Thursday, 31 January 2008

Feeling less homesick

Last week I felt a little homesick after reading how some of the bloggers celebrated Australia day. I received some uplifting e-mails. There are some others, like me, that really miss the easy-going Aussie attitude and lifestyle. Chooky blue emailed the following ‘you can always come back and visit us......’. That got me thinking. I’ve decided that I’m going to put some money aside for a trip (hubby is laughing – he can’t believe what I'm writing). If all goes well, I think I will have enough saved by February 2010. I think I will also plan a sabbatical then (this means I can stay away for 8 weeks). Just planning and dreaming about this holiday is cheering me up. I already feel less homesick.

Side note: I love living in the Netherlands. But as people who have travelled a lot and have lived in many different countries know, it is hard to pinpoint ‘home’. When in Australia I miss Holland and when in the Netherlands I miss Australia.

So I’m left with this last comment ‘home is where my heart resides’, and at the moment that is Holland.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Australia Day

Yesterday it was Australia day. I’m feeling a little homesick when I read all your blogs. I love the photos some of you posted. I miss the warm sunny weather, the long white beaches, the blob of white that covers so many noses, surfies, the BBQs, the lamb chops and sausages, the rustling gum trees, the rosella's, and so many other things. I wish I was down under to enjoy your long weekend with you.

I think the Australian anthem depicts Australia really well. Hubby downloaded the anthem as a ringtone a long time ago. When my mobile goes off, you can guess what I hear.

''Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage,
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine,
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.''

I’m proud to have been brought up in this country.

Kaleidoscope workshop

Twenty years ago, Mirjam and I met when we started our employment at a university hospital. Yesterday we celebrated our friendship by going to a kaleidoscope workshop together. Yes, she is into quilting as well. How the years have flown by, so many memories, many good and a few not so good. Isn’t it good to take a moment and reflect on the past and conclude you are happy with your life and with the friendships you’ve made?

Yesterday we enjoyed learning how to make a kaleidoscope quilt. There was lots of time for learning new skills and little time for talking, but enough time for laughs and giggles. Tonny, one of the quilters in my bee was there also. So as you can imagine, we had a great day.

List of WISP’s (works in slow progress)
- Star quilt (2.4m x 2.4m)
- Compass and house quilt (1.6m x 1.6m)
- Zoë’s quilt (1.5m x 1.2m)
- 365 challenge quilt (2m x 2m)
- Red and white kaleidoscope (2m x 1.80m)

Last week I had little time for quilting as I went up north to my mum. Thursday was her birthday. She was really happy with her deckchair and handbag. These were our gifts for her. The whole family pitches in (yes, my sister, brother in law, hubby and I).

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Feeling a little under the weather

This afternoon I had a visitor. Jacqueline came over as she had a little present for me.
Thursday she mailed me if I was home Saturday as she had a little surprise. For a surprise I will stay home any day! Well guess what I got, yes, a pincushion. I really needed an extra one as my little red pincushion hardly has any room left for my pins. It is amazing how many pins you need for the Star quilt. Here is a picture of the new additions: a little round pincushion and a Lotus pincushion. Thanks Jacqueline for making them. I really appreciate it.

I intended to make one my self but there is no need for that now. I can concentrate on finishing my Star quilt.

I’ve caught some bug again. Feel very tired, my throat hurts and sometimes feel really cold and at other moments I feel hot. I most probably have the flu again. I think I should not go to these big social events anymore, you’re likely to catch something. Last Wednesday I had to go to a New Year's reception, a work related activity. Lots of people were there, who gave me this bug?
I hope I can find the energy to start with the border sashing this evening. Although I might turn in early.

Friday, 18 January 2008

Feeling very pleased with myself

I can’t believe it but the top is nearly finished. Isn't it huge? Only have to piece the borders now.
Going to bed with a smile on my face. I'm feeling very pleased with myself.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Plants give warmth to the hallway

This does look better. View from living room
and view entrance

I'm pretty happy with the sideboard. I couldn't resist going to the nursery for a quick break.

It is that time of the month.

Today I'm working at home. Silly me thought I would be less distracted and able to concentrate on making a presentation for a client. Sadly, I've been on the phone all morning. So know it is time to have a break and have lunch.

Lucky me, the postman just deliverd this
Hopefully I'll be able to finish the presentation this afternoon and three rapports. The magazine might be another distraction I don't need ;)

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Sideboard has arrived!

Our sideboard arrived unexpectedly today. But doesn’t it look great?

Last week I phoned the shop to ask when they expected to deliver it. At that time they couldn’t give an indication, they would phone us. When I got home, this big truck was unloading the sideboard. Luckily hubby was already home and opened the door.
I think someone forgot to phone me!!

It looks a little plain on the photo, but I will remedy that soon. Will buy a nice plant, and that will make all the difference. But I better start cracking and start with those cross stitch patterns I ordered some ago. I think they will look great in a wooden frame on the sideboard.

I couldn’t resist ordering the Haflinger Grizzly Classic clogs I saw on someone’s blog. They are really comfy. This was one wise decision. Don’t they look great? They feel fantastic.

Last weekend I worked on my Star quilt. Nearly all the rows are pieced together. I’ve got one row to go. I think I will get it pieced by this weekend.
I also worked a little on my ‘compass and house’ quilt.

My day job is getting in the way of my quilting :). Another two days and then it will be weekend. As I have not much planned I can spend most of my time piecing the top together. I can’t wait.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Christmas blues

I loved the stitchery 'Christmas Cups' that Christine from Auntie’s Quaint Quilts displayed on her blog. I couldn't contain myself, and ordered some other Christmas stitchery patterns also. I’m going to be prepared for coming Christmas! I ordered the following patterns from Honeysuckle Cottage: A Whimsical Gift, Merry Christmas Stitchery, Christmas Time is Coming and Heart of Christmas. In total I will receive five patterns in the post soon. But I don’t think I will start before our summer is over, that will be some time beginning of October.

Yesterday evening we had our Bee at Matty's place.
It is always nice to get together and enjoy the same things, quilting. As you can see we also enjoyed apple pie. Joke, one of the bee-members, made this for us.

Cream was available but I declined the offer. Apple pie and coffee is good enough for me. It was delicious and very filling. Did I have too much?

Most of us worked on our compass quilts. Like May Britt we want to finish our UFO’s, however most of us have a long way to go. We won’t finish it before the end of January. We need a little more time.

Jacqueline has started on her Silvia’s Bridal Sampler. Here is a picture of the first couple of blocks she has finished. They are looking pretty good. I love the size of the blocks. I think they are 15x15 cm. Very petit.

The trip to Andalusia is nearly completely planned. I still need to find some B&B’s along the way. Did you know that I’ll be driving 2400 kilometres (one way)? It is a long way from my home to Andalusia, but we will be able to do a lot of sight seeing, mum and me. Can’t wait till April and can't wait to see the sun.

Hubby and I have booked a really nice B&B in Wales, we will be staying there for a whole week. This time I knew what I was looking for, as we are visiting the same area as last year. Yes, we are going back to North Wales, and staying in Snowdonia National Park. I expect the weather will be good around June. We always take good weather with us (what ever time of year), so why should this holiday be different :)
It feels good to have booked our holidays. I’m really looking forward to both trips.
Came across this quiz, when reading one of your blogs.

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Saturday, 5 January 2008

Update on Star quilt

Piecing all the rows together is a slow and tedious process, but I'm getting there..
Three rows to go!!

Quilt Attack

The quilt is not yet finished, but it's already Charlie's favourite plaything...

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Problems solved

Thank you for your concern. After posting about my little problem the solution all of a sudden popped into my head. I discussed this with my quilt teacher and she thought it was also the best solution. This morning I went to my local quilt shop and found the fabric. I’m going to replace the fabric. I’m very lucky they still had it in stock. At the moment it is being washed so that I can cut it tomorrow morning. This time I hope I’ll cut it at the right size. Tomorrow is my last day of my vacation and I’m going to put it to good use. In the afternoon a friend is coming over to quilt with me. I hope to post a picture (tomorrow) of the Star quilt with all the rows at the right length.

After visiting my local quilt shop I went to Zutphen as I didn’t buy enough fabric for my ‘365 challenge quilt’. I bought some nice light pink fabric that matches very well with the other fabrics that I bought some time ago. This will also be washed separately a little later in the evening, as I have to wait till the washing machine has finished washing the green fabric for my Star Quilt.

Don’t worry about the leftovers; I’ll be using it for the back of the quilt. This idea was given to me by one of the assistants in Petra Prins’s shop. I naturally told of my little mishap with the Star Quilt. She showed me a quilt where the quilter incorporated the leftovers in the backing. This is a nice solution for keeping your stash low.

All my problems are solved!

By the way, Petra Prins, recognized me as being one of the people who is busy with the ‘365 challenge quilt’. That put a smile on my face. Or does this mean I’m going too often to Zutphen :)

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Small problem for some, but a big problem for me

This evening I finished putting all the blocks together. I have 5 rows now and then I discovered this….
The two middle rows are a little too short. I’ve just mailed my quilt teacher in the hope she has some good advise how I will solve this problem. I was so proud while laying out the rows to take a picture so that you could see the result. Well the moment was short lived. I’m a little sad know. Hope that this problem can be tackled.

As you can see, at least my cat likes what I've made so far.

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Happy New Year!!

I have had a very productive New Years Eve. My Star quilt top is nearly put together. One row to go and then I can put the (5) rows together. Today I will clear up all the Christmas decorations and clean the house (this is our family New Years day tradition).