Friday, 16 October 2015

Stay in (doll) bed weather.

This dolls bed was hidden under other things in a charity shop. I was able to buy it for almost nothing and the woman in the shop was glad she finally sold it! Well, this bed made my day!!! I'm so happy I found it.

It is quite heavy, solid and has its original paint. It looks old to me and so nice to display doll quilts of course!

There is a bottom made out of board with small holes in it. So I made a mattress and found an old doll pillow and self made doll quilt in my closet.

The little quilt on this bed is this one. The pattern is called: 'hidden nine patch or disappearing nine patch'
It is a fun and easy pattern to work with.

I made this doll  from a Tilda book in january 2010. Her body fabric is stretchy so she is a little bit bigger than she is supposed to be but that is all right with me.

And even if you are awake you would want to stay in this bed with a good book ;)

ps. the bed meassures:
length: 57cm by width: 33cm

Have a nice day!



Thursday, 8 October 2015

Sewing room and storage solutions.

Today a sneak peak in my sewingroom, not big, but lots to see!
This first picture shows my sewing table with red and white plastic tablecloth fixed (with a staple gun) on top. For storing little things, I used  jam jars also with red and white checkers. I screwed the lids on the underside of the narrow Ikea shelf.

 I used the Ikea magnet strip (in Dutch: magneetlijst) to store my scissors and covered the strip with fabric (fabric with sewing notions;) 

 See the result? I find it very practical.

 Under the table between the table legs I made a rod to hang all those spools with ribbons. On the floor there is a little bench to rest my feet, also in red and white :)

And this storage rack ( from Ikea too) is made for a kitchen but becomes very handy in the sewing room, I spray painted it white.
More sewing room photo's to come next time;)

Have a nice day!



Thursday, 17 September 2015

Second day exhibitions at Ste Marie-aux-mines

Work from Sheila Frampton-Cooper (from the USA, but now living in the Provence). There are many quilts displayed from her, she made all of them the last 5 years. I like her work very much. She told me she works  in an intuitive way, without patterns or plan. She creates it while she works at it.

Sheila Frampton-Cooper: 'Deep sea portals'

Sheila Frampton-Cooper: 'Marie Magdeline de la Sainte Baum'.

These three quilt projects above are made by Barbara Lange from Germany.

 Made by Gaby Mett. I would love to make something like this :)

 Made by Rebecca Campeau (France). Strange isn't it?

Detail photo from work made by Beatrice Lanter.

These two extraordinary quilts were made by Brigitte Busk from Denmark.

This one is called : Flames and made by Hilde van Schaardenburg (The Netherlands)

One of the 'Modern quilt guild'  quilts. There many, but this is a detail from a quilt made by Kathy York (USA)

And the last picture from today. I made my first little block from the 1718 Coverlet. I'm surprised at how similar the fabrics are! This was from a scrap bag I bought yesterday (see post from 16 september 2015).

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. There was so much to see. These photo's above are just a selection from what I liked or wanted to show because it looked new to me.



Wednesday, 16 September 2015

First impressions of Ste Marie-aux-mines patchwork meeting

 Just some pictures very old quilts,

 Lots of things to buy, very busy at the stands...
 Nice quilts at the exhibitions like this one from Austria (sorry I forgot the name of the maker)

The beautiful fabrics I bought to make the 1718 coverlet (yes a new project;). Some of them are linen from:
Neelam and from Magret Behrends-Kohl (also the scraps at the left). Others are mostly Oakshott cottons at the Quiltcabin from Dortmund.

I enjoyed the first day very much and I will be back with more pictures!


Thursday, 3 September 2015

Red and white Irish chain

Lots of sewing done, the past two weeks, on this red and white double Irish chain, but the top is done!!! Lizzy has been by my side until the last stitches. Since we lost Goofie she doesn't lose me out of her sight.

It started in the beginning of 2013( yes I know... more than 2,5 years ago), with the help of my daughter, with cutting fabrics. The pattern is from Bonny Hunter's book:  'Adventures with Leaders & Enders'  

After making one row of blocks it stayed in a box in my closet...

Instead of using a big light piece in the middle parts, as shown here in Bonny's book

I pieced all these light middle parts entirely out of 2" (5cm) squares , because I had so many light scraps. Of course I didn't realize, at the time of cutting them, how much more work that was: I ended up with 3600 squares!!!!!!!!!

I used all kinds of scraps, some of them from the 80ties like the one with the bears and the ducks. Those are one of my earliest quilting fabrics.

All there is left now, is basting and quilting it. I don't know yet how to quilt it. It is quite big:
240cm by 240cm (about 94 by 94 inches).

To be continued :)



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,