zondag 9 november 2014

Mutsenbee ... .... ....

.... a whole sunday quilting with Dieuwke, Emma, Alexine and Diana. Life can be sooo good.

Another busy week at work is waiting, but who cares if you're a quilter ; ). There is always time to quilt.

Emma has to finish the borders quilting.

Traditionally for this time of the year: pepernoten

Alexine loves to do stitscheries.
Diana started a new applique project
Emma and Diana both have done the Di-Ford mystery quilt.

Sunday in The Hague.....

..... this is on my wishlist.

But not today because the "mutsen" are coming for a quiltbee. But  maybe next weekend: Romantic Fashion in the Haags Gemeente Museum till 22 march 2015.

If you want an impression go to Martine's blog.

zaterdag 8 november 2014

Away from home. ..... ....

... ..... .... quilts inspired by the Lowell factory girls. This really is a lovely book. Laura bought the book during our quiltingtrip and after visiting Lowell myself I really wanted this book.

Not so easy to find... because suprisingly they didn't sell it the New England Quiltmuseum in Lowell. But lucky me, I found the book in England, send it to Emma's mum,  and Emma took it with her to The Hague.
Bedroom of the housekeeper.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner room in the boarding house
 If I'm thinking about the highlights of my quiltingtrip through New England, well Lowell is certainly on my wishlist. The centre of the town is a "national park", with lots of mills. (For my dutch readers: mill = weverij).

1821 - 1863 The Millgirls
Lowell (MA) at the Merrimack river is situated 50km north of Boston. By the 1850s Lowell had the largest industrial complex in the US.
Mills along the Merrimack river
When the first Lowell textile mills began operating in 1823, corporation owners hired unmarried New England farm women between the ages of 15 and 30 to work in the factories. The corporations offered these women good housing, moral supervision, cultural opportunities, steady work and regular payment. The girls had a chance to make their own money, and go away from home. If you had no family in Lowell, you had to stay in a boarding house with a housekeeper. Most mills requierd that the girls attend Sunday worship at the church, and prove it with a certificate signhed by their minister. By modern standards the hours were long and the work tedious. In the summer months hte women had to operate the machine for 14 hours. One of the mill girls wrote to her family that her life was dominated by the bell. The bell for work, breakfast, work, lunch, work, home dinner....... Although life was hard, the girls made more money then they could do at the farm. They had the chance to go to libraries, seminars, recitals and enjoy city life.

Song of the spinner
The day is over, no longer will we toil and spin;
For evening's hush withdraws from the daily din.
And how we sing with gladsome hearts,
The theme of the spinner's song.
That labor to leisure a zest imparts,
Unknown to the idle throng.

We spin all day, and then, in the time for rest,
Sweet peace is found, A joyous and welcome guest.
Despite of toil we all agree, or out of the Mills or in,
Dependent on others we never will be,
So long as we are able to spin. 
Mills in Lowell

donderdag 6 november 2014

Quilting company

My homespun quilt is going pretty well. And when I'm quilting at Dieuwke I'm having some company.

Summer in november...

.... it's amazing.

There should be rain, wind and storm. Put on the heater. And what do we have blue skies, sunshine and 167

Still enjoying our cyclingtours.

Mies loves to roll through the leaves in our garden. Such a happy old lady.

vrijdag 24 oktober 2014


..... I'm getting a very lazy blogwriter ; ).

 But autumn is always a busy time, there are birthdays to celebrate and at work it's busy because we have to make the plans for 2015.

We had a busy summer with lots of guests from june till september. Now it's just the two us and the painting man ; ).

He started wednesday painting our six  doors in the hallway. He is also going to do my sidetable in the kitchen, at least this table won't be standing in the kitchen without paint for six years ; ). I hope he will be finished today so we can make our house 'dust free". Oh I really hate DIY.

Most of the time that's left I use for quilting and sporting. I'm busy with this top, made from the homespuns I bought in New England.  Dieuwke is coming to help me sandwich it, after our weekly wednesday dinner. The challenge is to finish the quilt before the cold winter eve's are here.

So now it's friday, and I'm thinking, oh no it's already friday. What happened to the rest of the week.

And then there are 5.011 pictures to sort out from my quilttrip to New England. Last saturday I went to Laura to pick them up. I need some cold and rainy weekends.

Welcome autumn, I think you are my favorite season.

Here more pictures of my trip:
All the suitcases, and you know, I managed to come back with no extra suitcase.
Our group: Henk, Dicky, me, Joke, Laura and Marjoke. 

We are tired, please stop making pictures ; )

zaterdag 11 oktober 2014

There she is ... ..... .......

.... with her black apron and bonnet. Ready to go out. I call her Hannah ... now she is waiting for her sisters.

Amish typically choose Biblical first names, or names with a long tradition in the particular family or community.  Examples of common Biblical first names for women are: Mary, Ruth, Sarah, Martha, Hanah and Miriam.

Typical Amish name in Lancaster.

Women and girls wear long dresses that are never shorter than calf length. 
The dresses may be in a variety of solid colors depending on the individual community, but are always covered with black or white aprons. Now flowerish dresses.  According to Amish dress code, the hair of Amish women and girls must always be covered in public. Women wear white prayer caps, usually made of organza and stiffened with starch. Married women wear dark bonnets over the prayer caps, but in some communities, the outer bonnet is worn only in cold weather.

She is about 10 inch long (25 cm).

dinsdag 7 oktober 2014

Next step ..

.... the dress is ready. Tomorrow her bonnet and apron. Time to go bed. Busy week after my holidays at work. Catching up with all the work. Still treasuring all the good memories.

zondag 5 oktober 2014

Intercourse : heart of the Amish country

Table at our summerhouse
Saturday 29/9, driving through the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, visiting several quiltshops. I have to make list for the next time ; ).

I hadn't really a wish list, if you are a quilter you don't need a wishlist, we can quickly make up our wishlist .

But I had two things: 
1. batting (not very interesting)
2.  a book about "making amish dolls'. 

You should think it would be easy in Lancaster, but it was only in the 4th quiltshop that I found a book. It wasn't even on the shelve, so they had to pick it from the attic. But even more suprisingsly, the lady in the shop wrote the book. Of course a picture! 

This weekend I started my first doll, the body wasn't too complicated, the dress however, seems pretty hard when I was reading the instructions. 

But you just have to do it, step-by-step. Like the Ikea-furniture, if you miss a step there will be a leftover at the end. Still working at the doll. Hope to show you the result end of the week.

if you want to read more about the Amish way of living go to website about Intercourse. 

Here is a list of the quiltshops we visited: 
Old Country Store - Intercourse
Log Cabin Quilt shop - Bird-in-hand
Zook's - Intercourse
Burkholder - Denver

Not the traditionally Amish quilts,but made by Amish women to be sold .....
Lovely baskets, of course I couldn't resist.

The author Jan and me.