26 Feb 2018

It is the one we chose in exchange for the farmhouse in France
The snow is the same - but it is 300 m lower and easy to reach
We will drvie about 90 minutes.
It is the Black Forest - Schwarzwald, South Germany

I am standing in the garden and looking to the neigbours‘ ground
There won‘t be much gardening - which I like -  there is no fence - which I like, too.
The little play house will belong to us.

I like already the village and the castle which is about 300 m away

I think we will spend lovely holidays and weekends here, with family and friends
The caste in the village
and how it looked in old times

The fir trees are huge - and dark - hence the name Black Forest.

I couldn’t help but take this idyllic encampment on a Sunday afternoon at the
grandparents‘ - after a good meal - but also after the straining olympic games at night
on the sofa - not to forget the visit to the disco with friends - (the younger one of them) 

While all this is happening I am sewing something in the evenings
EPP - English paper piecing - all by hand

trying out - does it fit?
No —- not yet

trying - sewing - turning around

I can‘t tell yet what it will be.

10 Feb 2018

In January and February

It is sold  - our farmhouse. We had it nearly 23 years and have 
now many lovely memories

While waiting at the notary‘s office - swinging with 
our feet

This is hanging above our heads

At home we are in a funny mood (some days later)
It is carnaval at our gymnastics.We did our exercises -
but afterwards - sparkling wine and not little

But what I like most is to enjoy myself in my
studio - this is a cosmetic bag - not my idea
If you are interested here is the link:

With the pattern to download
It is made in a few hours - but oh my dear - it
is a lot of fiddling nevertheless

I might still doing some handstitching on it to flatten
the seams.
But then in the weeks before - I knitted socks .... enough....
for grandsons LL and YL

Below are YL‘s feet - they, the socks, fit well

The second pair i for LL who is coming sometimes on 
Sundays - for lunch with us - and to play football - he grew
up in the United States and is studying now in our town

The end!

11 Jan 2018


Two days ago people in our French village woke up 
to this surprise. Our young friendly neighbour sent us 
the photos - as we are not able to be there because of health issues.

The village road -
and behind the house - the last flooding seems
to have been 30 years ago.

We deposited our furniture from the farmhouse in the barn
ajoining the house - we hope the damage will be not too bad. 
There are boxes and boxes full stuff gathered during lovely
summer stays in the Vosges - also many books - dictionaries and
non-fiction - about nature and wild animals and the region.

We got these absolutely charming New Year whishes from
the future proprietors of the farm house. Their 3 year old son
built the snowman. He is a love of a boy and the snowman tells
it all. We are happy that our so well cared of farmhouse will
be in good hands in a few weeks.

Meanwhile I am using the recovering time of DH
to work on a combined fabric-paper book.

Teapot and cup made by pulled stitches, but helas -
the fabric did not give itself to be pulled - so it looks
like stitched

Stitches everywhere

I love to do some needle lace

31 Dec 2017

A little bit of everything

Every year something new on the tree - a perfectly
sewn fabric star of dear friend Angelika

The 4th tree of Mary Corbet‘s 12 Christmas trees
Goodness, how tiny, I should have made spiderweb
flowers, but it was too small for me. So I left it like
this. Find it at NeedlnThread Christmas trees

Making pages for a book - as I am interested in 
bookbinding - but I need something to fill the covers.
I am using stitcheries and things of the past years.

Daugter D. gave me this writing paper with envelopes
many years ago. She printed the leaves and I kept
it and loved it and looked at it many times.
Finally I found that I should bind it into a may-be
book  - here with a machine stitched lace from the 
class of Karen Ruane - with a little crossstitch rose
A link to Karen‘s Blog 
Karen Ruane

The back still needs some handling - this future book
can be altered whenever inspiration strikes

What about quilting lines depicting a house - 
in the Black Forest in Germany.

Or sewn with thread -
I didn‘t make it - it is the result of my endeavors and
the help of the Superphoto App.

A lovely Christmas gift landed under the real tree

....and I will get seven more of this most wonderful
magazine full of inspiration - a gift that will last two years
and still afterwards - if you want to know more about it. 

Now about those scribbles (sorry I am not a talented
Another dear friend D. mentioned a few days ago
-  not quite in serious -
what it could probably look like if one quilted the never-
ending talk of some people, the flood of words and I
thought speech bubbles connected to one another could 
show best the clouds of words, the gush of words - 
I made a big bubble.....
My advice:
practice it on your machine while keeping your cell phone
jammed between shoulder and ear - the practicing piece
may not be too large because you have to turn it round and round.

If you are in want of some very interesting quilting
ideas you could have a look at 
Gefilte Quilt
you will laugh and love it

Without many more words:
A happy healthy creative new year to you my dear readers.

13 Dec 2017

Notebooklet - Christmas trees

Time to do some bookbinding. Well bookbinding might be 
slightly exagerated. It is a notebook DIN A5 for some
notes with very thin paper. I want to take it with me always
and it may neither be thick nor heavy.


The style of binding is called Schmetterlingsbindung
(in English butterfly binding - there exists certainly a better and
more professional name for it)

You do it with 4 needles for four holes - I bought a awl to
make the holes and it works very well - instead of using
a thick sharp needle 

I took magazine papers and reinforced the double page with 
„wonder-under“ - paper-backed fusible web.
The back cover is showing frozen berries.
I stitched through all signatures and through the front cover

The front cover and below the backcover

I left the binding threads hanging out - because I like it !
You might have seen it on Instagram - if not so
here is a fantastic design (I used another stitch) for „Trees for Christmas“ 
of Mary Corbet. Go to visit her blog                      
and you will see eleven more lovely designs for Christmas trees. 
You can download the e-book for very little and get a perfect 
description of it.
I like to support Mary because she had a very hard time the two last years.
But read yourself and follow her on her blog. Lots of hints and
book reviews and how-to stitch videos.

I used stem stitch and wrapped it

When grandsons were still children, I made this calendar to
count the days from Dec 1st till the 24th.

A calendar withouth sweets, but with stars to be buttoned on till the
Holy Night - 24th December (In German we all it Adventskalender)

15 Nov 2017


Its my corner in our garden - herbs, rhubarb but also sedum
because it is so easy to grow and has a lovely colour till late in the year 

Kapuzinerkresse, Tropaeolum majus 

a little bit of colour at the entrance

31 Oct 2017

Good-bye farmhouse

Shutters closed, things packed during many days and transported
with the trailor to another house where they will wait till we 
get a new place nearer to our home in Germany.We drove
twelve times - (just for me to remember)

This is the farewell - last bundles of waste, my two bags. Below: A look into
the inside - the grange - with a quilt of nine hens

The rocking horse - DH-made

The hens - (ok, no good photo)

The view from one of the windows downhill

at times with neighbour‘s  pasturing cows

Treasure box of our barefoot-guys - when they -
the  grandchildren were a few years younger
containing two beautiful stones and a bottle with some cash and other
They dug it into the earth - but the following year they undug it again
to see if it was still there....

This is the family from whose descendants we bought the farmhouse 22 years ago.
We made the acquaintance of the two youngest ones. They visited us
and wrote their names into our guestbook.

The tree house constructed by DH of course, with the help of grandsons 

The farmhouse situated in the hills

With good eyes one could even make it out on the photo below - in 800 m altitude

We had a lovely time up there mostly with the family - very often
also with friends - in summer and in winter - and it was comfortable
due to the renovation skills of DH

We are happy that a very nice family will now be living in the house
named GHUERRAFOLLET on an old map in the books of the townhall.