maandag 26 november 2012

A long Sunday

Yesterday the alarm went off at:

Yes, on a Sunday! Why? Because I am married to a Rolling Stones fan, yesterday was the first concert in five years of the RS and of course DH had to be there in the O2 in London. So off they went, six crazy fans in a rented minivan thru the Chunnel. After the concert they will drive home the same way again, so hopefully by the time you read this post DH will have arrived back again from his 30 (or so) hours concert trip. Madness…. and they will be doing the same thing again this coming Thursday for the second RS concert!

DH’s picture from the O2 yesterday evening:

Of course Whopper can’t tell time so at 4.30 a.m. he refused to wait any longer for his walkies, but just when I stepped outside with Whopper I saw a young man making a quick departure from our drive way in the dark… with the huge amount of house burglaries in our neighbourhood (and an attempted burglary at our house during our summer holiday) he was up to no good I am sure…

This long Sunday gave me an opportunity to go downtown to a few shops (open every Sunday in The Hague), among others I always pop into:

It opened up last summer and I think it is the biggest store of this chain, 4 floors and a restaurant, I love it especially with the Christmas decorations.

To my surprise this well-known butcher (few doors from Riviera Maison) was open on Sunday too , if for sandwiches only:

I grew up with these and it is great that some things stay the same: the classic Dungelmann croquette (on a white bun, with mayonnaise for me, although most people have their croquettes with mustard), really the best croquettes!

My ‘diet’ went out the window, I had two of these!

The Sunday openings at Dungelmann are for a trial period for now until January, so if you are in The Hague on a Sunday (but also any other day), please go!

Back home Whopper spent most of his Sunday in this position, catching up on lost sleep:

For dinner, with DH away – he doen’t like this – I gave my old Magimix a workout and made lasagne for me and DD, I always use this recipe (click), with just one change, I put all the prosciutto in the lasagne, none on top:

Comfort food, great for such a blustery day, yesterday we had a typical November storm here on the coast.

The evening DD and I spent watching the first (double) instalment of the second series of Penoza , a Dutch tv-series I enjoyed a lot last year.

Just heard that DH is near the Dutch border, better take Whopper for a walk now and be ready with a cup of coffee to listen to his stories from last night.

Have a great week,


woensdag 21 november 2012

Last post on the Quilt Festival... for now

One last post about the Quilt Festival, though I may mention it in the future. There is so much to tell you about it, which is a good thing because at this moment I am working on Phebe and the going is slow, so I don’t have much to show you that way.

At the Convention Centre there was one booth I came across that was different from the others. It stood out in its simplicity, just a lot of folded quilts and only one lady ‘man’ning the booth. This lady, Suzanne McNeill, was selling her collection of heirloom handmade quilts. She showed me a few of her quilts and there is one – with her permission - I’d like to show you, I have never seen a quilt like it…


Look at all the different fabrics and how the maker used the striped fabric to make the church, isn’t that wonderful? What would be the story behind this quilt?

The Festival is also about friends, meeting ‘old’ ones (you may have already seen this picture on Hubertine’s or Yvonne’s blog :-

And making new ones, through Yvonne I met Sharon, who had a lovely booth with Quilt Therapy, some really nice ladies working there as well.

And then there was Linda of the Quilted Pineapple blog. We had connected over the internet only in the weeks before the Festival so it was a great chance to meet up. She was working in the Primitive Gatherings booth (always one of my favourites), check out her amazing quilting skills on her blog, The QuiltedPineapple.

It was great meeting you all, ladies!

Great thing this hobby/passion of ours, not just about making and seeing beautiful things, but about really nice people too.




zondag 11 november 2012

Ah, the Quilt Festival ... The exhibitions

A large part of one day of my visit to the Quilt Festival was devoted to visiting the various exhibitions. Again, there was soooo much to see, such a variety, such great idea’s, such wonderful workmanship. I came away just itching to get back to fabrics, needles and thread!

First stop, of course: ElaTED, the fabulous quilt by Ted Storm, a very deserved price winner of the Founders Award! The quilt just jumps at you, such great design, vibrant colour, so much to see, different designs in each corner, and her explanation so wonderful: ‘I started with a fabric I really did not like…..’(the plaid fabric) the sign of a true artist to make this out of it!

Then, America Let It Shine by Sherry Reynolds, Best of Show Award, all to do with the maker’s love for her country. Just about everything in the quilt had a meaning, the various hues of blue, the different kinds of red, quilted text from the Declaration of Independence etc.

What I liked was that her original – now plasticized - sketch (contrary to the quilt itself which was totally machine made, this was done the old fashioned way, with paper and crayons) was available to be looked at.

This piece of wonderful workman ship is from the quilt Baltimore in the Provence made by Ellen Heck, second place in the Handmade Competition.

And look at that hand quilting:

If you want to have a look at all the prize winners (there are two more Dutch prize winners, Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga and Antionia Heering) you can click here.
Of course there were some really cute quilts by Japanese quilters, this is Spring Farm by Yuko Sawada:-
And The twelve days of Christmas by Osami Gonohe:-
All the ‘snowflakes’ you see, there must hundreds – maybe even more - of them, are embroidered French knots.
This quilt is called BBK, loved the name, it stands for: Bookcase Before Kindles!
Made by Margaret Kessler.
Some other quilts that caught my eye, this is Sunburst by Connie Watkins (handpieced, handquilted):-
This is Four block Democratic Rose, unknown quiltmaker, c. 1860:-
You have to love this name again: TGIF by Becky Stehpenson, quilted by Cynthia Clark , TGIF in this case stands for Thank Goodness It’s Finished J !
Then on to my favourite exhibition this year: the Quilts de Legende exhibition, French handmade quilts, inspired by antique quilts:-
First,  Clarissa by Aline Joulin:-
Detail: a lesson in how to make a simple pattern look different using different values of fabric..
Second, Bath by Marie-Louise Stipon:-
Detail: notice how not all blocks of triangles are the same size
Alice Springs by Annick Tauzin:-
This year a lot more exhibitions were allowed to be photographed than the last two years, and there were so many beautiful quilts, it was dazzling! Unfortunately after an hour my camera refused to put any more pictures on my memory card (a new 4Gb, with only about 100 pics on it…) so I had to use my telephone to make pictures, watching my battery go down, down and further down. Made less pictures than I was planning to but hope you enjoyed these!

woensdag 7 november 2012

Ah, the Quilt Festival....

What can I say? Of course it was wonderful, great, fun, inspiring, everything that I expected it to be, again. The only thing I will say is that the word ‘Festival’ is so well chosen, that is just what it is, a feast, a big, big party organised around quilts. Other than that, I will just show you some of my pictures, hope you enjoy them….:-
Sorry about the chair…
The lovely couple from Quilts from Mulberry Lane always have a beautiful booth
These were some of the pictures I took at the booths, as you can see all antique quilts. The booths with the newer items do not want you to take pictures unless you buy their patterns or kits. I understand that and don’t mind, I love antique quilts and find them very inspiring. I will post more about the Festival, also pictures of the various exhibitions. There was so much to see!