21 september 2011

family tree quilt progress

Last Friday I went to the open day at the Bernina Creative center in Breda. Had a look at the newest machines and signed up for a workshop in December. Hopefully my container has been unpacked by then and my Bernina can come along.

In the mean time with the limited tools available I have managed to stitch 7 blocks together for the family tree quilt. Using the Laundry Basket Half Square Triangle Paper and the fabric kit I bought from Edyta Sitar. Nice batiks combined with prints, give a scrappy look.  Just right for a quilt for a young man.

Happy Quilting,

16 september 2011

My first quilt exhibition visit in the Netherlands

Last Sunday I went to the Algemene Tentoonstelling of the Quiltersgilde. I have been a member of this guild for 10 years, but never attended this exhibition. September is the beginning of a new school year and I was always busy getting the kids back in school around this time of the year. Not the right moment to leave them alone and travel to the Netherlands.
Pieterskerk where exhibition was held
But this year nothing could stop me and off I went. First I took the train to Utrecht and my friend Astrid picked me up and we drove to Leiden.

our favorite quilt of the show
It was a fun day out, we saw lots of beautiful quilts and had a look around in the shopping area. There I met Fran├žoise from the beautiful shop de Quilterij again.
But before I unpack my container, I have told myself not to buy any fabric. I was strong, only bought the greeting cards of the Quiltergilde.  Building a new kind of stash???

After the show we had a cup of fresh mint tea at one of the many bars. The weather was nice, so we sat outside. Both Astrid and I studied in Leiden and have good memories of our time living together as students. 

It was a special weekend, because all the monuments were open for the public. People in traditional costume and even this carriage pulled by horses past us by.

Next year we will definitely go again!!


02 september 2011

How desperate can you be....

It's about time for another post. So much has happened since the first posting. I don't know where to start.
The quiltshop www.quilterij.nl in Den Bosch celebrated its' 10th anniversary. Finally I met the lady behind a blog I have been following since a year or so www.fabricwonderland.blogspot.com . She organizes a quiltcafe every month and it was a lot of fun meeting other quilters that afternoon. I didn't bring anything to work on, but that didn't matter. I smelled fabric again and could see other projects that inspired me.

I have my mothers' old sewing machine with me and finally got it working again. It drank half a bottle of sewing machine oil ..... In the Quilterij I bought a ruler and some pins and with that I thought I was ready to start sewing my tree blocks from Edyta Sitar. So on the day that I had to stay home for KPN to install the internet connection I planned to start cutting the squares I had been sewing with the triangle paper. But I was still missing one more tool: a cutting mat !! So I took one of my plastic cutting boards from the kitchen en started cutting. How desperate can you be.....