Friday, October 31, 2008

Just a little mini

Look what I made yesterday while my quiltgroup was here. It's not perfectly sewn it's a bit crooked, but I had so much fun. Isn't that what counts right?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Scraps and Shirttails

I'm holding in my hands, my copy of the book Scraps and Shirttails written by my dear friend Bonnie! She did a great job with her book. I LOVE IT. My favourite is Bargain basement. I also love to see the backings of Bonnie's quilts. They are a quilt themselves! Wonderful!

(The big surprise is I have a project in the book too! Lucy's shopping bag :-)

ps. Bonnie's book is available at Irma's Sampler soon. (Haarlem the Netherlands)

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Thank you so much for all your nice comments on my finished quilt for Pim. A few of you have some questions which I would love to answer in this post.

1) How long did it take me to finish the quilting on Pim's quilt?

- I really can't say. It's hard for me to focus on one quilt. I work on a several projects at the same time. Unfortunately during this project I hurt my arm. I had to stop quilting for a while. So it took me longer to finish it. I borrowed a hoop on a stand from a friend to try if it works better for my arm.

2) Leena asked me if I used any lines or tapes when I quilted the center of the quilt.

-No, on this quilt I didn't. I trusted my eye. It isn't a problem to me if a line isn't perfectly straight. Actually if you take a closer look the lines aren't very straight at all :-). I don't like masking tape. When the needle slides along the tape a residue will leave behind then the needle won't slide easily anymore.

When I want to quilt longer straight lines,I love to use a Hera marker.

If the lines won't show up with a Hera Marker, I use these pencils.

3) The batting ...

- Most of the time I use Hobbs 80/20. It's easy for me to get because we sell it at the shop on the bolt. I used it for these quilts.

-I tried some cotton samples I received from Bonnie. One is so nice for minis, Very soft and thin. I don't know the name of it. Hopefully Bonnie will remember.

- I do have a note on the 100% organic Hobbs. It was very hard to quilt but I love the result! After washing and drying the quilt it's looking very very antique, with more structure as the other cotton battings.

- I have a few 100 % cottons in my stash which I haven't used yet. Like Dream cotton Request and another 100% cotton from Hobbs. I will let you know about my experience with these battings

- I love 100 % wool. The needle is sliding through the batting almost by it self.. It has a lot of texture.

-I don't like polyester batting. I will never use it again. To me it doesn’t feel nice. I like natural materials better. It gives the antique feel which I’m looking for.

4) Last question: Which quilt do I have in my hoop right now :-) ?



Oo, what a beautiful day :-)

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