maandag 7 mei 2018

April 2018 , The Netherlands

There has not been a month ever I think that I have been so busy with quilt events. So for this month I decided to divide my ‘monthly memories’ post into two installments.

First, I was asked to help out at Petra Prins’ (click) booth at the quiltshow in Rijswijk at the beginning of April. I had worked at booths at quiltshows in the past (a long, long time ago) and since Petra’s is always a favorite booth of mine when I visit shows I was thrilled, not in the least also by having the chance to work alongside Judith (click).

The afternoon before the show we transformed an empty booth  into this

That evening Juud and I toasted to a good show during a dinner in The Hague center (click to her blogpost) the night before the opening.

The next morning we could not wait to get started….. we were the first in the parking lot :-))! This would be the same everyday, btw, just raring to go each day.

Being early gives you a chance to have a few chats with your neighbours and for a bit fun, here are Juud and Betty (who had her quilts on exhibition this show, more on that later) before the show ‘opening up their creative chakra’s’  ….  or something like that ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜Š

Once the show opened on the first morning things started a bit different than planned when Elsbeth (click) phoned to say she had car trouble and could not be there until lunchtime.
That left me working in the Den Haan & Wagenmakers (click) booth and Juud in the Petra Prins’ booth on her own. No problem as they were next to each other.

Both booths looked beautiful and it was a joy to work in both of them.

Being popular booths, usually they were busy but during those rare moments when it was a bit quiet Juud found the time do some quilting

and we took turns to have a look at the exhibitions, I really loved Betty Prins’ (click) . Maybe because Betty spends quite a lot of time in France I don’t know, but when I look at her quilts I see the sun shine:

Quiltshows for me are not only about quilts, booths, fabrics, notions etc. but also very much about the people. One of the things I really enjoy about working at a booth at a quiltshow is meeting the people who come to the booth. New faces, familiar faces, quilters I see regularly, quilters I have not seen for a while or in one case not for a very, very long time.

Among the familiar faces was the talented Hilde (click) , who I am in touch with but as she currently lives in Ghana do not see a lot. This will change when she moves back to The Netherlands. She was visiting with a (quilt)friend who – we found out when chatting – lives in my area, so a new bee was born!

And then there was a very special meeting indeed.
A lady passed stopped at our booth and I already thought she looked familiar. So we started talking and what I thought was right, she was my very first quilt teacher! She gave me my 1st patchwork lesson in the late 80’s and taught me so many techniques during the courses and workshops I attended.
During several summers back then she was a guest teacher at this incredible location (click) &  (click) where she gave week-long courses, living close to each other we took turns in driving there. This location was then used for creative week-long summer courses: painting, sculpting, sewing and yes, quilting. You can imagine, these were special times.

And at one stage she even gave me private lessons at her home, teaching me Baltimore Album techniques in exchange for the blocks I made then, to use as examples for the Baltimore Album course she would be teaching.
With me moving away from The Hague (happy to say, moved back quite a few years ago) and busy family life and work getting in the way we lost touch but I always wondered how she was and several times ‘googled’ her, did not find a way to contact her. She told me she recently found those Baltimore Album blocks I made and wondered about me as well.

Juud kindly offered to look after the booth while we had a tea and a long chat. I was so pleased to find she still quilts and is still as sharp as ever, what a lady. And I am happy to say: to be continued……!

The days working in Petra Prins’ booth were special, not just because of the beautiful fabrics and quilts that surrounded us but for the emotions as well. Happy ones and sad ones. The latter needs to be mentioned as well. 

In the back of our minds and therefore very much present in the booth was Bep, longtime employee but much more than that of Petra’s , who at that time was very ill and left us a few days later.
Always kind, smiling, cheerful, helpful, funny, passionate about quilts and quilting and just always there: in the shop, at quiltshows, workshops, bees and exhibitions. I followed workshops by her, attended bees with her, I shared stories and jokes with her, she advised me on purchases. She was so much a part of Petra Prins' in Zutphen, I will really miss her.
Emma (click) and I were lucky enough to see Bep again during the weekend workshop by Di Ford (click) in Zutphen last September when she came in just for a visit. As always Bep was a ray of sunshine and I am so happy I can remember her in that way.
Bep’s passing and other sad news during those days made this a bit of rollercoaster kind of few days where happy moments and sad moments took turns.

Make the best you can of every moment, or as a lady I spent time with later on the month (blogpost coming up) said: "this is no dress rehearsal",


12 opmerkingen:

  1. Een lange blogpost Phyllis. Als een vis in het water is mijn conclusie. Misschien soms even happend naar zuurstof? Fijne week!๐Ÿค—

  2. Een heerlijk blog, puur genieten daar in de kraam. Ook voor mijzijn de mooie ontmoetingen altijd het hoogtepunt van zo’n dag op de beurs.
    Jullie dagen hadden een gouden en een rouw randje. Inderdaad genieten van elkaar en elke mogelijkheid die langs komt om leuke dingen te doen

  3. Beautiful post Phyllis! It’s life in a nutshell, happy events, meetings with dear ones and sad farewells.

  4. En zo was dagen vlogen ook voorbij in Rijswijk en ik was zo blij dat jullie er waren. Wat fantastisch dat je jouw quiltjuf weer gesproken hebt, al die ontmoetingen maken het tot een heel speciaal event. Jouw herinneringen aan Bep zijn voor een deel ook de mijne, ik koester ze..

  5. Beautiful post Phyllis as usual ! All the quilts are stunning ! Thank you for sharing !
    Last week, I was in Nantes for the Quiltmania show and I have bought lots of fabrics on the Den Haan and Vagenmakers booth ! Oh my... Those quiltshows are the best to meet quilters !

  6. What a lovely post. I need your help. You and, I believe, Petra are standing in front of a lovely quilt that looks like applique. How, can I obtain a pattern of that quilt, or a better look at it. I would love to make it. I live in the states. My email for response is - - thanks Sharon Engel

  7. Dag Phillys, wat een mooi verslag van bijzondere dagen en al helemaal voor jou vanwege het weerzien met je quiltjuf. Hoe bijzonder. Toeval bestaat niet zeggen ze wel eens. Fijne quiltweek enik kijk uit naar je volgende deel.

  8. Wat geweldig dat je de kans kreeg om deel uit te maken van Petra's quiltteam. Wat maak je dan veel mee op die korte tijd. Een lach en een traan. Zo is het leven nu eenmaal!
    Groetjes, liliane

  9. Wat een mooie blog, wat een dagen en wat een indrukwekkende tijd! Wat was t leuk om met jou te werken!

  10. Gezellige post weer, heb toch een beetje het gevoel toch op de beurs geweest te zijn.

  11. I always enjoy your posts, looking at your photos and reading your stories. I'm planning on heading to Houston this fall. Are you going to work in Petra's booth? You've a lot of experience :0)

  12. Heerlijk blog van gezellige dagen! Het was leuk je ff te zien op de beurs. Zwaaizwaai zonnige dag XX


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