Sunday, 30 June 2013

nearly parting!

Zoë’s Quilt is all quilted. I’ve finished!! It looks like I will make it for her birthday. Making a happy dance!

Last row! Had to take a picture of this special moment.

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Getting ready to say goodbye. I’ve laboured on this quilt for nearly 7 years! I’ve loved all the stages, but quilting was the best one.

‘Love is the thread that binds us’.

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I’m not the only one who will find it hard to say goodbye!

‘A quilt is a blanket of love’.

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The second last stage has finally arrived. I’m going to start the preparations for the binding.

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You can guess what I will be doing the next couple of days Wink.

Leave you with this poster I’ve made. All the stages of quiltmaking.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Quilts, quilts and more quilts

Laura’s Quilt Atelier has an exhibition in the Sint-Joriskerk in Amersfoort for a whole month! Laura organized this exhibition to celebrate the nascency of her atelier 10 years ago.

If you have a chance to go to Amersfoort, go and have a look. The exhibition is open from 11am till 5 pm from Tuesday 25th of June till Saturday 20 of July.

My friend Mirjam has her quilt hanging there, which I’m sure you will admire just as much as I do.

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Watch this slide show to get an impression of the other awesome quilts and this beautiful church. 

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A other personal favourite is the quilt by Laura herself.

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close-up!

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It has been a while since I posted a slideshow. I found that Photobucket has changed a little since last time. It has become a lot user-friendly, although I had to upload 59 photos twice Embarrassed.

After admiring all the quilts twice, we visited the Espresso Bar "De Korte Gracht" and both had a Latte Macchiato. 

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Yes, I had this cake too. To be truthful, I regretted eating it. It looked really yummy but on hindsight I should have chosen something else.

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Nearly another project completed

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Guess who has wrapped himself in Zoë’s Quilt? This is what happens when you spend nearly all your free time quilting and leaving the quilt on your chair for that well deserved break Hot

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Love this photo of Teddy! I think it is a complement that he likes the quilt.

Well I’m nearly there!!! I only have to finish quilting the bottom square corner. About 35 x 35 centimetres.

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As you can see in the next pictures, I’ve been quilting a lot! This has taken me nearly 4 years!

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Looks like I can put on the binding real soon. So yesterday I decided to go to Utrecht, had to be there for another appointment anyway, and get myself some binding.

The walk from where I had to be first to Carol Cox Patchwork shop, took a little longer than I had anticipated. I now have some blisters on my toes! The chiropodist wasn’t impressed this morning. Walking along the Oudegracht isn’t easy walking when you are wearing heels. Most of the side walks are from cobblestones in Utrecht.

But this quilt shop is always worth your visit.

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Sorry for the blurry photos, the above 2 photos were taken with my iPhone  Wink

This is the Kaffe Fassett fabric I choose for the binding. Yes, got some matching thread for sewing on the binding, too.

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On the way back to the parking garage I came across Dille & Kamille, naturally I went in to have a quick look. Love this shop too. I bought this little wicker basket for my quilt notions! Couldn’r resist the temptation.

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Perigee full moon

Did you see the most ‘super ’supermoon of 2013?

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Last Saturday night going to the bathroom around 2am I glanced outside the window and I saw it. A bright glowy light radiated from it. Absolutely awesome. This Rose Moon was wondrous.

Grrrr, it would have been a great photo moment but I was too groggy to go and fetch my camera. Only on hindsight I realized what I had seen. This night from the 22nd onto 23rd of June was special. 

See some pictures others took, here

The last time, and I missed that moment too, was two years ago.

It seems that I really saw something special. This full moon was the closest encounter with earth since donkey years. However, on August 10th, 2014 the moon will scant 5 kilometres closer to earth. I made a note in my diary so that I will be able to take a picture. Lets hope for clear skies Smile

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Feedly

As most of you know by now Google Reader will retire on July 1, 2013. That is in 11 days!

I’m not one to remain in complete denial for long and wait till, POOF, my RSS feeder has completely disappeared, taking with it all of those precious saved blogs. 

So in March I did a Google search and asked hubby what to use. My Google search showed me that a lot of quilters were inclined to go for Bloglovin. Hubby advised me to go for Feedly. On hindsight, he advised me well! Lucky for me, he helped me import my feeds from Google Reader. Making the transition real easy for me.

I thought I would be sad losing Google Reader but actually I’m not. I love my Feedly Smile. I love the simple and clean interface. It is so easy to use. The card view – to check out all the posts - is the greatest feature. It is kind of like having my own eMagazine.

I can read all my favourite blogs on my computer or iPad. When I’m waiting somewhere, – and that happens a lot –,  I can even keep up with all your blog posts by checking my Feedly app on my iPhone.

It reads like an eMagazine. You just scroll through. Click on ‘today’ and you see what has been published recently.

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You can categorize. I’ve got all my favourite American, Australian, Dutch and European blogs categorized. You don’t want to see my index though. I’ve got 12 other categories and follow 361 blogs, oops!

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When you have finished reading a post, you can share it, and/or delete it from your unread list. You can even safe posts to read later. Love this feature. It is great to be able to access your favourite posts in Feedly. 

Also finding a blog via Feedly is super easy. Just click on ‘Add content’ in the left sidebar, and a search bar will pop up on the right. From there you can input specific blogs or search subjects. You can also copy the URL from the site or blog and paste it in the search bar. Easy peasy!

So if you haven’t found your RSS feeder, maybe you want to consider Feedly.

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You can also add a Feedly button to your site. Make it easy for me to follow your blog. If you want to follow me, just click on the Feedly button in the left column.

Do let me know if you are following me Wink! Just click on this toolbar, which you will find also in the left column.xxxIf you happen to choose for Feedly, let me know! 

Quilts matter!

‘’They tell stories and illuminate our history.
They link generations and foster community.
They are one of the most universally recognized
American art forms’’.

Because I find the documentation of oral history important, I had to join the Quilt Alliance. Read more about this organisation here. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get a Dutch Chapter? Do you think the Dutch Quiltersgilde would be interested to join this initiative? I’m sure there are some interesting stories from Dutch quiltmakers that we would love to hear, document and preserver for future generations.

As many of you know the main reason for my visit to Houston two years ago was to support and contribute to this initiative.  It also gave me a chance to visit the Quilt Festival Winking

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I interviewed a couple of quilters for the Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories project. Hundreds of Q.S.O.S. interviews and transcripts are archived at the Library of Congress American Folklife Centre. Check-out the Quilt Index here. You will find that some prominent Dutch quilters have been interviewed too, like Ted Storm and Henk van Kooten.

The administration booth!

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Well guess who got interviewed too recently? Me! Yes, I’ve been interviewed about my experience as a interviewer for the Story Quarters, a quarterly journal of the Quilt Alliance.

The Story Quarters is a special publication for members only. So to see the full eNewsletter you need to become a member. Here is the link to the membership page. Will you become an individual member?  I do hope so.

I also want to encourage you to get involved. Volunteer for Q.S.O.S. as an interviewer or transcriber. Find out how to get started here: http://tinyurl.com/k5qq5ug. It is a great experience! And, lots of fun. Besides that, you meet great people who you might not have met otherwise. I really hope that I can help again sometime in the future.

You know me, I have to share the segment of the eNewsletter that contains my interview. 

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Besides interviewing the above quiltermakers, I also interviewed Michelle Settle. 

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If you click on this URL you can find out which other quiltmakers from Texas were interviewed for Q.S.O.S.

So will you get involved? Maybe you want to initiate a meeting with the Dutch Quiltersgilde? Love to hear from you, just leave a comment Happy.