Friday, March 18, 2011

Jinny Beyer workshop in Sebaldeburen, The Netherlands

I am back!
Okay I was back sunday night but it took a little longer for all of me to come back down to earth.

It was fantastic, it was exhausting, it was overwhelming, it was everything and more I had hoped for...
Imagine my delight when I got seated next to Inge, a fellow quilter who was  returning home to Holland after spending a few weeks vacationing in Cyprus. She was giggling when she introduced herself saying: I knew you were a Quilter the moment I saw your bag. Huh? But when you took out your Hexies... LOL
Inge, it was so wonderful meeting you, and I know we'll see each other again. And I can't wait for you to start blogging!!!

I even got to make some hexies in the train!

Spending time with my Sis & my nieces was so much fun...
What is it about girls!
I loved the signs of spring everywhere, but that didn't stop me from feeling soooo cold!
Star-struck... Jinny Beyer really is a Master-teacher and Master Quilter.
I felt so honoured to be in her class.
the presentations and the classes were so incredibly professional.
 As a teacher I learned just as much about teaching, as I did as a student.

we were kept busy-busy-busy
Right, Ria?
And by Saturday afternoon I was begging for mercy!!!
the classes were extremely hands-on,
and I will share with you what I got from them when my head stops spinning...

I actually cried when I saw Day Lillies.
This quilt has to be one of my all time favourites.
and yes, I was allowed to touch it!

Still star-struck, but at least we were able to joke about it!
One of my dreams going to the workshop was to see Jinny stitch.
... and I got my wish!

Thank You, Jinny, It was really an amazing time.

Thanks Tineke, you're the one who got me here!
And thanks to Trijntje for doing such an amazing job organizing it all.

My roommate Danielle
Can't wait to do this again!!!

And an unexpected delight: On the way back to the airport, I got to spend 5 minutes in Ria's sewing room, and meet her Josephine...
I had to take this picture for my Wilhelmientje!

My little trip to Holland was wonderful, and really felt too short. I would have loved to spend more time and meet more blog-friends. But the time was so limited and I never expected to be so overwhelmed and exhausted by the workshop. I have to say though, that being in a room with 30 plus other quilters, learning and sharing in that experience, was almost too much for little me to handle. I really kept pinching myself... :)
I hope to share more of the workshops themselves with you, with as I start assimilating them and applying them to my work.
Ok, back to Klosjes. I have to say it has been difficult to get my nose back to the grindstone...
Hoping to have another corner stitched together in the next few days!
Please visit Stephanie and support her in her effort to raise money for the relief effort for Japan. Every little helps. Thanks, Stephanie, I hope we surpass your expectation!


  1. YES it was a treat Val, but uhhhhh....did you actually sleep in a mobile-home???? See you next week,yuhu!

  2. Small world. Quilters just seem to "know" other quilters. How wonderful you got to spend time with such a talented quilter as Jinny.

  3. What a wonderful experience and trip ,since you went I feel like I was there ,I truly appreiciate you sharing with us and I await to read more once you get settled.xoxo theodora

  4. Lucky you to have a class with a master like Jenny , I love her work and her colors .It sounds like you learned a lot and I will watch to see what you pass on to us . hugs Sheila

  5. Valentina, it was very nice to meet you!

  6. ooo je was zo dicht bij mijn huis je had hier wel kunnen overnachten

  7. Wonderful, wonderful post, Valentina! What an experience! Can't wait to learn more.

  8. WOW! I can imagine all the "bees" buzzzzzy, buzzzzy in the hive, and I'm so happy that you could live such an experience. No doubt meeting Jinny Beyer was such a special, unique experience, yet what a treat for them to meet YOU, as well! ;>)
    I'm sure many new projects will soon get started, with that "magic touch" in them...

    Oh your little nieces are SO cute!

    HAPPY STITCHING, sweet Vali.

  9. Hallo Valentina
    Your trip to holland must be sooo genius!! And wath have you do in the quilt class? Let us see your Sewing-thing!!;)
    I wish you a good weekend and all best wishes, Rita

  10. Moet leuk zijn zo'n workshop met Jinny,wat maakt ze prachtige quilts hé.

  11. i totally understand how you felt!
    I admire her work so much and someday hopefully I can take a class with her too

  12. Quilters spot each other quite easily and have plenty to talk about. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time away. I did a class with Jinny many years ago and just about cried at her quilts in the flesh.

  13. O wat heb je een leuke tijd gehad in Nederland en leuke dingen gedaan en mensen ontmoet. Heerlijk om te zien dat je zo genoten hebt.

  14. It sounds very fun and overwhelming!! What a great class!!

  15. What a wonderful experience for you!

  16. Now that was an excellent adventure! I have Jinny's book, Quiltmaking by Hand and refer to it often.

  17. Ohhhh I envy you so much for having a class with Jinny wonderful - I couldnt think of anything nicer!!

  18. So happy that you enjoyed your quilting holiday. It may have been cold, but I'm sure your sunny smile warmed the whole room!

  19. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. What an exciting class to take! I look forward to seeing all you have to show from your class.

  20. What a wonderful experience! I bet you will remember this for the rest of your life!

  21. I am so happy for you to get to meet Jinny and have such an awesome experience. Can't wait to see more.


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