donderdag 29 maart 2012

The fabric I love and.......... Yoko Saito

I love all kinds of fabric, I love reproduction fabric like this one:

I also love fabric designed by Denyse Schmidt,  her small prints, her not-so-crying colors! The teals and grey's in her lines are so beautiful! I have several pieces of her different lines. I have some Aunt Edna

Some Hope Valley....... and some more. Here is the Denyse Schmidt site.

But I also love the Japanese woven fabric that Yoko Saito uses, the subtile colors, her beautiful patterns , so really ZEN.

Somemonths ago i bought this book:

Yesterday and today I made this small pouch, all made by hand (the pattern is in the book).

You can still enter my giveaway here. There is also a giveaway on Mieke's blog.

vrijdag 23 maart 2012

A new quilt and SPRING is here

You can still enter my GIVEAWAY here.

I finished this small quilt weeks ago but forgot to show you; it's all hand made with reproduction fabric.
The pattern is from Kathleen Tracy's book 'Remembering Adelia'

Remembering Adelia was inspired by the diary kept by a young woman during the civil war. her diary had been, locked in a trunk an a family's attic for over 100 years. 
(source Kathleen Tracy's site)

Today I went out with my camera to look for spring-things, this is what I found.

This white vinca minor is new in my garden,beautiful small really white flowers, I also have a purple variety.
The garden is really calling me , so there is not much time for stitching ...

donderdag 15 maart 2012

Vintage Giveaway

I already told you some weeks ago that I wanted to do a giveaway, because of the 150 followers. By this giveaway I want to thank you all for your encouraging comments, your sweet words and your friendship.

When i started blogging I could not imagine that blogland was such a nice land to live in!!
I met a lot of interesting and very inspiring people, I even met some of you.....

Now the giveaway... I found all the items in the thriftstore "Emmaüs". There are two prizes.
In prize 1 you could win this vintage apron:
And this vintage pillow-case
There is more: about one and a half yard of vintage lace and ribbon. Some buttons , a necklace and a pendant. There also will be a surprise......

If you love blue , maybe the second prize is your favorite.
There is also a vintage apron:
And a pillow-case (When I bought it I thought it was a pillow case, but I found that the four sides are sewed!, so I do not know what it is.)

There are some button,s some lace and ribbon , a necklace and a pair of vintage cuff-links .(I don't know if there are still people using this?)
Of course there will also be a surprise in this package......

You can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment on this post telling me wich one is your favorite. The last day you can is enter 31 march.
The first of april I will announce the winners on my blog. 

Good Luck!

zondag 11 maart 2012

My first machine pieced quilt......

When I was in Holland some weeks ago i took a private class to learn cutting fabric and piecing it by my sewingmachine. I learned a lot of things. And  what was most important I lost my fear for starting a machine pieced quilt.
In Quiltmania number 46  I found this one, so gorgeous. And I bought months ago a lot of beautiful Japanese fabric on Etsy, also Japanese kimono silk here and here.For the small squares I used kimono silk fabric.
When I made this picture I only had 5 blocks, now there are 13 blocks ready.

And this is the picture in the Quiltmania, isn't it lovely?

woensdag 7 maart 2012

It's my birthday and a new notebook cover

Today it's my birthday, I am 65 years old now....... No party today, but for tomorrow I invited the members of our gardenclub to go 'déjeuner' in a small rural 'auberge'. Only us four, only women!
And next sunday we go with our friend Lucy to a 'logis de France' restaurant for an excellent dinner, also at noon.
Yesterday night we had our new years eve meal; oliebollen (oil-dumplings) and appelflappen (apple fritters), made by Lucy.  In her family it was usual to eat these the night before your birthday....
Thank you lucy, they were delicious!!

This morning I received some beautiful English Emma Bridgewater mugs and bowls.

And here is my new notebook cover, appliqued with wool and cotton in the country style.
The front:

And the back:

donderdag 1 maart 2012

Do you want to swap fabric .......

Some weeks ago Renée started the blog 'wij ruilen lapjes' (we swap fabric) . We all have a lot of fabric and when we need more we buy it. So why not swap in stead of buying and buying and buying more.

Everybody has fabric that you do not need anymore or that you do not love anymore so why not swap this pieces for something you absolutely need......

I already did two swaps and i am very satisfied!

The blog is in Dutch but I think it's a good idea to go there and take a look. On the right   you'll see names on which you can click and then you are on the person's swappage.

Maybe you can yourself organize a swap blog in English?

This is my page on the blog, I want to swap some owl fabric.