Tuesday, August 13

Festival quilts

I must say that last time Lotte and I went to Birmingham, there were more "wow" quilts than this year. We saw lots of art quilts that did not appeal to us, neither did the almost philosofical descriptions provided by the makers. I mean: "I studied menopause for over 2 years...." and then came up with a quilt in which a dozen empty anti-conception-pill boxes were sewed is NOT my cup of tea.
We even didn't make a pic of the "best of show" quilt: we just didn't like it although it was no doubt greatly sewn/appliqued. It was a circle with roses I think...
Some pics we did make in no special order

We have a thing for bright colours combined with white ánd traditional patterns as well as for "quilts you can sleep under".That being said; the quilt with the jeans/allstars/Union jack socks was beautifull!
More to show next post!

Monday, August 12

The Festival!

Back after 4 exhausting days in Birmingham....
Thursday I had to rise very early to go to the airport, where we (after some delay) boarded on a somewhat unusual (to me) plane. A Haviland
 On arrival we dropped our bags at the cloakroom and decided to get lunch first
 We had a mission on day one. I brought C's fav Kaffe Fasset book and promised her to get it signed by Kaffe himself.
He was happy to oblige and carefully wrote :"for Corrine" before adding his signature. Not that he had something better to do :)
 After that mission was completed, we went for the quilts and the stalls along with LOTS of other quilters
 Later in the afternoon, we called it a day, checked into the hotel

 freshened up and went to eat something at the local pub.

Wednesday, August 7


Birmingham: here we come!
Can you tell I'm NOT a frequent flyer?

Saturday, August 3


With long sunshiny and hot days, summerholidays went by faster than i wished for.
Too hot too quilt and some days too hot to do anything but sit in the garden with a book and a cold drink and trying to keep the blackbirds from the grapes. I really want to eat some myself this year!

There were other things to "entertain"myself. I took baking DD's Phone over. Omg, it's a SMARTphone. I came a long way from my old Nokia with which i could only make a call and send a textmessage to this HTC. It took me at least a week before I managed to answer an incoming call.Ofcourse, personalising the "new to me" Phone was a big deal: I did not only order one, but two cases. The left one is very appropriate for me struggling and polka dots just had to be!

 Quilting DD also had a summerproject in mind for the both of us. She insisted we had to sew clothing . I did sew shorts and dresses for the kids when they were little but haven't done anything like that for áges. Furthermore, DD wanted to sew with KNITS. Last time i tried was a downright disaster. But DD was persistend and said that, whatever the outcome, she'd wear it on the way home.
So I plunged into the world of jersey needles and twin ones and took a trip to the market with DD for knitfabric.  She had a pattern for a "30minute pencilskirt", but we had to modify, wrestle with the twin needle and ofcourse most of the afternoon went by by searching items, misplaced by ...yes, by me.
After DD left, I had this
and a skirt! It turned out quite easy to do and I intend to try more:)

Last but not least: Quilting DD and I will be hopping on a plane coming thursday to Birmingham!!!!
We're going to The Festival of Quilts for the second time. I'm só looking forward to that trip!