Monday, 5 November 2018

Cruquius museum quilt

Six years (!) ago I had the idea to use the museum in my home town, to make a pattern for  new quilt ...

The building from 1849 has a large steam engine used to pump water out of the Haarlemmermeer (Lake of Haarlem).  So it could be used as dry land to live and farm on it. This picture is from 1904.
It stopped working since 1933 and became the Cruquius museum since. You can read more here at The official Museum website (in English and Dutch). 

At the water side it has a beautiful window.

And chose the fabric in the middle as a starting point, the piles in the back are fabrics I collected over the years: folklore fabrics, old and new, quilt fabrics, thrift shop shirts, some fabrics were a gift, others were in my closet for 30 or 40 years!

I used the big window as the center of the quilt

And these shapes (clovers?) in the corners

See how big these shapes are at the museum wall?

The white tower shape with points came from the top of the building

The quilt is hand quilted with big stitches in white, with number 12 Perle yarn.

The border fabric is one of my most favorite fabric and used now in this project.

The back of the Cruquius museum quilt

 On a tree in the afternoon sun

After being washed and dried, here on our bed, it shows the quilting a little better.

Size: 2.30m L by 2.25m W (about 90" by 88" )

Wishing you a good start of the week,GroetjesAnnemieke

Monday, 29 October 2018

Yellow applique quilt

 Just because blogging gives me an opportunity for lots of pictures (and words) to show you, I decided to post again after quite a while. I kind of missed, I hope you to!

 It took me long before this yellow quilt was finally finished...but last week I did!!!

These are the initials of 2 of my dogs who are no longer with us, but always give us so many good memories! Both, Goofie and Buffy, were wired hair dachshunds.

 A squirrel on the left

 and one on the right, made out of fabric with aboriginal prints.

 My first attempt of broderie perse with this stitch (I did it before here but used a herringbone stitch making the letter A and the geranium in the other quilt) I just gave it a go and use whatever I had in my drawers.

 lots of little stitches, but fun to do.

 This shape doesn't have 6 or 8 pieces but 7! Strange isn't it?

 A little detail of the border fabric. It is a heavier fabric compared to the rest of the fabrics.  I bought this as an old piece of curtain at an antique market, long before I even started this quilt.

I loved making all the applique, yo-yo's, mini hexagons and broderie persé!!!
Margaret Sampson-George helped me pick the yellow background, which I love! I already had a lot of appliqué and EPP shapes lying around, but after attending one of her workshops it came all together in one quilt.

1.22m by 1.32m


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Some January finishes and WIP

This little quilt is made out of scraps which I almost discarded. Now it is finished, it looks quite cheerful and I'm happy I saved the little squares.

I used my Bernina 807, from the seventies, for it.  I found this sewing machine once in a thrift store. It came in its original red case, compleet with all the assessors. After cleaning and replacing the bobbin winder spool, it is sewing great.

Machine sewn and quilted.
Size: 80cm by 87cm (31,5 by 34 inches)
Fabrics all cotton, Batting: wool

This is a little pouch with a crocheted edge. The outside fabric is made of an antique French piece of fabric I bought in Nantes  few years ago. It was just the right size.

 Inside fabrics are new and thrift store fabrics.

The crocheted edge is made with a perle cotton number 5. ctually I embroidered all my Teddy bear noises with this;)

 In the meantime I'm working with all the hexagons made out of scraps I told you about in my previous post. This is the middle part....

which is growing into this. The next rows will be turning from light yellow into brighter yellow. The inspiration for this came from an old Dutch quilt which is in the open air museum in Arnhem .

Have a nice weekend,


Friday, 15 December 2017

Scraps and hexagons

This pile consists of a little bit more than 750 hexagons. I made them out of...

 these scraps given to me by a friend.

In about a week time, all of the paper hexagons were covered with fabric.

So much fun to discover all the different prints!

 I opened up a box of hexagons I made a few years ago,

about 350 of the same size hexagons (3/4 inch sides) in this box.

In total I have now 1100 hexagons in this basket, mixed up, ready to be sewn together,

into a quilt. I started a little piece today. I will be using some old pieces of fabric like the flowers on the left which are bigger than the hexagons, in between as little surprises.
I started this last week as an 'in between project', easy for taking with me while traveling or watching television....I always know how to sell a new project to myself!!!

Have a great weekend,


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Inspired by ' The 1765 Huis Doorn quilt'

Although I have a few pictures from the quilt from 'huis Doorn' and from a book by An Moonen it is still very difficult to see which fabrics were used. To make it more difficult: lots of the originals were covered in the beginning of 1900. Therefore I decided to choose my own fabrics and colours. I keep an eye on the pictures and when I can, I try to work in the colours or shades of the original.

Lots more fabric came in this week, from a friend. And being washed and dried, on my balcony.

Folded and put in the basket. Most of it comes from thrift shops (ties, blouses,fabric remnants) and were given by friends or found by me. Amazing how many silk varieties in just one basket!!!

This weekend 'm working on these blocks. Preparing during the day and sewing in the evening , in front of the tv.

This a very special piece a friend gave me. It has beautiful colours and has machine embroidery all over it.

I still have a lot of drawing to do. Some very strange blocks too. So more to come soon hopefully.
Also the best thing would be in the near future, if I could see the original from the museum. No news yet about it though. It is still in depot.

Have a nice weekend,