Sunday, September 28, 2014

Trip to NYC and Kansas City

Early September I made a trip to the Crazy Quilt Retreat of CQI in Kansas City, USA. Before flying to KC I stayed with my friend Beth at Long Island and together we went by train to New York City for some days.
We started with visiting the City Quilter at 133 West 25th Street. Here I bought some lovely NYC fabrics and we saw the exhibition of Velda Newman's beautiful art quilts at the artquilt gallery (
                                The huge quilt she made of zinnia's is simply stunning...
               Of course we visited several shops to buy stuff for our Crazy Quilting, 
                                          here some  addresses I liked very much:

Dakota Trim at 251 W. 39th. Street. They have rows and rows of beautiful trims, laces, buttons etc.

For beads we visited the next stores:
Toho Shoji (New York) Inc., 990 Sixth Avenue, they have lots and lots of beautiful beads, charms and I love their little flowers for on my quilts (
At Beads World, 1384 Broadway (between 37&38th St.) you will find lots of beads and lovely cupped flower shaped sequins (
At the Bead Center 989 Sixth Avenue, you will also find lots and lots of beads and sequins.
In the Garment District around 39th Street you will find lots of fabric stores, look out for the big button and needle, then you are close!
Unluckely for fabrics we only had time to visit Fabrics Express, 239 West 39th Street, but they have lots and lots of beautiful fabrics and of course we supported the American economy over there!

                                             Next time I'll tell you more about my trip!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Exhibition Sunday August 17th

Kunst en Muziek op Zondag 17 augustus
Everwijnsgoed, Bennekomseweg 160, Renkum
Op deze zondag 17 augustus exposeren:
Janet van Bemmelen (schilderijen en kleine objecten)
Rebecca Klisser (sieraden)
Wilma van Wagensveld (schilderijen en quilten)
Ilse de Vries (glas)
In de stal het Genealogisch Genootschap Redichem met:
“Verenigingen toen en nu”
Muziek vanaf 14.00 uur door Peter Noppen (gitaar, ballads)
Expositie van 11.00 tot 17.00 uur
Toegang gratis
Voor meer info:

Saturday, August 09, 2014


Since monday we have a new companion, our Ruby (officially Only You of Wundering Heights), born on June 16th. A very cute yellow labrador puppy, but oh boy, did I miss a lot of sleep this week.....
The good thing is that with staying up that late at night watching over her, I managed to do a lot of stitching to my Peacock Crazy Quilt. I am making the blocks for the CQJP2014. If you click on the link, you can see pictures of all participants.
I finished two blocks this week.

The peacock in the middle is an antique embroidered applique. This is also the middle block of the quilt, which will be the focus point.
The four corners will all have fan blocks, this is the first one I have finished.
The quilt is becoming very bold and colorful, unluckely the pictures don't do it justice.
I would love to finish the top of this quilt to show on the Crazy Quilt Retreat of CQI in Kansas City, that I will be attending in September.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Missing in action....

Today I want to show you some Crazy Quilted postcards I have made. 

The first one I made for Helina in Finland. Unluckely it didn't arrive until now. 
It is made in cottons with a print after a William Morris wallpaper, silks and vintage laces and is handembroidered.

Both cards have in the middle a print of a French postcard from the Thirties. I personally love the colors of both. 

I especially love the color combination of the second one, it is in orange, hot pink, brown and sage green. You can find this postcard in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to blogging -long!-

Sometimes life just gets in the way! A lot has happened since the last time I blogged. A little update:

First the sad news: we had to let go our beloved yellow lab Daisy, our loyal companion for almost 13 years.....
We miss her so much!

The first weekend of June I participated in the Art Route here in town. Here you see me with some of my paintings in the background. It was a great success, we had more than 800 visitors!
After that we went to France for holiday. We love to travel around in search for antique-and brocante markets and do some sightseeing in the lovely old, sometimes medieval towns (by the way, you can see more doors and windows on  my Pinterest page).


Painted houses in Adge




Cap d'Agde


Of course I have also spent some time stitching on my Peacock quilt, pictures will follow later this week!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Under the sea

 This is the second block I have embellished for the 
Under The Sea themed Round Robin of CQI.
 It is for Dana in New Zealand.

 Dana loved to have a "coral reef" kind of look, so I started with making a colorful fantasy fish. 
Here a close up of the fish.

After that I added the green fern, stitched in a green variegated perle silk cotton hand dyed by my friend Lorraine from
After that I stitched the orange coral from bugle beads and added the beaded starfish.

 At last I added a little piece of tatting and the seahorse and crab charms.
Happy Easter!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Another CQJP block finished!

 I just finished the second block from the peacock Crazy Quilt for the CQJP 2014. I am way behind, life is just getting in the way all the time.................
I love sewing on this CQ, I really like working with these jewel colors.
Just now I was sitting inside sewing in the sun  but bad weather is approching as you can see. 
We had very good weather the last weeks, but now it is back to rain and the winter coat.
Even nightfrost is predicted later this week......

 And at last some tulips for you from my garden!