woensdag 11 oktober 2017

Di Ford Weekend at Petra Prins

We signed up for this a long time ago, it was eagerly awaited and it was all we had hoped for and more, the Di Ford weekend at Petra Prins’ in Zutphen.'

Emma drove over from France and once in Zutphen everything and everybody was ready and waiting for us. 

Di and Petra welcoming us, the start of a wonderful weekend!

There were two groups, both were going to work on new Di Ford designs, one group was going to work on this lovely pattern

and the other group – which included Emma and myself - was going to work on this beauty
It was my third workshop by Di Ford and again there was so much to learn from her, she is so talented and such a wonderful teacher and because it was a whole weekend workshop there was so much time to learn from her. This workshop was mostly about designing, and this for 2 whole days! Things like ‘deconstructing’, ‘constructing’, ‘anchoring’ , my head was spinning!

Both quilts are still a work in progress which was great so that Di could explain (some of) her design process to us.

The quilts being wip’s also meant that this quilt (the first one, see above)

did not have a name yet. Petra and Di organised a small competition on Saturday, we could all think of a name and they would announce the winner on Sunday.
Guess who won?

Clever girl! Emma won a box of the newly released Di Ford collection of Aurifil 80wt applique threads, the name she came up with will become known when the quilt/pattern is published.

In the give-away that followed I won a bottle of the applique glue , always welcome, love the stuff and use it a lot

All in all it was a wonderful, warm and inspiring weekend, beautiful quilts, lovely people (great to meet you in person Blanche!) , a surprise visit from Bep who looked great, yummy food (Petra baked some delicious quiches for lunch on the Sunday, mmmmm!) , I learned a lot and made some sweet memories again.

Thanks to Di, Petra, Juud, Gerda and everyone else for everything!


maandag 18 september 2017

A few days in Hong Kong

Twice in the past we had some time in Hong Kong in between flight connections to far away destinations. Both times we found we had too little time to explore this exciting city.

So… as emptynesters and with only a small window of opportunity this summer/fall for a holiday we decided that now was the time to make use of those cheaper tickets and hotel bookings outside of the main holiday season and head east.

A multifaceted city, full of energy and contrasts, modern versus traditional, East meets West, you name it, it is all there, I can go on and on about our adventures those few days, let me just share a few of them.

The views, spectacular

From our hotel room, during the day

and at night

Traditional Hong Kong

A visit to the Big Buddha on Lantau Island by cable car

The hustle and bustle of the markets during the day

Trying out the local street food

Ok, we did not try this..

But these we loved!

The markets are just as busy at night especially at the street restaurants


Another night, another market, another dinner

Not far from our hotel was the Che Kung temple

On our first night we watched the famous night time light show on Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon pier area, when we saw two traditional sampan boats sailing the harbour at that time. 

On our last night we were able to join one of them which was a spectacular way to end a fabulous few days in this impressive city.

It was fantastic!