Monday, 30 December 2013

Last post for 2013

H appiness depends upon your outlook on life. There is always, always, something to be thankful for.
A ttitude is just as important as ability. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results (Wade Boggs quote). So keep your attitude positive.
P assion find yours this new year! - Do what you love and you will never work. I re-kindled my passion!
P ositive thoughts make everything easier. “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” ~ Ghandi 
Y ou
are unique, with special gifts, use them. Never forget you have talent. Be eminent!

N ew beginnings with a new year.
E nthusiasm a true secret of success.
W ishes may they turn into goals.

Y ears go by to quickly, enjoy them. Helen’s wisdom, listen! If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been ~ Robert H. Schuller
E nergy
may you have lots of it. - Take care of yourself.
A ppreciation of life, don't take it for granted. - Live each day, smile to all those people you meet and take the time to truly listen to them.
R elax – take the time to enjoy the ‘little’ moments in this coming year.


New Year 


My word for 2014

ImageChef Word Mosaic -

My word for 2014: eminent!

Other words:

righteous, self-discipline, quiltmaker, astral, luminous, shine, quilts, honourable, creative, willpower & mastery.

Next time you visit my blog you will hopefully notice its new look.

New beginnings!

Happy New Year!

2nd last post

Dear readers,

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything. My frequency is becoming less and less. I’ve pondered on my omission and I believe that happiness is the reason for my ‘writer’s block’.

So my new tactic is

I’m convinced this will be the cure. My resolution for 2014 is to increase my writing frequency. Another resolution is to re-kindle my quilt passion and block out some time in my calendar.

To continue with the theme – being passionate about everything quilt related – I’ll post some photos of my last quilt class of 2013.








I’m busy again with Jane’s Garden, a Di Ford design.




There were only 3 of us! Sadly the other 4 class-students have caught the December ‘busyness’-bug and weren’t able to attend. Hope to see everyone again in 2014.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Another quilt class


Here is me working on Jane’s Garden in another quilt group I attend.

I undid my work as I thought I wasn’t being neat and precise enough in my stitching. Some of my readers who know me personally will be laughing now when they read this. Not precise enough? In some ways, I am a perfectionist (lol).




Decided to re-post some of the pictures of the workshop I attended in Nantes last April. Here is Di Ford telling us how to make this appliqué quilt.


This is how my centre block will look like once it is finished.  Than I still have to sew lots of blocks to make it into a quilt. Even Di didn’t have enough time before this workshop to complete her quilt, shown below. So I guess I’m not the only one that doesn’t have enough time to do all the things that needs to be done.


Close-up. I love it, I love it!!!


Delicious fabrics. So lucky that Di Ford shared some of her fabrics with us. Very precious.


I still need to get one of these rulers! See picture below. It seems you can get them at any office supply shop. I used a one Euro cent to draw a circle for my flower bud during the class last week, but it is still too big. Will be removing the flower bud that I’ve already sewn on and first get one of these rulers before I continue Batting Eyelashes


Another close-up of the original. Going a little crazy now – I really love these appliqué quilts. When will I have more time to work on these projects? Lucky me, I now can look forward to having 10 weeks off every year. That is 70 days!!! That is the upside of working at a University of Applied Sciences, I guess (lol). I should be able to manage to do some quilting in those weeks, you would think.




Here is Di signing my book! My birthday present from hubby.


signed copy_primarily Quilts

What a great time I had in Nantes. So glad I had the opportunity to go to this workshop.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Creative Quiltmakers

I’m slacking in my blogging. I will return to write more frequently, just not yet. For those who have been following me for some time. I would like you to know I’m really happy. Haven’t felt so content for a long time. Love my new job!

Thought I would share some photos of one of the quilt classes I attend.

Remember Jane's Garden, one of Di Ford's designs? I received this kit when doing a workshop with Di Ford at Pour 'l Amour du Fil in Nantes last April. See the little stem on the right. That was what I had sewn during the class. Not much, I must admit. Did have enough time to cut-out the fabric and get everything prepared so that I could finally start 7 months later Blushing


Jannie is making this wall hanging for one of her grandchildren.



Some of the quiltmakers in this class want to make this quilt. I would love to make it too, but as you all know I have enough UFO’s. I’m being wise and not create another one Big Grin


Jannie is still deciding on which colours she wants to include in this quilt. Will she add some red fabrics? Can’t wait to find out.


This is a picture of Matty and our interim quilt teacher, Jobina. Matty is a real quiltmaker. Here she is showing us all the projects she is busy with.




Wow!!! Love this one.


A close-up of this Ohio star quilt.


The backing of another quilt Matty is making.


This is the front of this quilt nearly finished.


Mirjam has decided she will start quilting this feathered star quilt she made some years ago. Another stunning quilt.


Here Mirjam and Jobina are discussing which quilt pattern to use for this quilt.


Matty is quilting this small quilt.


And now some pictures of my project. At the moment I’m the slowcoach in the group. Love working on Jane’s Garden. I love appliqué. I also love using this thread.


I bought my own appliqué thread donuts!! The appliqué thread on the bobbin above is one of the bobbins I lent from Mirjam.

Making some progress!


I added a picture of the end result. As you can see, I still have a long way to go before I can show you my end result (lol). Appliqué is slow tedious process.