Welcome to my blog, where I write mostly about my passions applique and patchwork, crochet, watercolour painting, and photography.

I hope you enjoy reading about my projects, and that you will leave a comment before you go.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find my labels, if you are looking for something specific.

Welkom op mijn blog waar ik vooral schrijf over mijn passies appliqueren & patchwork, haken, aquarelleren en fotografie.

Ik hoop dat je het leuk vindt over mijn projecten te lezen en dat je een berichtje achter zult laten voor je mijn blog verlaat.

Als je vragen hebt, aarzel dan niet om ze te stellen.

Als je iets specifieks zoekt, vind je mijn labels helemaal onderaan mijn blog.

Anne Marieke

Sunday, 28 March 2010

A New Start & Leanne's House #3

There is a new start to show you: Frosty Knotgarden by Châtelaine. The centre of part 1, without a missing Petite Treasure Braid: Amethyst.

I'm using the NPI conversion which Martina provided.


I'm also working on block #3 of Leanne's House.
Here is the vase with roses, still a WIP:

And a small stitchery:

And whilst I was doing all that, my Furry Helper was having a snooze:

Monday, 22 March 2010

Leanne's House Block Two

This afternoon I completed block # 2 of Leanne's House:

Here are a few details of the stitcheries and applique:

This project is so much fun to work on! Block #3 arrived in the post on Saturday, so that's very tempting, but other projects are calling out to me too!

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Pretty Presents

Yesterday I forgot to mention that I had received a lovely present from Michele, containing these gorgeous goodies for my Snowbound project. Aren't they beautiful?!
Thank you, Michele!

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Two Furry Girls

Thanks for all your good wishes for our poor little Luna.

Here she is the day she got home from the clinic. I picked her up Thursday afternoon.
She spent the evening snoozing on the settee, feeling rather worse for wear.

And here she is today, much perkier and happier.

Last time, I promised to introduce you to our fourth cat: Minty.
The people at the shelter called her 'Minty', because she has a 'peppermint' on her breast. We decided the name suited her. We adopted her in January 2006 when she was approximately 8 months old. She had been found in the countryside three months before we met her, and she was not at all used to humans. Now she is very cuddly when she is alone with us, but she is very frightened of our two furry boys: Elvis and Kruimel, who don't understand her body language and chase the poor little girl.

On the stitching front, I'm still working on Leanne's House # 2. Part 3 arrived in the post today, as did part 9 of Tail Feathers quilt.
Frosty Knotgarden by Chatelaine is also calling out to me, so who knows what will happen after I complete block #2 of Leanne's House.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Details of Leanne's House #2 & Furry Friends

Since my last post, I've been working on Leanne's House block #2. Here are a few details of the applique and stitcheries:

This quilt is so much fun to work on! I'm truly addicted to it.
o - o - o
Our little furry girl Luna was in heat for the first time this week. She is nearly 11 months old now. This meant lots of sleepless nights for her (and for us, yawn...) so now it is time to catch up on lots of sleep.

Luna's operation will take place on Wednesday afternoon and I'm feeling very apprehensive about it. She will stay overnight at my brother's clinic and I will pick her up on Thursday afternoon, all being well. I'm not sure what I hate the most: her operation, or the fact that she will be away from home overnight :o(

Kruimel is having a relax too, after a rather restless week.
Next time I will introduce you to our fourth furry friend: Minty.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Leanne's House #1 With a Little Help

Last night I completed block #1 of Leanne's House. What fun this is to work on!

I couldn't have done it without the help of my faithful friend:

He has a very good paw for design, as you can see.
Of course I just had to start the second block of this gorgeous project. Not my fault that it arrived in the post last week.
Thanks for all your lovely comments.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Snowbound block # 3 completed

The pattern for this block was published this morning. Anne outdid herself again with a very surprising block. So much fun to work on!
The next block will be published April 5th. I cannot wait to see it.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Last time I promised you to introduce you to Elvis. Well, I've been trying to take pictures of him all week, and this is the best I could come up with:

It doesn't help that Elvis is basically a sissy and that he is frightened of the camera ;o)

We adopted him from a shelter in September 2005. His approximate age was 12 weeks at the time (see my avatar to see how adorable he was).

His favourite hobbies are: sleeping, eating, catching frogs and ermm, well, you get the idea, and sunbathing. Not necessarily in that order.

He is also very good at playing fetch, but only when His Elvisness feels like it.

o o o

Now, where where we with Leanne's House? Oh, yes, I had finished the little stitchery. It worked by the way, because we're currently enjoying the third "Sunny Day" in a row :o)

My creative mojo wasn't working on this one, not even after a visit to the quilt store in Haarlem on Tuesday, when I bought lots of greens:

and a gorgeous burgundy fabric which I immediately used.

But it still wasn't quite right, so I visited a very tiny new quilt store nearby and I hit the jackpot. Honestly, I could have bought a fat quarter from each bolt of fabric that was there. I ended up buying 'only' 12 ;o)

The store owner very kindly offered me these freebees, which she had sneaked in between my purchases.

Cute eh?
And then I got back to work furiously and finished the top half of block #1 of Leanne's House in the early hours of this morning.

A big thank you to Ineke and my Mum, for generously sharing their stash and sending me lovely goodies in the post. Have a look and see if you can find your fabrics in there.
And no blog entry is complete without a piccie of my cheeky helper. This piccie isn't quite sharp, but doesn't he look naughty!? He seems to have rather taken to the orts & ends bowl ;o)

Gio, will that do for number of cat piccies? ;o)
Thanks for all your lovely comments.