Category Archives: Quilts

2 More Forest Blocks

The third block of the Forest QAL is a beautiful forest with tree trunks, called the ‘Aspen Grove’. The first time I saw it I thought WOW, and immediately OMG!! How to make this? What colours to use? So I had a look at pictures of Aspen Grove, and I fell in love with the Fall colours (not really a surprise!). So I wanted to use lots of orange/yellow/red.

I’m not totally satisfied with how it turned out. I find it hard to recognize the trees, so maybe I’ll make another version of this block, using different colours. Just don’t know yet which colours that would be. Any ideas??

The last block so far is a Maple Fox. And this made me very happy, because I really was hoping for a fox being one of the patterns. Why? I don’t know really, but I do like foxes a lot.

So this is what I’ve made so far:

I can  absolutely recommend this QAL. The instructions are very clear and the patterns are well made. And of course it is so much fun to do!

Groetjes, Dorien


A long time ago , in one of the first grades of school, I learned that Spring starts at March 21, so that would be 2 days from now. I’m afraid that’s not going to happen this year! It is still very cold and there is a lot of wind, almost like Fall. So when I was thinking of something new to take on, I had a lot of ‘Fall Ideas’, and imagine my surprise, when I came across this QAL;

Every week a new block, with the main theme Forest. All paper piecing, not too difficult, but there are some very tiny scraps used.

They started a few weeks ago, so I had some catching up to do. The first block was of a beautiful woodpecker.

What I really love about this pattern is the ‘shadow’ of the head of the woodpecker, which actually makes the head go up and down!

The second block was Feathers:

Especially in this block there were some very tiny pieces, but it was very nice to make.

Yesterday the third block was posted, so I know what I’m going to do tomorrow!

If you would like to join too, it is still open and completely free!

Groetjes, Dorien

My Colourful Quilt

It has been a wonderful weekend with lots of really beautiful weather. Still I didn’t go out that much. The garden is a mess; next week we are supposed to put a new terrace in, so now a lot of work needs to be done there. No sitting in the sun!

But the main reason, was that I really wanted to finish my quilt.

I used a lot of different kinds of quilting:

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I know now for sure that I need a lot more practice to make the quilting perfect. So many mistakes I made! But only when it was really bad, I did the quilting over. Otherwise it would never be finished.

Now the only question is: how to hang the quilt? I like all four sides, so I made a tunnel at every one of them.


The pattern of this quilt is: The Colourful Quilt, by Jacqueline de Jonge.

Groetjes, Dorien

Still here

Hello. Thank you for stopping by. I can’t believe it has been more than 2 weeks since my last post.

I really want to thank all of you who left a comment on my post about my ‘new’ chair. It was such a fun project to do, and then it is very nice to read the comments on it. So thank you very much!!

Last week I’ve been crocheting almost non-stop. Suddenly I had 3 orders for skirt guards, and because I don’t like to wait myself, when I’ve ordered something, I wanted to finish these as soon as possible.
This morning the last one was finished, and because I really like the colours the lady asked for, I’ll just show one more picture of skirt guards (I bet you get bored by now of all the skirt guards on my blog!)


Right before I got these orders I thought it was time to finally finish my ‘Colourful Quilt’. It had been lying on the shelves for far too long. So I did some quilting, but not too much yet.



Hopefully next time I can show you the whole quilt.

Groetjes, Dorien

Spring, tulips and colour circles

Hello! Thank you for all your nice comments on Bubbles! I made it for a swap, so I had to send it away and that was hard because I like the quilt so much. But, that’s part of the game, isn’t it?

We are enjoying some lovely spring weather. The sun is shining abundantly, and the world really looks so much happier that way. There’s only one thing not so nice about it; it shows that I really have to clean my windows!

Last Thursday was International Womensday, and because of that my host-son surprised me with a huge bouquet of tulips. How great is that?


It is even after 6 months every day a joy to have him around.

The colour-circle quilts are finished. I quilted them in the ditch.


The binding is dark blue (thank you for the advice!); again a batik, but with dotted circles in different shades of blue.

They are hanging on our freshly painted white walls, and I’m really very happy with them.

Groetjes, Dorien

Color Circles



This week I’ve been paper piecing a lot. The mini quilt I’m making so much fun to do, that I even started a second one.


In both quilts I’m making a kind of color circle, using scraps.


The first top is quite bold, the second has a much lighter appearance.


It is so nice to see what you can make with the same colors, the same kind of pattern, but just small differences.

Both tops are waiting for a border, but I can’t decide whether to use only a small binding (probably dark blue), or to make a border in strips, using the main colors in the top. I do know that I want both to have the same finishing. Any ideas?

Groetjes, Dorien

A goat and some sunflowers

This week has gone by so fast, that it is already five days since my last post. Thank you ladies for your nice comments on the little gift bag. (Jantine: I didn’t line it with fabric, but that is a great idea!)

The project with the pink flowers is finished, and I did try to make some pictures this morning. But I have to do that outside, and it is so cold, that my fingers couldn’t press the button of the camera, and with gloves on it just doesn’t work. So, that will come later.

Last year, I attended a workshop by McKenna Ryan. If you don’t know her work, go and have a look at her website. She really knows how to paint with fabric.
At the workshop I learnt a new technique for applique. It is a great technique to make ‘art-quilts’, for items you are using it is not so suited.

I liked it so much, that I bought another of her patterns, and it has been on the shelves since then. Until this week.

I started with cutting all the parts,


And then fusethem together by ironing

This is possible because before cutting out the parts, there is fusible web ironed on the fabric. Then after removing the paper, you can iron the parts on to each other, using an ‘Applique Pressing Sheet’. This way you can remove the whole thing, the flower or the head, or any design.

After doing so, you can place all the parts on to the background fabric, arrange them, and then fuse the whole design.
Now all you have to do is baste, quilt and bind the quilt.


Groetjes, Dorien

8!! and a finish

My favourite way of looking into the world!
For more than 35 years I have had glasses (I was very young when I got them!!). Sometimes the frame was small, sometimes big. It was made of metal or plastic. It was blue, brown, red, purple, orange of silver coloured. But now I have really the best frame ever. Very small, but so colourful.

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  I never knew how difficult it would be to make pictures of a pair of glasses! Of course, the weather is so gloomy and dark that there is just no good light. But, there you have it; my favourite way of looking into the world.

This week I have been working on a blanket for J. It has a jungle theme,

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Jungle colours

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Jungle binding 

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Just perfect for a little monkey!

Groetjes, Dorien

(Jungle) Fever

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day. We have all been ill this week, some kind of flu decided to meet each and everyone of us.  Today is the first day things are back to normal, so I really have a lot of catching up to do. First of all of course a lot of housekeeping. I just can’t believe what can happen in just one week if you don’t keep up! But I won’t bore you with the details, you can probably imagine it yourself.
A lot more fun is the catching up on my sewing. I already mentioned I started a quilt for my youngest son. So here are my playmates for this week.

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All these fabrics have been picked out by J himself. Very GREEN!! It was hard to come up with a pattern that did the prints justice, was bold enough for a thirteen year old and didn’t create a completely green quilt. I think I managed. Hopefully I can get some batting today, to finish it maybe even before the weekend is over. 

Groetjes, Dorien

A beautiful week

Hi everyone, I know it has been such a long time since my last post. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas. We just stayed at home with the four of us, didn’t do anything special. A lovely two days with each other.

One of the best things this week is the Dutch radio. Every year, starting on Christmas day, they broadcast the best 2000 songs ever. So this week, nobody argues about what station to put on, in the whole house, everyone is listening to the same music, singing along.

Last week I finished the quilt I talked about in my last post.

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So now ‘all I have to do’ is make a sandwich and quilt it. For the back I ordered fabric from an online store, so I will have to wait a bit before it gets here.
It’s the first time I ever did that, but the difference in costs was so huge, I thought I might give it a try. This gives me a bit of a strange feeling though, because one of the reasons fabric is so expensive over here, is that there just aren’t enough customers for it. So shops have to make choices in what they have in their collection, and even then the costs for them are huge. By buying overseas, I am not buying at their shop, so that makes again a customer less. If everyone does it like that, at the end, there will be no stores left. I will try to shop local as much as I can, but a price-difference of more than 100% is just too much. Sorry.

Something else I have been busy with is writing the pattern for the skirt-guards for bicycles. So I did write it all down, and now I’m testing it.

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Different colours this time, but I like them as much as the first one. I guess it will all be ready in the first week of January. Most likely I will open a shop at Etsy, where the pattern can be bought.

Then, I’ve started a Knit-A-Long (KAL) over at Ravelry, and this time it is a kind off pattern I never used before; knitting with beads (Mystery 220). So I have just strung about 650 beads to my yarn.

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Now I have to go and knit with it. Never done that before, and because it is a ‘mystery-KAL’, I don’t have a clue what it is going to be. This is scaring and exciting at the same time.

Groetjes, Dorien