Saturday, 28 February 2009


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Here is an impression of our backyard. We have finally got grass!

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Now we only have to wait for spring.

It is busy in my head

Sometimes ‘things’ take up too much of your time that they effect those things you enjoy. I’m having a hard time deciding what to do. So I’ve decided to avoid the issue for a while. I’ve got some  serious quilting issues, and as a result I just don’t feel like quilting. I hope to get some insight this weekend how to solve the problem. Some people quilt to figure things out, others can’t pick up the needle. I’m one of the last types.

Luckily I have an other distraction. I have 3 great work-related projects. They are challenging but I’m seeing the effects of my efforts. I’m even being complimented on a job well done. It is pretty time consuming, but I’m really enjoying myself.

However the time has come to make a decision, I can no longer avoid the quilting issue. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I hope nothing is distracting you from quilting!

PS I would love to make this quilt

To read more visit Quilt it & Dotty. Love the applecore quilt. For instructions visit this site.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Couldn’t resist

I ordered these CD’s a while ago. Before Christmas! Last week the postman delivered them. I’m pretty happy. You can find these CD’s in my car.  Nice easy listening.

Bourke to Beaconsfield


Land of the Getaway CD

Thursday, 12 February 2009


This week men have been working in our garden. We got ourselves a new terrace and 3 linden, to replace the tree that we removed last summer. We also leveled the garden. Coming summer we can actually sit on the grass and not fall out of the chair because of the slight slope.


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We were kind of hoping that it would be warm enough to lay down the grass this week. Sadly, we have to wait a while. It looks a little bare at the moment, I can’t wait till spring! If all is well we will have a small lawn half March. 

Now you know what I did during my little holiday at home. Watched men work!!


This week I’m having a holiday at home! The reason; someone has to be home while the backyard is being upgraded. Yesterday and today I spent sometime making a pincushion. This was my quality time.

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The end result

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By the way, I’m not the only one who made a pincushion for her vintage thread reel! This is the end result of Marja’s pincushion:


Tuesday, 10 February 2009

This is the countryside around Earnewâld!!







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An impression of our quilt retreat

We arrived Friday afternoon. Some of us first went to the Fries Museum to see the exhibit. Jannie made a delicious ‘stampot boerenkool’ for us in the evening.

Saturday we all went to the Fries Museum. In the afternoon I made a quick visit to the ER. I had an allergic reaction to the dust and mite during the previous night. I was wheezing and short of breath. As I didn’t want to experience that again I went to the ER. After a quick check-up, the doctor subscribed some medication. That gave some relief.

When we all got home late in the afternoon, we unpacked our quilt stuff and worked on our feathered star quilts. We had planned to go out for dinner but decided at the last moment to cook our own. Jannie prepared another nice meal. She made ‘nasi’ for us.

Sunday we stayed in our little house working on our projects. Matty has finished her quilt top!! The rest of us are making progress, but aren’t as far.

I made ‘erwtensoep’ for our Sunday meal. Erwtensoep is a green split-pea soup,  traditionally eaten in the winter, as it is almost a stew rather than a soup.  It is old traditional Dutch dish that is customarily served with rye bread (roggebrood) and bacon.

We stayed in Earnawâld for the weekend, a small village near Leeuwarden. It is situated in the province of Friesland. Earnawâld is about a 2-hour drive from where I live. Not a long drive. As you may gather the Netherlands is a very small country!! A drive from west to east takes about 2 hours, and a drive from the north to the south is no more than 4 hours. Although we are a small country, we are very diverse in customs, traditions and landscape. It always amazes me how different every providence is. If you have the chance, please go and visit Friesland.

To get an impression of our retreat, I’ve posted another slideshow:

Received another issue of Quilter’s Home!


QH is a quilters magazine you definitely need to read. If you like reading about quilting then this is definitely the magazine to read. Last Thursday my February issue was delivered. Mark Lipinski, the picture says it all. I love his writing style, I’m a little envious to be truthful!! His "Tell-It-Like-It-Is" articles keeps me in stitches! Do read ‘Mark my word’ in the February issue of QH. Don’t we all suffer of ‘'wishing well-itis’??  But the message is: stop wishing and start doing.

I will continue my subscription. Can’t wait to receive my April/May issue.

Part two – ‘Quilts – Art with a Q’

Some of the photo’s are a little dark in the slideshow, sorry about that, but I wasn’t allowed to use my flashlight.

We had a lovely time and saw some amazing quilts. I especially like the antique ones!!

We also bought lots of books at the museum and at the Quilters Kabinet. I don’t expect that people think quilters are able to spend so much money.

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If you happen to be in the neighborhood, please pop in for a visit. The exposition is not as big as I thought it would be but it is definitely worth the visit.