Category Archives: Applique

Finished quilttop (almost)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the quilt I was making. A landscape quilt with a little river, some mountains, a house, a tree and a sun. The top is now almost finished. The only thing left to do is embroider names and a date, and because I can’t show those, this is the last moment I can make pictures to show.

The first thing added since last time was a little bird.

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The cows moved to the left bank of the river and I decided that the little pigs and lambs had to be left out of the quilt. Then the flowers and leaves were drawn, cut and put on.



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Every flower and leave has been sewn and there is a little embroidery too.


(You can click on the image to enlarge to see more detail.) Everything is stitched now, including the mountains and the sun.

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And then one last picture, of the complete quilttop.

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This is an order from one of my neighbours. His daughter is getting married and this is going to be his gift to her.  All elements are what he asked for. Now he wants me to embroider both names and the date of the wedding and after that I can make a proper quilt out of it with a back and some batting. I’m not going to quilt a lot, just a few lines.

Groetjes, Dorien

A Washing Line

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Nice little washing line, isn’t it? It was time to make a new laundry bag. The one I had was torn and was beyond repair. That is, the bag itself; the wooden frame however was not perfect anymore, but still good to use. So I made a new laundry bag, and because just a simple, plain bag was not much fun, I decided to make a washing line on it.


First I drew some clothes and sketched  an outline of what I had in mind. The clothes are already on scale. Then I traced them on to some fusible web, ironed this on some fabric scraps and cut them out with a little bit extra around the final cutting line.



The next step was washing and ironing the main fabric ( shrinkage!) and then arranging the ‘clothes’ on a line. After I was happy I cut out the pieces on the final line and ironed them onto the main fabric. I sew around the pieces with a nice large stitch, and embellished a few with a ribbon and some beads. The line itself is just a simple piece of cotton which was sewn on with a small zigzag-stitch.



Then all that was needed to be done was make the bag itself, put the buttons on and that’s it.

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Groetjes, Dorien


Hello! Totally unexpected, I didn’t blog for almost two weeks. Last week the boys had spring-break and went of on a camp. So that gave my husband and me the opportunity to paint the living room. This was something we already wanted to do when we moved into this house; 7 years ago!
Funny thing was that the painting itself wasn’t that much work, but moving out all the books and the furniture, that was just a lot of work. But it was worth it.

This week I started sewing on all the circles I made.


Although there are more than 80 circles, I did it in less then 3 days. Because I prepared the circles like I described in my last post, it was quite easy to applique them.

The quilting is free motion, with a kind of curls in the white space. They are not made exactly the same, and maybe even a bit wonky, but I like the way it brings the quilt to live.


Fingers crossed that my Swap-partner likes it.

Groetjes, Dorien

Dutch Mug Rug going on Tour

Last week I was introduced to Laura of Quokka Quilts. She is organizing a ‘Mug Rugs of the World Tour’. The idea is to make a mug rug with a theme from your country or even the place you are. You don’t have to send it anywhere, so it’s not a swap or anything. Just make a mug rug to ‘represent’ your own country.

Of course, I couldn’t resist. To make this mug rug, I had immediately so many ideas. Should I use typically Dutch fabrics?


But what theme to use? There are so many typical Dutch themes, like windmills, wooden shoes, tulips. Those are the obvious ones. But there is also something like ‘gezelligheid’. A Dutch word which is hard to translate, but it means something like cozy, sociable, homy. It refers to the comfort of a warm house where you can snuggle under a warm blanket with good company and a mug of hot chocolat. This made me think of all the beautiful houses in Holland; they look (at least to me!) quite inviting and I love the different facades and rooftops. So that was my theme!


I made a little sketch and used it as a template for the houses.


For the house in the middle I used a piece of lace, because I really didn’t know how else I could make the white sides with all the curls.



It was a lot of fun making this little mug rug, and because I still have so many ideas to make more of them, I think I will do just that someday. For now this will be my contribution to the Mug Rug World Tour.

If you would like to make your own Mug Rug representing your country, in my sidebar you can find the button.

Groetjes, Dorien

Fabric Flower Basket

Hello!! I hope you have had a wonderful Easter. We enjoyed the warm, sunny weather and worked a lot in the garden.

Maybe you have seen this little banner in my sidebar


The idea for this swap was to make a basket of 15,5 by 6,5 inch, 5 inch deep. The swap is secret, so I had to go with the preferences which were given by the lady I have to send it to. And she didn’t give any. No colours, no techniques, nothing! And she also doesn’t have a flickr-account or a blog, so I had absolutely nothing to work with. So I decided to make a basket with flowers. Inspired by all the lovely flowers outside. Thinking of it, there are a lot of flowers in my work lately!


Putting the bag together was a lot of fun. It is small enough to have a result quite quick.




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It is lined with a white cotton with little pink flowers.





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