zaterdag 6 december 2014

First crochet finish and a give-away!


Just before I really get into the spirit of Xmas here is something completely different: I finished my granny square crochet blanket!



I started this in the summer of 2013, because I wanted to do something different than sewing and to make it really different I decided to use colors I don’t normally use (except maybe when making a quilt for my daughter, Eline). The way this turned out is bright and cheerful, which is especially nice during this grey and dark time of the year, I had to wait a few days before I was able to take some nice pictures outside, it was just too dark!

 
 

I was going to do a scallop border, but decided enough was enough, I really wanted it to be finished and also, something I did not realise (this being my first crochet project), the thread I chose to do this (Drops Paris) makes this really (and I mean really!) heavy.

It was fun to make and I will definitely do another crochet project, but with another thread!



So much for that, now it is time to look forward to Christmas! A few posts ago I posted my 100th blogpost on this blog so reason for a little celebration which means a give-away! How about this Christmas pattern? Not too big and not too difficult, you may be able to finish it before Christmas - if you are quicker than I am with these things ;-)  -



Leave a comment and send me an email (address in my profile, that way I also have your email address to contact you) if you are interested. I will draw a winner Wednesday evening(December 10).

Enjoy your Christmas preparations!

Phyllis

























 
 
 

donderdag 27 november 2014

Houston Quilt Festival 2014 - 3 -




So here it is my third and final blogpost of the Houston Quilt Festival this year.

This time let’s start with some inspiration from the antique booths:
 










Just these booths are worth the trip!

 

Apart from the fabulous red and white quilts, the Mary Koval antique quilts and the French Quilts de Legende exhibitions (previous blogposts) two other exhibitions were favorites of mine:

First up (not really my style, but I am a doglover, so loved to see some of these):
 
 









As owner of a rescuedog I fully agree with the above!

Below my favourite quilt of this exhibition:
 
Every dog owner knows this look I am sure and this quilter captured it perfectly!
The other exhibition I loved was this one,  the exhibition with quilts by Di Ford and Michelle Yeo. Some of Di’s quilts are favourites of mine, I have seen them before, but it is always good to see them again.




 


 
All this walking indoors, all the quilts, all the inspiration, all the people, sometimes you just want to take a step back and have a few minutes to yourself. Easy to do at the George Brown Convention Centre, it has a beautiful and large park (Discovery Green) in front of it and it is lovely to walk outside (with a large latte J ) and just sit there for a bit, especially in this beautiful weather!




 

 



I spent some time here every afternoon, it was lovely, I don’t understand there are not more quilters doing this, look at all the empty benches!
 
And with regards to the large latte… you know at Starbuck’s they always ask you for your name, so they can make sure you get the correct order in the end….. I am used to people mis-spelling my name in The Netherlands, but here.. and this?!
 
 


Lucky for me when I go to the Quilt Festival I get to stay at a friend’s house in the lovely neighbourhood of The Heights, when the weather is nice it is a great place for a walk, lovely houses and of course when I was there it was Halloween!



 


 
 

 
Halloween was also the theme at other places in Houston, look at the movie playing in the cinema in River Oaks!

 
And when in Houston, some (non quilt related) shopping needs to be done as well, a morning at The Galleria, with the ice rink at the ground floor

 
to make sure I could walk ‘on Air’ during my days at the Quilt Festival, I can soooo recommend these shoes!



Always fun to see they sell Dutch things here too

 
 
Love the sense of humour of the Houstonians!
 
And I spotted Hubertine’s ride of two years ago (was lucky enough to catch a ride in this car with her at that time as well)

Which I think is a fitting picture to end this series of blogposts of my visit to the Quilt Festival and Houston.

Hope you enjoyed these pictures, looking at them I miss Houston so much!

 Phyllis


 
 

 

maandag 17 november 2014

Houston Quilt Festival 2014 - 2 -


As promised in my last post, here is my second post with pictures of the Houston Quilt Festival.
Fun with friends!


And inspiration from the quilts!

 
 
This girl did not look very happy…


Quilts from the Quilts de Legende exhibition, all completely handmade

 

 
 


 


Antique quilts from the collection owned by Mary Koval

Look at this wonderful fabric!



Quilting is “The art of making do” (Roberta Horton)




And my favourite!
no quilt police here J!


All that walking through the huge exhibitions and sales booth halls makes a girl hungry, luckily there is a food hall just as large, it looks like this in the morning

and like this at lunch time!
 
Those who have been to the Quilt Festival will recognise this lunch: the taco salad, and yes, you eat the bowl!


And there is a place for tired husbands too.



To be honest, I wouldn’t mind a lounge like this for tired quilters too, nice to literally be able put your feet up like that!
This is still just part of what I want to show you from the Houston Quilt Festival, there is just so much, soooo I have decided to make a third post next week.
See you then!
Phyllis