Thursday, 29 April 2010

F.I.E.T.S.-group

Tonight was another FIETS-group. This is the second last one before summer break. As usual we started with 'show & tell'.

This is Yvonne's quilt. She is really putting a lot of time in this one as it needs to be finished soon for an special date. Can't tell more.

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The one underneath is one of Matty's projects. The top is nearly finished.

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Well the picture says it all, it is me with Zoë's quilt.

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Here is one of Marja's projects. This combines the compass blocks we made a couple of seasons ago. All the blocks are laid out on a bed sheet. The top is nearly completed.

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Matty, also showed her 'Star quilt'. It is nearly completely quilted.

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Here are two 'star quilts' together.

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Janny, has also nearly finished quilting her 'star quilt'. Both Matty & Janny can put on the border and they will have another finished quilt.

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Although, the quilt underneath, is from another class. Mirjam took it with her to show the others of her progress. Will tell more about the Medallion quilt in another post.

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Many seasons ago, Mirjam and I, did a Kaleidoscope workshop at the Quilt Cellar (Quiltkelder) in Putten. It was to celebrate our 20th anniversary as friends. Today Mirjam is showing us her progress. I think I better not show mine (lol). I still have only finished two blocks!! But back to the subject; isn't this a colorful quilt?

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Enough 'show & tell'. Aagje (our quilt teacher) informed us about our next class / project. We are going to learn the logcabin technique. I can't wait! To contain my curiosity I've already searched the net to learn a little more about the history of the logcabin quilts. To read more click on this URL.

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In the next couple of months I can decide which color scheme I'm going to use. I do think I will use this pattern, as shown in the above picture. What do you think of the above pattern? Any suggestions on quilt patterns, combining the logcabin technique, are always welcome.

What do you think is happening here?

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Yes, lots of Christmas fabrics have arrived and it is only the 29th of April!!. Aagje & Riek just couldn't contain themselves. They had to show them off.  If you are in the neighborhood, just pop in at Riek's store in Putten.

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Although these are not from the same range as the one's above. I had to show you a picture of these fabrics. Aren't they lovely? They are not Tilda's fabrics, but very similar.

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By the way, during the next F.I.E.T.S.-group, we are going to make cicada's. I've already bought some lovely Tilda fabrics and can't wait till the end of May. Yes, I'm talking about fabric cicada's.  However, I love the noise of real cicada's they remind me of summer evenings in Australia.

The fabric cicada will however not look like this:

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This is a Australian green grocer cicada.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Laura's Quilt Atelier - another lesson

Saturday was spend inside. I was again in Amersfoort learning how to make the Medallion Sampler. This course I'm doing is once a month and besides making another quilt I'm learning to use my sewing machine. Patchwork with a sewing machine is a complete different experience. I thought it would be easy making a quilt with a sewing machine but I'm finding it quit tedious, slow and difficult. I'm still deciding whether I'll do this once or continue and master this skill.

Here is my WIP. Quiet impressive now it is laid out. Here are all the Jacob's ladder blocks and one card trick block.

IMG_4984 I'd like to thank the ladies for pinning the blocks on the white sheet. I was too tired Friday night to do this. The nice thing when you take a picture of the quilt in progress is that you see the little mistakes that you don't see with your own eyes. Can you detect it?

Guess who will be undoing some of her work? Although this is not me, this is what it looks like to undo your work.

IMG_5002 Here are the other quilts in progress. The lesson always starts with 'show & tell'.

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IMG_4998  Here we are all sitting learning a new technique.

IMG_5006 Here is me cutting fabric for the Dresden plate block .

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IMG_5017 I'm not the only one busy!

IMG_5018In the picture underneath you can see part of Berna's Medallion Sampler. By the way, Berna is the lady standing in this picture.

IMG_5019 Luckily we have some national holiday's coming along soon. I think I might use this time to work on this quilt. Will show my progress in future posts.

In an Italian state of mind

Friday my car needed to get serviced. When I drove onto the car yard I saw a nice little Fiat500. It looked so cute. So when I gave my car keys, I asked if I could have the Fiat500.  According to the service man my lease company would have no problems with me hiring this baby. A happy Helen left the garage.   IMG_4971 It is a tiny car. Look I'm even taller than the car.

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I was glad when the service man phoned to let me know my car was ready to be picked up. This little car sure has problems. The exhaust fumes seem to flow back into the car and I won't mention the smell of petrol. I'm sure there is a leakage somewhere. Driving across speed bumps was also not a pleasure. So what have a learned (which I already knew) I'm a big car person.

Driving home in my Qashqai was very pleasurable.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Medallion WISP

Another afternoon working on my Medallion Quilt. The pile of Jacob's Ladder blocks is slowly increasing!!

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Nothing like a Latte while sewing.

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IMG_4979 Close-up. As you can see doing a neat job.

IMG_4981 Love birds! A view from my livingroom while sewing.

IMG_4978After a busy afternoon, I made some roast lamb with mashed potatoes and some broad beans.

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I think the ladies from quilt class will be very surprised when they see the progress I made.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Mini bee

Wednesday night we had a little mini bee at my place. I thought it was planned somewhere else. Luckily, Tonny phoned me Tuesday night to tell me that someone else was coming along. I'm sure, if she hadn't phoned, I would be standing some where else ringing on a doorbell. I also mentioned that I might need to cancel as I was still feeling pretty ill Tuesday night. But after a good long sleep till about 4 pm Wednesday, I felt a lot better than I did on Tuesday.  So around 8 pm Tonny and Marja arrived. 

At first glance I thought Tonny had been on a holiday, and I had forgotten. But look what happens when you walk the dog when the sun is shining. She has a nice summery look. Now only the rest of us need to find time for a little sun adoration.

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Here are Tonny and Marja working on some WIP's. Underneath you see my feathered star block in progress.

IMG_4961Tineke popped in a little later. We were well on our way with our projects, but became a little distracted when she showed us what she had received from Dorry. Tineke is participating in the Civil War Tribute BOM at Quilt it & Dotty.

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IMG_4965 Here are two shots of the block that Marja is working on.  Another quilt in progress.

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Hope you liked this short show & tell.