Saturday, 28 July 2012

One done, five more to go!

OK I've started with the baby quilt, but I thought it's a good way to get into the free motion quilting rhythm again.  

After initially playing up, the machine behaved itself after changing the thread, the needle, the tension several times!
Now that baby can arrive!

This month's bee blocks have already been sent and also received.
It's the first time I've made granny squares and I really enjoyed it. There might be a granny square  quilt in my future! 

I also did a bit more crafting and sewing for the charity bazaar in November.

 Of course I'm hoping that we'll be able to sell lots, but whatever doesn't, will be "recycled" as Christmas presents. So either way, everything will be useful, one way or other. 

Enjoy the weekend and the Olympics!
Vreni x

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

And the winner is

comment number 39, which was left by Conny in the Netherlands.

conny's quilts said...
Vreni congratulations with your 100 th post!! Please go on this way, I love your blog!
Conny, please check your inbox for an email from me. I will need your address so the box can get on its way to you. Congratulations. 

Thanks to everybody who left a comment!

Vreni x 

Friday, 20 July 2012

I made it..... 100 posts!

It took me exactly three years! Although technically I only posted regularly for about 2 1/2 years. When I started this blog, we were still living in Shanghai and I soon found out that it was and still is very difficult to blog in China (all kinds of restrictions and censorship). Well, there are ways to get around all of that, but I already knew that we would be moving soon, so I didn't bother.

Anyway, as it is customary to have a little give away on the 100th post, here is what I'm offering:

A handmade box, covered with Japanese washi paper
  and  filled with a few of my favorite things!
  • small cutting mat (excellent for "swivelling" while cutting small blocks
  • 4 by 8 inch ruler
  • triangle trimmers
  • quarter inch ruler
  • Hera marker (excellent for marking quilts)
  • needle threader and cutter
  • Japanese sewing needles
  • spool of Mettler 100 % cotton thread
  • small rotary cutter
  • small scissors
  • Edelweiss pin cushion with Iris superfine pins
  • wooden seam creaser
  • and of course the obligatory seam ripper 

To be in the draw please leave a comment. And if you happen to be a follower, you get to leave a second comment indicating how you follow. I will draw a winner on Monday evening (my time).
Good luck.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Now this top is definitely finished!

I think it was well worth the effort of putting borders around it, don't you agree?
I usually make the binding right after finishing the top and put it aside. As you can see, there are  quite a few of them waiting to be put on quilts.
 I'm determined that this summer is going to be the summer of finished quilts! Wish me luck!

But wait, I have a few more things to share today:

My June block for Blogger's BOM, designed by Pam of PamKittyMorning
And just for the thrill to see all the blocks together:

Here's also my Bee block for June. It was already in an envelope, ready to be posted, when I remembered that I didn't take a photo. That explains the wrinkles! 
There are a couple of new "Swaps" and "Quilt-Alongs" going. This first one my blogging friend Jess is organizing together with another blogger. It looks like a lot of fun as well as "educational" by way of learning a few "new tricks" while playing along. What I particular like is that one can choose from three different block sizes. And what I like even more are the terrific prizes which are on offer once the quilts are finished. Click on the logo below to see all the details.
I have also decided to take part in this swap again. This time we're making mini quilts (12 inches square). Interested? Click on this logo to get all the info needed.

As this is my 99th post, next time I will have a little surprise in store for you . Make sure to come back to check it out.

Try to stay cool or warm, depending on where you are in the world.

Vreni x