Quilt books

A little while ago I made this small quilt myself. I had seen before how a quilt is made and like to play around so I had made up my own pattern and way of putting it together.

However to learn the real technique my aunt had given me some books on quilting to borrow. (well she had a pile of about 50 books where I could choose from).
Of course I went for some general quilt-technique and pattern books, but most of my interest went to a couple of books by Kaffe Fassett. My favourites look a little too advanced for a beginner like me, but I always like a challenge.
quilt road caravan quilts cover

In these books it is not just the patterns, but moreover the fabrics and shooting location which makes them look so good. I scanned in my favourites so I can make them in future.  A couple of examples from ‘Quilt Road’ and ‘Caravan of quilts’.
Kaffe, caravan of quilts, big bang quiltkaffe, quilt road, wallpaper strips quiltKaffe, quilt road, my fair lady
Left to right: Big Bang, Wallpaper Strips, My Fair Lady quilt.
I especially love the My Fair Lady quilt (partially for the name and again fabrics used) and I think the ‘wallpaper strips’ shouldn’t be too difficult to start with.





Elle 1954

Let’s start with the smallest part of my magazine collection: Vintage magazines.

With the current trend of anything vintage I’ve got loads of scraps with vintage lifestyle, but last year at the antiques market in Lille I stumbled on a box of old Elle magazines.
With it being only the start of the day I choose only 2 of the 100 French Elle’s from the 1950/60s.
I don’t speak or read much French, but it is interesting to see how subjects in those magazines have changed over the last 50 odd years. Nowadays you wouldn’t really find knitting patterns and grilled chicken recipe in Elle magazine.

Elle France Cover Elle FR cover car

My favourite part of fashion magazines are the advertisements. (maybe because they seem to take up most pages.) They clearly show the fashion and interest of the readers.

Ad Elle FR Elle FR stripes

The 50s are also my favourite era and I cannot help but swoon over the fashion in those times. Wish I’d bought more copies, but I already had enough to carry by the end of the day.









Magazines collection

I’ve just moved home and probably my biggest moving box was filled with magazines (and shoes, but thats another story). Therefore this week will be all about my favourite magazines.

Together with my mum we’re secretly obsessed over magazines. No gossip or celebrities for us, but our lives are filled with home decoration and crafts. With my mum living in Holland and me in England I get the best of both countries with our swaps. Regularly there’s a big envelope in the post stuffed with magazines, that I get the christmas issue in summer doesn’t matter, I get completely sucked into the pictures and stories of other houses like you do with someones life in a book.

My favourite British magazines are Mollie Makes, Country Living and Home & Antiques. And my favourite Dutch ones are Flow, Ariadne at Home, Daphne’s Diary, and Jean d’Arc. Lucky for you international readers Flow and Jean d’Arc bring out English versions.

If I kept every magazine I liked I would need a barn for storage, so instead I cut out all the images and articles I like (unless that would include a whole magazine I’d keep the whole thing) or scan them in if I send them further to family. Fortunately for me being abroad I’m usually the end of the magazines chain, so I’ve got boxes with cut-outs.

Now I don’t just leave them in boxes, every season I create a new moodboard on my wall with images that inspire me for that time of year.

Here my current spring moodboard:

 Spring 2013 moodboard
Its a bit of an easter mad-hatters tea party.