Scraphappy November – charity sewing

Scraphappy November – charity sewing

In October 2020 I was alerted to a charity called Perfectly Preemie requesting tiny baby clothes and baby sheets for the local hospital’s neonatal department. I decided to help out using my scraps and fabric remnants and turn them into sheets. The requested sheets were supposed to be double sided with a waffle-like cotton on … Continue reading

Spool Star pattern released!

Spool Star pattern released!

Yay, it is finally time to RELEASE the Spool Star quilt pattern! Have you already been gathering your favorite scraps? Yesterday I showed you the dark SNOW version of this wall hanging pattern. But other layouts are also possible with this little block that has found its way into my heart. πŸ˜‰ An apple for … Continue reading

Spool Star – FAQ

Spool Star – FAQ

Just a few days ago I announced that the Spool Star quilt pattern will be released on 3 November 2021. That is TOMORROW! I wanted to take the time today to give you some information on the pattern and answer the questions that I received. The foundation paper piecing pattern for this wall hanging provides … Continue reading

Scraphappy October

Scraphappy October

Last month I joined Kate and Gun’s Scraphappy group. Around the middle of each month we share something made from scraps. Today I worked on some scrappy blocks. I have been making these for quite some time, but I have a lot of scraps left. I am only using the left overs from my scraps … Continue reading

Spool Star Holiday wreath

Spool Star Holiday wreath

Do you remember the small wallhanging that I made using my foundation paper pieced Spool Star block? Playing with the Spool Star block is turning out very inspiring. So many ideas! Let’s look at the first new layout, a Holiday wreath! The traditional red and green, with some vintage-style blue and pink. This block works … Continue reading

Florida Sunset Quilt – quilting

Florida Sunset Quilt – quilting

This quilt of many colors, needs threads to match! The plan was to use the thread colors as elements of the colors shift within the rows. This did mean MANY thread changes on the longarm, which I really didn’t mind. I used my longarm rulers to stitch straight lines and circles. I went over each … Continue reading

Finally some tea!

Finally some tea!

So happy to announce that the ‘Tea with Kate’ kitchen quilt is finished. This wall hanging will be on display hopefully soon on a wall near my kitchen. I am happy with how it turned out, even though all the stitching seemed to take for ever. πŸ˜‰ The blocks are foundation paper pieced for this … Continue reading

Spool Star introductions

Spool Star introductions

Quite a few years ago I drew some quilt designs in a notebook, which I promptly forgot about. When cleaning and sorting through the papers in my sewing room this Summer, I came across this notebook again. One of the designs I had come up with, I want to present to you today. I have … Continue reading

Florida Sunset Quilt – piecing

Florida Sunset Quilt – piecing

I just checked, but I haven’t shared anything here on my blog about the Florida Sunset Quilt that I worked on from Fall 2019 onwards. Time to catch up! In November 2019 Irene from Sugaridoo released a Quilt Along in the Bernina website. Irene is a fellow member of the Dutch Modern Quilt Guild she … Continue reading

Busting the scraps

Busting the scraps

Most of my stash consists of FQs and half yard cuts. I love having a wide variety of fabrics to chose from. I store the FQ cuts (and wider cuts) in a bigger bin and the scraps in a smaller bins. The thing is that I didn’t actually use the scraps once they were in … Continue reading

One for the brother.

One for the brother.

My brother needed a new quilt, I decided. A blue, teal and grey one to use on the couch while watching tv. I found a great free pattern offered by Free Spirit. The design is by Tula Pink and it looks great in her fabric of course. But my brother is not really into pinks, … Continue reading

My FMQ Fun – part 2

My FMQ Fun – part 2

Welcome back! Are you ready for some more FMQ fun? As you may remember I started sharing some smaller samples of all kinds FMQ designs and ideas. Let’s continue! The s-curve is one of the most versatile shapes there is! Flames, ferns, zebra stripes or peacock feathers can all be constructed using this basic shape. … Continue reading

My FMQ fun

My FMQ fun

April last year, I shared lots of quilty eye candy and tutorials based on ribbon candy and wishbone patterns. I really enjoyed stitching out the samples and creating the tutorials. Let’s do a project like this again! I have come up with a list of patterns and tools connected to freemotion quilting (FMQ). Each word … Continue reading

Two new tutorials!

Two new tutorials!

Welcome back everyone! Thank you for taking the time to read this blogpost. It has been almost a year since I last added something to this blog. All of time and energy has been diverted to my day job in teaching high school. I fully intend to slowly pick up blogging again. I have something … Continue reading

Tea for Kate Kitchen Quilt.

Tea for Kate Kitchen Quilt.

It has been a while since you saw anything from this kitchen project. The blocks are from the β€˜Tea for Kate’ set that I designed in 2016. This is what I started out planning. I used lots of Alison Glass fabrics combined with lots of β€˜pretty friends’. The blocks are 12x 12 inch and I … Continue reading

Quilting around the corner – type 5

Quilting around the corner – type 5

Happy Saturday! The sun is out, the flowers are in bloom, enough fabric to quilt up, good music on the radio… Let’s focus on the good today! Here is the fifth way you could quilt around the corner with a ribbon candy. I have dubbed it ‘Curl’ as that is last shape you stitch before … Continue reading

Quilting around the corner – type 4

Quilting around the corner – type 4

Welcome everybody! Today I will show you a fourth option for going around corners using the Ribbon Candy pattern. The concept of this option ‘Flow’ is quilting up to the diagonal in the corner (white dotted line). Once you are close to that diagonal you quilt, in one fluent movement, a corner flourish. You can … Continue reading

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 10

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 10

Hello everybody! I hope you are all safe and healthy. Many of you are homeschooling children, taking care of family members and / or friends and trying your best to stay healthy and shelter in place.Β I do hope you can make some time for yourself and enjoy some quilting or just look at pretty quilts. … Continue reading

Quilting around the corner – type 2 + 3

Quilting around the corner – type 2 + 3

Welcome to the second post on quilting around the corner with a Ribbon Candy pattern. Thank you all for your positive reactions to the first post. I hope that the explanation of type 2 and 3 will be as equally motivating to go and tackles those corners. In type 1 we worked our way to … Continue reading

Quilting around the corner – type 1

Quilting around the corner – type 1

Several people who commented on my posts on my blog or on Facebook/Instagram requested information on how they could quilt around a corner using the Ribbon Candy pattern, just like you would do in borders around a quilt. So I started drawing to see what I could come up with. Β Almost directly, I came to … Continue reading

QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2020

QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2020

Last September I had the opportunity to help put together blocks for the second QuiltCon Charity Quilt by the Dutch Modern Quilt Guild of which I am a member. We were each asked to put 5 blocks together of 4 different letters and a ‘space’. The letters form the words BLACK and WHITE in various … Continue reading

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 8

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 8

YAY! It is finally time to tackle the Ribbon Candy pattern variations! For those of you who are a bit unsure of what the differences are between a Wishbone and a Ribbon Candy pattern, please bear with me… I will explain! Ribbon Candy: Resembles a type of candy that is ‘gently folded’ like a ribbon. … Continue reading

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 7

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 7

Welcome back for another round of freemotion tutorials! This is the last of the posts dedicated to the WISHBONE pattern variations, but there will be more tutorials, do not worry! I have a whole set of ideas planned out concerning the RIBBON CANDY pattern. Endless possibilities! Some of you may have noticed that somewhere in … Continue reading

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 6

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 6

Hello again to you all! This is 6th installment of this series of Freemotion pattern ideas based on the Wishbone pattern. In this blogpost I am focusing on changing the shape the loops of the Wishbone. First up for today is this triangular design. The regular round loops are now turned into triangles. I did … Continue reading

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 5

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 5

Hello again! Are you ready for some more wishbone variations? The last two tutorials (in part 4 of this series) may have been a bit complex for some quilters with all of that mirroring going on. These next two new tutorials will have hearts as well, but not the complexity of the previous patterns. Two … Continue reading

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 4

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 4

Hello dear quilty friends, Thank you for all your lovely comments on my previous posts on the series of wishbone variations! It is truly heartwarming to see so many people being enthusiastic about this project of mine. There have been quilters on Facebook who have shared their work inspired by the tutorials… it is just … Continue reading

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 3

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 3

Happy New Year to you all! Let’s start these ‘Roaring Twenties’ with some new tutorials based on the Wishbone Quilting pattern with some Ribbon Candy thrown in too. In the previous postΒ I shared two options of alternating a large and small wishbone. But there are more options, of course! The first one is really dense … Continue reading

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 2

Freemotion Quilting Tutorials – part 2

Hello freemotion quilting friends! It is time for the second post on the Wishbone and Ribbon Candy pattern variations. Before I give you some more basic options, let’s look at the big difference between Ribbon Candy and Wishbone. The top drawing is a sketch of Ribbon Candy. The continuous line propels itself without needing to … Continue reading