Thursday, April 10, 2014

An Easter surprise.....

Last night was our first surprise quilt evening. On these days, the group gets a list of items to bring and I have a surprise project for them to start. Sometimes it is a quick and simple project and other times a little more involved as this surprise was. They all came in and took a place at the tables. Then the surprise was revealed.....

Gisteren was ons verrassingsavond bij de quilt groep. De dames krijgen een lijst met benodigdheden om mee te nemen. Soms is het project klein en snel te make en soms wat groter. Als iedereen zat aan tafel was het spannend moment...het project was...een paasquilt!

A little Easter quilt!

The quilt is based on a sweet little design I saw in an Anna magazine. What I liked about this one is that each person can play with the elements in the design to create something for themselves. It is done on a piece of linen using the addition of ricrac, ribbons and buttons. The "brick" borders are added and it can be quilted. Can you find the little butterfly that I quilted in mine?

Mieke and I had spent a quilt weekend at Cranberry Cottage. It was there that she bought the magazine and I changed my plans for our surprise evening to do this. Mieke made a sample quilt along with me and hers was also ready to show (see photo below).

De quilt is gebaseerd op een idee uit de Anna. Wat leuk is ... elke persoon kan hun eigen creatie er van maken. Borduur je met hulp van borduurgaren, zigzagband, organzaband en knoopjes een paas-tafereeltje. Naai twee rijen "steentjes" er om heen en quilt het door. Zie je de vlinder in mijn quiltwerk?

Mieke en ik hebben een quilt weekend in Cranberry Cottage gehad waar zij de Anna hadden gekocht. Daar krijg ik het idee om een quilt van deze ontwerp te maken. Zij heeft samen met mij een voorbeeld al gemaakt voor de quiltavond. Die zie je in de foto hieronder. 

The ladies were very quiet at times as they worked away with needle and thread. There are some really cute quilts that will be made over the next couple of weeks. I am excited to see them at our next meeting. 

Our group has grown once again. We welcomed 4 new members to the group last night. What a start for them to have this surprise project on their first night! Welcome to Ineke, Dinie, Hannie en Corrina. 

De dames waren af en toe stil van het werken met naald en draad. Ik kijk er naar uit om de quilts van hun te kunnen bewonderen bij de volgende quilavond. 

Ons groep is groter geworden. Wij hebben vier nieuwe dames erbij en wat een spannend avond om te beginnen! Welkom Ineke, Dinie, Hannie en Corrina. 

It is not too late to start something small for Easter. This little quilt works up very fast and is the perfect addition to an Easter display. 

Het is nooit te laat om te beginnen met een kleine quilt voor de Pasen. Deze was snel af en leuk om de paassfeer in huis te brengen. 


Friday, March 14, 2014

Cherry blossoms.....

All around us the trees are starting to bloom. As I also was teaching my quilt group to make rag appliqué blossoms on Wednesday, I got out my crocheted cherry blossoms and put them on branches in a jug on the table where we worked. The pattern can be found here

Overal om ons heen zijn de bomen in bloei. Woensdag gaf ik les aan mijn quiltgroep. Wij hebben "rag appliqué" bloesem gemaakt. Erg toepasselijk om een kannetje met takken en gehaakte kersen bloesem op tafel te zetten. 

"I love better to count time from spring to spring; it seems to me far more cheerful to reckon the year by blossoms than by blight."

- Donald G. Mitchell


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In the mood for crocheting and quilting

Tuesday again and time to show some progress on my Mood Blanket. I just added a lilac/creative square. Yesterday was purple again and it made me think of Marsha's sweet comment. She said she wished she could visit me on purple days. That would be fun! But I also need to explain about the purple/lonely squares. 

I am never is just a rare thing for me to feel if you use it in the sense that most do. For me the lonely days are the days that Jos is working out of the country. This year has seen him constantly running to Switzerland or England. Each departure day has been marked by a purple square. One is not marked since he had to go to London for a meeting. He flew over and back in the time he would normally be away at his office and was back home for dinner. That was a happy day as I did not have to miss him. 

I am linking to Hazel's blog today with my progress...

Het is al dinsdag dus weer tijd om mijn Mood Blanket te laten zien. Net een lila/creatief blokje gehakt. Gisteren was paars en ik moest denken aan Marsha. Wat een lieve reactie van haar! Maar even een uitleg over de kleur paars. Ik ben bijna nooit eenzaam maar paars is voor mij het kleur als Jos moeten reizen. Hij werkt veel in Zwitzerland en Engeland sinds het begin van het jaar. De dag die hij weg moet is paars.

It is spring here in Holland! We have been having some beautiful sunny days. I decided to go sit outside and work on my heart jubilee quilt today. Danielle thought I was using wool fabric and did not have a seam allowance. It is not wool but woven Japanese fabrics. Many years ago, I bought some at De Lander is Bruges, Belgium. They were put away knowing one day I would have a special project to use them for and this heart quilt was just the right one. 

Het is lente! Ik ben in de tuin met mijn quilt gaan zitten. Heerlijk toch. Danielle dacht dat ik met wol werkte dus geen naadtoeslag maar het zijn de bekende Japanse stofjes ... geweven dus. Jaren geleden gekocht in Brugge om te bewaren voor iets bijzonders. Mijn 50 harten zijn bijzonder. 

I am using a simple method to appliqué my hearts. First trace the heart on the back of the fabric. With a really sharp small pair of scissors, clip the seams all the way around the heart. The cuts must be deep stopping just before the drawn line. 

Ik gebruik een makkelijk methode om te appliqueren. Teken de hart aan de achterkant van de stof. Met een scherpe schaar knipjes geven tot net voor de getekende lijn.

Using a glue pen, trace the line just inside the drawn line. 

Met een lijmpen trek je een lijn net binnen de getekende lijn. 

Now using a seam ripper, press on the drawn line and fold the seam over onto the glue line. This method give you a nice sharp edge to then hand appliqué your heart to the background fabric. 

Met een tornmesje druk je tegen de lijn en vouw je de naad naar binnen over de lijm heen. Jij hou een scherpe rand over om te kunnen appliqueren met de hand. 

To share a little spring from our garden here are my grape hyacinths, daffodils and hearts ease (a favorite of mine). 

Nog een blik van mijn tuin met onder andere bosviooltjes zo lief!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

50 Hearts Jubilee

A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 50th birthday. Wow...when did that happen??? I certainly don't feel 50 but then what is 50? I loved Tammy's quilt for her 50th birthday so much that our quilt group made our own versions of her potholder quilt. But I knew I wanted to make my own jubilee quilt. So I thought about what block I would make. It has to work with 50 blocks and I did not want to make a large quilt. I want this to be a quilt I can hang and enjoy for years to come. So after having a Winnie the Pooh moment...think, think, think...I came up with hearts. 50 for each year I have lived and loved.

Een paar weken geleden ben ik 50 geworden...hoe kan dat nou? Ik voel me geen 50 maar hoe moet dat nou voelen? Ik was helemaal gek op de jubileumquilt van Tammy. Deze quilt was zo leuk dat mijn quiltgroep een eigen versie van deze potholderquilt heeft gemaakt. Ik wilde ook mijn eigen jubileumquilt maken maar met welk patroon? Ik moest een patroon kiezen waarmee ik 50 blokken kon maken maar dat niet te groot zou worden om op te hangen.  
Vervolgens dacht ik aan 50 harten ...een voor elk jaar. 

I worked on it full swing while we were away for a few days over my birthday. I worked in the car, at the two B&Bs we stayed in, and later while away at Cranberry Cottage with a quilt friend. There were hearts showing up everywhere...even on a piece of cheesecake and on our coffee in a German cafe. *grins*

Ik heb hard gewerkt tijdens een paar dagen de auto, bij de B&Bs waar wij logeerden en later bij Cranberry Cottage toen ik een paar dagen ging quilten met een vriendin. Hartjes zijn overal te zien zelfs op een stukje kasekuchen en in de koffie bij een Duits cafe. :)

So far I have 15 hearts appliquéd and am loving making them. I keep a tray next to me on the couch to pick them up whenever I sit. 

Tot nu toe heb ik 15 hartjes geappliqueerd. Het is hartstikke leuk om te doen. Ik hou een dienblad  naast mij op de bank om steeds weer een paar steekjes te maken. 


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Moods 2014

While visiting Angie's lovely blog to look up her ripple pattern at the beginning of the year, I saw she started a fun new project. The crochet mood blanket was just right for the basket of yarn scraps that I intended to use up this year. Each day you crochet and add a square to the blanket using the color to describe your mood. I put aside my ripple project for now as I decided this would be too much fun to pass up. The ripple had to be put aside as I have been working on another blanket as a part of a CAL but more about that later.

Here is my mood blanket up to yesterday. Jos helped me using an Excel sheet to choose how long my rows would be. It would never come out just right with 365 blocks. I have 7 blocks left in the end. I am using them up in the blanket by making a larger block for my birthday, Jos' birthday and our anniversary. See the big block? It was for my birthday back on February 12th. 

This is the selection of yarn that I have left from previous blankets. First I created a list of colors and then gave a mood to each color. Funny but when I first came up with the list, my mother laughed and said "So you don't want to use the color" when I told her what mood some would be. I scraped the idea of bored since she was right about that. But so far I have not had any pink in my blanket either. *grins*

My Mood list:
Blue - sad
Pink - worried
Red - angry
Lilac - creative
Purple - lonely
Eggplant - very busy
Grey - tired or sick
Cream - balanced
Gold - inspired
Orange - blessed
Camel - uncertain
Beige - disconnected
Brown - happy or excited
Green - contented
Denim blue - connected

I have been asked when people see the blanket what brown is and why I picked it for being happy or excited. I love brown! It is a color that all colors work well is the color of earth and all the beauty of trees and flowers that grow from is the base from which our food short brown is a beautiful color to me. 

Thank you for still stopping by to visit when I was away for so long. I was happy to see comments from many of my old friends lately. We were very comforted by the many comments about Dagi crossing the rainbow bridge. He is so missed in our home. 


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

An early Country Christmas.....

Spring is definately in the air here but still it an early Country Christmas as I finished my quilt at the beginning of February. Another UFO can be crossed off my list...woohoo!

Lente is in de lucht maar bij ons is het nog een klein beetje kerst. Begin februari heb ik mijn laatste steekje in mijn quilt gezet. Een affo voor mijn lijst!

This quilt was fun to do. I loved doing the quilting freehand to give it a country feeling. I did use a hera marker to be sure I got my lines in the outer borders from point to point. If you have never used one, I can highly recommend it. I even use them for tracing quilt stencils onto my quilts. 

Wat een leuke quilt project was dit! Ik heb het met de vrije hand gequilt. Echter heb ik een hera marker gebruikt om te zorgen dat ik goed in de hoek uitkwam voor de buitenste border maar verder alles gewoon gequilt zonder lijnen om een "landelijke sfeer" te houden in het quilten. 

I sometimes think I would like to quilt with only homespun fabrics. They give such a pretty country feel. 

Geweven stoffen zijn geweldig om te gebruiken...meteen een landelijk gevoel in de quilt. 

*** Dreaming of a Country Christmas *** 


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Saying goodbye to 2013.....


I am sorry that I have not been able to post the last installment of the Advent Quilt. My laptop has died and I have lost my latest information. I will be getting a new one later this week and hope to post the last patterns very soon after. 

One of the reasons I have not been online has been due to our dear cat Dagi who had to be put to sleep yesterday. He had just turned 16 and took a turn for the worse. We had to take him to the vet yesterday. He is now buried in our garden in a place my online friend calls Susan´s Corner. I am missing him terribly and Jos and I are heartbroken!

Master Mind´s Adagio 
Born December 21, 1997
Died December 30, 2013