Wednesday, 20 January 2016

BEGINNING 2016 WITH A FINISHED TOP ...

Last August 2015, I started handpiecing 
"LES SOEURS" (aka "DE ZEURS", aka "THE SISTERS"


following a pattern out of a wonderful book :
"Promenade dans un Jardin Hollandais"
by Petra Prins and An Moonen


I'm now so happy to say I just finished handpiecing the top
and I'm ready to handquilt it  :))

Here is my version of that lovely pattern :





Now, on to the handquilting... and some new projects !

ENJOY YOUR SEWING 

Nadine

Friday, 25 December 2015

Friday, 14 August 2015

NEW PROJECTS UNDER THE SUN, AND A FINISH ...

This summer is SO hot, it was sometimes difficult to hold a needle, not to mention any handquilting ! Yet, all quilters know that the weather cannot stop us making projects, and this is for the BEST...

So what's been simmering in my head, lately ?

Inspired by Petra Prins & Ann Monen beautiful book "Promenade dans un Jardin Hollandais" as well as by Juud's gorgeous quilt (visiting her blog is a MUST for the inspiration, See my Bloglist, on the left) "LES SOEURS" touched my heart, as well as my best friend's, Valentina.
So we've decided to start that wonderful journey together, and so we're  now "zeuren", as Dutch quilters say.










 Since then, we're tracing and cutting loaaads of half-square triangles, in order to piece lots & lots of Hourglass blocks, choosing among our treasured fabrics.







We're also dreaming about the JANE AUSTEN QUILT (sooo romantic!) and collecting/exchanging special fabrics for the purpose...






I'm still pondering whether I'll make mine close to the original ....

OR



OR  making it "à la Brigitte Gibblin", like this one ???  
(I love hexies, and I love breaking the rules, too)...

Going next month  to Val d'Argent (Ste-Marie-Aux-Mines) for the big European Quilt Show will certainly help making a choice (as well as find lots of lovely fabics, HeHeeee....).

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While in Spain, I fell for CROCHET and decided to make a colourful blankie for the coming cold winter (yes, of course, winter will come!).  I was inspired by the talented "My Rose Valley"(clic)
and her Gipsy Blanket"
(pattern available on her Etsy Shop)





It's almost finished,
The border still needs a few additional rounds to get the right size
(as soon as the weather allows it)
I'm very happy with the result...


Last but not least, I fell in love with a very cute, handy Sewing Caddy, and with the kind help of a very nice quilter friend (THANKS again, dear!), I'm gonna make it in-between all my projects...



What are your next projects ??  I'm always curious... And maybe some of you are coming next month  to Val D'Argent, as well ??  I'd be very happy to meet you !

ENJOY YOUR SEWING !

Nadine

Sunday, 14 June 2015

A new beginning...


My previous blog Friendship Threads (clic) - created in 2006-  was infected early 2014.  You can still read it, but sadly I can't post from it any longer...

From then until now, I felt discouraged about blogging, but now I'm missing it, so... let's try again ! 


starting with the last quilt I finished (last April) : "A Gardener's Quilt" , that I made for a very special friend...