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I love quilts, especially antique quilts, either applique or pieced,
and I want to share my journeys in quilting !

But, my "Threads and Treasures" sometimes include embroidery, painting, or spinning wool
and weaving

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Friday, 28 May 2010

Skies, fabrics and a siggy

Yesterday we went to a quilt shop, and my husband said I should buy some nice fabrics for myself and he would pay.....
Wow! I had to get some fabrics for the Nursery rhyme quilt as well, but then I chose some wonderful batiks.......

To finish a happy day there was a beautiful sunset!

I also finished my first Welsh siggy, for Carolien, who loves cats. She is sending me her sheep siggy.

This morning I woke up early to a musical contest in the garden. A robin was teaching some bird how to sing. The contrast was rather funny. There was the robin, uttering the most exquisite trills, followed by a monotonous chirping from the other bird. Then it was the robin's turn again. This went on for at least half an hour.
As soon as I was dressed I went out in the garden and took a photo of my beloved Guelder Rose - it is one of those lovely surprises of a new garden. First the beautiful flowering cherry, and now this.....
The weather is still sunny, but tomorrow it is going to rain.
Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010


We went to Germany for a few days with my husband's Male Voice Choir, 'Cor Meibion Llanelli'. I couldn't bear the thought of not doing any stitching, so I managed to do a few stitches to the Dutch mystery SAL. (forgotten what SAL stands for....) On the way there I could stitch in the plane, as I did not sit by the window.

  We stopped on the way to Heathrow for a break, and my Macchiato looked rather small compared to Alan's hot chocolate!

The roofs in Germany were amazing. It is obvious that they get lots of snow!!

And some have beautiful patterns....

Many doors had flower-wreaths hanging on them, which looked very cheerful.

On Saturday evening we had the concert, and on Sunday afternoon we went to the Altstadt (Weinheim), and  lazed around all afternoon, walking in the park along with everyone else, and sitting on a terrace, with Kaffee und Kuchen.

Two little friends came to say Hello.

We really had a lovely time although we are rather tired.  The planned flight from Frankfurt was cancelled because of the BA strike, but they did put one on at 17.15. Then we all had to get on a coach at Heathrow, so we came home after midnight last night.
 Better late than never!
Enjoy your day,

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Civil War Bride block and Stars

Today I finished my first block for the Civil War Bride reproduction quilt. It is an Australian pattern based on an American quilt called Bird of Paradise. There are 20 blocks and an applique border, so I have made a start!
Yesterday I appliqued the stars on Hope's quilt. I received some of the fabric for the borders in the post this morning, so that will be next.

Maybe I should show you a picture of our granddaughter who will be 3 in June. I am making the quilt for her. She does not know it yet, and I hope she will like it!

 It is early evening now, and the birds are singing in the garden, so I will join them for a little while!
Till next time,

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Nursery Rhyme Blocks and the garden

Today I assembled the blocks, ready for the borders.

 I am really looking forward to putting the borders around it. It has been such fun to make this quilt so far!
Next I have to applique the stars, that will make it look nicer too.
This quilt is for our little granddaughter who is going to be 3 at the end of June.

When I had finished this, I went for a stroll round the garden.
It is a surprise to see what comes out next, as it is our first spring here. I was really happy to see that there is a lilac growing in the hedge!

I always loved the smell when I was little. There was a large one on my grandfather's farm in Holland.

Now I shall have to decide soon whether there will be time to hand-quilt the Nursery Rhymes.....

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Ascension Day

I like Ascension Day, even though it is not even a Bank Holiday in this country. But I have lovely memories of my childhood in Holland. Somehow the weather was always beautiful on this day. First we went to church, and then in the afternoon we went for a walk, and watched the queue of cars trying to get over the bridge. And there was always a special treat - an ice-cream!

Today is also a special day because I finished my last block for Hope's quilt! 
 And I also made the stars that are going to be appliqued around this block.
 I did not design this quilt myself. When we were in rented accommodation last November, all our furniture, and all my fabrics were in storage. All I had with me was my Dear Jane quilt, and a Baltimore block.
 When I was browsing the internet, missing my fabrics, I fell in love with a Nursery Rhyme quilt from Australia. I ordered the patterns and some fabric, and started soon after Christmas. So now I can start to put it together. So exciting!

And finally the view from my sewing room......
Have a lovely evening!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Young Woodpecker and new Block

Just as I was going into my sewing room I saw him running up the tree, so I grabbed my camera and got him!
He was there for a little while, enjoying his lunch. A coaltit came looking and was not so impressed....

Then I ironed the latest block for Hope's quilt. Only one more to finish!
The nursery rhyme goes like this:

Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Spring in Wales

Hanging out the washing today in bright sunshine, but it felt like winter!!
The cherry tree outside my sewing room is in blossom and looks very beautiful.When we moved here in January I did not dare to hope that this would be a blossoming cherry!

 From across the valley I took a photo of our new bungalow. It looks nice among the big trees.

Outside it is cold, but inside it is cosy beside the woodburner. I am still making blocks for Hope's quilt. Only two more to go!

And I am still quilting my Dear Jane. The aim is one block per day, but that does not always happen....

In between making a quilt for Hope and quilting Dear Jane, I try to do some stitching on my garden sampler.

This is just to give you an idea of the things I am doing at the moment.
Have a nice evening.
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