zondag 31 oktober 2010

An extra hour this weekend....

means an extra hour quilting. The European zone is going from summer to winter time.

And that's not all. It's also quilting weather in the Netherlands: RAIN.
Time to go finishing my Kaffe Fasset Quilt, before the cold nights are coming.
Saturday evening I spend three hours of ironing, I wish Marne was here ; ), she likes ironing. This morning I got up at 6 a.m. and spend two hours of sandwiching. Paco is keeping me company in his own quilting basket with his own doggie quilt.

zaterdag 30 oktober 2010

My mum's table

Last sunday this quilt was transferred from our house to my parents house.
At the moment I'm working on the back of my Kaffe Fasset quilt. I hope this weekend to finish the sandwich so that I can start quilting (with the machine!).

zaterdag 23 oktober 2010

X-mas lights

I love X-mas lights. You can use them for all kind of things. What do you think of my X-mas spool lights or my pumpkin lights. Now, with the winter coming, they make my quiltroom feel warm and cosy.

zondag 17 oktober 2010

Wild saturday

You know quilters, wild girls, do wild things, having a wild saturday in Rotterdam!

Needlework Expo.

Our friend Willemijn was there for the first time with her "webshop Happy Stitches". I think she did good business. Don't she look lovely between all her projects! http://www.happystitches.nl/

I bought some fun stuff like this book about knitting "tea cozies". That will find his way to Seattle, because I can't knit (well not really good). But first Dieuwke, Willemijn and I will mark with a cross our favorite tea cozies in the book, so Marne can knit them for us during the basketballgames ; ).

I also bought a very nice pattern "pumpkin lights". Halloween isn't something we really celebrating in the Netherlands, but the last years it changed a little bit. The idea is: you buy a green knot of X-mas lights, and put the pumpkins over the little lamps. That's all.

If you're interested in the pattern: http://www.handwerkateliersari.nl/, it's a a lovely little shop in The Hague! So we will put that on Marne's list as well for next year.

maandag 11 oktober 2010

New things

When you're a quilter there are always new things.

For example this quilt on the table. I bought the fabrics during my first trip in Seattle, I had no idea what to do with them, but there is always an idea popping up. I like this quilt, it feels very classic. I did most on the machine, but the borders will be handquilted, to give it that special touch. The other new thing is a book. It's written and designed by a Danish woman, and it's really lovely. Especially the moose on the front are very cute to make.

Now all I need is time.
Nothing to do saturday? Quilt and needlework Expo in Rotterdam

zaterdag 9 oktober 2010


We have lovely weather this weekend: 18-20C, and it's already october. Still lots of opportunities to do some walking and cycling.

I have three projects I'm working on at the moment. First my antique star quilttop from the 1900s, it just need some handquilting, I'm halfway now. A quilt for on the table. And my basketquilt.
More about these quilts tomorrow.

zaterdag 2 oktober 2010

Spakenburger Quilt

This Spakenburger Quilt is the third finished quilt in Caro's Antique Quilt Collection. The big squares are all from dutch costume fabrics dated between 1900 - 1940, the small red-white blocks are not antique but represents the red and white of the scarfs the Spakenburger women wear.

The dark colours (purple and black) are the mourning fabrics, the blue and brown come from the blouses, and the flowerish fabrics are coming from the "krablappen" (the stiff part of the costume over the shoulder).

This quilt is very special for me, in the Netherlands is not easy to find dutch antique quilts, or find antique dutch fabrics. So I'm very happy that I could make this quilt. The patching is done with the machine, but the quilting is all done by hand. I love handquilting it makes your quilt soft and cozy. There are 143 blocks. The size of the quilt is: 128 cm x 152 cm (51 inch x 60 inch).