Catching up

Catching up

Hey everybody! It has been very silent here at my blog since the middle of June. I thought you might like an update! There has been lots of D.I.Y. in my apartment from the moment I decided to change realtor. In an effort to finally get my apartment sold, I hired a stylist/stager/photographer who helped me … Continue reading

Foundation Paper Piecing Tip

Foundation Paper Piecing Tip

Sometimes a symmetrical paper pieced block, like a star, can contain awkwardly shaped pieces. I have taken up creating my own templates to be a bit more frugal with my  fabric and to be able to precisely fussy cut. Fabric here in Europe is at least twice as expensive than in the USA. We have to be … Continue reading

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 2

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 2

In June 2015 I received these three pinwheel blocks from Susan who blogs at Desert Sky Quilting. This block is actually called a Flying Fan and Sue provides a tutorial. Great huh?! The yellow Flying Fan block grabbed my fancy first and I drew on some arches with the longarm rulers. I did not use … Continue reading

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 1

Coral, Mustard and Jade – part 1

Okay, I jumped in… maybe a bit too quickly… but I have started with my quilting the F2F blocks. Here is the collection again from last June. There will be more blocks added to create a bigger quilt for my bed. It has been almost a year… So why did I jump in too soon? … Continue reading

F2F blocks and presents

F2F blocks and presents

Here are some pretty pictures to celebrate the weekend! First up are the F2F blocks from last month. These blocks took a while to arrive at their new home in Australia so I waited with displaying them here. Nanette will create a pretty quilt with all her blocks from around the world. An unfinished pattern … Continue reading

F2F blocks May

F2F blocks May

Three more 12″ blocks for you you enjoy! These are the F2F blocks for Kate in lime green, grey and black on a light background. I am really happy with how this block turned out. I know that Kate pieced this same pattern for her quilt too, but it does look different because of the fussycut diamonds in … Continue reading

Time for Tea(l) – release of patterns

Time for Tea(l) – release of patterns

Good morning everybody! Have you enjoyed all the test blocks of the Time for Tea blocks? The testers did such a wonderful job, don’t you think?! The time if finally here to officially release the seven patterns. Underneath each picture there  is a direct link to the craftsy website. Two of the seven featured pattern … Continue reading

Time for Teal – part 2

Time for Teal – part 2

Ding Ding Ding! Round TWO!!! Here are the second and last set of test blocks for my newest patterns. (A HUGE thank you to all the people who help test these blocks!!! I will send you all an email soon!) Please go to my previous post to see the first set of test blocks!   Test … Continue reading

Star Dance

Star Dance

Finally finally finally … it is time to release the pattern “Star Dance’! I have been sitting on this pattern for several months now, waiting for some extra time to write up the pattern pdf. It is now DONE!!! The star pattern comes in 6 and 12 inch blocks. The pattern lends itself for some cute … Continue reading

‘Time for Teal’ — part 1

‘Time for Teal’ — part 1

Feast for your eyes today!!! Behind the scenes there has been a lot of designing, printing, emailing and photographing going on. At the end of March I designed several foundation paper piecing patterns with High Tea / Afternoon Tea on my mind. Teapot & coffeepot, cups, cupcakes and tiered cakes and more!!! And the patterns … Continue reading

F2F blocks and more.

F2F blocks and more.

Last month’s Foot to Freestyle blocks for Claire of ‘Knit N Kwilt’  were to be in the colors brown (deep, rich, or ordinary), red, orange with a background of cream to beige to tan. I started with this classic star with some fabric that I had received in a surprise box from Craftsy. In that box there were … Continue reading

Charity quilts

Charity quilts

Last autumn Rita, who owns the local quilt shop in Brunssum, organized a Quilter’s Day. We were so happy to be allowed to use the facilities of the highschool I work at. Can you imagine 80 quilters taking over the teachers’ lounge and the library on a Saturday? There was a show-and-tell, a quilt block … Continue reading

From simple to a bit more complex

From simple to a bit more complex

This year I have been teaching some FMQ classes in a local quilt shop. I have created many drawings and samplers for my students to look at. The first round of classes was a beginners workshop where we worked on loops, curls, echoes, flames/ferns, various fillers like pebbles and some vines. As you can imagine I … Continue reading

Workshop sampler

Workshop sampler

These last months I have had the opportunity to teach several beginners FreeMotion Quilting workshops. Preparing for these classes meant going through my quilt sampler book and looking through my quilts and the books I have collected on FMQ.   All this inspired me to create a inspirational sampler specially for this beginners class that I … Continue reading

Paper Piecing Pride

Paper Piecing Pride

These last couple of months on social media have been really interesting for me. I have to explain something first: A little over a year ago I joined the Instagram site and I adored the direct photo sharing and easy contact it allows. I loved that you can tag your pictures and other people are able to … Continue reading

February’s Fabulous Floral Fabric for the F2F blocks

February’s Fabulous Floral Fabric for the F2F blocks

GREEN it was for Emmely’s F2F bee blocks. Any color, any shade… (Block 1: pattern “Out there”, FREE to download on Craftsy, foundation paper pieced, 12 inch.) (Block 2: pattern “Stardance”, will be released this Spring, foundation paper pieced, 12 inch.) Emmely loves improv quilting. I have tried my hand at it before, so I wanted to add at least one … Continue reading

Playing with charity blocks

Playing with charity blocks

Hello everybody! How are you all doing? You have not heard from me on this blog for a couple of weeks. Well you know…life gets in the way… and the flu… and grading test papers!🙂 I do hope you have not been ill too; at work the flu was raging rampant. It does seems to have … Continue reading

Friday Finish

Friday Finish

Sleeve, check! Hand sewing the binding, check! Label, check! Well then, it is finished! (Read the previous blogpost on this mini here.) Several Amy Butler fabrics from 2 different collections are combined. Also some other fabrics got thrown into the mix too. The quilting was done with a silver metallic thread by Madeira: Metallic madeira, embroidery … Continue reading

Happy mail

Happy mail

Last week I received happy mail from the USA. I had won a FQ bundle of Amy Butler’s new collection DreamWeaver. Free Spirit Fabrics had held a give away on Instagram a week before and my name was randomly drawn. My quilty friend Annett from the F2F group had tagged me first so I would … Continue reading

Humming

Humming

In december I shared my F2F blocks for that month. I spoke about writing some foundation paper piecing patterns in January. This picture above is the Humming pattern, the first of those new patterns. The block is inspired by humming birds and their pointy beaks and fluttering wings. Let me introduce you to this gorgeous … Continue reading

Saint’s Star – mosaic quilts

Saint’s Star – mosaic quilts

All over the churches of Rome you can find this star. This particular example was part of a cross inset in a sarcophagus. Again, don’t ask me where in Rome this can be found…. I don’t remember! It is mesmerizing, don’t you agree? I  did spot the same design somewhere else too, but in a … Continue reading

Roman Steps – mosaic quilt

Roman Steps – mosaic quilt

As promissed some more mosaic inspiration for us quilters! BUT…. in this blog post I will only share ONE picture of a floor mosaic. The particular picture has inspired me to play around with EQ7 this evening. I am not attempting to write a quilt pattern, just inspiring you! I am sure that you can … Continue reading

Quiltish – Pompeian quilts

Quiltish – Pompeian quilts

Right after Christmas a friend and I took off and spend 5 days in Rome. We have been there many times and we had decided to undertake some new adventures. On our first day in Italy we went to Pompeii by train. The city houses the large Roman excavation of the town of Pompeii which was … Continue reading

Seeing stars

Seeing stars

WOOOOWWW…. my social media just exploded today after posting about the F2f blocks. The response on Facebook and Instagram is unbelievable. The members of the Facebook groups called ‘Quilting‘  and “For the Love of Paper Piecing‘ have been so incredibly kind. They are commenting with their best wishes for our Miss May and telling their … Continue reading

Girl Power

Girl Power

As you all know am I participating in a worldwide block swap called F2F. Just last week we were informed that one of our group was receiving hospice care. Her turn in the swap was in the month of May of 2016, so as she pointed it out to us… she probably wouldn’t be with us by … Continue reading

Small gifts.

Small gifts.

A while ago I purchased a Fat Quarter bundle of Moda’s ” A is for.” The line has a school-feel and that was what attracted me to it. I had saved it for a unknown future project. You know, those projects you tell yourself you will have so you can just buy the fabric? Finally … Continue reading

Swap blocks

Swap blocks

Last month I created a swap block with the Take Flight pattern that I hope to release by the end of January. This pattern allowes so much play with the lay-out and color positioning. Just look at the next picture. Same patterns, but a totally differently layout and coloring. The color request, for Christina’s swap … Continue reading

First things first

First things first

Hello every body! Welcome to 2016!!! I wish you all the best for this new year. I hope you have all survived the first days back at work. For me it was a bit of a shock to the system, ha ha! I think I could have done with a few more days off!😉 In … Continue reading

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

It is 3 o’clock in the afternoon here and it has been a busy day already. The next couple of days will be filled with family and friends, so this is a precious day alone where I can organize, clean up and pack my things before leaving the house. While going through my ‘stuff’ in the sewing room … Continue reading

Honey for Christmas

Honey for Christmas

Almost a year ago I ran into a quilter’s stash in a flea market.There was some great quality cotton there, but also lots of craft fabric. I wanted to finally use some of this fabric as it is just sitting in boxes, not doing much. As I have been revisiting some of my own older patterns … Continue reading