maandag 22 september 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

About a week ago I was contacted by Audrey, who blogs at Quilty Folk, to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop. This means I'll answer some questions about quilting, just as many quilters around the world did before me (if you go to Audrey's blog, you can read her answers and go to the person who tagged her and so on and on).

So, here we go!

1. What quilting/sewing thing am I working on?

I suppose the name of my blog is a giveaway to my biggest sin: I always work at at least 10 projects at the same time and finishing them is not my strongest point.

Lately, I have concentrated on my HST-quilt.
A finished quilttop

quilt, quilt, quilt
a quilting template for the outer border

I really, really like this quilt and am therefore handquilting it. This means that I've spent these last few months mainly quilting this quilt and not working on my other projects.

Like my beequilt, that is next in line now that I figured out how the borders will look

Working on my beequilt!

And then there is the winding ways quilttop, just waiting to be quilted

winding ways quilttop finished

Whirly garden quilt

And I musn't forget all the projects where the quilttop isn't finished yet, like the Green Tea project

Green Tea quilt

Lone Star in Field Study

I didn't know where this project was going in 2011 and I still don't know. But I'll finish it someday...

Not sure where this is going...

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre

I don't think it does differ and in a lot of cases I'm 100% sure it doesn't differ, since I often use a pattern. If I like a quilt I see in a book, I make my version of it. Like the HST quilt I'm currently working on, or the windmill quilttop I made last year. Both are copies from quilts I saw in a magazine (pattern included in the magazines). I even used the same colour schemes. So I don't consider myself to be a creative quilter, but I do make good copies.

3. Why do I write what I do?

You could say I'm a slow blogger because I only blog when I sewed or quilted something and didn't forget to take a picture. When there's no time for quilting, there's nothing to blog about and it would be very boring to write about my life.

4. How does my creative process work?

I wrote about my "creative process" a short while ago, in this blog post. Let's just say it's very much a trial and error method.

Phew, that was the questions part. Now it's time to introduce you to the blogger who agried to write a post on Monday September 29. Meet Lotje, one of the most creative quilters I know. She paints, prints and quilts! And contrary to me, she plans her quilts and has a real creative process, not just trial and error. So go check out her blog, you'll discover a real artist at work!

dinsdag 2 september 2014

Not your normal sewing tools - Niet het normale quiltgereedschap

Why is it that time always seems to fly during the holidays? Last time I looked, it was July. After what seems ten seconds, it's September. And all I did -patchworkwise that is- was handquilt my HST quilt. Hours and hours of quilting resulted in a finished border! Yay!

Waarom lijkt de tijd altijd te vliegen  tijdens de vakantie? De laatste keer dat ik omkeek, was het nog juli. Het lijkt nu amper 10 seconden later, maar toch is het al september. En alles wat ik op patchworkgebied presteerde was handquilten aan mijn HST-quilt. Uren en uren quilten resulteerden in een afgewerkte boord! Joepie!

I'm quilting the second border now, and after that I'll add the binding. But that will have to wait a while. Because at the moment, I'm using other tools than my sewing tools. These tools to be precise:

Nu quilt ik de tweede boord en nadien komt de afwerkingsboord er aan. Maar dat zal allemaal nog even moeten wachten want momenteel ben ik met heel ander gereedschap in de weer dan mijn gewoonlijke quiltgereedschap. Dit gereedschap meer bepaald:

Because changing wallpaper in a 90-year old house is never straightforward and always brings some suprises. Like this one

Want oud behangpapier verwijderen om nieuw papier te plaatsen in een 90 jaar oud huis brengt altijd verrassingen met zich mee. Zoals deze

or this one
of deze
After two days of hard work, this is how it looks now. 
Na twee dagen hard labeur ziet het er zo uit.

So you see, I am hard at work, but my HST quilt will have to wait just a wee bit longer.

Je ziet dus: ik zit niet stil. Maar mijn HST quilt, die zal nog even moeten wachten. 

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