Saturday, 22 August 2015

The one with the chicken finished!!

And yet another finish....I already made a Spring quilt in turquoise in April, so that is why this is called the one with the chicken!!!
The chicken is a block I draw myself (wanted to make an Easter quilt one day...)

This one really cleared out my closet because a lot of left over blocks were used in this quilt. Also a few unfinished projects are finished because of this project!!

There is embroidery in it, old ( the old round one made by my Mother in law years ago)and new, gifts( the one with the garden gate my friend Marieke gave to me)  and self made pieces.

I made up the long twine of  leaves to use a lot of red scraps. The applique, showing a girl with a flower in her hands is from a book Le petit Monde by Jaqueline Morel 

 In each corner there is a compass. I first saw them  in one of Ingrid's quilts.  My husband draw the pattern for me and I made it into a paper piecing pattern.

The paper pieced blocks were made in a class taught by Gré Koopman. She is sadly enough no longer with us, but I learned a lot from her and admired her as a person, shop owner and teacher.

This Geranium is from a pattern by Lori Holt from Bee in my Bonnet . May be one day I will make the whole quilt. I appliqued this one with a herringbone stitch I showed here. The mini blocks I made during a class somewhere in the 90's....and they survived!

The big character 'A' is made with the broderie persé technique. And the bright coloured block in pink and yellow was bought at an antique stand (and is about 150 years old). The little handkerchief with the character 'A' was a gift when I was about 8 years old.
In this quilt I also included  left over blocks from previous quilts like 'klosjes' from the klosjesquilt, a basket from my basket quilt.

 In the evening sun...

I like paper pieced patterns like this with the flying geese going round, I made that one years ago.

 A lot of big pieced blocks are from a calendar with lots of nice block designs.

A glimpse of the back made from random pieces of pink and beige fabrics. And a binding in dark red.

And I just made a quick picture on my balcony so you can see most of the back of the quilt. Not so exciting but nice and  'quiet' to see if the quilt is turned.


Size: 1.70 cm by 1.73 cm,  (67 inches by 68 inches)
Quilting: Hand quilting in big stitches, without a hoop, with yarn from Weeks dye works 
Batting: 100 % cotton.
Embroidered over the finished blocks with perlé yarn numbers 8 and 5, in pink, reds and beige.
Washed in the washing machine (with 6 colourcatchers!) and partly dried in the drier.

Have a good and creative weekend,



Saturday, 1 August 2015

A Windmill quilt finish with Lizzy and won a giveaway!

Samen met Lizzy heb ik deze molentjesquilt op de foto gezet. Hij lag alweer lang als top in de kast.

Lizzy 'assisted' me when taking photo's of this finished quilt. It was laying around for a while as a top. 

Bij de Hommelmolen hier vlakbij.

This one is taken in front of a windmill, called the 'Hommelmolen', close by. 

We ontmoeten deze jongens ook onderweg.

We met these guys too along the way.

Ik heb hem gequilt met de machine om de molens heen en knoopte hem met een wollen draadje alleen in het midden van de molens.

I quilted it with the sewing machine around the mills and knotted the quilt with woolen thread only in the middle of the mills.

En mijn nieuwe fietstas (van de Xenos) ook even op de foto. Gekocht vanwege de leuke gelamineerde stof.

Just had to show my new bags for my bike (bought them in the shop called Xenos). I bought them because I like the laminated fabric.

Het idee voor deze quilt  komt uit dit boek.

The idea for this quilt came from this book.

Lizzy weer in het fietsmandje en over het fietsbruggetje terug naar huis.

Lizzy in her basket again and heading back home.

Gisterenavond kwam dit pakje met de post helemaal uit Pennsylvania, USA.  Ik heb deze 'giveaway' gewonnen bij Kelly van Pinkadot quilts !!!!
De eerste keer dat ik iets won, super leuk! Met deze rol maak je makkelijk veel driehoekjes die perfect van formaat zijn. Als ik ze ga gebruiken zal ik het laten zien.
Goed begin van het weekend......

Yesterdaty night this package arrived all the way from Pennsylvania, USA. I won this at a giveaway by Kelly from Pinkadot quilts!!! It is the first time I ever won a giveaway, super fun! With this paper roll I can make very accurate half square triangles in a fast way. I will show you the result when I try it.
A very good start for a weekend!

Een kreatief weekend gewenst,

Have a creative weekend,



Sunday, 19 July 2015

Turqoise, pink and yellow squares.

 This quilt is finished! I first wrote about it here in October 2014. I've had lots of fun with 'just' using squares!

I used old embroidery found in a thrift shop and cut them in squares. All the squares have Dutch scenery, embroidered in  cross stitches.

The embroidery squares are combined with fabric squares from different designers and simple pink plaid  fabric.

I quilted with big stiches and perlé yarn number 8 and the pink is number 5. I prefer the number 8 perlé, it works much easier.

 The back of the quilt is made of a pink and white plaid fabric.

On a garden bench last night, the light was dimming fast.

The quilt is on our breakfast table where it will stay for a while. The colours are very happy and bright to start the day!

This quillt measures approx: 1.70cm by 1.70cm
The individual squares are 11 by 11cm finished size.
Batting: a very thin layer of cheese cloth
Hand quilting: big  stitches with perlé yarn number 8 and 5
Pattern: 'just' squares

Have a nice Sunday!



Friday, 3 July 2015

Scrap tree quilt top

This is my version of a scrap tree (still a top) I finally made!!

On the cover of the book: Minimal Quiltmaking, written by Gwen Marston  is a tree I wanted to make for some time. Then I found a  free tutorial of a similar tree on  Pinkadot Quilts written by Kelly. What I did differently was make a background of scraps in all sizes. This is also the way my daughter, Kellie ( yes I know it is a bit confusing, Kelly and Kellie  but I'm talking about two different persons here;), likes to work. I once showed Kellie's work here.

The branches are also made out of scraps, dark brown strips in different sizes which would fit one of the gaps in the background.
To use different sizes of scraps is probably not the easiest way, but if you form little units and join those to bigger units, you will end up with a big piece of back ground fabric in no-time. While doing this I sew, cut or sew extra and iron and cut again until my piece is big enough.
So nice to use up all the little quirky scraps !

Thanks to Kelly and Kellie for encouraging me to work like this!!!



Thursday, 2 July 2015

A cool drink, a few days away and more 'windows'

 First of all:

A cool drink*:
Pine apple (fresh is nice) diced
handful of ice cubes
add Bitter lemon
mix this in a blender

Ter verkoeling*:

ananas stukjes (vers is erg lekker)
handje ijsklontjes
aanvullen met Bitter lemon
mixen in de blender

*recipe by my daughter

We enjoyed staying in Friesland (north part of The Netherlands) for a few days and I made more cathedral windows...

 We visited the Islands: Ameland and Schiermonnikoog too and took Lizzy in my 'bike basket'.

 Very old Dutch houses and an impression of the North of my country with photo's below:

 Many, many birds...
Old wooden shoes in a very nice wooden rack

And one more time my Cathedral windows, close up.

This photo of the flower head with seeds was taken yesterday in a park near my home town.

Yesterday we had very high temperatures so I didn't do much but added extra background to my cathedral windows quilt, so I can make more windows this is growing slowly but I'm enjoying it:)

Stay cool (if you are having high summer temperatures as we have) and have a nice week!



Friday, 12 June 2015

Embroidering and quilting in the sun

Still working on this collection of orphanage and/or abandoned blocks.

I'm embroidering over the seems in red and écru

and quilting in bigger stitches with Week dye works thread .

Lizzy is joining me, she loves sunbathing

And these cathedral windows (called 'ramen lappen' in Dutch by Supergoof from whom I learned to make this), made from Japanese fabrics on a cotton 80%/linen 20%  fabric, are growing slowly. A nice quilt to work on while traveling or waiting.

Have a nice weekend,