woensdag 18 mei 2016

Beautiful, sunny Zutphen

With the weather having changed to that familiar greyness again, I thought I’d cheer you (and myself!) up with a few pictures of a visit to beautiful Zutphen 1,5 weeks ago. Most Dutch quilters will have been there, so this will look familiar to them, but for those readers of my blog who haven’t had a chance to go there, here are a few pictures of a lovely day. I have been to Zutphen quite a few times by now, but with the beautiful springtime weather and the blossoms on the trees, this is the prettiest I have seen it.

A visit to Petra Prins’ shop is a must and with the weather being beautiful I think even quilters were doing other things, it is the first time I was the only customer in the shop, if only for a short time.

Really, the municipality or local tourist board should give Petra a prize, with quilters from all over flocking to Zuthpen the amount of Euro’s she is bringing into this town also to other businesses…. Because we quilters need to care of our inner self too, don’t we?

Ah, the terraces of Zutphen, not to be missed on a sunny day.

Usually I go to Zutphen by myself or with a fellow quilter, but for the first time I went with the Mr.
Funny enough for the past few years he has to go to Zutphen now and then for work, but when he does he never has the time to walk around the town, so this was a first for him. As he is usually too busy to think of original gifts and with it being two days before Mother’s Day, the combination of Mother’s Day presents and Petra Prins’shop was a win-win situation for me!

Let’s hope the beautiful weather returns soon, in the meantime…. they call this ‘stitching weather’ for a reason!


maandag 9 mei 2016

Feathergirls 3.0, reveal time!

Recently, I read a blogpost by Audrey from the Quilty Folk blog (click) the other day where she wrote: "I just stare in disbelief at how little stitching I have accomplished for the entire day" and I know how she feels, only in my case I went days without stitching and that happened for weeks on end. Life sometimes takes over, too many people and too many ‘must-do’s ‘ pulling me in different directions and each of those directions was always away from my sewing.

Although things have not completely returned to normal yet, they have settled down enough for me to find some time for sewing, so I was able to turn my attention to our current Feathergirls project again.

The same goes for fellow Feathergirl Hubertine (click) and so, having made a good start on our third Feathergirls project, this time with a scrappy theme (click), we got together last week and showed eachother what we were working on….. tadaaaaaahhhhh!!

On the left hand side is Hubertine’s start, visit her blog here (click) to see and read more, on the right hand side is the beginning of my quilt top.

It is always so much fun to see what the other is doing and now that we work with the same theme it is so inspiring too!

In my case, there really is no plan. Which may be indicative for the crazy period of the last few months. I just could not find time enough or concentrate well enough to come up with a plan. There were so many shapes and patterns I wanted to use for a scrappy quilt and not being able to decide I just started sewing and made a number of blocks of various patterns, nine-patches, four-patches, flying geese (a favorite!), courthouse steps (another favorite!) …. 

Having made a bunch of each I decided to just sew them into rows and go from there.

So this is where I am at, what to do now? More rows yes or no…. which blocks…?

Mmmmm, I dunno…… so I will just go on this way, working without a plan, just picking up a ruler, a rotary cutter and diving into a pile of scraps….

To be continued J !


zaterdag 19 maart 2016

Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!

It has been a while since I posted on this blog. Sometimes life is a bit gets a bit too busy, but with it being Worldwide Quilting Day today I thought I really needed to catch up with you and write a little post about the quilty things that have been going on.

A few weeks ago I went to Judith’s (click) show and tell at Karen’s B&B (click). Pictures have appeared on other blogs already, which is a good thing, because I did not have the best seat in the house to take good pictures, wooden beams were a bit in my way when Judith was ‘showing and telling’ , but never mind, it was a great afternoon. She is a good speaker, loved listening to her stories, getting a close look at all those beautiful quilts and seeing familiar faces.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the day, the Les Soeurs quilt by Judith and the Drayton Hall quilt made by our hostess Karen, they both ended up on the table next to me. So much inspiration in this picture.

Some other pictures from the show and tell:

Petra Prins (click) was also there with her shop and as usual she made it look beautiful.

Another one of Karen’s smaller quilts on a table:

In between all the other things that were going on I did manage to do a bit of quilting myself.
Started work again on this ufo, the Jules quilt, at the time it was a BOM from Dorry (click),  I had already pieced and appliqued the blocks,the work now is the quilting, the quilt-as-you-go method, a first for me.

I mostly use this thread for quilting, Aurifil Mako Cotona 12 (red spool), which is wonderful to work with. It is has a lovely shine to it, a beautiful color, glides through the layers and is so strong. At the time I bought this from Laura (click) during a workshop and I hope that more quiltshops will start selling the large spools in more colors of this thread, I see the small spools here and there but they work out a bit expensive to use for quilting. This color blends well with a lot of my work, it is 2326, for darker quilts I use 2370.

And I made a start with this, the third Feathergirls quilt (click) and (click), scrappy things going on here!

So Happy Worldwide Quilting Day, I have a nice quilty trip planned for today, hope you get a chance to celebrate this day in style too!


woensdag 17 februari 2016

Feathergirls Finish #2, 'Oh, Oh, Ohiostars' quilt!

Finished! The Feathergirls finished their second Feathergirls quilts!

When Hubertine (click) and I got our Featherweight sewing machines a few years ago, we decided to work together as The Feathergirls and make quilts that we make (at least patch) on our Featherweight sewing machines, quilts that are inspired by old, antique quilts and that are not too difficult to make, because we want to make these quilts next to other quilts we are making and we just want to have fun with our Featherweight machines.

So for this second Feathergirls quilt, this is my finished ‘Oh, Oh, Ohio Stars’ quilt:

Quilt stats:

Size:  140 cm x 182 cm  / 55“ x 72“
Machine pieced, hand quilted
Fabrics and batting: 100% cotton

Hubertine and I wrote about these quilts in previous posts, if you click on the Ohio Stars label on the right of this blog, you can find my previous posts.

The first Feathergirl quilt I finished you can find in this (click) blogpost.

And have a look at Hubertine’s blog  (click) for all the information on her gorgeous blue and white Churndash quilt!

And yes, now that these are finished we will continue with our third Feathergirl quilts!

This time we have chosen a different approach. Contrary to our previous quilts, this time we will work with a theme.
One thing will not change though, we will not know what the other Feathergirl is making until we meet again as Feathergirls and reveal the start of our new quilts to each other!
The theme for our third Feathergirl quilts will be:

S  * C * R * A * P * S    !!

Can’t wait to get started!

zondag 31 januari 2016

A lovely visit and the 5th annual Dutch Bloggers Bee

Two quilty highlights in a week, how lucky am I?!

It started with a visit from Dawn (click), we had a great day together. I was lucky enough to see the beautiful antique quilts (and various other antiques) she had brought with her to The Netherlands from up close after which we spend a few hours in Delft, read all about it on her blog (click).

When quilters meet (for the first time) it is a great opportunity for personal and handmade gifts,

my gift to Dawn was a needlebook with fabrics inspired by the colors of Delft blue pottery (since we were going to spend part of the day in Delft) , including a blue fabric with with tulips

and Dawn's gift to me, a gorgeous, colourful mini quilt with mini-mini (1/2”!) hexagons and an antique flannel backing from her own collection.

Thank you again Dawn, it was lovely meeting you in person and spending the day with you. I will treasure your gift, it is very precious to me!

And then Yvonne (click) kindly invited me to attend the 5th annual Dutch Bloggers Bee yesterday.
Seventeen quilters in a room, all working on wonderful projects, chatting, eating (potluck lunch, always fun) and having a great time!

Yvonne took great care of us with cake, homemade soup (yummm!), lots of tea and coffee and she gave us all a fun pattern for a mug sewing caddy.

And of course a show and tell:

Ageeth with her Mountmellick quilt

Debbie (hiding behind her quilt ;-)  )


It was a fun day with fun ladies!

Needless to say, I am really inspired by all the quilts (old and new), projects and quilters I saw and met this week, hopefully so are you by these pictures!