jeudi 2 octobre 2014

A day trip to Tilburg

for a visit to the museum DE PONT for modern art.
I hardly spend time on modern art and i'm very much turned to the past, but this was a great experience as i saw much through the eyes of my niece Judith, who is an artist herself. 
So we crossed the country with J and her DH Ko and my niece Mechteld joined us too.
The museum is perfect, the silence and the light, the space, everything.






Glasswalls that showed us thick or thin, like the mirrors from our childhood.....





One of my favorites, a metal curved , and very big sort of wall, it can show you upside down.


This was the object that impressed me most:
A Bill Viola video, with a strange sound track, made me think of Italian pre-Rafaëllite paintings.
Difficult to see but in the background people are moving in a door opening.







a glass scaffolding




Mechteld and Ko

Judith

And guess who has a very charming quiltshop only minutes away? Dorry!! from QUILT IT EN DOTTY!
And guess who is the neighbour who popped in to say hello?
SUPERGOOF, with her latest, just finished quilt!



But this is not the end: one minute away from the quiltshop is the TEXTILEMUSEUM, but there was no time left to take a look.
The Goirkestraat in Tilburg is THE place to be for artlovers and quilters, so gogogo if you have ab opportunity....
Take care friends!

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....

roofs...

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!