Monday, 27 May 2013

Sharing end of season photos

The quilting classes have come to an end for this season. We always have a break during summer. Our quilt teacher tends to have long holidays. Usually she goes bicycling in far away places. This time she is going to Thailand and Malaysia.

Last Wednesday and Thursday I had my last 2 classes and I want to share the photos of the projects that the quiltmakers are busy with. I hope you like.

Wednesday class (Creatief naaien)

Me working on my Dear Jane

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You can admire this quilt coming Saturday, 1st of June at the Quilt Market in Putten. It is a replica of one of Leanne’s House patterns.

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This one is nearly done. Look a those tiny pieces in the centre.

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Thursday class (Fiets-groep)

Matty is on a roll! The next 4 photos are her works!

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This is a new project that Matty is working on.

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Here is ‘me’ showing my progress. Someone noticed that I used a different pattern for one of the diamond blocks. Here I’m explaining why.

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I’m really getting the hang of appliquéing! I think I like this technique. Oops, did I say that Wink. Some of my fellow quilters have complemented me on my work and precision. I’m blushing Embarrassed.

Look at all the attentive faces in the picture underneath. Aagje, our teacher, laying out all the blocks on the border fabric.

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This is going to be an other beauty!

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Underneath the project Jannie is working on. This will be a quilted wall hanging for her grandchild. Aren’t the snails cute?

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The mice are cute too Smile

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Another quilt nearly done! Marja seems to be on a roll too. A couple of weeks ago she started on this project and now she has already sandwiched it and started quilting.

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The backside of the quilt above. Look at these nice precise stitches.

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Yvonne, keeps on going. These compasses are part of a huge quilt. If I remember correctly, the quilt is going to be 250 x 250 cm (98.4 x 98.4 inches) when finished.

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Look at this beauty! When I look at this quilt I think I want to make another attempt at making the Medallion Sampler.

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Mirjam showing the other quiltmakers what she has learned.

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Thumb quilting! I think I need to try this again. But, where is my thumb thimble.

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Everyone working hard!

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Nearly completed this little block. Started appliquéing the second diamond. I used the Broderie Perse technique I learned in Di Fords workshop Smile. Broderie perse (French for "Persian embroidery") is a style of appliqué embroidery which uses printed elements to create a different image.

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Friday, 24 May 2013

What now?

I’m again at a impasse in my life. What do I do in these situations, I search for reinforcement to distract me from feeling lost & alone. I’m not the only one who has read the book that Ann Patchett has published that is based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College. This book is popping up on a lot of blogs I come across and am following. Is this coincidence? I think not.

Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to another. I came across this book just at the right time, for I’m at a crossroads especially regarding my career. Am I really who I am or am I actually living the life I think others expect me to have. My desire for social acceptance sways my internal compasses. This might be the reason I can’t decide which way to go.

I trust the natural order of the universe. I’m convinced that I will find an answer to the question: what now? This difficult phase and its challenges will pass I’m sure. The possibilities that now have been set into motion are endless. Choices, choices! Yesterday I received clarity. Another chapter comes to a close. Again I ask, what now? One thing is for sure, I have no idea where I’m going at the moment.

My solution, is to go out there and find it. I’ll keep on searching till I’m convinced that I’ve found it (again). It is wise advice that Ann Patchett gives – ‘we need to hear other people, all people, especially in those moments when we don’t know exactly where we’re going ourselves. When is comes to finding our way we’re better off taking in as much information from as many sources as possible’.

It is a little scary to take the first step, especially as I don’t have a clue what I will find.

So the best I can hope for ‘is to be graceful and brave in the face of all of the change that will surely come’.

Have you read this book?

I hope I’ve encouraged you to read it. It is a page turner. I’m sure you will find other insights and encouragements.

The next couple of weeks I’ll be talking with lots op people and listening and re-charging my batteries. It is a little terrifying but I’m brave enough to take a leap of faith to identify my heart’s truest desire.

Ending this post with this last thought I want to share. Do you know where you are going? From past experience I can say I’m looking forward to this part. I’m actually glad I’ve come to another crossroads! I love exploring and discovering new things! I’m a curious person and love seeking knowledge. Maybe in this admittance lies the answer Wink

“The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all morality.”  John F. Kennedy

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Losing it

Yesterday I had a mild anxiety attack, I thought I had lost my favourite tool, my seam ripper from Clover.

Clover Seam Ripper #482  White Handle

I came home convinced I had lost it and would need to order a new one today.

This tool has the same magic properties as this little clover!

The four-leaf clover is a good luck charm believed to protect from evil spirits, witches, disease, and the evil eye. This familiar childhood rhyme for a four-leaf clover originates from the Middle Ages:

One leaf for fame, one leaf for wealth,
One for a faithful lover,
And one leaf to bring glorious health,
Are all in a four-leaf clover

All of these together are supposed to give one the happiest and most fulfilling life possible.

This morning I double checked my tool containers and guess what was there all the time? My seam ripper!  Laying there next to all my thread spools.

Guess I haven’t lost it completely Nerd.

Still, I’ll be looking for that four-leaf clover as I need lots of protection from the ‘others’ (reference to the TV-series Lost). Got an appointment that I’m not looking forward to.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

A couple of words on Wednesday!

A little later than indicated but F10 – Potholder is finished!

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Love this block!

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Especially the corners. Very nifty pattern. How clever of Jane A. Stickle.

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Too smooth it out, this block is pressed between a couple of heavy books Smile. Works just as well as ironing.

Drum roll, please…….

Started with the preparations for a new block. I put this one underneath the pile so that I could leave it for last. But all of a sudden, don’t know where that feeling came from, I was ready to take on this challenge. Yes, going to appliqué another block.

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Using my (new) perfect scissors!!

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Oops, lots of holes in this fabric.

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So far, so good. 

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I’m ready to start appliquéing

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Perfect Scissors

I’ve been admiring them for a while. I first heard of them when I was in Houston in 2011. But I resisted temptation. When I saw Di Ford using them in Nantes a couple of weeks ago and telling us how great they were, I was convinced I needed them too. Yes, I’m talking about Di Ford the quiltmaker and author of the book Primarily Quilts, 19th Century Inspirations. When I think back to the two workshops I attended I still get this happy feeling. If you have a chance do sign-up, Di Ford is a great inspirational teacher. 

As you can see, I got all 3!! Perfect Scissors come in 3 sizes: 4 inch, 7 1/2 inch and curved.

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To hear more; watch this video clip of the designer, Karen Kay Buckley.

The postman delivered them Saturday, after a failed delivery attempt late Friday afternoon. I was at the hairdressers Smile. Haven’t had a chance to use them yet, but maybe I have time tomorrow!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Two friends – two quilts

Two of my quilting friends have been invited to show their quilts at two different exhibitions.

Mirjam’s quilt will be hanging in the Sint-Joriskerk in Amersfoort for a whole month! Laura from Laura’s Quilt-atelier has organized a exhibition to celebrate the fact that the nascency of her atelier was 10 years ago.

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The exhibition is open from the 25th of June till the 20th of July. If you have a chance go and have a look!

Matty is showing her quilt at the exhibition of the Quiltersgilde in September. Are you going to Alkmaar to admire this beauty?

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The Quiltersgilde (Dutch Quilters Guild) general exhibition will be from the 6th till the 11th of September at the Grote Sint Laurenskerk.

I’m proud to say I’ve seen these quilts being made. I hope also to admire them at the exhibitions Smile