maandag 28 april 2014

Darting birds - the neon version

Another batch of Farmers Wife blocks. Luckily the next ones will not involve teensy weensy little triangles! (may I remind you that these blocks are 6 inch square in real life) Looking forward to some progress! Sometimes I really don't see why they choose these block names. How are these cups and saucers?

FWQ # 25 Cups and Saucers

FWQ # 26 Cut Glass Dish (no prize for this one, but I will not make another one)

FWQ # 27 Darting birds
All together now, still need yellow and more orange and red I think...

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vrijdag 25 april 2014

Presence - sugar block club

My handsome boy will be four next week. He has real presence. We were making some pictures for his invitation....

I cannot be mad at him for more than 5 minutes. Though this little stubborn one does not return this favor....

The presence (april) block looks like this, it was easy to make and I like the result!

And all four together so far, they look like the beginning of a lovely traditional sampler.

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woensdag 23 april 2014

Bzzzz - bee block update

I made the april blocks for the comfort circle. They are simple to make and will make a lovely girl's quilt with big bold flowers! Sending them out next week

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zaterdag 19 april 2014

country roads - take me home - to the place I belong

That was my theme song making up these new farmers wife blocks. Sometimes I think I get better at them, more accurate, less clumsy, sometimes I think I will never be precise. But I enjoy making them anyway. And all together? They are eye candy to me.

FWQ 22 Corn and Beans

FWQ 23 Country Farm

FWQ 24 Country Path

1. fwq 2 Autumn tints, 2. fwq 1 attic window, 3. FWQ 3 Basket, 4. fwq 4 basket weave, 5. FWQ 8 Bouquet, 6. FWQ 7 Birds in the air, 7. FWQ 6 Big Dipper, 8. fwq 5 Bat Wing, 9. FWQ 9 Box, 10. FWQ 12 Broken Sugar Bowl, 11. #fwqal bowtie, 12. FWQ 11 Broken Dishes, 13. fwq 13 Buckwheat, 14. FWQ 15 Buzzard's Roost, 15. FWQ 14 Butterfly at crosscroads, 16. FWQ 16 Calico Puzzle, 17. FWQ 17 Cats & Mice, 18. FWQ 18 Century of progress, 19. FWQ 21 Contrary wife, 20. FWQ 20 Churn dash, 21. FWQ 19 checkerboard, 22. FWQ 23 country farm, 23. FWQ 22 Corns & Beans, 24. FWQ 24 country path

West virginia, Mountain Mama
Take me home, county roads

Thank you John, for a lovely song,

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vrijdag 18 april 2014

Ohio star - a classic baby quilt

I made another babyquilt top for Lotte who was born a little early (so I am in a hurry). The requested colors were grey, turquoise, pink and a dash of orange. I chose a simple pattern (ohio star) and made it with a tutorial from one of my favorite bloggers, you can find it here. It's basically alternating a square with an hourglass block. I love the result. This will be one I will have a hard time with to give away!
The next few finishes will be mine!

I think I will drive by ikea to find a backing and I need to think up how to quilt it now!See you soon!Pin It

woensdag 16 april 2014

starry scrappy night - one down, one to go

I was the queen bee in the comfort circle in January. I had finished two tops with the blocks I received, because the blocks were so big! you can find a tutorial for the blocks here. And a picture of both the tops here.

I've made a quilt out of one of the tops. I backed it with half of a duvet cover from Ikea (green and white checker) and quilted around the squares "in the ditch" to let the lovely assortment of fabrics speak for them selves. I quilted the outline of the white stars in different colors by hand to set them of even more, give them sparkle.

 It's bound with a buttery yellow striped fabric, by hand.

I love it! Giving it away isn't easy this time. But it will go to a local good cause of the salvation army. They offer kids who can't stay at home for some reason a temporary home either with a family or in a children's home. After some time it will become clear if the kids can go back to their homes, or to new ones.
I love that the quilt I will give them, they can take to whatever road lies ahead to give some comfort with their happy scrappy feel.

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vrijdag 11 april 2014

long time no see

I've spent last weekend on my "annual friends from high school" retreat. We've had lots of fun! But I am still recuperating...

I do have a finish to show you and I hope to show you some more after this weekend!
This is a quilt I have made with my quilty friend Lotje ( ) for a mutual friend. We have used soft green tones and greys, since that is what the room will look like! We have each made half of the top which I put together, I delivered batting, backing and binding. Lotje machine quilted it with straight lines in a more fierce green and machine bound it with a green stripe. I've added the little ones name since she was born last week! I hope to visit the newborn soon and make her happy with a snugly quilt. I love the color scheme, it turned out so soothing.

And my friends and me having lunch in on a terass in Amersfoort.

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dinsdag 1 april 2014

economy blocks - a pre-school companion

I've sewn together the economy blocks I received in the joining hands bee. It became a lovely top, with lots too see. I still want to make a bigger one someday, but I am to much int the farmers wife blocks right now and I have to finish a few quilts. My plan is that my son will bring this as his birthday treat to his new pre-school classroom. He will have a little of his mommy around when he is in school the next two years. They could really use it as an I spy (ik zie, ik zie, wat jij niet ziet) game and to cover dolls, play on it, ore make tents of it. So many possibilities!But it's still only a top for now!

I have work to do, see you soon!
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