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X-Stitch and Tammy Bag Blog Hop

It is time for the first Sew We Quilt blog hop of the year 2015!!!

And here is the schedule of today, the 1st day of this hop! Please visit all the other creative bloggers today, I bet they also had quite some work with their stitching and sewing!

January 9, 2015

And when 4 creative minds like Mdm Samm, Brooke Nolan, Cori Blunt and cheerleader Mary are THE ones working behind the scenes for this hop, it has to be a VERY SPECIAL one!

I have to admit that this hop quite challenged me for the last few weeks.


For this hop, we had the opportunity to choose a free vintage x-stitch pattern from Brooke, these 4 seasonal patterns were  especially designed for the hop. As all the designs were just so fantastic (and still are, of course!), I bought the whole bunch.... but I knew already that I would never be able to stitch all of them for today.

We also were provided for one free pattern of  Cori's pinnies, but guess what, I also bought all of them also..... LOL


The stitchery had to be used to sew a Tammy bag (frame bag), and the pinnie had also to be pinned to the bag.... so let's see how it looks like....


I NEVER EVER x-stitched in my whole life before, I absolutely had no idea how long it would take me to finish one stitchery..... mmmmmh, ways to long...... so please, don't be too critical about my work, LOL!


I chose the "summer" pattern, I just love summer with its heat, blue sky, sunshine :-)


I stitched the pattern on Aida Count 14

And here is the Summer bag... As I did not have a frame as described in the Tammy Pattern by Mdm Samm, I designed this bag especially for this rounded frame.

And here the pinnie, designed by Cori, on the back.

@ Cori: I could not stitch the needle through the birdie, I am sooo sorry, I always had the feeling of hurting the bird.....

Then I wanted to make a smaller bag when I saw this free pattern in a blog post of a fellow quilter.

The pattern itself is from Holly, have a look at her blog!

And here is the whole bag, I love it!

I did not add a pinnie to this one as the frame is quite small.

And here the pic of my two finished bags....

My "spring" pattern is not yet finished, but it won't take me many hours to complete anymore :-)

The stitching has been quite a challenging work for a beginner like me, I must admit, and I was very grateful to have all these helping gadgets with me for this journey....

The greatest super lamp for stitching (and quilting!!!)

Beam & Read

I will never ever give this lamp back, I just love it and it is worth every cent!

I use it a lot in the evening, and today I was sewing a black binding around a black mugrug, so this was again the best light for this work!

Then this terrific pattern holder magnet, done by MsAppleheartshoppe....

I tell you, they are sooo strong they hold even big scissors or my lost coins hiding in my tote!

With these glasses, even the smallest holes in the Monaco fabric look like huge golf holes, smile.....

And I love love this nostalgic wooden spoolholder from Rita, a quilting friend of mine.

Her brother is carpenter and does this beautiful work.

At the top of the holder, there are two magnets which take care of the needle. That way, I don't have to search for my needle all the time!

I wish you all a great hop, I am looking forward to all the fantastic creations!








Thank YOU, Samm, Brooke, Cori & Mary for the creative and challenging fun we all have!


Hugs from Switzerland

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Some paper pieced blocks

Did some paper piecing the last days, just leaving my thoughts having a rest and my machine sewing a lot.....

I could test the two following patterns from Janeen, a very talented paper piecing designer!

Have a look at her patterns, they are great!

The blocks I tested are part of her Christmas Wall Hanging!

Starting Monday 8 December until 20 December
she will post a FREE pattern each day.

So, why you not also beeing part of the fun?

And I am linking up for the Paper Piecing Party with Janeen !

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Light-Winner, let is shine.....

And this lucky bird won a felted light....

Comment #56 which was:

"Your bags are just beautiful! You made some wonderful gifts. You received some beautiful gifts as well. Have a wonderful Christmas!"

Congrats AMY, you will receive it by mid of December :-)

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T'was THE night - Blog Hop!!

Welcome to a very special blog hop hosted by Mdm Samm and cheered by Marlene.... This blog is so special, because we were supposed not only to show projects, which can be done in a few hours for X-mas, BUT (and this makes it soooo special) to send a handmade gift to the blogger next on the list.....

This means I received something from Geta's Quilting Studio and sent a parcel to Hill Valley Quilter..... Imagine our anticipation for this blog, sending and receiving little gifts before X-mas, to be trained for THE time... LOL!

So, let's first start with the gift I received from Geta. I am reading the blog of Geta quite a while, I bought some of her bag patterns, they are really easy to follow and I just love these. I was really thrilled when I received her package, wondering what she would have been making for me...

And I received 2 wonderful pouches, with the fantastic material faux suede, so soft and nice. I really can use these pouches, they are already filled with hundreds of paper pieces templates.... one can never ever have enough bags, LOL.


She also included a whole package of these pens which wash-away... She wrote a post regarding these, if you have time, have a look! I did not test them yet, but I am very happy to have them now at home!

And then she made a wonderful AMC for me, with her special trapunto method, I love love love it!

Thank YOU Geta, for this special package filled with wonderful things!

And here now the little things which I did the last few weeks. Most of them really only need 3-4 hours attention and work, and they are always a wonderful gift for special persons :-)

Little frame purses, bigger and very small....

Table runners, bigger and smaller.

All these 3 projects were made with the same template:

60 degree diamond

Kitchen towel with a sweet paper pieced block...

Some Clamshell Purses, in all sizes and variation

And this afternoon, I found the perfect tree to show these gifts, I am a very lucky person !

Besides sewing, I also enjoy felting very much.

I decided to make a special present for very special persons this year:




Measuring the glas which will receive a felt-dress.....

Layering the sooooo fine wool on the pattern....

I used Wensleydale-wool (white) with some coloured one

and that is how the glas looks like at the end with its new wonderful dress ....

And the light will shine, still bright  but much warmer,

the perfect light for T'was the night......

And I would like to end my posting with a special give-away, something special for T'was the night....

I will give away a LIGHT, yes, a felted one.....

It will be smaller than the ones in the above picture, but the LIGHT will have its own felted dress and will show YOU its special shining for the special days of the year.....

I will not be sending the light by the end of the week, it will leave Switzerland in about 2 weeks, so be surprised if you are the lucky bird to win ...


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Beware!!! Black Cat Crossing......

Time again for the creepy wicked blog hop of the year....

A huge MERCI to Mdm Samm and  Wicked Wendy for cheering us and keeping us busy for this bewitched hop!

A huge thank you as well to our sponsors Maywood Studio for supporting this hop!

Today, the following  creators are presenting their creepy projects, have a really good look at all of them !


Thursday, October 30

Switzerland is not the typical Halloween-country, but my 3 smalls boys are getting very fond of it, as most kiddies do I presume.

So I decided to sew something for the kitchen table, a big table runner if I can describe it like this, LOL....

And this lady was the inspiration for the quilt.... may I present.....



yes yes, that is her real name....


she is really a black cat, a bewitched one


difficult character, but she is so lovely ... to ME....


She never accepted nor my hubbie nor my kiddies


just listening to her mommy witch

(which is me....)

So I decided to stitch her on my huge table runner, she is the perfect black cat...

As you can see, I did a mixture of stitching by hand and machine quilting in the single blocks.

Thank you for reading this long post, and a kind of ... creepy ... farewell from Diva.... smile

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