Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Finished!



I finished my little Christmasquilt! That is without the binding because my bf does not allow a sewingmachine in his house.. just wait till we live together, muhahaha :-D I called my mum to say how very annoying it was that I could not really finish the quilt and then she called me back to say it was even more annoying that bf does not have acces to internet either so I could let you all know that the quilt is finished and blaming bf for the lack of a binding. But I see that my mum made you all aware of my troubles on her own blog so I will post a picture of my Christmasquilt and pimped up tree. And a picture of our real Christmastree! I wanted Christmascookies in our tree and my mum bought them for me but I already ate most of them of course... The only addition bf made to the tree was hanging the self painted 'christmasball' his little niece, who lives in Australia, made for him last year and was sent to him up in the tree.. sweet!

I also started on another PHD yesterday. I started this little quilt I think almost 2 and a half years ago when the rest of the family went on a motorcyclevacation. I bought the pattern and only used the paperpieced bits of it because I did not like the original borders etc. I liked it so much because it reminded me of a spot in Leiden with a windmill and a little brigde exactly like in the quiltpattern. I have quilted all the paperpiece elements of the quilt and I am now working on the windmill, then all I have to do is quilt something simple in the 'borders' and I can call my mum to cut me another binding for when I come home with Christmas!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmastree, -party, -quilt...

This weekend we went on a search for a Christmastree. I always want a tree in the house, it makes everything very christmassy :-P, and because I cannot have one in my 10m2 studentroom I want one at my boyfriends house... Last year we got it from my parents and bf really liked it as well. So, this weekend we tried to find the perfect Christmastree. And it was a long search... First we went to Ikea, to buy the red Christmas decorations I wanted in the tree this year, something my bf doesn't really understand ('don't you like those decorations any more?' Of course I do, I just want something else this time!) Last year we had silver and green so it looked like a Christmastree which could easily be a Christmastree from the Slytherin common room from the Harry Potter books and this year I want a kind of a 'Griffindorlook' to balance things out :-P. They also sold trees at Ikea but they were not very nice and very expensive, then we went to a local store who had advertised with cheap trees but they were sold out and then finally we went to a garden-centre. The trees they had were little and overpriced or huge and even more beyond our budget and I could not understand all those people buying a 'half naked' tree! But of course I did not give up and finally we found the cheap ones, who I like best anyways, and now we have a beautiful Christmastree in the house! I really like it when you get out of bed in the morning and it is cold and dark outside, then you put on the lights of the Christmastree and everything is instantly nice and cosy.. And the old Christmascrib (kerststal) of my grandparents finishes it. All I need now is a Christmasquilt.

I still have no finished Christmasquilt.. I started the paperpiecing quilt my mum has finished this week (the one with all the stars) a few years ago in a time when I didn't use sewing machine and of course did not finish it. Then last year I wanted to make a christmasquilt and made one with scraps from my mums in an afternoon,(http://carpe-quiltem.blogspot.com/2007/12/pimping-tree.html), the one on the picture. I already made one real christmas tree with decorations etc but I still have to quilt one border. I am going to do that this week! So when it is christmas I can show you a picture of it hanging in the livingroom... :-D

And check this out... http://a.muglets.com/1UL7G-A

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Sinterklaasje kom maar binnen...

Tomorrow is 5 december! 'Sinterklaasevening'! Very exciting.. tomorrow I am going with my boyfriend to his family and saturday we are going to my parents to celebrate 'pakjesavond', wich means 'present evening'. Last year bf's parents hired 2 zwarte pieten to come to their house because the little nephew and niece of my bf still believe in Sinterklaas of course. I am never ever going to do that for my own children (if I ever have children eventually..), every adult in the house was very stressed and nervous, waiting for the banging on the door and you know the ones who are zwarte piet know you and going to make you sing a song for them or worse... I am really looking forward to saturday, we all had to buy gifts for someone and I bought absolutly nothing from the person's wishlist I got. I think, or hope, he/she will like the presents I got or else I will keep them myself because I like them so much myself! I wrote a poem of 36 lines or something (sinterklaaspresents traditionally come with a poem) and am totally ready for it!! :D

Then for something else but also very exciting, bf and I are thinking of living together. I spent a lot of time at his place now and I discoverd that it is much cheaper to rent an apartment then a studentroom. And I would really like it! Bf has a one room appartment now but still rents it from the same student room company. For what he is paying now he could also have a 3 room appartment 2,5 times bigger than this one. With all our money together we can even rent a house with a garden and everything but, that may be a little to much :P I just looked at some appartments thinking, 'hmmm, three rooms, a livingroom, a bedroom and a quiltroom for me!', but I guess I can't claim a whole room for myself, haha.. It would be nice to have my quiltstuff at my own home instead of at my parents house and if we really are going to move to something bigger and better I will put up a little designwall somewhere so I can imagine I have my own quiltroom while bf is playing computergames next to me :D


P.S. Did you notice I got one official follower now (who is not my mum) and both Tactile pleasures in fabric and Cybele's Patch have a link to my blog on their site?
I did and thank you!! :D

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Par-tay!

Lots of party's got in my way! I showed you my wig before and this weekend me and my boyfriend dressed up like Al and Peggy Bundy. We picked up some friends of bf (Kitt and Micheal Knight) and drove all the way to Belgium where the 80s-90s tv theme party was. I expected everyone to be dressed up as some character but that was not the case! More than half the people were just theirselfs (and boring, if you ask me ;-P). We had a nice time anyhow and drove back home the next morning.
Then last monday my best friend graduated from University and is now officially 'Master of Arts in Archaeology'. I never went to a graduation before and I found it a little dissapointing. First my friend had to come up to a room and talk about his thesis. Friends and family had to wait outside, then he came back and we could all join him and the actual 'ceremony' took place. But there was no ceremony! Just a short and very nice speech from one of his teachers (who is also a personal friend) and he got his diploma. On the other hand, if you are graduating you must be so nervous you just want it to be over, very quickly! Here in Leiden it is also a tradition that once you are graduated you get to sign the walls of 'het zweetkamertje' ('the sweatroom'). This was the room that they used years ago to talk about your thesis etc. and even the autographs of the royal family who studied in Leiden are still on those walls!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Good, bad and....

Bad news.. My wallet got stolen today!! I was in an H&M store and my whole backpack was unzipped and it was gone, of course I first called my mum who told me I'd better first call the bank to block my accounts... :-P Then she called back to say she was on her way to Leiden to buy me a new wallet and some pocketmoney for the time being :-D yaayy! Now I have an empty brand new bright red wallet. The policelady I talked to said that those pickpockets usually only take the money and leave the rest behind so I hope they find mine somewhere this week or I have to get all new passes...

But the good news is I am going to a party soon which has an 80's-90's tv theme and I thought I'd go as Peggy Bundy. I just got home and my Peggy Bundy wig arrived and omg! It is really cool and very Peggy. Now I only have to find a sleezy shirt to wear with my thight black jeans, preferably with lepard print I think.. Put on some red lipstick and nailpolish and Im done!
Here are some (very bad) pictures made with my phone to get an impression...

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sampler

Because I am very busy with school little quilting is going on, but I can show you my first big quilt.
I always wanted to make a sampler because I really like the traditional blocks like ohio star etc. I did want to give it a modern look by chosing the black, white fabrics and one real colour (my favourite colour, red) to make the quilt. When we went on family holiday I thought this was the perfect project to take with me (my mum and I always take a patchwork project with us in a (too) small box) and I cut all the pieces of the different blocks at home and pieced almost all the blocks in Italy. Then, of course, it was in danger of becoming a very long term project untill our neighbour bought the black fabric for the borders for me in America. I really wanted to finish the quilt and when I had the idea of sending it to the European Quilt Championship I wanted to finish it even more ánd I had a deadline!
The problem was that I never quilted before, I had pieced and sewn lots of ufo's but nothing was ever finished and ready to quilt. I also thought quilting was very dull and unpleasant... My mum then taught me how to do it and gave me some books so I could start on the real thing. I first wanted to quilt with thread the colour of the fabrics so you wouldn't notice when I did something wrong or had a bad stich or something but the author of the book my mum gave me said that is a bad idea because all of your very small, nice and regular stitches don't show either(she also said that using a thimble was not nessacery because quilting was supposed to hurt a little, I certainly did not agree on that one!).
I signed in on the European Quiltchampionship so my quilt would be on an exhibition, very exciting!!! On the picture you see me, very proud at my own work, and my sampler. It is really weird to see other people looking at en even taking pictures of your quilt but the best thing about it was the public award competition. Not that I won of course but when I put my own choice in the box there were several notes which voted for my quilt! And they were not filled in by my mother, boyfriend or anyone I know!
This sampler is now lying on my boyfriends bed. My mum made me an Irish chain quilt which is on my bed and in a studentroom of 10 m2 there is no room for two big quilts. But my boyfriend always puts it on his bed and it is not folded up in the closet so I think he likes it! :)

I also discovered a very funny abbreviation in quilting blogland today, a PHD (project half done), on Tactile Pleasures in Fabric. I really like this term because it is also used for an advanced academic degree :D I think I will work on my Sinterklaas PHD some more tonight ;-)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Finished babyquilt!



The finished babyquilt, the front and the back.. all those circles :-D I have to sew the label on the back and we can ship it to Australia!












Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oh no!

What a week already.. It is the beginning of the second half of the first semester and I litterally have to work three times harder! Very little time to quilt this six weeks, loads of work already and the first week is not yet over, very rainy stormy autumn wheater and it has (finally) happened... my all stars gave up! I had been walking around all week with a wet sock most of the time and I could not figure out why it got wet! Well, I just found out my shoe has a big hole in it's sole... Oh no! And I cannot really afford to buy myself another pair right now but if I have finished all my essays and passed all the exams etc by Christmas I can reward myself by buying myself a nice christmaspresent, new shoes!!
Although I have to do a lot of work for school, I am taking some interesting courses. I especially like one because when I was a little girl at primary school I wrote to the teacher! I had to interview someone whose job you would want. I always wanted to be an archaeologist so I found one and wrote him a long letter with all kinds of questions about being an archaeologist and send it to the Faculty of Archaeology, which sounded very official to me at the time. This man, who is now my teacher, wrote a very elaborate nice letter back to me (this was before email existed, haha) which I still have I think. This whole thing made an impact on me and it was decided that I would go to Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology. Now I am here, and I think I am going to search for this letter when I am at home this weekend and show it to him...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Quiltfair

Yesterday we, Corrine, my mum and I, went to a quiltfair, or actually a craftfair.. There used to be a very big annual quiltfair but last year they quit organising this event. In search of a replacement we went to the craftfair in Rotterdam.
I expected lots of non-quilt booths but it was the other way around, just a few knitting and embroideryshops were present. Our goal was to find some feathers, gold band etc to decorate our Sinterklaasquilt. Of course we ended up with a bag full of other things :D

I bought coloured feathers and two tassels for the Sinterklaasquilt, two tins with a 'buttonprint' ánd a Debby Mumm cow pattern! Very simple cows and I think I am going to make them with all kinds of black and white fabrics and since my mum has loads of black and whites...

I also bought a new thimble, I deserved that after working so hard on the babyquilt. Thimbles always wear out very quickly on the inside, then they get all black and yukky. In order to prevent that from happening too soon I am going to use transparent nailpolish on the inside as a little quilting experiment :-P

Monday, October 20, 2008

Award

I received an award from my mum but I forgot to put it on my own blog!
A creative award, yaayy :) Not sure if I deserve it though.. I did get it from my mother and we all know mothers are very partial... ;-)

Quiltmarathon



I survived the quiltmarathon!
Our goal was to make a 'Sinterklaasquilt' this weekend and because it was a paperpiecingpattern we had a whole weekend of machinepiecing ahead of us. I had to learn how to work with my brand new secondhand sewingmachine (yaay!) and that was not easy for me or the machine itself but when we finally got it working allright we were off! As you can see of the pictures I had to actually read the user manual of the sewing machine but look how it sparkles on the next pic! :-P
We started very organised with boxes of fabric, each a set of patterns and on the table a big mug with sissors, pencils, rippers etc. After an hour or so everything was all over the place of course but the first finished 'zwarte pieten' en 'sinterklazen' were pinned on the designwall! That night, at half past 1, we went to bed and the quilttop wasn't finished yet...

The next morning all we had to do was add the borders and when the quilt was nearly done I put it on the designwall to see how nice it looked. Of course, a little flaw in a quilt is acceptable but my mum once read that if you can see what is wrong with your work on a galloping horse you have to fix it and even my mum could see that my quilt wasn't a rectangle but a trapezium without wearing her glasses!! I actually wanted to give up and go home but I took my ripper tore of the borders, made the middle piece rectangular, sewed on the borders again and it was finally finished!! Hurray!! The left picture shows our work and the left is my quilt. Off to Leiden with a Sinterklaasquilttop, batting and backing fabric and the babyquilt with binding...

Do check out my mums blog for additional information about the Sinterklaasquilt, and this link for Sinterklaas in general: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas

Friday, October 17, 2008

Very busy!

I have been very busy last week... next week is the first of the four 'examweeks' we have during the year so I had to study hard. Plus I was quilting my ass off to finish the babyquilt, this weekend I am going home so it would be nice if I could finish it then with a binding etc. I also spend a reasonable amount of time in the pub or at party's...

The babyquilt is nearly done with quilting but (of course) I am not completely satisfied with it. Because I used solids as the back of the quilt and quilted it with bright rainbow coloured thread you can see every single stitch that failed to go through all the three layers.. When I noticed that I tried to make stab stitches at the difficult places but those stitches are always bigger at the front of the quilt and at the back of the quilt they look like I made a few completly random stitches.. not good :p But, my boyfriends mother really likes it anyway :p (of course she does!) My bf told her I made it with a sewingmachine so she assumed I did the quilting with a sewingmachine too. When I told her I only handquilt she looked at me and said "But that is an awful lot of work!" :D My boyfriend is going to make the label for the quilt, the least he can do ;-)

But, I have classes again and then the quiltmarathon this weekend.. For those who read my moms blog already knew that of course but no way I am going to make that patchwork bag!! Yes, it looks cute but thats just the fabrics! :p When are you going to use a bag with only one handle?? *sigh* my mom sometimes has the tendency to like some patchwork bags and I (unfortunatly?) still don't but I will show you next week what else we are going to make this weekend!

Friday, October 03, 2008

October 3

Today is the third of October and when you live in Leiden that means a party!! Leiden revolted against the Spain somewhere in the 16th century and the spanish besieged the city for almost 6 months. Every year on october 3 we celebrate the end of the siege, called Leids ontzet. Traditionally we all eat hutspot (mashed potatoes, carrots and unions), white bread and herring because that was what the spanish left behind at the end of the siege. The whole city is in uproar around october 3. Yesterday the funfair started and there are marketstalls everywhere, a lot of pubs and bars have built a stage outside and have bands or dj's performing all night.

Yesterday my brother came to Leiden on his motorcycle and we walked around on the funfair. He bought a bright pink candy cane for his girlfriend and of course we ate a doughnut ball. Yesterday evening my roommates made two big pans of hutspot. The idea was to go to a pub afterwards but actually I wanted to quilt on my babyquilt... but I decided to go with them into town because otherwise you always feel like your missing out on a lot of fun and since there is no school today I can quilt as much as I want now..
Maybe I'll go out with my boyfriend tonight when he is not too tired. He had to do fieldwork all week (he's an archaeologist too) and stayed with his colleagues in a holiday cottage near the site because it was almost a two hour drive from here. But since I have missed him all week it doesn't matter if we didn't go out, even if it is october 3 :-P, we'll have a nice evening anyhow!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Babyquilt


















This weekend I started on the babyquilt. First I had to decide with what fabrics I wanted to make the sashings. My mum picked me up at the trainstation and had already searched her stash for some additional fabrics but in our favourite quiltstore we found the perfect fabric (ofcourse), the dotted one. I still had to decide on the design for the quilt. I wanted to try to make a quilt with the sewing machine so it had to be simple... The rest of the weekend I spent in the sewing room and the quilt on the picture in the product of perfect teamwork :-P
I started cutting all the pieces and my mum put them on our designwall. Then my lovely assistent, also know as mum, handed me the blocks one by one and when I had sewn them she pressed them and so on.. When all the blocks were done our quilting neighbour came to see how we were doing and she and my mum started measuring left over filling and fabrics for the back of the quilt. When I was done sewing the quilt there were 4 bright coloured solids on the table, washed and ironed, ready to be cut in 4 big squares to make the back of the quilt.

I really like how the babyquilt turned out. You can't get bored with it because of all the different animals. My mum and I already have a favourite animal in the quilt.. Now I have to buy the filling for the quilt and start quilting! I am going to quilt different sizes of circles on the quilt and have already drawn them on the top. It's a pity most of the quiltshops around here are closed on mondays or I would be quilting right now!! With my new quiltingthread I got from our neighbour from the USA, yaayy :D

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

One bull and a lot of cows...

No fabrics from my boyfriend as a souvenir this time but a spanish mosaic bull.. I picked him up from the airport last saturday. If you drive to the airport there is a viaduct for airplanes over the road and exactly when I was driving there, there was a huge airplane driving over the road! Oh my god!! My bf grew up in a town near the airport to to him it is nothing special but I like airports. Wathing the airplanes and the people, some nervously walking around with 'Welcome-home-balloons' or those people who stand there waiting for someone with the name of that person on a sign, they sometimes stand there forever! I believe my bf had a great time in Barcelona and he bought me a bull for my cow collection.

Yes, I collect cows, I don't know why but I like the cowpattern.
Over the years I have collected a lot of cowish things and I've even created a little bit of plastic grassland for my cows to graze. I also have a cow-quiltproject and no, it is not finished yet :-P It is one of the first quilts I started. The original pattern was in inches and I converted the inches to centimetres to make things easier. I shouldn't have done that... one little mistake with the measurements resulted in me stitching and unstitching every cow three times before I got it right. I also didn't want 'regular' cows so I used all kinds of animal fabrics. I think I might start on this project again..
I do have another quilt with cows. My mum made it for me and I got it with 'Sinterklaas' a few years ago (for the ones who don't know Sinterklaas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas). My mum made it for me secretly when I was in Leiden the whole week and when I came home in the weekends she had to hide it. It is called 'Ska koeien' , which means 'Ska cows'.
Ska is a kind of music I like and often associated with the white and black blockpattern. I have it for almost 3 years now, hanging in my room, and I still really like it!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Work in progress: MDHP-12


I have lots of unfinished quiltprojects and this is one I have been working on recently. I have written that I have worked in Delft all summer on an archaeological excavation. The projectcodename of the dig was MDHP-12 and that is the name of my quilt too... (the photo isn't very good because I made it with the camera on my mobilephone, I'll post a better picture when it is finished!)

We found a very spectacular Roman well with the wooden poles and basketwork between them intact. I helped removing all of the mud from the wood and documenting the well that day. We also collected all the poles because specialists can date the well using the annual rings (is dat a correct english word? :p) of the wood. When we were done there was nothing left but a big puddle of mud and some very happy and content archaeologists.
Because such a well isn't an everyday find I put it in my miniquilt. What you can see is the cross-section of the well. The poles and the basketwork at the bottom and the colouring in the earthlayers above is the mark the well left in the soil. You can see our blue portable toilet and canteen, the excavating machine and I quilted the electricity pylons. I also have some pictures of the real thing...





As you can see being an archaeologist is not quite as glamorous as in the Indiana Jones movies but I'll be very happy if I can walk around in dirty clothes, safety shoes, bright yellow waistcoat equipped with a trowel and a decent shovel next summer holiday again!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Babyquilt


I am going to make a babyquilt! My boyfriend's sister is pregnant and she apparantly said that it would be nice if I could make a little quilt... And I thought, why not?!
I love to start new projects, my mum always says I have to finish a project first... but, she has had a quilt lying on her bed for 11 years UNFINISHED :-D But, this babyquilt is a very good reason to start a new thing because it has to be finished soon of course.

I found one really cute piece of fabric at the stores at the exhibition a week and a half ago and the day after I ordered almost the rest of the whole collection of that particular fabric on the internet. Yesterday I got a email from my mum that they arrived at my parents house! Yaay! Now I have to find a nice design for the quilt so I wont have to cut all the animals on the fabric in half... any ideas?
Another problem I hadn't thought of is how am I going to give the quilt to her because she lives in Australia.. :-P Maybe I have to save up for a very expensive ticket to fly to the other end of the world and go for a long holiday down under.. I can't send, can I? What if anything goes wrong and my quilt is lost between 2 continents!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Weekend!

A very busy weekend indeed.. My boyfriend went away friday because he is gone on a holiday with his friends for a week in Barcelona!! They call it 'stoere mannen vakantie', which means something like tough/bold guys holiday, but in the end they'll go sightseeing and surfing and thats as bold as it gets. :) But, I have to miss my boyfriend for a whole week so I planned a lot this weekend!

Saturday was 'Open Monumentday' and a lot of monuments in the whole country are then accessible and with free admission. I went to Delft which has a historic city center and my friend and I just walked around and entered every monument on our way through the city. I saw a lot of beautiful houses from the 17th and 18th century, imagining myself in pretty dresses playing cards in the drawing room with handsome bachelors as if it was a Jane Austen novel (I watched Pride and Prejudice last week...).

Today was a less pleasant day, I had to do some shopping and finishing an essay which took longer than expected but there is some good news too... Valentino Rossi just won the motogp race ánd I can fit in two pairs of trousers again which I could not at the beginning of this summer...!!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Australia

Today my mum and I went to the Dutch Quiltersguild exhibition. Lots of beautiful quilts including two that were made with Australian aboriginal art fabrics!
Last year my boyfriend took part in a group study exchange project, went on a trip to Australia and bought me two aboriginal patchwork fabrics. Since then I have been collecting fabrics to make an Australia-quilt, since the real aboriginal fabrics are not for sale in the Netherlands I collected fabrics with sorto f the same colors, patterns etc. A week ago I was the only one to receive a souvenir, 3 aboriginal fabrics (!!), from my 'parents-in-law' who came back from Australia visiting their daughter who lives there and today I bought 4 more on the exhibition... yaayy!! Now its time to start looking for the right design for the quilt...




p.s. Thanks for all the comments! :D

Monday, September 01, 2008

School has begun!

After being a part of the archaeological fieldteam in Delft for four months, it is time to return university, and it is not going to be the same as the previous years... My best friend is (finally :P) going to graduate and my little sister has moved to Leiden and is now living 30 metres from my studentdorm and studying archaeology too!!
Fortunatly I don't have classes until wednesday so today I had time to clear away the mess in my room, check my timetable, order some books to be ready for the first semester.

While I was waiting for my sister to pick up some books she needs I decided to start myself a new (quilt)blog..
I also worked in Delft last summer and enjoyed it so much I made a miniquilt about the dig. I am now almost finishing my second archaeological miniquilt about this years excavation. But I participated in two excavations this year and since everyone is expecting a miniquilt for each dig I still have to design the second... the thing is I ran out of the fabric which represents the soil with the different geological/archaeological layers. As soon as I finish my miniquilt and have an idea for the next I'll let you know!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A new start

A brand new blog! Hurrah!