There's a small town near here that hosts an international quilt show every year and this year's country was the Netherlands. Seeing as both my parents were born there, I had a really good reason to go!
I went with my mom and a friend, and we all enjoyed the show immensely! Of course, like all good quilt shows, this one also had vendors.... mostly Canadian, but 2 from Holland as well. Now I can buy from Canadian shops any day of the week, but Holland is a little tougher - I can go to any shop here and see/feel the fabric quality; obviously, that's a bit trickier "across the pond". The fabrics were really nice, and quite a few were homespun types.
Well, you can guess the rest - I came home with fabric and ribbon too (I keep telling myself it's for my card-making, but I'm not sure I want to use it!). And, seeing as I love and collect all sorts of sheep-related items, I had to buy the fabric pack with the sheep fabric in it - and it's the very traditional Dutch blue colour.
I can hear you - you want pictures! Have a look:
The blue and white fabric on the far right is the sheep fabric.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Last night was the monthly Friday Night Sew-In, and I had PLANS.... I was hoping to get a big part of my Swirlygig quilt done, and I did get a couple of blocks done and joined up. I've got all of the #1 blocks done, and a few of the #2 blocks, so that I could put a few rows together. I ended up with almost enough blocks for the first 2 rows - and hopefully, I'll get all of the block #2 blocks finished today yet. Monday is a holiday, so I might manage to get the top done then - we'll see! Block #1 is the green, white and yellow, and block #2 is the white star on the green. The rows aren't sewn together yet, but that's a minor detail!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This Friday, May 20th has been set aside for the next Friday Night Sew-In. If you remember, on the last FNSI I started a new, very quick, quilt (Split Decision), and managed to get a number of blocks cut and sewn. Well, I'm happy to announce that I've managed to get the top put together! Here it is, being so competently displayed by my taller-than-me husband:
It almost took me longer to lay it out than it did to sew! I'm not really sure that I'm thrilled with the layout - I had it spread all over the dining room floor, but I think I mixed a few blocks up when I picked them up to assemble the top. I know the saying though - "Finished is better than perfect", so I may just let it go....
Friday, May 13, 2011
It was Sat. night, and I realized that I hadn't made any Mother's Day cards yet! A quick peek through some of the cards I've seen online helped me come up with a design. One of the scalloped borders from Nestabilities, some sponging, stamping, trim and half-pearls and Voila! my Mother's Day card. The stamps are from Verve and CTMH.