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

Sunday, April 6

Quilts and more....

C, Quilting DD and I went to a quiltfair yesterday. Sunshine, good company, quilts and supplies...what more does one need?
We strolled around, had a coffee and lunch and enjoyed. I did make a few pics; for colour, design, quilting and general inspiration :)

Ofcourse I'm unable to make a fancy layout , so all the pictures are just placed one after the other..


I finally bought new daylight lightbulbs. Look at the difference between regular bulbs and daylight ones. With the new bulbs installed I HAD to clean and de-clutter today. OMG it looked like Eleanor Burns herself had an episode here. Now it's all clean and tidy again or as baking DD would say : "sterile" 
Also bought an older issue of QuiltMania, 'cause I really liked this quilt
 It has the same feel as the Midnight at the Oasis quilt and since I tried "needleturning"applique (and i liked doing it!), this might be a future project.
Another thing I picked up was this pattern
I want some Spring/easter things on the wall in the sewingroom. Think red/black/white/bold prints instead of the "country` look. The pattern is called `spring chicken`, but all i could think of was `RÚÚÚÚN!!!!!`

The sun did her stinking best and with good result. I left the house with buds on my little apple tree and came home finding blossoms :)

Oh, almost forgot! I promissed myself to get some sewing time. I shamelessly nicked an idea from pinterest and made my own.
Don't know the original designer, but I'll look into that. Meanwhile, I'm happily handquilting my birdhouses... 

Monday, March 10

Now, where were we..?

When there's no post for over a month, the usual phrase in Blogland is : "o my, whatever happened to...(february in my case). Well I know exactly what happened!
Baking DD had to be welcomed back to the country after spending 6 months in the UK, birthdays had to be celebrated (both DH and yours truly), a christmasdinner was re-enacted (Quilting DD and her BF even put their silly christmas sweaters on!) since Baking DD had missed that. Quilting DD graduated from University and that was reason for another party and last but not least, we had 4 days of Carnaval that we celebrate in the southern part of the Netherlands. Hotel Mama was fully booked :)
That, my friends, was February in a nutshell. Phew! I left out the stomach flue part.

Now things are back to normal. Kids are where they're supposed to be (I hope), DH and I are back to work after the Carnaval week and I'm even thinking of quilts again.
Needless to say that sewing/quilting was not on the agenda last month.

I did make something though! Low and behold: a thread rack that I hate putting on the wall. I think it's "clutter" (my ocd) but after I found 5 cones of white that were all more or less used, I had to come up with better organization plans.

I bought a wooden serving tray, drew a grid (that took the most of the afternoon!)
 Made DH drill holes to put sticks in (and glued those)
a little spray painting and voila: a threadrack. the pins could have been a bit longer, but I worked with what I had
 For baking DD's homecoming, I re decorated her room (after cleaning and painting duh) and sewed her a Minion pillow!. Who doesn't love Minions??? DD certainly does :) All it needs are a few buttons for the pants, but ofcourse I had no pair, just single ones!
Okay, now we're up to date, let's enjoy the summer like temperatures we have this week.( meaning: pulling weeds) Next week it'll rain again so then there will be sewed :)!

Tuesday, January 14


Still thinking what to do with the Midnight quilt. I have been walking on air reading all the nice comments and emails! I mean, I never think of my own quilts in terms of 'fabulous' or 'stunning' :)
(more like 'mwa' or 'nice' or 'could be better') So a 'thank you' is in order.

Still contemplating what to next. The problem is that a medaillion quilt is a square. The Midnight is too small for a bed and too large for a wall in my relatively small home. I thought about repeating the orange peel border, but when I discussed that with a quiltshop owner, she suggested it would be better ending with a black background border. I think she has a point there, but that means adding TWO more borders. Am I willing to do that? Don't know....

Instead of making a decision, I bought some bright fabrics. Always a good idea when at a quiltshop!
Since I was with C, a Fasset made it to the stack too....
At the shop we saw some very nice embroidered biscornu pincushions. C said she wanted to learn how to embroider and since I did that a lot in my pre-patchwork era, I was happy to teach.To get my mind of the Midnight...
After the first embroidered square, C said she loved doing it and she thought it was addictive. I knew then we were in trouble!
I made a biscornu
 and a square, that's folded in four. Here's the front
 and back
 ...and another tiny biscornu

 And while I was cleaning out my sewingroom, I came across another pincuscion I made a while back. How about some hot chocolate?

Meanwhile, i have a embroidered needle case to finish, C and I ordered a bunch of new skeins and I STILL don't know what to do with the Midnight. *sigh*

Wednesday, January 1

A good start of the year!

First: a very happy newyear! May your fabrics be happy and your quilts be bright...

I started off with a FINISHED Midnight at the Oasis quilttop!
So I DID make the deadline of january 3th of the QuiltALong. Linking up with a completely finished quilt on january 31th is not going to happen though, since I handquilt and it's impossible to get that done in 3 to 4 weeks,

I enjoyed this project só much that I just couldn't stop sewing:)
I'm even considering to make a gazillion orange peel blocks to add as yet another border...