Tuesday, 29 November 2011

O Tannenbaum

I saw a paper cut on Pinterest and asked Nina  from Finland if she would share the pattern. She did within about one hour; what a nice lady! After making a couple of the paper Christmas trees I thought it would look lovely as a quilt too. I appliqued it with raw edges, then free motion quilted it. Here it is:

"O Tannenbaum"
I have entered this quilt int the 2011 Christmas Quilt Show, go and take a look at all the lovely creations.  
It will shortly be wrapped up and make its way to its new owner, hopefully in time for Christmas.

In the meantime, the third block of the Blogger's BOM was revealed. Take a look here.

I like the look of it so far. It's definitely going to be a baby quilt; mainly because of the fabrics I'm using but also because it won't make a very big. The blocks are only 8 " finished and there will be 13 block (I have an idea how to make three additional blocks, so I will have 16 blocks).

This week my quilt from the ALQS 6 arrived on my doorstep all the way from the US. Shawn made me this lovely quilt called Crazy Lizards. It's beautifully made and I love it.

She also made me this name card holder. Just what I needed for my handbag. There were also a couple of chocolate bars in the package, but sadly I can't show you any pictures of those as they are long gone!! Thanks very much Shawn, I really appreciate everything.

That's it for me for today. Over and out!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

First Advent Sunday Give Away!

I don't know about you, but I love the Christmas season with everything it entails. I love decorating the house, baking "tons" of Christmas goodies but most of all I love making, buying and giving gifts. That's why I'm having a series of give aways during the month of December, on every Advent Sunday to be precise. It's also to thank all my lovely readers for sticking around.  As today is the first Advent Sunday, here's the first give away.

Please leave a comment on this post, making sure I have a way of contacting you. The give away is open to everyone, no matter where you are. I will draw a winner next Sunday and at the same time announce the second Advent Sunday give away. Good Luck.


Saturday, 19 November 2011

Christmas Crafting

I made a few more cards:
Then I made these gift pouches, which I will fill with sweets and use as table decoration at Christmas. They are from a Japanese book but you can find a tutorial here as well.

I've seen these light bags in a couple of German blogs and wanted to try making one. Inside is a jam jar with a tea light. You can find tutorials here and here (use Google translator, if your German is a bit rusty).

I want to make some more but I have to start collecting empty jam jars first as I usually toss them out! I think they would make lovely little gifts for Christmas. 
A friend of mine showed me how to make these gift bags. Wouldn't they be cute at Christmas morning instead of stockings?

Not long now and I can start decorating the house. Can't wait.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Friendship and other Blocks

In one of my quilt groups it's custom to make a friendship block for the leaving member. The person leaving chooses and prepares the background blocks for everyone as well as a few coordinated fabrics. Unfortunately we have to say good bye to two members very soon. That's definitely the downside of our "expat" life. Nothing stays the same; people come and people go and one has to adjust constantly to the new reality.

I also made my second block for Blogger's free BOM.  It was designed by Vicki Welch and you can find it here.

I think I like the combination of the soft blue with the red. I can't wait to see how it further unfolds.

I also found a lovely tutorial here via A Spoonful of Sugar for paper flowers and though I could make them into Christmas cards. 

I hope you were also enjoying a bit of sewing or crafting time this week.