back from a wonderful journey through California & Delaware

Monday, October 26, 2009

Giveaways

Speaking about luck, YES I was lucky: I was not hurt
AND I won a giveaway - TADA

Esther in down under runs a very interesting blog (and she offered a fantastic FREE pattern through the last months). She made several quilts in a special stencil technique with acrylic paint, I love her designs! She offered a giveaway and I was one of the lucky winners of the pattern "Tulip Delight Stencil Tablerunner" - YiPPi

I never worked the way Esther is teaching, but I started stenciling on fabric with Markal Oilpaints ~ 14 years ago. When my daughter was a little girl I stenciled a doll craddle and the dollquilt coordinating with commercial stencils. Can't wait to give it a try! Thank you so much, Esther and a speedy recovery (she is dealing with the flu actually)

Right now here you have the chance to win a Fat Quarter Bundle of Red Rooster's Pumpkins & Spice Fabrics by Whimsicals.
Hello! Yes, that's 27 fat quarters


Jeanne sent me to http://pumpkinpatchprimitivequiltshoppe.blogspot.com, but can you believe that actually 474 comments had been written????

But don't worry, they are giving away 2 complete bundles AND a $100 gift certificate to Pumpkin Patch Primitives - isn't that great?

hurry over until Saturday, October 31st
or wish me luck - LOL



Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bad luck

Yesterday wasn't my day:

what started as a shoping trip to Berlin ended suddenly with a damaged 4 months old car.

First the good news: nobody was hurt and it wasn't my fault
but my pretty new car isn't new anymore

A stupid young guy decided to make an u-turn without looking back

Before and after pictures:





Friday, October 23, 2009

7 %

the following reminders where written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, published of The Plain Dealer, a newspaper in Cleveland , Ohio US

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

This is something we should all read at least once a week


Its estimated 93% won't forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title '7%'
I'm in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves

Sunday, October 11, 2009

weekend result



2 big blocks are ready to be put into cushion, including machinequilting.

Just have to sew the backings .... They will be a present for a dear friend this week.

Friday, October 09, 2009

ein sehr persönliches Gedicht

sorry for my english readers, today I'm writing a lovely peom I got from a nice friend, who sent it together with hand knitted socks, she made for me. I'm not able to translate it

Gestern erhielt ich ein kleines, leichtes, wunderbares, kuscheliges, herz- und fußerwärmendes Päckchen von Andrea mit einem Paar handgestrickter Socken -
ich liebe sie !!!!!!
Nelli passt NUR auf .....
Das liebevoll gestaltete Gedicht ist soooo schön, dass ich es mit Andreas Erlaubnis folgen lasse:

Ein Paar Socken, klein und fein,
sollen jetzt Dein Eigen sein.

Masche für Masche für Dich gemacht,
sind sie doch eine wahre Pracht.


Ich weiß, sie sind rosa, nicht grün und nicht blau,
doch welche Farbe Du wolltest, wusste ich nicht genau.


Nicht zu groß und nicht zu klein,
so sollten sie am Ende sein.


Sie halten Dich warm an kalten Tagen,
ein großes Vergnügen, sie dann zu tragen.


Auch halten sie warm den Fuß und die Zehen,
ein schönes Gefühl, darin zu gehen.


Nun fühl Dich wohl und zieh sie an,
aber lasse nicht die Nelli ran.


Mit ihren Zähnen spitz und klein,
macht sie Dir nur Löcher rein.


Sei gut zu ihnen an allen Tagen
sie werden Dirs danken, besonders beim Tragen.

Diese Socken, die möchte ich Dir schenken,
wenn Du sie trägst, kannst Du an mich denken.


Ist es nicht toll, wenn Frau so liebe Freunde hat?
Liebe Andrea: ich Danke Dir SEHR

Thursday, October 08, 2009

freestyle houses

in my favorite coloration actually: purple, violet, lavender AND caterpillargreen with powerful orange roofs

When I spent some days at my friend Monikas home I was lucky and sewed the striped parts, some of her fabrics and some of mine ( I think she is doing one in the near future as well ) are included. Back home I needed some time to sew the freecutted roofs, now the rows are finished.
I love the result!!!

Did you notice my beloved KPM tomcat on the bookshelf?

Next is a green border and than a bigger purple one,
perhaps a black & white stripe in between???

what do you think about?
BTW, the quilt is for my new studio in our next house in Bavaria, we are moving to in February. I'll get a light grey comfy chair and this is ASKING for a quilt, don't you think so? Your help is more than welcome, please


TaDa
- and yesterday I ordered new Swarowsky crystals in a new color: Cyclamen Opal ( surprise: its a purple .... ) in France

Sunday, October 04, 2009

October Basket BOM - tooooo clever

Today I'm in a sewing swing - nearly done with my striped houseblocks, only some more roofs and I can start to assemble the top - TADA

Then I just interrupted to sew my October basket quickly -
like usual I love to change it a little bit .... and see what happened

this darn handle will not fit !!!!
on to that later again - grrr

Need a victory first
2nd chapter to this story:
After the finish of my freestyle houseblocks, ( had to sew several roofs )

I redrafted a new handle foundation paper and came to this result -
not really happy, but finished
Like Brenda Papadakis mantra: Better finished, than perfect