Monday, January 30, 2012

Time off

This blog has been silent for a while.. And among other things that kept me from posting I have been on a long holiday with bf to Indonesia and Australia visiting a friend and SIL. This trip was the best holiday we've had so far.
Indonesia was overwhelming. Everything is so different from our western culture. We've toured around Yogyakarta on a scooter with our friend as a tour guide and visited the Burubudur and Prambanan temples, had a taste of the local cuisine and went to the wedding parade of the sultans daughter. Of course I brought back some batik fabric but there were so many beautiful fabrics that I just bought 2 pieces for myself and got my mum and Corrine some. Our suitcases were already to heavy!

 In Australia we saw a lot of wildlife. I was so happy when we spotted the first kangaroos! Terrified when we saw a poisonous snake coming towards us... And Australia also has the most beautiful beaches I've seen. We also visited the quiltshop were my parents in law bought several fat quarters aboriginal patterned fabric for me. In the quiltshop worked to lovely ladies who loved to explain everything they had in the shop. And that was a lot!! Stacks of fabric everywhere! Of course I bought some fabric there too, but only one fat because I've nearly finished my Australia quilt top!  As you can see on this picture, fabric everywhere!

I never go on holiday without a quilt project, and I started something new to take with me on trip because I all the quilt tops I've been working on are sort of finished of too much work to take with me. So I spent two evenings cutting everything and even bought a airplane cutter. I figured I could sew an entire quilt during our 18 our flight to Jakarta. All I have sewn are three 5x15 cm strips to a square. On the flight back home. Because I thought, I have carried this in my backpack all the way to the other end of this planet, I must sew something! But last week I've spent two afternoons behind my sewing machine and this is the result!

The pattern is Bizzy kid that I found on the Cluckclucksew blog. I really liked this pattern but the fabrics I've used are very different from the original. While I was sewing it together I doubted if I would like it as much as I hoped.. But I already cut everything thinking I'd come home from holiday with a quilt top so I just finished it! And now that it is finished I really like it. I love every fabric in it! I'm not sure if I'm going to add a border... I might just leave it like this and make it a quilt just to snuggle under on the couch. But before I start quilting this one I have to finish quilting my disappearing nine patch (which is lying half on the floor in the topleft corner of the picture), it's almost done!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I got a few unexpected presents lately! First my mum called me to say that she was sending a package my way. I guess she couldn't wait until I got it and called her about it... When I finally got it in the mail it was my apron! My mum promised me and my sister an apron many months ago, mine was half finished on display in her sewing room for some time now. But it was finished now and very nice!

It has two sides, the other side have the same fabrics but dots instead of the black and white and visa versa. I already tried it and it makes me look fabulous while cooking dinner!

When we visited my bf's parents my mother in law also had a present for me. They visited a town where some people still wear regional costumes ( I believe it was Staphorst, but I'm not sure) and they would sell leftover fabric. So I got some pieces of fabric!

Don't know what I'm going to do with it yet but that doesn't matter, I do really like the black and white!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Finishing touches

After an afternoon of studying I thought I'd relax a bit behind my sewing machine. I still had some finishing touches to do on the baby toys, sew a few filling holes for the stuffing in the blocks and machine sew the crinkle label toys together so it feels nicer (or the fabric and crinkly foil feel like 2 different layers...)
I did one and I thought it might be nice if I used some embroidery stitches on my machine. I tested a few and went on with the label toys until my sewing machine stopped! It had made a whole bundle of thread at the back and was starting to eat up the fabric. Oh no! This is when 'relaxing' behind my sewing machine became not so relaxing. I cleaned the everything I could reach, rethreaded it three times, meanwhile calling my mum because it had been hers so maybe she knew what to do, then changed needles and it didn't help! I could figure out what was wrong with it and agreed that my mum would take it to the shop for a checkup. Then after dinner I tried again and it worked perfectly again.... Maybe its having it's period? But I could finish the stitching on the crinkle toys. I hope they give it a good cleaning back at the shop so I can sew without worrying about it eating my fabric!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Busy weekend

I've had a busy weekend! Saturday my mom and I went to the annual exhibition organized by our quilter's guild. And it was in my hometown, Leiden! We've only just come back from Birmingham and we both thought we would be disappointed because it wasn't as huge as the festival of quilts. It was held in the Pieterskerk, an old church that doesn't function as a church anymore, that is a very nice building to walk around in with old tombstones and statues and such. We saw some beautiful quilts and looked around by the shops! Check my moms blog for pictures, she will post them later this week.

Then on sunday I had work to do! My mom and sister have booked a booth in a some sort of an arts and crafts market. So in a couple of weeks they have to have some goods to sell at this market! My sister is going to sell cupcakes and my mother and I are busy sewing some little things. Baby toys are my department so I made this:

It isn't a very good picture because it's already dark outside... But it in reality the color are very bright and happy! I hope the people will like it!

Then there was one other thing I have started this weekend. I bought a journal. No ordinary journal... It is a little book called "wreck this journal" and that's exactly what you'll have to do with it. In every page are some instructions about what to do with it, drawing, cutting, poking holes even taking it with you in the shower. I followed some instructions already including the 'sew this page' page.

If your curious, I started a weblog to document how the journal is doing: , you find the link on the right!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Arts and crafts

It has been a while since my last post. Not much sewing done last week... And this monday is the start of the academic year so I will have little time to sew or quilt then too! But I have done something crafty. When I have little time I like to do something that can be finished in an afternoon or evening. I already tried to make a journal quilt but that didn't turn out how I wanted it to be.
They had canvasses and paint on sale in the shopping mall today. A friend of mine has started painting, she paints because she likes to do something but she never likes it very much when she is done and usually throws it away, lol. But that's ok, it's fun while you're working on it. I thought that I might give it a try!

Of course I didn't have inspiration to really paint something but I made two canvasses. I don't know what I'll do with them because they're not that nice, but, it was fun to do!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Birmingham Gallery II

I've got one more post with a random selection of my half of the quilts pics we took in Birmingham. For more check out my mum blog (carpe-quiltem).Clearly a winner, this quilt was unbelievable neatly stitched!
Very modern fabric with a traditional design, I like it!
Lots of tiny bits and pieces!

Beautiful design and colours too!

Now it is time to get some quilting done myself. I took my wonky log cabin with me on the trip (I felt very much like Bonnie Hunter who always takes, lots of, projects with her on trips) but didnt quilt at all (of course). I also have to do a little shopping rehab... Birmingham is THE place to go shopping, so thats what we did. And yesterday I bought some new jeans and some thread in various colours. To make things worse it is 'Feestweek' (a party week) at our favourite quiltshop (de Quilterij, in Den Bosch) so I have to pay them a visit too this week and you dont usually leave a quiltshop empty handed!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Birmingham Gallery

As promised, a few pics of the exhibition. And once again, Im sorry I cant tell you who made these beauties!

I love the colours of all of the above. I really like the 'almost'wholecloth with the cream and soft orange. Ive always thought about making a wholecloth but I think I like a design like this better. It is still very simple and easy for your eyes and the focus is on the quilting but it has a little but extra compared to a regular wholecloth.
Ill sort out the second half of my pictures tomorrow so maybe I'll show you some more then!

Edit: Some of the quilts arent complete in the picture. Thats because there were a lot of people and sometimes it wasnt possible to take a proper picture...