Monday, 20 April 2015

'Teckels (dachshunds) and bikes quilt' finished!

This quilt is all about strips, different width, mostly pink, grey, light blue and some red, bike fabric and dachshund fabric, all from my stash.

It took me a couple of days to machine quilt this big one. I wrote about making the top here . I didn't think it was that long ago I started this glad I finally decided to finish it!

 The binding, 9 meters(!) was cut on the diagonal because the stripes give a nice effect like this.

The quilt is washed and dried and I'm going to try to sleep under it tonight!!

The pattern is from this book . I like the weblog of Amanda Jean Nyberg (one of the writers) very much.

Some photo's are taken in the sun , like this one. The one on my bed, of course,ia taken inside the house and looks a bit less bright but the colours are looking real.

 And one of our real dachshunds, Lizzy, went with us yesterday, geocaching  in the forest at Soestduinen (located in my country,The Netherlands).

The sand was blown away under the roots of this tree, which made this strange tree stand on 'legs'. Just when I was about to make this picture, Lizzy walked into the 'frame'. Funny isn't it?

Facts about the quilt:
size: 2.35m by 2.15m
fabrics, backing and batting all 100% cotton
sewn and quilted by domestic sewing machine (my Pfaff 4.0 quiltexpression)

Have a great week!


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Spring quilt finished!

The result of using just squares set on point, was a very pleasant surprise to me. It was a joy to design and make.The inspiration came from the book: 'The gentle art of quilt-making' by Jane Brocket

size: 1.50m by 1.70m
fabrics and batting: 100 % cotton
some fabrics designers: Kaffe Fassett , Philip Jacobs ,Anna Maria Horner , Amy Butler for sale here at the Quiltboutique ,I bought the purple fabric with the vegetables at a stand at the Quiltshow ,Rijwijk  from Jobina de Boer
sewn by machine and hand quilted with pearl cotton number 8
pictures are not edited, just taken outside in and out of the sun

Have a creative weekend!!!



Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Medallion quilt finished!!!

This medallion quilt just started with the teddy bears square in the middle and grew bigger without a plan or pattern, round after round. So much fun to make!!!! My goal was to use up lots of old fabrics.
My hand made teddy bear is fitting right into this colour scheme ;)

Fabrics mostly from the 90's  with snowmen, 'wild' animals,

Dogs, melons, reproduction fabrics, points cut in different sizes like the liberated way of cutting and sewing Gwen Marston uses in her quilts.

Dachshunds (teckels we call them), Santa Claus (yes he too), Halloween fabrics (never knew what to do with them), lots of teddy bears,

 Old Debbie Mumm fabrics,

 Fits on my table too.

 The quilting is done with crocheting cotton nr 5 in big stitches,

 And the backing fabric,

The whole quilt measures: 1.80 m by 1.80 m.( about 70 inches by 70 inches) and has a very light weight batting.
I hope this will be the start of a lot of finishes to come this year!!!!!!!!!!!



Sunday, 29 March 2015

Busy week...Supergoof workshop and Bear tea

Als een klein wondertje had ik vrijdag na een paar uur deze raampjes gelapt. Ingrid (Supergoof) gaf deze workshop in de winkel van Dorry,  Quilt it en Dotty. Ingrid legt alles héél rustig uit, echt met engelen geduld! Je kan deze methode dus helemaal met de hand doen en zonder te strijken, want zo werkt Ingrid altijd. Met je beentjes op de bank een hele quilt maken dat lijkt me wel wat :)

It alomost felt like a little miracle to have made these tiny cathedral windows in a few hours. Ingrid (alias Supergoof) taught this during a class in the Quilt it & Dotty quiltshop. She explained it all with a lot of patience. We only used thread, needle and scissors, all made by hand and no ironing at all, Ingrid's method . This way you can make a whole quilt sitting with your legs up on the sofa!

Zie je wat klein ze zijn zo naast het haakwerk (wat langzaam groeit zo dooe al die afleiding). Ik had niet gedacht dat ik er zo verwonderd over zou zijn. Je begint namelijk met platte lapjes en maakt er een soort 3D werkje van, alleen met een naald en draad, bijzonder toch?
Dank je Ingrid voor de SUPER workshop!!!!!

See how small the windows are? I was surprised by this work. Just starting with some fabric and making a kind of 3D work in the end, special isn't it? Thanks Ingrid for this SUPER class!!!!

Nog iets héél bijzonders: ik heb Margootje (teckeltje van 12 wk) van Ingrid ontmoet....SUPERLIEF. Ik ben er helemaal van gesmolten en denk nog steeds aan haar. Ik maakte nog meer foto's maar Margootje is zo snel als het licht zeg maar, alles beweegt aan haar, met als gevolg dat de rest niet scherp is.

And very special too: I met Margootje (dachshund, 12 wk) Ingrids SWEET. I totally fell in love with her. My other pictures were not good, Margootje is fast as lighting ;)

 Heerlijke lunch verzorgt door Dorry met spinaziesoep en broodjes (en we hadden al koffie met huisjescake op:). Ik voelde me er helemaal thuis. 's Middags nog een mini trunkshow van Ingrid's quilts met kleine stukjes in de huiskamer van Dorry.

Dorry made us a wonderful lunch, after having had coffee with cake. In the afternoon Ingrid showed some of her  quilts with tiny pieces.

Thuis begon ik aan meer raampjesondergrond maar dan van een andere stof. De eerste stof is grof geweven en daar durf ik niet een grotere lap (weet nog niet hoe groot tie wordt) van te gaan maken.

Coming home I started with more cathedral windows but chose a different fabric to start with. The other one was a little bit to loosely woven.

 Met mijn teckeltjes op de bank als gezelschap.

Good company with my dachshunds on the sofa.

Ook in deze week ging ik naar een 'bear high tea'bij Heidi's.  Heidi Wilma. deden een paar weken geleden bij mij een teddy bear workshop . Heidi had veel werk gemaakt van al het lekkere eten en het zag er prachtig uit. Ik heb er maar een foto (nam een camera mee die ik niet goed ken;( Gelukkig maakte Heidi er hier een héél leuk verslag van met erg mooie foto's 

Earlier this week my bear and me went to a 'bear tea' at Heidi's place. Heidi en Wilma. took a teddy bear workshop at my place a couple of weeks ago. Heidi did a wonderful job making lots of nice things to eat. I also had a great time seeing all the things she made (and that is a lot I can tell you!). Unfortunately only one photo was oke (Yes I did use a camera this week I'm not used too so it didn't work out well) but Heidi wrote a very nice post about our time together with lots of beautiful pictures.

Heidi maakte voor  Wilma en mij een beker onderzetter. Hij is zelfs geborduurd en gequilt. Dank je wel Heidi voor alles en het cadeautje.

 She made me and Wilma a very nice mug rug, all embroderied and quilted as well. Thanks Heidi!!!

Groetjes allemaal en een hele fijne week

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Teddy bear workshop

In two days I teached two ladies: Wilma  en Heidi  how to make a teddy bear.  The pattern we used is from my own teddy bear on the left. Everything was ready: all the materials, tools, pattern, coffee and cake.

They brought a special giant cooky from Spakenburg, the writing says in Dutch: 'Hurray the 4th of March,  bear day'. So lovely and very tasty. It was a bit funny though because it was February not March, but never mind, it tasted great anyway!

First we started choosing the fabric, not easy because they were all different. I dyed the teddy bear fabric in different colours and made it look old already.Then they started tracing the pattern, cutting the pieces and pinning everything together.

My two Singer Featherweights came in handy. I like to sew some parts of my teddy bears on the featherweight, it is strong and easy to clean. Some parts had to be done by hand.
Wilma en Heidi did some homework too.

On the second day the parts were put together, eyes put in. Here Wilma's teddy bear without stuffing.

Heidi's teddy bear is also patiently waiting to be stuffed.

Closing the back..

Stuffing the back..

Still with no nose, but already two different characters.

Heidi's happy teddy bear, ready!!

Wilma's teddy bear, a bit shy but friendly and finished too!

In the sun, posing for all our camera's.

Everything is packed after two very nice days with two very talented students!!! They worked very hard. We were all happy with the results!!

Ready to go home and Heidi's teddy bear was looking out of this bag to see where he was going...

And so is Wilma's....we will meet again soon;)

The pattern was designed by me, a 'Annemiekebears pattern'. I used to make lots of teddy bears and sell them on teddy bear shows a couple of years ago. I still like to make them once in a while. I'll show it here when a new teddy bear is 'born'. May be there will be a new teddy bear generation in the coming years!

For tools and supplies in the Netherlands I usually go to Berenatelier Tierlantijntje (click for their webshop)

P.S.  Heidi made a nice post on the workshop too, you can find it here

Have a good weekend,