Happy Days BOM – with Mr BlueBird

Months 3 and 4 of the Sarah Fielke Happy Days BOM involved a lot of appliqué again and even some from the Hawaiian kind. I’m enjoying working on this quilt so much. Needle turn appliqué has become my #1 favourite quilt making technique.

Happy Day Bom all eights wreath blocks

I finished all 8 vine blocks for the quilt. They measure 6″ x 12″ finished.

SFBOM Bird block

Mr Birdie, a 12″ block with fabrics from Merel’s shop Birdblocks and some Allison Glass and Cotton and Steel by designer stuff. The background fabric is from Carolyn Friedlander, from the series Architextures, you can’t have enough of that in stock!

SFBOM block hearts and tulips

A 12″ hearts and tulips block. Fabrics from Cotton and Steel (the match sticks and the tulip one, all others are from Alison Glass Sunprints series.

SFBOM teacup block

For this block I didn’t choose a text fabric for the background but this fun print. It”s called the teacup block. Again fabrics from Cotton&Steel, Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis and the flowers are from Zen Chic and Alison Glass Sunprints. There’s a sloth hidden in this block 😉

Hawaii again

A Hawaiian appliqué block, all needle turn and reverse appliqué.

SFBOM month 4 block 3

Block 13, a straight forward machine pieced 12″ block with a sloth.

Tuesday I will receive the instructions for Month 5. Time flies when you’re having fun!

Happy weekend!

Nicolette

 

 

 

 

 

 

a Farmer’s Wife’s day out in the country

We’re having a picnic! I invited April, Augusta, Carol, Carolina, Crystal, Dinah, The Farmer’s Wife herself, Nellie, Tracy and Viola.

They all wanted a colour theme for their picnic outfit, so we first went to shop for fabrics (in my own stash – of course) and they all picked a favourite one! Then we went to the sewing area of yours truly’s house and the sewing machine hummed for days in a row to have their outfits ready!

FW1930 6 April

April combined a sweet flower fabric with some more bold solids. The pieces for April’s outfit are all rotary-cut and machine pieced.

FW1930 7 Augusta

Augusta preferred her outfit to be paper pieced, as she didn’t want any mistakes made…

FW1930 18 Carol

Carol insisted to make her own outfit and used the paper piecing technique.

FW1930 19 Carolina

Carolina’s outfit was rather complicated. We made paper templates to cut the fabric pieces with and pieced it all on the sewing machine.

FW1930 25 Crystal

With Crystal’s outfit we chose the same technique, paper templates and machine piecing.

FW1930 27 Dinah

Dinah wanted a red, white and blue theme and paper pieced it all.

FW1930 33 Farmer’s Wife

The Farmer’s Wife was inspired by Crystal’s choice and also went for red, white and blue, but she picked a flowery fabric.

FW1930 77 Nellie

Nellie is a very down to earth person, she loves to wear dark and no-nonsense colours, but the other girls convinced her to try some pink, which gave her a more feminine look. All the parts of the outfit were rotary cut and machine pieced.

FW1930 97 Tracy

Tracy adjusted the pattern of her outfit a bit, as there were unnecessary complicated parts. She used the paper piecing technique.

FW1930 98 Viola

And last but not least, Viola’s outfit in cheerful colours. All rotary cut and machine pieced.

We had to cancel the picnic due to the weather, but are waiting for a sunny day in the country!

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It feels like this month’s ‘homework’ for the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s quilt club was the hardest untill now. I’ve finished 72 blocks and already received the numbers of the next 10 blocks we have to make. I want to make a quilt-top with 83 blocks, so it’s time to decide which blocks I’m not too happy about and which ones I still want to make.

Nicolette

 

 

a final green tea post…

GTQB finished for IG

The Green Tea and Sweet (chocolate) Beans quilt was gathered from the longarm quilter a while ago. Leslie (NorthSeaQuilters) stitched around all the shapes and in the ditches. She also made a digital  pattern of the flower border, which she used in the hexagon block and in the corners of the borders. I love the minimalist custom quilting. It is a lot of work for the quilter though!

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I hadn’t decided on the binding yet. The colours I had in mind didn’t work. The fabric I had in mind wasn’t available in any (online) quilt shop anymore. What’s a girl gotta do? In the end I chose a black fabric with a little white dot.

The Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt is 72″ x 76″. Pattern by Jennifer Kingwell. The quilt was started in May 2013 and it was stitched by hand for the bigger part (hand appliqué, piecing). I also used paper piecing and EPP. The backing is a 1930’s print. I used a gazillion little pieces of fabric, some received in swaps, some collected from scrap basket sales in quilt shops and of course, ‘some’ from my own stash. The border fabric is a black and white dot. The batting is a poly/cotton blend (20/80). It was quilted by Leslie from North Sea Quilters in Leiden, The Netherlands.

It is my second (real) finish for the UFO Club at my LQS. It works to take part in the club, it really does!

Nicolette

 

Happy Kingsday !

RFLQ blok 2 voorbereiden 4

Today we celebrate Kingsday. A very appropriate day to work with yellow/orange fabrics and to make a Queen Bee from special fabrics.

Did you already guess what I’m doing? I’m preparing the second block for the Rowdy Flat Library quilt, called The Beekeeper!

RFLQ blok 2 voorbereiden

I chose a different colour for the centre circle focus fabric. It’s from the same series but this time in off white. The petals will be yellow/orange/red.

RFLQ blok 2 voorbereiden 2

The leaves for the wreath.

RFLQ blok 2 voorbereidein 6

Freezer paper petals and 3/8″ hexagons for the honeycomb. Lots of small shapes again to be appliquéd! There will also be a lot of small bees and flowers (of course).

All in all a great day for some slow stitching!

Nicolette

 

from Bea to Hope

I only blinked once and a week is gone… During Christmas 2015 we had temperatures of about 14o C and today, on the 26th of April, it’s cold and snow has been fallen in the north-eastern part of Holland. Sometimes it snows in April is a song by Prince, who died last week. A coincidence?

I’m sure that if I hadn’t joined the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s club at my LQS I would have given up on this quilt. I have kind of fallen out of love with 1930’s prints. I still love some of them, but exactly those are almost used up!

I also made a mistake at the start of this quilt. I wanted to use some yellow in every block and I chose solids. I do like it when it’s subtle used, but the larger yellow pieces of fabric are just too much.

FW1930 11 Bea

A rather easy and straight forward paperpieced block.

FW1930 15 Blossom

No problems with this one either, though I accidentally used a red flower for one of the triangles instead of a blue solid. Photoshop came to the rescue, but I need to solve the problem and unpick half of the block…

FW1930 17 Bride

The Bride block was made yesterday, on my wedding anniversary day! That’s fun he?  Working with the text fabric made the block more difficult. I also regret using the two peach/orange coloured fabrics, as you can hardly see the difference.

FW1930 23 Charlotte

Charlotte was made before I even joined the club in September. I loved making it.

FW1930 35 Flora

Flora had to be mirrored, but I only found out when it was finished… It doesn’t matter as the blocks will all be set on point.

FW1930 43 Hope

Hope was pieced by hand, because of the Y seam. It worked like a charm!

FW1930 54 Magnolia

Magnolia, doens’t look like a magnolia, so a make-over is needed! I prepared the fabrics for a new block and will stitch it by hand during tonight’s club!

FW1930 60 Mary Gray

Mary Gray was an easy and fast block to make.

FW1930 66 Mrs Anderson

Mrs Anderson involved a lot of fabric cutting and pinning!

FW1930 88 Rosemary

The last block for April is Rosemary! The name Rosemary reminds me of an English TV series called Rosemary and Thyme in which Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris performed as gardening detectives. I loved watching the episodes! I also love how this block turned out, it’s the right example of using yellow in a minimum way!

Nicolette

Bee Blocks

It has been ages ago since I showed Comfort Circle Bee blocks.
Shoo Fly Comfort Circle May

July/August 2015 Shoo fly blocks for Sarah.

Shoo fly quilt top Sarah Comfort

Sarah has put together this awesome quilt top

Comfort Circle sept.2015 4    Comfort Circle sept.2015 3

Comfort Circle sept.2015 2    Comfort Circle sept.2015 1

September/October 2015 four blocks for Charlotte

Comfort Circle QAYG

November/December 2015 two QAYG blocks for Alexandra

Comfort Circle Village Life top

January/February 2016 Village Life house blocks. I already showed the finished top. It’s on my list for some speedy basting and quilting!

Comfort Vintage Pastel star blocks Comfort CIrcle

March 2016 Vintage Pastel Star blocks for Eva-Marie

Comfort Circle April 2016 Penguin

April 2016 blocks for Eva-Marie for an extra quilt with the theme: ‘A day at the Zoo’. I machine appliquéd a 12,5″ unfinished Penguin block and

Comfort Circle Koala block

I paperpieced a 10,5″ unfinished Koala block (pattern by Kristy @quietplay).

Back to the list of quilting commitments, i.e. the 1930’s Farmer’s Wife quilt. Before the next club meeting at my LQS (which is in a week) I have 10 blocks to make! Wish me luck!

Nicolette

 

 

 

it’s Midnight Again (again…)

It’s Midnight again detail 2

44 Small flying fish blocks (4,5″ finished) are stitched to my It’s Midnight Again quilt-top.

It’s Midnight again final 2

This is the last and final border. The quilt-top measures 55″ square now and I’m so pleased with the result!

My goal for the UFO club at my LQS (our club meeting is next week) was to have three borders finished. I’m glad I was able to finish the whole quilt-top. Yeah! This means I can put it on the list of tops that are waiting for basting and quilting!

It also means that I have to pick another UnFinished Object for the club meetings. I have some days left to think it over, as I find it hard to choose…

mosaic Stonefields 30 blocks

My most favourite UFO probably is the Stonefields quilt, as it’s such a lovely quilt pattern and the colours look so much like Spring.

hexies for Stonefields

After 30 blocks and some hexagons it ended up in a box, but that’s a shame, don’t you think?

Nicolette

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merel

Merel is the Dutch word for blackbird, so it’s a bird, but it’s also a girl’s name.

In this case the girl is a woman who owns a quiltshop in Amsterdam called Birdblocks. She’s a fun person and she mainly sells bright and happy fabrics. I’ve only visited her shop once, but she always has a booth at quilt exhibitions and I always try to visit her booth and to buy some of her cheerful fabrics and we ‘know’ each other from Instagram.

Merel lives in a rehabilitation centre right now, because she has been very unlucky. She had a bleeding in her spinal cord and the result is a paraplegia. She works very hard to be able to go back home and hopefully go back to her quiltshop. This will take a lot of time. She visited Quiltcon in Pasadena in February of this year and she met lots of quilters. One of her Instagram followers, Hillary (@entropyalwayswins) initiated to make Merel a quilt, with the hashtag #flymerelfly. You can read more about it on her blog.

Quilters from all over of the world are making blocks with birds, a design by Kajsa Wikman from Finland. Kajsa gave permission to use her design which is in her book Scandinavian Stitches. I have this book on my quilting book shelf for years, but never made anything from it, so I loved it to be able to make blocks for Merel’s quilt and at the same time use Kajsa’s book.

flymerelfly blocks

Two 8,5″ unfinished blocks, which will fly to … in the US to come back to Amsterdam turned into a quilt.

I wish and hope for Merel that she will recover, that she will be able to live in her house, surrounded by her cat(s) and that she will be able to go back to her quiltshop, in any which way.

Life is precious, we often take it for granted, but it can all change in a split second!

Nicolette

quilt exhibition

I visited the Patchwork and Quilting Days at Rijswijk. There were about 60 market stalls of Dutch and European shops, workshops and – of course – exhibitions of quilts.

Jantje Kupers-de Roo made beautiful quilts with her group of quilt makers using antique fabrics from quilts she has collected all her life.

Naamloos

There was no name tag added to this quilt.

Janke Snip - Jantje Kupers de Roo

‘Janke Smit’

Het mooiste lapje Corrie Super

‘Het mooiste lapje’ (the most beautiful piece of fabric).

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Corinne Zambeek prefers to work with 100% cotton fabrics, sometimes in combination with other materials. Her inspiration comes from nature, an endless source – and the world of phantasy, myths, legends, science fiction etc. She’s a member of Colorminds and Saqa.

Vrede-Peace Corinne Zandbeek-van Hasselt

Vrede (Peace)

Streetart Corinne Zandbeek van Hasselt

Street Art

Forest Corinne Zandbeek van Hasselt

Forest

Levensweg 10

Levensweg (Path of Life)

Levensweg 10 detail

Levensweg (Path of Life) detail. The colours aren’t true in this photo.

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I knew Margret Bherends-Kohl from the booth she always has during quilt exhibitions. She sells the most wonderful died and printed linen fabrics (I still have a box filled with fat eights in yellow/orange/red). Some of her quilts were exhibited and I learned now that she already started to make wall pieces as a child. Fabric scraps, textures and shades of colour always fascinated her. It’s the starting point for her work. 35 Years ago she set up ‘Werkstatt für Textilgestaltung’.

Erinnerungsstücke - Margret Behrends Kohl

Erinnerungsstücke (Memory Piece)

This quilt spoke to me the most. The other pictures I took were a bit of a blur :o(

There was also an exhibition of quilts by Willyne Hammerstein, but we weren’t allowed to take photos. You probably all know her quilts from her books Millefiori quilts #1 and #2.

I always love to look at other people’s quilts and to find out what inspires them. The exhibition was one of those I’ve seen a lot of in Holland. Lots of art quilts and ‘experimental’ work. To me it’s more about tapestry than quilts, even though they are made of three layers and are kind of quilted.

I wouldn’t mind to find more antique quilts, as you can learn so much from looking at those and more contemporary/modern quilts that aren’t Art quilts. In Holland Modern quilts are often associated with Art quilts.

Well, liking quilts is very subjective, isn’t it?

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Nicolette

 

 

 

 

the Rowdy Flat Library quilt

RFLQ petals

When I refer to this quilt in conversations I often just say ‘the Library quilt”.

RFLQ BOM 1 center

This quilt is not what you will usually find on my blog, but I fell in love. I sometimes just do, with quilts that is. It was on a Sunday morning in January that I was scrolling through photo’s from Susan Smith on Instagram (#notjuzahuswife). She was still working on the blocks so there was not a finished quilt to refer to. Susan told that the quilt she was working on would be another of her BOM quilts. It was all made with needle turn appliqué, which got me on board.

bias tape making

On the same Sunday, about noon, I received a newsletter from Amaryllis Lifestyle, the  shop I purchased The Stonefields quilt pattern from (do you remember???😉

Coriene, the owner, announced that she was going to host The Rowdy Flat Library Quilt as a ten months BOM, starting at the end of February. It didn’t take long before I visited her website and ordered the BOM… That’s what you do when you’re in love.

RFLQ block 1 leaves 5

The next couple of weeks I kept looking at the photo’s and started doubting my decision, but as I love challenges I started thinking about the fabrics. I had some yardage of a putty coloured Moda Bella solid that could be used as the background fabric and I have some a lot traditional fabrics in my stash, so why not finally use them. I only had to buy a few more yards of the background fabric.

RFLQ block 1 detail 2

On February 23, the first pattern arrived. I looked at it, read it, reread it. The centre circles are made of toile, not my cup of tea, so a visit to my LQS was the right thing to do! I bought more background fabric and a few others for the ribbons, the flower pots and the leaves. I also bought a French General fabric for the centre circles, but it still needed something more cheerful.

RFLQ block 1 detail 3

When I received a birthday gift from my friend and quilt buddy (a package of beautiful fabrics from Dutch Heritage by Petra Prins) I knew those would be gorgeous for the centre circles!

RFLQ block 1 detail 4

I started drawing the pattern pieces onto tracing paper, cutting the circles, thirty-something petals, thirty something leaves, flower pots, flowers, ribbons and butterflies, I made bias tape for the small and larger circles and prepared the background fabric. Working on a 22″ square piece of fabric is different to what I’m used to, so I hand basted the circle and the horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines, which was very helpful in the process.

RFLQ block 1 finished

I worked on the block between all the other projects you regularly see on my blog and I’ve have finished Block 1. It looks different from the romantic original, but that’s exactly what I wanted.

RFLQ BOM deel 2

Meanwhile block 2 has arrived and I’m preparing all the bits and pieces! There will be lots of bees in the block as it’s called The Beekeeper!

Nicolette

 

 

 

 

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