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Magical Forest quilt panel

Magical Forest quilt panel

Last week I shared exciting news with you about my fabric designing adventures.  There was some ‘about-to-burst-excitement’ and two sneak peeks! Well…. here is the complete design! Six variations of the Magical Forest quilt panel. Magical Forest – Morning Light   Magical Forest – Autumn Dawn   Magical Forest – Golden Hour   Magical Forest … Continue reading

Exciting news!!!

Exciting news!!!

I am just about to burst! I have to tell you something exciting! I am now a designer for Honest Fabric, the new fabric company by Karlee Porter!!! Karlee has become famous for her stunning graffiti quilting and her latest masterpiece ‘The Royal Huntress’ quilt that was admired by many at the recent Quilt Market. … 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

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 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

FMQ samples – part 3

FMQ samples – part 3

Every day I try to work on the FMQ-filler samples. Some days I just draw the grids on the fabric, other days I just stitch a part of a pattern and on happy days I stitch out two or more. I am still using the 1 inch grid, but this time I used the SewLine retractable … Continue reading

FMQ samples – part 2

FMQ samples – part 2

Thank you for all your comments on my last post. Your ideas for other markers are great. I have so far tried the SewLine retractable pencil with the ceramic pencil leads. I have worked with them for a little bit and so far I think they are great. I haven’t worked on larger areas with … 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

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

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! 😉 … Continue reading

Eye candy – test blocks October Sky

Eye candy – test blocks October Sky

Hello everybody, It is time for lots of eye candy today! Three weeks ago I put out a request for pattern testers for the October Sky block, and oh boy… did I get a response! In no time I had 15 quilters willing to try the pattern. Some called themselves beginners and others were experts. … Continue reading

Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini

Blogger Quilt Festival – Mini

This is my entry post for the Blogger Quilt Festival  for the Mini Category. In February I created a flower pillow that I wanted to share with you today. As the pillow is about 20 inches across I am entering it in the mini category. If it was square it would be about 80 inches … Continue reading

Have been quilting with teenagers

Have been quilting with teenagers

Hello again! Lots to tell you! I have been quilting with my students as an after school activity. We are creating quilts for the Soy Amado quilt drive by Alison of littleislandquilting. The quilts will be going to Mexico or Tanzania. I asked all of my students to donate fabrics and maybe some euros for … Continue reading

BLOCK-aliscious #5

BLOCK-aliscious #5

Some more pretty blocks to share with you all! As I said in my previous post in this series I intend to show you the finished block and where possible a mosaic picture of the options I tried before deciding on a particular lay out. Somewhere in 2012 I bought thangle papers to create HSTs … Continue reading

An Easter Parade – new pattern

An Easter Parade – new pattern

It is finally time to release my newest pattern “An Easter Parade”! The “An Easter Parade” set of paper piecing patterns contains 6 patterns: a cute bunny, a sweet little chick, a blooming daffodil and three different Easter Eggs. The pattern is very versatile! With the six blocks you can create an adorable tablerunner, a … 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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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