20 March, 2010

happy national quilt day!

 It's almost midnight, but I wanted to get this in before flopping into bed, so here it goes:

To celebrate the day I met up with my quilting friends in 's Gravenzande for "Tomatendag" or "Tomato Day" with Ted Storm ( with whom studied the art of hand quilting ). In this region many greenhouses are located where amongst many other kinds of produce and flowers, tomatoes are grown.  Hence the name, simply put.   It has been some time since I took her course, and the first time I came to this event. Why I didn't come before, I cannot for the life of me remember,  but I'm happy I did this day! 

This is an annual happening where Ted's alumni can meet up again, catch up with each other, do a show and tell, and a little shopping.  What's a quilting day without a little sniffle through some fat quarters? The shops certainly did  not disappoint!

If I hadn't been so busy catching up with friends, and sharing our latest adventures ( mine you will here about soon, so watch this space...) I would've take some better pictures, but this is some of what I've got from the show and tell - wonderful quilts enriched by the stories they hold, told by the makers themselves.  I was touched, inspired and felt a kinship with much of what our fellow quilters shared with the group.  So here are some snaps:

Drawings from a son translated into wonderful appliqued blocks.

An alphabet quilt - so charming!
Made from Dutch folkloric costumes and fabrics - beautiful colors!

The applique is adorable, and the colors of the circles quilt are wonderful.

A massive block of the month quilt, wow!

A little family history and thinking out of the box with these two little quilts

Souvenir quilt top and vintage block from a holiday in Amish country in Pennsylvania turned into classic quilts.

These kinds of events recharge my quilting batteries, make my fingers itch to get busy.  I have another reason why I'm even more motivated, but that story is for next time....

I hope you felt charged and inspired on this national quilt day.....

signing off,

17 March, 2010

lap quilt

Made for a friend in a wheel chair from her favorite fabrics with a plush fleece for the backing.

The fabrics are traditional Staphorst folkloristic fabrics used in making traditional Dutch costumes.
I decided on simple squares to make the most of the fabrics.  Why make things more difficult when simple is just as effective?

05 March, 2010

a little baby quilt

made for little Raphael

In my continuing quest to use my scraps of fabric and not to buy anything new, I made this little quilt as a welcoming gift for the new baby of friends of ours.


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