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,


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Quiltshow at Hippolytushoef (Wieringen), small finishes and geocaching

We planned a day geocaching at Wieringen, in the north of Holland and there were quilts hanging in shop windows, by surprise, in a place called Hippolytushoef. These mugs were appliqued on a black background, which isn't visible in the photo, but gives a fun result! This quilt is made by Tineke Tauber.

A quilt in a bike shop. It looked like a combination of cotton and wool. I like the unusual choice of colours. Made by Marion Baijs.

These obviously Dutch quilts were made with special Dutch handkerchiefs, very nice.I'm sorry I didn't write down the makers of these two. I think the bottom one is also made by Tineke Tauber.
This quilt exhibition and 'quilt walk'  through town is to be seen until 31th of may. Further details here

It is such a nice area with old Dutch houses and farms. Very beautiful. Long time ago Wieringen has been an Island but as with many area's in our country, we made land out of water, so Wieringen is no longer an island. People still say they are living on Wieringen, not in Wieringen though!

The  geocaches we found today, were made and hidden with lots of creativity and care. One of them was hidden in an old mailbox in a 'open air' brocante shop (second hand and/or antique ware).

Everything was dispalyed just outside in a few open closets. If you want to buy something you just put the price tag and money in a small box. They just trust the buyers.
Lovely coffee pot....maybe I should have bought it....

Lots of interesting things to see!!

You could smell the see every where. One side of Wieringen still touches the water. Here we had to answer questions about the soil and plants in order to be able to log a cache.

I finished this little bag for my Mums birthday. I tried out making roses with silk ribbon. The family also gave her a dinner party. That's what she liked most: being together with the whole family. I'm so glad she had a wonderful day.

I finally finished this knitting role.

In stead of saving all the pieced blocks, embroideries, applique try outs and more, I pieced them all into one big top. The result is: I can delete projects of my to-do list, so that's good!
It was a bit difficult to make a sandwich because of the 'assistance' I got....

I will show more if I have done some quilting and embroidery on it and have better pictures;)
I already give a warning: it is a bit of a strange collection! (someone here at home even said it was ugly!)

Thursday, 21 May 2015



Goofie in 2007

Goofie in 2011
Goofie en Lizzy in 2011
Goofie en Lizzy in 2012
Goofie with me in 2013
Goofie in 2014

Goofie, march 2015
Goofie, onze ruwhaar teckel is bijna 15 jaar geworden. We missen hem heel erg, maar hij was echt op en versleten. We hebben hem vrijdag de 8ste moeten laten gaan. Hij was onze grote, vriendelijke, supervriend en betekende veel voor ons.

Goofie our wired hair dachshund was 14, almost 15 years old. We miss him a lot but he was very old and had physical problems, so we had to let him go on the 8th of may. Goofie was our big, friendly Super friend. He meant a lot to us.


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Footstool with embroidery and Russian pancakes

 It was 20 (!) years ago since I last upholstered my little footstool. Now it has a new cover.

 It is an old embroidery from a thrift shop and it suggest an old watermill.

 It was just big enough...

 The colours are still beautiful, even after washing it in the washing machine.

 At first I thought I had to paint the chair legs but the dark red is a good colour to match the embroidery.

And the pancakes:

And I took a workshop from the owner, a very friendly and talented lady, of the quilt shop in Schagen:  Aljona Terzi  to learn how to make a Russian pancake (a fabric one). She started the above pancake and I finished the last rows. My pieces are not perfect but I learned a lot from making them.

This is the one I started at home. It is all about folding good points, counting and making rows that are consistent. It is addictive, once you know how to get it right;) Aljona told me that it is an old technique, done by Russian woman. They are still being made and used in the house, for example on chairs. Nowadays you can use them in quilts, may be I will do that one day.

Have a creative weekend!!!