woensdag 15 april 2015

Finished Feathergirl tops! And a few words on seams....


Recently the Feathergirls got together because….



we finished our second Feathergirls (Feathergirls 2.0 we called them) quilt tops!

And like with our first Feathergirls quilts (click and click) it was so much fun to see the finished tops together! And again like last time it was the first time we saw eachother’s finished tops, a special moment!

My top was made of Ohio Star blocks, placed on point with alternating single fabric blocks. I decided the whole thing needed a bit more color with all that brown and had a beautiful red in my stash, but unfortunately not enough…. I found it online (isn’t the www just wonderful?) at a shop I had never bought from before, they did a great job, the needed fabric was here in no time. In the meantime I found this wonderful blue fabric with just that bit of red in it, so the whole top came together.

 
 

Hubertine (click) made her quilt from lots of churndash blocks, one of my favorite block patterns, with lots of different blue fabrics, so fabulous! You can see it here (click). As well as information on how she sandwiched her quilt.

 
When I posted a picture of the back of my quilttop in an earlier post (click) I received questions about my seams….. aren’t they supposed to be ironed to one (dark) side?
To be honest I left that idea completely when machine patching small seams. The whole idea of ironing your seams to one side for strength of the seam  I think comes from the world of hand stitching. And there it makes perfect sense and I strictly adhere to this rule.

However machine patching is a completely different technique. Your stitch is made of 2 interlocking threads with very even stitches, therefore your seam is much stronger. Also the quilting you add later on will make the seam more durable because it will reduce pressure on the seam during use or washing.

Also I remember years ago, when I still made some of my own clothes, some of which were pencil skirts and with an office job, sitting down practically the whole day, there was pressure on the seams of my clothes and we still pressed them open and they never came undone (luckily ;-) !

When you are able to press (yes, I press my seams) open they lie much flatter and your points are much sharper.

 
 


However, on the long seams - as in this top with the blue and red borders - I do still press my seams to one side, toward the outer edges of the quilt top. There is no need there to press them open.




So there you have it. This is the way I do my seams when I machine patch, but there is not one perfect way of doing things. Use the technique that you are most comfortable with, that one will be best for you.

Enjoy the spring sunshine this week!

 

Phyllis

 

zondag 12 april 2015

Just a few quilty things


of the past few weeks….

First of all I worked on a small gift for a special friend (click)…



Also some other quilters came over for a visit two weeks ago, Ageeth (click) brought me some lovely gifts (thank you Ageeth, love them!) , the chocolate is gone by now (it was jummy!), the fabrics will find a nice place in one or more projects and the very special scissors I will cherish…

 
Diana and Emma (no blogs) joined us which resulted in three Di Ford Quilt Mania mysteries in one room (none of which are mine, I did not participate in this mystery)
 
 
 
and two Phebe’s (Ageeth’s and mine)
 
And yesterday I visited the Quiltshow in Rijswijk (Patchwork and Quiltdagen), not a large quiltshow but well worth a visit. I had fun trying out the new Bernina longarm quiltmachines, especially the Q20 table model, I absolutely loved it (and I am not much of a machine quilter, so that is saying something)!

At these shows it is always fun to see familiar faces!
 
Like – the always cheerful - Mascha at the beautiful booth of her shop the Quiltster (click)
 
And – always ready to help me out with her knowledge, thank you again for that this week! - Evy (and assistant) from my local quilt shop the Quilterspalet (click) at her booth
One of the exhibitions was to celebrate 15 years of Elly Prins longarm quilting (click), a few examples of the quilts on show:
 
 

 
 
 
And this last one was very special, unfortunately there was no description next to the quilt, I asked one of the girls at Elly’s booth who made the quilt,  it turned out to be Elly herself who made the complete quilt (not just the quilting). She used different techniques to make the top, in the middle block the girl was even wearing a real earring.
Elly celebrated her 15 years in the quilting business by treating her customers to some great discounts on batting she was selling especially for this occasion. Of course I celebrated with her ;-)!
Back to some patchwork now, need to make tops for these battings!
Have a great week everyone!
 
Phyllis







woensdag 18 maart 2015

A bit of patchwork, a bit of culture and a few apologies


With the weather feeling like spring has arrived I spent hours gardening, (doesn’t a garden look like a mess at the end of winter? )but luckily there was also time for other things.

Time for some patchwork,  this is where I am at with my Feathergirls 2.0 quilt:

 
 
 

It may look that way but the top is not finished yet, am looking for fabrics for the borders at the moment.

 There was also time to for some culture:
 

The Late Rembrandt exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

 
 
 

 



Go to this exhibition if you can, unfortunately when we were there it was very busy, too busy to our liking, but still we were so glad we went.

I was really moved by this painting, one of the most beautiful (maybe the most beautiful) paintings I have ever seen, I could look at it for hours….. If this exhibition were in my hometown I would definitely go back just for this one..




This painting does not only show us this lady with all her life’s experiences etched in her face, I think it says so much about the Rembrandt himself, where he was in his life at the time he painted this, all the difficulties he had experienced. He could not have painted this lady in this way without that.

It was so special to be able to see it from up close, so close…..


 

After the exhibition time for some light heartedness, the ’12 – o’clock’(‘twaalf uurtje’) at our regular lunch restaurant when we are in Amsterdam




A walk through the famous ‘nine small streets’ (‘9 straatjes’)  of Amsterdam we came across a dog in a store who had made himself very comfortable! Easy to see which place this dog takes in his owner’s life!




And this place had just opened, the Nutella Bakery! Just filled with products made with Nutella. Death by Nutella, I call it…. I love Nutella!

 
 


A few days later there was this (some of you may have seen this on my FB page or IG feed).

I wanted to enter the Bijenkorf department store in The Hague when the revolving door suddenly stopped, causing me to bump into the glass with a bang. I know these doors and they are always rather irritating, but this was not normal, so I went straight up to their client services desk and complained. They apologized and offered me a voucher for free coffee and cake in their restaurant. Later on in the week they called me to apologize again and to inform me that the door was indeed faulty and had now been repaired. And then, a few days after this arrived:




Now isn’t that really nice and customer friendly!

Say it with flowers!

And enjoy this beautiful spring weather!

Phyllis

 




maandag 23 februari 2015

Feathergirls 2.0, high time for an update!


Has it really been this long?! It must be, the last Feathergirls blogpost is from July 14 of last year, so it is high time for an update.

You may remember Hubertine and I finished our first Feathergirls quilts last year and showed them here (Hubertine, click) and here (mine, click).

And we already started our new Feathergirls quilts (Feathergirls 2.0, so to speak) , I blogged about my new Feathergirls project here(click) and here (click) and Hubertine blogged about hers here (click)and here (click).

Since we felt it was high time for an update Hubertine and I got together for a Feathergirl’s afternoon, we had planned to do some sewing….
But since it had been a while since we saw each other we wound up just chatting the afternoon away, but we did make some nice pictures in her new wonderful, bright en cozy sewingroom
J !



Anyway this is where I am at, all Ohio Star blocks finished, nicely sorted out in little piles, I found I made two too many, they may come in handy later on with the label, we’ll see.



On my designwall they looked like this



Since my first Feathergirls quilt (the Jacob’s Ladder quilt) was already a quilt with straight quiltblocks I decided to turn my Ohio Stars blocks and place them on point, so now I have this:



How to proceed from here? I have a large piece of a dark fabric that I really wanted to use and it is perfect for this project, to use as alternate blocks for the light and colourful Ohio Star block:



So that is what I will do!

You can have a look here (click) at Hubertine’s blog for her Feathergirls 2.0 update.
 

Promise a next update will not take this long!

Phyllis

 

donderdag 22 januari 2015

Edyta again!


And there she was again, Edyta!

 
Yes, I am lucky enough to have seen Edyta and her quilts twice! This time she gave a trunkshow at my local quiltshop, the Quilterspalet in The Hague and again it was fun and inspiring!
The evening was cold outside but inside the atmosphere was warm en relaxed.
Edyta wowed us again with her quilts and her warm personality:

 
 

 

 
 
 
 


Hubertine and I had the best seats in the house, sitting in front of this ever growing pile of shown quilts!




Afterwards Edyta signed my books and there was time for a chat and a few jokes.




And then, after a wonderful evening it was time for us to go home and also for Edyta. She told us she is travelling back home today, on her birthday,  and I am sure I speak for everyone who attended her workshops and trunkshows when I say we hope she will return soon for more teaching and trunkshows. With over 500 quilts that she made, there is lots more to see and learn!




Hoping I get some sewing time today, I am so inspired by all this.
Hope you are too!


Phyllis