A blog about quilts'n stuff

A blog about quilts'n stuff

Monday, 2 June 2014

Can I still squeeze in ...

Why do I want to join Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day?
Because I have 2 more finishes to show you; well all right, for the new bees I'll show them all from this year/month.

First up is In the land of Grey & Pink made for my Hedy's babygirl Lisa.


Next is present for my dear friend Bea who wanted a piano runner for her birthday. Made with a fat8th bundle of Oakshott Ruby's which are never as good on any picture as they are in reality!
I gave the left overs to my mum who wants to make a table runner out of them.


And then the last one: my value quilt, my happy colours quilt.
I made for a lady in our street who had a baby boy (last year!) and he could crawl very quickly by now ...




Pattern by Malka Dubrawski "Strips and Bricks" , fabrics from my stash, size after washing was (I've written it down somewhere but can't find it now) about 47"x52"
The quilting on all these quilts is very simple because I have an arm who does not abide to my wishes!! We're making compromises from time to time.


I hope you like them as much as I do. But now, what next?
As if I didn't have 15 projects on the go. Dûh! Does Dolly Parton sleep on her back?

I'm a little stuck on this one: I want to make a cheery orange quilt, but this might be too much ...
Blocks are by CluckCluckSew : easy bow tie blocks

Advice badly needed!!


And if you've read this far, there's one more thing:
I want to wish you a very good week, sewing and otherwise!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

In the land of Grey and Pink

Does anybody remember that album by Caravan? Does anybody remember Caravan?


Very 70's music with lots of vague lyrics: who lives in a land of grey and pink?

Now I know: Lisa does!

She's my friend Hedy's daughter, born two months too early and very healthy!
Hedy requested a quilt in those colours as Lisa's room is full of grey and bits of pink.
This is what I came up with and I was so glad Hedy loves it!

















This is my first finish of the year!! 
(Maybe even of 2 years)

The back is a beautiful batik, perhaps you can see the straight line quilting in chevrons too.
This was not so hard to quilt as it's only a small one.

The greys are from a grey and white jelly roll by Moda, no idea what it's called. The pinks are from 5 fat quarters.
The pattern is from the book by Pam & Nicky Lintott (Jelly roll quilts) even though it's everywhere on the web.

As I'm so much more on Instagram lately thanks to Helen, I've added an Instagram button right next to the Pinterest and Flickr buttons. Have a look!!

Hope you'll have finishes too and lots of lovely sunshine!


Monday, 14 April 2014

A silly entry?


Yes, I'm back with something silly
Sometimes you I did it again: I entered a sort of competition to win tea with a celebrity!

It's of course David, the policeman from the Great British Sewing Bee.
Now I couldn't sleep this morning because I kept thinking of all the arrangements I would have to make if I'd win! Drive down there by care I suppose.
A pity though, because David lives in Surrey, which is closer to the continent than Wales.
Hope I don't win!

But you can!
Go to Abakhans Facebook page, like it and share this message!
(There's a lot of information to be found on sewing, fabrics and lots of tutorials here.)

Good luck to you!!

Monday, 3 February 2014

What to choose?



At the moment there are so many wonderful quilt alongs going on.

Economy QA
I was so tempted by Rita RedPepper to make these wonderful Economy blocks which finish at 5.5"; tutorial here
Amandajean Crazymom also stepped in and made a bigger block which finishes at 8.625", tute here.
And I also heard Katy imagingermonkey stepped in to make an even bigger block which finishes at 12", tute here.
I also found more size options at 'athousandneedles' if you'd like to start with a 2.5" or 5" center.
I'm tempted to step in with Amandajean, but I don't have the time (so many WiPs) and I tried one block
(used a purple non-cotton something = wrong)


At Craftbuds there's one going on: if you make something before February 14 you could win great prizes. The block is from the book 'Modern Bee, 13 quilts to make with friends' by Lindsay Conner
A tutorial is here and this block is really versatile. Take a look at what others made of it!
This looks like a very fast and easy quilt, which is what I love.

This is what Darcy of www.moderncozy.com made
The last one I found and want to share with you is the Mod Olives QA by Jenny of sewkindofwonderful. Start of the QA was February 1 and it'll continue for 6 weeks.
For me this would be a bit of a challenge (sewing curves) but not impossible. I love this block!
Tutorial here.

This picture is from Jenny's blog

In the meantime I know exactly what to choose: my WiPs are killing me (not really).
I've got 2 waiting to be basted & quilted, one I will make of the Craftbuds pattern in grey and pink.

Here's what I'm working on at the moment (tutorial here) :
picture from the scrapbook blog
I'll show you mine once it's pieced together.

Have a great time sewing or otherwise!

Thursday, 30 January 2014

A weekend in London

I look forward to seeing other bloggers and learning about quilting in and out of the classes this summer at the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London!
Yeay, I've got a ticket!!


My husband told me to buy one as soon as was possible and I immediately obeyed his orders.

Want one too? Then go here
I'd love to see you, get to know you (better).

Our hotel from last time was very noisy with walls made of cardboard or was is just those Polish girls having a ball? Anyway, for the same amount as a hotelroom for a few nights, we now have an apartment just around the corner!
If that's what you want too, go to AIRBNB. This link takes you to BNBs in London.

I will have to take enough pills, what! I'll take them just before I leave so all I can do in London is

E N J O Y

Saturday, 18 January 2014

The End of my Hibernation

It's about time I woke up from my hibernation, which was great!
There was a lot of relaxing time over Christmas with children after we celebrated Sinterklaas (wiki info) of course.
So now the new year has started and again I have so much going on in my head; it's like total chaos quilting patterns and ideas. I'm sure you'll recognize this.
I read somewhere in a blog that the writer hadn't made any New Year's resolutions, but just one word for the whole year. For me that word is

not a picture to look at for a long time if you're migraine prone ...


I did not finished one quilt last year, which is absolutely abominable; fortunately it's easily solved by finishing the ones which are nearly done anyway! So you'll see them soon enough.

The good news for this year is that I have already bought my ticket for the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London in July this year. I'm very pleased with that!

One of the things that has kept me busy during my hibernation was buying old Singer sewing machines. I thought only crazy people did that, but it turns out I'm one of them now.
I'll show you more in the future.

And if you're still here, I do appreciate you reading this!
Comment if you like.
And I still feel flattered when people want to read what I write.
So please forgive the breaks I take ...
My aim for this year is at least one post a week (starting from now)

Have a great time sewing or otherwise!


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Danger: song (that stays in your head)

Perhaps you've seen videos of people trying to outrun a train by ignoring all the signs and sounds at railway crossings. There are a number of campaign about that all over the world.

This video I had to share with you is from Metro in Melbourne, Australia and it's so silly!
And the song stays with you all day (if you play it a lot like me)


I hope you liked it as much as I do.
Don't do anything stupid!