Sunday, November 6

November.....

..it's that time of year again!

Monday, October 31

Please check....

....your settings on Blogger! LOTS of people are set on "no-reply" I cannot answer or react to a comment or email this way. If you don't want to hear from me after commenting or mailing: that's fine by me. If you think: she never answers me back: check if you're on no-reply!!!

Sunday, October 30

The black and white experience part 2

So, where was I?
Join the upper left block to its neighbour, then one block down and joining that to it's neighbour too etc, Then  add blocks from top to bottom, making the horizontal rows.In the end you have the entire quilt chain pieced!
In fact this is taking the art of chainpiecing to the next level. Yeey me!
Breath deep and take the whole bunch to the machine.
Join the rows (muhaha)

 (When that step was taken, days had passed.)
After joining and stitching and struggling the top is done!
Do a happy dance. (no pic, I don't take pics of myself while dancing)
Welcome you neighbour who comes by to say hello and before you know it, she's crawling around your quilttop with bastingthread and needle.
(again, no pic. A pic of 2 women on hands and knees on the livingroomfloor is NOT a pretty sight. Believe me)
Then...tadáááá
(Hmm, apparantly i was so overjoyed that it was done that the pic is upside down)

 Take the layered quilt to the recipient and try it on


If the recipient falls asleep immediately: you did good!
Clean yourself again, clean the machine and vacuum. I never had fabric with so much lint; it drove me nuts.
Take the quilt to the quilter (that'll be me in this case) but that's a story for another post!


Saturday, October 29

Circles and packages

It's not that nothing happened here, it's not having the energy or the time (or whatever) to post. Sometimes you just want to quilt/hang in front of the tv/just surfing the net/read/sleep instead of sharing with the world what you're up to.
This concludes the lame excuses, on to happier things!

I finished my 2day workshopquilt!
 It has it's flaws but it was a good learning piece. Thanks to advices such as clip the seamallowance and pin differently I managed to sew it all together. I even started to piece other round shaped blocks. Bigger and templates without seamallowance. Ánd I found some fabulous designs on the internet for even more round projects, that made me want to get Marti Michell's drunkard's path templates. I'll share all this when the projects are "a bit further developed"
What else did I do? Black and white top is finished! Yeey!! ("black and white experience 2" WILL be posted asap. Got to sort the pics first)
Since I had the idea to MACHINE quilt this one (OMG, that'll be a first one) I headed to the fav quiltshop for advice and thread.
A pic of some Aurifil spools are not interesting, a pic of the paper bag they were put in, IS! *lol*
Aaahh....dots and checks in red and white make me so happy :)
While I'm at it, i might as well show the paper bag (back and front)from a local store where I bought a new battery for my watch.
Daylight saving time ends tonight here so the weekend is prolonged with an hour. Just the time i need to show you the black and white pics tomorrow.... 


Saturday, October 15

Happy birthday Maren!

This cutie, my youngest daughter, is turning 21 today! A very happy birthday Maren and may your birthdaycake be the best one you ever made :)
hugs, your mummy

Tuesday, October 11

We interrupt this program....

 C and I signed up for a workshop almost a year ago and last wednesday it was our first lesson. Next session is next week so I had to put the black and white aside to do my homework. Can't show up empty handed, can I??
The workshop is about round shapes and we wanted to master that on the machine.
It involved lots of these...
Colour aka dots..needed that after all the B&W.

 Plastic templates...yuk! So slippery and so invisible in the midst of fabrics that I spent most of the time searching for them.
 I immediately replaced them at home with old fashioned paper on sandpaper!
 Then you had "how do I get these ridiculous amount of pins under the machinefoot????"
It took me so much time that I could have easily sewn 2 by hand in the same period. But....we didn't gave in and persued the mission to master it by MACHINE. Hell yeah!
 Not the accuracy I was aiming for :(
 But with lots of trimming and pressing I finally managed to sew a block.
Next assigment is to sew rather crooked blocks into a straight and accurate top. *sigh*

Monday, October 3

How to make a quilt; the black and white experience part 1

When you really need to make a black and white 'pied de coq" quilt, this is how to do it. At least...it's how I did it. Feel free to comment how to improve my "technique" :)
First step is ORDER FABRIC if the fav quiltshop has no solids..
 Then wait.....and wait some more
meanwhile..you cán do something usefull
One day,you're package will arrive!
Celebrate! and be carefull not to burn holes in the fabric while doing so

I ordered black, red and charcoal. The last one appears to be blue, but it's really not :)
White was already present in my stash and when I ordered I wasn't sure what colours I wanted to use. Obviously I picked B&W..
Prewash! I don't want another laundry disaster thankyouverymuch.
Hang out to dry

 Again, use your time wisely
 Iron when still damp....
And finally you are ready to CUT the fabric. Yeey!
I started with 2" wide strips along the width of the fabric. I wanted to patch-as-you-go so I cut 6 white and 6 black strips for starters.
I pressed the still folded fabric strips carefully, before I ironed them open.
Take 15 minutes to look for the companion angle you know you have somewhere. C brought it with me from her Florida holiday last year. Bonnie Hunter recommended the triangle in her tutorials and I must say it works great. Thanks for the tip Bonnie!

So...cut triangles!
and sew them together, white against black. I snuggled the middle seamd thightly together. Don't know why, it seemed appropriate.
Press the seam ,press it open en this is what you get.
Cut/square it with a PRECISION TRIMMER. This is going to be my fav tool for sure. Recommended by the Hargrave ladies and this time C's DH (!) bought it for me on this year's Florida trip. As a gift! That's 2 times a "yeey" :)
If you don't have one: get one now! I think it's essential for accurate piecing. I was painstakingly precise and still had crooked blocks. With this tool, my blocks were cut exactly square.
If you determined how big your striped blocks turned out, cut black and white squares that same size. My striped ones were 4.5" so i cut a few 4.5"strips and cut those up in 4.5" squares! Patchwork for dummies..
Go to your designwall and stick those blocks on in this order
 ..and watch it grow!
 Before you leave the sewingarea, make sure you clean yourself with a sticky roll. Clean the ironingboard`, the cuttingmat ánd your sewingmachine. Lint and tiny threads were everywhere overhere :(
More progress next time!

Monday, September 26

Market day!

Yesterday Baking DD and I took our stall on the neighbourhood market:) Weather was GREAT and market got pretty busy in the early afternoon. This was our spot!
 DD sold LOTS of her cupcakes..

 ..and captivated her audience (the seriouslooking girl with the rose in her hair couldn't keep her eyes off DD :)

I too did good and sold some teacozies, an apron, cosmeticbags, grabbags, needlecases etc. Whenever i had a moment I sat down and quilted. Thát triggered a lot of attention. I worked on the Happy Joy quilt and got a lot of compliments. An elderly man in his 80s kept saying how he lóved the colours in my quilts. He said that his younger sister quilted too, but :"she uses such bóring colours" *lol*
 Lots of ladies told me that they made a quilt once or wanted to make one "later"

I also found that some self-proclaimed quilters were NOT the nicest people. I got cross-examined: who teached you, what group do you belong to, what, where how, with whom??????? They don't know me, I don't have a Dear jane, Farmers Wife, SBS and all those other quilts that everyone sews (no offence to those who love these quilts!)and they can't "label" me. Guess they felt "threatened" (????)
One lady was absolutely sure that my quilts were not handpieced and certainly not handquilted. Impossible, she said, "and I know for I am a quilter"

Luckily there were LOTS of very nice people too. Highlight of the day was the 5year old son of the fav quiltshop's owner. Such a cheerfull, happy little guy that came with his mum to buy cupcakes for his birthday. He gave us smiles that lasted the rest of the day! (and i'm not writing this to please his mum!)

Wednesday, September 21

Tuesday, September 20

What's in a name?

My butt was kicked last sunday (thanks Pam) and I tried a tutorial  for a cosmetic bag.
I found this tut a while back but hadn't sewn one yet
 Ofcourse I couldn't stop at one. With the upcoming market in mind I made 3


They are supereasy, quick to make and are fq friendly.
While making these I realized that i have a lot of houndstooth patterns: fabric, a dress, a bag, a watch..! So why not a quilt? I checked some pics online and scribbled on my new drafting block. (hey, I had LIGHT to see tiny lines!!) I think, no I KNOW how to draft the pattern. All I have to do is order some black fabric..
Funny detail is that what's known as "houndstooth"or "dogstooth" is called Pied-de Coq (French for rooster feet) for a bigger pattern and Pied-de-poule (hen's feet) for the smaller. I think I'll go for turkey-feet *lol*

Sunday, September 18

..and then there was LIGHT!

DH's bike is broken and he's struggling to fix it. Bad for him, but very good for me :)
No extra's rides means time for chores.
Today he put my new lightrail up. I had a cheapass rail with bad contacts. Every time I wanted to press or iron something, the lights went out or never went on at all. The drill was: calling DH, he went up a chair, did something with a screwdriver and I had light again....for a few minutes. I once got so frustrated that I took a swing with a ruler at it and smashed a lightbulb.
Yesterday I had enough and went to Ikea

Fillerstrips still have to be placed between the lightspots. DH will do that after I decided if the spots are in the right places. I still need to paint the board to cover the rail of my slidingdoor, but I am not into doing chores (I'm the painter in the house..).
Now I have so much light that I added a new notion to my ironing area

Now all i need is someone to kick my butt to get into my sewingroom and actually SEW instead of being a couchpotatoe

Wednesday, September 14

Leiden again

i still promised to post some pics of the Guild's quiltshow. Unfortunately I had my smaller camera with me and obvious need to learn how it works. Lots of pics are a bit blurry, but I'll still post them if I think the quilt is worthwhile. Just squint a little and you'll get the idea :)








..and some more of the church and the town





Can't put anymore pics in one post. Enough is enough!