Sunday, 30 May 2010

Day journal for May 30th

Outside my window... it's a peaceful Sunday afternoon. I'm sitting warm and cozy behind my PC, while outside it is raining and cold. It is hard to believe it is nearly summer as it is 13 degrees Celsius at the moment.

I am thinking... about buying a new espresso machine. My old Gaggia Titanium is showing signs of old age. I've decided not to get it prepared for the third time.

image I'm saving up for this one. A Quick Mill 3035 espresso machine.

Quick 3035

Hopefully my Gaggia will survive till the end of summer as I expect to come into some money!

I am thankful for... having such lovely friends, that care for me. Friday night I had a girls night out. Lovely dinner with two old friends from Nursing school. Yesterday I met up with Mirjam. We went to the quilt market at our local quilt shop. Here is an impression.

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See the log cabin quilt on your right. This is the quilt we are going to make in the fall. I have to decide which colors I'm going to use. Luckily I have another couple of months before classes begin.

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In the photo underneath, half of the class is listening to instructions about the log cabin quilt we are going to make in the fall. I'm contemplating on making another king size quilt. This means I while have to find 16 different shades of fabric. Eight light colored fabrics and 8 dark colored fabrics.  In total 16 meters!!

IMG_5366I am wearing... a black tunic dress and white jeans with black shoes.

I am remembering... how much I enjoy Quilt Bee's. Hoping that we will come together to do some quilting this summer. As I have so many WIP's!!

I am going... to spend some time quilting this afternoon. Yes, really.

From the livingroom.... I'm hearing the TV. It is another Formula One weekend, so guess where hubby is.

I am hoping... the Sunday goes slowly so I can squeeze everything in. However it is already 1 pm!

Noticing... how clean the house is. Since a month I have a lady who has taken over all my household chores. I'm enjoying this luxury.  And, do you know what I enjoy the most, she cleans better than me.

Pondering these words... “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” Willem Arthur Ward.

I reading... past secrets by Cathy Kelly and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.  

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I'm jealous.... of some friends who are going to New Zealand and Australia. Would love to go myself as there is a high school reunion planned beginning of November. However I want to have a little more money in the piggy bank as I want more financial security in case of bad times. Nearly losing my job and becoming unemployed has changed my view of things.

One of my favorite things... quiet Sunday afternoons with a cappuccino freshly brewed.

From my picture journal.. my lovely nieces.

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These were taken not last Friday but the Friday before. The little girl on the left turned four.

Friday, 28 May 2010

testing a Mini

Did I mention that my windshield (windscreen) has cracked again. A pebble hit my screen at the wrong place last Tuesday. Driving on Dutch highways is becoming dangerous and expensive. This will be my second replacement in 3 months!! Luckily my employer will pay for the replacement.

Got this small car while they fitted a new windscreen. I've always wanted to try-out a Mini.



Did you know it only has one passenger door? And no you don't get in from behind.


The inside. It looks roomy but than looks can deceive.


I'm getting in to pick up my car.


Waving to Hubby.


As I mentioned, it is a tight fit. These are Hubby's knees hitting the dashboard.


I thoroughly enjoyed this test drive but I'm glad to have my car back.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Hedge update

The past 4 years we have made many attempts in trying to grow a hedge. We have re-planted three times!!  Finally, we now have a hornbeam hedge. It is doing so well, we will need to trim it soon. So before the neighbors start to complain, we thought we'd better buy a hedge trimmer. As of yesterday we are the proud owners of a Bosch hedge trimmer!


The hedge separates us from our neighbors. I love our hedge.

The garden is doing pretty well. Must be all that rain.


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Front yard

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The new tilia espalier (leiboom) is starting to grow, but it is way behind, compared to the two other espaliers.

The hydrangea are growing fine but there seems to be hardly any flowerheads popping up. They don't seem to have recovered from the unexpected frost we had last year. Last week there was an article in my newspaper of a new hydrangea cultivar, called 'Endless summer'. You never seem to go wrong when pruning them. It has a long flowering time, from June till October. It also doesn't matter that they get confronted with unexpected cold weather. Frost doesn't bother them. They seem to be incredibly versatile and hardy. This sounds like my kind of plant. If you want to know more click on this URL. There is also a Dutch site. I wondered where I could buy them. Well I didn't need to wonder for long as it seems that my local garden centre provides them. I think I might have a look one of these daysbattingeyelash_smiley

A view of my class

Yesterday was our last lesson on learning new techniques for our Medallion Sampler. We have one more get-together in Augustus to show off our tops and sandwich the three layers. We can than finally talk about a real quilt. As you may understand, the next couple of years will be spend hand quilting this quilt. Although the quilt is sewn with the machine, the rest will be done by hand as I favor hand quilting to machine quilting. One more decision needs to be made. Will I use cotton batting,  wool batting or bamboo batting? Till now I have always used cotton batting. What is your experience with the last two products?

An impression of the progress the quilters are making.

This is Mirjam's Medallion Sampler.


The pattern is from Hanne Vibeke de Koning-Stapel. You can find the pattern in this book:


Sadly, it has not been translated into English, so far as I know.

Underneath you see the colorful Medallion Sampler that Margriet is making. Love the Dresdon Plate blocks. By the way you only see part of the quilt. Hopefully next time I will take a better picture of the whole quilt. It is stunning.


Yvonne has already completed some Pine Tree blocks.


Here is a view of the top in progress.


And, here is Keziban her quilt.


And here are 12 of the 20 blocks that surround the quilt.

The blocks on the right are Bear's Paw blocks.


Underneath you see the Dresdon Plate blocks and Pine Tree blocks Keziban made. Real beauties.


The Bear's Paw blocks underneath are from Annelies. I seem to have forgotten to photograph her other blocks. Will do this next time.


Here is me learning how to machine sew the LeMoyne Star block. First need to cut though.


Here is everyone!


By the way, see that lovely quilt in the right corner. Here is a picture of the quilt in its full glory.


Who knows maybe I will take this class one day!

Look what you can make with only 2 different fabrics. Actually the little blue squares is an extra. But you only need a little!


Laura showed of her quilt jacket.


The next months I will be making some of the blocks shown in these two pictures.

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The one not shown is the Old Tippecanoe block. It is the block in the right photo on the left side. You can see half of the block! We also learned how to make that one.

There are lots more blocks that can be used in this Medallion Sampler. I need to make more decisions. It is so hard to choose! I'll let you know, better yet, I will post some pictures in the future of the one's I made.