Saturday, 27 December 2014
Eerste klus: strips snijden, vierkantjes snijden en daar driehoekjes van vouwen/strijken.
Starting a new pine cone!! This time I will not work alone....that is to say: my 'pine cone pal' Teri, from Maryland, USA, will make a pine cone at her own place and to encourage one and other, I will be making a pine cone here in the Netherlands. We e-mail each other and sent pictures of the whole process and of course the progress. Teri's pine cone will be a big one. Her idea is to make one huge circle, that goes on and on, until she has a king size quilt!!! How cool would that be???
Mine will be a table topper made out of 16 or 24 small circles (probably sewn on 20 by 20 cm squares) or may be I will make a bigger one too. I didn't decide yet.
First job: cutting strips, squares and folding/ironing them into triangles.
I chose blue. I have lots of scraps in blue. Some of them waiting in my drawers for so many years.
As a contrasting colour I will use yellow, may be a bit of orange.
Ik gebruik ook hand geverfde stoffen. Ze zijn geverfd door Teri en aangekomen per post op kerstavond, 24 december!
I will also use hand dyed fabric, dyed by Teri and sent to my on christmas eve!
Exciting to receive a package from a friend from a far!
And so much fabric in so many beautiful colours....I'm almost tempted to use all of them in my pine cone.
These are the first triangle I made of the hand dyed fabric. I had to take another box to put all the triangles in, the other one was far too small. I guess I just have to start sewing soon.
The other present in the package was this little thing. Teri made it herself. You can use it to feed the fabric through the machine if it is too difficult to do it with your fingers. I used to take my seam ripper for it but this is much handier and beautiful too. I looked it up and they call it a awn or stiletto I think. It was there along time ago too.
I'm off making another badge of triangles, have a nice weekend,
Ik ga gauw nog wat driehoekjes maken,
ps. on 26th of januari 2015 I changed the name of the pattern from Pine burr into Pine cone.
Monday, 8 December 2014
And now my progress of the woolen crochet blanket. It is 72 cm long now, so I crocheted one third of the whole blanket I guess.
Here the little bed in the sun in France. I hope to make small curtains for it some time. May be some made out of small hexagons would be nice.
The matress and cushion were in the fridge for 48 hours, just in case some little animals were living in there.
The shop owner said the bed is from the 1930's.
Monday, 10 November 2014
Over the years my father-in-law (now 96!!) gave me sheep wool in different shades. The stock became larger. I didn't want to use it for clothing because it tickles too much. I decided to crochet a blanket. It will be big so I can use it on my lit-jumeaux bed.
My father-in law still spins and twines the wool himself at his high age.You can see the different shades of wool above.
Door steeds 2 banen te haken (stokjes in groepjes van drie) in één kleur is het kleurverschil goed te zien. Het maakt zelfs niet uit dat de ene bol iets dikkere wol heeft dan de andere.Je vind het patroon van Lucy van Attic24 hier (klik)
I crochet 2 rows in one colour . You can find the pattern written by Lucy from Attic24 here (click). Not all the colours are of the same thickness, but it works out nice.
I use crochetneedle 6,5.
De wol krijg ik aangeleverd in strengen. Kort geleden zag ik deze wolwinder bij Meervilt, een webshop (en echte winkel met gelimiteerde openingstijden in Haarlem). Met de wolwinder kan je erg mooie bollletjes maken. Hij is zijn geld echt waard!
I get the wool in skeins. Recently I found a woolwinder at Meervilt, a webshop (and real shop with limited opening hours in Haarlem). It is very easy to make the balls of wool. The woolwinder is worth the money!
Ik moet nog wel even doorhaken. De totale hoogte is 39cm en ik haakte dan 13 verschillende rijen. De deken is ongeveer 2,25m breed en begint al flink wat te wegen! Mijn schoonvader is erg enthousiast dat ik eindelijk iets van de wol maak dat nuttig is. En ik geef hem gelijk;)
I still have to go a long way. the total height is 39 cm, I made 13 different rows. The width is about 2,25m and has gaint some weight already! My father -in-law is very enthusiastic about the project that I'm finally making something useful out of it. And I agree;)
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Afgelopen 2 dagen was ik helemaal in de ban van het Amish quilten bij Quiltwinkel de Quiltster van Marcha in Dreischor, Zeeland. Geheel onverwachts gaf ik me vlak voor het weekend nog op voor deze twee daagse workshop. Ik had er al veel eerder naar gekeken en kon de verleiding niet weer staan toen ik zag dat er nog plekken over waren.
De masterclass werd gegeven door Alexia Rosfelder ( ze woont vlakbij St. Marie aux Mines waar de Amish mensen oorspronkelijk vandaan komen). Zij leerde het quilten van Esther Miller, een dame die uit Amerika komt, in Berlijn woont en Amish is. Deze quilt hieboven is gemaakt door Alexia.
Last two days I was doing a masterclass Amish quilting at the quiltshop: de Quiltster. Marcha is the owner and the shop is situated in a beautiful village Dreischor (the Netherlands in the south west part). I liked doing this masterclass for quite some time but just before this weekend I filled in the form to participate.
The masterclass is given by Alexia Rosfelder (she lives close to St. Marie aux Mines, where the Amish people originally came from). She learned quilting from Esther Miller, an American lady who lives in Berlin now and is Amish. The quilt above is made by Alexia.
Almost all the things you need for quilting, these things belong to Alexia, our teacher.
This is an important tool too: a porcelain thimble we need for our left hand.
Wilma (met blog) die ik hier ontmoette. Laten we nou in dezelfde B&B slapen, dat was gezellig!
Alexia is very, very patient when she explains the technique (in good English) and shows us many times how to do it. She is a very good teacher and also told us a lot about the history of the Amish people and their life today. Wilma (with blog) ,one of the ladies who I met this day, was at my class as you can see in the middle of the photo. We discovered that we slept at the same B&B and we had a very good time together!
Na elke uitleg gaan we het zelf proberen. We zijn met een groep van 7 aardige dames en werken aan frames net zoals de Amish vrouwen doen.
After each explanation we have to try ourselves. We have a group of 7 nice ladies and have to work at frames like the Amish ladies do.
And apart from hard work we talked and had fun. Some of us had to drive a long way to get there but it was worth it.
In the meanwhile my stitches were getting smaller but I have to practice a lot more.
Between classes we had coffee, tea, lots of cakes and lovely lunches, taken care of by Marcha's sister Vera owner of Kadoshoppie .
Everything was served on this tableware of Bunzlau Castle.
There was much of this wonderful tableware, I could not go home without buying some of it. It is difficult not to collect the tableware with all those different decorations.
Wilma en ik hier achter dit huis (uit 1520!) waarin de eigenaren van het B&B Lekker bij Maas , wonen.
Alexia showing us how to quilt with a special porcelain thimble under the quilt.You can't see her hand because it is under the quilt.
de quiltwinkel (klik voor foto's daar) Ik kocht natuurlijk Zeeuwse schortenstof en nog meer andere mooie stoffen. Dan nog een koffiebekertje en een paar kleintjes waarin een speldenkussentje komt ( ook voor een cadeautje).
I was very lucky to have enough time to look around in the Quiltshop (click for pictures). I bought original apron fabric from the region we were in (it is the black and white, woven, fabric on the bottom of the pile).
I also bought the coffee cup and some small ones to make a pincushion in (for presents).
hier vinden als je ook zo'n masterclass wilt volgen in mei 2015. Ik kan het je aan bevelen!
Alle dames bedankt voor de gezelligheid tijdens deze twee dagen, we hadden een leuke groep!
Boven van links naar rechts: Binie, me, Marjan, Willemijn, Marcha en Alexia. Dan onder van links naar rechts: Alie, Hanneke en Wilma.
At the end of the day Alexia (at the right) even showed us how to make a quilting frame while she took the frames apart to give us our own part of the quilt. Here we are....looking a bit tired but very happy with our experience in Marcha's (second from the right in the top row) shop. You can find her online shop here if you are interested in following a masterclass in may 2015. I can truly recommend it.
Thank you ladies for the nice days together, we had a fun group together!
Above from left to right: Binie, me, Marjan, Willemijn, Marcha and Alexia. Bottom row from left to right: Alie, Hanneke and Wilma.
Friday, 3 October 2014
This is the start of a new quilt. The top is sewn together.
The work in progress: I made just simple square blocks of 12cm by 12cm. I chose this size because of the embroidery blocks I wanted to use.
There were exactly 8 embroidery pieces, so I used them all. Who knows who made them ? That is what I think when I take it home. The work is done very neatly. I always think it is a bit sad if such nice work ends up in a thrift store. Well good for me though..I love working with this..
When it is finished it will fit on this table.
Have a good weekend,