woensdag 20 augustus 2014

Je viens te chanter la ballade- La Ballade des gens heureux

I've spent some lovely time in France, enjoying sun, family, beach, food, drink and books. What else do yo need. When in France we tune our car radio to "nostalgie". We love the combination of older classics and french chansons. It is a part of our holiday vibe. And this is the song we tuned in to this year. Freely translated it means: I will sing you a song, a song of happy people. When I learned french in high school, our teacher spent the last ten minutes of our Friday lesson teaching us a french song. Which is pretty genius if you think about it. We enjoyed it, learned new words and to pronounce things in a real french tongue. This was one of the songs. So it made me feel nostalgically happy, this feeling clung to me during most of the holiday. If you want to get a feel for the mood, you can listen to it here.

We enjoyed some lovely little and big cities like Narbonne, Beziers, Montpellier and Uzès. Just some pictures to transfer the mood and then I am off sewing, because now I'm back I can't wait to get my hands on some fabric. I've brought some too: store bought, but also some second hand cottons from "vide greniers" (empty your attic/flea markets) and Bric a Bracs (second hand stores).
a second hand store
the beautiful streets of Montpelier
The Atlantic beach near Bordeaux
The picturesque city of Uzès
My second hand findings
My new findings
Beautiful cloudy french blue skies
See you soon! 

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woensdag 23 juli 2014

drunkards path - a first in curvey sewing

Sewing curves is a scary thing. Not only to me, but to lots of people it seems. But Lotje has set a challenge for us in the comfort circle to make a variation on the drunkards path block. Using low volumes and solid black. I made templates using a bowl and made the four parts of the block to big so I could cut them back to be more accurate. But there are lots of templates for sale I think, if you would make a whole quilt of it. Red pepper quilts has recently made a beauty with it. She also explains sewing the block without pins, which of course caught my eye immediately. It worked fine, so I could really recommend it. You can find the tutorial here.

Lotje told us we could very the size of the black dots. I am really curious how this will work out in a whole quilt! Good luck with it Lotje!

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zaterdag 19 juli 2014

Hot Town, Summer in the city

Too hot to do anything at all in holland. I can't even write this without sweat running along my back!

I've finally purchased the Noodlehead "divided basket" pattern, after seeing and loving it a gazillion times on blogs I love and the internet. I try not to buy patterns until I will make them immediately, because I have lots I have never even touched. But I wanted to make a gift for my niece who had a new baby and got started right away and used fabric and filling from my stash. The fabric I used is a remake from the mailbags our national post company used when we still had one.

Now I will fill it up with some goodies and we will go to visit the babe soon.

Yesterday the children's summer break started and we celebrated on the beach!

Maybe we will go again this weekend since it is so hot, bu t it will be very busy, so maybe I will setup a mini pool in the backyard instead.

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