We loved our trip to some fishing villages in The Netherlands, but we did notice upon arrival in Marken that it was not as “authentic,” perhaps as Volendam had been. Marken seemed more of a tourist area, at least initially (which is all we really had time to see). Still, it was beautiful and fun to visit.
These stools were funny!
Amid all the touristy items that were for sale, though, I was thrilled to find this little fabric store!
OK, the fabric was very unique to the Dutch culture, although a bit touristy, too, perhaps, but I did love seeing examples of how this fabric is used for local clothing.
This is a small wallhanging I quilted by Jen Kingwell, called “My Small World.” It was not easy for me, working with all these small pieces, but I finally finished it. At 52″ x 33″ it’s just right to hang over a bed or table. It would work well as a scrappy quilt, but I purchased it as a block of the month, because I wanted to use similar fabrics to the original. Pinterest has lots of samples of this quilt to scroll through.
While in Houston recently Sarah and I made a trip to LaGrange, TX to see the Texas Quilt Museum. I had seen photos of the facility in magazines and was thrilled to be able to visit it in person. To my delight, the artist that was being featured at the time was Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. I’d been admiring her creations for a long time.
I was not disappointed — it was fantastic. It isn’t a huge museum, but they have plenty of space to display quilts from the featured artist, as well as additional quilts in an adjoining room. We were not allowed to take photos, but they did offer to take photos of us next to our favorite quilts (I begged for an extra pic and they willingly obliged). Here they are:
Although not a large quilt, I had admired it when I first saw it in a magazine. It’s called “Cattywampus Log Cabin #4,” and you can see her design concept for it here.
This next one is called Jacuzzi Jazz #1. Take a look at her design concept here.
Last, I really liked this next one called Spirogyra #1. The colors are so pretty together. Click here for Caryl’s Design Strategy.
I’m sure you would enjoy looking at her website, where all of her quilts can be seen — click here.
I recently made a new quilt for Sarah–a lap quilt for her couch. My plan was to match her gray couch with its lime green pillows. It turned out very nice.
She opened the birthday gift here, then took it home to Houston. It wasn’t long before I received a Snapchat from her that was similar to this photo:
One of the things we both liked most about the quilt was the elephant fabric I’d found to use for the backing, which can be seen below:
I also did some sewing for Chris’ birthday. I was looking for something related to sharks (since he’s been fascinated with them since he was a child). Lo and behold, I found a pattern for a shark pencil pouch, and I decided to give it a try. It turned out great! Here is the link for the free pattern.
I think he was pretty happy with it, but he especially enjoyed lunch out with Mom and the dessert provided by the restaurant.
I recently had the pleasure of delivering one of my quilts to an adorable baby. I enjoyed making this for our friends. The design is called a “Disappearing Nine Patch,” because you start with nine squares sewn together, cut them up, then turn them to create this design.
Here is the new father and daughter! Congratulations Mom and Dad!
My last blog featured a quilt I made for Jeremy and this post from the past featured Chris’ quilt. I also made one for Sarah in 2010 that she absolutely loves. She chose the fabric and it turned out real pretty.
As you can see below, I also figured out a way to make it into a duvet so she can put a comforter inside it. The back side is a soft flannel that makes it extra comfortable.
I love the spirals Virginia Ohr quilted into the top for us.