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,


Thursday, 26 May 2016

a Lion, a Unicorn, Deer and Chicken

Here are some new blocks for my 1718 coverlet reproduction. I used all kind of fabrics like wool, linen, cotton, silk/linen combination and different ways of appliqué.

This is the unicorn close up. Lots of blocks are made in pairs but this one is on its own. Like the lion in the previous photo, this animal is appliqued with a herringbone stitch.

 I used this stitch before as you can see in this photo above and wrote about it here.

This means that I have two more rows of blocks finished and can start sewing those two rows together. Hope to finish that soon. Lots of appliqué left to do, but I'm getting there!


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Toile de Jouy

Saturday I found these antique pieces of old quilts with toile de Jouy prints, at an antique market. They are small and some are very worn but I loved them so took them home!!!

This is what I read at the museum at Jouy site and Wikipedia: Making fabrics with these kind of pictures started mid 18th century in Ireland. They became very popular in Britain and France after that. The term 'toile de Jouy' is French and came from the toiles produced in Jouy-en-Jonas (near Paris) starting around 1760. Later these toiles were produced in many more places in France and they all had their own patterns.

So I have a selection of different pieces and they come from different French areas. I don't know which pieces come from where. I hope to find out soon. I already ordered a book about toile de Jouy.

 Interesting and strange pictures aren't they? Some seem to tell stories I think.

Some pieces are quilted (so there are 3 layers) and other pieces are just pieces of single fabrics.
Lots of possibilities to use those in a wall quilt ( probably to fragile to use as a bed quilt). I washed them and laid them out on a bed. Every time I walk by I enjoy looking at them! 
May be any one of you know sites or books with reliable information?

Wishing you lots of creativity,



Sunday, 1 May 2016

African quilt finished!

My African quilt is finished! The pattern is from a book by Kathy Doughty called "Making quilts...The promise of joy"   

Here I unfolded the quilt in front of the Cruquius museum ( with the biggest steam engine in the world, used for emptying the Haarlemmermeer lake around1852)

Like this butterfly in the grass near my feet,who is just unfolding his wings I think, he couldn't fly yet. The crinkles are still visible.

All African fabrics are bought at the Tambani stand in Rijswijk quiltshow ( Dutch blog: here ) They sell embroidered panels but at that stand, African fabrics too!

I combined the African fabrics with lots of different fabrics of my closet, like the thrift shop shirts I bought in the USA.... modern fabrics....reproduction fabrics....

 linen fabrics, old and new.
 The back is a combination from leftover fabrics and a big piece with checks my aunt gave me long time ago.

The quilting is done by my on my Pfaff Expression 4.0 . I used a thick thread( which I had for years but there is n name on it) at the top and Invisafil thread from Wonderfil in the bobbin.

Some African fabrics are really bright, like the yellow and orange butterflies.The patterns so different from the ones we are used to.  All of them were reversible, almost no difference between back and front of the fabrics.

The  best way to see the pattern is from a distance. It is perhaps not a beautiful quilt but just  practical and a fun quilt. It has already been washed and dried, feels good and smells nice!!!

Have a good week, finally Spring has come to our region I hope!



Sunday, 10 April 2016

Finished with machine quilted feathers, first time!

This was a UFO in my closet for some years and is made from a fabric line by Petra Prins

This little crib size quilt is machine quilted with Invisafil, from Wonderfil which I bought at the Wonderfil stand at the AQS quiltshow in Lancaster, PA. I quilted it on my Pfaff Quiltexpression 4.0.
The quilting is difficult to see, but that is okay for me. I like it for practicing and on some quilts I don't want to see much thread.

After some advice from my friend Teri, I started quilting along the squares in straight lines. After all the fabric was secured, I quilted the feathers in the borders.

I used a batting made out of 80% cotton and 20 % polyester. The quilt is already been in the washing machine.

Happy with the result!!!



Friday, 8 April 2016

Different fabrics and end of USA visit

My friend from Maryland, USA gave me hand dyed fabrics to take home with me and I made this Amish style top out of a red and blue one. This is the first time, I think, I used hand dyes in a quilt like this.
And to make the triangles I finally used the paper: triangles on a roll I won last year

She also taught me  how to machine quilt feathers. I still have to practice a lot, but I like doing it. I hope to show you feathers on this quilt soon.

On our holiday week we turned these shirts into.....

 ...quilting fabrics! Even some dresses of beautiful eyelet fabric (in Dutch: Broderie)!

There were unbelievable large thrift stores... Here I learned to look differently at used fabrics. We had so much fun hunting for good finds!!!

These fabrics are from quilt shops, the AQS quilt show, a real Amish quilt shop, Jo Ann fabrics and even my friend gave me fabric from her stash;) I hope to start using them soon, so I can show new ideas!

The holiday week at my friend and her husbands home gave me lots of good, happy memories!!! We could talk about quilts and exchange ideas forever. It couldn't be any better!

Wishing you a very happy and creative week!



Monday, 4 April 2016

Old books, crazy and Baltimore album quilts, part 2 USA

Lots of photo's in this post!!!

The George Peabody library  is in Baltimore and contains more than 300.000 books mainly from the 1800 and the 1900s. If you want to read something they will get the chosen book for you and you can study the book at a special desk.

 Detail from the iron work....always interesting for someone who likes patterns;)

 They made an exception for us, my friend arranged that we could go up a few stairs. We were happy!

 Beautiful and very impressive building!!!

 These were huge!!!

I accidentally took  photo's of books about 'The united Netherlands' (my country) , so I asked to take a peek inside.
And we looked at an old book about needlework, full of ideas!

 Detail of the library woodwork (at least I think it is wood).

The outside of the Peabody library, all made of marble.

Opposite the library there was a beautiful church. Baltimore has lots of churches.  My friend told me, freedom of faith was one of the main reasons people emigrated to the USA. Baltimore is one of the early settlements of the USA, so lots of history here.

 Me ;) in front of the church.

 This church window is inspiring isn't it?! I love it!

We also visited the Maryland historical museum
Of course the highlight from this visit, for me, were the quilts on display.  Most of them were from around 1850.

 Broderie persé, very beautiful.

A few very impressive and wonderful crazy quilts.

 Braided and embroidered ribbons.

Next to the quilt this was written:
'This crazy quilt was made by Mss Ella Teal and friends for Dr. Jackson Brown Baxley. Mss Teal was Dr. Brown's fiancé when he died suddenly. She never married.'
A sad story isn't it?

 And a few Baltimore album quilts.  I will show some photo's (from the many  I took!)

 And a rather big crazy quilt.

And than we went home over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, back to Maryland after a lovely day full of history, fun and learned a lot!