So much to
show you, so I will do this in two posts.
exhibitions at the Quilt Festival were beautiful this year, the best I have
seen so far (this was my fourth visit).
I don’t use
the word often nor easily, but the red and white exhibition (put together
because this was the 40th edition of the Quilt Festival, their Ruby
Jubilee) was amazing, I could not get enough of it!
Every day I
went to the Festival I made sure to enter through Hall D because then the first
thing I saw was this:
inspiration for this exhibition clearly was the Red and White Infinity
Exhibtion a few years ago in New York (click).
the red and white exhibition:
alone at the Festival , it is always fun to meet up with friends from home in
such far away places!
Back to the
exhibitions: another very special exhibit was this one: the Tristan Boutis
In order to
show the workmanship the quilt was lit
from underneath, something I had never seen before.
how wonderful the exhibtions were, I found the sales booths less so… strangely
enough I did not buy as much as I expected to….(and back on the plane I spoke to two Dutch quilters who had the same experience).
Fabric wise the choice was disappointing…. Very few repro fabrics, the ones I
saw were either too dark (there was a tendency towards primitive work – lots more primitive style booths this year -
which probably influenced the fabric choices made by other booths)or the fabrics were already in my stash … but
maybe that says something about my stash ;-)?!
looked out for the more modern fabrics I like: Bonnie & Camille, the new
Cotton & Steel collection etc.but
could not find them…..
So in the
end I only bought a few fabrics, some notions and then decided to fill up my
suitcase with batting, four packages of battings to be precise: two queen size
silk battings and two twin size battings of a blend that I did not know yet:
80% cotton/20% wool.
They both feel wonderful and so now I have a batting stash too!
See you back
here next time for more from the Quilt Festival!
Since it is
the Ruby Jubilee (40th edition) of the Quilt Festival the organisers
promised wonderful exhibitions and from what I have seen from those who are
already at Quilt Market now and are watching the exhibitions being installed, they
were not kidding.
I hope to be
able to take a lot of pictures to post when I return.
At the Quilt Festival there are always exhibitions where you are not allowed to
take pictures, some years there are more of these exhibitions than other years,
so we’ll have to see what is allowed, hopefully a lot!
meantime (for the next 1,5 weeks approx.) I will be so busy I will not have the
time to read blogs or FB so will also not be commenting on posts.
is what I think, so it was a little quiet here.
Not that I
haven’t been busy, I have, but with things I did not care to blog about, so it
has been a few weeks since my last blogpost.
unfortunately, I did not have much time to stitch, but I did find time to
square up 3 blocks of my King George III quilt, so here they are:
And I attended
a workshop at the Quilterspalet, all about the Marti Michell templates. I found
these really handy and apart from learning about these, Evy gave a few tips to
improve my way of using the rotary cutter, very helpful indeed!
related matters, we visited the new Markthal in Rotterdam and were impressed.
What a great building! And the artwork on the ceiling!
windows you see …. They are from apartments, people actually live there! And
are able to look down at all the hustle and bustle down there.
Silly us, we
went two days after the Markthal officially opened, so it was just too busy to
really enjoy the place and look at all the market stalls with food. We were
lucky to find a place at the Vietnamese stall, where we enjoyed a lovely Pho
(Vietnamese noodle soup) , but other than that we did not stand a chance. But I
will return soon!
Also – sort
of food related – Onno and I attended a coffee tasting workshop at our local
Nespresso Boutique and we were amazed. We learned so much about not just the
taste of coffee, but also its origins and the way Nespresso conducts its
business (Fairtrade) , now I understand why politically correct George Clooney
is in their tv commercials, I always wondered about that….
October it is my birthday, a quiet affair, but I was spoilt with lovely presents
from friends and family and my better half surprised me with a gorgeous, huge
bunch of red roses.
lasted for nine (!) days, I could not resist another picture of the last day,
look how big they had become!
it’s a school holiday week over here, so I will be spending time with my
teenager (shopping…) , hopefully I will find some time to stitch as well…and you do too!