Sunday, May 29

I promised!

Quilting Dd, who kept quiet on her blog for over a year, keeps nagging asking me to post. She even talked about it with the girls of the fav local quiltshop (what? new project? she didn't post a thing about that! Tsk!!) So when she finally bribed me with 3 fq's, I gave in and promised to post today. So much for "blogging without obligation"!

What's been going on here? Well, a few weeks ago (!) C, Quilting Dd and a very (véry) pleasant day at the European Quilt Contest. Lovely weather, great quilts and lots of shops :)
This is how the busy it was at the coffeecorner!
Pictures can be found at http://www.oeqc.eu/ for those who are interested.

Fav quiltshop had a booth there too and they had their own little quiltshow off mysteryquilts. An original pattern designed by the owner and now available as a none-mystery pattern.All quilts had the same pattern but since everyone used their own fabrics, they were very different from one another. 
 That's when it happened. Quilting DD "fell" for one of the quilts, made in red and green. We all thought "fairytales" and "little red riding hood". DD decided she HAD to have this pattern and we áll got excited.
Unfortunately I do not know WHO was the maker of this quilt so I cannot give her the credit :( but this is the one!

So now I'm collecting lime-green and red.
I got these from DD yesterday and together with my own this is what I have so far

Now for more exiting news......(drumroll.......)

Quilting DD and I are going to Birmingham to the "FESTIVAL OF QUILTS".
It's said to be the biggest quilt event in Europe and I am SO looking forward to that trip.

The plans for the Ascension Day weekend will have to wait for another post. (if I wait long enough, perhaps I´ll get another pack of fq´s !?)

Note: fav quiltshop owner commented that the red and green quilt is made by Suzanne van der Schoot!

Wednesday, May 18

The girl's back!

No, not me, but Quilting DD revived her blog. I tried to encourage her over and over again, but it took a lot more for her to finally bring her blog back to life :) Hopefully she'll keep it up.
Baking DD made a blog as well: a blog about her baking things. She didn't post yet, but choose a layout etc. Babysteps!

I'll revive mine later this week, much to share, little time !

Sunday, May 8

Poem

Dianne sent me this and since she didn't put it on her own blog, I think it's okay if i post it in mine.

Happy Mother's day!

Before I was a Mom, 
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry wheter or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations

Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on,
Pooped on,
Chewed on,
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctor's could do tests
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat uplate hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before i was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces,
when I couldn't stop the hurt.

before I was a Mom
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that i could love someone so much, I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having a heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy,

Before i was a Mom,
i had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

The early years, a minute after Baking DD was born..












Decades later, DS making faces, but the ONLY picture i have with all three ánd me:)

Monday, May 2

Practice makes (almost) perfect!

My progress so far:
I must say that I'm enjoying the machine piecing more and more...and I'm getting better at it during the process:)
My first windmills

...and my later ones!

The Hargrave ladies explained how to make perfect points and I've been a fairly good student so far, at their Quilter's Academy.
I even discovered that, when I start sewing the hst, I can tell after 3 stitches if the outcome will be perfect or not.
Best part is that I slowly get the feeling that I am in charge of my machine and not the other way around.
Could it be that this handpiecer for over 20 years is crossing over to the machinepiecing camp??