Now that my
Jacob’s Ladder top is finished (and I haven’t started quilting her) I have
started a new project on my regular sewing machine, a project that was long
Eline (15 years) has been asking me for ages now to make her a quilt, only
rather than the more muted colors I usually like to work with, she prefers
bright colors and modern fabrics.
So last year
during our summer holiday in the US Eline and I hit the quiltshops we happened
to pass and bought lovely bright fabrics. Also my fellow bee members assisted
with giving me brightly colored scraps. Most notably Anita, where Eline and I
spent a lovely afternoon going through boxes of her scraps. We came away with a
bag full of colorfull stuff, a big ‘thank you’ is in order here.
wonky stars as a pattern she would like, such a fun and easy pattern. I am
using this tutorial. So now I am chain-piecing, chain-piecing, making stars,
I am enjoying
it very much, it is great to be working with such different fabrics than I have
been using up till now.
with the crochet project I started a few weeks ago and which is coming along
nicely, it will be a colorful summer I think.
moment it is hot, at last, but the weather has been really nice lately anyway.
That makes all the little animals in my neighbourhood come out, especially
early in the morning when I walk Whopper and before our roads are filled with
children and parents on their bicycles going to school. In the early morning we
have more bicycles than cars on the roads here, which doesn’t scare these
These two little
friends can always be found in the little playground (which I now call bunny
hill) in the morning….
larger white rabbit is with a little black one these days….. his/her baby??
us to the next corner each morning is this little friend,making a lot of noise too, I think he/she is
trying to protect his nest which must be nearby, the little birdies have not
flown out yet, maybe this week.
I love these
early mornings with the sun just out, don’t you?
fellow Feathergirl Hubertine and myself had a chance to see ourFeathergirl projects together as finished
Ladder top was already sandwiched with the help of quilt friend and fellow bee member
Anita at her terrace (it was a bit windy, so we needed some boxes to keep
everything from flying away), she has become an ace at this and her help is
very much appreciated, Hubertine’s quilt will follow at a later date
Anita has no
blog, such a shame, she makes wonderful, beautiful, mostly modern quilts and
many of them too…
squares are coming along nicely too, I am enjoying making them very much
I needed the
distraction of this crochet project because a few weeks ago a strange spot
behind my left ear was diagnosed as skin cancer and had to be removed promptly.
That left me looking like this
luckily, I got the all clear, it was all removed, so after my appointment at
the clinic I treated myself to a nice latte at nearby Pierre’s in Rotterdam, to
My new found
love for crochet seems to have an effect on Hubertine, she has now started her
own granny square project, so yesterday we shared a nice afternoon in the garden
with balls of cotton yarn, crochet hooks and fruit shakes
afternoon was followed by a healthy, slimline dinner, I made a recipe I found
at David’s blog (click for the recipe) not so long ago and which has become a
favourite our household since: prawn curry in coconut milk:
may hold for a few more days, enjoy it!
the orange crochet crowns in April I found I really liked crochet, so I wanted
to do some more. And guess what? I think I found a new addiction!
I got these at
Echtstudio during the grand opening of their store last Saturday and what a fun
day that was!
exactly Kim, the owner, cut through the ribbon
and in we
all went, it was busy, busy!
old cabinet filled with little goodies like pendants, beads, etc. to use for
your crochet projects.
Of course it
did not take me long to fill up my basket
bag with my purchase
What will I
do with my lovely cottons? Granny squares!
This will be
a nice project for the summer time (am sure summer will happen, even if it is
just for one day…) and while I am quilting my Jacob’s Ladder. And now that I
have found crochet as a nice diversion from quilting that ripple blanket will
happen too sometime….
before – during the few hours of sunshine we had -I kept myself busy with cleaning the garden
furniture , which went from this
a gratifying job, even though my back doesn’t think so!
spent a nice afternoon on the ‘Pure Markt’ in The Hague, where we found some
great stalls with nice food (even though we watch our weight, we are foodies),
breads with herbs
barra’s, freshly fried by a very cheerful gentleman
And last but
not least, the first time I had this in The Netherlands: pulled pork!
those huge American bbq’s!
delicious, great thing about this: they did not put a lot of sauce on it, so
you could really taste that beautiful meat!
sun is out, better enjoy some of it, it never lasts long over here,
finished my Jacob’s Ladder top! And I am really happy with how it turned out. I
love the pattern (of course), but now that all the blocks have come together I
also love the way that it looks with all the colors and different fabrics. Each
fabric appears just once in the quilt, so as there are 63 blocks, 126 different
fabrics were used.
top has taught me a lot about machine patching and my black Featherweight, The
Duchess, which was the reason for making this quilt in the first place. Also
for my fellow Feathergirl, Hubertine, since we both got our Featherweights at
about the same time, we decided to do this project and go through the learning
In all those
blocks of course there are some favourites, one is right in the middle, the
light blue block, not only made of sweet fabrics, but I was allowed to pull
them from the stash of my fellow Feathergirl, who should show you her result
today as well.
As soon as I
can I will sandwich this quilt and then machine quilt it. That will be a
learning process too, I have only ever once machine quilted a quilt. I will not
do the machine quilting on The Duchess but on my Pfaff. It is a broader machine
and will therefore give me more space while I am quilting.