Oeps, the border was too short. I had to extend the border. Not an easy task considering the pattern of the border.
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Last Thursday we had our once monthly quilt class. I showed my Star quilt and everyone was very impressed.
Here are some pictures of works from two other quilters in my class. These are the compass blocks that Janny and Joke made.
By the way, I finished reading ‘the quilter’s homecoming’ (by Jennifer Chiaverini) last night.
Thursday, 21 February 2008
By the way lets not think of how many hours have gone in producing this top and definitely not even contemplate on how many meters of hand piecing I have done.
Here you see me hand piecing. I’m nearly done, only about 30 cm’s to go. Hubby couldn’t contain himself; he had to make a photo. It is a nice site, seeing me there sitting underneath this huge quilt top.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
My entry was: ‘when I visit Australia I would love to see..... the dolphins surfing the waves at sunset at North Durras beach, and seeing the kangaroos roaming behind me. I’ll be sitting on the beach enjoying the peace and quiet and feeling very happy and content. This is what Australia day means to me.
Feeling a little homesick all of a sudden!’
I might not have been the winner but second best is just as good. Soon after leaving a comment I received this lovely e-mail ‘Now lets do a little something about that homesickness....what can I send you that you just can't get in your supermarket over there that you miss from here. ………….. I am happy to add a pattern from my range too’. And look what has arrived.
I got violet crumble and a chocolate bar with macadamia nuts ;) Catharine even added one of her patterns ‘’Christmas Allsorts’’. It is going to be fun making this bag. This bag involves patchwork, appliqué, quilting and stitcheries. Isn’t this a great present?
If you have some time on your hands, do visit her blog. She has a wonderful site, it is a great read. But I admire her the most for the wonderful pictures she takes and her passion for old things.
But this is not all that has arrived.
I feel very content at the moment.
Sunday, 17 February 2008
Hubby is pretty tall (nearly 1.90) and even when he used the ladder we were still unable to get the quilt in the one photo shot. We had to take two.
In the first picture you see the left side.
All three were romantic movies. ‘The painted veil’ is a slow-moving, deep and emotionally stirring film situated in China. A good romantic tear jerker. The tears rolled down my face at the end of the movie.
It was nice to see Russel Crowe again, but now in a romantic comedy. I loved the English and France romance which developed in a really beautiful situated chateau in the Provence. Hum, guess where I would love to be now.
‘Away from her’ was also a teary film. It is about a man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease. This film was nearly as good as the Notebook (Nicolas Sparks).
I think I will be able to finish putting the fourth (and last) border on before Thursday. And then, I will have finished the top!!
You Are a Question Mark
You seek knowledge and insight in every form possible. You love learning.
And while you know a lot, you don't act like a know it all. You're open to learning you're wrong.
You ask a lot of questions, collect a lot of data, and always dig deep to find out more.
You're naturally curious and inquisitive. You jump to ask a question when the opportunity arises.
Your friends see you as interesting, insightful, and thought provoking.
(But they're not always up for the intense inquisitions that you love!)
You excel in: Higher education
You get along best with: The Comma
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Monday, 11 February 2008
One of the borders, inclusive the sashing has been placed! Yes, I hand pieced 2 x 2.20 metres. I only have three sides to go and then the quilt top will be finished. Wouldn’t it be nice if I completed the top by next week Thursday? I then have another class at my LQS. My teacher can help me with the corners.
Happy quilting this week, Helen
Sunday, 10 February 2008
Saturday, 9 February 2008
The rules of the meme are:
1. When tagged, place the name of the person and URL on your blog
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Write 7 things about yourself
4. Name 7 of your favourite weblogs
5. Send an e-mail letting those bloggers know they have been tagged
Well here I go (again):
1. Living arrangements
I live in the middle of the Netherlands with my hubby. I was born in the Netherlands but travelled the world with my parents. We lived in Cyprus, Greece and Niger. During my forming years I lived in Australia. We moved to Australia when I just turned nine. First lived in Melbourne, but we soon moved to Sydney. Fifth grade in Cronulla, 6th grade in Oyster Bay, and thereafter I went to Gymea High. We lived in Kareela. See this google map of the Sutherland Shire.
Grotere kaart weergeven
I moved back to the Netherlands after doing my HSC.
I’ve moved a couple of times in Holland, but never as much as I did with my parents.
I have a PhD in Health Sciences and I’m also a registered nurse. I now work for a consultancy firm and do mostly research in the area of Healthcare.
3. Favourite food/drink
I love my coffee, especially the brew that comes out of my Espresso machine. I also like Thai, but you can get me out of bed for a full roast diner. The old Dutch traditional meals like, hutspot, boerenkool, erwtensoep or rodekool met hachee aren’t bad either. These are hearty winter meals.
4. Morning or evening person?
I’m a morning person. It doesn’t matter what time you wake me in the morning, I’m fresh, alert, talkative, and ready to start my day. However don’t wake me up late in the evening. Then you we see me in a bad mood.
5. Since when have you been quilting?
Started 3 years ago. Or to be truthful I picked it up again. I did some quilting about 10 years ago, but my PhD got in the way. At the moment I’ve got a lot of WIPs as I love big quilts. And, as you know they do take some time to complete when you piece, sandwich and quilt the by hand.
I especially love antique quilts.
I have two cats: Charlie and Teddy
I love going to Britain, although it looks nothing like Australia, it kind of feels like home. The Lake District and Wales are particularly nice areas, although Devon isn’t bad either. Living in Europe gives one lots of opportunities to experience different cultures. I’m looking forward to the trip to Spain, especially Andalusia. I understand I’ll have plenty of input for future quilts because of the relics of medieval Islamic Spain.
I love the world of blogging. I’ve met so many nice people and I love reading about your quilt related activities. You are all so creative and busy bees. The quilt community is very international and I’m glad I’ve joined.
Here are 7 people I have tagged. It would be nice if you would continue this meme, but if you rather not don’t worry about it.
Ruth, Anne Marie, Hanne, Jackie, Kathie, Catherine, and Annelies,
If you want to join in, don’t be shy. I would love to know more about you. Request, please send me an email when you post your meme, I don’t want to miss it.
Friday, 8 February 2008
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
To subdue feelings of homesickness I bought another couple of books from the Australian Outback Saga. I nearly have the whole series now. I’m going to have enough to read on my holidays.
Yesterday evening we had our quilting bee. For those who read this blog regularly know that this is unusual. Normally we meet on Thursday evenings and not on Tuesday evenings. It was a small group this time, but we had a nice and productive time.
In the above photo you see the progress of my ''compass and house'' quilt. This house applique will be surrounded by compasses. Still have a lot to do!!
Monday, 4 February 2008
Sunday, 3 February 2008
I hear a voice it's calling
It's time for me to go,
Just which road i'm travelling
I guess i just don't know.
I have no fear of shadows
or what perhaps i'll find,
My sadness is for those I love
that I must leave behind.
He tell me that he loves me so
and this I realise,
I see his heart is breaking
when I look into his eyes.
You've given me much more my love
then ever I deserve,
I've loved you with all my heart
held nothing in reserve.
To you my darling children
I thank you for your love
I'll be watching over you ,
when I'm with god above.
Please recall my darlings
the good times not the bad,
Use your love for comforting
when ever you feel sad.
To all the many friends I've known
I thank you one and all,
Please give comfort to the ones
that I love most of all.
Now a voice is calling me
and soon I shall depart,
To you all I wish to give
all the love that's in my heart.
I'm praying that a family member will pass away soon. He has been in coma now for about 5 weeks. It has been diagnosed that he is clinically brain dead. I'm sure he would prefer to be in heaven. It is time to say good bye.
So this is how I spent my saturday and sunday. Thinking, thinking and writing my ideas down.
Last week I quickly popped into this store and bought these ..
Do you like them? I think they look very neat on our sideboard in the hallway.
The orchids I usually have standing on our dining table have withered away and needed to be replaced. I bought this huge pot with this plant. I think it looks pretty good. In the background you see part of our garden. It is really winter here, but slowly you can see things starting to grow.
Here you see some little snowdrops trying to make an effort. I also planted grape hyacinth
(= Muscari botryoides) and white narcissusses.
Yesterday and today I spent most of my time in my study. This is how it looks. I like my study. The only thing it needs is a comfy chair (but I don't have enough room). And, to be truthfull the wires need to be worked away. What a mess underneath my desk. The table near the red wall is my quilting table. It is pretty tidy I think.