Sunday, March 28, 2010

Don't buy anything...

A friend of mine had a baby last October and I asked her whether she needed anything so I could buy a useful present. She immediately answered that she needed nothing but if I could stitch something for her baby, that would be the best present she could have.
There are so many people who don't really appreciate handmade things that I was happy to hear that!
Of course, I answered. Do you have something in mind ? No, she replied. Anything will do , as long as you do it.
Well... I did it.
The baby is a baby girl and so I picked up a pinkish linen, silk threads, a piece of fabric, skirtex, batting and a chart from CMonMonde.There are cross-stitches over one, Rhodes stitches, colonial knots, and tent stiches over one.

She can hang it in her room, on a closet door or wherever she likes.
She was too young to say anything but she smiled all day today, so I guess she likes it...

Here's the back with one of my favourite Japanese fabric.

Do you like it too?
Until later,

Friday, March 26, 2010

What a beautiful morning !

On the way to work this morning, I could see the Pyrenees very clearly. It's only two hours drive to go to the Pyrenees but when you see them so clearly, it feels like they are only a few miles away!!! The country is so green these days and the contrast with the snowcapped mountains is really breathtaking! When driving past such a beautiful scenery to go to work, I always feel happy! And this morning, I couldn't not stop to take a photo! The only problem is that when you see the Pyrenees from where I live, it means that it's going to rain in the next few days... which means a rainy weekend... which means lots of time for quilting and stitching ;-))

Monday, March 22, 2010

A cottage for my thimbles

Where do you store your thimbles ? In a box, in a pouch ?
I thought that Reiko Kato's little house would be perfect for my thimbles. A house just for them.
So, I decided to make it. And now, a new Japanese item stands on my working desk : the Thimble Cottage. ;-))

And here are the thimbles inside.

Do you like it ?

If you want to find Reiko Kato' s creations in France, you can find them at La Couserie Créative.

Thank you to all of you who posted a comment or signed in as a follower of the blog. It's nice to know that you stopped by.

Until later,

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Spring and Quilting Day

Civil War Tribute BOM

Besides country quilts, I also like antique and traditional quilts. When I first saw the Civil War Tribute Quilt on Marie's website "Les Secret de Marie" I was stunned! How could I resist!! Since then, I have received all the fabrics to make the quilt. They are gorgeous!!! I keep on watching them one by one, studying each design and color combination!!! But now, I must start cutting them to make the first two blocks!

Once finished, I'm sure this quilt will be a heirloom!
Until later,

Friday, March 12, 2010

Stitching discoveries

When I started stitching, I only stiched samplers but blogland opened up a new whole world of possibilities in stitching. I saw many different stitched objects on blogs and googled the names of the designers to discover their works. It was really impressive. First of all, I discovered Judy Odell's website "Just A Tought" and started immediately a first project. It was the Accordion Needle Book and thanks to step by step clear explanations with photos, my first finish was easier than I expected.

I had thought it was completely out of reach and I discovered I could do it... and I haven't stopped since then!!! Here are two projects designed by Judy I did through her online classes. But above all, the most important thing is that I "met" many wonderful people, ready to help.

I was hooked and found other designers. One of them was CA Wells. Unfortunately, the only means to attend a class with CA Wells was to go to London where she teaches every year. I often go to London to visit family and friends, so two years ago, I decided to attend my first two classes : Mermaid's purse and Garden Steps

Last November, I attended two other classes : Nantucket Cottage and Chocolate Box.

What to say ? It was wonderful to learn so many things and above all to meet people who share the same passion.

The last class I attended was with Merry Cox when she did her first online class last year : Americana Sewing Case. And again, I learnt many things I didn't know or even heard of.

What am I stitching now, you may wonder ? Well, I have a long project which is the Lady's Cabinet from Judy Odell. And I also stitch the wonderful scissors holder "Follow your heart" created by Nataliejo from L'Atelier Perdu who is a very talented new French designer. She has 3 creations right now in her shop and each one is gorgeous!!! Just have a look and you'll see...

And you, what project are you stitching ?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Quilting and the Japanese quilters

Country quilting is very interesting from the Japanese point of view. I have been fascinated by the works of Yoko Saito and Reiko Kato. They use taupe colors and many textured fabrics in their appliqués. Both these fabrics and the quilting give dimension to their quilts. They work by hand. Their quilts, pouches and objects are hand-pieced, hand-appliquéed and hand-quilted. This is great for me because I don't feel comfortable behind my sewing machine!!!
A few years ago I made a small wall quilt which was designed by Yoko Saito. I still love this quilt.

Yet my technique was not very good. And last September I had the opportunity to attend a class with Reiko Kato!!! How wonderful! I learned how to appliqué tiny pieces, how to hand-quilt small pieces without a frame, how to make small pouches and quilted objects. I made this little purse.

In early February, I took a second class and I made a little basket. I finsihed it today!!!

Do you like quilted objects ?