Sunday, February 5, 2017

Promenade In A Dutch Castle

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I received my copy of Promenade in a Dutch Castle on Friday.

It is worth every penny.

When I get a new book, I do a quick flip through and then circle back to read it. I had a hard time flipping through this one. I kept wanting to stop at every antique quilt.

The castle? I can hardly wait to visit - what a rich history!

I have started reading and am enjoying every word.
An's description of her girlhood introduction to textiles is sweet. Her description of her textile events brings back memories of her home and attic.  So many precious textiles to be enjoyed.


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I'm captivated by the story of Ante Gjalts Reitsma who made two quilts in her teenage years.
I think I will even embroider my initials in the center as she did.  I might even go so far as to use the Friesian styled letters.
The original quilt is in the Fries Museum Leeuwarden.

The quilt on the back cover is the Groningen. Of course, that goes on my list too.
c.1815, and An notes, 'There are no rules in our country (meaning how quilts are constructed) Every quilt has its own character and is made according to how the quilter feels".
The center star is made from a single piece of 18th century Indian chintz.

Check with your Quiltmania retailer to order a copy.

Happy Stitching,
Dawn

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22 comments:

  1. It looks like a wonderful book and i know you will be using it to make beautiful quilts.

    Debbie

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    1. Hoping sooner rather than later, in the mean time it is good reading.

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  2. Looks fascinating!
    So when are you visiting this castle?

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    1. Would love to this year...will let you know!

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  3. It is a wonderful book, laying right beside me on my coffee table, and making me proud of the dutch quilters from hundreds of years ago, creating these dutch treasures. Still missing things like your American quilt study groups over here in Holland, but this book makes up a little for it.
    Cannot wait to see your projects from this book, Dawn!

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    1. You have a rich textile history to be so proud of. I'm hoping to share a project yet this year.

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  4. Did you know that all the quilts from the book and all the new once by Di Hall Ford will be in a quiltexhibit by the end of April in Amersfoort???? It might be worth the travel?

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    1. I did know of the April exhibit. I would love to see these antique quilts. So very tempting!

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  5. Funny to read about Dutch quilts on an American blog that I have never heard about! I guess I will have to visit Leeuwarden sometime to see this beautiful quilt!

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    1. It probably isn't out often, maybe at the April exhibit?

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  6. Oh, yes, that book is definitely on my list!

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    1. I think you would like the book too!

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  7. Thanks for the review. I will get mine at Cyndi's next time I go.

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    1. http://busythimble.blogspot.com
      I am sure she would be happy to mail order it for anyone who cannot locate a copy

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  8. Are there patterns in the book or more of a study of antique quilts?

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    1. There are patterns for every quilt in French and English. Some are small quilts, some are bed sizes. At least one, is shown reproduced in bright prints. I like that original but not so much the reproduction. But they have to appeal to a broad audience.

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  9. Got it on order! always great to have your recommendation :)

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  10. The book is surely wonderful, my copy is waiting for me in Petra Prins'shop in Zutphen, next time I drive over there I will pick it up. Your blogpost has certainly made me want to pick up the book even more... will have to plan that trip to Zutphen soon!

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  11. I have eyed that book :) thanks for your review!

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  12. I agree, I've bought the book last week and it is beautifull

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