Sewing in Amsterdam

It’s beginning to sound like I am a little jet setter! I’m really not – I’ve just been lucky to have these opportunities towards the end of term when the uni workload is lighter!
I arrived in Amsterdam with my Mum 2 days ago and I have fallen in love with this city all over again!

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Everywhere is just beautiful, the buildings are stunning and the people are friendly! As well as having been to the Van Gogh Museum yesterday and the Anne Frank House today we have also found some knitting/quilting/bead shops!!
We first went to De Afstap (12 Oude Leliestraat) which had a range of wools and threads and an even greater range of books and patterns. It isn’t cheap but it is definitely worth a visit just because of all the gorgeous things that they sell! I was tempted to buy lots of gorgeous wool but I had to keep reminding myself I don’t actually knit often! Maybe one day….

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Afterwards we went to Birdblocks (99 Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal). Now this shop is fantastic! A wide range of fabrics, threads, needles, patterns and an absolute must-visit! The lady who served us was really friendly too and that makes all the difference!

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I bought a pink fat quarter for my special 2016 quilt (which I will blog about next month) by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman:

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They also had a range of fabrics from the Kaffe Fassett collective and whilst they weren’t cheap I just couldn’t resist!

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Then right next door to Birdblocks is Den Haan & Wagenmakers B.V. (95 Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal). Again, this place was beautiful and the lady was very friendly.

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They had such a beautiful range of Dutch Heritage fabrics and I couldn’t resist these two for my 2016 quilt:

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Then after a long day of walking (and shopping) we passed Copenhagen Kralen Beads (54 Rozengracht):

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Thousands of beads that have been meticulously colour coordinated and ordered in jars that line every wall in the shop!
Now we have arrived back (or rather collapsed back) at our Air bnb apartment (an apartment which is up 68 stairs and a mean feat in itself!)
Time for a well-earned cold drink I think!
Speak soon.
N xx

July – New York Stripey Quilt

Happy July!! It was my birthday yesterday and I was treated to lots of new, yummy fabric so I am feeling like one very lucky girl!! I am also on the home stretch of my dissertation with only the final draft left to do. It’s coming together nicely so I treated myself to a day of sewing whilst watching Wimbledon!! Using the fabrics I bought during my trip to NYC last month I played around with triangles until I reached this design:

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I am really pleased with this and it is made using 1/4 yard of 9 different fabrics all bought from The City Quilter in NYC.
Ps. If following the pattern you might want to grab a pencil and paper to help with labels and keeping track of the order they go in!

The pattern:
I used the sizzix bigz die for a triangle
measuring 4 5/8inch (height) by 8 1/2inch (width) but it is probably much easier just to cut them!
Fabric A: cut 7 triangles –

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Fabric B: cut 7 triangles –

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Fabric C: cut 9 triangles –

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Fabric D: cut 12 triangles –

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Fabric E: cut 12 triangles –

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Fabric F: cut 12 triangles –

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Fabric G: cut 12 triangles –

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Fabric H: cut 12 triangles –

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Fabric I: cut 12 triangles –

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Then make the following pairs from the triangles to form squares:

Pair 1 D with 1 A to make 1 square = A1

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Pair 1 A with 1 F 5 times to make a total of 5 squares = A2

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Pair 1 F with 1 B 3 times to make a total of 3 squares = A3

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Pair 1 B with 1 G 4 times to make a total of 4 squares = A4

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Pair 1 G with 1 D 5 times to make a total of 5 squares = A5

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Pair 1 D with 1 E 6 times to make a total of 6 squares = A6

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Pair 1 E with 1 I 6 times to make a total of 6 squares = A7

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Pair 1 I with 1 H 6 times to make a total of 6 squares = A8

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Pair 1 H with 1 C 5 times to make a total of 5 squares = A9

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Pair 1 C with 1 F 4 times to make a total of 4 squares = A10

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Pair 1 A with 1 G 2 times to make a total of 2 squares = A11

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Pair 1 G with 1 H to make 1 square = A12

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Then I joined these squares together to make rows (a total of 8).
So in row 1, from top to bottom, join the squares in the following order: A8, A9, A10, A2, A11, A12:

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In row 2, from top to bottom, join the squares in the following order: A7, A8, A9, A10, A2, A11:

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In row 3, from top to bottom, join the squares in the following order: A6, A7, A8, A9, A10 and A2:

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In row 4, from top to bottom, join the squares in the following order: A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A10:

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In row 5, from top to bottom, join thesquares in the following order: A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9:

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In row 6, from top to bottom, join the squares in the following order: A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8:

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In row 7, from top to bottom, join the squares in the following order: A2 (rotated 180 degrees – see photo below), A3, A4, A5, A6, A7:

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In row 8, from top to bottom, join the squares in the following order: A1, A2 (with the 180 degree rotation as in row 7), A3, A4, A5, A6:

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Then join these rows together starting with row 1 on the far left through to row 8 on the far right:

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Now just the quilting to do!! And I’ve bought myself a walking foot which I am keen to try out so that’ll be my next task! Enjoy the rest of your July! 🙂
N xx
Ps. For the eagle-eyed of you…this is what happens when you don’t double check before cutting your fabric – you end up with the selvedge showing in your quilt!! Oops!

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Pps. I have made the July block too so I am still going with the NY resolution of learning a new patchwork block each month!! For July I made the ‘Staircases’ block from the Amy Butler 20 Simple Block Designs booklet that came with issue 4 of Love Patchwork and Quilting:

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