Wednesday, 1 January 2020

And I had such good intentions

to post a bit more regularly but then nothing, not even one post in 2019! The longer I waited the more it felt daunting to catch up. I really don't know where I'm going with this blog; should I just retire it and start using Instagram more? But I'm not really good at that either, as I often just forget to post.  I have no idea if there are still people out there reading this blog.  In any case,  here's a little recap of what I've been up to in 2019 (even if it's only for myself). 

I found a free tutorial for this cute hen and made it for our Easter decoration. 


I found another free pattern for this little pouch. I made it for a friend as a small "first aid" bag and put in little things like band-aids, disinfecting cream, Tiger balm etc.  



I couldn't find a photo with the binding sewn on this little beauty! My daughter wanted a cover for her night stand and I made her a little basket to go with for all her essentials (ear plugs, lip balm etc). 



I was a bit late to the party but I finally made the small version of the "Weebrawbag". I think I'll make the bigger one next, as this one is a bit too "wee"!



And then there's the wedding quilt, which kept me occupied for quite a number of month. The colours were the choice of the young couple. I quilted it on my B 770 which was a challenge as it's a big quilt. But I managed it and I think the couple was happy.



I also made this photo memory box for them. Of course I could only give it to them after the wedding, once we were back from Australia (that's where the wedding was) and I had the photos printed. 




A baby quit for a new little girl. I free motion quilted this one as it was not too big for me to handle and it was actually quite fun. I just need to practise a bit more often. 





































And this one is for a little boy as you might be able to tell by the colours  A quick and easy quilt which took me only about 2 days to finish. 


In August I was lucky enough to go to a quilt retreat in Scotland. I've been once before, if you are interested, see here.  This is the old Manse where the retreats are held


and some impressions from the garden





the kitchen garden for the delicious meals they provided.



I went with a different group of ladies this time, but also friends from my Singapore time. We had such a nice time but also worked quite hard, sometimes late into the night. I made a start on this quilt using a jelly roll and grey yardage. The pattern is by Missouri Star Quilt Co



We also did a few projects together; like these bags



and we all made a start with the twelve days ornaments (by mmmcrafts). I only managed to make the pear but one of our friends kindly gave us all one of the ornaments. They are gorgeous but a lot of work. Well, I have now a whole year to make a few more, no excuses! 


I too brought everyone a little handmade gift. Here's the link to the free pattern for these baskets (you have to subscribe to the newsletter though) 


I added a few little useful things, like tiny pin cushions as well as these needle books which are also a free download


Lots of boxes were made during this past year. I still go to my weekly bookbinding and cartonnage classes.

Here are some samples:


a couple of boxes with glass lids,




a few Christmas boxes,



and an array of small boxes a friend requested for their caravan





A box covered with old silk  that I bought ages ago in Cambodia; I was planning to make a quilt, but that hasn't happened (yet)


a note book covered in Japanese paper,


 a book with coptic binding



and another book, belonging to my husband, was repaired too. 


Book boxes (handy for hiding valuables)







I also did a collage and paper cut class earlier in the year. I didn't enjoy the collages as much (so no pictures)  but I did enjoy the paper cutting part. 


So there you have it, 2019 in pictures. I really hope to be back sooner rather than later, fingers crossed!

I wish you a wonderful, healthy and happy 2020 with hopefully lots of time to stich or craft. 

With best wishes
Vreni x






Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Christmas Makes


As every year I've made a few Christmas gifts and Christmas ornaments. A friend of mine has recently retired and wants to start to embroider so I made her this box and filled it with some essentials.




Then I made these patchwork note book covers


A couple of bird ornaments 






Then I made a couple of folders with papers I bought in China. The first is a very typical Chines pattern



and here are some Shanghai ladies from the twenties. I hope my friends from my Asia time will enjoy them. 



 A Christmas pillow. I used two tea towels from my mum's bottom drawer, which she lovingly embroidered with her initials but then never used. The applique is done in felt. 



 This pillow gave me the ideas for this year's Christmas cards. Luckily I started early as I had to make about 80 of them. 


Let's look at those babies a bit closer. I really enjoyed drawing them and I must say they got better and better the more I practiced


and then I couldn't stop and made a few tags too. 


And of course the obligatory Christmas cookies.


and ready to be given away. 




I hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and light and a fantastic New Year.

Vreni xx