Dear Jane A-8: Florence Nightingale

I loved this one so much because the symbolism of the cross fits so nice with the name of the block. Florence Nightingale is the founder of modern day nursing and pioneer of modern-day healthcare. Her ideas about healthcare first manifested when she was in charge of the British field hospital during the Crimean war…

Dear Jane L-5: Chattanooga Charlie

Apparently Chattanooga is a city in America, I did not know that. One does not only learn quilting techniques with the Dear Jane!  Curious as I am I googled ‘Chattanooga’ and discovered they have a very nice bridge there: Anyhow back to quilting. This block is made with patchwork. First I pieced the smallest trianges…

The Dear Jane quilt: a hand quilting sampler

The Dear Jane quilt is a sampler quilt that consists of a total of 225 different blocks: I know right, lots! This does allow the Dear Jane quilt to use a lot of different techniques, which makes it very suitable as a sampler quilt. A sampler consists of a lot of different blocks, allowing the…

My crafting holiday

I am on a sewing holiday! The coming two weeks I will be housesitting for some people in a beautiful old farm in a village where there is not much to do. This is wonderful because I aim to do as much unashamed sewing as possible. This is really living the creativity dream: I have…

The use of old clothes

Update time! Part of the idea of the quilt was to use old clothing my friend which has special meaning for her. Using old clothing in a quilt can be tricky because it is often very stretchy fabric, or not suitable for quilting in general at all. Often the fabric is too worn to use…

Monthly sewing update: July 2017

Sometimes I discover really silly things I have been doing wrong sewing related. Every time that is a very nice reminder that I am still new to the craft and that I have a lot to learn. Last month, for example, I discovered that you need to clean your sewing machine to keep it running…

Penguin backpack

This project shows both my love for penguins, and my unbridled optimism. I had a vague ideahow I wanted the backpack to be, and an even vaguer idea how to make one. Luckily I was convinced it would be possible, when I tried very hard, so I just started somewhere and ended up with a…

Monthly sewing update June 2017

The time spent on projects differed a lot this month. The first two weeks were the last two of a reading challenge I participated in and I really wanted to finish it, and I did! But this also meant less time for sewing because I was reading. I did, however, discover the joy of doing…

The patchwork pieces

Do you also love the sound of fabric being cut? I do, it is such a soothing sound. But befor I show you the patchwork pieces of The Quilt, I first want to tell you about the difference between patchwork and quilting. I know the term ‘quilt’ is used as an umbrella term for the…