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!
finishing my Lucy’s Ladder quilt, I wanted to do something different, just for
a little bit, so I revisited my granny square project.
granny squares were finished, they needed to be put together into a blanket. I tried
to crochet them together, in two different ways, but did not like the effect.
The whole thing did not lie flat, which is what a want, I am a quilter after
all! So, being a quilter, I decided to sew them together.
I made rows
to make sure that – even though they are all different – granny squares that
looked a bit alike would not be put next to eachother.
guarding the little piles to make sure no one would mess them up!
granny squares together goes so much faster that sewing those fabric patches!
After a few
days this was the result.
needs a crochet border, I will think about that later, after a week of this
crochet project I was itching to go back to quilting again!
weekend we visited a culinary festival in Scheveningen and with Scheveningen
being a fishing port it could only be about fish, the name for the festival was
The set up
was that several fish restaurants from Scheveningen presented smaller versions
of some of their dishes, a great idea!
and I can reveal the quilts we made for our first Feathergirls project!
And that it
took a while was ‘my bad’ as they say, since I really wanted to handquilt my
quilt, Hubertine finished her quilt a while ago.
Click here to look at Hubertine’s finished quilt.
And here is
(202 cm) x 62”(157 cm)
hand with YLI quilting thread in Ecru
Of course my
quilt has a name and a label:
I named my
quilt after Lucy (click), for the reasons explained on the label. Ever since I
found out about quilting blogs and found Lucy’s first blog (click) I loved what
I saw there (same as on her second blog (click) ). Her work is beautiful, she
takes her inspiration from old quilts, the kind of quilts that would actually
be used and I love her fabric choices. What I also admire is that she works so
independent of trends and fashions in the quilt world. Her quilt blogs and also
her 365 days blogs here (click) and here (click) are a great source of inspiration
So when I
saw she gave a workshop at the Sampler in Haarlem a few years ago I jumped at
the chance. It was a workshop for beginners on the sewing machine and – having
made everything by hand up until then – I really wanted to learn making quilts
on the sewing machine, that would be so much faster. I had done a workshop like
that before but I after that first one I still did not like working on a
machine. So I decided to give it another try.
Lucy’s workshop we made a Jacob’s Ladder block and even though I made a number
of mistakes that day, somehow her workshop gave me the confidence to do
patchwork on a sewing machine. After her workshop I made Eline’s Stars (machine
patched and partly machine quilted) and found I really enjoyed working on a
Hubertine and I decided to make our first quilts on our newly acquired
Featherweight machines as the Feathergirls (click) it was only fitting I should
use the Jacob’s Ladder block.I did make
it a different size than the block we made during Lucy’s workshop, hers was in
cm’s , mine is 9”.
is a combined project, Hubertine and I wanted to photograph our quilts together
and last week it was perfect weather to do so:
Fun to see
the quilts like this!
enjoyed doing this together and as you may know we have each already started
our second Feathergirls quilt, here (click)and here (click).
and forwards with our second Feathergirls quilts!
During our ‘staycation’
this year I had time to sew and time for some sew-related activities, so you
might also call it a sewcation. By the way, I did not think of these words myself, but
read them on other blogs in the past and they are very applicable to my
situation this summer.
project I really wanted to work on was Phebe. As you may know I have a
love-hate relationship with her, I still think Di Ford’s pattern is beautiful,
but I have made some big mistakes in the past and therefore it takes me so long
that now and then Phebe gets boxed for a while.
But she came
out of her box this summer and I really enjoyed working on the big applique
that border is not finished yet, but now I know which fabrics I want to use, I
will keep on working on this now at a steady pace.
When I wanted
to ‘unbox’ Phebe I found I really sort of had to fight my way to her box, my
sewing room was in such a state! So I spent time clearing out my room and found
a lot of things I do not need (anymore), some could be thrown away and some
will be sold over the next period, I will post them bit by bit on Quilten Paginamarkt.
Now my sewing
room looks ‘workable’ again, but cleaning it out also showed me all that had
been hiding in the dark corners…..I find
my number of ‘ufo’s’ and ‘wip’s’ shocking…. How did that happen?!
But………. one ‘wip’
turned into an ‘affo’ this summer……
A label was
But more on
that in a later blogpost.
Now it is
time to walk this little man, who has been waiting patiently for me to finish
this blogpost and for the rain to finally end.
This year we
were able to have our yearly holiday in April/May, thanks to Eline’s school for
once making the clever decision to give the kids 2 weeks off (rather than the
usual broken up period of a few days off, a few days school, a long weekend
off, a few days school etc.) .
But this did
mean we stayed home during the summer, a so-called staycation. And we loved it!
Most of the time is was beautiful weather and there still was lots happening.
A few examples:
First of all
and a highlight was meeting Melissa. I have been a follower of hers for some
time so when the opportunity presented itself and she and her family were in
The Hague a meeting was quickly organised, and although – due to their schedule
– it was short, it was fun! We hit it off (as did the husbands) and even the
tops we were wearing looked alike, apparently we own the same shoes too.
first book was published last week, you may want to check it out on her blog.
We met at
the Café George which had only opened two weeks earlier. We were lucky enough
to be invited for the opening night which was very enjoyable.
The place looks fresh and clean, the atmosphere is great, service is very
friendly and the food is yummy! And nothing wrong with free champagne on opening
was the recital by Wibi Soerjadi, at his estate Wulperhorst.
known as a brilliant pianist, but also for his love of everything Disney, this
was the foyer
and this the
room where the recital would be held.
carpet was it style!
We were not
allowed to take pictures of the recital, but is was fabulous. I think there
were only about 40 people there at the most and being so close we had a good look
at his hands, amazing. To my surprise he played a number of pieces he composed
recital there was a draw and we won a bottle of Prosecco and a cd to be signed
during a meet and greet!
really friendly and took all the time posing for pictures (by which time he was
wearing gloves to protect his hands).
weather has turned and slowly different fruits are ready for picking. I was
able to pick some beautiful plums from a friend’s tree.
yesterday made it into a plum cake, which tasted great. I used this recipe if
you want to make one too. Think it would work with other fruits (apples?) as
just a few highlights of my staycation.
there was time for sewing too, more on that in my next blogpost.