Saturday, December 08, 2018

Started another bag....

I decided to make another bag after finding the striped fabric in blue, green and creme in my stash.

These are more my colors…..

As focal point I used a print of a French postcard from my private collection.

The lady from the Twenties wears a coat in my favorite color turquoise.

The picture of the block doesn´t do right to the colors, it is much brighter in real.

I already started to add embellishments like tatting, lace and trims, now I can start with the embroidering.

Also I´d like to show you a fabric postcard I made. 
It was for a swap of the Postcard Fabric Art group I am in. 
The theme for October was butterflies.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Crazy quilting - a trip down memory lane!

Back to crazy quilting and a trip down memory lane……

Now that my creative mojo is back after my year long burn out I decided to start a CQ bag, have never made one….

The part I always love most is searching for fabrics. This is for me what Crazy Quilting is all about. Not going to a quiltshop and buy all the fabrics you need at one time, but diving into your stash and search for cherished fabrics!

I started with the siggie of this beautiful lady. I bought it from Elizabeth during a CQI retreat in Kansas City, USA some years ago. 

Then I found a William Morris print with honeysuckle which matched great with the siggie. It's a little leftover from the quiltshop I owned in the nineties. 

The second part I added is the light green striped fabric, got this fabric swatch (for curtains) from my long gone SIL Marian.

The third part in dark blue and black is a piece of necktie fabric I bought some years ago at the "Flachsmarkt" in and around the castle in Krefeld, Germany.

And then I found the green checked fabric,think it also comes from a CQI retreat in KC.

The pink fabric is silk from an old kimono that Hideko from Japan shared during my first CQI retreat at Gerry's house in Denver, USA.

The next, a dark blue velvet comes from a jacquet I wore around 1985, yes, my Hippie time😊

On the right of my block you'll find a cream traditional fabric with little flowers from Austria, bought in
Innsbruck during the Quilt Expo IV in 1998.

The next blue fabric with a Paisley motif comes from an old bolt of necktie fabric I bought at the Marché aux Puces in Lille, France around 10 years ago.

The striped cream fabric is from a necktie I got from an old neighbour, the green and pink checked fabric I also brought from a CQI retreat, think it came from Cathy from Utah...

The cream silk with leaves I bought when I started my first CQ project and the last pink fabric with the little flowers is the only one I don't know where it came from…

This was my little trip around the world, it brought back lovely memories of people and places I have visited! 

What do you think, am I a bit strange to know from almost all the fabrics where they came from?

And did I make you curious to the end result, here it is: 

Friday, March 03, 2017

Back to blogging -long-

I have neglected my blog for a long time, so I have a lot to tell and show you!

Since my last post is from 2016 a lot has happened since then.

In september I made a wonderful trip to the USA, which started on Long Island.

I stayed there with my friends Beth and Phil. Beth had invited me to come with her to the meeting of the Empire Quilters in New York to show my Baskets Crazy Quilt.

It was wonderful to meet all these talented New York quilters.

We also had a great lecture from Katie Pasquini-Masopust.
She showed us a lot of her newest quilts, no pictures I am sorry because they will be publiced in her newest book.
She was a great and funny storyteller and I especially liked the way how she incorporated painted canvas in her quilts. You can find her beautiful work on:

In the lunch break I visited the City Quilter, the last chance for me to visit their shop, because they have closed now and are only selling on the Internet.
Bought some lovely New York fabrics, you see one of them above, ain't it gorgeous?

The next day Beth, Phil and I went by bus to the Bronx, to watch the New York Yankees game against the Tampa Rays. It was a long time on my bucket list to watch the NY Yankees and I have enjoyed it so much, eventhough they lost......
Since it was 9/11 that day, it was very moving to see how they commemorated the victims  of 9/11 with lots of bagpipers, a giant American flag and of course the joint singing of the national anthem.
Here you see Beth and me at the Monument Walk.

We have spend some more wonderful days together, had diner in a lovely restaurant in Bellport, went to the Long Island beach, of course to JoAnns and other quiltstores. Phil made me his very tasty blueberry pancakes (I already hoped he would....). And I slept under this beautiful antique quilt made by one of their grandmothers. Once again thanks for inviting me Beth and Phil,I had a wonderful time and think back at it often!
After this stay Beth and I flew to Kansas City to the CQI Retreat. I will tell you more about this meeting next time.
Have some more wonderful news, the crazy quilt I made with flower baskets for the CQJP 2015 project is to see in the Spring 2017 Issue from the Our Quilting Journey Magazine, available on Magcloud.
The subject for this Spring issue is "Baskets", so lots of patterns and pictures for sane as well as crazy quilters. If you want to order a copy, you can visit:

Friday, February 05, 2016

Extended seams

As you might know, I am one of the moderators of CQI (Crazy Quilting International) and our first quarterly challenge this year is the "Extended Seam" challenge.

This is a great challenge for beginning but also for experienced Crazy Quilters.

Just to explain what an extended seam exactly is, here some pictures of stitches I did through the years.....

An extended seam is simply said, a seam with other stitches added to it. 

I will start with some simple examples,  here a feather stitch with lazy daisies:

Here you see a chevron stitch in combination with the herringbone stitch and lazy daisies:

Here I started with a chain stitch, added lazy daisies, flower sequins and MOP buttons.

This seam in one color I started with the cretan stitch, after that I embroidered the herringbone stitch and added beads afterwards.

Here some more examples:
We at CQI are very happy to have two great judges for this extended seam challenge.
Jo Newsham from New Zealand is a former moderator of CQI and called "the queen of the extended seams", Gerry Krueger has posted pictures on her blog of Jo's wonderful stitching.
You can find them over here:
Think you will all know our other Judge Kathy Shaw, who gives wonderful courses on Crazy Quilting and also organises the CQJP 2016.
Have a look at her website for more information:
If you are a beginning or experienced Crazy Quilter, we hope you will take the challenge and send in your most beautiful extended seam treatment!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

CQJP 2015 blocks finished!

Just in time for the end of the year I finished the last two blocks for the CQJP2015.
It is difficult to get a good picture of the colors.
 I shot one in daylight and one in the evening.
Still they don't look as vibrant as they do in real life......

This is the first time that I managed to finish the 12 blocks for the CQJP in one year.  I am very happy with that!
I have sewn together the first six blocks and hope to sew  all 12 together before the end of the year....
Here you can see the first six blocks:

As you can see I have made blocks in different sizes, when the quilt is finished it will be rectangle.
Don't know if I like that.
Maybe I will make some more blocks to get it square.
And of course - as always - I will keep adding stitches and items to this quilt until I think it is finished!
Which is always a difficult decision......

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Steampunk part 2

It's been a long time since I have been blogging I am sorry, but life is getting in the way all the time.....

Here are the last blocks I promised to show you from the Steampunk Round Robin on CQI.

The first block is the one that Colleen embellished:

And here a close-up:

And this is the last block that Lonna embellished:

                        And a close-up, I love the little steampunk spider!

Once again I like to thank Lisa, Colleen, Elizabeth and Lonna for their lovely work!
Now I have to think about on how to sew the blocks together, will I stick with these four or will I embellish the other 2 blocks and make it six?
Also I am working on the last blocks for the CQJP, I am almost finished with the October block, so 2 more blocks to finish after that! Will blog about it when this block is finished and show you the last three I made.

Right now I am making CQ fabric postcards for the swap on CQI, here is a picture of the first one with a "Winter" theme that I just finished:

Monday, September 07, 2015


At the CQI retreat last year in Kansas City, I joined a Steampunk Round Robin together with Colleen, Elizabeth, Lisa and Lonna.

Some time ago I received my blocks back and just love them! Thank all you ladies for your lovely work.

But let's start at the beginning.
Because I didn't know much about Steampunk I have been searching the Internet for information.
I ordered some fabric with keys on it and here you can see the blocks I made for this swap.

I used the "key" fabric as guideline for the colors to use.
For the fabrics I tried to use colors that have the shade of silver, gold, copper, pewter etc.
Also I used shiny fabrics like silk, satin and so on to add some lustre.

Today I will show you the blocks that Elizabeth and Lisa have embellished.

Let's start with the block that Eliabeth has embellished:

And here a close-up, I love the way how Elizabeth outlined all the squares with beads on the silvergrey fabric:
And here a picture of the block that Lisa has embellished:

And here also a close-up of Lisa's work!

I love the big keys on the block, they look like real working keys......

For me it was quite difficult to find embellishments for on the blocks, since you can't find things like that here in Holland.

That is why my DH was so sweet to demolish parts of a clock for me..... 

Also I'd like to show you the last block I have worked on.
It is the one from Colleen.
Because there was a lot of black, grey and red in the block I picked, I decided to do the stitching in the same colors.
I first started making the spiderweb with DMC yarn (Fil or chiné noir) that I bought on last years retreat, after that added a red spider.
(Boy, I hope Colleen likes spiders.....).
Than I added the black lace and did the rest of the stitching.
After that came the clock parts, I sewed on the beads and sequins and added the buttons.
I hope Colleen likes her block!

And here a close-up of the stitching:

Next time I'll show you the blocks that Colleen and Lonna
have embellished for me!