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WonderFil garen

Liefde op het eerste gezicht. Een paar jaar geleden kwam ik op het Festival of Quilts in Birmingham voor het eerst de garens van WonderFil tegen. Prachtige kleuren en zo veel variatie in garens, om van te watertanden en heel hebberig van te worden, vooral als je zoals ik, verslaafd bent aan garens. Er was maar één probleem, niet te krijgen in Nederland. Natuurlijk heb ik geprobeerd om met een goede planning van mijn nog te maken quilts, voldoende garen aan te schaffen om het volgende Festival of Quilts weer te halen, maar dat was gedoemd te mislukken. Ik kocht de verkeerde kleuren voor mijn projecten, of te weinig garen. Te veel kwam ook voor maar dat is niet echt een probleem, je kunt tenslotte nooit genoeg garen hebben.

Nu is het eindelijke zover: WonderFil komt naar Nederland. Dat betekent dat je de WonderFil garens straks gewoon bij je eigen quiltwinkel kunt kopen. Als de garens er nog niet te koop zijn, laat ze dan contact met mij opnemen en dan gaan we dat regelen. Als je haast hebt, kan ik je ook het adres geven van een winkel waar ze al wel verkocht worden of desnoods kun je ze rechtstreeks bij mij bestellen.

Als je dit bericht leest en je kent WonderFil niet en je vraagt je af waarom ik er zo enthousiast over ben, kijk dan eens naar de website:

WonderFil logo

Beter kan het niet worden! Ik kan natuurlijk een boek schrijven over de voordelen van InvisaFil voor applique (met de hand of machinaal) en je kunt het nog voor zoveel meer dingen gebruiken; of Silco, prachtig om mee te quilten en naaien. En dan heb je al die andere garens nog: Razzle, Dazzle, en Sizzle, Tutti en Fruitti, Konfetti en Spagetti, Splendor en Spotlite, en meer, veel meer. Ga naar de website en bekijk de foto’s en de video’s. Beter nog, probeer de WonderFil garens uit en word verliefd. Daar krijg je geen spijt van!

Wil je werk zien dat met WonderFil garens is gemaakt? Ga dan ook naar de WonderFil facebook page en laat je inspireren! Je wilt nu meteen beginnen? Laat het me weten: herma@wonderfil.net

 

 

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Textieldagen Verhildersum 2013

Het zit er weer op, de Textieldagen Verhildersum 2013. Het was koud en nat maar toch een groot succes.

Textieldagen Verhildersum

Heel veel leuke enthousiaste reacties gekregen op de quilts, kussens en boekjes die ik mee had genomen.

Textieldagen Verhildersum

De workshops waren ook een groot succes. Deze foto kreeg ik van de familie Burgler uit Aduard:

Textieldagen Verhildersum

Het resultaat van de workshop Mini Art Quilt, daar kun je mee thuis komen!

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Journal Quilts

And now for something completely different, my April Journal Quilt. The theme is still tulips but instead of a single tulip I decided to do masses of tulips, or rather an impression of masses of tulips. journal quilt

            

Batik and hand-dyed fabric, hand stitching, finished with cord. Tulip fields in spring.

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Textieldagen Verhildersum

Het weekend van Hemelvaart vind je me op de Textieldagen Verhildersum:

TEXTIEL EN KUNST

11 & 12 mei jaarlijkse Textieldagen op Verhildersum

Ieder jaar in het weekend na hemelvaart staat Landgoed Borg Verhildersum te Leens twee dagen volledig in het teken van textiel. Lapjes, bolletjes, hoeden, tassen, draden, patronen, boeken, maar ook wandkleden, workshops en kunstwerken. Er zijn volop info- en verkoop kraampjes waar u alles kunt vinden wat u nodig heeft voor breien, quilten, vilten, borduren, weven en allerlei handwerk hobby’s. Zaterdag 11 & zondag 12 mei, van 10.30 tot 17.00u in de Museumboerderij van Landgoed Borg Verhildersum te Leens (Groningen), entreeprijs €7,50.

Dit jaar is het thema “Textiel en Kunst”. Er zal, naast de standaard kraampjes met handwerkmateriaal en naslagwerken, extra aandacht besteed worden aan het gebruik van textiel als autonome kunstvorm. Denk aan zeer creatieve breiwerken of wandkleden die net schilderijen lijken. Jong en oud kunnen zich vergapen aan kunstig en kleurrijk textiel en tijdens de workshops samen bezig met hun eigen creaties. Ook zal getoond worden hoe met oude technieken traditionele en moderne ontwerpen  te maken zijn.

De workshops worden dit jaar gegeven door Blomsterstuga uit Loppersum, een viltatelier; Weefgoed uit Winsum, met spinnen met een spintol en pre-historisch twijnen; Wolstudio Fochteloo over breien, haken, enz. en Pezzettino Quilting uit Epe met quilts en quiltpatronen. Hiernaast zullen vele demonstraties de hele dag door getoond worden. Kom tot rust in het breicafé, doe mee aan de breiwedstrijd of leg uw handwerkproblemen voor aan experts.

Op de rest van het landgoed kunt u de tentoonstelling “Terugkomst van de bewoners”, over zes eeuwen Groninger macht en pracht, bekijken en de in 19e eeuwse stijl ingerichte borg. In Grand Café ’t Schathuys zijn portretten van bijzondere Groninger boeren en diverse landschapsschilderijen te bewonderen en kun u uiteraard genieten van een kop koffie of een lunch. Op zondag 12 mei zal in de tuin een concert plaats vinden in het kader van een uitwisseling tussen het Praedinius Gymnasium uit Groningen met het J. Althusius Gymnasium uit Emden (Du).

Textieldagen Verhildersum

Trudi de Kreek

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Journal Quilts

Another journal quilt, finished at last. The good news is that number 4 is on the way, I should be able to finish it in time. This one has the same pattern as the first two but a different technique: gold-painted fusible web with some quilting around the tulip and the letters, satin stitch lines  and gold beads, and a corded finish like the first two.

journal quilts

 

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Journal Quilts

And here’s the second of my journal quilts. As you can see, I’m trying to catch up. The second journal quilt is made with the same pattern as the first but with a different applique technique:

journal quilts

For this quilt I used the same batik fabric as for the first. Hand applique, buttonhole stitching, hand quilting, ribbon, beads and finished with cord, 80/20 fusible Hobbs batting, Wonderfil threads.

This is hand applique using the apliquick method. No idea what that is? Have a look here:

If you want more information, check their website: Apliquick The website is in Spanish but if you’re interested and can’t manage the Spanish, ask me.

 

 

 

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Journal Quilts

You might say I’m a bit behind with my Journal Quilts. I’m supposed to finish one every month…it’s now March and I still have to finish the first two quilts. I did only decide to join the challenge a day or so before the deadline (February 15), does that count as an excuse? Anyway, here’s my first almost finished Journal Quilt:

Tulp 01

Almost finished because I still have to add some sort of binding (and a tunnel, and a label). I used batik fabric, fusible web for the raw edge applique, and then lots of stitching with my beautiful Wonderfil threads, in this case Tutti (blue/yellow) and Mirage (red/purple). The batting is 80/20 fusible Hobbs.

 

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Journal Quilts

I’ve been wanting to join the CQ Journal Quilt challenge for a while but I’ve only just found the courage to actually do so. I’m always scared I won’t manage to finish everything in time, but here goes. This year’s challenge is an 8×12 inch quilt (landscape orientation) with a theme of your own choosing. You do have to stick to it for all 12 quilts. My theme is ‘tulips’. Why, you may wonder…Well, I have a thing for tulips, I’ve already made one tulip quilt:

wallquilt

Tulips

There is another reason though, one of my sisters. I gave her one of my first quilts to put on the wall of the lawfirm she runs with two colleagues in Madrid. They’re called: Tulp abogados (tulp is tulip in Dutch). Having seen the progress my quilting efforts have made, my sister thought it was time for a new quilt. My journal quilts will explore the options and hopefully come up with the basis for a new tulip quilt.

The logo of the lawfirm is:

tulp

and I decided to use it as a starting point for my journal quilts.

Pattern

I am using batik fabric for my first four quilts and a series of different techniques.

And before I forget, if you ever need a really good lawyer in Spain, call my sister, you’ll find her here:

http://www.tulpabogados.com/en/index.html

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Sara’s quilt – folded patchwork

Finally, I finished Sara’s quilt. It’s a mixture of folded patchwork and fused raw edge applique.

Sara's quilt

Lovebirds

Almost all the piecing and quilting done with Invisafil (by Wonderfil). The little hearts in the centre of the quilt are small books with pictures of Sara’s first days.

hartjes

Here’s some more detail of the folded patchwork:

vouwwerk 2

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Threadpainting statue

As you can see, you can make a threadpainting of just about anything. In this case a picture I took of a statue. Cut out the statue (printed onto fabric), fuse it onto the background fabric, make the quiltsandwich and off you go. It’s also fun to figure out different ways to quilt the background. This one is quilted in blocks. It’s not quite finished yet. I’m waiting for some ceramic buttons to add to the centers of the blocks…

threadpainting statue

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More thread painting

thread painting

I think I’m addicted…to coffee and to thread painting. A good opportunity to combine my addictions and make a thread painting of some of my coffee cups. I took a photograph of one of my coffee cups and manipulated the result on my i-pad using Moku HD. I printed the result onto a piece of white fabric (one big cup, two small ones) and then it’s time for the really fun part, thread painting.

thread painting

The big cup is almost finished. I haven’t decided exactly how to carry on. I think I’ll cut out the cup and then use it on a background quilt. To be continued…

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Folding frenzy 2

After folding and twiddling every last piece of fabric you have in your stash, you’ll have to figure out what to do with the results. I made some of mine into shopping bags:I used readymade shopping bags and added my folded sample as a pocket on the front. You can also use your samples to make cushions,  table runners, small quilts, etc.

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Folding frenzy

Some workshops should come with a warning. Jennie Rayment‘s folding workshops definitely should. Folding is addictive. Once you’ve started, it’s hard to stop because you keep thinking ‘what if I use this fabric, what if I make it smaller/bigger, what if I make it into a cushion/bag/quilt/etc. So here’s what happened:

This is one of the samples I made in Jennie’s class, we got the basics down during the class (she really makes you work) and then I finished it at home. This is the second sample:

At home I made some more. First using batik fabrics:

And then I made smaller pieces in white cotton. These are samples for the quilt I am going to make for my granddaughter Sara.

As you’ve probably guessed from the samples , it’s going to be a white and pink quilt, with lots of folding and applique.

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Festival of Quilts Video on eQuilter.com

For everyone who didn’t get to the Festival of Quilts and everyone who did and wants a repeat. Someone tipped me to this video today. It shows a selection of the quilts in the Pictorial category, including the winners and my own quilt (at the very end). Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Student work

Last Saturday I finally got round to taking some pictures of two quilts made by my students last year. It was their first attempt at designing a quilt of their own. So far they had always worked from patterns so this was a big step for them. They both used a postcard as inspiration and ended up with these two little treasures. Carla still has to do the quilting on her quilt so I hope I’ll have a picture of that soon. Ciska’s quilt is finished, don’t you just love the little umbrellas?

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Festival of Quilts 2012 (2)

You can’t start quilting soon enough, and while you’re at it, you might as well enter the competition at the Festival of Quilts. This years theme was: Diamonds, and this is what they did with it:

Bente, Tess, Emma, Lois and Rachel entered the competition for 9-11 year olds. Marle entered the competition for 5-8 year olds and she got a Highly Commended on her quilt. Well done, Marle!

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Festival of Quilts 2012

The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham was once again an incredible experience. So many beautiful quilts, so many wonderful people, so much interesting new quilt stuff. You’re ready to drop after four days but it still never seems enough. If you’ve never been, put it on your calendar, August 8-11, 2013!

I sent two of my quilts to the competition. My threadpainted doors to the Pictorial Quilts:

 

Welcome…?

and a new quilt, ‘A thing of beauty…’, to the Quilters’ Guild Challenge:

A thing of beauty…

The theme of the challenge was: Britain, what it means to me. The inspiration comes from English language and literature. I used several of my favourite poems. It has a needlefelted background with heavy machine stitching, hand stitching, poems printed on silk, and beading.

The quilts didn’t win any prizes but there were some nice comments from the judges and visitors.

 

 

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More bookwrap fun

Once you get started making bookwraps, you see possibilities everywhere. So, I made some more, the Sunset series:

The strips on the bookwraps were made by needlefelting a piece of felt with wool tops. The background is quilted.

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More bookwraps

Bits and pieces from my new quilt, it’s still underwraps, waiting to make its debut at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham next week, but here are the bookwraps:

Britain I

Britain II

Britain III

Needlefelting, machine embroidery, cording, and lots of stitching.

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Bookwraps

I’ve found a new addiction. The good thing is, it doesn’t cost a lot and you end up with lots of pretty gifts. For a project that’s coming up (still under wraps, more at a later date) I’ve started making bookwraps for A6-sized notebooks. To put in a little extra challenge for myself I’m making them from leftover bits and pieces and experiments. So far I haven’t had to buy anything. The only ‘new’ material I use is threads and ribbons and sometimes a bit of backing (leftover bits of fabric). Here are some of the results:

 Festival I        Festival II

Festival III

Festival IV

 

These bookwraps were all made from pieces left over from my Festival quilt. They are needle-felted (embellisher), stitched, machine quilted, and finished with cording.

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The doors are finished

Finally, just before the deadline, I managed to finish my doors quilt.This is the result:

And these are the individual doors:

The doors are all threadpainted and the background has been densely machine quilted. The doors were all made individually and then joined together. The seams were covered with ribbon. The outer edge of the quilt is finished with ribbon and cording. The keys were attached with cording,

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Keys

My doors are coming along nicely. Yesterday I finished door number seven and this morning I started on door number 8. It actually looks like I’ll finish in time for my deadline. These are the background fabrics I’m using for my doors:

And this is my assistant Ares, where would I be without him?

A few weeks ago when I was talking to my husband about the doors he asked me about the keys and that sparked the idea to add some keys to the quilt. I went to the local second-hand shop to see what they had. At that point not a lot but they told me to come back a week later because they were just cleaning a house for someone and the had already seen boxes with keys. A week later I went back and there were more keys thatn I’ll ever need for this quilt. Of course I bought far too many but honestly, how can one resist…?

Enough keys for this quilt and more.

Beautiful big rusty keys.

I love these small ones as well.

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Samples

So what am I doing with all those doors? They’re all going to be part of a quilt. I’m threadpainting them all separately and then joining them together to make one quilt. I made a couple of samples first:

The doors are first printed onto Miracle Fabric sheets, then added to a background with fusible web. After adding batting and backing the door is threadpainted. The background is quilted.

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More doors…

It’s taken me a while but after lots of sampling, sleepless nights, endless cups of coffee and tea, I’ve finally decided which doors I’ll be using for my project.

Now all I have to do is thread paint them…

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