I sometimes find it difficult to find quilting books which appeal to my style of quilts, so I was quite delighted, when I looked in my new book Make your own contemporary quilts. Different quilt artists have designed twenty projects shown in the book. It's not a how-to-do-a-quilt book if that's what you want. I'm not sure, if I will ever make one of the quilts, but the projects are lovely and give me lots of inspiraiton. That's all I want. See for yourself
Machiko's Gift designed by Hiroko Aono-Billson. The quilt is made of kimono fabrics and the colours are gorgeous! Wish I had a collection of kimonos.
Desert dreaming designed by Diane Groenewegen. Inspired by the exquisite effects of the light at dawn, noon and dusk in the desert of western Australia.
Oxfam flowers designed by Karen Spurgin. This quilt is made of vintage embroidery from the designers grandmother. I think it is fantastic to preserve the embroied flowers in a quilt. Love it!
Three very different quilts. All beautiful in their own way. It's a very inspiring book.
I would love to make a quilt with Libery print. Does anyone know a place to buy Liberty scrabs...?! Perhaps someone want't to make a swap...?!
Swap goodies for me! I must be the most lucky swap partner in the whole world. Just take a look at these pictures. I keep on looking at these treasure pictures and everytime I use some swap stuff, I feel lucky. I keep most of my swap goodies in this basket and I often look inside and enjoy it all. If I look around me, I can see ornaments, a doll or perhaps a beautiful box from some of my swaps. These items have all their own story and I must admit, that I find it hard to giveaway something made by swap materials. I want to keep it!
Great isn't it...?! My friend, Amy, has sent me a box with goodies.
Yellow and orange vintage top for a cute little girl - size two or three year. I think it's two years, but I'm not quite sure. My youngest child is 11 years old, so I'm not able to try the size on. I love this model. It is cute as it is, but also cute with a long sleaved t-shirt underneath in the cold season. When my girls were small I didn't sew much, I think that's why I need to do it now. I don't even think, I know a girl, who can fit the top! My two nieces are too small or too big.
I've got some Dutch goodies from a private swap with Blij als mij. Here you see some lovely ribbon with flowers and Dutch mills - love it! I can't wait to find the right project for this lovely ribbon.
Beautiful birds and a handmade tissueholder with polka dots. Who can ask for more....!? I've got so much more in my swap package. Magazines, a handmade book marker, handmade ornaments and more.
Here you see my Dutch coloured fabric. I'm a very lucky girl. Thank you for swapping with me, Erna. Now I can add some Dutch goodies to my ever growing stash.
To be honest I didn't think, that I would get this project finished in time. I did and I'm quite satisfied with that. In fact I haven't done anything, since I finished the stitching last weekend. Four hours ago I started to pick up the fabrics, I wanted to use. The back is made of Swell by Moda.
A mix of hens, dots, Matryoshkas and vintage embroidery. Some old and some new. Red, white, pink and blue. I'm finished and ready for the gift wrapping part. I'm ready - no, we are ready - for the Christening tomorrow. These beauties are part of the gift. Have a nice weekend.
Today it's time for making some custom orders. I have made this pair of earrings for a colleague. I hope she likes them! It has been such a long time since I last played with beads, gold and silver. I enjoyed it!
Today I got my new Erleperle stamp from my supplier of stamps and banners, Craft Pudding. I love the stamp - thank you! Magda has used the same font as the one in my banner. Great!
Time to make a custom order for a Matryoshka doll and after that I hope to go on with this project. It will soon be Sunday.....
Why....?! I ask myself, why I haven't started this project sooner than yesterday. The Christening will take place Sunday next week! But no - instead I had to make pouches, fabric baskets and coasters. That's how I work. I make, what I want to make, when I want to make it. Sounds a bit silly, but I'm sure, you know what I mean. Yesterday I was ready to begin this project and today I really enjoy it. If I don't finish the gift in time, I will have an early Christmas gift. Nothing more to say about that! The scraps are from Yvestown and I love the colourful prints!
Thank you for all your sweet wishes for last night. It was such a great summer night by the sea. We enjoyed every minute and so did the girls, who were home all alone. Tomorrow my husband and I will leave them again - poor children.... This time my mother will join them, while we are away until Sunday celebrating a friends birthday. Date time again - yearh!!
A set of four linen mushroom coasters. You might think, I have made a copy cat, but no. That's what happens, when crafters sometimes get the same idea. I like the green touch, Kajsa has given her coasters.
Four strawberry coasters made in light pink linen from Små Tekstiler. I have the same linen in chocolate brown and light green. The coasters will be listed in my Etsy shop soon. The picture of these coasters inspired me to make a big strawberry cake! I will do that in a while and invite my family to a tea party in the garden. Tonight I have invited my beloved for dinner in town. We are both looking forward to be sweethearts tonight!