Sunday, 31 August 2008

Outside lamp

While I was demonstrating making yo-yo’s yesterday, Hubby put up the new outside lamp. It looks pretty neat.

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Another ‘startdag’

Yesterday we had our annual ‘startdag’. Translation = start day. ‘Startdag’  commences the new quilting season. On this day,  those who haven’t done so yet, can sign-up for a class or monthly quilting bee and of course there were ample workshops to sign up for. Usually during the ‘startdag’ demonstrations are given and this time I was asked to demonstrate how to make yo-yo’s. The other 4 ladies showed other techniques. It was a long day but lots of fun. It surprised me how many people asked me to show them how to make yo-yo’s.

Those who visited and wanted to buy fabrics for their quilt projects, found that there was a discount on all fabrics. Riek (the shop owner) was giving a 15% discount on all fabrics. Naturally this was pretty tempting so at the end of the day I bought some fabrics also. When will I find the time to make another quilt? But aren’t these fabrics lovely? I also bought a book and I got a gift as thanks. The gift contained a tape measure, seam ripper, marking pencil, and a box of chocolates. See all the goodies in this picture. As you can see Teddy had to inspect the goodies himself.


To give you an impression of my day, I’ve added a slide show to this post.

Friday, 29 August 2008

Are you going to the quilt exhibit in the Fries museum?

As from the 16th of November you can visit  a quilt exhibition in Leeuwarden at the Fries Museum. I think I might phone my mum and plan a visit up north. She lives pretty near to Leeuwarden  , it is only an hours drive icon_biggrin .

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I might even buy An Moonen’s new book. At the moment the book is being translated to  English, expected publishing date November 2008. The title: Dutch Quilt History, Some Curious Stitched Quilts. You can pre-order on her website.


Another Quilting Bee

Yesterday was the last summer Bee! The Bee was held at Yvon’s house. She lives on a farm and as I was a little early (as usual) I was allowed to inspect the new calves. Two were in the field and one was still in the shed as it was born last night (by caesarian). I also had to take a picture of the geese. Before I knew it, it was time to go inside. The others had arrived.


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As usual we had some nice cakes and biscuits, coffee and bonbons (chocolates).  We did a lot of catching-up, as some of us have been on holidays and others hadn’t seen each other for 14 days!


Again, I have some beautiful works to show you. 

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Thursday, 28 August 2008

Yo-Yo demo

Coming Saturday I’m going to demonstrate how to make yo-yo’s. To show some examples, I needed to do some preparations. Here are some pictures of what I’ve made so far. Yes, I did get some help from my friends.

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My prize has arrived!


Doesn’t it look lovely? If you want to know more about it, please visit Cathy’s blog.

By the way she is organizing another give away celebrating the 10,000 visitor.  If you are one of the winners you can choose any one pattern from her current range (and she has designed some lovely patterns). Very tempting isn’t it? Go and have a look.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

As promised a quilt related post

Today I went to Staphorst, again! I found and bought the fabrics for the feathered star quilt. I also bought 3 little rulers, some dish cloth towels, a ribbon and a new pair of scissors .

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The shop inside.                               The shop outside.

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Everything rapped in paper.             All the goodies I bought.

I had with me a photo of the feathered star quilt with the block patterns that we are going to make during the autumn course. I also had a list with fabric requirements with me.


                                    Close-up of the fabric.

As you can see I am into red, white and blue. Can’t wait to see how the first block turns out. I hope to show you the first block at the end of September.

Another photo of Teddy

The mouse cushion had a tear and the stuffing came out of the hole, so it had to be replaced.   Today I bought Teddy a new cushion, it is a little big but very comfortable. IMG_0836 IMG_0839

I’ll be back

I’m going to do something quilt related today. I'll post about it a little later on.

Teddy wants to take a shower

Since Teddy is by himself, his behavior has become even stranger than before (although he seems to be a lot happier). Since a week, after I have showered, he wants to sit in the wet. Look at him sitting…



Yes, I ran naked through the house to get my camera, hoping he would be still sitting there when I got back. Luckily no one saw me icon_wink .

‘First things first, but not necessarily in that order’.

That is what Doctor Who said!

I’m a very orderly person except when it comes to ordering my paid bills, contracts, bank statements, etc. So last weekend I was a busy girl, arranging the mess I had created the past 3 years. I now have my life in 5 binders. It only took me 10 hours!!

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Friday, 22 August 2008


Sometimes you come across a CD you really want, only to find out that it was hard to get. So I waited a while. Then I heard it again while having a coffee at a friends place. So during a casual conversation I mention to Hubby that I really would love to have this CD. cdI forgot what I had said, and this week I was reminded again what I had mentioned a while ago. I got the CD as a present! 

The CD contains a combination of jazz and pop by a Dutch musician. Go and have a look and listen to  Wouter Hamel.


I hope you like the CD as much as I do. Hubby thanks for the great gift, I love it.