Friday, 27 June 2008


Already more than one week since last entry! Time flies as we are busy getting ready for the holidays.

I have not been doing so much sewing but still I have something to show that I made some while ago.

FRENCH QUILTING: this is a typical bed spread for the south of France. Young women in the 19th century had to sew 12 of these per hand and a white wholecloth before getting married!

I sewed mine with the machine though and I stopped after the first one! I tried to quilt a typical pattern in the border.

For some more information on french quilting, have a look at
that book.

I saved some time to sew this small purse for my DS who wanted one after seeing the first one I had made.

Last week, 3 ladies from my quilting group came round to prepare our big meeting in November.
They didn´t come empty-handed, see how lucky I am: Petra brought me some yarn and the color combination looked so intriguing, I had to start some socks right away. Martina and Bea brought me (among other goodies) the very nice knitting book and I LOVE the original title: "Never knit your man a sweater unless you´ve got the ring"!

I don´t think I will post again before going on holiday and I don´t know if I will be able to post from France.

So see you at the end of July if not. Enjoy the summer!

Monday, 16 June 2008


Only 2 weeks and my family and I will be going on holiday in my home country: Brittany!

In the meantime I finished some projects.

The 6th BOM from Bea, as usual the design is lovely and it was a pleasure to stitch.

Then I completed my scrappy stars top. The colors are not really true as the weather was quite wretched over the week-end. That was my excuse for not working in the garden and spend my time sewing!

After a discussion with Angela about sock patterns, she gave me the idea of knitting some Monkey socks.
These are knitted with a cotton/wool yarn and are not as springy as pure wool but warm enough for this time of year!

On Thursday, 3 friends from my quilting group are coming to visit and to discuss and organize our regional meeting in November. Not only work but some laughting and giggling will be taking place I am sure!

At the moment, whole Europe is in soccer fever. Tonight is a game Germany against ??? and although it only starts in 30 minutes, there is nobody anymore on the streets! Just to show...

Anyway I wish you a nice week, with or without soccer.

Monday, 9 June 2008


Time seems to fly by at the moment. I have been busy at work and did some extra at the week-end (like sewing 8 pairs of trousers for a circus show at my DS´s school). That means there was not much time for quilting.

To show you something nonetheless, I took a picture (or rather my DH took the picture!) of my Picovoli I finished one month ago. I like that pattern because there is no sewing at the seams (there are no seams!).

Last week I received some goodies from my family too. My mother sent me a pouch, a self-made card, a pin-cushion and some japanese fabrics. Everything lovely. My sister, having heard of my battle against slugs sent me a very funny book with some good ideas (like put a cabbage leave upside down in the garden and all the slugs will gather underneath) and some weird ideas (once you have picked up the slugs, put them in the mixer and give that to the cat!!).

Speaking of cats, look at the cuttie! This is the daughter of the "cat which has adopted us". It was born on the first of May at the neighbours´. The proud mother (she only got one kitten) brought her along for us to have a look at.

The young boy next door decided to keep it. And as you can see on the second picture, the kitten already likes shoes (girls!!!) .

This week I will try to finish sewing the scrappy star blocks and try some ideas for my 4SSQ.

Have a nice week too!

P.S.: Margit, konntest Du mir Deine Email geben, so daß ich auf Deine Frage antworten kann?

Sunday, 1 June 2008


After a busy week and nothing much going on the sewing and knitting front, I spent a quiet week-end.

I started by making some strawberry jam. My recipe is with black pepper and fresh mint from the garden!

Then I managed to sew some more blocks for the scrappy star quilt. I like to see that I (will)use up some fat quarters to finish the top. Only 4 more rows to go!
Then I finished a very boring knit: the circular shrug. It is a very easy construction but with nothing much to make it interesting to knit. Now I need to find a brooch or another king of pin to hold it closed.

I received the name of my 4SQS partner and now I have to think of something to match her taste. She just gave a few restrictions so I am free to make what I want. I was thinking of something provençal but we will see.

I wish you a nice week with some nice weather (like we had today but it won´t last it seems!).