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

zondag 18 januari 2015

Edyta and a very special evening


Sometimes you simply have the best of days and yesterday was one of them.

After an early start and a gorgeous drive from one side of our country to the other side (unfortunately on my own, so no pictures of the beautiful sunrise over the frozen fields) I was early to arrive in beautiful Zutphen for the trunkshow and workshop by Edita Sytar that Petra Prins organised.

As usual Petra took really good care of us, look at the goody bag that was waiting for us!

 
 
And the mug in the picture was part of the goody bag too, we used it for our coffee/tea, Petra said to take it home with us afterwards, because she ‘doesn’t like washing up’ J !
The morning was taken up by Edyta’s trunkshow (with some help from her husband, Michael) ! Soooooo many beautiful quilts:

















And can you believe that this was just a selection of the quilts we saw, very difficult to make a choice for the pictures in this blogpost. This is a hard working lady, Edyta told us she owns more than 500 quilts she made herself…… and a loads of antique quilts too (I forget the number she mentioned… was it over a hundred?)!

She gave a great presentation of various techniques some of which she also demonstrated during the workshop after lunch.





In our goody bag we found a little kit to make a pincushion, I did start on mine, but was too busy chatting and looking at the quilts again to finish it.

After all this of course I visited Petra’s shop, always a pleasure as was seeing some familiar faces during the workshop.



And visiting Zutphen, such a beautiful town.




After the long drive back home I had half an hour to change before a very special evening: a wonderful dinner hosted by a friend who decided she would celebrate her 50th  birthday in style, by booking a complete restaurant for all her girlfriends and female family members!

A special menu:




and little cards she made to put in front of our plates so we would know each other’s name and our connection with her, a great idea and so thoughtful!



I got home well after midnight and a just a little worse for wear, after the champagne and the wine, but hey, it was a special occasion and a special day!

And while I was making this blogpost just now my (very wise) friend sent me two pictures which I thought I’d share with you:




Thank you to Petra, Bep, Gerda, Esther, Edyta, Michael and my friend (50 is the new 30, I know it is ;-) !! ) for such a wonderful, memorable day full of fun and inspiration!

 
Phyllis