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

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

My Garden

Postie finally brought a little package from Australia containing block 6 of My Garden by Lynette Anderson.

This reminded me that I had almost completed block 4, The Birdbath. It only needed the bird's wing attaching and also the wooden birdie.

Block 6 is very cute with a very pretty ladybird. But block 5 still needs doing, so I guess I just have to ignore this little ladybird for now.

Three little newborn baby hats are now waiting to be assembled. On Saturday I received some really pretty and colourful wool in the post, three different colours from the "Baby Wool Color" range from Schachenmayr/Nomotta. The 25 gram balls that this wool comes in are ample to knit the baby hats that Save the Children asks for. Very cute!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Scandinavian Christmas Progress

My Scandinavian Christmas project is coming along nicely. Here is part 1, more or less completed:

The perfectionist in me couldn't live with the 'untidy' cross stitches I ended up with in the stitched border, so I went with this trim instead. Some work needs doing to tidy the trim up a bit, but I do like the overall look of this block. I couldn't iron it, because the blue tracing lines haven't entirely faded.

Block 2 is coming along nicely too. It has four churn dash blocks, of which I have one completed and two cut and prepared, but not yet pieced. It also has one stitched snow flake block similar to the two in block 1.
The fabric looks grey in these photos, but it is a taupe-coloured linen-look fabric.

Of course the Ort Master helped me.....

...but not for very long this time. He got utterly bored with all those pieces of fabric which I was cutting, only to put them back together again.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Two Charities

Isn't it lovely when charities and stitching/knitting are somehow related?!

The first charity I would like to draw your attention to is a Dutch one: Save the Children is asking knitters to knit hats for newborn babies in India.

The second one is Quilt Aid 2010:
The chosen charity of Quilt Aid USA this year is very close to my heart. They are supporting a hospital in Ethiopia, a country where I lived as a child.

There are many quilting and stitchery blocks to choose from.
The theme is Heart & Home.

My choice was this block designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.

I'm still eyeing the other gorgeous blocks ;o)


Please, if you are a knitter and have some spare wool (it needs to be pure wool, for safety reasons) and a bit of time on your hands: a little hat only takes a few hours to knit. You can download the pattern from the special website. The project runs till end of February 2011.

Thank you.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Quiet? This is the reason why!

You don't really think I can do anything at all when the Ort Master is in charge?

Friday, 5 November 2010

Lots of News

It has been a while since I updated my blog.

This afternoon I paid a visit to my favourite LNS and bought the materials for Scandinavian Christmas by Lynette Anderson.

The pattern has been screaming at me ever since it arrived before our holidays and now I just had to go out and buy the essentials :o)

This is what the quilt will approximately look like when it is done.

Image copyright Lynette Anderson.

Today I completed block 11 of Snowbound by Bunny Hill Designs. Anne Sutton designed another very cute block for this month. Only one more to go and then all the piecing and finishing still needs to be done. But at least I'm caught up with all the blocks.

And Kruimel aka the Ort Master is convinced he still fits in the basket of the climbing pole. It is a very tight squeeze, as you can see!

We are in the process of constructing a big cat enclosure in our garden, so they can go out for some fresh air and a bit of scratching and climbing, and still be safe. Once there is more to see and the garden is not such a huge mess anymore, I will share pictures.
Apart from Snowbound, I worked on My Garden BOM block 4 (also by Lynette Anderson) which is very nearly done (I will share a picture soon) and also lots of work was done on Le Jardin by Bunny Hill Designs. I need to find a way of displaying what I have completed so far, to see what progress I have made to date. That quilt is huge! More about that soon.