Quilts on Show – Veldhoven part 2

Quilts on Show – Veldhoven part 2

This morning I woke to discover I had won the Blogger Quilt Festival in the MINI category. Thank you all for voting for my paint tube quilt! I am amazed by all of the support you have given me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! ——————————————————————————————————– As promised some more pictures with quilts from the … Continue reading

Quilts on Show – Veldhoven part 1

Quilts on Show – Veldhoven part 1

You may have noticed that there is an online quilt show going on RIGHT NOW! About 550 quilts were entered in a total of 12 categories. Everybody could put their quilt in the show and everybody gets a vote! You can VOTE for three quilts in each category. You only have to click on the … Continue reading

Milestone

Milestone

200 posts… Who knew that after 200 posts I would still have things to show you and to write about?! 200 posts… Filled with sharing, fabric love, design beauties, remarkable patterns and quilty friends! 200 posts… Full of your support and love! THANK YOU!!! Thank you for being my quilty friends! You are giving me … Continue reading

Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini

Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini

This is my entry post for the Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini! This summer I designed a Blog Hop Paper Piecing Pattern. I scoured through all of my scraps to create the paint tubes for four blocks. Each block has 5 tubes in it. By creating four blocks you get a complete circle! It was … Continue reading

Hexie pillow finished!

Hexie pillow finished!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I feel loved!!! Last week I finished this adorable (if I say so myself!) hexagon as the front of a pillow. I also promissed to tell you how I created a pillow form for this unsual pillow. I had an IKEA pillow on hand; one of those cheap … Continue reading

New hexies

Last week I turned 38… which did not feel any different from turning 27.  I am glad it did not, as approaching 40 is still a bit too scary! In my first few days as a 38 year old this is what I learned:  Love and have fun! Love: many kisses and big hugs from … Continue reading

Autumn Candy

Autumn Candy

In between class preparations and getting my house ready for a viewing day ( in the hope to sell it soon) I have been working slowly but steadily on a new quilt. One that will be mine… ALL MINE! (Have you ever stopped to think how many quilts you have made for other people? It … Continue reading

Juliet’s sewing machine

Juliet’s sewing machine

Hello everyone! I was kind of missing in action… work took priority over sewing the first couple of weeks of this new school year. I truly love my work, but I wish that some things would not take up that much preparation time. I truly love my work… especially if we get to go on … Continue reading

Summer museums 01

Summer museums 01

Hello World! How are you? The first week of school was very intense. Full of fun teaching, great kids and lots of little things to do even when it is past your bedtime already! I do not even know where the weekend went and the second week has already started in full force. Catch my … Continue reading

Around the World Blog Hop

Around the World Blog Hop

You have probably have come across blogposts on the Around the World Blog Hop, right? I have been asked by Dorien of Just-do to participate. If you would also like to join us on this worldwide trip, please read the bit at the end! So, it is my turn today to write about my quilty … Continue reading

Big Stash

After all of the FMQ last week my left shoulder is acting up. My Janome sewing machine is placed on top of the table instead of lowered into the table. The whole set up is not very ergonomic when sewing for hours and hours… I know now.   :-(   I think I will have to take … Continue reading

Feather wreath tutorial

Feather wreath tutorial

Have you ever tried to FMQ a feather wreath? Did you know you do not need a stencil to do one? I have taken lots of pictures to show you how. Soooo… get ready for this picture heavy post!   Before we start: – I used a Frixion pen to draw on the fabric. The … Continue reading

Friday Finishes

Friday Finishes

Three finishes today, or actually two and a half! :-) My Mom requested these hearts to hang on to fridge door and the cookie cabinet door. They will remind her to snack more “greens”  and not to grab the candy and cookies! I think it is a great visual reminder! I also FINALLY finished the … Continue reading

Learning from the pros. 2

Learning from the pros. 2

Hello again! I wrote yesterday that I was using the Frixion pen for drawing lines on my fabrics. There is a lot to do about these pens in the quilting world. Please do a google search on them as many people have experimented with them on fabrics. There were positive outcomes and not so positive … Continue reading

Learning from the pros

Learning from the pros

Last week I got some quilt books back that I lended out to a friend. I had not seen the books in a while and that was a good thing. This time around I saw different things in these books than I did a few months ago. (I hope to do a review on these … Continue reading

FMQ samples

FMQ samples

As I promised you yesterday, there is much more FMQ to show you!  Today there is a portion of FMQ samples. I am showing you the front and back of the samplers as I am using a darker thread on top to see what I am doing. The backside actually shows you what the FMQ … Continue reading

Rain? FMQ!

Rain? FMQ!

We are getting lots and lots of rain, cloudy days and lowish temperatures for summer. I am even wearing a long sleeve top… SUMMER??? The last couple of days I spent my time working on reference books for FMQ. A while ago I saw a similar book and wanted one of my own. Just ONE! … Continue reading

New Mystery Fabric

This week left me with more mystery fabric to play with! Absolutely not cotton. Very very thick. A little bit stretchy. Very easy to damage with an sharp object. BUT super fun to quilt! Have great Friday! Esther   Linking up with: Free Motion Mavericks

The final cloud!

The final cloud!

More than a year ago I finished this “Cloud Nine” quilt top. A YEAR! I never thought I would be a “W.I.P.’s-lady”… you know, a quilter who has W.I.P.’s and stacks of more W.I.P.’s in the closet. (I can not be the only W.I.P.-lady out there… I know you are out there !) While purging … Continue reading

Feather-holic

Feather-holic

I took advantage of the Craftsy Sales of this last week. I finally signed up for Angela Walters Free-Motion with Feather Class. I have been quilting feathers for a while now, so the first part of the class did not reveal new techniques for me, but it did help me with getting the right shapes … Continue reading

Frankenstein Feathers

Frankenstein Feathers

During the mayor clear out/clean up of my flat I have stumbled upon a bag full of scraps of batting. To big to throw out, too small to use in individual projects… Frankenstein them! :-) Cut the scraps to straight pieces. Use a large zig zag stitch and build a bigger usable piece of batting. … Continue reading

What to say?

Normally I do not remark on news or national / international events on this blog, but this time I would like to speak out. I guess all of you know that last week an civilian airplane was shot down over Ukraine. Almost 300 people lost their lives. Of these over 190 people were Dutch. Little … Continue reading

A star is born

A star is born

First day of summer break, you guys! 6 Whole weeks of no teaching, grading and making tests… Hip Hip Hooray! I was soooooo looking forward to this vacation! I have so many great things planned, like putting my apartment up for sale, catching up on quilting, finally finishing all of those W.I.P’s, writing more patterns, … Continue reading

“Paint it”  –  College Blog Hop

“Paint it” – College Blog Hop

Welcome to all of you, old and new friends! Day 2 of the College Blog Hop… here I come! I spent my college days in paint stained clothing, carrying around huge folders with sketches, drawings, prints and photographs. I went to art school in Maastricht, the Netherlands. I trained there to be an art teacher. … Continue reading

Sneak peek!

On July 1st the new and exciting College Blog Hop will start! About 20 talented designers have each created a quilt block with their college days as its inspiration. I was asked to join this group of wonderful designers. All of the patterns in the College Blog Hop will be for free!  Great, hey!!! (I told … Continue reading

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

Hi there! ( First some talk, than lots of pillows! ) So glad to be back! It has been a while since my last post. I have had to put blogging on hold for a few weeks as I am preparing my apartment for sale. I finally got my “behind” into action and acted on … Continue reading

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – entree 1

This is my first entree in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2014. ( If I can get it to link up! ) This little quilt measures about 30 x 30 inches and was backed with a soft blue flannel. Because of the size I am entering it into the SMALL  QUILTS category. The locomotive is … Continue reading

Scary

Scary

Hello hello hello! It has been another gorgeous day here!!! Everybody is wearing summer clothes… and is complaining about the heat ALREADY! LOL! Last week my students took their national art exam (on the computer) and I have to grade their work. It always takes a lot of time to check their work and cross-reference … Continue reading

BLOCK-aliscious #3

BLOCK-aliscious #3

“I will be patching HST blocks on a regular basis for the next couple of months.  I will be using this schematic for the lay out of the blocks. I will be selecting the blocks randomly. I will be doing the blocks in a navy, blue and white combination as in a sweet and soft … Continue reading

Kitchen gifts

Kitchen gifts

Okay, you know when you get this answer from your mom: “I don’t need anything, I don’t want any gifts…” and you really can’t think of anything she might LOVE for mother’s day? Just two small ideas came to mind… potholders and a large placemat/tabletopper…. AHUM, not my favorite, dazzling gifts ever, but I know … Continue reading