dinsdag 3 mei 2016
Jaren geleden maakte ik een handige map en schreef het patroon er bij, Op Stap.
Nog steeds krijg ik regelmatig reacties van mensen die er zo blij mee zijn. Het is een handige map waar veel in kan en het is ideaal dat de map met een rits dicht gaat zodat er niets uit valt als je hem meeneemt. De maat van de map is zo dat hij goed op je schoot kan liggen.
Deze workshop houdt in dat we twee zaterdag ochtenden van 10:15 uur tot 12:45 uur samen aan deze map gaan naaien. Daarin help ik jullie met de moeilijkste delen zoals de vakken met elastiek en de rits. Daarnaast zal er huiswerk zijn, zowel voor de eerste zaterdag als tussendoor. De Quilthoeve is te vinden in Naaldwijk.
De data die we geprikt hebben zijn zaterdag 28 mei en 25 juni. De kosten zin €42,50 inclusief het patroon. Wanneer je het patroon al in je bezit hebt maar je vindt het leuk om samen te naaien of je vindt het fijn om wat extra hulp te krijgen dan krijg je €5,00 korting en de nieuwste versie van het patroon wanneer je het andere patroon inlevert.
Vind je het leuk om mee te doen dan kun je me mailen.
Om te laten zien wat kleur met een patroon kan doen heb ik voor de gelegenheid een nieuwe map gemaakt. De nieuwe en de oude map (de tweede versie, dus een beetje anders dan die op de foto) zijn live te bewonderen bij De Quilthoeve in Naaldwijk.
Ook deze keer was het weer een feestje om te naaien en ik heb tegelijk van de gelegenheid gebruik gemaakt om het patroon hier en daar wat te herzien en wat dingen nóg duidelijker te beschrijven.
I revised my On the Road pattern while sewing a purple version and will teach sewing this pouch. An update of the English pattern will soon be available on Payhip!
donderdag 24 december 2015
For me Cristmas really is celebrating the birth of our Saviour! We will celebrate it in Church with our brothers and sisters.
Presents are given with Sinterklaas at the 5th of December.
I crocheted these last year from a book from Cristel Krukkert. I am afraid it is a Dutch book.
The donkey is still a WIP and hopefully I can add more the coming years.
woensdag 2 december 2015
I couldn't think of anything else, or sleep or... So I decided to dive in and order the book the pattern was in. It turned out it was written by a fellow Dutch! Wylline Hammerstein. The book is called "Millefiore quilts".
After deciding to buy the book. which wasn't cheap, I had another decision to make. Would I sew this quilt with EPP (English Paper Piecing) or just hand piecing. Since I prefer EPP when hand sewing (regular sewing I rather use my machine for) That choice was easily made.
But there was the third decision. Would I cut the papers myself or order a starter pack at Paperpieces? I decided to order some laser cut templates with 3/8"seam allowance and without any seam allowance and cut them myself. My order arrived quickly even when it came from the other side of the world and off I went.
But oh my, those star points were so tiny and difficult to cut precisely so in the end I ordered the starter pack and extra star points from Paper pieces.
Now I have a few cogs done I am running out of the large pentagons but those are easily cut with the yellow templates so for the time being I am good to go.
woensdag 4 november 2015
Last spring I signed in for the Handpieced mini Swap on Instagram. The idea was to hand piece something for your partner. Quilting was ok by machine too. The partner I got Donna, a quiltshopowner from New Zealand. I found it pretty scary to make something for someone who was so skilled herself.
Somewhere on her feed I read she was second in a row of 4 generations of quilters which made me instantly think of a tree of life.
I pieced a background with big hexagons (1 3/4" I think), randomly cut low volume fabrics. I did search for the most fun fabrics! I pinned them all on some foam to remember which should go where. This way I took it to my bee too to discover I had lost several on my way from the car to her front door. I went back and found all but one. The next day my friend told me a neighbor had found it and brought it to her ;-)!
A lot of 3/4"hexagons were covered with green and pink like a blossoming tree and I drew a Tree on gray fabric. Using the tree trunk and the background the shape of the leafs and flowers grew.
While sewing I shared several sneak peaks on Instagram (being in the same group we followed each other) but while she liked pictures of me she never liked any of those swap pictures, which made me so much more uncertain). I came at a point not wanting to finish as I was so scared to disappoint her.
But I kept telling myself I did my very best and some others really loved it so it was good!
Quilting this quilt was really fun and took me only a few hours actually. Grass, flowers, clouds etc. How happy I was with a cupboard full of Aurifil thread in lots of colours! The finished quilt was about 50x50 cm (20x20"). I love how all those colours make a pretty back too!
The quilt made its way to New Zealand safely and was received very happily. It was so nice of some of her friends to tell me on my account how happy Donna was and that she really deserved this beautiful mini quilt. That felt really good after all those nerves!
As an extra I send this fun little bag with the map from my country on it so she can never forgot she swapped with the other side of the world....
donderdag 4 juni 2015
This was such a fun quilt to sew, even though I had to order more gray and the gray with the same name turned out to be differently... with more than one gray it didn't matter so much.
The top was finished this week, some of the foxes will receive glasses and then sandwiching and quilting...
maandag 25 mei 2015
It was a pattern by Ysolda, called Follow your Arrow 2. Each week, for 5 weeks, two options to knit were published and so a lot of different shawls were made. I was a few weeks behind but in this case I didn't mind. I am not so used to reading charts yet that I can visualize them and being behind meant that some were further and posting pictures of their progress which made it easier to choose for me.
I really loved the process, I learned a lot of new stitches and techniques, I love how ready available youtube is and how much you can learn from it!
I am soooo in love with this pattern, it was literally breathtaking the first few times I saw it and I am still very much in love with it.
I know, I could have made it bigger, but I wanted the peacock feathers at the points so I didn't want to make more of the plain extension, which was an option. So that would mean I have to rip until before the feathers and knit rows extra over there. Somehow I don't feel like that, so I decided to keep this one as it is so I have a reference when knitting other shawls since yes, I am really back into knitting and there will be more!
I used a variegated acrylic yarn, called Champion by Lammy. It knitted very nice, but I don't feel the blocking had much effect and it ended up a bit more stripy than I would like.
zaterdag 9 mei 2015
maandag 6 april 2015
Together With my SIL I chose the Bricks and Steppingstones pattern from Bommie's Quiltville page, I bought some Kona's for the 4-patches and off I went. Because there are lots of blues in the African fabrics I bought several blues to determine which would be best. I ended up using all three blues to add some colour.
Last year a friend made a quilt with the same pattern and I kept thinking she made a mistake as hers was different from mine. When I mentioned it, it turned out it was not her but me who had altered the pattern! I think it was a smart alteration on my part as I really like how the cream rows make the quilt somewhat quieter.
To me this quilt looks very different vertical from horizontal, what do you think?
The top has been laying around for 2 years, I only had to make the backing fabric a bit wider and quilt it but somehow that seemed like a mountain to climbe over.
Then I got sick last year and didn't have the energy to even sit behind the machine.
Until this winter we got there 25th wedding anniversary invitation. With a sewing day at a friends house the back was pieced in a morning and I really wondered why I had put it of.
Now for the quilting. I found a beautiful variagated Aurifil with cream, yellow and blue and the whirls just popped to my mind. Machine quilting is still pretty heavy for my body, especially free motion, as I do it on my domestic machine but with only a whirl or two each day I did it.
Yesterday was for binding, label and hanging sleeve, since they didn't know yet whether they want to hang it or use it on a bed.
donderdag 26 maart 2015
Lately I came across lots of open wide zipper pouches on Instagram, and every time I loved them, so I decided it was time to bite the bullet.
I did make it myself slightly more difficult with zippers that need to go on top instead of sewn in, which made the sequence of steps quite different and had me break my brain on them, but I did it and I am so pleased with those new pouches. I made the large and the medium size. The large is big enough to keep a few balls of yarn and some needles, the middle is more like a toiletry bag or a bag for your sewing supplies (when you don't need large scissors).
The fabric is a big old handkerchief like the farmers here in the Netherlands used to use, or even wear I think, seeing the size.
You can find the tutorial here and the cutting charts here. The tutorial is very easy to follow with lots of pictures and very quick to sew too! I can totally recommend this pattern!
maandag 16 maart 2015
I found this little baby hat called Berry Baby Hat on Ravelry and I loved it! I found that the longer the circular needle, the easier it is to make the two needed twists in your needle. I tried to make the spot where to pull the treat out different each round to avoid having the tension in the same spot all the time.
The little hat was really fun to do, I enjoyed using the magic loop, and finished within two weeks with lots of other projects in between. I wish I had a little girl or boy to knit a hat like this for but I think they won't love me anymore if I did now (with them being 17,15 and 11).
I had to adjust the pattern (I used 96 stitches instead of the required 64 and used 12 st instead of 8 per leave) as my yarn (Again Drops Baby Merino) was much thinner than the pattern asked for, but it turned out great and only slightly too big for a new born. (Next time I will try 80 stitches with 10 per leave)
dinsdag 10 maart 2015
maandag 9 maart 2015
I loved knitting the shoulders and back on my circular needles. I think finding out about using the short threads of the circular needles with the stoppers for keeping the waiting stitches on was one of the aha moments. Those are so much more flexible than a normal straight needles, which is a good thing with having all the stitches for the arms on them while knitting down the rest of the bodice.
In the shop they had said you could do the arms on the circular needles too but I just couldn't figure out how. So I ended up buying sock needles in two sizes and remembered how I don´t like all this fiddling with those needles.
The project got tucked away until about Christmas when I suddenly remembered those babies being due in January. I forced myself to knit on and got it finished around New Years Eve. And believe it or not, just ones I had finished both arms and got to the body edging someone told me about knitting the magic loop. How I wished I had known before ;-).
I wasn't completely happy with the shoulders but I figured that while using it you won't see it. My BIL and SIL loved the little cardigan and I hope it is in good use.
This cardigan is knitted with Drops Baby Merino, which made it beautifully soft and warm.
One of the new things I learned was knitting on circular needles. I have used them ages ago for a collar, but knitting a whole project on those was new.
Second new thing was the start of this shawl, with getting the right amount of stitches on the needles after a few rows of garter stitch, while still trying to grab the right English terms for what I was doing. I figured that with planning on more knitting over the years, (oh, yes, I really love it!) I might as well get familiar with all the English terms since there are so very many patterns in English all over the WWW.
In September I blogged about putting this shawl back on the needles since I found it not big enough. I made three more repeats, which used about half as much yarn as I had already used for the whole shawl and finished it quite soon. Just completely forgot to take another picture and tell you all about it.
I really love it! With the yarn being cotton it has a good weight on your shoulders and it is perfect for those nights you are cold but don't want to go upstairs to grab some warmer cloths.
maandag 23 februari 2015
I am so in love with the blankets Lucy from Attic24 makes that I couldn't resist buying the wool for her cottage blanket. I started in January and love every stitch! I jept it in a beautiful bag I made a few years ago and it was made for it, see the matching colours?
Unfortunately the blanket has moved to a bigger bag now as it doesn't fit any more....