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 !

zondag 2 oktober 2016

Festival of Quilts II

In my last blogpost I promised show you some of the antique quilts on show at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. Let’s go and first visit the Family Connections exhibition hosted by the UK Quilter’s Guild:

This stunning quilt obviously was the inspiration for the new fabric collection by Karen Styles called Elizabeths Dowry  :-

I loved and was amazed by this exhibition by the Quilter’s Guild, obviously guarding their heritage is close to their hearts and something they put a lot of effort into, they have built an extensive collection since their formation in 1979 and are very proud to share it. To be honest this focus on what is the basis, the history of our shared passion is something I do miss at our national guild in The Netherlands.

Next, let’s have a look at the other exhibtion with antique quilts, Kaffe Fassett was kind enough to show some of his antique quilts at this show:

And to end our tour of this exhibtion another stunning quilt:

Hope these antiques inspire you as much as they do me!

dinsdag 20 september 2016

Festival of Quilts I

I should have posted already about my visit to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August, but things got in the way. Hope I can make it up to you with this long (picture overloaded!) blogpost :-) :

 The fun started with a half empty plane on the way over, plenty of space to relax a stitch, yes!
As you will probably be most interested in pictures I will keep my writing down to a minimum. Let me just say that I found the quilts at the exhibition of a high quality and the booths great! Enjoy!

One thing I would like to mention: I was surprised to see practically all quilts machine quilted even the very special, beautiful (3D) applique ones: 


As a dog lover/owner this one made me smile… so many, many funny details, I can only show you a few :-) 

Petra Prins’ booth never disappoints and was busy as usual

And Karen Styles' booth was exquisite, hi Karen, lovely to have met you!

The town of Birmingham was something special, our hotel was right in the middle of the city centre… what we did not know is that the city centre is going through enormous  - 20 year!! -   revitalisation project which makes the most of the city centre one big building site….

Impossible for cars, roads just end somewhere in one of the building sites, this poor guy got stuck right underneath our hotel, he sat just stood there in his car for minutes, not knowing where to go..

This is not nice at the moment (and will not be for quite some time), but the parts of the city that are already finished show that they have done a great job combining the old with the new.

The new Bullring shopping centre next to an old church

The area with the old canals has been revamped

Great for a dinner on a terrace, so we did

We had fun trying out the selfie-stick I brought and chatted until after dark, it was wonderful to see Emma again, so much to talk about when you are both passionate quilters, were first practically neighbours and now (after Emma’s move to France) you haven’t seen eachother in a year

A walk through town the next day : a finished square with the new library building next to the war memorial

I know what you are thinking when you see the new library building, my thoughts exactly… a quilting pattern!

This is what is looks like from the inside

There was more quilty inspiration in the tiles of the coffee place we had our breakfast each morning

At the Festival of Quilts the old met the new as well. I showed you some of the newer quilts in this blogpost, I’ll show you some of the older quilts in the next one.

Until then,