Antigua Holidays

 

IMG_2824Spending some time together with my hubby…yehhhh just him and I in the beautiful Island of Antigua. I tell You I was in paradise for sure.

Sooo miss it now…:-)))

The ocean turquoise blue and so clear and warm. The resort “St.James Club and Villas” truly a fantastic place.

Let me tell you the people just sooooo happy all the time…but how could you not living in the sunshine all the time and having the sound of the evening crickets chirp you to sleep. IMG_3859 Once the crickets stop you know it is time to get up!!!….and the birds start to sing….as you hear the surf of the ocean hit the shore and the palm leaves swing in the wind…So Peaceful and relaxing.

We where able to go onto two snorkeling trips. One with a catamaran along the Caribbean side of the Ocean that we booked and one right from our resort.  Guess what, that trip we won at Monday nights mangers party …luck us the ocean was calm on the second last day of our holidays.

IMG_3811Conch shells where lots to be found…smiles without the conch in it and to get the pink colour one had to find the one that was still housing the conch in it…and hubby dove down to the ocean floor several times to find some for us….We had seen a stingray and several schools of beautiful fishes even two big barracuda where close to us too…..

I think the pictures will tell you a story all on its own.

I sure can tell you I really miss that part of our world…and I am happy to say all that rain has finally stopped that we have been getting since we came back …..so I can be outside again enjoying my gardening now all is green… (cry not ocean blue….)

Memories are beautiful to have too….one day we will be back.

 

 

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Jelly Roll Bags

File 2017-04-12, 9 26 54 AMYes out of one Jelly Roll Fabric bundle I have sewn up 4 of these wonderful spring-summer take along bags.

Von einem Jelly Roll Fabric Bündel habe ich 4  wunderbaren Frühling-Sommer Taschen genäht 

Perfect for going to the beach, or just carry along your necessary items. Perhaps your project bag for your knitting or crocheting…you name it just a overall handy little bag to have.

I found this free pattern on Shabby Fabric.com I am in love with her tutorials on YouTub. Very clear instructions and easy to follow too.

Now the only problem I have is I love them all and can’t decide the one I will keep….

Eine ideale Tasche für zum Strand, oder auch nur so schenll zum Kaffe zu gehen und nur das Notwendigste  mit zu bringen. Ja natürlich auch eine perfect Projekttasche für das Stricken oder Häkeln …

Ich fand dieses kostenlose Muster bei “Shabby Fabric.com” So viele tolle YouTube Tutorials fand ich dort. Sehr klare Anweisungen und leicht zu folgen.

Nun habe ich ein problem…lach welche Tasche soll ich für mich selber behalten…..

Squirrel – Winter Fun

img_9085A week ago we had the second snowfall of this winter-season. Perfect time to get my camera outside to see what we can capture.

Smile I thought it will just be snow, berries, branches, bushes and lanterns covered in snow. Well look again….

A Squirrel was busy munching on some berries. So cool how it hangs in the tree.

Me, still trying to figure out my camera and all the bells and whistles it has. Decided to set it at “Manual” setting this time and learn how to get the correct setting for what I want to see. Yes I know some could be better but good for now.img_9087-2

 

Vor einer Woche hatten wir den zweite Schneefall in diser  Winter-Saison.  Perfekte,  meine Kamera in Motion zu setzen. Mal sehen was wir so zu sehen bekommen durch die Linse.  Lächelnd dachte ich, es wird nur Schnee, Beeren ,Zweige, Sträucher und Lampen sein die im Schnee bedeckt sind. Doch schau her ….ein Eichhörnchen!  Ganz beschäftigt kaute es hängend am Baum einige Beeren. So cool, wie es da herum hängt.

Oh ja ich weiss,  bin immer noch am lernen. Meine Kamera hat so vieles dass ich noch nicht kann. Doch beschlossen ich diesmal nur on  “Manual” photos zu nehmen.  Die richtige Einstellung für dass was ich sehe und alles muss besonders bei Tieren schnell schnell gehne.  Ja, ich weiß, dass einige könnte besser sein, aber gut für jetzt.

Sewn Zentangle Portrait

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ZENTANGLE SELF PORTRAIT

A Portrait of mine all done on my sewing machine. Wow this took 12 hours to finish and look at this. Cool I think.

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Our class teacher Ana Paula Brasil is really fantastic and with so much spunk.  However I was not so sure about drawing my face or anyones face for that matter.  Really don’t like drawing faces. Rather landscapes, mountains or sit by a pond peaceful quiet places you know…. Faces and people are not quiet. I know that is just what I think…file-2016-09-14-9-25-11-am

 

 

This next part though is AMAZING! You get to draw with your sewing machine and create a picture all by filling in the blank spots…..Really love this part of the project, I could do this all over again.  Now what to do with this is the big question. Perhaps I use it as a panel for a quilt.

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Ana Paula Brasil  holding the drawing, where I have the drawing on fabric that I am working on. A good five hours to this point. With Ana explaining the idea on how we should look at drawing this kind of cartoon portrait.

 

Ein Portrait von mir, alles mit meine Nähmaschine genäht. Wow ganze 12 Stunden war ich dabei, dieses zu beenden.

Unsere lehrerin Ana Paula Brasil ist wirklich fantastisch und mit so viel Mumm. Allerdings war es mir nicht  so drum mein Gesicht von einem Bild zu zeichnen.  Paste mir gar nicht!  Zeichne viel lieber  Landschaften, Berg oder sitz bei einem Teich dort wo es ruhige ist.  Menschen und Gesichter sind nicht ruhig. Na ja so denke ich.

Dieser nächste Teil ist aber echt Toll! Jetzt darf ich mit der Nähmaschine alle lehre Teile ausfüllen und ein Bild herstellen!  ….. wirklich lieben diesen Teil des Projekts.  Fertig! ganze 12 stunden brauchte das…so was soll ich damit machen, ist die große Frage. Vielleicht benutze ich es als eine Teile für eine Steppdecke….

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my favourite part of this project, drawing with the sewing machine!

Homespun Rag Quilt

2016-05-23 19.23.58Yes new Homespun fabric has arrived at “The Quilt Store” where I work…

Love the colours and I have to tell you the Homespun is one of my favourite fabrics by far.

Well next to the batik. But with batik you can’t make a rag quilt…So this Homespun  is a perfect weight for a spring or summer evening cuddle quilt sitting by the fire camping or in your backyard.

You too can sew this up in no time.

 

I was kind of thinking of making a longer rag wrap quilt for me to put over my shoulders in the evenings…but really need to get some headway with some of my knitting too.

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small bundel

All you need is half a meter of 6 colours each. 

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Cut them into 6″ squares  (my front and back are the same fabric) then deco stitch a “X” with any fancy stitch you like onto the 6″square. Sew them all in a pleasing way together with a 1/2″ sem . I had 6 squares by 9 squares as you can see in the picture or at the store.

For the edging you need about 1.20 meters of one colour cut them into 5″ stripes and fold in half. This amount was based on the length 9 squares that now are only 5″ due to the 1/2″ seam. I sewed the edge onto the 9 square length first then the 5 square edge.

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before the wash

Cut the fringes and off to the wash…Please make sure once you put this into the drier you empty the filter about every 3-5 minutes believe me it will be full of lint.

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lint amount every 3-5 minutes! So make sure you empty it often

 

Rheinfelden, Switzerland

2016-04-20 11.12.42Rheinfelden is a town next to my hometown Möhlin only about a 10 minute  drive away from us. Love visiting it every time I come home. For many reasons…Has my favourite yarn store “Strickeria Gomitolo” there.  Rheinfelden has a really nice “Altstadt” all  in cobblestone and only foot traffic. Sooo very pretty you have to walk the side paths on your next visit  too!  See one of my older posts. Rheinfelden is surrounded by a huge stone wall from the old times 2016-04-20 12.12.07

From the Swiss Rheinfelden you can cross the bridge by foot to the German Rheinfelden too. And on the way there have a walk on our famous “Inseli”2016-04-24 16.27.00-1 You can see the “Schwarzwald” (Blackforest )  from there too.  It is home to Feldschlösschen, the most popular beer in Switzerland. Oh and did I tell you about the little Goats they have just outside the city walls…sooo cute.  I am in love with the animals…

2016-04-20 11.14.42Rheinfelden ist eine Altstadt neben meiner Heimatdorf Möhlin nur ca. 5-10 Minuten mit dem Auto von uns entfernt. Wenn ich auf Besuch gehe in die Schweiz gehe ich immer dort in das Städtlein für viele Gründe…es besitzt mein lieblings Geschäft “Strickeria Gomitolo“. 2016-04-20 11.47.19Die “Altstadt” ist belegt mit……. Ohhh bitte helft mir aus hier ist es auch “Kobblestein” genannt? auch nur für den Fußgängerverkehr . Sooo super toll! Doch Du musst auch die  vielen Seitenwege hoch laufen !  Ja auch das das Felschösschen Bier kennen  wir ja alle 

Von dem Schweizer Rheinfelden  kannst Du auch zu Fuss über die Brücke zu den Deutschen2016-04-24 16.19.46 Rheinfelden. Und auf dem Weg dorthin schnell auf einen Spaziergang an unserem berühmten “Inseli” von dort kannst Du den Schwarzwald im Hintergrund sehen. Oh ja hatte bald fergessen …die Geissli sind sooo sweet…

 

 

Oh Canada

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“OH CANADA”

was hoping to find a jellyroll with all Swiss prints on the fabric…but my time back home in Switzerland did not allow it. So decided to just make this the quilt it is now.

My Canadian Quilt.

With the hope one day I will find that jellyroll of Swiss prints too.

Thank you Ursula for once again helping me quilt my quilt and for our great Swiss friendship. Du bisch min Goldschatz!

 

 

File 2016-05-06, 7 00 53 PMDieser Quilt “OH CANADA”  gefält mir recht gut.  War auf der Suche nach einem Jellyroll Stoff bedruckt mit Schweizer Motiven …aber meine Zeit dazu war zu kurtz. So beschloss ich nun diesen Quilt fertig zu nähn.  Meine Kanadischer Quilt.  In der Hoffnung, dass ich eines Tages doch noch so etliche Schweizer Motiven Stoff finden werde. 

 

Danke Ursula für wie immer mir deine  Hilfe anzubieten damit ich meine Steppdecke fertig quilten kann und für unsere Schweizer Freundschaft. Du bist mein Goldschatz!