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

Monday, 28 June 2010

Leanne's House # 5 & Vintage Valentine

Leanne's House block #5 was completed on Saturday evening:

And then of course Vintage Valentine had to come out of hiding and I started block #1!

There are so many pieces of fabric, that I will show them to you before I start each block. Here are the materials for block #1:

And a few details:

All the pieces have been cut and the flower petals all have edges of blanket stitching made up of that pink thread. Now I'm off to measure and cut the background for this first block!

Monday, 21 June 2010

Leanne's House, Elvis & Aquilegia

More work on Leanne's House block # 5 is happening here.

This is the middle portion, which is also the middle block of the whole quilt:

I also pieced one of the four corner mini-blocks of this block. Those hearts are tiny!

And here are the boys (Kruimel on the left and Elvis on the right). It is not often that we see them together like that. Yesterday was Elvis' 5th birthday. Of course this is a 'chosen' birthday in cooperation with our vets, since we do not know when Elvis was born. We rescued him from a shelter in september 2005 when he was still very tiny.

Look how tiny he was on the day he arrived here, five years ago:

The aquilegia my MIL bought me for my birthday has started flowering again. This could be considered a miracle, since I am far from green-fingered ;o)

These little flowers are so intricate, I just had to show you both sides of this beautiful flower:

Hopefully next time I will be able to show you block #5 of Leanne's House all finished and maybe also a picture of the fabrics for Vintage Valentine.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Cat Chiropractor & I Caved

Anybody know of a good Cat Chiropractor? I fear our furry boy Kruimel may need one when he wakes up from his snooze.

And yes, I *did* cave and ordered the kit for Vintage Valentine. It is just too gorgeous.
So watch this space: you will probably witness another new start very soon :o)

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Simple Things

Not too much to show for myself this time, only the centre block of block #5 of Leanne's House. Yep, I switched to this beautiful project when the new block arrived in the post:

Other than that I'm working on the layout of this block, waiting for the Vintage Valentine pattern to arrive, along with block #7 of Le Jardin, and also doing some painting.

Monday, 7 June 2010

In Love...

with a new quilt project, that is... ;o)

I just ordered the pattern. The fabric kit will have to wait, as it is rather expensive.

It is called Vintage Valentine and was designed by Verna Mosquera.

What a beauty, eh?

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Snowbound: block # 6

Here is my little snow lady for this month. The pattern is a freebie by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Le Jardin & Painting

Another long post with plenty of piccies, since you haven't heard from me for a little while.

I'm still working on Le Jardin, because I have a lot of catching up to do before block #7 arrives.

This is the first part of block # 4:

The sidebar of this block:

And the main part of the block:

They are now ready to be assembled.

And here is block # 5, almost done apart from stitching the end of the washing line (coming from block #4) which the two birds at the top are holding, and the ribbon which embellishes the rabbit on the watering can.

There has been a lot more painting going on, since I managed to create a painting corner in my hobby room. This makes life much easier when leaving the layers to dry, without two young cats who are very interested in the water, the paints, the brushes; basically everything I need for watercolour painting! ;o)

Here are my two favourite paintings from recent sessions:
First of all, Rackwick Bay on the island of Hoy in the Orkneys (Scotland), where I'm hoping to go next year. We will be staying on the island of South Ronaldsay and hopefully there will be a little ferry or causeway to the island of Hoy, where this bay holds the most spectacular collection of boulders I have ever seen.
This painting was painted in mixed media, using water colour paints, gouache and soft pastels.

Rackwick Bay, Hoy, Orkney Islands

And this is one of my favourite places on the isle of Skye: Elgol. A different view from the usual one pointing towards the Cuillins. This is the view towards the islands of Rhum and Eigg.
Also painted in mixed media, using a combination of watercolour paints and soft pastels.

Elgol, Isle of Skye, Scotland

And whilst I was doing that, our little furbaby Luna - who hates to be locked out of my painting room - finally fell asleep on my bed and had a loooooong nap.
Tomorrow Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs (the designer of among others Le Jardin) will be publishing the 6th block for Snowbound. Guess what I'll be doing?