maandag 10 juli 2017

Une fete en France

A few weeks ago my husband and I were lucky enough to be part of a wonderful party.

Lucy, the daughter of my friend Emma, was celebrating her first Communion and we were invited to join in the celebrations. It was a memorable day and weekend.

The day before the Communion Emma’s husband Olivier took us all to St. Quentin to first visit the basilique, which was all the more special because when we were there the organ was being played (a short video on my IG account (click) unfortunately I cannot insert the video here as my phone crashed the day after we returned from France and I lost all my  data   ☹ )

After this we visited the weekly town market, , I always love to visit a local market, the colors, the food, the people, the atmosphere

In the afternoon the boys went to visit nearby champagne caves and the girls went to……Le Patchwork d’Emma, where else?!

Emma’s own work is exquisite

And then of course the next day it was Lucy’s big day, she looked so pretty

After the church service, time for presents and a party!

It was a wonderful weekend, with lovely people, a great fĂȘte (wonderful food and champagne, I was like a kid in a candy store) in beautiful surroundings. The highlight of our summer, of our year I am sure. And a warm memory for ever.

Since then I have gone a bit awol. Both on my blog and on my IG account. Apart from the memorable weekend in France with Emma and her family, this summer is turning out to be a trying time. Just before our weekend in France I have had to say farewell to a kind, wonderful, charismatic, spiritual, positive and beautiful person who was taken from us much too soon. The speed with which his illness claimed him left us in shock and incredibly sad.

Then those around me are suffering set backs and challenges, which for privacy reasons I shall not get into, but it drains my energy and in some cases involves a lot of work. Not even our dog Whopper was exempt from this run of bad luck, suffering from kennel cough. And my new part-time job proved to be less part-time than I was led to believe.  
So since my afternoon at Emma’s atelier I have hardly had a chance to do some quilting and it doesn’t look good for the rest of the summer. I will try though (oh, I miss it) and as soon as I get the chance to do so, I will share on my blog and IG- account.

In the meantime, have yourselves a lovely (and hopefully quilty) summer,


donderdag 8 juni 2017

A sweet finish

After the recent flurry of quilty activities and a new job you may think that there was no time to sew. Almost right 😊 !

I did manage to finish a quilt I wanted to finish for a long time, it was a BOM by Quilt It & Dotty (click) in 2012 so it has been in my sewing room for quite a few years.

This type of quilt is not my usual thing, but it was fun to make and is sweet to look at.

Because of its size is was a bit difficult to take pictures of the whole quilt, but with two helpers we managed it.

Some details:

Oh dear, my angel still needs to go to the hairdresser…

These buttons were given to me by fellow Feathergirl Hubertine (click), she bought these when she visited the quiltshop of Veronique Requena in France, Veronique is the designer of this quilt, so this is a special touch to this quilt.

Quilt stats:

Size: 2.00 m x 1.78 m (79” x 70”)
Fabric: cotton and bits of wool
Batting: 100% cotton
Method: hand piecing, hand applique, hand quilting (big stitch quilting), quilt as you go
Pattern:  Veronique Requena, BOM by Dorry from Quilt It and Dotty

Now that this ufo is finished I really want to finish another one. So which one to chose, there are so many lurking in my sewing room…..

Do you have that ‘problem’ too…?


dinsdag 9 mei 2017

A day with Linda Collins

First of all let me tell you this was a wonderful and inspiring day in many ways.

Second: Juud (click) wrote the perfect blogpost about it. There is no way I can add anything to that and also – nice for me, because this does not happen a lot on your own blog where you are the one taking the pictures – I happen to be in some of the pictures and those pictures show you just how much fun we had that day.

But, since this blog is also a kind of a diary for me and maybe you like to see even more of this day, here it goes: a great day with Linda Collins!

When Marcha from the Quiltster (click) announced some time ago there would be 2 workshops by Linda Collins at her shop of course I wanted to attend. I had been in touch over the www with Linda for quite some time but had never met her, so apart from the fact that I would love to see her antique quilts from up close, this would be a great opportunity to meet. But... our first meeting actually took place a few days earlier at the Nantes quiltshow (click) , so after all that time just ‘digitally talking’ it was great to meet her in person not once but twice in such a short period.

Because of the number of attendees the workshop was held at the church across from Marcha’s quiltshop, where everything was ready and waiting when we arrived 

and Linda soon started her talk about her passion for quilting, antique quilts and sharing those quilts with the rest of us quilters, via shows at her barn back home, her blog, IG account, FB, her book (click), patterns and templates (click) and of course also in person.

She showed us some of her beautiful antique quilts, wonderful to see these beauties which we know from her book in ‘the flesh’ now.

Can you spot the blocks where the maker got things mixed up? 

A very special finish for this one

Linda showed us some of her own work as well

The templates for this pattern, Little Boys Britches (also from her book) come in three sizes

After so much inspiration it was time to do some stitching!

Linda brought a great new project for us to work on, a new pattern from another antique quilt, in bright, happy, spring colors

 and Marcha had already made a start with it in different colors, love the way she used her fabrics!

 We soon got busy

While we were busy it was time for others to relax and share a joke 😊 

And I took some time to make a few more pictures of the room

While Linda went around the room chatting and signing her book

There was time for a show and tell, some real beauties were shown by among others




a few ladies with their Panama Pyramids in various stages

The day ended much too soon, before we had to say goodbye and leave we received a sweet little gift from Marcha, to remind us of this special day.

 It was a fun filled (doesn’t this picture of Juud with a photobomb by Martine đŸ˜ŠđŸ˜Š say it all?)

and inspirational day!

Thank you to Linda and the ladies of the Quiltster for all your work to make so special.