Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Old friends are the best!

Irene has been very busy during last week. She did stitching and went to Elton Jonh's concert in Lisbon. Thirty years ago she saw him in Holland and this time she enjoyed his concert in Lisbon. During summer months Portuguese capital organizes many cultural events for all ages and interests.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Bernina

Today's main stories are that Therese brought her new Bernina Aurora 440 QE machine and I showed them Artista 630, using its CD instruction.
Therese with two babies
She will finish her mini crayon quilt on her new sewing machine.
Happy owner of the Aurora 440 QE. While Therese was using her machine she was talking to her but the machine did not respond.
Susan behind her wonderful hand quilting, which will eventually, turn up a table runner. She individually cut them, pieced them, far too much work for me.

After we had a little chat and admiration of Therese's new baby I showed ladies Bernina Artista 630 with embroidery model. Our friendly, Bernina dealer Mário brought the machine for me that I can use in order to choose my a new sewing machine, no computerised machine.
Yesterday, I played an instruction CD on my computer and I was watching and using the machine same time step by step. I showed to the ladies exactly same way again today.

I never used sophisticated, intelligent and computerised machine by myself, except a week ago, which was Bernina 830. It was fun to learn and see how does machine works and what it does. A fun, ironically, easy to use with a price tag €2700. Crossed finger!

Text by Javhlan
Photos by Irene and Javhlan

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A very, very hot day at the Quilt bar

It was one of the hottest days in Lisbon. Today's Quilt Bar was baking, with many ladies trying to quilt, cross stitch, gossip, eat cake and lunch. It became even hotter not with the sun but with more excitement when an amazing Bernina "baby" came to the Bar. But more about the baby later.

Opening with mid-morning coffee and tea with Ursula's cake started the gossip about patchwork and quilting. The cake was delicious and now we have a new rule. If someone brings a homemade cake they are free to stay for all day. Attention! The rule applies only for homemade cakes.

Arabella worked very hard for two hours and had to leave, rushing back to her baby girl. She is an amazing artist. She painted two little quilts for her children and even the back of the quilts were painted with fabric paint. Who knows, some years later she could be a famous textile designer.Therese sat outside for a while stitching her "wonky" quilt under the blue sky. Before that she showed us her two quilts. Probably, she will give them to her cousins. Believe me, she has 19 of them and I do not really know for how many of them she made quilts. Lucky them to have such a nice aunt. In the second half of the day, Therese received her "new baby", but she hasn't had time to play with it yet.

Maureen and Anne-Marie cut their Bento Boxes all day long. When Maureen arrived in the morning with four or five big heavy bags, it looked like she was moving house. She still had not managed to open some of her bags by the time she went home.

In the second half of the day, the latest creation of Bernina, the 830 series sewing machine, arrived wrapped in three big boxes. The machine is the dream for many quilters. Mário Felizardo, from Casa Felizardo in Caldas da Rainha, unpacked it and showed us how it worked.

For the first and probably last time in my life I sat behind a sewing machine worth more than €5000 and tried to do free motion quilting. Of course, my turn came only after Quilt Cave lady. It was fantastic!For most of the day I just ran up and down, down and up, up and down our stairs, again and again. Hopefully, I lost a couple of hundred grams, which will help me to regain my pre-pregnancy figure. If I lost them I will be very happy to do it again as much as a Duracell Bunny!

Our long lost friend Alda came from Peniche with her quilted vest and bag. She was helping us to write our names on Bernina bags. I was the first one to be chosen to write my name.
Ironically, I do not own any Bernina machine!

By Javhlan Byamba
Photos by Irene van Es, Javhlan

Monday, June 15, 2009

Naked Bernina, Maureens' bed-spread

Monday afternoon I went to Angela to meet with Mário, who made a "beauty-treatment" to my Aurora machine. He had to take it apart totally, to come the the part in front, that was scratched and not nice any more. I can not explain how this happened. Here is the machine all naked and technics only:

Sue and Maureen came also to Angela to pick up their new sewing machines!! Welcome to the CLUB!
Maureen brought with her the blocks she is making in a nice match of light blue colors. She was very busy with sewing the last days.

Inspiration and some Perspiration ...

Can this inspire a quilt or was it perhaps inspired by a quilt?

Saw this at the recent “Feira do Gelado” in Cascais : one (of many) giant ice creams, made of polystyrene …

To cut or not to cut?

Yes, I know, they will not be Bento Boxes until I cut them, right... ?!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ursula's latest creations

Finally I took the time to work a little bit on the mini quilt that I started in a workshop at Arco Iris a Metro with Paula some weeks ago. I wanted so much to learn the quilting and now I need to put the boarders and binding. I hope that this will not take another 5 weeks!

By Ursula Ritter

A Gigantic Angel

This is a very simple but very nice angel, all in country colours. I bought this kit in Holland. When I visit Holland I normally buy my craft kit in a same shop, now I am going to make a square quilt where I bought my Angel. Before making the square quilt I have to clean a little bit my house.
Have a nice rainy Sunday. It's raining in Lisboa.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My baby quilt

After a long period of not sitting behind a sewing machine, I finally managed to make and finish a quilt for my 7 month old daughter. The wonky quilt is one of the easiest ones that I have made. Thank you Angela for teaching me to make it. It took me two weeks to finish but I think the actual sewing time was nine hours - a new speed record for me!It seems that my quilt colours are always very bright; anyway, this is a baby quilt. I do not know how much she will manage to sleep on it but I certainly know that she likes colours.For the back of the quilt I used some of my leftovers, again in many bright colours. I do not know when I will make the label yet. Maybe two or three years later! Here is the happy owner.By Javhlan

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Inauguration of the Quilt Bar

Ten quilter ladies followed Jackie's (Javhlan) invitation to launch the new meeting point in Caxias. It was a beautiful summer day and the mood in the new Quilt Bar (Quilt Cabin, Quilt Hive, Patchwork Patio) was very good.We all found a place to sit and raise a small glass of sparkling wine (oooooops ..... from Germany........) to the good success and great start in this lovely Portuguese garden and environment. We talked a little bit about the name of the new place. And we will decide later.

For the first class, our teacher Garen showed us eight to ten years old children's drawing and how she quilted on them.
Then, like children in the kindergarten, students followed Garen's instruction to draw as she gave a lesson on how to make a small quilt from a painting.It is a pity that my kids are already too big for this, but Jackie's and Arabella's children still have all the chances!

Posted by Ursula

Monday, June 1, 2009

Letter from Vicki

Recently, we have received an email from Vicki Miles, an experienced American quilter, who was part of the Quilting group. With her permission I am publishing her letter. Before leaving Portugal her quilting buddies made for her, different sizes of blocks and now she is working to make a quilt. (Javhlan)

Ursula and ALL,

WOW, WOW, WOW! You guys have really worked [on charity quilts] and the result is fantastic. I am so disappointed that I could not work on these with all of you but sooooooooo proud of your accomplishments on the Charity quilts. I will be passing on this news to the ladies that donated and shipped the fabrics…they will be very happy.

I know that I have been very bad about keeping in touch and I apologize. It has been a very rough year since moving back. I don’t think Marty’s and my homesickness for Portugal has lessened at all. We don’t know how, but still want to return someday. The economy of course has made it harder to figure out, but we will do our best.

I understand that Angie will be leaving you soon…what a great loss for all of you (and her). I hope you have been able to find a new place to meet…she has been a great blessing to all of you, I know, providing the ‘CAVE’ for your meetings. Angie…tell me about your new home!!

We are finally feeling like we are getting settled into the house and the work on it is letting up. The builder still has a couple warranty issues to resolve in the next few weeks. We do love our house…it’s just in the wrong country!

I FINALLY got my head wrapped around a plan for using the absolutely WONDERFUL quilt blocks that you all made for me when I left Cascais. Vicki receiving her blocks at her leaving party.

Moda come out with a new fabric line a several months ago called “Portugal”. I bought a fat quarter set of the whole line and a little yardage of a couple of the prints…not knowing what I was going to do with it.
Then one day, it hit my very slow brain that these would be a great set to use with your blocks.
It is actually further along that this but I don’t have any more recent pictures. I am excited about it. I have had more than one ‘cry’ while working it though thinking of all of you. It will hang on the wall in my quilt studio when complete….more pictures then. It has been quite a puzzle putting it all together since no 2 blocks were the same size. (Hum…was that intentional just to make me work hard???)It is very good to be back with the kids and grandkids. Here’s our whole motley crew just a couple months ago…

Do you even believe that I have 9 grandkids? Getting everyone together AND then getting them go sit still for 5 seconds to take a picture is an accomplishment! When we get all of them to the house at once with 9 kids under 10 years of age, it is quite something to behold. It takes Marty and I a week to clean up and recuperate!
I hope that we can get over there sometime in the next year. I need to see all of you and soak in the sun.

Please write if you can… I’d love to hear about everything going on with each of you.



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