Sunday, 29 March 2009

Two blocks done

Well as predicted I have finally completed two of the 9 block feathered star quilt.

Here a picture of the backside.


Here is a picture of both blocks


I have to do another one of each, but first will start with another block, the block the will go in the middle of the feathered star quilt. Will show some pictures soon of my continuing progress.

Daylight saving!

We are one of the countries that has DST (Daylight Saving Time). I always thought that this hour shift would takes place at the same time every where, but this is not so. It is most common in the northern latitudes and southern part of Australia.

Well our clock skipped an hour last night. Adding an hour of daylight to my evenings will most likely benefit my quilting.

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However, my body will first have to adjust to the time change. I wake up at 5.20 am every weekday. This will feel like 4.20 for a while. It will take me about a week to adjust, usually. After that, with a little more sun, I will have more energy (compared to winter).

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How does DST effect you?

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Uneventful day

I had all these big plans for today. Was going to do some quilting and was going to a wonderful 'home & garden' decor & accessories store (a mini mall) near my home. I had completely everything prepared. Cleaned the house yesterday afternoon, so no chores that needed to be done today. But out of the blue my body and head said no. I've been sleeping practically all afternoon. I have no energy and feel (still) pretty tired.

While sleeping the postman brought this package. Look what was inside

IMG_2388I'm going to hangout on the couch tonight. Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow as I'm going for a walk with a friend.

Someone I will admire from a distance!!

watched the movie Australia last night.  Since last night I'm asking myself why do I still live in the Netherlands. I miss the Aussie accent and slang. Thankfully I have this movie to dream. I loved The Drover's Ballad and was very surprised when I googled and found out it was song by Elton John. The lyrics is definitely worth listing to. For those who haven't heard it, click on the download from YouTube.

I have been an admirer of George Clooney for a long time, but after seeing this movie I will be admiring Hugh Jackman from afar. Sorry George! Hugh, is a hunky guy. 

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Don't you agree? I guess you do as last year he was chosen as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive of 2008.

I better get back to reality. I think I will do some quilting.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Nearly finished

Well I've been busy this weekend. The block is nearly finished.


Hopefully I will find some time this week to put it together.


Who knows, I can post a picture of two finished blocks next weekend.

The story of the feathered star block

I'm having a lot of trouble putting this feathered star block together. A very observant quilter mailed me last night after I posted a picture of my progress.  What is wrong in this picture?


Well, it took me some time to see it myself (a whole 5 minutes), but this is how is should be.


Do you see the difference? How long did it take you to find my mistake?

So this morning, after finding every excuse not to go and have a look (first did some vacuum cleaning, washed my hair, had breakfast, did my finances). I really didn't want to face my mistake. In hindsight it wasn't as bad as I thought. I found the mistake pretty quickly and fixed it.


If someone see's another mistake, please e-mail me. I guess I'm not that good in puzzles! Well, I will continue on, and show you  my progress later.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Sunshine & spring!!

The garden is coming along nicely. We definitely need more sunshine and warm weather. I'm so happy it is finally spring.

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And my day couldn't get better. This is what the postman brought. IMG_2377 And this:


So I had to choose: shall I do some housework or go and read the magazines and soak up some sun. Guess what I did. Yep, you guessed right.

IMG_2378 Hubby surprised me and took a photo of me, while reading Quilters Home. Why can't it be like this every day?

Making progress

Look at my feathered star block. It is nearly finished!



Last week I watched an movie that was a great inspiration. I also heard this song from John Waller.  I thought I would share this song with you. Hope you like it.


If you are doing some soul searching, this movie might give you some input and let you look at things differently.


Someone tipped me in one of the blogs I read. I'm sorry that I don't remember who this was.  I now have 246 feeds on Bloglines. So as you can imagine, it is a little hard to remember who writes about what. 

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Look what I've been working on


This afternoon my two favorite nieces (my only nieces!) came to visit.  According to their parents I'm doc K and therefore qualified to operate. So I had to operate on Zoë's reindeer. 


Here I'm giving her some stitches in the same colour as her fur. To show off my work, Zoë wanted me to give her pink stitches. Luckily I had some DMC thread in that colour. She went home all fixed (better).

My rainbow looks like this


Your rainbow is shaded white.


What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate quiet moments. People depend on you to make them feel secure.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Saturday, 14 March 2009

My new car!!

I would really love to own this car one day. Naturally it should have another colour. If I ever get one, it will be black. This is the Toyota Sequoia. If you have been watching Prison Break you will have seen it.



But I will most like never get one as it is not sold in the Netherlands sad0083_smiley

So therefore I will most probably get this one!!



Naturally, my QashQai will be black!!  Like the one underneath.


Hopefully it will get here around June webpeople-smiley-01

Quilt lessons - more feathered star blocks

In the following slideshow you can see our progress.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Fiets-groep

I better get some work done this afternoon, as I'm way behind, as you can see in this slideshow. I only have 1,5 block done! The others nearly 6 or 7!!  I only need to make another 7! As this quilt will contain 9 feathered star blocks when done. Guess what I'm going to do now?

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Hello quilters, and others who like reading my blog,

Last weekend I went to Willebadessen with my mum. Where is Grotere kaart weergeven'>Willebadessen, you ask, in Germany near Grotere kaart weergeven'>Paderborn.

We left on a real rainy day. There was lots of traffic on the road and because they have no ZOAB over there , vision was terrible, you couldn't see further then 30 meters. Travelling became a little dangerous! And after a 5 hour drive, I was pretty tired! According to the travelling guild it should only take 3,5 hours. Well it took us a little longer. We arrived around 3 pm at the hotel. Fifty percent were Dutch and the other 50 percent were Germans.

We had booked an wellness package. This meant that we could go Nordic walking. Saturday, when we woke up the weather hadn't really improved so we decided to go to Paderborn. We didn't feeling like getting our shoes wet. Paderborn, if you are in the neighborhood, is definitely worth visiting. To give an impression I've posted an slideshow.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Paderborn


Paderborn is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia. It was once the oldest academic site in Westphalia. In 1614, a university was founded by Jesuits but was closed in 1819. It was re-founded in 1972 and became a sole university in 2002.  Paderborn is an old city. Really old. Paderborn was founded as a bishopric by Charlemagne in 795 AD.  The Paderborn Cathedral is also pretty old. The cathedral was pretty impressive inside, as you can see in the slideshow. The cathedral also has a crypt, which we didn't see.  The western tower is from the 12th century and is 93 meters tall. Is that tall?

We had a lovely time in Paderborn. Sunday, we travelled back home. We saw more rain, while traveling the country roads. Once over the border and in the Netherlands, guess what we saw, sun. 

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Aussie home

I would like to thank Catharine from Willow Valley Store for designing this wonderful patchwork Aussie house. I wanted to wait with downloading this pattern till I had time to make another quilt. But temptation got the better of me and I downloaded all three parts a couple of minutes ago.  Isn't it a beauty?

Aussie house block WVS 2009 fonted

If you like this pattern too, you can download it for free from her blog. Block size:  12" square when finished, this is a little more than 30 x 30 cm. You can make as many as you want, depending on how big you want to make the quilt! I think civil war reproduction fabrics would look lovely in this pattern.

Her inspiration came from an old family home at Upper Beaconsfield in the Dandenongs.  If memory serves me correctly, this is a beautiful area in Victoria. I have been there once, when I was about 10.