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 chinĂ© 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!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Second CQJP block finished

Finally I finished the february block for the CQJP2015, once again a 12 inch block with an antique Dutch cigarette silk in the middle.
Although, knowing myself, I will probably add more in a later stadium....
Still have to get used to work with these colors, they are a bit to "sweet" for me.....but as you know I always do love a challenge!
I seem to have this problem often when starting with a new color scheme.
I have to make 5 of these big 12 inch blocks for this quilt, the others will all have different sizes.

Also an update on our little Ruby, she is 10 months old now and growing very fast. Sweet and naughty and very playful!
Here a picture of her taken this weekend in Belgium, in the door of our mobile home.

             And one I took last week in our garden......

She is gonna be one big labrador!

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Busy stitching

This week I have stitched some 10" blocks to embellish for the CQJP 2015. I have finished the first block as you can see in my last post.

I decided for this project to use medium colors but I do have to get used to these colors................. The antique Dutch silkies I will use on them are all colored like this.

I think I just like more bold colors, but this once again is a challenge to work on!
 I have decided to use different sizes of blocks for this Crazy Quilt, I have decided to make the biggest ones first, 5 blocks of 10 x 10 inch, 25 x 25cm.

Maybe you remember that last August we welcomed our new blond labrador pup, Ruby.
This picture I took last weekend.
She has grown so fast, she is 7 1/2 months old now. 
She doesn't look like a puppy anymore as you can see!
She is very sweet and brave most of the time, only this night she ate a piece out of our Persian carpet, you can imagine that I was not that happy this morning.....

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Back to blogging....

Sometimes life just gets in the way from blogging. I will spare you the details, but a new job, a trip to the USA, a big exhibition and severe illness and the death of my dear mother-in-law had a great impact on the last half year of my life. Now it is back to blogging...

For this new year I decided to join the Crazy Quilt Journal Project again. You can find more information and see the blocks on:

This is the block I am doing the last stitches on right now. I have collected lots of antique Dutch cigarette silks through the years and decided to not keep them in an album and look at them now and then, but to use them in my Crazy Quilting. This Crazy Quilt will be made in "middle" colors and every block will have a cigarette silk with a basket with fruit or flowers on it.

Also I joined another challenge during the CQI Retreat in Kansas City last year, the Steampunk DYOB. I like a challenge and a difficult theme like this. Of course I have been searching the Internet for Steampunk and am amazed what people can make from this theme. These are the blocks I made for the DYOB. Every block has a "key"fabric in it and the blocks are made in metal tones like silver, gold, copper, bronze. pewter etc. I am looking forward to the end result since there are some amazing stitchers in this group.....

I have finished Lisa's block, she made blocks in silver, grey and black and wanted the blocks to be embellished in a technical Steampunk theme and in the colors dark green, marine and burgundy. 
The finished crazy quilt will be for her daughter who likes Steampunk very much. I decided to make a top hat and
decorate it with watch parts. Luckely my husband repairs clocks, so lots of parts to find in his workshop (don't tell

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!

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.