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,

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Time to work towards finishing a few projects!

Sometimes seeing all the WIPs I have can be very depressing!!! So I have decided not to let things like that and am now working towards  finishing a few projects.

And the first one, on the list is this beautiful sampler by L'Atelier Perdu. I am stiching it  just like Nataliejo stitched it : tent stitch on 40-count linen. It is tiny but soooo elegant when stitched like that. I love smalls so it fits perfectly with the rest of my collection.



Wish I could spend even more time on it, but my to-do list for my job keeps on filling up by itself... When I seem to have ticked all I had to do, I quickly notice that there is even more that is added!

Anyway, stitching the sampler is a great way to escape from time to time.



The holiday season is not far now, so may it fill your home and your heart with joy, peace and love.

Until later,

Monday, October 6, 2014

Quilting news.

I never thought I would be blogging again about some projects as I have not stitched much all summer.

Fortunately, I was productive in early July and stitched the first part of Di Ford's Mystery Quilt. You probably know, by now, how much I love discovering and trying my hand at new techniques. That is why I could not resist trying Broderie Perse. I really enjoyed it!





Moreover, with this project, I am learning to look at fabric differently, in a more creative way.
 





 

The rest of the summer was spent with my wife and two daughters. I wanted to enjoy every moment as I knew that my oldest daughter was going to move to Aix en Provence for her studies and my youngest one was going to Portland, Oregon to spend the school year there.
I can tell you that it feels really strange to be empty nesters!!

Autumn is just round the corner, but it  is still quite warm and sunny so we enjoy lunches on the terrasse with flowers from my mum's garden and a good rosé wine for a taste of summer and Provence.

 



But, I can hear you... that's not quilting news!!!!

You're right, so here's some more quilting news : I have started Natalie's Quilted Basket. You knew I was going to stitch it as the project is in my side bar, but time flies and  the project was still in the enveloppe waiting for me to be ready!!
Well, I have started it, and as always with Natalie's projects, I love the result. I have not been very creative with my fabric choice and have used the color palette Natalie had suggested. But it is still fun to make a mess in the fabric stash to find the right piece of fabric to get some kind of harmony.



 

Now, I have to tell you something. I have wondered for quite a while whether I would go on publishing on the blog. Why is that? Well, I just didn't feel like sharing all my projects and I must also admit I am quite ashamed at all the WIPs I have with very little finishes lately.
Yet, I was missing the special relationship I have created with many readers through this blog. Blogs have opened up the quilting world to me, made me discover many designers, taught me how to do special techniques, so I thought it might also be the same for some of my readers. So I have decided to keep on writing it, at my own pace, when I feel like it. You might find some periods with many posts and others relatively calm.

I will now concentrate on finishing certain projects. Some of them do not require much time... so I'd better not let myself be tempted with starting something new again!!

Until later,