Friday, November 30, 2012

Maggie Bonanomi's Pinch Purse

 With my crazy schedule where I try to fit in teaching in highschool, running and going to the gym,  enjoying family time,  cooking,  gardening, stitching, quilting and  reading, I am always on the lookout, in the quilting books I buy, for little items that can be made quite quickly... because nothing  can replace a sweet handmade token of friendship.

Blue/grey bottom for the red pinch purse.

In Maggie's latest book, I immediately fell in love with the pinch purse. What a cute sewing accessory! It is the perfect tiny gift and this little three-sided pinch purse is great to tuck in a thimble, a few needles and a bit of thread when you are on the go.

The technique to make this pinch purse is the same as the one I learned in class with Maggie last April in Nantes when I made the pea-pod.

Red bottom for the blue pinch purse.

I made two of these last week and it won't be long before I make another one for me ;-)

Until later,

Monday, November 12, 2012

a finished quilted cushion

The new cushion has found its place in the upstairs living room which also serves as the music room for my wife and daughters.

I have used Marti Mitchell's templates to make the top. These templates are really awesome and has made machine-piecing very easy and precise thanks to the cut corners.

It's been quilted with black thread. It is barely visible on the black and yellow/black pieces but it gives a nice texture anyway. And because I had not quilted for quite a long time, it is better that it doesn't show much as it takes some time to make small and regular stitches again. I felt I was back to my usual quilting when the cushion was finished. I'd better not wait to long now to start quilting another top! No problem though, as there are three tops  waiting to be quilted ;-)

I haven't received the curtains for the living room and the Roman blinds for my workshop but I am really looking froward to hang them. Meanwhile, I have put some of my stitched projects here and there to give a warm atmosphere to the room.

 Apart, from having put hardwood floor everywhere, what I am very happy with, is the flight of stairs! I love it.

Well, it's back-to-school for me tomorrow. I will enjoy some stitching and quilting in the evening and will prepare the decoration for the holiday season ;-)

Until later... for an update on two of my WIPs,

Sunday, November 4, 2012

what a journey!


What a journey these past few months have been!

I want to thank you all for your comments and e-mails, your encouragement and support along the way.

Last week was the beginning of the two-week fall break in French schools and  I spent a few days on the Mediterranean coast to finally get some rest.  I find it always rejuvenating to watch the sea and listen to the waves, to hike along the coast and enjoy  time with my family. We all needed this little break.

Fall has now come and it is a time to cosy up at home. A time I particularly enjoy because I can stitch and quilt. And prepare the holiday season.

 I  have several projects I'm working on at the moment, but yesterday, I preferred working on something different : making a pillow that would go well with the other embroidered pillows I bought two weeks ago at Ikea. Now that the renovation is over, the decoration has begun ;-)

As you can see, the colors of the Ikea pillow helped me choose fabrics in my stash for this block.
Today, I'm quilting it and hopefully tomorrow, the pillow will be finished.

It's good to be back.

Until later,