lundi 29 septembre 2014

Amsterdam, the beautiful Septemberlight

and still as warm as in midsummer, such a treat!
my day started at the public library, close to the railway station. I went to the 7th floor, a restaurant and a terrace, closed in winter.
I took a few pics and then went down,

Here a view close to the main entrance, i sat there for a while with newspapers and magazines.

I walked and walked , had lunch and felt just happy.
Saw amazing details on roofs, tourists in boats,

houses i could live in....

narrow streets,
nice roofs, canals.....

more roofs and more canals......

the house i lived in 1967....


and quirky houses

sometimes a house can be in danger....

and took a look at a shop called VAN HIER TOT TOKYO, they sell Japanese furniture and kimono's and every now and then fabric remnants, but nothing was available this time...
Next time about Tilburg where we visited the DE PONT MUSEUM, a wonderful experience, even though  modern Art is not my cup of tea...
Take care, all good here and the weather is still marvelous!!

jeudi 25 septembre 2014

And so it happened

that i managed to put 30 tops in my luggage and a small   backpack for my toothbrush and went on my way to Zutphen and Amsterdam, for a show and tell, so amazing and such a warm welcome i couldn't even dream of.
Thanks to the brilliant idea of Joes and Elsbeth, i was invited by Petra Prins in Zutphen and Nel Kooiman from den Haan en Wagenmakers in Amsterdam. If you see more pics from Amsterdam , it's because it seemed better to me to show the pics from the quilts only once.
The first picture is from my niece Judith who was such a precious help and schlepped the quilts to Zutphen.

Petra busy with providing everbody with coffee , and giving all the visitors a good place.

Some ladies came from as far as Belgium, as my friend Françoise L from Gent, and went home with inspiring fabrics from Petra's quiltshop nextdoor...

Judith in discussion with An Moonen, the dutch quilthistorian, who came too, allthough recovering from health problems and i'm grateful for her information and endless knowledge about antique quilts!

Next day Amsterdam: Nel and Petra on the doorstep waiting for the guests and once more: full house with quilters from all over the Netherlands.

three buddies: Ellen, Roxane and Isabeau.

In my starting blocks and Petra will help holding up the tops:

NI, just finished before i left, not much to say about the other tops, i let them speek for themselves.

This is the only quilted quilt.

Betty, Judith Ebbelaar and Ineke, three quilters i would like to meet more often!

Betty showed us her Stonefields top, truly a gem!

With Nel and Isabeau at the end.
Diepe dank aan ieder die dit heeft mogelijk gemaakt, in welke vorm dan ook, door onderdak te geven, lekker eten bij Judith in Arnhem, de andere Judith die mooie foto's van de tops maakte in Amsterdam, de komst van de quilters die van zo héél ver kwamen, de lieve cadeaux, de gezelligheid bij Joes, het vertrouwen van Nel en Petra, die lieveGerda die op de winkel paste en de volgende dag naar Amsterdam kwam, ik ben bang dat ik iemand vergeet!
Het was een onvergetelijk avontuur!

lundi 11 août 2014

Hello readers,

Like last year we spend the month of July at the Normandy coast in Kairon and we were lucky with the weather , bright and sunny, the seawater was warm and we went to the beach for hours.

This is a pic i took just outside St.Pair, near the end on a sunday morning, low tide, to join the carbootsale, a huge one, but i went home empty handed. No worries, a had a wonderful time, just hunting! I do those things alone, on my way and through the years i became very selective. 

Moumoune the cat has grown a lot and can sleep a whole day after a hunting night...

DD is a member of a drumband and participated at a village fair. This was her first performance in public and  and she said it was exhausting and exciting in the same time. The little princess is as tall as i am now and DH is proud of them!

DD has a sudden passion for tomatoes, so every night we had cherrytomatoes with a glass , way better than the tomatoes you buy in the supermarket and absolutely organic, delicious!

Back to Granville for a mussels and french fries meal, with a walk at the harbour , bit windy but it's the coast after all....

I've worked long hours ont Di's Mountmellick,and i feel a lot more comfortable with appliquéing, but there is still a lot to do.

Progress on a cot quilt, an English one, i found the image on Pinterest.

And the quarter of a recently made top, and this brings me to telling you a lovely story: remember the visit of Elsbeth Wallenburg in February? It was a private show and tell at home and she asked "why don't you come to Holland with the tops and share them with the Dutch quilters???" At first glance it seemed a bit weird to me , but Elsbeth asked me again and slowly it became a reality.
So on the 30th of August i will be at Petra Prins in Zutphen, and at the 31th in Amsterdam at Dutch Quilts, former Den Haan en Wagenmakers.
I'm more than happy to share 40 years of quilting experiences with you!!

A porcelain coffecup and saucer from a small carbootsale in Carolles, the only rainy sunday morning...
This lazy blogger hopes you had a good summer in these troubled times where each and every one seems to be affected by growing violence and dramatic climate changes, so take care....