Wednesday, June 30, 2010

One Flower Wednesday...

Two flowers done today!  I traded the blue-patterned fabric with a friend...I thought it would be great for my hexies!

Total flowers made as of today: 8

I've been busy preparing lots of hexagons.  It's always nice to have some to take along in my purse, as I like to stitch while waiting for appointments, etc.  It's amazing how much you can get done while waiting for other folks!!  ;o)

Have a great evening!

Mary Ann

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Poppies and Klosjes...

This time of year is special here in Denmark...the beautiful scarlet poppies are blooming in the fields. 

The pictures just don't do them justice.  You almost have to experience this beauty in person.

This is my second batch of Klosjes.  They're made with three different fabrics.  I liked the look of the "thread" being a different colour than the "spools"!

And here on the left is Brenda Papadakis' June Block of the Month.  I couldn't resist making a little matching Klosje-Kousin to go along with it!  If you're interested in making Brenda's free BOM's, please check out the Dear Jane website for more information.

Well, that's all for now!  Take care and enjoy your weekend!

Hope you're having lovely weather like we are here in Denmark!

All the best!

Mary Ann

Thursday, June 24, 2010

One Flower Wednesday...One Day Late!

Well, my hexagons are finally taking shape!  I'm a procrastinator, I must admit!  It's taken me a while to get going on these little sweeties!!  I got myself into a rut with regards to choosing the right fabric....decison-making was never my strongest suit!  Even as a kid, I could never choose between all those luscious ice-cream flavours when my parents took us on Sunday outings!  Now,  I still find it hard to decide on the little things, like fabric for projects!!!!    Anyway, I wanted to go with blues and reds with a yellow centre, but  didn't have sufficient amounts of the yellow.  So, I chose two different fabrics in the same tones, which I hope will compliment each other.  This is the first:

I really became engrossed with these hexies!!!!  One quickly turned into two, two into three and I guess you know the rest!!!

I'm using my Civil War reproductions that I have left over from piecing my Dear Jane quilt.  I have a soft spot for these repros...they're so compatible with everything!  I'm also using them for my Klojses, which has also been keeping me busy!

I discovered these Clover templates a while ago...they're fantastic for drawing the hexi-shapes onto the fabric.  I use a  .05 Pigma pen for tracing.  I'm also hand-piecing my hexies, as the English Paper Piecing method is a bit too hard on my wrists (rheumatoid arthritis).  I've previously pieced an octagon quilt top via the EPP method, but I've  since moved on to good old "American Piecing"!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Mary Ann

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Klosje Zaterdag!!!

I've thoroughly been enjoying my Klosjes!!!  I decided to make them totally out of my scrap-basket and I'm now up to 21 of the little lovelies!


I recently ordered a stamp set by Cindy Blackberg to make my Klosje-work a bit quicker!!  Cindy's blocks finish at 2 and 3/4 inches and quickly fill your fabric with easy to cut lines.

I ordered my stamp kit from Tina at Pappy's Quilt Place, as she ships internationally.  Thanks, Tina, for your friendly and quick service!
On second thought, I think I'm going to make two Klosje quilts!!  One from my regular scrap-basket and another with left-over Civil War reproduction fabrics from my Dear Jane quilt.

Have a nice Zaterdag evening!!

Mary Ann  

Monday, June 7, 2010

Leaving The Nest!

"Hey, Ma and Pa! Wait for me...I'm coming!!!"

Well, the time has come for our little birds to head out into the big world!  We've enjoyed following their development and feel great knowing that there'll soon be even more sweet songs in our garden!

And speaking of the garden, I found a little stray cat hiding out there yesterday!!  Hmmm...wonder where she came from???!!!!
I'll leave you with a few pictures of what's been growing outside!




Have a great evening!!!
All the best!
Mary Ann