Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What's in my hoop.

Years ago I found a very nice quilt in an antique shop in Austin TX. 
Lucky enough I took pictures of it because I couldn't get this beauty out of my mind.  I even found the perfect fabric for the sashings and for some blocks on the same trip. 
 Finally I'm ready to quilt it and I hope to finish it soon. 

The original quilt I love so much. 


Monday, August 22, 2016


( About two weeks ago I found the little heart shape stone)

I love it when you cast on for a sock and you get to the point where you can actually start knitting.


Needles: 2,5 mm, carbon, knit pro
Yarn: Drops/fabel

(I took this picture in 'Oudekerk aan de Amstel' this summer on a boat trip)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Shetland Hap 'Hansel' (full version)


My Hansel Hap Shawl
Full version

Pattern: Gudrun Johnston. 
              (I took the crafty class of her. This was so helpful and inspiring.) 
Yarn: Jamieson's Spindrift

Colors: eggshel, natural white, stonehenge,sholmit/mosekit,mogit 

Needle size: 5 mm

It was a pleasure to knit. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Amsterdam by boat

A few days ago we went  for the first time by our boat to Amsterdam. It took us 2 hours sailing from our home port. Which was very pleasant with this beautiful weather. 

I can tell you that this tour was so  fun, and I liked it a lot. Take a look yourself. I think the following pictures don't need words.

After a nice tour we went home again.

They are exhausted :-)

And my knitting work....... (socks, a project which I always take with me on the boat)... didn't came out of this pocket. Maybe next time.


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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Shetland full Hansel Hap

 When I'm not quilting I am knitting.

A little while ago I bought a Crafty class by Gudrun Johnston.  She teaches how to knit an original Shetland Hap Shawl.  I love to follow Gudrun's lessons. They are so clear and helpful!

I'm knitting the full Hap with Jamieson's Spindrift. At this moment I'm knitting the edge. I hope to show you my finish soon.

And here is my latest find: A vintage cross-stitch table runner.  I wish I would know the woman who made it.
She was very talented with her needle and thread. 


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sewing scrappy triangles

Summer = Geraniums on my windowsill.

A little while ago I started sewing from my scrapbag.

I cut triangles and sew them random dark and light together. 

On my trip to Texas I was lucky to find two beautiful small yellow bowls.  I hope to have a nice collection some day :-)

Sometimes you find a fabric which you first don't like and years later it has become one of your favorites......... Do you recognize this?

Dust on my machine, from all sewing. Not that it is standing still. 

Ironing to the dark side. I bought this little travel- iron in 1996. The year I started quilting. 
I remember it was the cheapest version but I liked the tip of it so I bought it.
It is still working after so many years.  

My new rotary cutter. I can highly recommend it.  I don't know what it is but it cuts very light. Much lighter than the other regular yellow version of Olfa.

 Ta dah....a little basket with perfect squares of hst's

and 25 of them together make a nice block.

 I can tell you I enjoy my sewing moments very much :-)


Friday, May 20, 2016

Texas in B&W

Texas in B&W.
We've been here a few weeks ago and drove trough Dallas, Austin and a lot of small villages with their nice looking 'main streets'. 

At the Ranch of Doniene and Mike. It was a highlight to visit them again. 

 I found some really nice treasures like this stitchery. It is made in the 30's in Free Stone TX, by the mom of the lady who sold me this. I love it and it has found a nice place in my sewing room. 

I had to bring this China Shepherdess home with me. It reminds me so much of the China Shepherdess in the books of The Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  It was the only fancy thing from Laura's mom and Ma placed it carefully at the chimney shelf in every house they lived in.

Love these antique blocks. Yes I brought them home too. They inspire me :-)