Tuesday, 30 October 2007
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I thought it would still be a little light when I leave for work, now we have winter time. Reality, I see the sunrise while sitting in the car in my daily traffic jam. It is also pretty dark when I get home. Sitting in my car in a traffic jam while it is dark is a new experience, I'm loving it :)
Some of my readers live in the southern hemisphere. You guys are so lucky the summer is coming. Yes, I’m a little jealous although I do have to admit I like the different seasons we have here up north. I like autumn and winter but I love spring and summer.
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Today I had a nice walk in the woods with a good friend. Autumn is really here as you can see.
Saturday, 27 October 2007
I also bought some new fabrics, as early this morning I thought of a new project. Last year I taped two pieces of wood together to make a portfolio case. I use this portfolio for my finished blocks. This way they are nicely tucked away together, and it works like a press. Even though it is a very practical thing, it just doesn’t look very nice. I’m thinking of making a cover for the case. Do you like the fabric I have chosen?
At this moment the fabrics are hanging to dry after being washed.
On the way back home I saw a squirrel! I haven’t seen one in the Netherlands, ever. And this one was far away from the woods. This little squirrel was visiting a place not far from where I live, only a couple of streets away. Wow, I love squirrels. They make me feel happy.
I might take up a new challenge!! I'll let you know soon what it is :)
Friday, 26 October 2007
Sunday, 21 October 2007
The end result is not bad. But I do have to admit, I need a little more practise with the sewing machine.
I’ve had some light problems. Now it is getting dark early it is hard to work in my study. I just haven’t got enough light! Then I thought of JW’s old lamp standing in the attic. Well, it is back down stairs and I have all the light I need. It isn’t as ugly as I thought it was (that is why it originally was moved to the attic, by me) I won’t need to buy a new lamp! My light problems are fixed. Haven’t I been environment friendly this weekend? This is recycling, or isn’t it? By the way, the needlecase isn’t completely finished; need to put on some buttons.
The restaurant in de shop had somehow disappeared, so we walked into the town for some lunch, and there I saw this great bag in this shop which had lots and lots of bags. I really wanted it, but I didn’t really need it. So we left the shop to find us some lunch. Just imagining that I might never find such a bag again, I convinced JW to go back. I bought the bag, thank …. it was still there.
It always amazes me that most Germans still pay in cash. I had some difficulties swiping my bankcard. We had to try three times before we had a connection with the bank. Most shops don’t even except credit card. Why this is, I don’t know. Going to the cash-machine was a little too much of a bother. The bag was packed very nicely and of we went back home to the Netherlands.
Well here are some pictures of the bag and look what you can put in it.
Saturday, 20 October 2007
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
I thought I better not decline as she might get angry (lol). Another reason - this is the first time I have been tagged, jippie
4 jobs I have had:
- Chambermaid at a hotel
- Shoe sales woman
- Mediator in a hospital
- Researcher, oeps that is five!!
4 films I could watch over and over:
- the bridges of Madison county, Meryl Streep
- Falling in love – with Meryl Streep
- Top Gun – teenage memories
- Sleepless in Seattle – Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
- Pay it Forward – I can’t help myself, again five!
4 TV shows I watch:
- Sisters and brothers
- Men in Trees
- Grey’s Anatomy
- House MD
There is a trend, I like medical/hospital oriented shows ;)
4 places I have lived:
- Cyprus, Limassol
- Greece, Kastri-Athens
- Niger, Zinder
- Australia, Melbourne and Sydney
4 favorite foods:
- any thing Thai
- real curry
- a nicoise salade
4 favorite colors:
- cream / off-white
4 places I’d love to be right now:
- on the beach in Durras (NSW, Australia) at sunset, watching the dolphins’ playing in the surf
- North of Wales, in Gwynedd and Conwy (Snowdonia national park)
- Oxford and Cambridge, love these university towns, can’t choose between them
- Sydney, visiting friends
4 names I love but could/would not use for my children:
If I had children I would love to have given them the following names: Andrew, Eric, Nick, Rose, Tess, Micaela
4 people I’d love to tag with this Meme
Nadine – Friendship Treads
Hanne – Hanne’s Quilt Corner
Catharine – Willow Valley Store
Pink and Barbara
Feel free to do it if you wish, or ignore it if you don’t :o)
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Some of you wanted to know how to make these compasses. I could give a tutorial, but then this would become a very long post. I would advise you to do a workshop or follow a couple of classes. For those who are more inclined on teaching themselves: you can learn a lot by just reading Judy Mathieson’s book – Mariner’s compass quilts. Although, her instructions are for piecing with the sewing machine. The compasses I made are done by hand.
Still, I prefer the face-to-face teaching method. You learn so much more when in class. Difficulties are addressed straight away. Aagje, my quilt teacher, always has a solution.
I was very lucky to have come across this teacher who has taught me many (new) quilting skills. She is also very precise. Her teaching skills have taught me to hand piece with such precision. When doing a 15 by 15 centimetre block, it becomes a necessity to be precise. You can’t afford to be sloppy.
I’m looking forward to making another one. Can’t wait to see the end result, I’m pretty curious how this quilt top will turn out.
For those people who are still curious, most of the effort goes into making the templates, choosing the fabric, cutting the fabric and hand piecing everything together. When piecing everything together, we have learned to first piece a quarter, and then the other quarter, which becomes a half. Repeat this procedure and you get a whole circle compass. This whole process takes about 6 hours. Yes, this is not a typing error. It really takes (me) a lot of time to make this little compass.
I mentioned the needle threader in the previous post. This product is from Clover. The article number is 4055.You can order it at your local quilt shop or order it online. It is a great investment (but not a cheap investment).
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Last week I bought this little tool: the clover desk needle threader. It is great! Threading needles has never been easier. You simply set the needle facing down in the hole, lay the thread across the middle, press the lever and your needle is threaded! Who invented this? Was it a woman or a man? Please tell me it was a woman. Anyway, this tool has made hand piecing a lot more enjoyable (lol).
This compass was a little harder to make as the pieces are so small. As you can image, the block is only 15cm x 15 cm (which is 6 by 6 inches).
Here is Charlie. Cats do find the most unusual places to take a nap.
Saturday, 13 October 2007
All the garden waste was dumped on the drive-way so that it could be removed this morning. We have a friend who has a car with a tow hook. JW and Adri brought it all to the tip with the trailer.
This friend is also very handy with tools and loves using them. Before I knew it, part of our only big tree was sawed off. Here the men are having fun.
Thursday, 11 October 2007
But I’m letting myself be distracted easily. I was reading Tazzie’s blog and saw she was making a tumbler quilt. Naturally I had to ask where she got her tumbler template from. Once I popped the first question I couldn’t help myself and I asked a second. I wanted to know if she knew of the existence of kaleidoscope templates. Blogging is such fun, especially when you get an answer back straight away. Thanks Tazzie for your quick reply.
By the way, does any one have any suggestions for a kaleidoscope quilt? Please send a picture of your finished quilt, as I would appreciate some input for ideas.
I’ve also been chatting with Cathi from Celtic Knots, Ruth from Ruth’s Place (she just has gotten a baby daughter, with a lovely name) and Karol-Ann from Sew much fabric, sew little time, sew true! Visit their blog’s, they are really nice.
Well I better get back to the report.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
We also learned the technique trapunto with the sewing machine. It is a lot less tedious, but I must admit I prefer the hand method.
I really like my new sewing machine, it has a lot of possibilities but after three lessons of machine quilting and learning lots of new techniques, I have to be truthful and say I prefer piecing and quilting by hand. The effect is so much nicer. The only downside, it takes a little more effort and time.
For those who think using the sewing machine is quicker will need to do a lot of persuasion, as at the moment I’m not convinced. Meandering your quilt isn’t quicker then hand quilting. Also it is pretty hard to get the stitches consistent in spacing and scale. I think this is important, otherwise it looks pretty messy. To get the right effect, you need to keep your hands moving at a steady pace and keep a steady pressure on the foot. This takes a lot of coordination skills. Will I ever be able to acquire this high level of precision?
So far, none of the quilts I’ve seen that have been meandered are stitched in such a way that you could say that the stitching is consistent in spacing and scale. So after three lessons, my conclusion is, I will stick with hand piecing and quilting.
According to JW, I’m a wuss. I should show more perseverance! How can I be convinced after only three lessons that hand piecing and quilting is the better of the two?
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
We had a nice swim, we had a short walk (it isn’t easy walking with a stroller and a three year old). Here is part of the family (I’m having a bad hair day) in the heath fields in the western half of the Lüneburg Heath. The Lüneburg Heath (German: Lüneburger Heide) is a region in Lower Saxony in Germany. It covers the area between the cities of Hamburg, Hannover and Bremen.
I had taken a stitchery pattern with me, thinking I would have some time to work on it. Silly me! By the way, it is a pattern of Lynette Anderson – ‘home sweet home’. Hopefully I will find some time to work on it in the next few days.
Thursday, 4 October 2007
When I get back I will tell you all about it.
This afternoon, Jacqueline and I, went to Atelier Bep in Doesburg to buy the fabrics for our Christmas tree quilt. We were greeted with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, making our shopping even nicer.
Tonight we have class. We are going to learn to make another type of compass. I’m a little curious what kind of pattern we will get this time, as I really liked the one I made last weekend.
All you quilters, happy stitching this weekend, I’m taking a little break.
In first instance we both thought I had made too many blocks, a feeling of disappointment and frustration swept over me. This can’t be true! I nearly worked my fingers to the bone last summer. But all became clear once we looked thru the pattern book. A little note was left on one of the backsides of the pattern sheets with my name. We had looked at the wrong pattern. Luckily, we didn’t have to do too much re-measuring and mathematics.
Now I only have to slice all the strips of fabric to make the sashing and piece them between the blocks. I have 4 long strips of 2.45 meters and 4 strips of 1.96 cm, sixteen strips of 30 cm, and another 4 strips of 75 cm. That is a lot of sashing. And let’s not start discussing the border that needs to be fitted afterwards.
I also bought some clothes for my self as I had some time to spare; a skirt, 2 t-shirts and a cardigan. Can wear this to work, but can wear this also when at home, very practical.
Some of my readers left me a message that I don’t post often enough. I hope I make these readers happy with this post.
My friend, Mirjam, and I wanted to celebrate our 20 years of friendship. We met each other on our first working day at the hospital in 1987. We got talking during the introduction program. She was going to start as a midwife and I as a nurse. A lot has happened and changed in those 20 years. She has always been there in good times and bad. She was one of my ''paranifm's '' during my PhD ceremony.
I’ve been a little busy bee. I’ve arrange a Christmas workshop at my home coming december. We are going to make a little Christmas tree quilt. I’ll be serving cakes and coffee and naturally I will also make lunch for the girls. In between, we have lots of time to do some sewing and chatting. We are a chatty bunch of ladies! If any of you have a recipe for an alcohol free Christmas punch, please send me your recipe. I think the ladies will like this.