Saturday, 1 August 2015

A Windmill quilt finish with Lizzy and won a giveaway!

Samen met Lizzy heb ik deze molentjesquilt op de foto gezet. Hij lag alweer lang als top in de kast.

Lizzy 'assisted' me when taking photo's of this finished quilt. It was laying around for a while as a top. 

Bij de Hommelmolen hier vlakbij.

This one is taken in front of a windmill, called the 'Hommelmolen', close by. 

We ontmoeten deze jongens ook onderweg.

We met these guys too along the way.

Ik heb hem gequilt met de machine om de molens heen en knoopte hem met een wollen draadje alleen in het midden van de molens.

I quilted it with the sewing machine around the mills and knotted the quilt with woolen thread only in the middle of the mills.

En mijn nieuwe fietstas (van de Xenos) ook even op de foto. Gekocht vanwege de leuke gelamineerde stof.

Just had to show my new bags for my bike (bought them in the shop called Xenos). I bought them because I like the laminated fabric.

Het idee voor deze quilt  komt uit dit boek.

The idea for this quilt came from this book.

Lizzy weer in het fietsmandje en over het fietsbruggetje terug naar huis.

Lizzy in her basket again and heading back home.

Gisterenavond kwam dit pakje met de post helemaal uit Pennsylvania, USA.  Ik heb deze 'giveaway' gewonnen bij Kelly van Pinkadot quilts !!!!
De eerste keer dat ik iets won, super leuk! Met deze rol maak je makkelijk veel driehoekjes die perfect van formaat zijn. Als ik ze ga gebruiken zal ik het laten zien.
Goed begin van het weekend......

Yesterdaty night this package arrived all the way from Pennsylvania, USA. I won this at a giveaway by Kelly from Pinkadot quilts!!! It is the first time I ever won a giveaway, super fun! With this paper roll I can make very accurate half square triangles in a fast way. I will show you the result when I try it.
A very good start for a weekend!

Een kreatief weekend gewenst,

Have a creative weekend,



Sunday, 19 July 2015

Turqoise, pink and yellow squares.

 This quilt is finished! I first wrote about it here in October 2014. I've had lots of fun with 'just' using squares!

I used old embroidery found in a thrift shop and cut them in squares. All the squares have Dutch scenery, embroidered in  cross stitches.

The embroidery squares are combined with fabric squares from different designers and simple pink plaid  fabric.

I quilted with big stiches and perlé yarn number 8 and the pink is number 5. I prefer the number 8 perlé, it works much easier.

 The back of the quilt is made of a pink and white plaid fabric.

On a garden bench last night, the light was dimming fast.

The quilt is on our breakfast table where it will stay for a while. The colours are very happy and bright to start the day!

This quillt measures approx: 1.70cm by 1.70cm
The individual squares are 11 by 11cm finished size.
Batting: a very thin layer of cheese cloth
Hand quilting: big  stitches with perlé yarn number 8 and 5
Pattern: 'just' squares

Have a nice Sunday!



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!)