Friday, 31 August 2007
The old one looked like this. This is a picture of the front and back.
This posting isn't very quilt related, but I thought you would like to see my new driving license :).
Tomorrow you will hear all about my visit to the quilt exhibit in Deventer.
Just a quick update: I didn't finish another block tonight! I was busy piecing everything together but didn't quite make it. Have 2 corners left to piece and 2 middel triangles. I'm too tired now to finish it. I think I will go to bed and do some reading before I go asleep.
In the evenings I can't wait to go to bed. You see, I'm a morning person.
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Monday, 27 August 2007
We had a great diner in the evening at a restaurant in Garderen. Sadly, we took no pictures for others to see. Sunday, we went to Marken, a real tourist attraction, but give’s a good impression of Holland long ago. It is well-known for its characteristic wooden houses. It’s also a old fishing village. We saw no one looking remotely like these people in the pictures
We drove from Marken to the Afsluitdijk. The Afsluitdijk (English: Closure Dike) is a major dike in the Netherlands, constructed between 1927 and 1933 and running from Den Oever on Wieringen in North Holland province, to the village of Zurich in Friesland province, over a length of 32 km and a width of 90 meters, at an initial height of 7.25 meters above sea-level.
Once we came into Friesland we decided to drive back home, to enjoy the BBQ I had planned. The drive back took us about 1 1/2 hours. We came home a little later then I had planned :)
This afternoon (Monday) I dropped them off at Schiphol, our national airport. They will be arriving in Stansted, England, around dinnertime.
It was a great weekend, especially as I could converse in English
Tonight I might get some piecing done, after not having done anything for 3 whole days! The next couple of weeks I really need to make some more effort, will I have pieced the remaining 5 blocks before the 20th of September. But we do need our goals!
This is me with my new glasses.
Saturday, 25 August 2007
But aren’t these racks just wonderful? I don’t have enough (finished) quilts to display yet, but this way I will keep on quilting :)
The day before yesterday I washed the fabrics. They are ironed and laying in one of the new boxes awaiting the autumn workshop on ‘mariner's compasses’.
How do you like my glasses – they are a little hard to see – they’re laying on the ‘Big Book of Best Loved Quilt Patterns’. But you get the general idea.
I’ve also been doing some appliqué!
Happy stitching everyone! Enjoy your weekend. I'll be off-line for a day or two as our quests will be arriving shortly.
Friday, 24 August 2007
Maybe I shall improvise.
Yester evening we had our Bee. Besides it being a productive evening, catching up on all the gossip, talking about our interests, it was also yummy; we got this delicious home made apple-pie with our coffee. This was because Janny is having her birthday today. Happy Birthday Janny (no, she has no weblog, so sadly you can not congratulate her personally).
I found out yesterday evening that I have some readers! Blog followers. Some even check in regularly! When I arrived, Matty complemented me on my new glasses, she had read the blog before coming to the Bee :). That was a strange experience.
Matty, when you read this, you know you are famous. Others know of your existence!
I’m also learning new techniques; Joke showed me how to make a flower, using a specific stitchery stitch. Thank you, Joke.
It is nice to have quilt friends, they all want to share (their skills). And,,,,,,,,
Thursday, 23 August 2007
Besides buying the marker pen, I bought two FQ of crème fabric and some sewing pins.
I just want to mention there are some great and kind quilters out there. They are always there to help. I also love receiving their comments / e-mails. I’m glad I’m back into quilting. I hadn’t expected to encounter such nice people. If they were there 10 years ago I didn’t meet them. More then 10 years ago I followed my first quilt workshop, but after two seasons I quit. One of the main reasons was that I needed to write a research proposal to enable me to get a grant for my PhD thesis. I got the grant in 1997 and I some years later my PhD. This is one of my major achievements. But I’m glad that project is finished and I could take up my hobby again.
The other reason that I quit the quilting lessons was that I thought I could do it all by myself. I found out the hard way. You need quilting buddies. More then 10 years ago, I started on this star quilt, as shown in the picture.
Yesterday I learned how to appliqué. I thought this would be really difficult but it is actually pretty easy. I’m combining the appliqué with stitchery. The effect is pretty nice. I think Zoë’s quilt is becoming a creative let-out. It is also becoming an expensive quilt. I really don’t want to add up all the euro’s that has gone into this quilt so far and I haven’t even gotten to the boarder. Still I’m enjoying myself. Only 123 days till Christmas and then Zoë’s quilt will have to be ready.
Tonight we are having our Bee again. I’m curious what everyone has made the past fortnight and the progress they have made.
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
This morning a friend phoned from Australia. It is always great to hear his voice. Skype is a terrific and genius invention. However, it is strange when this ringing sound comes out of your computer and you can’t find the button to click and answer. It took forever to find the button. It kept on ringing and ringing. I was getting a little nervous and just when I found the button that needed to be clicked, he hung up on me. I had to phone back. At least I made someone smile today. He thought it was pretty funny.
For those who think I really had a long search, let me tell you, that this all took place in about 2 minutes.
I had a really healthy lunch.
A fruit salad of strawberries, red currants and pineapple.
Blogger is down. I can’t belief it, just when I want to post this. I will have to try again later. Lucky for me I first make a draft (in Word) before posting it. It is hard to think in two languages and write your thoughts down in one (language). Sometimes I don’t notice that I’m writing in English or Dutch. When I read it, it says what I want to say; even though sentences might be in half English and halve Dutch (only for the readers it might be a little weird). Do others have this problem? I don’t think in two languages, my language is a mixture of Dutch and English, making translating sometimes a little hard. The spelling checker is a great help, to point out mistakes.
I’m having a great day so far. No work till Tuesday next week, just a lot of free time to do all kind of nice things (we are getting guests from the UK this weekend).
I had my picture taken today for my new driving licence that I need to get. My driving licence expires soon and therefore I will go to the city council tomorrow and get a new one. Since recently we have a ‘credit card format’ driving licence like they have in the USA. Maybe I should take a picture of the old one, because in the not to near future no one will have the old one any more.
After leaving the photo shop, I went next door to the shop that has many spectacles. My glasses needed to be adjusted. And, naturally, I saw some nice glasses I liked. A third pair is always nice to have. (To be truthful I have about 7 pair – but the other four are a little old fashioned, I think). These new one’s have a pink frame. Tomorrow I can pick them up. I can’t wait.
I really need to get out the sewing machine and get some windmills made.
But I think I will need to control my craving, soon. Yesterday it seemed everyone was back. It was pretty busy on the road. The last couple of weeks, the trip to work took me only 35 minutes. Yesterday, the trip back home took me more then an hour! I will have to recondition myself and read those wonderful blog’s in the evenings or weekends. I can’t tell how long the trip would have taken to the office as I had to go to Haarlem, for a business appointment, in the morning. Normally the trip to Haarlem would have taken 54 minutes (according to TomTom) but it took me more then 1 ½ hours to get there. Yes, the Netherlands is very congested, too congested to my taste. Still it is very enjoyable to see all those ‘happy people’ in their cars. Some are really mad. I'm pretty sure this is the right diagnosis :)
I would love to share all the URL’s I have gathered, as I now have around 81 feeds. Wouldn’t it be great if all the quilt blogger’s could meet each other in real life? I think we would need a very big hall.
Yesterday morning I also got some good advice from Sweet P. I will have to make the table higher when cutting fabric so not to put too much stress on my neck, shoulders and back. Or go and use the kitchen counter, I hadn’t thought of that. But I’ve gathered lots of handy kitchen gadgets over the years and there is an excessive accumulation of stuff on my counter. I think I will have to be creative and think of something to make the table a little higher. Buying a new table is not a option as when I sit behind the table to sew it is on the right height.
Happy stitching everyone.
Sunday, 19 August 2007
Besides it being tedious, it is boring and bad for my back and neck. I can’t find the right position to stand or sit. Yes, I’m complaining!
Luckily I only have to cut another 5 blocks!
The cutting was made a little easier by having Bette Midler in the background. Her CD ‘Experience the Divine Bette Midler’ gets me swinging and back into a happy mood.
This morning I ordered a Sewing Machine Trolley online. Sadly, the trolley I wanted to order at my local Quilt Shop was too small and a larger one was unavailable. But luckily we get nearly everything online these days. The only thing you need is a little patience and search competence. I just hope I will have it before the 12th of September. I need to take the sewing machine to the course I’m following that day and the trolley will come in real handy.
Yesterday I went to the ‘Apenheul’ in Apeldoorn.
We saw some squirrel monkeys and met the new gorilla who hopefully will become the leader of the pack. After having a great afternoon with my mum, sister and her kids, I must admit I went to bed early. It was so tiring. Yes, I don’t have any kids! The other reason, I went to bed early, was that I was up since 4 am. I couldn’t sleep because of the excitement, probably :)
After an afternoon with the kids at the zoo, I understand when my sister, once again, complains on how tiring parenting is.
Photo 1 - My mum and sister ; Photo 2 - Me and Tess ; Photo 3 - a squirrel monkey, isn't he cute?
Photo 1 - Zoë with a squirel monkey; Photo 2 - the gorilla's
I will get another practice session with the kids soon. The ''girls'' are thinking of taking a little vacation together. My brother-in-law and JW are not invited :). But I expect they will enjoy themselves and are a little glad for some quietness and a long weekend alone.
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As you can see I have a very low scrabble score. Still I do like my name, nice and simple. It is also nice to see that there are other Helen's who are blogging and quilting. This Helen is a little more creative then me! I haven't come across another Helen in the Netherlands, yet. Does anyone know of an other Helen who is also into quilting?
Yes, I have now 71 feeds on my Bloglines! Bloglines is a great way to keep up with everyone. The only negative - you don't see the nice blogs. Some people have put a lot of effort into making a creative, inspirational, nice weblog. Some are also able to express themselves in a nice way. Really good writers. Everyday I have a little peek on Bloglines to read and catch up with everyone.
Saturday, 18 August 2007
Donna from Chookyblue has been helping me to get my profile in Blogger arranged a little more effectively/efficiently. Now when I leave a message/comment behind on a blog the blog-administrator, my new inspirational quilt friends, can send an e-mail back to me, without too much effort.
A couple of weeks ago she initiated a Secret Santa Christmas Swap. The response was amazing. Eighty people are participating. Can’t wait to see what everyone has made. I was very tempted to enter but I resisted the temptation. I’m too busy with my day job (work). A couple of months ago I got a new job and it still drains a lot of energy out of me. I’m supposed to only work 40 hours but usually this is a little more (and I’m not including travelling time). Most of the time, there is not much time left in the evenings to do any quilting.
Another reason for declining to participate is that Christmas is really nearby. Only another 129 days! Maybe next year :)
Yesterday I promised my sister, Miranda, I would finish Zoë’s Quilt before Christmas. In the next couple of months I have a lot to do:
- Finish the star quilt (only 7 blocks to go!) and Zoë’s Quilt.
- Start on the Mariner’s Compass Quilt and the quilt-embroidery sampler.
- Make a BOM-design for the Home and Garden Quilt project, an initiative of three participants of the ‘’crazy quilters’’. Needs to be finished January 2008
- Start on the Home and Garden Quilt (the first two BOM’s have been designed)
Yesterday, I received the two quilt-embroidery samplers I ordered. They look great. It is really nice to get little gifts through the post. This morning I will quickly drive to Putten to buy some tread and non glued interfacing (for the Crappy Cabins). I need to be back on time as my mum, sister and my lovely nieces are coming for a visit.
By the way - the Home and Garden Quilt project consists of 9 blocks. Every month some one enters their design. Every block has to use an element from the previous block design. For example, when the first designer used flowers, then the next designer incorporates this into her block-design. The third designer uses something different from the previous block-designer (designer 2), etc. In a years time we will have 9 quilts with the same design, but they will all most likely be made from different fabrics and have a different colour scheme. Every block is 40x40 cm. The total size of the quilt (without borders) is 120x120 cm.
I'm really curious what the outcome will be! We won't know till next year, april!!!
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Melly&Me have even posted a tutorial on how to make the Scrappy Cabin. I think I might need to buy some non glued interfacing so that I can start to make some Scrappy Cabins this weekend.
I also received a letter in the post (snail mail) from the lady who has the pattern for the quilt sampler I saw last weekend. I’ve just ordered the pattern and hope to receive it some time next week. I think it will look great in a picture frame. I intend to put it on the sideboard in the hall. But we first need to buy the sideboard (I'm smiling now). This isn’t in the plans for the near future as I’m saving up for an antique one. I’ll have plenty of time to finish the sampler.
When I opened Outlook I found an e-mail from Crownstitches letting me know I’ll be receiving the quilt-embroidery samplers tomorrow. These are the one's I ordered some time ago, but there was a slight delay as I typed in the wrong banknumber. Silly (stupid) me!
I’m going to have a very busy autumn. I’ll have to put off my plans to make the Dear Jane quilt. It will remain a dream for a little while longer.
I also love the Tilda Hus patterns. She is a Danish designer. If anyone knows her website address, please inform me.
I think I might use these techniques on Zoë’s quilt. As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I will also make some yo-yo’s. Now, I only have to find some time.
But back onto the subject, aren’t these nice colours? And isn’t the box cute?
Can’t wait to get started, but I have to learn first! Next week Wednesday I will get some instructions. It seems to be easy. I’ll let you know.
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
- Quilt kelder in Putten at Stoffen & Baby Studio - open house on the 1st of september
- Quiltpalace in Staphorst - open house on the 18th of augustus
Sorry, these are Dutch sites! This is information for my dutch readers :)
The Dutch are very focused on appearances. Everything needs to be clean and tidy. Sadly one of our neighbours wasn’t so impressed with how we cleared the overgrown plants, so he decided to clear some plants himself (even though they are growing on our side of the wall). It surprised me every time again how little effort people put into communicating. Is it so hard to ask? Now we had to clean up the mess he made and my evening was a little spoilt.
I did no patchwork yesterday as we wanted to thank the PIL’s. We treated them on a Chinese diner. It tasted pretty good!
Sunday, 12 August 2007
Garderen is a small village in the province of Gelderland and is located in the forests of the Veluwe, on the western border. The Veluwe is a forest-rich ridge of hills in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. The Veluwe features many different landscapes including woodland, heath, some small lakes and Europe's largest sand drifts.
At the end of November I’ll be doing a workshop with Henny, to learn to make the winter calendar. See the snowman quilt on the left of the picture with hearts. You can remove the middle and put up another season, like a little quilt of spring.