Thursday, 13 August 2009

Quilt Bee

Last night we had a little quilt get-together. Only a few of us were there. I came late as I had a business presentation I had to attend to. Which ran longer than planned and therefore I didn't have any of my things with me. I drove straight to Marja's place otherwise I would get there far too late. I also didn't have my camera with me, so all the photos in this post are from Marja. She depicted our evening very well.

I enjoyed a nice cup of coffee and show and tell. Matty was also a little later as she wanted to finish sandwiching her feathered star top. And here it is.

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In the above picture is Matty's feathered star quilt.

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Here we are admiring Matty's finished quilt top. This small quilt (see picture underneath) she made for her cat. But her cat likes it so much he keeps kneading the top, so it has been confiscated. Her poor cat is now only allowed to admire the quilt top from afar. Just as we are doing.

DSCN1227Here is Jannie's feathered star quilt. She has nearly finished her top. It is me peeking over the side. Jannie is a little camera shy!!

DSCN1228 Matty is busy with another project. She is trying out a log cabin pattern. This is a sampler. A try-out.

DSCN1230 Marja is also very busy. She is working hard on finishing her feathered star quilt.

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This is how the border is coming along.

DSCN1234 This was our last get together before we start with our next class. Half September quilt school starts again!!

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Teddy to the doctor & postman came

For a check-up Teddy had to go to the vet. He likes his new  cat carrier. I initially thought this would take some effort to get him inside, I even though he might not fit, but I removed the door and before I knew it, he was inside. Travelling has become a lot easier.

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How are your trips to the vet? Is your cat quiet or does he cry? Teddy makes some terrible noises in the car. He doesn't seem to be very impressed being allowed to travel in my Nissan Qashqai. You'd think I was doing the most terrible thing to him. Luckily he cries only on the trip towards the vet. After the visit he is always very contend travelling back home and very quiet.

For those who might be worried, he is OK. It was only a check-up.

The postman also delivered two parcels. McCall's Quilting magazine and my third project from 'Under the Mulberry Tree'. This is a Natalie Ross in Stitches project.

IMG_3431Well this will be another project that will go in the box 'future project to do' . This box is pretty full blushing_smiley .

Sunday, 9 August 2009

The front garden

The Hydrangea (Hortensia) in our front garden are in bloom.

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Two of the three free-standing espaliered Tilia's are doing very well. The one doing not so well will be replaced with a new one coming October after the leaves have fallen from the other Tilia's. 

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In another two years, we will have plenty of shade in the summer. It is amazing how much shade we are already getting from these young Tilia's. Love the look.

We also have some espaliered Tilia's in the backyard icon_biggrin

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Block 4

Here I'm copying the templates on freezer paper. freezer_paper_50A

Yes, I've finally started on my fourth block!!

IMG_3410 Here I've ironed the freezer paper on the fabric.

IMG_3413 Here I'm drawing the templates on the fabric.

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Here is the centre part cut out for the fourth block.

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Making some more progress.

IMG_3416I think I will like this block the most. Hopefully I will be able to sew it together without being confronted with too many mistakes.

I'll show my progress in an other post.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Bear chairs

The past three mornings I have been painting between 7 and 9 am. I love this time of the morning in the summer. The sun is shining but still cool.

Why three mornings? Because we now have three bear chairs and a foot rest. IMG_3381 Last Saturday we bought another bear chair, for a special quest.

IMG_3385 Here you see the first chair and foot rest done. Actually it was more strenuous and tiring then I thought. When I started, I thought I would have all three done in one morning. How wrong I was. Maybe overly ambitious?IMG_3405 Still, it was worth it. It looks pretty good, if I do say so.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Kaleidoscope, to do or not to do, that is the question.

Yesterday I went to Mirjam to do some work on my Kaleidoscope quilt. Yes, the one I started one and half years ago.

Naturally you are all curious how far I got, well not very far, as I forgot the most essential part, the pattern. I travelled about 70 kilometers, with my sewing machine, sewing box, and a box with my fabric. I thought it was a good idea to take everything with me, so that I wouldn't get there and find out I left something at home. I really thought I had come prepared, but once we started unpacking to sit down and work on the kaleidoscope, I found out that I had left my pattern in my ringbinder. And naturally, I had forgotten to take that with me.

So Mirjam showed her progress on her feathered star quilt.

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And underneath, is her sampler, which is another stunner.

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To fill our afternoon program, we went to ...

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Yes, to Zutphen. I'm sure some are jealous, after reading this. By the way, I was a good girl. I only bought one thing, and that was a present for Mirjam, who will soon have a birthday.

As you might have guessed, I bought her present at Petra Prins, the quiltshop in Zutphen.

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Just to be cheeky, this is what I forgot to take with me.

IMG_3401 Thus, one and half years later, this is how far I've gotten. One block completed, and one half done.

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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Meeting another quilter

I'm on a holiday giving me plenty of time to do nothing and being lazy. But it is also allowing me to meet up with new people. Tuesday I visited Berna, a quilter, who lives very near me. We did not meet by coincidence, we have been following each others blogs for some time and she also happens to be the sister of Marja (one of the quilters in my quilting class).

IMG_3386She is completing her stitchery, and is in the final stages of quilting this top.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3388Here the ladies are studying a pattern. Underneath the pattern sheet you get an glimpse of the paper piecing friendship hearts, that Berna is making.

 

 

IMG_3387In the picture on your left you can see how many she has made. It will become a quilt for one of her granddaughters.

 

 

Here is me, quilting Zoë's quilt. Thank you Berna for the photo.

IMG_2755_Berna Marja, is completing her feathered star quilt top. Doing some work for her boarder.

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It was nice to meet Berna in person and catch up with her. I'm sure new quilt meetings will be planned.

Thank you

Thank you all for leaving such inspiring comments. They have left a smile on my face. Also I would like to thank you all for your complements.

To give an impression I'll tell you that this will be another big quilt. It will be 220 x 220 cm (which is about 104" x 104"), once it is finished. Yes, for a king size bed.

I would also like to thank you for your encouragement, I'll go on, although I won't have it finished ‘soon’. As you have seen, I'm using different fabric, but the quilt will look like this once it is finished.

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As you can see when looking at this picture, I only have to make another 6 blocks. However, when they are completed I still have more patchwork to do before the top is completed.

But who cares, that it is taking so long. Most important is that I'm having fun. I was discouraged for a little while, but I'm not giving up.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Drum roll, please!!

Some will be very surprised. Drum roll please!! After many hours and motivation from others to keep on going, I've finally completed my third block. klapping_smiley

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Here I'm doing the last stitches. Yes, that is coffee. Needed about 3 shots of caffeine today to keep on going.

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This morning I started on the last quarter of this block.

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Here are the 4 quarters, that needed to be sewn together. It is about noon now.

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To show you what all three blocks look like, I also made a picture . Let me present the first three completed blocks of the feathered star quilt.  Only six to go!!

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Well, better get started with cutting the fabric for the 4th block icon_biggrin . Who knows I might finish another one this week.