back from a wonderful journey through California & Delaware

Monday, January 31, 2011

February gift

Today I bought a gift for me to present the compound with the members of a private Yahoogoup I'm part of.

Most of the ladies are wearing this friendship knot

love it

Saturday, January 29, 2011

slowly, but constant

is my Baby growing
Last block I finished is G 8,
YES all the points are fine, just the picture isn't good

BTW:
27 days until I meet Bonnie
AND Caroline, from Belgium
AND Valerie, from France
AND Carolyn, from Maine
we 3 are members of a private, little Yahoogroup who met at the DJ Retreat in Shipshewana! isn't that exciting?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

DJ class and

Last Monday the 1th DJ classes took place.
I showed the progress on my Row Jane and explained the measurement of the sashing and triangles. How to add the kites and the scalloped border. The mainfocus was on F 5 this time to explain handsewing.

While I was in the shop somebody crashed my car ............ grrr its younger than one year. Of course mine is the Ibiza ...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

slow like a snail

this weekend I spent many hours in my studio, working on a Christmas Row Jane
made in 2oo5 with participants from the States, UK and me. Susan
was one of the ladies. It waited 5 years now to get finished. Due to the fact that I'm teaching a Dear Jane class locally I'll get practice with the border and scalloped edges on this UFO - NOW
I asked for input on a private Yahoo group and Barbs proposal was to add stars into the kites - because of the Christmas fabrics
I choose F 7 Star Struck for 3 corners and will do G 6 Papa's Star in the 4th corner. To get it matching I'll do it it 3,5 inches and frame it like F 7

Unfortunately I made the wrong fabric choice, it would have been much better to have a red background and a golden star ....
But I learned a lot - stay tuned

Next question:
would you do the fabric of the scalloped border
in creme/golden or in red ?????????????
HELP please

a n d BTW: there are 3 spots left in the pay it forward game ....

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pay it forward 2011

Pay it forward 2011:
I promise something handmade to the next 4 people who leave a comment here. However, to be eligible, you must repost this status, offering something handmade to 5 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.
One person signed in already: Caroline... - WELCOME!!

This game is supposed to be continued

I posted this also on my Facebook account - and will close here, when I got 4 more people

Monday, January 10, 2011

Excited !!!! - just 45 days from today

Caroline from Brussels and I are two of a bunch of lucky quilter who are going to have a workshop with - TADA - YES - drumroll - with
Bonnie Hunter from North Carolina
She is running a fabulous blog and has a GREAT website with many, many FREE patterns - especially for scrapquilt lovers. Watch the right side of the screen under "Free Scrap Quilt Patterns"
She is such a generous, clever and efficient person. She teach how to use scraps!

Caroline and I met via the dearjane community and visited each other more than once. In 2oo5 we where supposed to travel together to the DJ Retreat in the lovely Amish village Shipshewana, Indiana. Unfortunately she had serious health issues, so I had to travel on my own. Glad to meet her again!
Like another Janiac ( hi Rosemary! ) we started counting the days:
45 days until we meet near Stuttgart.

"Cathedral Stars" is the workshop we are doing together on Friday.

In the evening we'll see Bonnie's trunkshow

and to make it complete I was lucky to get a seat in "Star Struck" on Sunday, which is planned in violet and green mainly.

I played with EQ to plan ahead the size I like, no need for that big quilts here.
YES, I know both patterns are on her website for free, but I think it is much more fun to meet her in person!
happy dancing here

Sunday, January 09, 2011

My taupe DJ 23-0-0-208

During the weekend I managed to make 2 Birthday DJ blocks for a Janaic from Finland in white-on-white/blue. The blocks for the next Birthday are prepaired in musling/red/orange.
For my baby I did M 12, pic later
- my printer just isn't cooperating, due to missing ink .....
wishing everybody a nice Monday

Friday, January 07, 2011

H 12 - Hannah's Heart - variations

Due to the fact that I'm the frontwoman of a Dear Jane group at the LQS I'm in charge to analyze the blocks more seriously than I would, if I just sew my Baby.
H 12 is an interesting block, which I sewed many times before for various charity projects (healing hugs quilts)
When I looked at this welknown block seriously I realized the difference between the original block made by Jane Stickle and the scetch Brenda Papadakis signed.
Somewhere in the worldwideweb I found the way to do it closer to Janes' version.
Unfortunatly I don't remember where - so if somebody knows the IT adress please let me know, I'ld love to give credit.


I pieced 8 triangles for the heartshapes ( see my picture from the back ) and appliqued the outer frame of the background fabric on top of it. This was a littly tricky because of the sharp points ....

The white-on-white / icy blue version is going to be an addition to some swapped blocks I have so far. A new built European Dear Jane Club is swapping Birthday blocks in colors we ask for - so my frosty blocks will get some company during 2o11.

I 1 is also finished - so it reads now
My taupe DJ 22-0-0-189

Thursday, January 06, 2011

A 6 Dad's Plaids


simple, but pretty and ready

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A 3 - Hunters Moon

is just reday - made during the TV evening
tricky block


- will have to prepair another one for my students later to show them how to do this block
The 2nd block will me made from my white-on-whites and frosty blues with silver
Now my signature line is reading
My taupe DJ 20-0-0-151
http://beadtex.blogspot.com

my first DJ block in 2o11

is a compensation for the simple M 10
somewhere I saw an interesting block which I signed in EQ. Today I made it from my taupe fabrics - very little contrast here ....