A blog about quilts'n stuff

A blog about quilts'n stuff

Monday, 23 September 2013

Quilt exhibition in Alkmaar

With Ingrid I went to the Annual Dutch Quilt Exhibition in Alkmaar. In the Big Church, you might call it a small cathedral, with a wooden ceiling (just on the inside).

I'd like to share a few quilts with you that really inspired me. Like this one (below).
The lady who made this stood right next to it and told us a list of prizes she'd won.
Perhaps you've already seen it somewhere.
A beautiful and colourful lady herself, but I did not write down her name, I'm sorry.
Standing in front of it, you could nearly feel the heat of that scorching sun.

And here's and original kind of communication; I remember mostly doing this with my oldest.

Their hearts and thoughts were beautifully embroidered with beads and all kinds of buttons

There were a number of quilts made on the theme: Parade
I love this military take on row after row.

As it was my son Laurens' 23rd birthday, this coffee corner in the church was very apt:

Art quilts with children's drawings as inspiration

 This one, the dreamy one, was my favourite art quilt.

And this was my favourite quilt: to me it was about cycling along the sunny (& windy) fields
And second place takes this huge one. Last year this was a craze in the Netherlands. Building houses from scraps: make a small house every day (by hand or paper piecing on the machine). At the end of the year you'll have 365 houses and a big one in the middle (your own?), which you made in between, somewhere (pattern here on Etsy).
Not my cup of tea (no patience), but I loooooooved this one. So many other things were added: trees, dogs. And all her colours are bright & light.
Sorry for the wrong angle, but I wanted to get all of it in one picture.

Here are some close ups; the dog barks: wraf (what does an English dog say?) She lives next door!

And here are the last ones: Well done YOU!!
The yellow table topper (top right) was made by a 12 year old!

Hope you have a lovely week full of inspiration!


  1. What a glorious place to have a show. Beautiful work!

  2. Amazing location and great collection of quilts! Dogs here woof :o)

  3. Lovely quilts, thanks for sharing! That house a day quilt is amazing visually and as a concept.

  4. What a nice surprise to read your blog and finding you liked my Dreamy girl best as an art quilt. It's my youngest daughter, so I take it as a double compliment ;-). Love the houses with all the additions too!! And the maker of the first price winning Africa quilt is Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga, www.jannekequiltstudio.com, much kudo's for her work too!

  5. some glorious quilts and such variety, the dogs here in the UK go woof woof