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...

We're back from Birmingham!

My mum and I went, for the first time, to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham last week. It was a lot of fun! When we arrived the first day there were a lot of people (or actually women), quilted bags and vests everywhere. I heard some women say they had to 57 shops before they allowed themselves a bathroom break, we still thought that it couldnt be thát big. We were wrong...

It was huge! We started with the exhibition and by lunchtime it dawned on us we couldnt see all the quilts in one day. So we had a nice lunch at the quilters café and went on to the shops in the afternoon. We made lots of pictures, didnt buy anything yet and in no time it was time to go back to the hotel. The next day we thought we could go and see the other half of the show and shops. We were wrong again. It tooks us three days and we still arent a 100% sure we have seen everything ;-)

I bought some stuff too, some things were a lot cheaper there then when I buy it here because of various show offers and discounts. Here is what I got:
Some white on white fabric and just a few fat quarters that I liked (apparantly Im very into blues and greens). A few notions, mesh transfer paper, a sheet with tiny little holes in it to draw quilt patterns etc on fabric and an aeroplane cutter. We both got ourselves the funny pin. But the best of all are the charmpacks I spoilt myself with. The big one is the Happy go lucky fabric by Nel Whatmore. I love the colors! I had to resist the temptation of sewing the little charmpack together today... I thought I'd at least think about what Im going to do with it for another hour ;-)
We also spotted some 'celebs' like Kaffe Fasset and Marti Michell, had lots of inspiration from all the quilts and are already planning our visit next year!

In my next post Ill show you some pictures of the quilts. I cant put a name on the quilts because my mum has the catalogue, and even if I had it I dont think I could make out who made what quilt, there are too many of em! But its always nice to see some beautiful designs and such isnt it?

Thursday, August 04, 2011


Last week I was too tired to do anything in my spare time. I had to work from 7 am till 4 pm in Delft at the construction site for the new underground railway tunnel. They are digging in the ground so the archaeologists had to be there! It is a very cool project, very big and archaeological interesting because the tunnel follows the medieval town wall. But my alarm clock rang at 5.15 am every day so when I finally got home at the end of the day I was too tired to even catch up on my blogreading.
And I almost forgot I ordered some fabric from the USA! so it was a bit of a surprise when the mailman brought me a package. I need a project to take with me when we go on holiday and why not start something new? I found some beautiful fabric online, Dena Fishbeins Kumari Garden! I ordered everything available....

The one on top is my favorite! I like it so much I think I'm going to order some more because I don't want it to be gone when I finish this project...
I found a picture online of a beautiful quilt and loosely based the design on this one. Now I have to cut everything so it is ready to sew when I'm on my holiday! I might even take some blocks with me on the airplane, we have a very long flight...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Quilt Journal II

I havent done much quilting this week but I have been working on my quilt journal. Of some quilts I don't have any fabric left or have no photographs at all but of others I did! It's fun to gather all of that and write why you started the quilt and how it was made etc.
It's a free Saturday today so maybe I'll be able to show you some progress on the quilting of the wonky log cabin tomorrow, for now all I have are some pictures of my journal :-D

Monday, July 18, 2011

Quilt Journal

I have been so busy! Till the end of august all of my weekends are fully booked, all fun things and mini breaks and the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham for example.... and during the week I'm now working full time, my regular 2 working days and the rest of the week I'm working on my thesis to finally graduate next year.

But tonight I have a free evening and have started a quilt journal. I had seen other quilters keep a journal about every quilt the made and I liked the idea. Now I have already made 3 quilts which I gave away and I do not want to forget about them! I have written down 2 quilts tonight. My first and second one. The first called 'Bootjes' and is 17x17 centimeter. The second one is my first big quilt, a sampler of 156x226 centimeter, which I started in 2005 and finished in 2007 because I set myself a deadline by entering the European Quilt Championships exhibition.
I'm writing down some basic information about the quilt on the right and am going put in some pieces of fabric I used (if there is any left and I can find it ;-) ). On the left I'll put a photo of the finished project. So tomorrow evening I'll have to look up some pictures and search for little pieces of fabric and I'll show you what my journal is going to look like!
Maybe some of you are keeping a quilt journal yourself, if there is something I shouldn't forget to document in this journal or other tips and tricks... all suggestions are welcome :-)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mini quilt: Garden and Graduation Lady

Not so long ago a friend of mine graduated. I didn't know what to give her for this occasion so I made a mini quilt. Then she has a reminder of this achievement and its something else than framing your diploma and hanging that on the wall!

I got my inspiration from a quilt my mum made for me. She was inspired by the 'Gardenlady's' she saw over at Loft Creations. This garden lady is actually a block from a quilt pattern in the book "Garden Club Quilts".
This is the little quilt my mum made for me. It is supposed to be me... ;-) The label is in Dutch, it's a description of me and the quilt. It says, among other things, that I wear a red dress because it is my favorite color and the shovel in the ground is because I study Archaeology.

I drew the block and made it into a paper piece block with some alterations. No sunhat for this lady, she's a graduation lady and not a garden lady! I didn't know whether my friend would like it but even if she doesn't want this on the wall somewhere this is nice gift (I hope ;-) ) and I had fun while sewing/quilting this mini quilt!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

For Dutch readers/Voor Nederlandse lezers

Ze is eindelijk online! M'n zusje heeft een blog geopend over haar taart en cupcake creaties.
Ze maakt al ruim een jaar de lekkerste én mooiste taarten en besloot dat het tijd was dit met de wereld te delen. Als het water je nu in de mond loopt bij het bekijken van haar weblog kun je ook een taartje bij d'r bestellen (en als je in regio Boxtel/Den Bosch woont komt ze 'm nog brengen ook!)

Hier alvast een voorproefje van een van haar eerste taarten. Een archeologietaart voor de verjaardag van mijn vriend, compleet met botjes, scherfjes, veiligheidshelm en schep!

For all the non-Dutch readers. My sister started a blog about her cake and cupcake creations. The blog is in Dutch but you can always take a look at the beautiful cakes she makes!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

A long day!

Today was such a long day. We were supposed to pick up bf's sister and family from the airport (she lives in Australia and is visiting) at 5.30 am. But when I checked the flying schedule yesterday night it said the plane was going to land an hour early! When we were finally back home at 8 I couldn't go back to bed and sleep, it was already broad daylight!

Because we had the whole day still ahead of us I planned a quilt day for myself. That did not go as planned.... I just didn't have the energy. I sat with the box of fabric for the HSH (Home sweet home) on my lap for an hour, machine piecing involved to much thinking and focus. Then I tried to find a nice quilt design for the log cabin... I decided to quilt it very easy because the quilt is already very colorful. By the time I quilted 5 lines I almost fell asleep in front of the tv. It feels a bit like a wasted day but we got to see my SIL and her family for a bit and I did start the quilting of the log cabins!! And sometimes it's nice to do absolutely nothing, just sit with a cup of tea in the sun!

Monday, July 04, 2011

Porcelain Painting

My sister needed some cheering up because of a broken heart and what is a better way to cheer someone up than crafting! I went to visit her and brought Robbie Williams, Mr. Big, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, porcelain paint and lots of plates and cups.
At first she wasn't enthousiastic but my mum and I handed her a plate, a brush and we started painting! I had never done this before so I accidentally bought transparent paint, that was a mistake... You can see all the brush lines and then it looks a little sloppy if your not skilled at doing this. But that did not stop us..!

This is a plate I made for my brothers gf. She has an unusual spelled name so she can never buy a pen or keychain or something with her name on it. It's a breakfast plate and it says 'Goodmorning Yessy', behind it a mug for my brother, the motorcycle on the back is not visible unfortunately.

We stopped at noon to go out for lunch. It was a beautiful sunny day so we sat in the sun (I did get sunburned of course :-( ) and enjoyed our meal. When we got back my mum started to put all the finished things in the oven, to make them dishwasher proof. After a whole day of therapeutic painting this was the result.

The plate with the red witch was made by my mum of course and my sister made the cutest set for herself. Her name is Maren and she loves to bake cupcakes...

We had been so busy we had a late dinner with Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, Samantha and of course Mr. Big.... And then I had to go home already! Hour and a half drive home and I had to work today but my sister was a lot happier and C dropped by to see what we made and to watch some SATC as well. When I got home I received a picture of my phone that showed the girls having a mini spa at home! Very relaxing!

We already decided that with the next broken heart or relationship crisis we would have to make a mosaic mirror or something! But it was such a fun day that we might decide not to wait till someone has a minor depression... ;-) haha!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Show and tell

In my previous post I promised some pictures of a finished project so here it comes...! This winter I made a baby quilt for my sister in law. Last time I made a baby quilt I found the fabric line 'creatures and critters' by Amy Schimler and got all the different fabrics with animals. Because I made that one with nice pictures of animals for the child to look at I had the idea in my head that I had to find another set of nice matching (animal) picture fabric. Problem was I couldn't find anything that I really liked. So I went to 'De Quilterij' determined to come home with fabric for the quilt!
I didn't know if it was going to be a boy or girl so I got a very cute owl fabric with blue and pink and some lime and purple fabric that went well with the owls. My SIL really likes lime and purple so I figured I could not go wrong with that!

But as it turns out I don't have any pictures of the finished quilt! I do have one of the finished top and the quilt gift wrapped... The very afternoon I was making the labels for the quilt I got a call that the baby was born! So I had to hurry... sewed the label on, gift wrapped the quilt with the custom made squeaky toy and we went off to the hospital! This picture was made in the evening so the colors aren't as bright as they are in daylight but it's all I got. I'll make new/better pictures next time I'll visit them.... :-)

Tomorrow I'm going to catch up on my blogreading to see what everybody else has been up to this week. And this weekend is going to be creative though it doesn't involve sewing and fabric but porcelain, glue and a brush...! Curious? ;-)

Monday, June 27, 2011


After a week of rain the summer is here! So my bf and I both took the day of and went to the beach to fully enjoy the sun. We weren't going sunbathing because that would turn me bright red and the seawater is still cold so no swimming either... I don't think the water of the North Sea is ever at a nice temperature actually. But we went to the beach and sat in the shade on the terras of a beach bar, had a nice cold IceTea and ate lunch. Then we walked along the beach with our feet in the water, got ourselves some ice-cream and when we were tired (of doing nothing...) we went home! Unfortunately we got in a traffic jam and it was very hot and we don't have air-conditioning in our car so I got sunburn from driving back home from the beach on one arm and half my neck..... :-(

I don't think I am going to do much quilting this week in between working, taking a few days off to enjoy the weather and bf's birthday this week but we are scheduling a Home sweet home quilting day soon!
In the meantime I'll show you one of my recently finished projects later this week...

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dutch TT Assen

No quilting to write about today but something completely different... Yesterday my dad and I went to the Dutch TT Assen. Its the motogp race in the Netherlands! I used to watch the race every week and I am a huuuuuge fan of Valentino since I was about 11. We have been to the TT in Assen several times, just me and my dad or the whole family, but this time was different. We got 'leftover' VIPtickets from a collegue of my dad! We had no idea what to expect but the brochure was promising (free drinks, lunchbuffet, paddocktour).
We left on the motorcycle around 6 am in the morning because it is a 3,5 hour drive to Assen, and unfortunatly it was raining already :-( The closer you get to Assen the more motorcyclists you see and the last half hour or so you drive with hundreds of them to the circuit. We had special parking and we could take a shuttlevan to the 'VIPvillage'. When we got there we did not really know where to go (everybody else seemed to know where they were going...). Where we were supposed to be was one of the VIProoms of course!! I did feel a bit out of place because you dont know anyone there and a lot of people are there for networking with other companies etc. But once I walked outside and saw Valentino Rossi driving by about 10 metre away from me I sat down in the best chair and decided to stay there the whole day!

But we did leave our chairs for a paddock walk! In the picture above you see me walking in the middle of the paddock! The red trucks on the left are the ones from the ducati team, Valentino Rossi is numer 46 and Nicky Hayden is 69. Unfortunatly they werent walking around, I think he was putting on his leather suit because their race was to start in an hour. I did see another driver (Alvaro Bautista) driving by on a scooter and two of the 125cc drivers walking by but I did not recognize who they were. When we got back we were just in time for the lunchbuffet. Lasagna, shrimps, grilled vegetables and much more! I dont think we ever had such a lunch at the TT... The people across the circuit were putting up their umbrellas because it had started to rain but we didnt have to worry about that either, we were under a roof!
The some of the races were very exciting, a lot of riders fell off their bikes because of the rain. It was a bit slippery here and there but they stil go around the track with 300 km/h! The last race was the MotoGP with Valentino.... It was not the most interesting race to watch because a few rider fell and everyone was driving a few seconds apart, so no fights for first, second or even fifth place and Valentino came fourth over the finish line. But, seeing him drive by soooo close is enough excitement for me ;-)

The first time we went to the TT I thought I wouldn't be such a screaming, loudly cheering fan as the girl next to us was (and she wasnt even cheering for Valentino ;-)) but as soon as he drove by I started screaming and cheering and yelling so hard, surprising myself and the man next to me! He told me to save my breath because the race was going to last another 25 laps... hahaha. So maybe it was not so bad the MotoGP race was not THAT exciting because the VIPvillage was not the right place to be screaming I think (I read on twitter our vice prime minister was in the VIPVillage too) ;-)

At the end of the day we both got ourselves a t-shirt to remember the day and we drove home in the rain. But accompanied by the other hundreds, or actually thousands, of bikers who had come to see the races. And alongside of the road, on every viaduct, on every parkingplace near the highway and even in the emergency lane and on the guard rail (!) were people watching the motorcycles and waving at them.
Now, to end this post another picture of Valentino (and others) driving in the pitlane and a short video! (In reality the track was much closer than the video shows)


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Finished top!

This weekend in between all the visits to my dad and my father in law I finished the log cabin top. I went through my mums stash to find some fabric for the sashings. And this is it, polka dots for the sashings but still mostly a black fabric so the blocks pop out!

I haven't had the time to start on the quilting yet. And yes, I should finish my disappearing nine patch blended first. I have that one almost done but then the wheater became to hot to quilt. Since it has been raining for a week now it is quilting time again! But as soon as I have the blended finished this one is ready to go!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Black and white it is....

I didnt know what to use for sashings between my colourful log cabins. The sashings in black and white are the best choice I think. Plain white or black was just not doing it, maybe that's why I couldn't decide. I don't have many black and white, in fact, the piece in the picture is all I have. Luckily I'm visiting my parents soon and my mum has plenty! ;-)

I'm going to take my home sweet home project with me to show it off and get some (constructive) criticism I'm sure. I do hope we get some better weather and a little bit of sun but it looks like it is going to rain in the weekend too.... Great quilt weather though!! Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wonky Log Cabin

I came across a lot of 'wonky' blocks and quilts on the internet lately... I really like those crooked blocks and the whole liberated quilt making idea but I didn't think I could do it. Another thing I'm not good at is working with scraps. I would like to make a scrap quilt and just use every piece of fabric I come across. I tried that once, used a very tiny piece of a pink striped fabric that I didn't really like but convinced myself I wouldn't notice it once it was finished. Wrong. Every time I see that block I see the pink stripes and I think about how ugly that fabric is.

Today I made liberated wonky log cabins with all the fabrics I never really use and my scraps and it turned out great! Halfway through the first block I was still convinced that my block was not going to be as nice and colourful as the ones I found on the Internet, and that I would have to tell you my little experiment failed. But when it was finished I really liked how it turned out and made three more!
That is another thing, I cannot make small quilts. They always end up twin size or bigger... But this is going to be a wallhanging (I think)!

The only thing to decide is what colour the borders between the blocks are going to be, black or white.....

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Open Air Museum / Openluchtmuseum II

Part two of the Open Air Museum! In this little street builde in the 'Zaanse'style was a little shop with Dutch fabrics! There was even a little sign which said you could use it to make quilts ;-) I bought some of the red and white fabric in the bolt under the brown with flowers.

This street is a street in Tilburg (where my mum grew up). Every house was furnished in a different stye/time. The last house was very sixties/seventies and the sewingmachine looks very much like the one my mum used to have!!

I also added another border to the Home Sweet Home quilt! It already getting quite big. The next border is a bit bigger and has a lot of different blocks so it wil take me a bit longer to sew that one. My mum has also begun with this quilt too so Im curious how that one is going to be. Corrine hasn't decided on the colorscheme yet, too many choices, too much fabric! I think it is going to be lemon and pink.... ;-)

Pffff.. blogger seems to think I like having lots of empty spaces in this post.... :-(