zaterdag 19 maart 2016

Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!

It has been a while since I posted on this blog. Sometimes life is a bit gets a bit too busy, but with it being Worldwide Quilting Day today I thought I really needed to catch up with you and write a little post about the quilty things that have been going on.

A few weeks ago I went to Judith’s (click) show and tell at Karen’s B&B (click). Pictures have appeared on other blogs already, which is a good thing, because I did not have the best seat in the house to take good pictures, wooden beams were a bit in my way when Judith was ‘showing and telling’ , but never mind, it was a great afternoon. She is a good speaker, loved listening to her stories, getting a close look at all those beautiful quilts and seeing familiar faces.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the day, the Les Soeurs quilt by Judith and the Drayton Hall quilt made by our hostess Karen, they both ended up on the table next to me. So much inspiration in this picture.

Some other pictures from the show and tell:

Petra Prins (click) was also there with her shop and as usual she made it look beautiful.

Another one of Karen’s smaller quilts on a table:

In between all the other things that were going on I did manage to do a bit of quilting myself.
Started work again on this ufo, the Jules quilt, at the time it was a BOM from Dorry (click),  I had already pieced and appliqued the blocks,the work now is the quilting, the quilt-as-you-go method, a first for me.

I mostly use this thread for quilting, Aurifil Mako Cotona 12 (red spool), which is wonderful to work with. It is has a lovely shine to it, a beautiful color, glides through the layers and is so strong. At the time I bought this from Laura (click) during a workshop and I hope that more quiltshops will start selling the large spools in more colors of this thread, I see the small spools here and there but they work out a bit expensive to use for quilting. This color blends well with a lot of my work, it is 2326, for darker quilts I use 2370.

And I made a start with this, the third Feathergirls quilt (click) and (click), scrappy things going on here!

So Happy Worldwide Quilting Day, I have a nice quilty trip planned for today, hope you get a chance to celebrate this day in style too!


woensdag 17 februari 2016

Feathergirls Finish #2, 'Oh, Oh, Ohiostars' quilt!

Finished! The Feathergirls finished their second Feathergirls quilts!

When Hubertine (click) and I got our Featherweight sewing machines a few years ago, we decided to work together as The Feathergirls and make quilts that we make (at least patch) on our Featherweight sewing machines, quilts that are inspired by old, antique quilts and that are not too difficult to make, because we want to make these quilts next to other quilts we are making and we just want to have fun with our Featherweight machines.

So for this second Feathergirls quilt, this is my finished ‘Oh, Oh, Ohio Stars’ quilt:

Quilt stats:

Size:  140 cm x 182 cm  / 55“ x 72“
Machine pieced, hand quilted
Fabrics and batting: 100% cotton

Hubertine and I wrote about these quilts in previous posts, if you click on the Ohio Stars label on the right of this blog, you can find my previous posts.

The first Feathergirl quilt I finished you can find in this (click) blogpost.

And have a look at Hubertine’s blog  (click) for all the information on her gorgeous blue and white Churndash quilt!

And yes, now that these are finished we will continue with our third Feathergirl quilts!

This time we have chosen a different approach. Contrary to our previous quilts, this time we will work with a theme.
One thing will not change though, we will not know what the other Feathergirl is making until we meet again as Feathergirls and reveal the start of our new quilts to each other!
The theme for our third Feathergirl quilts will be:

S  * C * R * A * P * S    !!

Can’t wait to get started!

zondag 31 januari 2016

A lovely visit and the 5th annual Dutch Bloggers Bee

Two quilty highlights in a week, how lucky am I?!

It started with a visit from Dawn (click), we had a great day together. I was lucky enough to see the beautiful antique quilts (and various other antiques) she had brought with her to The Netherlands from up close after which we spend a few hours in Delft, read all about it on her blog (click).

When quilters meet (for the first time) it is a great opportunity for personal and handmade gifts,

my gift to Dawn was a needlebook with fabrics inspired by the colors of Delft blue pottery (since we were going to spend part of the day in Delft) , including a blue fabric with with tulips

and Dawn's gift to me, a gorgeous, colourful mini quilt with mini-mini (1/2”!) hexagons and an antique flannel backing from her own collection.

Thank you again Dawn, it was lovely meeting you in person and spending the day with you. I will treasure your gift, it is very precious to me!

And then Yvonne (click) kindly invited me to attend the 5th annual Dutch Bloggers Bee yesterday.
Seventeen quilters in a room, all working on wonderful projects, chatting, eating (potluck lunch, always fun) and having a great time!

Yvonne took great care of us with cake, homemade soup (yummm!), lots of tea and coffee and she gave us all a fun pattern for a mug sewing caddy.

And of course a show and tell:

Ageeth with her Mountmellick quilt

Debbie (hiding behind her quilt ;-)  )


It was a fun day with fun ladies!

Needless to say, I am really inspired by all the quilts (old and new), projects and quilters I saw and met this week, hopefully so are you by these pictures!


woensdag 30 december 2015

And so this was Christmas

It has been a while since my last post, somehow the festive season always creeps up on me and once that happens there is always so much to do. This year I thought my schedule would be pretty relaxed, but then all of a sudden…. People start organising get togethers, special bee’s etc. and I can’t resist! Have to join in the fun…. So here is a little recap.

There was a Halloween bee

In November we enjoyed our very first ever American Thanksgiving dinner at a neighbour’s/friend’s house, with really the best turkey I have ever tasted. Our host took the trouble (8 hours of trouble!) to smoke that bird…. I can only say thank you to our gracious hosts for this wonderful experience!

Then it was time for a Christmas bee

Ah, an early visit by Father Christmas!

Well, sort of. I had been saving for this for 4,5 years and my negotiation skills have been improved by a few visits to the Far East in the past… the difference between those two facts and the final price… that was the present!

And then the Christmas gift that we as a family gave ourselves, spending Christmas in London, a wish of mine since I-don’t-know-when and it was everything I/we hoped for!

The Christmas lights!

And our favorite this year, Carnaby Street:

Of course (very important to us) great food!

Like the beigel bakery on Brick Lane, open 24/7 in case of beigel emergencies J !

Or Yo-Sushi, where the small plates of sushi slowly find their way to you…yummmm!!


We visited the Houses of Parliament, Eline and I already did so last year, but this year Onno was able to join us as well (no pictures allowed beyond the first hallway)

And – opened recently – the Sky Garden, the most amazing views of London!

We visited late afternoon when it was already dark

And loved it so much could not resist going back there in the morning

Of course we had to go to Covent Garden which had the sweetest mistletoe decorations this year

And Leadenhall Market, which is where the pictures of the Christmas tree at the top of this post was made

During one of the walks we made in the neighbourhood of our hotel, we came across this!

Not just for fun, but for a good cause! Put some money in one of the little brown envelopes and put it through the letterbox of this building, isn’t this wonderful?

After a lovely five days we ended another wonderful trip in London in our favorite breakfast restaurant

Since our return it has been busy with those visits, lunches etc. that usually take place during Christmas, so I have not even had time to take a good look and try out my Christmas present, but after New Year’s that will be top of my list.

That and a get together with fellow Feathergirl Hubertine (click), because I finally finished my second Feathergirl quilt!

And I know she finished hers a while back. So as soon as we can we will photograph our finished second Feathergirl quilts and reveal them on our blogs.

In the meantime I wish you all a safe (oh, those fireworks L )and enjoyable New Year’s Eve and best wishes for a healthy (!), happy, fun and creative 2016!