Thursday, January 31, 2008


These 3 little embroideries I made during my vacation last year, I love these little French landscapes.
I have put a pin next to them to show you the size. I want to frame these before we are moved, I have bought 3 blue/gray wooden frames already!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


This little quilt I also found in my cupboard,it is handsewn and the middle part with the attic windows is already hanquilted. You only have to quilt the border and put a binding around it.

The measurements are 14 x 15 inch.

If you think you can finish it before next Easter, please leave your name and emailaddress at the comments.

On Sunday the 3th.of February I let my DH choose a name for the winner!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


This is a quilt I would love to finish for on my double bed. It is made of old traditional Dutch fabrics from Spakenburg, a small fishersvillage. I will see if I can find a picture of a whole costume to show you next time.

Close up

The Amish quilttop is made of blocks of 10 inch from a swap on my former website, I think it was in 2004.....OOPS. I sewed the border on in a hurry and am not happy with the result, so when I am moved I have to take off the border and sew it on again!

Sunday, January 27, 2008


This week I received these wonderful threads from Maureen in Australia. She painted them herself. Thank you so much Maureen, hope I'll find the time this week to use them, will let you know!

The other picture is from an WISP, think you can see what is still missing......
I am in a group on the Internet called the "Engelbees" and we had a meeting last year in Canada and made this quilt over there. Have to find out where the angel's head is and I want to add Canada in the right corner next to the star. The bees, hearts and angel are stitched down with the buttonhole stitch.

Once again sorry, but this time I can't get the underlining out, Blogger is driving me mad sometimes...........

Monday, January 21, 2008


Yesterday I have been practising bullion knots and finally managed to produce some bullion roses! I have made some roses with handdyed silk from Vikki Clayton, color Golden Nectarine.

Saturday we have signed the contracts at the real estate office, so our house sale is definitive now. We have to find a new home before April 29th.
Now the decluttering has started........
I have started to clean out one cupboard (of 5) in my sewing room and found a lot of quilts that are WISP's, maybe I better say WIVSP's......LOL, Works In Very Slow Progress!

I really would love to finish this scrapquilt. Through the years I bought a lot of swatches at Reproduction and used a lot of them to make this quilt.I love to sew scrapquilts by hand with an antique look.
I will show you some more of my WIVSP's in the next days!

Sunday, January 13, 2008


Yesterday we have been to a collector's fair in Utrecht. This fair is held twice a year and I always go there with my friend Karin who collects dachshunde.
I found some lovely laces, vintage buttons and some boxes of bugle beads that are hard to find over here. Also 2 beautiful butterflies, these are cigarette silks from the early fifties. I especialy like the ribbon on the last picture, the lady that sold it told me it was used in early days as shoulder straps for nightdresses or petticoats.
By the way, my friend found 7 dachshunde......!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I have been tagged with the "You make my day Award"

The award rules are: "Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times! :-)"

and I did!

Gerry, Susan, Rengin and Norma
, I am now tagging you back!
I am really proud that you like my blog so much that I got the award from you!

I have tried to make my other tags a bit International, hope you'll like it!

Ati (Norway)

Brigitte (Germany)

Charlene (USA)

Jo (New Zealand)


Lesa (USA)

Lorenza (Italy)

Maureen (Australia)

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Year starts promising!

It looks like our house is sold, we only have to wait if the buyers get a mortgage, we will know more later this week......
Next Thursday we have an appointment with the estate agent to look at a house in Doorwerth, which is close to the woods, will keep you updated.

This weekend I made a Crazy heartblock for a friend, who lost her mother on Christmas Eve. It will go in the mail tomorrow, I hope it will give her some comfort! The picture was taken this evening, that is why the colors aren't that great...

By the way sorry for the changing size of the characters in my earlier posts, I can't get them any bigger or smaller! Don't laugh, I tried to get all these characters in "normal" size........!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

With this card from 1952 I like to wish you all a very happy, above all healthy and creative 2008!

The year 2007 was a strange year for me....
Early this year I lost my job as juridic cartographer at the Landregistry office and until July I worked for 10 different companies. Then I got a steady job at the office of Randstad where I work for 32 hours a week now.
I had a great walking vacation in June in Fort William in Scotland together with quilting friends from all over the world but the end was dramatic. We were at Glasgow Airport when the terrorist attack took place. This was really traumatising, luckely my friend Imi and I survived, but it had a great impact on my life.
Also DH and I decided to sell our house and it looks like it is sold today!!
My husband was in hospital for the 7th time 2 weeks ago for a new treatment. We are still in a fight with the insurance company for
a payment for the loss of income after the accident my DH had in
May 2003....hope the problem gets solved in 2008!
My mother had a trombose behind one eye and lost sight, she has been lasered 3 times the last months but still no result. This really worries me, she is an avid quilter and cardmaker and it is very difficult for her to cope with the loss of sight......
I can go on and on like this, but know that a lot of you have had your share also.
My wish for 2008 for all of you is that you (just like me) can keep the bottle half full instead of half empty, like we say here in the Netherlands. I still keep believing that when one door closes an other one opens for you, although life isn't always easy: KEEP THE BOTTLE HALF FULL!!!!