Sunday, December 31, 2006

DJ A-13 and A-1

I had the urge to see how I was liking sewing by hand and I must say with these little blocks I like it. This one is starlight - starbright which is block number A-13. and now also A-1 Pinwheel Gone Awry is finished. I love doing this handwork a lot.

myserie quilt 2

Here is what the other block will look like, well not totally as only finished one corner so far from one block, but

as I won't be sewing today I just thought about letting you all see it already. Hope to sew again tomorrow.

I am now busy stitching on the house exchange as the chart for that one arrived at my doorstep yesterday. It will look great when finished I am sure.

Last night was a stormy night here in the Netherlands we even got a weather warning and it could be that tonight we will be having another weather warning as it can be stormy too. Last night it was carla and tonight we will be having Lotte as they have called the stormfronts. Carla has blown even of a balcony in Den Haag and blew down some trees here and there.

Yesterday we decided to do a summer snapperland sal. I will be doing it together with two girls from a yahoo group and we will be stitching on it on tuesdays.

Now I hope you will all be having a nice new years eve.

Friday, December 29, 2006


Just a simple question. I want to make a pillow for a friend of mine but I don;t want to send a big package. So are there prefilled pillows in the USA for on a chair in the livingroom and how big are they, so that I can make a pillowcase that she will be able to use.

Part 2 of mysterie

This is the first half of part 2 of this mysterie. When I am done with this post I will start drawing and cutting for the second part of this part as it is a very difficult block. This making of 16 ninepatches was easy, only they are very small, around 3 inches I think. I could already try out how it is working with this little pieces as my DJ is also this small. I got the news yesterday that my order has shipped. So am looking forward for the fabric to arrive and than find some matching fabric for the background and start. One block per week or two weeks I am thinking about.
Today I also started stitching again on little red riding hood page 2.
Yesterday I finished two exchange pieces, but before showing them it will be somewhere in february.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Winter snapperland finished

I just put on the last button on winter snapperland.

I love stotching this serie. Now I am going to do summer snapperland. I have everything in my stash for it.

Also today I finished the other 3 blocks of the mysterie "3 x 3 = 9" quilt. For the ones asking. This is not an online mysterie, but from a shop and I have a meeting once a month. Both blocks are made 4 times. So part 1 is now finished, on to part 2 tomorrow.

One year anniversary

The 24th I had my one year anniversary in blogging land and I just wanted to thank everyone for their friendship in this past year. I have met some great blogging friends since than and love being on the exchange board with other stitching bloggers. I hope to be here a lot longer with blogging and everything.
Today I first did my task for today which was cleaning the bedroom and so now I can start doing my hobbies. I already have found a chart for the needlework smalls exchange and redwork exchange. I already ordered something for the house exchange and also found something for the biscornu exchange.
So now it is time to do first a bit of sewing and than get winter snapperland finished.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

some more on the mysteriequilt

Here a pic of the finished pine needleroll. I gave it to my mother with christmas and she was very happy with it.
For christmas I received a book from Kathy Reichs, a book from Elisabeth George, the audiobook of Harry Potter and the secret room and a biasband maker of clover. I am very happy with the gifts and alsready am busy in the book of Kathy Reichs.
Yesterday I started the cutting for the 3 x 3 = 9 quilt and now I already finished the first block. I only have 3 more of this one to go and than I can start part 2. I really love the look of it.
Part 2 is easier, but also in one block it is very diffcult as it is a star with round corners. When part 2 is finished I will work again on the first mysteriequilt. So probaly tomorrow some more pics.
Also I decided which fabric to use for my DJ quilt. I am going to use fabrics from Moda's Nell's Flower shop and will be using some cream fabric for the background fabric.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Christmas and new year wishes

As a lot will go on trips to their family or friends I just wanted to do this already now. I want to wish everyone a merry christmas and a happy new year. To say it in dutch. Prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar.
Sunday we will be at my parents celebrating christmas with some pressies and the rest will be spend with the two of us and our cat at home. My DH was very happy to have 4 days off, so he can rest from his studies.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Pine needleroll finished!

I just did the beading on pine needleroll and now it is finished. I like this one again a lot. It is from Sheperd's Bush. I already did do the hemstitching, so only have to close and stuff it and than it is finished to be displayed. I hope this week to also finish Sheperd's roll in a needleroll.

I have vacation

Well I have a week off as of now. So I will return to work again on the 2nd of january and am very happy about that. I just need some time off.

Today was nice on work, till there were some problems and due to me being angry and also I have my time of the month next week I can cry easily and so I did, but all my colleagues were very nice and after talking about it I am happy again, but crying felt so good.

This stocking I stitched a few years back and also sewed it myself a few years back.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mysterie in different colors.

Here you can find the mysterie that I am making (the first big one with the green and pink colors) that are already finished in a few different colors. My colors are like the fourth pic, but here and there a color is different. I think in the end hers will look lighter.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Which of Santa's Reindeer are you?

Which of Santa's Reindeer Are You


Like Cupid you know how to spread love. You have a place in your heart for everyone and are always there with a hug or a kiss

Find out which of Santa's Reindeer you are at

Monday, December 18, 2006

Feeling relaxed

After the long bath from yesterday and finishing reading my book (if I am correct it was The third secret from Steven burry, I am sure of the name of the book, just not about the author) I feel relaxed again. I also had a nice night, not being awake half the night makes you feel a lot better.
Tomorrownight me and two of my colleagues will go visiting the colleague that got her baby to give her the quilt I made her.
Now we just have to get the finacial things again on a row.
The pic is from one of my masterpieces I already have finished and framed a few years ago, just had to post a pic as I hate only words and no pic.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

My mother is busy, I am not.

As I told some posts ago I have learned my mother paperpiercen and here is the result of he first try another christmas quilt.

The background is 6 paperpierced christmastrees and the reindeers are appliqued on it. Aren't they cute.

Now she is just busy quilting as she has her big quilt to quilt for their bed and also a rosesquilt.

I haven't done much just have been working a bit on winter snapperland. Today I will be surely go to read a lot and maybe a bit of stitching. I hope after a long bath I can relax better, I just feel stressed.

Some asked what the problem was with the minkeefabric, well it is very slippery.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Update winter snapperland

I just wanted to show you all that I haven't sit still stitching wise.

I just love how it turns out. Still a lot to do, but I am not really in a stitching mood at the moment and it is not like the past 12 weeks that I had to sit downstairs stitching as my DH was learning for his study upstairs. I hope this weekend will be a stitching weekend. Also I want to make preparations to finish the Just Nan trickortreat box as I want to finish that in to a box between christmas and new year and I still have to finish some needlerolls, put the beads on pine needleroll and tomorrow I hope to buy the last 2 birthdaygifts.

Friday, December 15, 2006

New wishlist link

I just made a new wishlist here including beads, floss etc.

Minkee frustration finished

Yes that is how I called it as I am really frustrated about the whole thing. I am going to my beighbor in an hour and hope she will like it.
The pic is a bit strange, but that is because I am standing on a chair to make the pic.
Next quilt to finish is the autumn harvest, probaly this weekend as it is only the binding that is left to do.
And I really have to go stitching and patching again. I am so happy to have vacation in only one more week.
Edited a few hours later: My beighbor was very pleased with the quilt and it looked like she will treasure it, but use it. Lotte was a very cute girl and was deep a sleep while I was there. Now I am ready with all the gifts for this year, now I can work for myself without feeling sad about it. It was my 56 finish for this year, so I did great on my finishes and am happy with every result.
Now I have to get stitching. Our cat wants to be on my lap all day to cuddle, but I just want to stitch and I can't with him in my arms.

Minkee frustration

I am really frustrated with the minkeequilt. They even now want me to do the binding with minkee. LOL if you hear screams the next hour than it is me. It is quilted now and well all I can say it looks fluffy for sure. If I will wash it before giving it. I don;t know yet, because of the frustration. Luckily the cat hasn't laid his body on it yet.
Now well I have to get on with the binding, maybe I can give my neigbor a call after that if I can come and visit.
Bye for now, from a frustrated Judith

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I am just a bad girl

Financial it is going bad, but I just coudln't resist these fabrics when I was in LQS for batting yesterday. I bought fusible this time and will see how it works. It is for the minkee babyquilt, so that I can go and quilt tomorrow.

What I will be making from these fabrics, no idea, but I am thinking of a pillow or maybe they will be used in an exchange piece.

Also I signed up for a workshop for the victorian sewing box in the end of March. Looking forward to that. Now it is done with speding money as also the brakes on the car did cost a little more money than predicted.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Quilting finished

I just finished the quilting on the autumn harvest tonight and really love the look. I haven't done the border after all. Now I still have to do the binding, I hope to do that this weekend after I finish the babyquilt for my neighbor as her daughter was born friday and the quilt isn't quilted yet. So I have to get busy on that one,

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Busy bee

First before I forget I wanted to thank everyone that has recently looked at my blog and gave such nice comments. It is a pleasure to read them all.

Someone asked if Sinterklaas is the same as St. Nicolas day and yes that is. The man has a different name in all countries that have it.

Also there was asked if the treehouse afghan is cross stitch, yes it is and it is 30 squares and I have now done 21 so far. I will make a pic of the whole thing when I have stitched the next block.

Than today I started quilting the autumn harvest quilt a bit each time. I am doing it with an overall heartpattern and I have to say I like it a lot as my old machine didn;t sew very good. I decided to make it overall as than you don't look at the patching that much at least I hope so. I have still half of the middle to do and than on the borders I will also do hearts, but in a different way. I am still loving this quilt very much and also love working with my new accessories.

Also a pic of a comfortquilt for which I stitched a square which is the left square in the third row. I love it how Annelies finished it and I am sure Bert will like it. This is the last Comfort quilt I have done something for and I am still happy I decided to quit.

Now I am going to quilt some more and after that some more stitching on winter snapperland.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

I have been a naughty girl

Yesterday we had the Husqvarna days at my local husqvarna dealer. I got the invite so I went. As the las days were days of only rain, I couldn't do anything else. So I went to Middenmeer (half hour drive) and looked at some shows of the new accessoires for the Husqvarna and boy I saw some nice things. I have bought the quiltkit, which has a quilting table, a free motion feet and one for following a pattern if I am correct, also another one which is for thick quilts and a quilting ring. Than also I bought one for sewing on cord and one for sewing on the binding on two sides a a time. LOL well you see I have spend lots of money.
Yesterday I also sandwiched the autumn quilt, which I hope to quilt in the coming months, one bit at a time.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I can relax again

I just heard that my stocking stuffer exchange also arrived at Catherine Michelle her doorstep. I have made her this buttoned pillow and the design stitched on it is Celtic Challenge from the sweetheart tree and also sewed her up a stocking. The stocking is with flanel fabrics. I just love how the pillow came out as it was the first time that I made something like this. Now I can relax and work on my next exchanges for january which are the house themed exchange and needleworl samll exchange on SBEBB. Have to go thinking how I will finish those as I already decided what to stitch.
I haven't been quilting these past days, hope to do a bit this weekend, maybe in a minute. I have to cut a lot of pieces for the next blocks of both mysteriequilts.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

exam and christmas ornament exchange

My DH had his exam today and he passed it, so now he is an official car inspector. Here in the netherlands after 3 years your car has to be inspected by the garage every year to see if it is still safe to drive on the roads. This inspections are done by the garage, but they have to be licensed for it to do it and now John is licensed. I am a very happy girl now. Also because my ornament exchange arrived at Barbara and also mine arrived from leena from Finland.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

stocking stuffer exchange

My mailman just rang the bell. I really hadn't expected that as it is Sinterklaas and a lot of people are having a sinterklaas party at home, but well he came and brought me this nice package from Leslie. I just love it and also the extra goodies are nice.
My package is already on it's way for over a week and still nog sign of it. I keep my fingers crossed.
Today I got an invitation for a swedisch day this weekend at my Husqvarna dealer with all nice sales for the machine and other nice things. Also my DH and me will be going to a show for eating, with cookshows and everything. So I think I will be a bit quiet this weekend.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Finishes from me and my mother

Well I have been busy these past weeks working on Nature's home afghan and I just finished another block. Here is the first one I finished over a week ago.This is block 25 of it. It is just a part of the tree. Than yesterday I finished block 20 of the afghan and doesn't it look good, this other birdhouse. It is the last birdhouse as on the others are no birdhouses anymore, but there a few huge blocks still to do.
In the train this weekend I started Winter snapperland, but not much progress as of yet.

Here also a pic of the bag my mother made on the quiltingretreat which she has made for me and I just love it. It are truly my colors.
Than she made me a quilt for christmas to be hang this coming month and I just love it. My father has designed it and my mother made it. Yesterday I have also seen some other finished mysteriequilts of the first mysterie and they looked all great and all totally different. One was in the same colors as mine (green and pink/orange), one was blue with pink/yellow/orange, one was light pink, with light green and one was in autumn colors also a beauty.
I heard also that I was the first that finished the summertimequilt, even the designer hadn't seen it finished yet.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Goals for December

I have done a lot in november that wasn't on my goal list and so I decided to not set any goals for the coming months, just the following:
1. Finish the exchanges I am in at that moment.
2. Finish every month first the next part of the 3 x 3 = 9 mysteriequilt
3. Than work on the first mysteriequilt till the end of the month to get that one finished also soon.
4. Stitch whatever I want from my list or any of my wips.
Off course I will keep everyone updated on my stitching and quilting.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A finish from my mother

I already had the pic on my computer since this weekend, but forgot about it. Here is the pic, another christmas quilt. Everything is applique this time.

She has done another quilt, but that is a gift for me, but I will get it this weekend, so more pics from her quilts this weekend.

I can't complain now

I just cotacted bloglines last weekend to let them know that I didn;t get all the updates and well now I have more than 725 feeds, lol so a lot to read for me today :-)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

It's finished

I just did the last stitch on "It's summertime" and does it look great or what? I have quilted around the dresden plate, the airoplanes, the boats and the windmills, all in the ditch.
Tomorrow will be stitching day as now my shoulders hurt from all that quilting.


My summertimequilt is going great. The top is ready and I am busy quilting it. Pics will follow as soon as the quilt is finished. I can say it looks great. I am totally in love.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Voting time

Today was election day here in the netherlands I had problems on who to vote all time we knew we had to vote again. I voted and am looking forward who will win this time and what government we will get for the next 4 years.

I have a very long weekend as I also have tomorrow morning of as I am just to tired. I am hoping to have 2 finishes this weekend. I hope to finish the quilttop of it's summertime and also finish the next block of Nature's Home afghan. So stay tuned this weekend for some pics. Just heard my DH will work on our car saturday afternoon, so I can have 3 days of stitching, patching and quilting. Will keep you updated of my progress.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

All windmills finished

I had a sewing day. Tonight I will be stitching on NHA. So here you can see how the summertime quilt is looking now. I already added the striped fabroic between some more row. Only 5 aeroplanes are left to do and than a dresden plate in the middle. I am thinking of finishing it this week, we will see what happens.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

workshop was nice

I had a lot of fun on the workshop paperpiecen and I finished one aeroplane and after that I just had to finish the first part of the hexagon. I just love how it looks.

Tomorrow I hope to do a lot more on this one.

Friday, November 17, 2006

It's summertime quil

I thought as I will be having paperpierce workshop tomorrow, let's work on it's summertime, so I have completed some more windmills and just wanted to know how it looked.

Next to do is paperpierce some airoplanes (6 of them and on every part there will be a airoplane with also air triangles besides it and on top also an air fabric triangle and when all six parts are sewed together there will be appliqued an dresden plate in the middle and some folded triangles at the outer sides. I love working on it again and am even thinking of working on it some more and get it finished this year, well let's say it is just thinking at the moment ;-)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Workshop also in english

I didn;t get questions about it, but I have done my best to translate the workshop to english, you still can find it here

I designed some cloths

Yeah tonight I designed some new cloths as it is decided that the snowman/doll will go to my colleague as she has become a grandma. I hope her little granddaughter will like it. She will be getting also the brown cloths with it. My DH found her to nude, so I designed also a thing for her neck (sorry can't come up with how it is called in english, but she can also use it around her taille.
Today I also heard that the colleague that is pregnant is in our hospital as her bloddpressure was way to high, now she can watch us all day as her window looks down on our workplace, so we can wave to her.
Yesterday I also finished block 25 of NHA, pic will follow later.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I am feling better

Since around this afternoon I am feeling a lot better and tomorrow I will go working again. Yeah!! This afternoon I made two pincushion garbage bags one for my mother and one for me. The tulip one is for my mother and the other one for me. I have made a little photoshow on my dutch blog to show how I made it. So if you want to see that just go to my nederlandse blog.I loved making them a lot.

Monday, November 13, 2006

A bit sick

I have a very upset stomach at the moment. It started last night and still have problems with it.

I had a very productive weekend, but I can show you only block 19 of nature's home afghan as the rest is all secret.
This weekend I also ordered the software for the DJ, so I can start that quilt in a few months, first I want to finish some others. My friend Jacqueline called me today to ask if I would like to go to a workshop paperpiercing with her and I agreed. I know I do it already in some quilts, but it is always nice to learn some tricks to do a better job on it. So saturday will be filled with fun with Jacqueline.
Now to answer the SBQ of this week:
How many different brands of "complete" embroidery floss sets do youown? How do you keep track of it? (i.e., spread sheet program, indexcards, palm pilot, etc.)
I have a complete set of DMC and GAST and I have a lot of other specialty flosses, but they aren't complete. I also think GAST is not totally complete, but I only miss like 10 colors.
Now it is time to go downstairs again as I am still feeling not good at all. Positive thing is that my book is going fast.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Exchanges are keeping me busy

I just finished the finishing on my stocking stuffer exchange last night and it looks great, just can't share any pics till it is received. It will go in the mail this week.
Also I finished the stitching on a little surprise gift for someone.
Than today I will start the stitching for the ornament exchange on SBEBB, I finally found the right ornament and it looks not so intrique as my stocking stuffer exchange looked and it is from a designer I haven't stitched from yet.
So you all now I am very busy, just not noticeable.

Edited later this day: I just finished the ornament exchange too and it looks really great.

What tarot card is me

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Some more pics of retreat

Here is Marijke showing her bag, It is so cute to see all the different bags.
Wil made these cute animal cushions.

Liesbeth has made these three blocks, that look so intrique and if I would have some time left, I would love to make them, but yeah time that is the big problem.

I am now on beta blogger

I just did the big step and moved to betablogger and as far as I can see now it works.

Friday, November 10, 2006

A Finish

I just finished another snowman. I had a workshop for making it last year around this time and I just wanted to make some more, but time was to little to make them and now I find lots of time due to stopping troostquilts.
Maybe it will be a gift for someone, maybe I will keep it myself. When it is gift, someone will find it on her/his doorstep soon. I just have to draw the face. I did it totally by sewing machine also making the button holes and attaching the buttons. Here is the first one I made. I have still lots of fabric to make some more and I think I will make them as the are easy and cute to make.
Now I have to go downstairs again to get moving on my stitching as I am making something for a friend that has to be finished soon.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

All secret

I am just stitching and sewing secret things. LOL so not much showing. I am also stitching block 19 of NHA which I stopped somewhere in march. I had a goal of getting the whole afghan finished this year, but with only 7 more weeks and a lot of exchanges I am in, that won't be happening.
Now I wanted to show some pics of the retreat.

Me working

My mother working in the brown.

Me working

Here one of the other bags in progress