Thursday, 21 July 2016

Sheep wool crocheted blanket

This big sheep wool blanket is finished.  It is made with homespun wool, by my father in law. He turned 98 this month and is still spinning wool every day. It must be a healthy occupation!!!

I washed it with Ecolan.  A nice product to make the wool soft. It still is a rather rough blanket but very good to keep us warm in the winter.

And a picture of little Lizzy having a rest with one of her favorite human friends, my daughter.

I posted  this post a day earlier without finishing it ....strange.

So have a nice weekend,


ps The quilt under the blanket is a 'civil war sampler' quilt

Sunday, 17 July 2016

1718 quilt finished

My  '1718 coverlet' reproduction quilt is finished!!!!!

 The quilting is very simple and done with my Pfaff sewing machine with invisafil thread by Wonderfil around the little blocks and the big applique shapes.

The backing fabric is a Japanese woven fabric and a linen/ cotton mix fabric.

 I just wrote the information on the back with a permanent marker, I know... I didn't take the time  to make a nice label, but this does the job as well.

I washed the quilt and dried it flat on a bed, followed by a short 15 minutes program in the dryer.

The quilt is made by me using the pattern from the book by Susan Briscoe:

'The 1718 Coverlet: 69 Quilt Blocks from the Oldest Dated British Patchwork Coverlet'. 

Not only the pattern is in the book but it is also nice to read about the history from the original 1718 coverlet.
It was really a great joy to work on this quilt!!!!
Have a nice Sunday!



Monday, 13 June 2016

All my 1718 blocks assembled, top is ready!

This weekend I finished sewing my '1718 coverlet replica top'. I was very excited, happy and at the same time a bit melancholic that this was over. It sounds strange but sometimes I'm happy when a project is finished and another time it feels a bit sad to end 'a journey'. 

Last week I was busy finishing the last blocks, like these rabbits and geese.

Sewing all the blocks into big parts....

 Making the last corner blocks...

Finally it started to come together.....

My allotment is so overgrown....

There is not much space for laying out the top!

 Onto a bigger space...

Lizzy helped showing the top, as usual.

Now it is time to finish it. I wanted to make a coverlet as is the original one. The thing is I used so many different fabrics as linen, upholstery, old trousers (slacks) en skirts, Japanese woven fabrics, 50 % linen/50% silk, hand dyed fabrics by my friend Teri and many linen and scraps by Margret Behrends-Kohl , shot cottons, an antique striped sheet. All these differnt fabrics made the top heavy and vary in thickness. I don't want to leave it unquilted. This week I hope to find a backing fabric and make a quilt sandwich. To be continued!

If you want to try to make this coverlet yourself: you can find the book here;)


Monday, 30 May 2016

Finally I met Brigitte Giblin!

This was a happy day! I finally met Brigitte Giblin. She was in Amsterdam to give workshops at  Den Haan en Wagemakers.  Brigitte is a very talented, friendly and relaxed lady whose work I admire for quite some time now.
As some of you may know I made coverlets from her first book : 'Feathering the nest'  already in 2013 and 2014, see these two photo's below:

You see more pictures here  and here
I had hoped to meet her one day and now was the chance. She gave a workshop called :'Tricks of the trade- Fussy cutting workshop'.

We started with a package of templates (made by Brigitte herself:), paper shapes, laser cut 'paper windows', enough fabric, instructions, photo examples, a folded mirror for finding the right spot to cut into and coffee with sweets. Enough to keep us busy the whole morning!

 All kinds of shapes placed here by Brigitte: this is what she calls playing with fabric.

 She uses beautiful bags to hold all her stuff. You can find the pattern here

Did you ever think of finishing your coverlet (there is no quiltng on most of her coverlets like in the old days in England) with these kind of fringe? Fun isn't it?

Explanation by Brigitte how to choose your fabrics/colours here on the tessellations coverlet from her first book.

Look at this folded quilt's beautiful edge finish!!!

My photo's of this quilt don't do this quilt justice but this was all I could do in the room upstairs the shop.

 The edge again...I will make one someday!

This ( and on the other 3 photo's above) is a quilt you can find on the cover of her second book: 'Feathering the nest 2' and of course all the instructions in the book

How to use the mirror, great method!
Thanks Brigitte for all the tips and tricks on  this wonderful morning. I hope we will meet again some day.
I could not leave the shop without taking some fabric home....

And Than I left Amsterdam again.....full of happy memories.

Have a nice start of the week,


Saturday, 28 May 2016

Old and used embroidery

Over a couple of weeks I found some embroidery in the thrift shops. I always look for embroidered table cloth or samplers. It gets harder but sometimes I'm lucky. This one is embroidered by hand. There are some stains on this one but I can use the good parts someday.

 This small tablecloth is machine embroidered but I like the chickens.

 A very soft and well used table cloth with lovely faded flowers.

 A unusual sampler in just a few colours: light and dark green, black, red and white. To see the white (on white) embroidery you really must look up close. There are lots of initials too but I don't see a date, can you see one?

 These two fabric covered boxes went home with me too. I can always use some extra storage....

See how busy it sometimes is when I look from our balcony onto the water? Nice view isn't it? Sometimes those bigger boats stop and tourists come on shore and do some bike trails here. Mostly American and Japanese tourists. We recognize them because they all ride the same bikes and wear helmets which most Dutch people here don't .

 And this is at our balcony on the other plants in pot like this geranium without flowers only leaves....
 My little to have a fountain on a balcony!

And Lizzy our little dachshund enjoying the sun. She always knows where to look for a sunny spot.

Have a nice and creative day,