vrijdag 17 april 2015

Caro's old quilts ... .... ....

... ... ... you can come and see me next saturday (25 april) in the Quilterspalace in Staphorst. Very exciting ...... ..... my third show-and-tell. This year you can also see me in august at Atelier Bep and in Deventer during the Quiltingdays in september.

Quiltpalace in Staphorst

I'm taking 18 quilts with me, including Grace's quilt and the weddingring quilt.

Checking out the dishwasher ...

... because you never know... if there is someting interesting to smell.........

woensdag 15 april 2015

Easter weekend

Friday morning, we  started our Easter weekend with picking up our new car. And well it's blue again, but very very blue .... We both had a good laugh about it. .... . Of course I wanted to paint a quilt on it, but my husband had second thoughts about it ; ).
Typical colours of Staphorst
Saturday we drove direction Staphorst and Dalfsen. Three important things. The first one: saturday 25th of april I'm giving a show-and-tell in the Quiltpalace in Staphorst. Two just as much fun:  Dieuwke's aunt and oncle are having a a dog. It's a bordercollie called Bobbie and he is 1,5 years old. 

And because he is a border collie he thought that our sweet Mies was a sheep, so he wanted to herd her. No way Bobbie. Mies is very sweet but stubborn old lady.

And three, it's just fun driving around in your new car, and try everything out ; ).

Easter Sunday and Monday we spend in Epse at my parents. The weather was not too bad, but still we needed our wintercoats brrr brrrr.

I grew up in this little village and went to the primairy school here. 

So it was really fun to meet one of my classmates. She just saw my picture on the facebookpage: "Je bent een echte Epsenaar ...."

And what do the dutch do on their free day? They go cycling!!

My mum and I cycled along the annual 'Kunstroute Lochem' (Art tour). Every year with Easter local artists open their atelier for visitors. Don't you love those sculptures. 

Easter fire in Epse
When you are living in the east part of the Netherlands you have the traditional bonfires for Easter. Large fires are lit at dusk. It is a Saxon, pre-Christian tradition. The Saxons probably believed that around the time of Easter, Spring becomes victorious over Winter. Nowdays the events are sometimes big happenings, with a competition between the little villages.

Easter monday I picked up my quilt to spend some quilting time with Jeltje from the '100rozen' in Deventer. We talked about the quilting days in Deventer in september from the Quiltersgilde. It will be very interesting. If you want to know more: Quilts in Deventer

Take a bike, take a quilt, there we go the dutch quilter!

zaterdag 11 april 2015

A little suprise

I was at the Bookshop buying stamps and postcards. Looking at the magazines without a specific reason I saw the "Handwerken zonder grenzen" with quilts from the Shelburne Museum.

I visited the expostion last year ... it's bringing back good memories ....

woensdag 1 april 2015

Loving little quilts ....

... I like big quilts ; ). You could say the bigger the better. But I'm not sure about that anymore. Last sunday we had lot of rain and wind in the Netherlands. A great idea to drive to Vlaardingen (pretty around the corner 30 minutes drive)  to go the Quiltexhibition of the Quiltersgilde.

Lots and lots of inspiration. I really adored the little quilts.So much to see including an international exhibition. And other quilters to discuss the techniques and styles. So my plan for this year, to make at least 4 little quilts with Spakenburger fabrics. Ideas enough. Follow my progress the next months. The first little quilt will be houses of Spakenburger. I finished allready 16 houses, with the idea to make a big quilt. I think 16 houses is a lovely number to make a small quilt. Maybe you will find it next year in the exhibition ; ) of the Quiltersgilde.

 On of my favorites, I realy love this kind of colours and pattern, very traditional.

 Isn't this a great idea: to make 16 quilts, and combine them to one exposition.

Happy birthdays ...

.... granny and myself. We celebrated grannies birthday with the whole family and a big gourmet party. I celebrated my birthday on Quilting Day 21 march with the girls. Lots of fun.
 Emma showing her quilt. Almost finsihed. All hand quilted. We dutch girls like to do that. I know Marne, you think we are crazy ; ).
 Dieuwke and Amy, see there is only one half left of the chcolate brownie cake from Klink. 
 My best non-quilting friend Yolande. 
 Granny's birthday. I managed to finish the tablerunner in time. It's so cheerfull. 

 Granny and her great-grand daugther Tessa (daughter of Rob his sister).
 This is so typical dutch: a big gourmet party.

zondag 15 maart 2015

HELP: Sondevoedingszakjes / Supporting Children's hospitals in The Hague and Rotterdam

Ready to go / Klaar om weggebracht te worden ......

- een grote plastic tas met zakjes en kleine quiltjes voor het JKZ in Den Haag.
- one big plastic bag,
with little drip feedings bags / sondvoedingszakjes and little quilts of love for het Juliana Children's Hospital in The Hague

- one big envelop for the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam, en een envelop vol met sondevoedingszakjes voor het Sophia Kinderziekenhuis.

Both hospitals are very happy with the bags. There is a special need for little bags for young people age 12-16.

Beide ziekenhuizen zijn heel blij met de zakjes. Er is vooral behoefte aan stoere zakjes voor pubers.

Thanks to Carla, Carina, Granny, Amy en Shirley for helping making bags and little quilts of love. 

Wie in de omgeving van Rotterdam heeft tijd en zin om zakjes te verzamelen en af te leveren bij het Sophia Kinderziekenhuis Rotterdam. Ik doe dit voor het Juliana Kinderziekenhuis in Den Haag, maar twee ziekenhuizen red ik helaas niet.

Wie heeft er tijd en zin en zakjes te naaien, met name stoere zakjes voor kinderen tussen de 12-16 zijn welkom. Je kunt ze naar mij opsturen of direct naar het ziekenhuis. Met name de afdeling Oncologie van het Sophia Kinderziekenhuis heeft helaas jaarlijks heel veel zakjes nodig.

Je kunt via de email contact met mij opnemen: caroline.dijkerman@gmail.com

Handleiding/tutorial for making the bags

In deze handleiding heb ik de zakjes met een binnenvoering gemaakt, maar je kunt ze ook zonder binnenvoering maken en dan afwerken met een lockmachine of zigzag.

zaterdag 14 maart 2015

Workshop Steampunk

Time for a update on my blog. So you will find several posts of my activities for the last weeks.

Today I had a lovely morning with Emma on the Quilthoeve in Naaldwijk. Willy Alers was there to teach everything about "Steampunk". 

So I learned to sew round curves on my sewing machine ... but most importanted: we learned how to get rid of our leftovers and ugly fabrics. We really had fun. I left with lots of inspiration. 
Will this be my chance to reduce my stock of fabric?

Our teacher Willy Alers

Notice the two extra pins. left and right. Works very well to pin it like that way.