Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Crossroads quilt - OMG June

So far, so good, am slowly making progress on the Crossroads quilt. Have finished all the 35 blocks and this month my aim is to assemble all the blocks. My bonus will be if I manage to finish the top part completely. There are so many beautiful quilts passing by at Patty's Elm Street Quilts, and I first have to finish my CRQ.

This months is going to be quite a busy month, it is the end of the school year, and with that all the concerts in which my two boys participate. My daughter was selected for the regional judo competition this past weekend. She did not make it to the finals, participating was already quite something. She is third in her category at departmental level, and I am very proud of her. I did get to knit a little while going there as I was car sharing.

So my One Monthly Goal for June will assembling all the blocks. Ideally over summer I want to finish this quilt completely. Let's see how far I get. One step at a time.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Project 16 African batik pants for my daughter

My daughter is growing, all summer pants from last year (and the year before) were too small. Lucky for me she loves the vibrant batiks I have, she choose the one she wanted pants from. To keep it simple, I used the pattern for shorts of last year, lengthened the legs and finished the pants in maybe an hour or two. I made them baggy, so she can wear them over summer when it is warm, and grow in them. Most likely next year they will be ankle length.

Today she is wearing them with a pink t-shirt. Maybe Thursday she can wear them with an orange t-shirt, or green, or red .......

Project 15 - A bed for my eldest

My eldest is in secondary school. So it was time for him to have a room on his own. We had a local handyman isolate the guest room and give it all a good paint.

So finally last week I managed to go and buy him a mezzanine bed with a desk underneath. As we no longer have a guestroom, I told him that he could sleep in the blue room. However, each time we would have quests, he would sleep with his younger brother and the guests would have the blue room.

Yesterday afternoon we spent time mounting the bed and desk. It was not too complicated, just took quite some time. Once the bed was done we reshuffled some of the book cases.

Pending is shortening the curtains in his room.

May 27, 2018

Project 14 CRQ 18 Chain blocks

The chain blocks are the last blocks in the series of blocks for my Crossroads quilt, I needed a total of 18 blocks. I love the red colours of this set. Even the brown colours come alive with the reds.

I divided the work in different sets of tasks, making the four little two-coloured squares first. Followed by the center part. It had to have a scrappy look, knowing myself I had to bring in some order. I choose 4 different colours for the centerpiece, used two for the opposite sites of each square and did not plan the other two. How adventurous. It took me a few evenings to finish the 18 blocks, and was happy to finish them this weekend.

I am happy to say that I met my One Monthly Goal for May. It included both the Intersection and Chain block. Thank you Patty from Elm Streets Quilts for keeping me on track.

26 May

Project 13 CRQ Intersection Block

As soon as I signed up for the OMG goal for May of Elm Street Quilts I started sewing the Intersection block. With three kids I never know in advance how much crafting time I will have. And if we have warm days, we'll go on family outings on the lake.

For my quilt I needed three Intersection blocks of the Cross roads quilt. I am still in love with the colours of this quilt.
All in all I finished them quite quickly, it definitely helps that all the fabric was cut in advance. And of course this is my second CRQ. For the first version I had a very small cutting board, and the one I use now is 25 by 30 inches. What a difference good tools make.

3 May 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

OMG May - Cross roads quilt

My posts lately are all about the same .... sign up for One Monthly Goal with a reasonable objective, aiming for more, no time and then barely managing my aim. April was a low creative wise. Did get some knitting done on my cardigan, but a long way from finishing.

So now am hopeful May will be better. No travel foreseen at this point, and no judo competition for my daughter taking half a day out of my weekend. Oh yes, well need to work in the garden ..... get my vegetable garden ready, make jams of fruits that I froze waiting for time .....

So for May my OMG hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts is to sew the 3 Intersection blocks and cut the fabric for and sew the 18 Chain blocks. A total of 21 blocks to sew.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Project 11 and 12 CRQ Progress OMG April

This month I did not have much time to be creative. Between the children’s holidays and travel I did not managed to sit behind my sewing machine a lot. Enough though, to get two sets of blocks done. A good thing I participate in the One Monthly Goal organized by Patty at Elm Street Quilts. Otherwise progress would be much slower. As is, my aim for April was to finish the Friendship Block and the Family Block of the Cross Roads Quilt and yesterday, just in time managed to finish them. Hopefully next month I will have some more time to work on the quilt.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

OMG April - Cross roads adventure

Easter weekend passed and I had not much time to craft as I spent most of the time with the kids, soaking up the sun, visiting the nautical show in the South of France and walking around. I knitted in the car as DHB was driving, only to find out that I had dropped a stitch and made an error so decide to frog some 30 rows back.

This weekend I need to get back to my cross road quilt, so far I managed to sew two sets of blocks and still a few are waiting already cut. So my One Monthly Goal for April of Elm Street Quilts is to sew two sets of blocks. Ideally I will sew three sets ..... however not sure how realistic that would be.

Post card exchange by Elm Street Quilts

Elm Street Quilts

We all have blogs we read, follow, appreciate. And then there are blogs that become among our favourite blogs to read. I don't remember how I first stumbled upon Patty's blog Elm Street Quilt, somewhere last year ....... And I became an avid reader. So when she proposed for readers to participate in a post card exchange, I did not hesitate. I had never made post cards, and this would be a way of learning something new, and use my stash as much as possible. Of course by sending a post card to someone unknown, also implied that I would receive a quilted card from someone unknown. After all there were 100 cards to be send, so the likelihood that I would receive a card from a quilter I knew were very very small. Needless to say that I love surprises.

As part of the exchange we were asked to provide one word as an indication for our quilting friend to work around. My favourite colour is blue, so no surprise here, I wrote blue.

And then it was waiting for my card to arrive, while I made mine.

The card arrived in a plastic see through envelope and was happy that it indeed arrived, because it is sooo cute. I wondered how many post workers went ooh and ah over the card as it came from the US to Europe.

The card has three little birds in a nest, all blue, and each a different fabric. Thank you Tammy,I love it, my kids love it.

Tammy used a different technique than I did. She had cut the fabric and appliqued it to the back ground fabric and embroidered "hello" on the card. The inner layers are batting and a carton layer all then sewn together with a blue thread.

This card gave me lots of ideas on how to make more myself. As I emailed Tammy to thank her, I joked that I saw a lot of fabric post cards in my future. And with my new sewing machine, I need to practice on lots of little projects to try out all the stitches.

As I was making my card I used Patty's instructions. They were very clear and helped me go through the process. While surfing for ideas I did a search for quilted postcards and found so many cards out there. And sites explaining how to make them and you tube videos.

I wrote about the making of my post card "grey" and made pictures of the different stages of my card

Once we had made our card, Patty has set up a page where we could upload our post cards. All ready to be published on post card parade day.

I am joined today by the following bloggers who are writing a post about the post card exchange. My big question now is of course when the next post card exchange will be.

Denise @ DottieDoodle
Isis @ Creation d'Isis
Karen @ Run Sew Fun
Lynette @ What A Hoot Quilts
Laura @ LC's Cottage
Lisa @ Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Marsha @ Quilter in Motion
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Paige @ Quilted Blooms
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Susan @ California Fiber and Music
Valerie @ Val's Quilting Studio

Sunday, March 25, 2018

New recipe 8 Copy cat Boisette

Our baker makes delicous cakes. Most of them are full with cream of all sorts (chocolate, pistache, ....) and off limit for me. One of the cakes they make is a boisette and we tried to copy the recipe at home. It is a mix of pie dough, home made jam and genoise cake.

Make a pie dough, pre-bake it in the oven for some 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, cover with home made jam and the genoise batter. Bake for approximately 30 minutes more. Dust with icing sugar.

24 March