Sunday, 25 October 2009

Christmas wreath or Winter wreath

A busy day today. First I played a game of golf. That took up most of my morning. In the afternoon I started on my Christmas wreath. Still, I think that 'winter wreath' is a more appropriate name. Tonny, a quilt friend wanted to make one too. So here is an impression of our afternoon.

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A messy and a not so messy pile.  With our coffee break, we had  some taai taai.

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Taai taai is traditionally baked for St Nicholas' Eve in the Netherlands (which is the 5th of December). Like with everything else, you can usually buy it a couple of months before the event. What always surprises me, only a couple of days after the 5th of December it is al gone. You won't find it in any store till the end of October the next year. Spices used in this delicatessen are cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom and white pepper. Other necessities are white flour, brown sugar, and butter. If you want a recipe you will have to google. But if you are ever in the Netherlands around November do try this, or maybe try some speculaas or peppernoten.

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here is me sitting behind the sewing machine, and sewing. 

IMG_4022 In the photo above are the fabrics that Tonny is using for her winter wreath. In the photo below are the fabrics that I have chosen to use.

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Stuffing the little pockets and then sewing them shut. 

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In total I will have to complete 50 little cushions. According to another quilter, I will need more than the 32 instructed. Once I've sewn them all together, and have tied them onto a wreath, it will hopefully look like this.

I hope your afternoon was just as enjoyable as mine.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009


The postman delivered a parcel yesterday. Words can't describe how I feel, when arriving home late and finding a parcel on the table. Every time, again and again, it is a special moment, opening the parcel carefully and seeing these mags pop out.


I might not be doing much quilting, but dreaming about it is just as good, believe me!

Six American Patchwork & Quilting magazines. If you want some quiet time for yourself, you can order them from eQuilter.

I'll be drooling.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Men at work

No quilting in this post. Yesterday, the men prepared the garden for winter. The forsythia scrub sadly had to be removed. If we pruned it into shape we would have no scrub left. In a couple of weeks it will be replaced by a platanus. IMG_3988 IMG_3990

Sorry I had forgotten tot take a before and after picture. In the picture on the right Hubby is showing us where the forsythia was standing.

The magnolia has been pruned into shape as has the laurel.


This strange seed was found in the magnolia tree. Never have seen this before.


If anyone know the name of this tree, please e-mail me.


The after picture. I'm always a little sad to see the garden like this. Although I like autumn, I don't like its effect on the garden. Give me spring or summer anytime. The countdown has started.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

What did I buy in Amsterdam?

This is what I bought.

IMG_3984 A bag, a VIP, a large quilt ring, and a sign.

IMG_3986Don't you just love this sign? I had to buy it. Found also the online store, if any one else wants to buy one. It is a small company located in rural Wisconsin, called Cousin Farm. But you can also buy them, where I bought mine, at Bird Blocks.

The quilt ring is huge, as you can see in the picture underneath. The quilt ring in the centre is a normal size quilt ring. I also bought the book, shown in the picture.

IMG_3987I had to buy the book for a course that will be starting coming January. In this course, I'm going to learn how to make a sampler with my sewing machine. I'll be making this sampler.

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I finally saw the last episode of ER. No ER anymore.

I was unable to watch the last episode ''and in the end'' for a long time, even though it was saved on our hard disk for some time. I'm finding it hard to let go. 15 years of memories!

For 15 years, ER was part of my life. I'm really going to miss this series. I'll especially miss, John Carter, Luka, Abby, Tony Gates, Samantha, Neela, Kerry Weaver, Mark Greene, and Carol Hathaway. I've learned to live without Doug, who has been out of the show for a long time blushing_smiley

But these two will remain my favorite doctors for a long time.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Last Wednesday!

was a full fun packed quilt related outing. Where did we go? Amsterdam! We took the train, which I have to admit was a long time ago that I used this kind of transportation. IMG_3969

After a busy day walking through only a small part of Amsterdam, I think I would have preferred using my car on the way home.

I was with two other quilt friends, Tonny and Mirjam. We met up with Mirjam at Amsterdam Central and we walked towards Den Haan & Wagenmakers in heavy rain. But first we visited the Bijenkorf to have some lunch and so that I could by myself a new bag and a bag-in-bag from Tintamar. I prefer the other name they go by: Very Intelligent Pocket. It is so cute and handy.

The bag and VIP were found quickly and up we went to have some lunch. I really wish we had more stores like this one in the Netherlands, the other Bijenkorf's really can't compete with the one in Amsterdam.

After our lunch we continued our journey towards Den Haan & Wagenmakers. Lucky me, I had a little map with me, as I'm sure we would have gotten lots if we followed Mirjam's advice icon_biggrin .

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Relief, we found the shop.

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Another display on your left. Mirjam & Tonny looking and being creative in their heads. You can see Tonny thinking!


Mirjam trying to decide. Feeling and touching is such an integral part of quilting.


Some quilts and jelly rolls displayed


The display unit!


The fabrics Mirjam bought!

Next to Den Haan & Wagenmakers is another quilt shop. Why did we not know this? No one mentions this shop in the blogs I follow. Bird Blocks is a very well stocked quilt shop, with lots of notions and quilt fabrics. Tonny bought some lovely fabrics for het new project, the secret garden quilt. IMG_3980IMG_3981

After visiting both quilt shops we walked a little further and visited de Kerkhof Passementen, a haberdashery shop.

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I'm sure some are curious what I bought. I'll show you in a next post.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Got myself a new mobile

I love gadgets! Look what I got...


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It is the Nokia E75.

I can log on internet any time!  I can Facebook wherever I am. Messaging (SMS) has become easy with my little full QWERTY keyboard. So guess who has a smile on her face. Me!!

Friday, 2 October 2009

Another quilt lesson

Here is a impression of our quilt lesson Thursday evening.

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On the left Tonny is showing her quilt that she is making for her daughter. In the right picture, Mirjam is showing her quilt top that she wants to sandwich.

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Here is 'me' making another block. Janny thanks for taking a picture of me. Yes, this will be my fourth feathered star block. When will I ever finish???

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A close-up of Janny's star quilt. She has finished quilting nearly all the blocks in this quilt. As you can see all the quilting is being done by hand.

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A close-up of Mirjam sandwiching. In the picture on the right, you see a half eaten 'gevulde koek'. The other half was eaten by Tineke. Yes, do have to watch my weight, but the main reason for not eating a whole 'gevulde koek' is because it contains too many carbohydrates. For those who are not Dutch, a 'gevulde koek' is pretty filling.

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In the picture on your left, you see Tonny's feathered star quilt under construction. She has nearly completed the top.

We are busy bee's!!!