woensdag 30 november 2016

A lot of Ikea, lots of Italian food and some quilting

Has it really been that long?!

Time flies, I have not forgotten nor forsaken my blog, it is just that my attention and time went to other things than quilting. In between what has been going on I have done some quilting and nearly finished my scrappy quilt, it just needs labeling and binding.

I cannot show you the whole quilt yet as this is a Feathergirls project. My fellow Feathergirl Hubertine (click) and I are looking for an opportunity to make pictures of both our scrapquilts so that we can show you the results at the same time as we always do, so hopefully we can soon find some corresponding space in our agenda’s soon to do this.

Quilting is one of my passions, good food another one. Both eating it and making it. OK, mostly eating it… but in order to eat good food I (mostly) have to make it so I am always interested in learning more.

For a long time I wanted to take an Italian cookery course at La Cucina del Sole (click), and now at last I had the chance and spent a four Saturdays recently learning all the basics and much, much more from the wonderful Nicoletta.

We were with a  small but enthousiastic and fun group 

made the most delicious food

and enjoyed eating it

and laughed a lot!

Surprise, surpirse in this small group of foodies there was someone I had met before: Nadine Kieft, a very talented jewelry maker/goldsmith (click).

I think her work is beautiful and very special, a few years ago my husband gave me this ring for my birthday, made by Nadine.
Unfortunately recently I had become just a little bit too small and she kindly resized it for me for free. Now it fits comfortably again so I wear it on a regular basis like before.

Another thing that took up time and energy was moving DD to her student digs. After a few months of searching she found a room to rent and apart from the work of getting her moved over there, the two of us had a lot of fun (and those breakfasts J )one Sunday morning finding her some new furniture our local IKEA. She chose light and natural colors and materials, now that it is all there it has become a really nice room.

Soooo, since DD moved out a lot of her stuff and therefore the upstairs was messy anyway, I took the opportunity to start a cleaning up operation of my quiltroom. I reorganised the way I keep my fabrics. Before, they were stacked in Ikea Billy bookcases, but I found that when I pulled some fabrics off a shelf it quickly became messy and I would not see certain fabrics anymore. Also, with it being a small but sunny room I was afraid the sun would damage the colors.

So again, another trip to Ikea (lucky it is only a 5 mins drive from my home) early one Monday morning (the quietest time of the week, really) was called for and this is my solution. Large flat plastic boxes, one for each color, when I open them I see all my fabrics straight away and when I pull out a few, no mess, the other fabrics just stay in place. And they are safe from the sunlight. 

and stacked up, they do not take up a lot space in my small room.

Now that my fabrics are sorted, time to go tackle the rest of my quiltroom, see what else is lurking in there….
I did already find this old project, the Morrell quilt, pattern by Di Ford. This block I have been dreading to make for a long time, decided it was about time. Bit by bit, I should be able to finish it in between all the other things that keep me busy.

Thank you for visiting J !

11 opmerkingen:

  1. You have been very busy! That scrap quilt looks amazing, even the sneak peak, I have my fabrics organized in much the same way, in boxes a colour (or two colours) each. There is always the odd colour that doesn't belong anywhere, right?
    Is the house very quiet, do you need to get used to it?

  2. Als je met zoveel dingen bezig bent dan vliegen de weken voorbij! Heerlijk je quiltkamer geordend, dat werkt een stuk prettiger! Wat een ieniemini vierkantjes ben je aan elkaar aan het patchen, wel heel mooi!

  3. Oh, wat een lekkere gerechtjes hebben jullie allemaal gemaakt Phyllis. En wat keurig geordend al,jouw lapjes. Fijne avond!

  4. Wat leuk de kookklas en wat ziet het er allemaal heerlijk uit. Het zal wel stil zijn nu je dochter uit huis is. Leuke dingen hebben jullie vorr haar gekocht. De ring is prachtig die je hebt gekregen van je man. O en wat ben je heerlijk opgeruimd met je stoffen en dat Sarah Morrel blok dat ligt hier ook nog om gemaakt te worden. Ik zal. Me daar deze winter ook eens in gaan verdiepen. De scrappyquilt vind ik zo mooi ik hou wel van al die verschillende oude kleuren.

  5. So many fantastic things going on. The cooking class looked awesome and delicious and the peek at your latest featherweight quilt looks super fun. Lucky you to be so close to ikea and all your recent organization. You're ready to start the new year.

  6. Wat heerlijk om die smakelijke foto's van de kookcursus hier weer voorbij te zien komen. Die bakken van de IKEA zijn ideaal. Ik heb ze ook, alleen dan volgens mij 1 maat kleiner. Maar daarvan heb ik er dan weer heel veel :-)

  7. Je bent echt heel druk bezig geweest, Phyllis, maar wel heel erg leuk druk! Je scrappyquilt wordt een plaatje, dat kan ik nu al zien! De gerechten van de Italiaanse kookcursus zien er bijzonder smakelijk uit, en wat zal dat gezellig zijn geweest. Mooi, je Morrell-blok-in-wording en de Ikea-dozen zijn reuze handig (ik bewaar ze exact zo, per kleur in een doos in de kast), maar het allermooist vind ik toch die ring... geweldig!!!
    Groetjes van Ageeth.

  8. what a cute ring and great fabric organization!
    all that great food looks delicious

  9. I love cooking too, and group classes are so fun. Yours looks great.
    I've made a few trips to Ikea recently too, sticking with my Billy cases, but your totes look fabulous! So nice your daughter is settling in.
    I'm looking forward to your Feather girls reveal.

  10. Super gezellige dingen allemaal het eten de ring het inrichten en je boxen op kleur.... Wat een heerlijk leven:) enjoy

  11. I wish I loved cooking, but mostly I just love the eating part! Congrats on getting your scrap quilt put together. Can't wait to see it! I have to organize my fabric in totes too as the sun will wreak havoc on them.:)