zondag 20 april 2014

Eline's Stars!


It has been a bit quiet on my blog and again it is because l am still quilting my Jacob’s Ladder, but now it is spring also busy with gardening etc.
I did not have anything specific to blog about soooo … a few weeks without a blogpost.

With not a lot of new things to show you I’d like to take this opportunity to revisit Eline’s Stars, the quilt I finished earlier this year. Because the weather at the time was not very nice (and therefore the light inside was also not very good for pictures) I never got the chance to make good pictures of the quilt, but now I can, so here it goes: Eline’s Stars!



More details regarding this quilt can be found here, but I forgot to mention at that time that the pattern I used was by Bonnie Hunter, her Maverick Stars.



A closer look at the quilt, which I made for my daughter Eline who wanted ‘happy colors’ not the usual retro/civil war fabrics I normally use.


To make the bright colored stars stand out better I chose a light colored fabrics for the background, using the low volume technique to prevent it from becoming boring.



 


I both machine and handquilted this quilt and that was a first. I really enjoyed using both, the machine quilting was really fast because I only quilted straight lines and for handquilting I used the big-stitch quilting technique in the centre of the stars. I did not use a hoop for this and just used a basting stitch, I loved it! It was so easy and relaxed to work without a quilting hoop and I really like the look of the stitches.

 


Like mentioned before the quilt also has fabrics given to me by fellow bee members, a lot from Anita (no blog unfortunately) and therefore contains their memories as well as mine and Eline’s. This fabric we bought on one our trips to Texas:


The backing and binding were bought here, the Boerenbontehal in The Hague (they are also on the Albert Cuyp market in Amsterdam), contrary to something I read on Facebook they are still there, luckily!


Apart from quilting my Jacob’s Ladder I have been doing some crochet, I am giving the granny squares I started last summer an extra row of bright pink before I will put them together.


The crochet is wonderful to do outside in the garden when the weather allows it, hopefully there will be a lot of opportunity to do so this weekend.

I’d like to wish everybody a lovely Easter!

 

Phyllis




maandag 24 maart 2014

Back in London again!


It has been a few weeks since my previous post, but I did not have much to write about.

One interesting thing, we had a little break the weekend before last, another weekend in London, this time with my better half… it was gorgeous spring weather, we were so lucky.

 
 
Any trip we take always involves f – o – o – d .
On Friday it already started in the train from the airport to Victoria Station: a little detour to the M&S shop at the airport for a snack on the train:

 
Once checked into the hotel we first went for a lovely lunch at Lebanese restaurant Comptoir, not only was the food great, but the atmosphere as well:
 

When I am in London with my husband our first visit is usually to Denmark Street where the guitar shops are located



After that we went to The British Museum, which I wanted to visit for years already,
 
because of this, the Great Court and it was spectacular!
 
 

And just like the Victoria and Albert Museum, no entry fee, you can visit the museum for free (you can leave a donation), can you imagine that in our country?
On Saturday I spent time in the cellar of Shaukat again, that Alladin’s cave filled with Liberty fabrics, I got some nice scraps:

 
 
 
Lunch at the Farmer’s Market on King’s Road, yes, the oyster truck was there again!
 
 
The afternoon was spent here:
 
 
And dinner was at our favourite Indian restaurant, Massala Zone
Sunday we woke up to another sunny day, this was the view from our hotelroom that morning:
When the weather permits we usually go for a long walk on Sunday morning in London and I can never resist pictures of those London entrances, I love them!
 
 
 
 

And in case you were wondering, yes, we were in London the same weekend as my fellow Feathergirl Hubertine and it really was a coincidence we booked this trip in the same weekend, we had a good laugh when we found out a few weeks before!
So now it’s back home and back to handquilting my Jacob’s Ladder, which is another reason for not writing a lot on my blog, this just takes a long time but I do want to concentrate on it as much as I can, can’t let this become a ufo!
Just like in my London pictures I see the sun is out again now, enjoy!
 Phyllis







maandag 3 maart 2014

Feathergirls 2.0


A few blogposts ago I wrote about oiling my black Featherweight, The Duchess,  and starting a new Feathergirls project together with fellow Feathergirl Hubertine.

The plan is the same as our first Feathergirls project: a traditional quilt, antique style, not difficult so it will not take up too much time (so many other projects fighting for our attention) and – at least the top – has to be made on our Featherweight machines.

So – like last time – we each planned what we wanted to do and recently we got together at Hubertine’s for ‘the big reveal’, this is what I plan to make, Ohio Stars!




I love this simple block and this is a good opportunity to make a quilt with Ohio Stars. My blocks will be 6” x 6” finished.

I have no idea how these blocks eventually will become a quilt top but I am sure that will come to me as I progress.

 
 
Hubertine’s plan for her second Feathergirls quilt is here, on her blog.
 
My first Feathergirls project is not finished yet, I am still hand quilting my Jacob’s Ladder and had a great opportunity to do a lot of that last Wednesday during mine (and Hubertine’s) first visit to Karen’s Quilt CafĂ© at her beautiful B&B.
It was a gorgeous spring morning with bright blue skies. This was the view of the Hertogshoeve B&B, driving into Rijpwetering.
We were met by Karen with coffee and homemade cakes and had a lovely time with all the ladies there….. and the chickens who walked around the building.
 
Karen made lunch of leek soup and a smoked chicken breast sandwich, yum!
I managed to get a lot of quilting done, without the usual interruptions you get at home.




 
Slowly but steadily the quilting is progressing, hopefully I will get some time this week to do more!
Phyllis
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


woensdag 5 februari 2014

Betty Prins Show and Tell



The above picture means that today was Betty Prins’ Show & Tell at Karen’s beautiful Bed & Breakfast De Hertogshoeve.

An impression:

 
Karen’s gorgeous kitchen:-
 


 
And then this:-




Karen (in her new apron which matched her glasses perfectly!)  introduces Betty :-

 

 


The beautiful backing of this quilt:-


 
 
And again a beautiful backing (on all her quilts by the way):-




Inspired by the French sunshine:-

 
A gorgeous wip:-
 


Apart from Betty’s quilts there was also the opportunity to admire one of Karen’s quilts, the Sarah Morrell: -


A lovely morning thanks to Karen’s hospitality and the inspiration drawn from Betty’s beautiful quilts, thank you ladies!
Phyllis