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

BLOCK-aliscious #2

BLOCK-aliscious #2

Hello hello! Last weekend I started a new project and wrote this “mission statement”: “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 … Continue reading

BLOCK-aliscious #1

BLOCK-aliscious #1

I started a new project…. another one….  a very cute one! I do not know if to call this new project of mine a QAL or not… I will be patching HST blocks on a regular basis for the next couple of months. Maybe you want to quilt along with me? I will be using … Continue reading

Quilt-ish #3

Quilt-ish #3

It is time again for some more lovely quilt-ish inspiration from the internet! These quilt-ish posts are all about patterns, designs and colours! I do my best to collect wonderful pictures and videos that can be an inspiration for quilters and non-quilters! How about a pebble teacup or a McTavish cup? I WANT THEM! These … Continue reading

May Break

May Break

We are in the middle of our May Break: two weeks of well deserved rest before “all hell” breaks loose! In the middle of May the final exams take place for our senior students in school. Until then I am enjoying myself with small odd jobs in my house and cleaning up the sewing room. … Continue reading

Catching up

Catching up

I took it really… S…L…O…W… … but I finally finished the bluebird mini quilt! I liked working on some PP again after taking time off from my trains in the Chugging Along Paper Piecing Pattern. It has a sleeve at the back, that I still have to handstitch down. I used the same light purple … Continue reading

Trendy

Trendy

This weekend we went to IKEA. I found some great cotton fabric on sale. It was a precut package of 44×197″ for just 15 euros!!! The cotton feels really nice, and is not so translucent as the famous words fabric you see on so many quilts. I bought the goldfish cotton fabric in the middle … Continue reading

Friday Finish

Friday Finish

Thank you all very much for all of your kind words on my last two posts. I have not had a chance to answer all of your comments. Please know that I have read them all and am very grateful for such kind people!!! The last four weeks have not been super productive on the … Continue reading

My first quilts #1

My first quilts #1

Yesterday I was looking though some old emails that I had sent to a friend and I found one that contained pictures of my two very first quilts. I did not know I still had those pictures. The quilts were created around April of 2010. My first two quilts are still in use, but are … Continue reading

Spreading the love

Spreading the love

What a wonderful Friday! I have just finished the Soy Amado quilt! YAY!!! I am so happy with the orange sashing. Orange and blue are opposites in the colour wheel and therefore enhance each other! The quilt now POPS! Just compare with this picture without the orange! Much better, right? Some fabrics in this quilt … Continue reading

Grandma to the rescue

Grandma to the rescue

… or actually not grandma, but grandma’s! The old Pfaff, that used to be my grandma’s, was still purring with joy when I worked on her this evening. I made one more heart shape block. This time I tried to use a different feather technique. Here you bump back from the top of the feather … Continue reading

Sunday Love

Sunday Love

Here are more blocks for the Soy Amado quilt. I knew I would not have any time to quilt this week :-( so I saved these pictures from last week. Anyway, I hope to be able to a bit of quilting tomorrow and thursday. I still have 4 more blocks to go to get to … Continue reading

Soy Amado & McTavishing 2

It is Monday, so it is time to show you some more McTavishing! I finished 5 blocks in the last week for the Soy Amado quilt. Four of these have my version of McTavishing on them. Looking at these 4 blocks, I see elements that I like and elements that I do not like. I have analyzed … Continue reading

Friday Finishes!

To celebrate the release of Chugging Along last week I held a giveaway! One of the winners was Renee from Quilts of a Feather. She contacted me afterwards and let me know that she would prefer it if someone else got the patterns set. She already had so many projects on the go! So we agreed that she … Continue reading

Spring Cleaning

Is the sun shining for you? We’re enjoying a gorgeous day here with 20 degrees Celsius, blue skies and a fierce wind! To celebrate the arrival of Spring I have decided to lower the prices of all my paper piecing patterns, except for Honey Honey and the newest collection of Chugging Along of course!    :-) For the … Continue reading

“By Jove! I think she’s got it”

No no, no musical blog post here but I could go on and on about Eliza Doolittles costume to the races…. THAT HAT! I want to bet that I would look awesome in it!!! ( Creative strip-piecing anyone? This photograph could easily be the inspiration of a modern quilt!) I finally figured out what to do with the blue … Continue reading

GIVEAWAY WINNERS

I have got 5 winners to share with you today. No not 4, but 5! Those of you who have been by my side when this pattern was being developed, may remember that I said that I would give a complete set to the one who gave me the best ideas for blocks to add to … Continue reading

Chugging Along – Finished!!!

It is done! The paper piecing pattern “Chugging Along” is finally finished! Last night I uploaded the various sets to Craftsy and I will add the individual blocks in the upcoming days. It will take a while as there are 31 separate blocks. (Yes not 30… I needed one more!) The GIVEAWAY for this pattern is … Continue reading

Soy Amado & McTavishing

Three weeks ago I showed you some orphan blocks I quilted up for the block drive run by Little Island Quilting in the UK. They are creating scrappy quilts with 12,5 inch blocks from all over the world. The quilts are going to Mexico City for a home of former street children. This week there … Continue reading

Out of the box

A week full of sewing and designing! I worked on two baby boy quilts and I also managed to sew the blocks together from the massive “Chugging Along” project! HIP HIP HOORAY!!! For those who have not seen the picture of the “Chugging Along” train pattern, here is a picture: Want to see more pictures of … Continue reading

Chock-full Chug

So you wanted to see the top of “Chugging Along”, right? Drum roll please! Taada! Some detail shots too? Here you go! JUST KIDDING! Here is the front: I have got three rows done, using all of the blocks in the “Chugging Along” set, except for one. I want to add more rows, just NO MORE … Continue reading