zondag 3 augustus 2014

Happy Birthday Goofie and two finishes!

 Onze Goofie, ruwhaar teckel,  is gisteren 14 jaar geworden! We zijn nog steeds super blij dat hij nog bij ons is, al kampt hij met steeds meer gezondheids probleempjes. We vonden het gezellig gisteren, voor Goof is het altijd gezellig, als we maar samen zijn en er genoeg eten is.

Goofie, our dachshound, turned 14 yesterday! We are very glad he is still with us all though he is having more health problems now he is getting older. We had a nice day. Goofie thought so too: as long as we are together and there is enough food he is always a happy dog.

Dit is een geocache quilt die ik gemaakt heb voor de verjaardag van mijn man. Ik maakte hem ter gelegenheid van de 5000ste gevonden cache in juli dit jaar.( Hier kan je alles over het spel geocachen lezen).

This is a geocaching quilt (you can read about the game: geocaching here ) I made for my husbands birthday. I made the quilt on the occasion of our 5000th  cache found in july, this year.

Onze geocache naam is: Cache-amount en daarom maakte ik het logo links boven. Alle applicaties heb ik met de machine gedaan. Het quilten deed ik met de hand met een nr. 8 dik haakgaren in geel.

 In geocaching every one has a cache name and our name is : Cache-amount, so I made our logo, on the top left. All the applique is done by machine. The quilting is done by hand with a nr 8 crochet yarn in yellow.

 De rest heeft natuurlijk ook met geocachen te maken maar daar zal ik maar niet alles over uitleggen, wordt zo'n lang verhaal. De quilt is in ieder geval goed ontvangen.

All you can see on the quilt has to do with geocaching but I won't explain everything about it, it will be to much about geocaching. My husband appreciated the quilt so mission accomplished. 

Deze gehaakte deken is klaar.

 I finished this crocheted blanket this weekend.

 De maten zijn: 75cm bij 1,33cm, niet zo groot maar ik wilde hem graag afmaken.

 It turned out this size: 75cm by 1,33cm, not so big but I just wanted it being finished.

Ik heb er een blauwe rand omheen gehaakt die verassend goed uitpakte vond ik. Soms zie ik zoveel projecten om me heen dat het een goed gevoel geeft om er een af te maken. Ik wil Hannah bedanken voor haar patroon van de 'as-we-go stripey blanket' . Het is heel duidelijk geschreven met erg veel foto's.

The blue, sculpted border was a nice surprise. After seeing so many projects around me, it felt good to finish this. Thanks Hannah for the pattern of the 'as-we-go stripey blanket' . The pattern is written very clear and with a lot of photo's in it.


donderdag 31 juli 2014

Big red, blue and white blocks and garden pictures

Remember I told about the tablecloths in my previous post which I bought at an antique market? The lace border in the above picture was part of one of them. The middle part of the cloth had stains so I cut that out.

I just wanted to make blocks, big blocks and use up some of my blue fabrics. I also wanted to try to make little diamonds cut with the ruler from Jaybird Quilts, see picture below.

I bought this ruler at the Quiltboutique.

In 2012 I bought these old sheets and wrote about it here . I finally used the blue one as the outside border of the above quilt block. It is a bit soft but I thought it fits nicely around the blue and white lace border.

Another block, the pattern is called  'courthouse steps' . I didn't measure anything. I'm just making big parts and square up to 60 cm x 60cm.

Like this one too, also 60cm x 60cm.

 Sis of  Labradoodle quilts , who is soon starting a vegetable garden, asked if she could see some garden pictures of my garden. I thought I would make some and show them here. ...the only thing is that my garden (sort of an allotment with no vegetables but only flowers, fruit and plants) is really overgrown (see above photo). I just didn't do much work in the garden because of a sore arm, but hope to make it more accessible soon. I walked through the garden and got all scratched up, it is sort of a jungle, well a Dutch jungle.

This was the garden 1,5 month ago ( I know, a lot of weeds too).

 The positive side is that there are so much insects. A lot of bees, so that's good!!

 Like here too...

  And here...

and butterflies

So may be it will be like this soon again. See my two dogs almost meet in the middle on this garden path?
I will show more pictures of the fruit shrubs soon.


vrijdag 25 juli 2014

Moose under orange and pink trees on my balcony and my orange dress

This tabllecloth is made out of  Ikea Algört stof . It was in my closet for some time and I didn't buy enough for my round table but this week I suddenly got the idea to use it out on the balcony. It cheers up the whole balcony see? It costs only 6,99 euro for one meter. It is a thick cotton and easy to wash in the washing machine. I only had to make four little seams.I made more tablecloths out of Ikea fabric. I like a lot of the designs they made, it is also cheap and good value for your money.

This was before....

Here with the tablecloth before the sun came out on the balcony.

And here the table in full sunlight.

You can see, in the first picture, a small piece of the fabric of my dress I made last year. There is so much to see, it is like a town map and I like the colours. I kept it in my closet for maybe 20 years or so? I liked it so much I didn't want to cut it up... It was made by  Oilily  and I bought it back then in a outlet shop. I don't know if you can buy fabric from Oilily on the bold nowadays.

 It is just a simple dress. I used a pattern  for the top part but just gathered a rectangle of the fabric for the skirt and made a high waist.

The moment I put the dress on the ground Lizzy thought: Thank you and made herself comfortable:)
I thought if I didn't want to wear the dress anymore I am left with a good piece of fabric anyway to make something else out of it.

In Haarlem there is an antique market in spring and summertime sometimes on a Saturday. You can click on the link for the dates and address. I bought these small tablecloths. I might use the lace in a quilt sometime.



maandag 21 juli 2014

Summer Bag

This bag from Tilda is in this book called: 'Sew pretty homestyle' . I have had this for a long time and always wanted to make this bag and today I did!

It looks complicated but it isn't. In the book she uses no batting, but I used quilt fabrics so it gives a nicer feel with batting in between the bag. This way I was able to quilt the bag too.


The bag is turned and ready to close the yellow lining.

All is left to do is sewing the handles onto the fabric. My handles are a bit bigger than in the book but they will do the job too.

Like this. Forget the second blue line, it is a wrong one. The blue lines from the blue fabric marker is easy to get rid off, just with a damp cloth.
 This is how the inside of the bag turned out.

The bag my sewing room. Sorry the light is not that good, is was getting late last night.

 The quilting: just free hand lines with big stitches. I used cotton number 8.

I bought this lovely fabric at Quilt it & Dotty  Tilburg, The Netherlands. A very nice shop and owner. Sadly enough a bit far from my home, about 1 hour 45 minutes.

 I'm happy with my new bag. It looks like a real summer bag don't you think?
Have a good start of the week,



donderdag 17 juli 2014

Broderie persé and a bit of nature...

Broderie persé: first time and having fun! I didn't expect it because it is a lot of work and I couldn't imagine that it would look good. The only negative point is the vlisofix I used. It is a bit too stiff, after some sewing (herringbone stitch like I used here) my arm gets sore. Well I have to do a little bit every day than. And next time buy less stiff stuff like 'steam a seem lite'. Here is a nice article about broderie persé, written by Barbara Brackman.

Now and then I make a block out of a box full of, sort of,  matching fabrics. May be someday it will be a quilt like the Sarah Morel quilt, see for images:  Sarah Morel quilt on Pinterest . The idea in the Sarah Morel quilt is that you alternate pieced blocks with Broderie persé blocks. I will sew whatever I want to make on a sewing day :)

Some of the pieced blocks are from a perpetual calender I really like. Every day in this calender has a different block.

Something totally different: Have you ever seen a bat up close?

I'm sorry it is not alive anymore. I found the little animal on the ground in the poring rain but couldn't leave it there. Partly because I find it interesting to see one up close and this way I can put it somewhere else where my dogs cannot touch it.

We see them in the evening flying around our apartment, I think that is rather special don't you think?
I hope I didn't scare anyone with these pictures..

Have a nice day,

vrijdag 13 juni 2014

Another way of applique / Applicatie anders

Een tijdje geleden kocht ik dit boek. De uitgever is Quiltmania Het heet: "Chintz Quilts from the Poos collection' written by: Kay & Lori Lee Triplett and Xenia Cord.

I bought this book a while ago. The publisher is Quiltmania. The book is called: "Chintz Quilts from the Poos collection' written by: Kay & Lori Lee Triplett and Xenia Cord. It is filled with lots of history, which I like a lot. It is big, hardcover and the photo's are beautiful.

Binnen in het boek ontdekte ik een manier van appliceren die ik nog niet kende. Er is met een flanelsteek om alle vormen heen geborduurd. Ze heeft een kleur gebruikt die bij de achtergrond stof past. Waarschijnlijk hadden ze in die tijd niet veel keus in de kleuren van het garen. Deze methode schijnt alleen in Groot Brittanië gebruikt te zijn. Er wordt geschreven dat: "het flanelsteek appliceren het voordeel heeft dat het meer flexibel is en de steek niet de aandacht trekt waardoor de vorm goed te zien blijft. " Deze onaf gemaakte top is van rond 1830.

Inside I noticed a total new way of applique to me. If you look close you will see they (or probably she) used a herringbone stitch, with just one colour, which matches the background fabric.It is written in the book that: " the herringbone applique has the advantages of being more flexible and allows the shape to be seen without distraction" and only found on British quilts. This is a unfinished quilttop from ca 1830.

Ik wilde deze techniek gelijk uit proberen. Ik had een patroon gekocht in de Etsy shop van Lori van: Bee in my bonnet  Het patroon is wel geen klassiek patroon maar gaat over tuinieren. Het appliceren op deze manier vond ik erg relaxed om te doen en je kan makkelijk de steekgrootte een beetje aan te passen en om de vormen heen manouvreren. Ik zal een foto van dichterbij laten zien.

I had to try that technique. I started with a pattern bought in the Etsy shop from Lori from Bee in my Bonnet.
The pattern is about gardening and not a classic pattern but more modern looking. Anyway I tried it and it was a very easy going way of appliqueing. It is very forgiving too. I will show a close-up picture.

Ik moet nog wel even zeggen dat ik de vormen eerst op de achtergrond gestreken heb met een llicht gewicht opstrijkbaar vlies. Goed resultaat vind je niet? Het is anders en geeft een zacht uiterlijk aan het werk.

I forgot to say I ironed the applique pieces first to the background using a light weight fusible web. Nice result don't you think? It is different but it gives a soft appearance.

Lekker relaxen als het warm is...in de tuin op vakantie. Ik hoop maar dat we ons appartement ook eens kunnen verkopen en weer een huisje met tuintje terug kunnen kopen, zodat de hondjes weer zelf de tuin in kunnen en niet alleen op vakantie. Het zal nog wel even duren denk ik.

Here are the dogs relaxing whil on holiday. We hope to sell our appartment one day but It will take a while I think. We hope to buy a house with a garden so the dogs can be outside whenever they want. Doesn't have to be big (don't like the cleaning;)

Morgen werk ik voor het laatst bij de Sampler in Haarlem. Ik zal het werk erg missen. Er is wel iemand die de winkel gaat overnemen, maar die neemt niet de werknemers over.  Ben erg benieuwd hoe het gaat worden, welke nieuwe ideëen er komen en wat het nieuwe assortiment zal zijn.

Tomorrow is my last day at work in the quiltshop, the Sampler. I will miss my work very much. There is a new owner, but is not taking over the employees. I'm very curious how the shop will bee, what the new ideas are and what kind of fabrics there will be for sale.

Have a good weekend,

Fijn weekend,