Thursday, July 14, 2016

I'm in the garden

Well, to be honest - I don't have a garden. But my cousin has one: a nice, very green and pleasently cool place where I spend many hours during the summer. Today I would like to take you for a stroll through this wonderful place.

The garden is dominated by a lot of purple lavender which is

loved by bees

and butterflies.

There are roses,



and many other flowers.

The garden is watched by a tiger

and a wolf.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

52 weeks of creativity: Coffee

This is my favorite cup for my morning coffee.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

52 weeks of creativity

Catching up on the 52 weeks of creativity challenge over at Karin's blog.

Black and White


These are a few of my favorite things

flowers, books and everything for quilting and sketching




On a railroad embankement near my home is this mural depicting travelling by train






This is my birthday stash







What makes me happy

Felix knows exactely how to manipulate me - so if my dog is happy I am happy



After spending a few days in New York City I have more than enough pictures fitting for reflection



Unhealthy but oh so tasty

I really like this challenge - thank you Karin for organizing it. I hope that this will be the last time that I fall so far behind.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

52 weeks of creativity: Vienna

The "Riesenrad" (Giant Wheel) in Vienna on a dreary winter day.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016


The challenge "52 weeks of creativity" called for yellow this week. What a good excuse to buy some flowers! These are the "most yellow" ones I could get.

Friday, March 4, 2016

New block for the Splendid Sampler

Well - this block looks really easy. Quite a few pieces but nothing that would pose any problem.
First I cut all the pieces, checked the numbers once again and started sewing. Then I realized that one large green square was missing. Looked everywhere but it was gone. Cut another square and did the 4 center squares.
Started sewing the "flying geese". Sewed half of them and then realized that the placement of the the red and blue triangles needed some thinking. Ironed the four "flying geese" and laid them out with the big triangles. Decided where the red and blue triangles had to be on the other 4 "geese". Realized that 4 other squares I (think I) did cut were gone. Nowhere to be found. Cut another 4 squares. Checked the placement of the blue and red triangles once more and made the 4 remaining "geese". Had it all wrong. At this point I did stop and called it a day.
The next day I sewed all the parts together - no problem at all.

So here's the block "Focal  Point" by Natalia Bonner.

6 blocks done - 94 to go.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New block for the Splendid Sampler

"Simple Simon" by Celine Perkins

 5 blocks done - 95 to go.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Splendid Sampler

"Happy Happy" by Jen Kingwell

4 blocks done - 96 to go

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Splendid Sampler

Another heart block for my Splendid Sampler. 
Many tiny pieces. 
In Vienna we call this stuff "Fitzelei".

Here is "Lots of Love" by Melissa Corry

3 blocks finished - 97 to go.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

52 weeks of creativity: Sleep

This week's theme was sleep. And nobody in my family knows better how to sleep well and long than Felix, my dog.

He sleeps everywhere in the apartment. 

In front of the door ...

... along the wall ...

... under my desk ...

... in his doggy bed ...

... and partially outside of it.

See - the best sleeper around.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Splendid Sampler

Block 2 of the sampler is all about butterflies. It was a bit tricky as the block is 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm) and consists of 46 pieces. One square is 1 x 1 inch (2,5 x 2,5 cm). But nobody said it would be simple. And to be honest - that's what I like about it: simple and easy would be boring.

"Wings" by Jane Davidson

2 blocks finished - 98 to go.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Splendid Quilting

Ups - I did it again! I know it's not so good an idea but I couldn't resist. I really tried hard. Really. But its too good to not be part of it.


100 blocks in a year - 2 blocks each week. 2 blocks per week sounds managable (although I already know that I will fall back from time to time).

I decided to use only fabric that I already have. This is not a big sacrifice as my stash is really large. I searched for all my little pieces of hand-dyed and marbled fabric - this will be my color palette.

I was anxiously waiting for the first block and on February 14 it was in my in-box. "Hearts Aflutter" - the perfect block for Valentine's day. One block done - 99 to go.

"Hearts Aflutter" by Pat Sloan
machine sewn, hand appliquéd

Thursday, February 11, 2016

52 weeks of creativity: Something that makes me happy

I didn't have to think long for this week's prompt. Something that really makes me happy and relaxed and calm and content and simply feel good - is the sea.

Monday, February 8, 2016

52 weeks of creativity: Red

I'm a little bit delayed in posting but I had to buy my "favorite red" first. 

It's not only a beautiful color but also a very tasty interior.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

52 weeks of creativity: Memories

I will share with you memories of the place I love the most: Tuscany. I will not show you pictures of all the famous sights (you will know them already) but of the small things and the landscape. When I am looking at the photos I can immediately feel the heat, smell the fragrance of the pine needles and taste the wine.  What a beautiful place and how many great memories!

Ok - I have to show you one sight. It's - in my opinion - the most beautiful building in the world: the Campanile (bell tower) of Florence.