Saturday, 29 March 2008

Away searching for the sun

Going to Spain searching for the sun.

Back in a bit!

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Easter Monday

This is what we woke up to. It really snowed.






We are having a white easter. Can you believe this? I mean it is spring!! Maybe we should change the tekst of ''I'm dreaming of a white....Easter.'' We don't have that many white Christmases over here in the Netherlands. We do however have white Easters
Tuesday we got more snow. While nearly all of Holland was confronted with long traffic jams (more than 840 km) I was able to travel north as I had to give a presentation. On the otherside of the road everyone was standing still all the way to Meppel. Boy was I happy that I didn't have to go the office.
On the way back I however was hit by a small snow storm. It was pretty scary, as everyone hit the brakes. Luckily no mishaps like crashes.

Sunday, 23 March 2008

The star quilt is sandwiched!!

In 7 ½ hours we sandwiched the whole quilt! I’m so impressed. The only thing that is a little sore is my finger. I hope the others don’t have any aches or pains.
I’m also really glad that I had some help. Marja, Matty and Tonny really did a terrific job. We first laid out the quilt on Thursday evening, getting lots of help and instructions from Aagje, our quilt teacher. Friday morning we were able to start off straightaway. I had a basket full of goodies and Marja had a can of coffee with her. As we hadn’t expected that we would be able to get coffee and tea in the quilt cellar. How wrong we were. Riek, the owner of the LQS had made us some coffee and tea.
Boy, are we having some bad weather today. Luckily we didn’t notice, working in a cellar.
Around lunch we had sandwiched the first half. As the shop closed between 12.30 am en 1.30 pm, we found a nice little restaurant to have some soup. We were not dressed for this little excursion; it was pretty cold and wet. Yes, it was snowing. Can you believe this? Today being the first day of spring, I really hadn’t expected any snow. The soup warmed us up and before we knew it was 1.30 pm. As Matty had another appointment, the three of us continued with the other half of the quilt.



I’ve had some mishaps with this quilt. I somehow never buy enough fabric. So before laying out the other half, I had to sew some extra fabric onto the backing. This was a relatively easy job. We then stretched the backing onto the table and then stretched the cotton batting and last but not least we stretched the quilt top on top of these layers.
As you can see in the photos it wasn’t always easy sandwiching the quilt. Luckily Tonny and Marja still have very flexible bodies. As you can see they sat on the table to do some of the sandwiching. Not an easy position to be in, but they didn’t seem to be bothered.
After a long day I can say it is finished. And doesn’t it look good?

Happy Easter

This was our Easter breakfast.

Hope you have a great Easter.

Friday, 21 March 2008

I'm away sandwiching

The day has finally come! I'm away sandwiching my Star quilt. I'm kind of hoping we will get it finished in one day. In a little while a small team of fellow quilters will be helping me to achieve this goal.
Hopefully I will be able to show you the finished result soon. Another slide show?


Happy Easter

Helen

Sunday, 16 March 2008

week 11 2008

Very uneventful week except for the weather alarm we had and the quilting bee last Thursday.

There was a storm brewing but at hindsight I think the weather alarm had more affect than the storm itself. At a certain point the wind was really blowing but to say that it hindered lots of people or disturb our nature, I have to say we weren’t much affected. Still it is always pretty exciting when you hear there is a storm coming.

Thursday we had our bee again. Nearly everyone was there, except Matty and Jacqueline.
It was at Marja’s house this time. As Tonny and I were a little early Marja showed us all here finished projects. I’ve made another slide slow for you to enjoy.




Tonny has been busy as well. Her ‘Holly Hobby 12-month quilt’ is coming along nicely. She found another bee, so she can work on this quilt. She is so lucky to have some more free time. As she usually only works night shifts, she has some extra time off throughout the week. And during the night shifts, she is able to do a lot of quilting as well. Am I a little jealous? Sadly I can’t take my hobby to work.
Tonny as usual couldn’t contain herself. In the last fortnight she has made a quilted and pocketed pouch that rolls up and a pouch where you can put in your cotton spools and other sewing essentials.

Janny’s Star quilt is coming along nicely. She did hers with pink and purple fabrics. She is a little further along than I am as you can see, she is quilting her top.
Coming Friday I’m going to sandwich my quilt and will be finally able to start quilting as well. Last Thursday I continued working on my compass quilt. The windows are now sewn on!

Last Thursday I have to admit my work and hobby did meet. After giving a presentation I happened to come across this hand-stitch and quilt exposition in Vorden. The name of this exposition was ‘The power of quilts’. It looked great. I popped my head through the door to have a quick peek. Sadly I had no time to have a good look, as I had another meeting in Amsterdam. Otherwise I would definitely have bought a ticket to view the works a little closer. Luckily I will be going to Rijswijk on the 29th of March. The 5th annual ‘Patchwork & Quilt days’ show will then be held.

Yesterday, Saturday, it was great weather, not like today, rain, rain, and more rain. But still this is good for the garden. Yesterday we planted some shrubs to hide the fence. In another year they will have grown to the size I want. Slowly the backyard is turning into a garden I like. I prefer it a little greener as I would like to hide the fact we live in suburbia. One day I hope to live in a more rural area.

Oeps, as the week was so uneventful I didn’t work on my 365 challenge quilt. I made no notations in my journal. I’ll have to do a memory search to fill in the gaps.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Quilt give-away

Thanks to Jackie from Canton Village Quilt Works I found this site where there is a quilt being given away. I would love to give this quilt a nice home so in order to win I have to promote the giveaway. To get additional points I have to post a blog entry with the quilt give-away graphic and put the give-away graphic in my blog sidebar. Well that is easy to achieve. You can join in by visiting Dana’s blog ‘Old Red Barn’. But don’t make too much effort to advertise as I would really like to win

Not much has been happening

Last week was a very uneventful week with regard to quilting! So there is not much to write about! But as some people I know get concerned and have withdrawal symptoms, I thought I would make an attempt to write something.

Friday I went to the LQS and bought the fabric for the backing of my Star quilt. After contemplating on which colour to use I chose black. It is not very original I must say, but as not many people will see the back side I think I made a wise choice. This way you will also see the quilting, as I’m thinking of quilting the Star quilt with the colours that are in the top. I won’t be quilting with black or white thread. I also bought the cotton batting.
When I got home I washed the black fabric (this morning I ironed it). I won’t wash the cotton batting as I like the antique look that appears once the quilt is washed. On Good Friday I will be sandwiching the quilt with some of my quilt buddies. I’m kind of hoping we will get it done in one day.

Yesterday I went shopping with my mum. Yes, I went to Germany again. It was a three hour drive up to Leer. I bought some white jeans. You must think it is a little strange to drive all the way to Leer for some jeans. Well the reason is this shop has jeans in their range that actually fits me just right. I don’t have to make any modifications because of my big but and thighs and small waist. Sadly I have this very feminine shaped body, which lots of designers don’t cater for. I also bought a nice pastel coloured summer jumper and a blue t-shirt.
As the pink trousers turned out very well, I’m thinking of sewing another pair and maybe even try my hand at making a skirt. My LQS has some beautiful summer fabrics for cloth making.

Last Thursday I went to a congress. One of the speakers was very inspirational. Social sciences and health psychology is an interesting field indeed. Qualitative research is also very interesting. It is always interesting to ask ourselves what counts as evidence and is this research true for me, in my setting? I think I should call myself a researcher as I like to search or investigate things exhaustively. Besides social sciences and health psychology I have some interest in quilting (lol). I really love books on quilt history.
As I didn’t want to bother with traffic congestion early in the morning I booked a hotel for Wednesday night. My colleague and I drove down to Veldhoven after work. We built up our stand (for promotional purposes) and then went to our rooms for a good sleep. Sadly I never sleep that well the first night in a strange bed. But I did wake up well rested and even had a sleep in. The alarm didn’t go off till 6.30 am (normally I wake up at 5.30 am).

Coming week I’m going to finish piecing the last corner of my star quilt top. And maybe even continue with my Compass quilt.
Love is being...
together

Friday, 7 March 2008

Pink trousers!!

Last week I started sewing myself a new pair of trousers. Or shall we call them pants? I cut up my old white trousers and copied the pattern. It took me all Friday to sew all the parts together and early this morning I finished sewing the border.

That explains the sleepy look I have. It is definitely not one of my better photos, but I thought I would share with you the finished result.
Not bad for a first attempt. I haven’t sewed my own clothes for donkey years.

Sunday, 2 March 2008

SSSSSlideshow

Getting the slideshow into my post took some effort. It wasn't a easy task. After some brain gymnastics I called in some help. Yes, I gave up!! Luckily hubby has some skills that I don’t possess. He was able to figure out that a HTML code was missing. After some retries, ‘we’ were able to get the slideshow in the post the way I wanted to. I hope you enjoyed the slideshow as much as I enjoyed our day.

Den Haag

The whole group, with the exception of Jacqueline, went to Den Haag. We visited Caroline in her new place of residence. We met up at our LQS and drove to Den Haag. This is a 90 minute drive. For those living in the Netherlands, this is a long drive. For those who have never been to the Netherlands we have covered about half of this country. From east to west it is a 3 hour drive and from north to south is about 4 1/2 hour drive. Now you know how small Holland is!!
When we arrived at Caroline’s we were welcomed with some coffee and cake. According to Caroline this was low cal and healthy cake (lol). Since when are cakes low cal???
She has this beautiful quilt room (annex, dining room). We had a little show and tell. We also did some catching up as we hadn’t seen Caroline for some time. But last not least, we all had a look in the magazines Caroline had got from a friend who lives in the states. Why are our quilt magazines so expensive, why do we have so few?
By the way, did you know that Caroline is going to Seattle in the fall? Isn’t she lucky? Visiting all these quilting malls! I don’t even want to think about what she will be taking back to the Netherlands.
We walked into town. Our first stop was her new LQS (the Quilters Palet). It is funny when people recognize you from your blog. Evy has a great quilt shop. Too bad it isn’t around the corner. She had some nice quilts on display. After our rather long visit, hopefully Evy didn’t mind that we nearly took the shop over; we continued our walk to the bookstore.
Naturally we first had some lunch. Some of us bought some quilt books at the bookstore. That was our main aim, but I bought a book on coffee (the history of coffee). After visiting the bookstore we walked to the tram. At a certain point we were lost (only for a couple of minutes). Caroline doesn’t know Den Haag that well yet! But we found the tram. The tram took us back home to Caroline's place.
After a great day, although we did no quilting, we all went home. I was pretty tired but very content.


See the slideshow of our day out...