Saturday, 18 October 2014

Saturday Bee

Walking this morning to Laura’s Quilt Atelier I have to admit I don’t appreciate Amersfoort as much as I maybe should. The historical medieval city centre has been well-preserved and can definitely compete with other cities, like for example Ghent. You are most probably wondering why I’m comparing Amersfoort with Ghent. Well that was where I was at the beginning of this week. More about that in an other post.

Krommestraat

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Havik

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Havik

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Krommestraat / Havik

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Langegracht

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Muurhuizen

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Quilt Atelier!

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Sorry slightly blurry photo, not focused.

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It was someone’s birthday tomorrow so we received this lovely treat. 

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The Di Ford Mystery Quilt!

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The other quiltmakers!

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After all the quiltmakers showed their works, Laura showed her progress. 

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I love the colors of the quilt underneath. Another project that Laura is working on. 

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Look at this lovely machine stitching. If I’m correct this is done by a Sashiko Quilting machine.  

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Well this is what I did in those 2 hours I was there! I cut squares to make pinwheel blocks for my ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ stitchery quilt. 

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To trigger your memory, here are some old pictures.

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Laura found this on her last trip to the States. A mouse in a box. Had to share

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Walking back to the parking garage – a multi-storey car park – I first have to walk through the Muurhuizen again.

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Westsingel

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I popped in the  VitaminStore on the way back to the parking garage. Had to get some Magnesium & Fish Oil tablets. You can also get all sorts of healthy shakes & smoothies. I had this green drink!

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Isn’t Amersfoort a lovely town? I had a great time and I’m going to do my best, Laura, and finish some pinwheels before the next bee.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Stonefields Bee – part one

Some months ago I decided to enroll for the Stonefields class organized by Bep, one of the quilt teachers at Petra’s Patchwork and Quilting shop. Well the 4th of October finally came around. If you check out this blog I’m sure you will read more about these classes. 

I park my car, where I can take a picture of this.

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I see this, when I turn around.

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I see this, when I walk towards the Drogenapsteeg.

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I pass this narrow street, Oude Bornhof, when walking to the shop.

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I go right from the Zaadmarkt into the Bernhardsteeg. At the end of this narrow street I see this, Petra Prins Patchwork & Quilting.

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The front door op the shop. I have to admit the door didn’t open as I expected so I practically fell into the shop. Another embarrassing moment. This is the second time this has happened to me this week!

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My goody bag, the Perfect Circles and pattern.

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Bep, our teacher

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Bep was able to show lots of blocks! She has been working on the Stonefields quilt for a while, so that she has some blocks to show us. In the next 10 sessions, we will work on our own Stonefields quilt. 

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Don’t these blocks look lovely?

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This is part 1. Every month we will get a booklet with instructions and the pattern for a couple of the blocks.

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They always have a little treat for us! It is a little sad to eat them as they are so cute but they are too delicious not to be eaten.

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I first had this petit four (also called mignardises). At the end of the workshop I have to admit I had another one. Oops, forgot to take a picture of that petit four.

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Bep is showing us how to make a sharp point. I think I will have to watch the video of Di Ford, part 5, to really get the hang of this new technique. It looks so easy, but I have to admit it is not yet a part of my sewing routine.

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First leave shape cut.

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This is my progress so far. Have to appliqué them on the back-ground fabric. I have to make two of these blocks.

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If I want to keep up and finish the top around July 2015, I have to make 13 blocks before the next class!!! I’ve got 4 weeks to complete them all. The last 4 years I’ve only been able to complete one block a month. Guess this slow quilter needs to put a little more speed in her patchwork-making. 

Aren’t these awesome fabrics, that Bep selected?

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Bought some special thread for appliqué.

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For this post I made a photo of my International Quilt Festival mug with …… Yes, I’m having coffee (cappuccino) and a ‘speculaas’ cookie while I’m writing this blog.

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I saw this on the way back to my car.

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And, when I see ‘this’ I know I’m nearly home! I love seeing alpacas in such a typically Dutch scene. 

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The alpaca on the right needs to shake itself a little. He, she, has still got a lot of leaves stuck on his, her woolly coat.

Ending this post with this quote –

never look back unless you are planning to got that way ~ Henry David Thoreau

See you again, next time!