Sunday, August 24

Let there be light!

There's a rail with spotlights on my designwall and one above my fabric dresser. There's no light above the area where I do my cutting. So a trip to Ikea was in order to get another rail. DH immediately got the drill to install it :)
Baking DD and I thought it was funny when the drill got stuck in the ceiling, DH did not agree...
 a few swearwords moments later, there was light!
Now I have to cut something so I can tell if it's all the way i want it and then DH will complete it all to be nice and neat.. Yeey!
On the way to Ikea I took Sven in for the much needed needle adjustments and he needs to be serviced as well. Sewingmachine doctor said it was very busy and that they were a bit understaffed, so fingers crossed I can pick him up again on tuesday. (on tuesdays the Husqvarna man is at the shop)
Tomorrow duty calls again and it's back to work after 7 weeks of free time.
i'd better start looking where I left my company shirt and apron

Sunday, August 17

no more guessing!

..'cause now I KNOW that 'lipstick" and "poppy" are more vibrant than my usual "red"

 and "candy green" is really green-ish instead of blue-ish (it really looked blue on the pc screen)

and I cán find the right shade of bright blue
Only problem I now have is choosing a FEW colours. And not even all the colours are on this chart (august brought even more shades to the Kona range)
Who said a quilter's life was easy???

Wednesday, August 13

The bliss of online shopping :(

There are quilts in my head that need to come out and they involve solid fabrics! Thing is that there are hard to come by here, (I want Kona Cotton)far more expensive than in e.g. the US ánd colour choosing is tricky when all you have is a pc screen..
I searched online for a Kona colour card (no Dutch shops found) and finally found one for a reasonable price in....Germany.
A couple of days after ordering i got an email confirming my purchase. The waiting began. More than a week later (what?!) I got another mail, saying it was sent. It took that long to process my order?? And how much time will have to pass untill the Deutsche Post will deliver it?

When i get the card, I can make sensible colour decisions and make myself a nice palette. Okay, that sounds a little optimistic, but at least it'll give me a better idea of what a colour looks like in real life.I hope.

Then I have to order that palette of fq's/ half a yard. I am a Fabric Shack costumer and am very satisfied with their service, but...they are in the US and it'll take at least 10 days from there to here.

I bet that I'll get all my stuff when summerholiday is over and I'll have to go back to work again :(
(and I still haven't recieved DH new shaving gear that i ordered from a DUTCH company...Sigh)
Update: the shaving stuff company just let me know that the type I wanted is no longer available and do i want my money back?. It took an email saying it was sent(??) 2 weeks of waiting, and an email from me asking what kept my order so long.. jeezzz...

Sunday, August 10

Clover mesh transfer canvas review

Now that's a mouthfull for a title!
Quilting DD and I both bought the mesh thing in Birmingham last year. We saw a demonstration earlier and it seemed a very handy addition to the notion department.
When quilting the Midnight quilt, I finally came round using it.
It's a sheet of plastic tule, to transfer a quilting motif onto the fabric/quilt. I scribbled something on the quilt's template
 Put the mesh on top and , with a PERMANENT marker, went over the lines, so the design is now on the mesh. So far so good, only thing is that your pen shifts in the holes of the mesh, so your lines are a bit wobbly. It has to be a permanent marker because..a. you don't want to smear your hands while drawing and b. you absolutely don't want to smear your quilt in the next step!!!
Next, put the mesh on your quilt where you want the design. Ah...don't use a black marker when the area is black fabric!
 I got over the lines again with my white sewline pencil. Again, a bit wobbly
 ....corrected the lines afterwards
......and quilted
Since the design was on the mesh for 2 days, it wouldn't come off. It's really permanent, so the mesh can omly be used a couple of times untill it's "full".

I'm not very enthusiastic about it and I don't think it's worth the cost. You better use a piece of cheap tule which does the trick as well....

Saturday, August 2

and sew on..

Sven , the Husqvarna, hasn't stopped. The minor adjustments that were made are still sufficient to keep on going. Woopwoop!!
I needed a new bag, and still had a pattern laying aroud from I made things before from her patterns and they are always very clear, with pics for every step.
 2 pockets on the outside, 4 inside
 The lines are on the picture, not on the fabric. It's  polkadotted curtain fabric from Ikea, in solid blue, not with blurred wavy lines.
 Adjustable strap!
And I inserted a plastic bottom (placemats cut up) that were put in places with metal "feet" Also added a snap for closure.
The lining is a red with big white polkadots; what else is new.....

It's roomy, comfy, polkadotted and I love it. Even Baking DD, who thinks all selfsewn bags are yuk and only for silly seniors (like me) likes it. She DOES want one in blue broad stripes (have that fabric ready for her) but she won't take the effort of sewing it (with my assistence :)herself. She will miss out then!

I finally layered the Midnight at the Oasis quilt and made the first painstaking quilting stitches. Ugh, all those tiny patches with loads of seams.
One stitch at the time I guess..

Tuesday, July 29

I love holidays!

..because not having to go to work leaves energy for other things:)
Another small quilt/wallhanging quilted and bound: "April flowers bring May flowers" (The idea was a mini mini quilt for spring but..handwork takes forever especially if you enlarge the original pattern so you end up with a substantial piece of cloth LOL)
 I used needleturn applique for the umbrella's the Ami Simms way. You draw the shape on the background fabric (right side) and on the (right side again) desired shape. Pin and use a ladderstitch to sew it on. Just keep track of your lines and it'll turn out great. Also a winner to applique cirkels. I cannot make a full tutorial for Ami wrote a (small) book about it!
 I handquilted "clouds" and lines as rain..
 Glued the umbrella handles. Yes, glued them. It'll fray in time but I'm okay with that.

The pattern for a mini quilt is for free! which is a miniquilt without the borders.

Wednesday, July 23

Happy and sad..

First some good sewingmachine news that happened yesterday! The Husqvarna technician was indeed on holiday, but there was a very nice lady that did the regular servicing and she immediately took a look, adjusted some, gave good advice and I'm back on track! I can sew again and will bring my machine in again for definitive adjustment when the husq man is back.
And solved too: My walkingfoot came without bars and when I asked if they were sold seperatly, I got a left ánd a right one for free! Yeey for my machine-dealer: Rijkers in Veghel!!


and now the devastating,sad part. I got the message that a collegue, her husband and her two little girls were on flight MH17. I didn't know her personal, talked to her on the phone once (she worked at a different location), but still, it brings it all a bit closer to home.
Today was a day of national mourning as the first remains were brought back for identification. It was an impressing homecoming at the airport.

Baking DD and I visited the graveyard an put flowers on my parents grave and on the graves of other familymembers.
It was an emotional day..............

Monday, July 21

Oh shit!

No apologies to anyone who might think that saying "shit" is swearing. I'm feeling the F word but seattled for S.....
In the midst of sewing a t shirt/top for Baking DD and planning a sewing day with Quilting DD, my machine broke down..
For some unknown reason the needle isn't in the middle anymore. ????? This means I cannot use the twinneedle (necessary for sewing knits!).
My sewing frenzy came to an abrupt end. I can call the dealer no sooner than tomorrow and keeping my fingers crossed that the Husqvarna technician is NOT on holiday.
and yes, instead of sewing, I cleaned the house.

Sunday, July 20


Shame on the separatist rebels and shame on you mr Putin.

Wednesday, July 16

How jalapeños can dust off a blog.....

The too spicey jalapeños from Dianne triggered a up and down email contact between the two of us and it made me realise that I missed blogging. I blog to make notes to myself about how, why and when I make things, but the interaction with other's IS the icing on the cake!

(It has been so long ago that I logged in to my blog that I actually had to look up my password and struggled a bit before I "got" Blogger again omg...Could be the fact that I'm months older since the last post too. Well over 50 means that every week counts when it concerns sanity and memory)

Ah well, what HAVE I been doing all this time. Nothing much, but I did finish a wallhanging a couple of days ago!
This is the original I found on Pinterest, made by a French Team "L'art Quilt de Seignosse"
 This is mine...shamelessy copied without the appliqued birds.

 I like mine better hahaha..

I also decided to tackle my smudgy,worn, once cream coloured seats in the sitting area of my room. They have washable covers, but after 14 years there were holes and stains that were there to stay.
Again I put my trust in Pinterest for a how to. But making slipcovers is NOT as easy as people tell you. ( "my curvy seat from granddad all new in just an afternoon.." Hell no!) It took me some time and effort to sew new covers and to get rid of all the tiny threads that went everywhere but..tadáááá
Light grey, clean and no holes!

Last project is dressmaking :(. Quilting DD talks me into sewing clothing every once in a while. Now she wants to make a maxidress she saw in a magazine with a twisted detail up front. I understood not a thing reading the how to, the online extra's didn't do it either. So i decided to just DO it and I cut up an old sheet.

Now DD and I can pick a date, buy fabric and get sewing. The sheet dress will go to Baking DD ("for the carnaval mum, when I dress up as a greek goddess" LOL) I will reinforce the seams first since I sewed it with very big stitches. I don't want it to tear completely apart when she wears it going out. That would make a goddes of the wrong sort :)

And last but not least for Dianne: these will give a better bathroom experience than jalapeños