mardi 23 juin 2015

Fabrics, a book, a bag and a quilt

Some of the fabrics bought during the quilters' gathering, 50 cent for each piece, and the red and off white is enough for a top!

The old fashioned book is from 1889, tips for young ladies, their household, how to take care of men and children, and good manners. Things i desperately need....

Sunset over Paris, direction south, from my window. Everything was pinky, and light flashes on windows. Click on the foto and you will see until Ile de la Cité. Even farther, because the skyscrapers are in the 13th, so south Paris intra muros.

I had a lovely meeting with LeeAnn , her blog is called Nifty Quilts and go and take a visit, she took a lot of foto's, tomoorow a last coffee, before she flies back with Bruce to Seattle.


It happens that we could meet Christine too, Christine lives in Athens,Greece, and is an avid quilter too.

I have shown this quilt before and you may have seen it. A more elegant an well balanced version was made by Esther Paap for the book ' 'Promenade dans un jardin Hollandais' by Petra Prins and An Moonen. The pattern didn't exist by the time i started the quilt in 2011, after seeing a foto in Quilts Japan. There are 2 antique versions of this quilts: one in the Netherlands and the other went to Pennsylvania. So it's about the "sisters quilt"
Judit Ebbelaar and her sister Karin have just finished both a top and Judith (Juudsquilts) has written several postings about their top and the finish during the Noroy Quilt Convention. So all at once it became a HYPE! Join us ! It's so much fun to make it!
The middle , including the part of the yellow triangles, is very big as i designed the templates myself with the help of papersheets with half centimeters squares, a pencil and a compass. Lazy as i am, i used a border fabric for the intermediate border instead of the tiny stars on the original quilts. The orangy cheddar fabric in the medallion was a men's summershirt from the junkshop. The quilting is simple and not very intricated. Made with what i had in the scrapboxes and boxes under the bed. Barbara Brackman noticed that i had used the very darkbrown in the medallion from a fabric she designed for her collection 'Lately Arrived From Paris" and wrote a lovely posting about my quilt and i felt very honored.
If you want to see more pictures scoll back on my blog to june 2012.



All the segments for the snailtrail are ready and prepared for the summer among some other little jobs. Maybe i won't tuch a needle, but i feel secure with some handwork in my luggage.

My Vanessa Bruno bag is from the junkshop and i payed 10 euros for it. It happened the the inner part was completely worn out and out of order. I carefully took it out and used it as a template. Spic and span again , using the leather parts on the new lining, i have a brand new bag, the bag costs a random 520 euros, no way, i cannot afford that!!

Keep on quilting ladies and let me know if you too are under the spell of the SISTERS - LES SOEURS - ZEUREN quilt! 

vendredi 12 juin 2015

More from the secret hideaway

This kind of doors is common in the region, carefully assembled peices of worn wood and some carving, way much nicer than the modern ones....

Juud from Juudsquilts - go and see her blog, very vivid and dynamique and Ineke for a coffee break. We had no internet and no one turned the TV  on and we didn't miss it at all! Ed is standing on the doorstep, the only man in the house, but he bravely survived!

A pic taken around noon, but to hot to sit in the sun without protection

The progress on Mountmellick: i just bought the fabric for the background of the last border, the one with the sixpointed stars, for the final border i digged out a pillar print designed by Barbara Brackman in the nineties

Also progress on the snailtrail from Edyta Sitar for Laundry basket Quilts, called Slow and Steady, and that's the way i make it, with some method and not in a hurry.


Constantly looking at the pictures of these green pastures, with sometimes a village on the horizon, often empty but with thousand shades of green....


jeudi 11 juin 2015

A week in the country

In the aastern part of France, with Vesoul as the nearest town of some importance, we had a wonderful quilt convention organised by Betty, who took care of us as a mother. The house, more than 200 years old, take a look at the floor! good for some quilt inspiration?


The tiny little hexies Betty is working on

And the sister's quilt Juud and her sister Karin are making, both took the quilt from Petra Prins' and An Moonen's book Promenade dans un jardin Hollandais. This quilt was the subject of much laughter and jokes.
It's called the ZEUREN Project and we call all quilters to join us!





The last evening we had dinner in a nice restaurant, from left to right: Ineke van der Molen, Betty Prins, Wilma Malenstein, Will Vidinic, Karin Siemes and Judith Ebbelaar.

At the end we closed this door, hoping to come back one day.
More to come fellowquilters, stay tuned!

vendredi 6 mars 2015

Out with the flu!!

The flu hit me with an unexpected force and as a bonus a terrible bronchitis 3 weeks ago and only since 2 days i feel a lot better, helped with the sunlight and warmer temperatures.
Bronchitis scares me more than everything else as i have damage on my right lung, due to x_rays after breastcancer in 1991. That long ago??? Yes, i'm a survivor since then, i can hardly believe it!!
But you say there was not a single post since 6 dec. 2014!!! 
I agree, and that was laziness, and procastination, and long long hours reading blogs...
And then i received some e-mails from fellowquilters, asking if i was allright and i felt sooo ashamed...
Thank you my friends, for your tokens of friendship i appreciate so much...

The top with the blue border is the most recent, made from scraps out of boxes under the bed, the blue border is old Souleïado fabric from a junksale.
Some friends from Amsterdam and Zutphen have seen the stars during the top-show-and-tell and there was much ado about the sashings, a bit weird maybe!

I went to town some days ago, to empty my mind and indulge myself with some magazines from Smith's and sons.

Some pictures of the rue des Abbesses by night. at my friend Gégé, the joiner. He lives on the 5th floor, and from his small balcony i pictured some streetviews and spied the neighbours in front...





Back to my struggle with appliquéborders, take care and i hope the flu passed your door...
Will V. in Paris

mardi 9 décembre 2014

Ready for the last round?


CE's top table!


This is what i saw when i went home: the backside of Notre Dame in the twilight around 5 o'clock. I left Randy at the busstop and crossed the bridge to join mine and go home and the dazzling souvenir of having seen all those beauties!

The next series  are also CE's collection; but the photo's were made last September in Ste.Marie aux mines.
























Sharing these with you made me perfectly happy, my quilting goes slowly these times and i have few to share with you, hope you don't take it ill from me and it won't change untill after Christmas....
Take care and happy quilting!
Will V. in Paris