Sunday, March 29, 2015

I could have...

I could have waited for when I have more time...

I could have waited for my retirement...

I could have...

But because I could not afford to buy a quilt - I mean a beautiful handpieced and handquilted quilt- that I would have loved to have in my home, I decided, many years ago, that I would learn to quilt, that I would make my own quilts. I did start stitching samplers too! Why would limit myself to only one art form? Samplers would look nice on my walls too, wouldn't they?

I have learnt so much since that time. With each new quilt, with each new stitch, with each new fabric, there is something to learn.

It is also true with this quilt! Indeed, this time, I have learnt to do Broderie Perse but not only that! I've learnt to be patient, to enjoy every stitch. I have learnt to  try not to keep thinking about the finished quilt but just the next piece and .... without even thinking of making significant progress, just because I was just thinking of finishing the next border, the next block, it has come along nicely, quickly, magicallly.

 I am using the fabrics from the kit, which means that this quilt will not be unique...well, in fact, that is what most people think. But I completely disagree! Why is that so, you might ask? Well, this quilt is UNIQUE to ME. I may have used the same fabrics but it is pieced by my hands, each stitch bears so much than thread holding fabrics together. I holds my feelings, my thoughts and lots of meditative time in it and so much more.

Just look at the details... can you see that it's just a bit more than just stitching fabric together.



And once, the quilt top is complete, there will be the handquilting process which will turn a beautiful top into a unique quilt... to me.

So guess what?

I am happy that I have not waited to be retired to start doing something... I may not have started  anything at all  ;-)

And last but not least, quilting involves a lot of sharing time via social networks as well as in real life. It creates a kind of bond with like-minded people and it makes the world a smaller and better place :-) And just that makes me happy!

Just in case (but I doubt it) someone does know what pattern it is, this is the Di Ford Mystery Quilt that was published in Quiltmania in 2014.

Until later,

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

So perfectly British...

Not only did I go to Rachel Ashwell's shop in Notting Hill, I also went to Cabbages And Roses on Sydney Street and fell in love with Pertersham Nurseries in Richmond where we had a great British family lunch. I went to many other places too but let's leave it at that for now. I do not need to comment the photos taken at Petersham Nurseries as they speak for themselves.

 Until later with some quilting news,

Monday, January 19, 2015

I Love handquilting

Handquilting has always been my favourite part! I love piecing and appliqueing but handquilting is what I like best. Probably because this is when I see my quilt revealing itself, coming alive! And it is SO relaxing!!!

I didn't have much time till this weekend to finish the first part of Natalie's quilted basket. You know, the thing we call "work" can sometimes eat up your time!! It is not completely finished though as I still need to handquilt around the appliqués and draw the marker lines here and there.

But as it is the only chance  for me to write something on the blog this week, I thought I would share photos of this piece as it is.

I am not completely happy with the appliquick pieces. I really need to become better at this.

Hopefully  next time, I will be able to show you the other sides of the basket as well as my progress on Mountmellick by Di Ford ;-)

Thank you for stopping by.

Until later,

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Framed (Edited)

I could not finish the year without framing the two samplers and putting them on the wall.

For Patches Of Life Sampler, I chose, like Natalie from L'Atelier Perdu who designed the sampler,  a shadow gap frame.

For Tribute To Summer Sampler, I chose a large dark grey/black frame that suited  the pattern well.

They will not go side by side but this is to give you an idea in the size difference between the two projects which are both stitched on 40-count, over two for the bigger sampler, over one for the smaller.

I had the two frames custom-made yesterday but did the mounting myself for the first time with, fortunately, useful advice from a friend.

Edit : evening of Dec 31st, 2014... Guess what? I was not happy with the tension of POLS so I did it again and now I like it a lot more ;-)

Happy New Year's Eve celebrations!

Until later,

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Stacy Nash Sampler.

This is my last finish for 2014. A Stacy Nash sampler called Tribute to Summer Sampler. When I first saw it, I immediately fell in love with the soft colors, the border and the red berries which enlighten the sampler.

So I decided to stitch this sampler with silk threads on 40-count hand-dyed linen and  ordered the pattern, silk and linen at The Attic Needlework in Mesa, Arizona. Jean made the color conversion for silks and her choice is perfect. I only made one change, the grassy area, because I didn't get enough contrast and the animals were barely visible.

I also made this sampler very personal in stitching my two daughters' initials on it.

This is a good way to end this year which has been difficult in many ways. I am now ready for 2015 which will hopefully be better than 2014.

I want to thank you all for your visits, comments and interest in my stitching and quilting.

Until next year,

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Patches of Life Sampler

This is the name of the beautiful sampler designed by Nataliejo of L'Atelier Perdu. It took me a while to stitch it.

I stitched it on 40-count linen using tent stitch. The sampler measures 7x5.5 inches ( 17 x 14 cm). 

It will be a heirloom in my collection, for sure. I love it!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas,
Until later,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Maggie Bonanomi inspiration.

When two quilters and stitchers come over for a weekend, we do our own show-and-tell, talk about threads, fabrics, designers and inspiration. We enjoy some good food and good wine and revel in the pleasure of some time off the real world.

Needless to say that I have been impressed by the beauties they both brought along with them :-)

We had also decided to make a simple project as a memory of these two special days.

We picked up the Think-Of-Me Heart Sewing Case project from Maggie Bonanomi's latest book Thistle Down Moon. To tell you the truth, it was not as easy as it was supposed to be because working with vevelt can be challenging!!

Here is my version and I like it a lot. A perfect match in style with the velvet peapod pincushion.

Whatever the place on earth you live in, whatever the season you are enjoying right now, I wish you all a happy holiday season.

Until later,