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Sea Glass charity quilt

Sea Glass charity quilt

This quilt is over 2 years in the making and it still not finished. The binding is not on yet, but that will have to wait till August. All the unwanted blue and green scraps were pulled. Some were my own, some were donated by friends and colleagues. I sewed the scraps onto a strips … Continue reading

The last ones.

The last ones.

For years I have been making baby quilts on commission from my parents for their friends and co-workers. As my father has just retired this last December, the last of the baby quilts for co-workers are a boy and a girl quilt. I had some time on my hands so I made them extra special, … Continue reading

Charity quilts 2018 – part 2

Charity quilts 2018 – part 2

In the Autumn of 2017 I was contacted by a quilter that I had met at the Dutch Modern Quilt Guild. She asked me if I would be willing to quilt for a charity she was participating in. The charity is called Verdanda which donates quilts to people with a disability. If you Dutch quilters … Continue reading

Little ones.

Little ones.

My colleagues are having babies again… ha ha ! I had asked the mother-to-be what color they had used for the baby’s room as an inspiration for this quilt. MINT! Seems like mint is extremely popular here. I added a dash of pink as I love that combination for little girls. I used my tried … Continue reading

Mandala Love

Mandala Love

Over 6 months ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with a life threatening illness. At this moment she is doing relatively well with a mayor operation in her near future. She has all the support of her family and friends. As she is doing so well, I felt it was a great moment to … Continue reading

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

The first Christmas celebration in my new house was a big event! The family came to my house on Christmas Day.  This year we organized our family celebrations a bit differently in the ‘dinner-department’. Everybody had brought something to eat, which made putting dinner on the table for a large group of people so much easier. … Continue reading

3 Months ago, Wow!

3 Months ago, Wow!

Yes, it has been 3 months last my last blogpost. WOW! I didn’t even realize it was that long. I will need several blogpost to share everything with you. One of the most important things that happened these last 3 months, is that my longarm machine arrived!  I have been wanting a longarm from the moment … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 21

FMQ samples – part 21

The countdown to Summer vacation is on; just two more weeks of school! 14 Days until Summer and 16 patterns left on my set of 100 patterns. 3…2…1… let’s get to it! Number 84: pattern CLAM ECHO. Based on the classic clamshell design. The inside of each clamshell is echoed in an spiral toward the … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 20

FMQ samples – part 20

The 100 Days project is now officially at the three-quarters mark. I really never imagined to be able to reach 100 different patterns and more than a few tutorials to go with them. There are still 23 patterns left in the set of 100! That is a little over 3 weeks of patterns left… Number … Continue reading

Dazzling orphan

Dazzling orphan

While rummaging for more scraps I found this old orphan block from 2013 hiding in a box. That year I designed this foundation paper piecing pattern called Dazzle and I tested the block in different fabric combinations. I don’t think this particular block ever made it to the blog that I had just started that … Continue reading

Any and all!

Any and all!

My oldest friend just had her first baby. The little boy is so incredible wanted, I can’t even tell you! When I asked the mother about what colors she would like for a baby quilt, she told me “any and all color!”. I emptied my precious fabric scraps bin and put several economy blocks together … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 19

FMQ samples – part 19

This pattern must be my new favorite… Pattern WARPSPEED. Stitched on an 1 inch grid with a pre-marked 2 inch orange peel.   Pattern TUMBLE; leaves tumbling through the air on their way down to earth. Stitched on an 1 inch grid with pre-marked 2 inch orange peels.   Pattern CROSS STAR. Stitched on an 1 inch … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 18 TUTORIAL

FMQ samples – part 18 TUTORIAL

This week’s tutorial is based on a zentangle drawing tutorial I found on Pinterest. The specific drawing pattern is called Clem and is designed by Erika Bonham Kehlet and can be found on the Pattern Collection website. I am in love with this flower! . Stitched on an 1 inch grid; the flower totals 2 inches. … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 17 – TUTORIALS

FMQ samples – part 17 – TUTORIALS

What a lovely weekend it has been! Spending time with the people you love, doing the things we love. And too boot extra time to sew! Can’t beat that, right? So let’s start this blog post with the two tutorials!!! Pattern DANDELION. The golden thread made me think of the dandelion flower.  Stitched on an 1 inch … Continue reading

Baby, baby, baby!    Sudoku Quilt TUTORIAL

Baby, baby, baby! Sudoku Quilt TUTORIAL

One of my all-time favorite ways to create a baby quilt is to use a sudoku puzzle answer key. I have described my technique before, but as so many new followers have signed up, I will explain again. This tutorial will explain how to make a baby quilt, finished size 36 x 36 inches.  I believe this … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 16 – TUTORIALS

FMQ samples – part 16 – TUTORIALS

After finishing the Hot Green quilt top last weekend, I am happy to return to the 100 Days Project with my Free Motion Quilting patterns. This post starts the second half of the 100 patterns. BUT FIRST… BUT FIRST, I have to ask you to go over the No Hats in the House to cast … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 15 – dense fillers

FMQ samples – part 15 – dense fillers

It feels like summer has arrived! The weather is getting warmer and warmer. The national exams of our senior high school students have passed and the grading has begun. While the seniors are waiting for the results to know if they have passed or not, the other students are still going to regular classes. Our … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 12 – tutorial Orange Peel

FMQ samples – part 12 – tutorial Orange Peel

Hello all my quilty friends! It was a fantastically beautiful day today with bright sunshine and dramatic dark clouds. The garden is coming into bloom and the bulbs I planted a few weeks ago are starting to show their first leaves. Tomorrow we will celebrate Mother’s Day and certain nephew’s 5th birthday… I forsee lots … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 10 – tutorial MOD POMME

FMQ samples – part 10 – tutorial MOD POMME

Today’s set of patterns and tutorial reminds me of a cross section of an apple with its seeds. So here is a seventies-style apple design , which I have named MOD POMME because using some French instantly gives something style, right? 🙂 (Pomme is French for apple) When you combine This MOD POMME with a partial orange … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 8 – tutorial TWIST and play

FMQ samples – part 8 – tutorial TWIST and play

Last two blogposts gave you several variations of the TWIST pattern. Here are some more ideas using the same pattern elements. I have called this pattern ‘ONION FLOWER’ as the curves in each grid remind me of a quartered onion. Thinking about the onion helped me to keep the shapes uniform while stitching. The pattern is stitched … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 6 – tutorial TWIST

FMQ samples – part 6 – tutorial TWIST

Let’s twist! This is one of my favorite grid patterns out there. I have called it TWIST. I have seen it many times on people’s quilts and I am always struck by the energy it brings to the patchwork. Even though it looks difficult, it is relatively easy to do. The pattern is stitched out … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 5 – tutorial SLINGSHOT

FMQ samples – part 5 – tutorial SLINGSHOT

I have been playing with a FMQ pattern that I have decided to name SLINGSHOT. The pattern is created by stitching a curl/spiral and then slingshotting your way out. In the tutorial above I started in the top left corner, but you could of course start in the top right. The next picture shows you what you … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 4 + tutorial

FMQ samples – part 4 + tutorial

It is time to revisit the orange peel pattern. For those of you who would like to know how to stitch the orange peel, there is a great video by Karen Miller on YouTube. She uses a square grid which is on point. In my sample in the picture above I used a regular grid (like … Continue reading