Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Monday, 21 January 2013

Chicken Tracks & pumpkin soup

Making progress! I sometimes wonder how they thought up the names of these baby Jane's. I read somewhere that Brenda Manges Papadakis and here students working on the first Dear Jane thought them up.

Hoping to see Brenda from afar in Nantes. And who knows I might even meet her in person. Yes, she is coming to Pour ‘l Amour du Fil. Brenda is the author of the book "Dear Jane". Amazing that there might be 107.000 Dear Jane replica’s, as that is how many books she has sold. Maybe there are even more out there, as I do know of some quilters who are making a second one. And, I’m sure there are some quilters out there who borrowed the book from someone they know. So now I’m pondering on how many Dear Jane’s in progress there are and how many are finished.

Brenda is one of the guests on the 150th anniversary of the famous Jane Stickle’s Quilt. There will also be a quilt show in Nantes with more than one hundred Dear Jane quilts from all over the world! I’m curious if the original will be there too.

I’ve got the book but also the software

I use the software for my templates for all the blocks.

Here is my block in progress.


For my breaks, I was busy making pumpkin soup.


It turned out pretty good and it tasted lovely.


This version has Granny Smiths, the apple, in it, and curry spices and coconut milk. Yummy! I love pumpkin soup.

Three rows completed. Nearly there!


The end result! By now it was dark, as you can see by the light from the lamp Open-mouthed


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Dear Jane Quilt Group

Winter in Zutphen. For those who go regularly to Zutphen know by now where I park my car Smile




Most of the snow was gone, some patches were still a little slippery, but I got there. 

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LZ is showing here finished Dear Jane top. It has been sandwiched. Most of you know that LZ is a pseudonym. Here sister has also completed her Dear Jane top and has started with the quilting. Visit her blog, here.


It is a stunning quilt. When I see a finished Dear Jane, my fingers start itching, a urge I can’t suppress, it is a incentive to keep on going. Thanks LZ for sharing!

Underneath another quilter quilting her top.


The Janiacs!


Me working on J-7! I nearly finishing the first tiny little block within the ~ Chicken Tracks block.


Completed the first row of the J-7


Went home earlier than usual, because of the cramps in my stomach. How hard I tried to ignore it, it wouldn’t go away.

On the way home I stopped at the alpaca farm. Wanted to photograph some alpacas in the snow. Sadly for me, they were in the barn. The farmer must have thought it was too cold for them. At that time, 5pm, it was about -5°C degrees. I think the alpacas were happy Hot and me too as I really wanted to lay down.

When I got home, I tucked myself underneath my KooZzzie Lounge Blanket and picked up my Kindle to finish reading my book. Slowly my tummy cramps subsided. I can’t imagine anything better!  

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Quilt Bee in the classroom

Thursday was another Quilt Bee and I want to share some of the projects.

One of the quilters is going to make this quilt. Yes, the one from Di Ford. The Antique Wedding Sampler Revisited.


A Advent Christmas Quilt.


A slight alteration to the original.


Looking at the Leanne House Stitchery that one of the other quilters has nearly completed. She lost a block! How can you lose a block? We were sure she would find it once she completed her second attempt.


Doesn’t it look pretty neat?



This Indigo Sashiko Quilt is nearly quilted!


Another Quilt that is nearly quilted of the same quilter.


Here is me! Laying out all the pieces to one of the last baby Jane’s for my pink trip in the Dear Jane




Quilt bear in the basket!


Another baby Jane laid out!


All my notions in a little box


Busy, busy.


Sunday, 13 January 2013

A quick peek!

Here is a close-up of the fabrics that are now washed and ironed.


My craving for reproduction Civil War fabrics never ceases to surprise me. You know the feeling, where you not only want something, but you know you need to have it too. According to some specialists it is the dopamine that is tricking my brain, making it believe it will get happiness. The stress hormones essentially tricks the body into believing the only way to feel better is to succumb to it.


Well I feel pretty happy after ironing the fabric and folding the 10 inch squares into neat little piles. Is it the dopamine or just being content that I was able to buy these fabrics  Winking Any way, before I knew it, I was sitting behind the table cutting the fabric to make another baby Jane. Smile girl! Guess by now you realize I’m happy.


Actually, I just woke up one day and decided I didn’t want to feel like that anymore, so I changed. Just like that Happy

I started on the H-9 ~ Snowflake Melt.



All the pieces are laid out. The tiny diamonds will be appliquéd on the white centre fabrics


Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself. ~ Swami Sivananda

PS, I really love working on this quilt, but I’m sure you guessed that by now.


Wednesday Quilt group

Here is an impression of some of the works my fellow quilters are working on in my Wednesday Quilt group.

One of the quilters is making a jacket


Back view


Front view


Isn’t it awesome? Can’t wait to see it finished.

The next quilt is that of Anni Downs from Hatched and Patched. ‘A Christmas Story Quilt’. Sorry, it is up-side-down. I was sitting across from this quilter.


Another beautiful quilt in progress. This one has lots of stitchery in it. I forgot who designed this pattern. I know it was a Dutch designer.


It looks like a painting but it is actually made of fabric.


See! Amazing isn’t it?


Here is me sewing on one of the last petals on this block.


Nearly finished I-6 ~Viewer’s Choice!