woensdag 30 juni 2010

Pleated fabric ATC's

There was only one rule for this swap: the fabric had to be pleated. The ATC on the left is made by Hannah. There’s a texture in the fabric, that doesn’t show in the picture. But it adds a lot of movement to the ATC. The brown one is made by Tricia. She used the same fabric she had sent me in a previous swap. I used it in the centre of my 8 x 8 inch class block! She also sent me those cute fireflies with glow in the dark paint on them.I used some vintage fabrics that I received in a previous swap for my ATC's. I ironed the folds in it and decorated it with embroidery; straight stitches on the purple one for Tricia and French knots on the blue one for Hannah. I sewed some fantasy knitting yarn on the edges.

maandag 28 juni 2010

Snail in the garden

This crazy ornament was a birthday present for a quilting friend. It’s also the result of the first 5 weeks of Sharon’s class ‘Encrusted crazy quilting’. I used a few TAST stitches in this piece: raised cup stitch flowers, knotted loop stitches and Italian knotted border stitch. I attached the braid with small bugle beads.There’s a bigger picture of this piece on my Flickr-page.

zondag 27 juni 2010

Encrusted Crazy Quilting 5

Just a quick update of my progress on the 8 x 8 inch block I made for Sharon’s class. I changed a few seams I already started working on.This is the upper right corner of my block.
The velvet braid.
Cast on stitch and feather stitch in the upper left corner.

zaterdag 26 juni 2010

Satin stitch ATC's

I’m doing a series of embroidered ATC swaps and the 4th stitch was the satin stitch. Ingrid made a lovely bumble bee for me. Sally was my swap partner again and this time I made a monogram for her.

donderdag 24 juni 2010

Italian knotted border stitch

I had no time to do some embroidery on my TAST sampler, but I made the Italian knotted border stitch on a crazy piece I’m working on. I made 2 opposite shifted rows with 2 threads of stranded DMC color variations. Next week I will show the finished piece!This stitch is part of the Take A Stitch Tuesday challenge at Pintangle.

woensdag 23 juni 2010

Zentangles in my mailbox

Last week I wrote about the zentangles I made for a swap. These are the lovely ATC’s Kim and Pam made for me.

zondag 20 juni 2010

Lace ATC's

These are the lovely ATC’s I received for this swap. Rachel used printable iron-on transfer paper for the image.The only rule in this swap was to use a piece of lace on a fabric ATC. The background of my ATC’s is denim. I put some satin ribbon over the edges of the lace and attached it with French knots. For the edge of my ATC’s I used a fantasy knitting yarn.

zaterdag 19 juni 2010

Encrusted Crazy Quilting 4

Another quick update on my progress in this class. I added some more flowers to my silk ribbon embroidery. Three days ago it looked like this . . . . . . and this is my finished floral spray.

woensdag 16 juni 2010

Encrusted Crazy Quilting 3

A quick update on my progress in this class. This braid is on my 10 x 10 inch block. I made some detached chain stitches and French knots.Yesterday I started with silk ribbon embroidery on my 8 x 8 inch block. It was the first time I tried it and I like it! Now it’s time to read the next lesson.

maandag 14 juni 2010


Last week I made another crazy ornament for a sane quilting friend. I embroidered the bee before patching the block. It’s a pattern from my book ‘Doodle-stitching’ by Aimee Ray. I’m in the third week of Sharon’s class ‘Encrusted crazy quilting’ and this ornament is the first CQ I finished. I’m very happy with the change in my style! I used a few TAST-stitches in this piece: raised cup stitch flowers, fancy hem stitch on the lace and a buttonholed herringbone above the embroidered bee. The last one is a variation, I used half herringbone stitch, half Cretan stitch instead of a herringbone stitch.This is a detail of the edge. I attached organza ribbon with French knots.
A raised cup stitch.
There’s a bigger picture of this ornament on my Flickr-page.

zaterdag 12 juni 2010


I made 2 stitchery blocks (6 x 6 inch) for swaps. The first block is a Christmas tree designed by Gail Pan. I made it for Carol in April. I showed the block I received here.Last month I made a block for Glenys. She wants to make a stitchery quilt for her grandchildren, so I made Little Red Riding Hood for her. I don’t know where I found this pattern any more.
This is the block I received last month from Natalie. She made a cowgirl cat for me! I’m not going to use it in my cat quilt, because I only use stitchery blocks on white or off white fabric for that.

dinsdag 8 juni 2010

Red zentangle & Tangled turtle

The ATC’s of my last zentangle ATC swap arrived in the USA, so I can show them now. I had a few zentangle ATC’s ready to sent. I picked a red one for Beth, because that’s her favorite color. I used a gel pen for it.Claudia was my swap partner for the third time and I had no matching zentangle ATC for her. I decided to make a tangled turtle for her, because she likes those. I drew this one with my Sakura pigma micron pens after I finished my collaborative zentangle.
I found a picture of a turtle quilt made by Dijanne Cevaal in one of my older quilt magazines. I used one of those drawings as a template for my turtle.

zondag 6 juni 2010

Buttonholed herringbone

I planned to skip the buttonholed herringbone because I already used it on some crazy patchwork here, here and here. But there had to be one on my sampler too. I used a large sequin (1,25 inch or 3 cm) and made a shisha stitch with perle 5. Then I drew a large circle around it and divided it in 16 parts (first quarters and then halfway twice) to make it easy to stitch. For the buttonholed herringbone I used a perle 5 again.

This stitch is part of the Take A Stitch Tuesday challenge at Pintangle.

zaterdag 5 juni 2010

Encrusted Crazy Quilting 2

Just a quick update of my progress on the 8 x 8 inch block I made for Sharon’s class Encrusted crazy quilting. There were 49 pages to read before I could start my embroidery! It was hard to take good pictures, so I took some detail shots too.
Buttonhole fans on the lace and straight stitches on the braid below.
Herringbone stitch and Cretan stitch.
Feather stitch.

dinsdag 1 juni 2010

Raised cup stitch again

I didn’t touch my embroidery for almost a week! But today I made some time to finish my raised cup stitch sampler. First I added some purple and blue flowers next to the red and yellow one’s I already made with perle 5. Shirley added a lot of beads to the center of her flowers and that reminded me of the drizzle stitch. So I made some drizzle stitches in my flowers and then I decorated them with woven picot leaves.My next raised cup flower is a daffodil. I made 2 rounds of stitches with perle 5 with a small French knot inside. For the petals I used the woven picot again.
I wanted to try a different yarn too, so I used an acrylic thread for these flowers.
After all those flowers I wanted to do something different. I used the raised cup stitch for the wheels of a car with a silver bead inside. The car is done with a padded satin stitch. My complete sampler is on my Flickr-page.