Sunday, 29 August 2010

A thank you gift

Look what I got as a thank you gift for helping during the ‘startdag’.


I think it will turn out something like this.


But first I will finish all my UFO’s before I start with this little project.

I’m not a winner

Last week I entered a giveaway that Jackie organized. Sadly I’m not the new owner of the AccuQuilt GO. If you want to read who did win the AccuQuilt GO, click on this URL.

Start day – Quiltkelder

An impression of the ‘Startdag’. Here are is a collage op the quilts.


Here is a collage of some of the people that worked today.


And here is an impression of the quilts displayed during the presentation about the Amish & their quilts.


And last but not least an impression of all the fabrics in the shop.


Yesterday I was a PA for my quilt teacher, Aagje. I helped people choose fabrics for their new projects. There were lots of classes you could sign up for, so lots of assisting was needed. I enjoyed it very much, but found it also trying at times. Some people are not very decisive. After a long day, from 9.30 am till 4.30 pm, I went home very tired but content.

PS. After having helped other people all day, I couldn't decide what kind of fabrics I wanted for my Logcabin quilt. I went home empty handed.

PS 2. thanks to Stina from this blog. I too can make these collages.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Quite gracefully

when I came home Thursday night I came across a  post that seemed like it was especially written for me.

"There's a trick to the graceful exit, I suspect.
It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over & to let it go.
It means leaving what's over without denying its validity or its past importance in our lives.
It involves a sense of the future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, we are moving on rather than out.
It's hard to learn that we don't leave the best parts of ourselves behind, back in the job, the relationship, etc.
We own what we learned back there, the experience & the growth are grafted onto our lives.
And when we exit, we can take ourselves along."

I came across it while reading Theodora Cleave's blog who quotes Ellen Goodman.

Thursday I had an issue that needed to be challenged. I’m taking a next step. But…. ‘taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most’.  Fyodor Dostoevsky.

I now have an ‘outside agent’ to help me change, so that I can take the my next step and move on. 

Saturday, 21 August 2010


Look what Jackie is giving away.


I really hope to win this great gadget as cutting will be a lot quicker than using the rotary cutter or scissors for that matter. Who knows I might even finish a quilt quicker than my usual pace.

The rules of entry are:

This giveaway is open till midnight Eastern Time on August 26.

You MUST have a way for her to contact you in the event that you win. Please leave an e-mail address if you do not have a blog or e-mail enabled profile.

You can get multiple entries by completing more than one of the following:

1. Leave a comment on her blog post telling her why you would love a GO!

2. Blog about the giveaway, then go to her blog and leave a second comment telling her where she can find the post.

3. "Like" AccuQuilt on Facebook, then come back here and leave another comment letting Jackie know you did.

4. Become a follower of Jackie’s blog and leave another comment telling Jackie. If you are already a follower of Jackie, leave a comment telling her.

I’ll let you know if I’m the winner. Five more sleeps before I’ll know. 

Lazy Saturday

My day started trying to read the newspaper.


Sadly, the paperboy had delivered the wrong one. But I’m not to be deterred, although it is a little difficult if Teddy wants to read too.

After the grocery shopping I went to pick up my altered skirt. It needed to be taken in! It seems I might be losing some weight!

When I had returned the postman had left a nice package behind.


The last two issues of Australian Homespun were delivered. Hubby left something behind too.  A new cd. I love Anne Murray. I don’t think many know her here in the Netherlands, but I grew up with her songs. She has a distinct kind of voice that you can recognize anywhere. I even knew when I heard Dawn Langstroth for the first time, that this had to be her daughter singing. Beautiful singers.

But back onto the subject, isn’t it great to be able to look through the Homespun issues while having a Latte Macchiato and not worry that you will be late for a appointment.


Hubby was in a DIY ‘home improvement’ mood this week. I really like this corner of the kitchen. The ‘kroken’ ceiling-mounted utensil rack from IKEA looks great. At least I think so. Might need some additional frying pans! Two small ones, that would look even better. 


Next week I will be helping at the annual Starting Day in Putten. The quilt season is starting up again, after a long summer break. I will be assisting people in their fabric choice. So if you haven’t found the right fabrics for your quilt project yet, do come over as Riek, the shop owner, will be giving a 25% discount. This discount is only available on Saturday, the 28th of August.

I think I will leave you with this last picture over Zoë’s Quilt


Sunday, 15 August 2010

Sylvia Bridal Sampler

One day I hope to make the Sylvia Bridal Sampler. For those who have time and want to get started, go to this site. Last year I bought this book which contains the patterns for the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler. I’m already to go, but lack time.


Reading other blogs, I noticed that Jennifer Chiaverini is giving away a  SBS-pin, when you finish this quilt. This is a nice incentive, but I however first need to find time. It keeps on disappearing!!

For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.  ~Doug Larson

I don’t however need to first make the quilt to get the pin. There is another way it seems, but sadly I don’t live in the States, otherwise I could go to one of the book tour events. If you buy ‘'the Aloha quilt’' en ‘Quilter’s Holiday’ you not only can get the book personally signed by Jennifer but you get a pin with it. There seems to be 3 pins you can collect.

Facebook is becoming popular with bloggers and quilters. You can find Jennifer, but also Mark Lipinski, Valori Wells, and many more. Are you on Facebook yet?

I’ve nearly read all the Elm Creek Quilt novels but have missed this one. It will go on my wishlist!


A little while ago I ordered these two.

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Hopefully they will arrive soon. They will get me into a quilting mood.

Saturday I picked up this book from the Quilt Cellar in Putten.


The books seems to contain more than 4000 patchwork patterns.

PS – if you know how I could find ‘time’ to read those books that are on my list of books to read and to be creative, please let me know. How do you create time?

I’ll leave you with this quote:  ‘So much to do - so little time to do it in!’ ~ Cecil Rhodes

and this song – ‘Time’ ~ Pink Floyd

Going to take action!

Pondering on…. the letter I received last Friday. End of last year I wrote myself a letter, as the last assignment for the NLP course I followed. This letter contained my sought after dreams. It is hard to read the letter and again be confronted with the fact that I’ve lost my MOJO. I’ve lost something and however hard I try to get it back, I’m slowly realizing that I’ve really lost it. I need to change something and even this I’m finding hard to do. 

I am remembering... how I wanted to do research for the book I wanted to write about loss & bereavement. I also remember saying I was going to finish quilting Zoë’s Quilt. I remember achieving the first goals I set out to do.  Than a live changing advent took place and now I’m doing things that don’t give me any fulfilment.  I’m getting away from the things that I enjoy doing and that give me satisfaction.

I’m going to….. find an ‘outside agent’ to help me make a change. 

I am reading …..  image Actually I should say I’m going to continue reading this book. I’m also going to talk to my HR-manager. I’m too involved with my work. I’m too affected about the lack of management. I’m trying real hard to focus on what I can do. I’m trying to be proactive and determine which issues I can influence. I’m going to address the things I can do something about. Why? My job is slowly effecting my health and wellbeing.

My picture journal….


I was feeling a little under the weather yesterday. Still don’t feel my old self. Hubby was so kind to get his duvet, which is nice and warm.


Thursday, 12 August 2010


At the moment I have this little camera, the Canon Ixus 80 IS.



But I’m thinking of getting this one: the Canon PowerShot SX120




Better start saving!!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


Look what I saw when looking outside my window


I promise you I didn’t take this picture sometime last year. I really took this today. You would guess it was autumn, but we know that it is still summer. It is hard to imagine when you see all those leaves on the terrace. At the moment it is even raining and it looks pretty grey outside. I guess I better get into my autumn mode. On the bright side – I will hopefully get more quilting done, now the dark evenings are approaching and it becomes cooler again.

So many UFO’s to finish!

Like Zoë’s quilt or the Medallion Sampler quilt

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The Feathered Star quilt in progress



The Star quilt is sandwiched and needs to be quilted.


I better not look any further as I think I might find some other projects that have not been completed yet.

Monday, 9 August 2010

maybe I should take up cooking

Just watched the movie Julie & Julia.


After watching this movie I’m  considering taking up cooking, or should I just stick to quilting.

Sunday, 8 August 2010



And sometimes they look like this.

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This one on the left is hubby’s. And the one above was mine.

Sadly I didn’t take a picture of hubby while he tried to eat his. 

Sunday, 1 August 2010

First day of the month August

We are luckily approaching 2011. The countdown can begin - 152 day till New Years Eve. Five whole more months. I’ve got a whole 5 months to make this a good year. I’m hoping to leave 2010 behind and all the bad things with it.

I like this quote – it describes my year. ‘Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and a collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives. - Frederick F. Flack

The past months I’ve been reappraising my work situation & hopefully I can turn a new leaf soon. Maybe I should let it go and get on with my life!

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles.
Charlie Chaplin

On an other subject. Teddy has found a new place he likes.

IMG_5652This time I placed the quilt such a way that he couldn’t remove the quilt ring. I just couldn’t tell him to leave, so another night of no quilting.

I love summer & sunflowers.

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I also love my new shoes!

IMG_5667Sandal like high heels.  It feels a little funny that my big toe is showing. Walking in them feels different too!