Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spooltjes Sunday and a Quilt from the Heart

Thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday this past weekend. I had a lovely time. Dinner on Saturday evening was nice. We ate at the Mandarin. It's a Chinese, Japanese and Thai buffet, so I had sushi, chop suey and mango salad. It's like travelling the world. It just doesn't get any better than that! After our dinner we went back to my DD's place and spent a wonderful hour by candle light, just talking and laughing. Let me tell you... Earth Hour doesn't get any better than that either!

And now I have a confession to make. When I started seeing 'Klosjes' on many of my favourite blogs I swore I would not be joining in - ever! But I just couldn't help myself. I have been making them for several weeks now. They are supposed to be worked on only on Saturday, but I usually do mine on Sundays. It works better for me. Do you want to see what I have made so far?
I have about 40 of them. No two will be the same. Have no idea how many I will do, but as long as there is interest (my interest) I will keep on doing them. The word klosje means a small spool, so in keeping with my Dutch/Canadian heritage, I will butcher the language and call them "Spooltjes". A lot of Dutch people take the English word for something and make it sound sort of Dutch. So for me it's 'Spooltjes Sunday'.

I have also finished another charity quilt for Quilts from the Heart at our Guild. My kit only had 10 eight inch blocks in it. I needed a total of 20, so I went out and bought a bit more fabric and created this. I cut the 8in blocks down to 4in. This one is done in flannel.

Now to finish my UFO Bear Quilt. I have procrastinated long enough. It has to be done by tomorrow! Yikes!


W. Latane Barton said...

Hetty, my friend, you have gone 'spooly'. I haven't tried any yet. Should I? They look like fun.

Pat said...

Two questions about the "spools".....is there a pattern for them and do you make them by hand or machine? Your charity quilt is lovely. I'm glad you had such a nice birthday, too.

Terry said...

Lovely quilt! And great job you're doing on your spools too! :0)

Exuberant Color said...

I like your new name for the spool blocks!

LizzieJane said...

Another two lovely quilts! I am so happy that you had a wonderful birthday. Your meal sounded delicious.

nicolette said...

Happy belated Birthday Hetty! Sorry I missed it!

Your klosjes look so bright and happy! I still have resisted the bug!

We have a lot of English words in our language nowadays. Even more used when sending emails and text messages.

A spoeltje (spooltje) is our word for the bobbin in the sewing machine.

Happy days my friend!

Simone de Klerk said...

I love your Spooltjes quilt! Oh dear, why does it sound familiar "I swore I would not be joining in ..." But what do you do if you see it everywhere?
Your charity quilt looks very nice. Great quilting work!
And: alsnog hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!!!

Cybele's patch said...

Happy belated birthday Hetty!
Your klosjes look beautiful. Actually there is a Dutch word: spoeltjes, pronounced like your spooltjes. It means 'bobbins'.
So funny that people around the world are sewing klosjes. I don't. Have too many other projects I am working on. Have not yet been infected.
The charity quilt is very pretty too.
Groetjes, Jossie

em's scrapbag said...

Glad you had a lovely birthday. Your quilt is going to make someone very happy. The spools look great!

Gill - That British Woman said...

love both quilting items, you're very talented.


Oiyi said...

I really like the spools! I recently picked up a pattern for a spools afghan made from crocheted spool blocks.