donderdag 31 december 2009

2009 - 2010

We wish all our friends, family and readers a very happy and healthy 2010. May all your dreams come true.

Caro, Rob and Paco
This morning the house is still smelling a little bit. Yesterday I baked "oliebollen" (literally translated oil balls, I'm sorry there isn't an english word for it, some people call it the dutch donut). It's a very traditional Dutch Food Tradition, oil balls are eaten on New Years Eve. The best way is to make them yourself. I prefer to fill them with little pieces of apples and raisins.

The Quilting facts and figures 0f 2009

- 121 posts on my blog (a new record)
- I finished a lot of quilts: for my mum (2), my niece Promise, neigbours baby, spare-room, X-mas quilt, Tilda sofa quilt
- I also started a lot of new quilts that aren't finished yet like the miss Bennet and the Rose Quilt
- I learned a new technique Sashiko
- I made a lovely "quilt" trip to Marne and Elaine
- Willemijn, Dieuwke and I booked our trip to Seattle (March 2010)
- I bought an antique quilt in Seattle
- I was in three swaps all over the world, but the biggest suprise was the swap from Angel, she lives "around the corner" in Seattle
- Marne and Elaine came along in March to visit us
- I really had a Tilda mood (lucky me, I got all her books now)
- I tidyed up my quiltroom yesterday
- Dieuwke, Willemijn and I started quilting on my "antique" quilt, I think about 10% is ready now
- I'm very proud on my "american quilt", it's the biggest quilt I ever made, I only have to see the binding on the back

The challenge for 2010 will be:
- finish a few UFO's (at least my 30's quilt)
- use my batiks to make a "lizard" quilt, new experience
- don't buy any new fabrics, until at least my fabric stocks fits in the cupboard again (ha ha, I don't think any quilter will believe this, especially not when you're going on a "quilt"trip to Seattle).

Bye, bye, see you all in 2010.

woensdag 30 december 2009

X-mas holidays

The second week of my X-mas holiday is halfway. Back to work on monday the 4th januar. We had all kind of weather the last weeks, snow, rain, ice, wind and sun. The last week I spend with quilting, having dinners with friends, shopping, making walks with Paco, and now my last action for this year is tidying up my quiltroom. I must say I got more UFO's and fabric than I thought. OEPS.
So I promised myself not to start any new projects, before I finish three UFO's.

We had a lovely X-mas! On X-mas day during breakfast we unwrapped our X-mas gifts from aboard. So Marne, Elaine, Hubert, Sabine and Vanessa THANKS, we really loved your presents. In the evening our friends came along for dinner.
The last days I worked very hard on my "american quilt". Dieuwke helped me sandwiching the quilt. And now it's almost finished, I only have to sew the binding on the back of the quilt. Maybe it's good idea to do that on New Years Eve. I always have trouble to stay up late. And then the quilt will be on the bed in our spare-room, waiting for guests to come.

My American Quilt is made from fat quarters Marne's Quiltbee "Stashbusters" gave to me on my first trip to Seattle in september 2008. I thought 7 months about the pattern, and I started cutting and sewing in March 2009, when Marne and Elaine were in the Netherlands. I made 145 blocks called "puss in the corner". The quilting I did with my sewing machine. And I must say it's not an easy job, to get a king size quilt under your sewing machine. But I'm very proud on my "first big project".

dinsdag 22 december 2009

The Hague in the snow

When it's snowing in the Netherlands it's a big chaos on the roads. I think we're not used to snow anymore. If you had to work yesterday, you got a hard time to get there. No buses, no trains, no trams, and a lot of traffic on the roads. But if you having holidays like me, it's lovely to walk with the dog through The Hague and enjoy the snow.

Driving back Home

It took us about 4 hours to drive 120 miles (200 km) on sunday. Slow and steady. So you can understand that we were very glad when we saw The Hague. MORE PICTURES

zondag 20 december 2009

Day 2, still snow in Brugge

MORE PICTURES, It's saturday, still snow and a cold wind blowing. The first thing we did was having an English Breakfast on the "Grote Markt". English breakfast will give you a good base for the morning. So we decided that some exercise would be a good idea. Well if you want some exercise in Brugge, we can advise you the "Belfort". To have stunning views of Brugge, and it was stunning with the snow on the roofs, you only have to climb 366 steps up.

The rest of the morning we spend shopping, we bought a pillow with a cocker spaniel on it (Brugge tapestrian), two ornaments for the hallway, and some other little gifts. Shopping is very fun in Brugge, beside the tourist shops you can find lots of special shops, for an example a dress shop for your dog/cat.

In the afternoon we had a very good time in the Brewery Halve Maan (Half Moon), another 220 steps to climb during the guided tour.

zaterdag 19 december 2009

Brugge in the snow

Brugge is a lovely little town in Belgium, so a very good start for our X-mas holiday. And even more suprisingly, we have snow in Belgium and the Netherlands. Yesterday we spend most of our time with just walking through the little streets, eating and of course a quick visit to the quilthshop. Today we have the beerbrewery on our list, ice-sculptures and the Brugge museum.

And of course shopping, choclate and eating!!

maandag 14 december 2009

Thank you Edda

I organised a X-mas exchange for the intergroup "Crazy Exchange". And I got this lovely present from my partner Edda. She lives in Iceland. It's very pretty. I'm not good at embroidery at all. So it's wonderful to get those gifts.

I'm really happy with it. The ornament will be hanging in my X-mas tree.
Ronda (she lives in Seattle) was my partner, so I made her a X-mas mailbag with a X-mas pig on it. For some reason she loves X-mas pigs. It will be fun to see her in Seattle in March. Only three months to go.

zaterdag 12 december 2009

The mailman or mailwoman...

has a very busy time here in The Hague with all the swaps/exchanges/gifts that I find on my doormat. This week my parcel (Chookey's Secret Santa Swap 2009) arrived from down under.

Vanessa, she lives in Australia, sent me two lovely X-mas ornaments, and one big gift, that I can't open before X-mas. Very exciting!!!! Still waiting for one more parcel from Iceland. It will be fun at X-mas morning.

zondag 6 december 2009

Dress makers dummies

1 for my mum, 1 for my sister and 1 for me, all from the book Tilda's Summertime.

Spanish cooking

Last friday my mum and I followed an evening class Spanish cooking with Maria in Warnsveld (near Zutphen). We had lots of fun, and a lovely dinner. PICTURES. It was just a small group (only 4 people) so we had to work very hard. We smelled lovely afterwards, because the spanish kitchen uses a lot of garlic. We made: fried broccolli/courgette, stuffed tomato, spanish omelet (tortilla with eggs and potatoes) and french toast with tomato-tapenda. For dessert we had baked bananas with sugar, liquor, and ice-cream. I think I need a balanceweek. Next class will be 29 januar.

This is one of my favorite recipes, very easy, very healthy, very tastefull. I tried it yesterday at home. And I'm not great cook, but even I could do it.
- 1 french bread
- 1 big or 2 small tomato
- 100 gram Serrano ham/bacon (Spanish bacon)
- 3 table-spoons of olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 piece of garlic

Cut the french bread in slices of 1 inch (2 cm). Cut the tomatoes and garlic in pieces. Put the olive-oil, salt, pepper, tomatoes and garlic in a bowl. Make a sauce with your blender. (Taste it, to know it's oke). Butter the tapenade on the bread, and on a top a little piece of serrano-ham.
If you want you can first toast the bread in the oven.

maandag 30 november 2009

Little bottle bag

I got this lovely fabric from Margaret (Scotland), because she lives close to the sea. I don't live probably that close to the sea, but it's only a few miles away from my home. In the winter we love walk along the beach with our dog Paco.

In the new book of Tilda (Summertime) I saw this little bag for your bottle. So I really had to try it, how would it look with this fabric. Great I think!!!

zondag 29 november 2009


Yesterday Dieuwke and I went to a little quilt-exposition in Garderen. Henny Oosterbaan was having a kind of X-mas quilt exposition in her own house. I love her house and her style.

The house is situated in the woods, with white walls and a reed roof. My friend thougt it just looked like a little Dwarf-house. They welcomed us very warm-hearted, especially because we came all the way from the Hague. The Hague - Garderen is about a 1h20 drive, 72 miles. Quite a distance in the Netherlands (probably hard to understand for a lot people, but Holland/Netherlands is very small country). PHOTOS EXPOSITION

I must tell you something very typical about the Netherlands. Most most people that lives in the east-part of the Netherlands, think it's quite a journey to go to the west part of the Netherlands. That's a big journey (you really have to plan and prepare it ; ). On the other hand, we, people from the west part don't think the east part is that far. So for some reason it's easier to go from west to east, then from east to west.

Well the advantage is that we got a very warm-hearted welcome, an extra cup of tea, because we came all the way from The Hague. So we were treated very special.

donderdag 26 november 2009

Friendship Bag arrived!!

Swaps are so exciting. You never know exactly when the mailman/woman will deliver it. And it's always a big suprise what's in the envelope. Today my "friendship" bag arrived, it came from Scotland, and it was several weeks in the mail. Scotland is not so far from the Netherlands, but anyway. A lovely bag, I will be hanging it in my bathroom with little soaps in it, very nice earrings (also home-made), lovely pieces of different blue fabrics, wich are perfect for my doll-house quilt, and some sea-fabric, perfect for a Tilda-project from the book "Summertime". So thank you very much Margaret!!!! I'm really very happy with your alle gifts. I will make good use of them.

maandag 23 november 2009

Summertime, "les soeurs Gribouille"

I got this lovely book from my sister. So my collection of Tilda books is complete now. Although it's all about summerprojects, I think I will start as soon as back from my three-days course from work, these project are so lovely. Can't wait.

Last weekend I finished my black autumn cats. I bought the fabric and pattern at the Sewing Expo in Rotterdam. Don't they look stubborn, these little cat-sisters. You can find The pattern is in the Quiltmania Autumn 2009. I bought the complete kit (quiltmania and fabric) at Dorry.

zaterdag 21 november 2009

For my mum ....

...... I made this quilt. As I told you a few months ago, my mum like sewing children clothes, doll clothes etc. so I try to convince her about quilting, she bought some fabric. But no, she isn't a quilter. All those fabrics where waiting in her cupboard. I took them home and made this quilt. The fabrics are from the Haan & Wagenmaker. For those who're not dutch, the Haan en Wagenmaker is a very special quiltshop. Their site presents cotton chintzes, a quilting fabric based on antique Dutch manuscripts. So if you're in the neighbourhood ... don't forget this quiltshop in Amsterdam.

maandag 16 november 2009

I love Tilda ....

I got most of her books. And I'm really a fan of her. Her patterns are very easy to make, you don't have to be very expierenced. Her books are lovely to go through the pages, and I love her style of fabrics. I found a very good shop, where they got a rather big Tilda
colletion Your Zoap in Lelystad, as I promised you a few posts ago, here update of my Tilda collection: MORE PHOTOS ...
- 1 quilt (big enough to keep yourself warm on the sofa)
- 2 bears
- bath-angel
- sleepy angel (hanging on the door of our spareroom)
- X-mas wall hanger

- mailbag
- bedroomangel
- reindeer (one of my favorites)

Quite a collection, and waiting for more to make.

Fabric, a wreath and some raffia...

.... this is how you can make a lovely autumn or X-mas wreath.

The idea isn't from me, I found it on the site of Atelier Bep. On the blog of Monique you can find a very good instruction with pictures.

For mine, I used a charmpack of Nancy Halvorson, Marne sent me this a few weeks ago. Charmpacks are very handy, you just start and don't need any cutting ; ). I put a glass in it with a little candle, and now it's on my dining table.

maandag 9 november 2009

A sunny sunday in Arnhem

My niece Esther is living in the neighbourhood of Arnhem. Her husband Han works in Sonsbeekpark, so yesterday we got a special tour, and afterwards good mexican food.

The weather was lovely, saturday rain and sunday lots of sun. Before Sonsbeekpark we went to the Openluchtmuseum. PHOTOS ARNHEM