March 29, 2011

My first BOM

It is this time of the year again!!

spring 2011 photos from our garden
spring 2011 photos from our garden
spring 2011 photos from our garden
spring 2011 photos from our garden

4-patch reversible patchwork pin cushion
4-patch reversible patchwork pin cushion
4-patch romantic roses reversible patchwork pin cushion
4-patch romantic roses reversible patchwork pin cushion
In the dutch patchwork and quilt magazine they started a new BOM 2011 project and this time I have decided to quilt along my own english paper piecing king size quilt!

quilt en zo nr. 7 This is what I have done so far. I am a little bit behind the schedule but we started going to the camping in the weekends so I will have plenty of time to catch up. I prepare the scraps and papers and take them with me when we go.

blocks of BOM 2011 quilt en zo - english paper piecing hexagons


March 18, 2011

Howto: felted balls/beads

I have felted things I have knitted using the waching machine for sxample the flowers I attached to my winter hat.
I also felded some beads using soap and water and it took much time and I didn't like the feeling you get in your hands when they are wet for a long time.

What if, I thought, I make pompoms with the Clover pom-pom maker using the 100% wool left overs? I think I could make felted balls/beads really fast.
That is what I did.

You will need:
Clover pom pom maker ( I used size small)
yarn 100% wool.

step 1: make pom-poms

making pom poms with clover pom-pom maker small
making pom poms with clover pom-pom maker smallWith this tool, the Clover pom pom maker I make lots of pom poms in a very short time.
I didn't trim them or made them ball because I would put them in the washing machine anyway.

lots of pom poms in a short time
more pom poms in a short time
step 2: put in the washing machine.
I put them in the washing machine for a week. just with the other clothes that I would wash anyway. after the first time they are already felted. not yet round though but more oval. After 3-4 washings they are perfect round and ready to be used.

felted beads / balls after washing in the washing machine
perfect round felted ball out the washing machine
perfect round felted ball out the washing machine

March 8, 2011

Apples and pears - quilt

Yesterday I said goodbye to my recent finished quilt "Apples and pears" and send it to the quilt exhibition in the fruitmuseum in Kapelle, Netherland there it will stay for almost a year.


It is difficult to see the first-time hand quilting I did arroud the fruit. I took some close up photo's of the stitches but I can't find them on the computer

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