light and shadow, so simple and beautiful.

My own improv block. My road to happiness is over scraps of colorful fabric!

Yesterday I finished setting the blocks and I love my quilt! Although I've decided to add just one more set of setting squares and rectangles around the outside, so the edge isn't so thin.

Here you can see my helpers.

I didn't realize until I saw the pictures that my outfit matches my quilt!

I have the batting and 2/3 of the backing. I just have to find some matching fabric for that and then I can baste and hand quilt.

vrijdag 19 mei 2017

Booming with creativity

I've been on a creative high lately...

I made this omelet, with eggs from our chicken and home grown radishes.

It tasted as good as it looks!

Then I made this pretty bouquet.

Chives, forget-me-nots and lady's mantle.

The beauty of a raindrop on a leaf...

Happy jumble.

I made one more for our bedroom, and one for my mother and grandmother each.

Our bedroom is almost done: freshly painted walls, new curtains, ...

...beautiful skirting boards, floor re-varnished, ...

... my little writing desks finally fixed, ...

... the bed painted ...

... and made with my favorite Libeco sheets,

... the dresser from my great-grandparent's farm renovated ...

... and this beautiful lamp ready to hang! Willem and I have been working hard on this room!

Sunday afternoon, I made a kite...

... and flew it in the street, for Felix to ride under.

It's very pretty and flew quite well, despite the fickle wind.

I also finished Pieter's wild shirt.

He really likes it, but doesn't like posing.

Almost there...

I have eighty blocks sashed...

... and I bought my batting. Now for the final haul to get my Splendid Sampler basted!

zondag 7 mei 2017

Splendid Sampler™ Spin Off - Full Circle of Friendship

Full Circle of Friendship mini quilt.
When I was making block 59, Circle of Friendship, designed by Michele Muska, I couldn't stop at just a section of the circle. I had cut sections of all the fabrics in my quilt and joined them in a very pretty rainbow, and couldn't bring myself to trim away a part of that to fit the block. So I kept my full circle and made a new section for the block. I have started making a Splendid Mini Quilt using the full rainbow circle. It's not quite finished. I still have to do some hand quilting and binding. But there is a Splendid Sampler™ Challenge going on, so I have decided to enter it as is. Maybe I'll win something ... ?

Not quite finished ...

Partly because I got some pretty thirties repro fabrics for my birthday, and started making Sarah's Sampler from "The Quilter's Apprentice".

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love hand quilting!

Lovely pebble structure!

The block that will go into the Splendid Sampler.

woensdag 26 april 2017

Spring bouquet

I treated myself to a book called 'The Cut Flower Patch' by Louise Curley with a gift voucher I got from my best friend for my birthday. It arrived today and I just leafed through it a little bit. Immediately I was inspired to go and pick a bouquet from my garden, even though I don't have an official cut flower patch yet.

The background here is a bit busy, but it does show off the whiteness of my narcissi.

I combined tête-à-tête narcissi, forget-me-nots and chives.

I planted the narcissi last fall, and was a bit disappointed, because they are a bit messy when coming into flower. They're a bit like crumbled up paper when opening up. But I'm warming to them, because they have been flowering for ages and still look fresh and very white, which is beautiful in my side garden, combined with the blue of the blue forest anemones and the forget-me-nots in there.

I hope the chives buds will burst now they are inside, but they look lovely as they are as well.

In their final position on my home altar.
I'm looking forward to a year of many bouquets from my garden. I might start a real cut flower patch this year, or just devote a few square of my square foot garden to flowers, like I did last year for my Dahlias. I do find real joy in going out into the garden and bringing some of the season indoors.