Thursday, 16 July 2020

For the love of African Fabrics


Still from my introduction to box making video
Still from my introduction to Box Making video

A few days ago I was interviewed by Miriam Galadima - Benson of Quilts Africa Fabrics in Nigeria. We talked about our passion for African Fabrics and I showed her a few of my quilts. Due to delayed internet connection the video is sometimes blurred and not always in sync. This created hilarious moments! ;)

The interview is now on my Youtube channel.



In the first part of this video is a short introduction video to box-making included. At 21 minutes the interview starts where I tell a little bit about my creative journey and show some of my African Quilts.


Introduction to Box Making video

If you would like to watch the introduction to Box Making video only (or have a better sight) click on the link here below! Maybe even better: subscribe to my channel!



Have fun watching!

Groetjes, Hilde

Monday, 6 July 2020

Facebook event about the African Fabrics this week!

This week you can join the online summit organised by Quilt Africa Fabrics! For free!
For 4 days, from the 8th till the 11th of July, every day from 1PM - 4PM EST (7 - 10 pm Amsterdam time), there will be 3 speakers who will talk about their inspirations and their work with African Fabrics.


All the speakers will be live!
And I will be there too!
This coming Saturday, July 11th, at 2PM EST (8PM Amsterdam) I will show you in a short video how I make a box using a bold African print, followed by an interview with Miriam from Quilt Africa Fabrics.



The only thing you need to do is register for this Live Facebook event HERE.
If you can't watch the artists life you will be able to watch the sessions on a later time.

Hope to see you there!

Groetjes, Hilde

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Quilting curves in Corona times



Afternoon sunlight shines through the finish top

During the past few months, when we all suddenly needed to stay indoors as much as possible, I started making a new quilt, my Corona Quilt! With many curves and waves in African colours. For this Double Wedding Ring quilt I wanted the rings to run differently, more like snakes, through the design.

On my design wall


Some close-ups





The center block is made with the African print called 'wedding ring'

Using my 4 wooden sticks to sandwich the quilt

With my quilting threads nearby in one of my Gecko Boxes I am now quilting by hand, one block at the time. I am not in a rush as I know this Corona quilt is giving me comfort while working on it.



Groetjes, Hilde

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Spring Sale at Geckoboxes!

Since all craft markets, exhibitions and you name it have been canceled for the coming months I had to make up my mind!
I was supposed to have a stand at the Textile Festival 2020 next month and made
 quite a few boxes in different colours and sizes. As some are bigger than others and I have not really the space to keep them all hiding until next year's Festival, I decided to have a SPRING SALE at my Etsy shop!



Hop on over to my tiny WebShop and have a look around.
I ship worldwide ;)

Groetjes, Hilde 

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

A new quilt in Purple and Green

The combination of Purple and Green is one of my favourites.
This combo just brings me joy and happiness. So working on this quilt was simply fun!
This is an American size Twin quilt measuring 67" x 87" (170 x 220cm) and
it's available in my Etsy Shop!




To show it on a single bed I had to bring the spare bed outside as my working table is in the quest room!
Don't worry, our guests can sleep inside whenever they stay over for the night! I just need to clear my studio when they come! ;)




The backside fabric is a soft cotton in green and beige and made by Julius Holland, one of the better companies that make African prints in The Netherlands.
All fabrics from the top are bought in Ghana.

Handmade with love
The final stitches are made to put the label in place.


Me, my dog and my love for making!


Groetjes, Hilde

Monday, 10 February 2020

'Bird Dance' found a new home

One of my favourite Bird quilts has flown out of the nest.
I was finally ready to let it go...
Because I knew the new nest would be welcoming it with love, I was able to send it across the ocean.



'Bird Dance' is a 1 meter square quilt mounted on a canvas frame.
It is one in a series of African Kaleidoscopic quilts I made when living in Ghana for 3 years. While making these kind of quilts I tried by bringing together odd colours and African prints in a certain way the kaleidoscope, or mandala, would come out better every time I made a new one.


close-up of Bird Dance

All fabrics used are genuine African textiles from the GTP factory in Ghana and Vlisco in The Netherlands. 

Especially the red bird print is one of my favourite African prints. 
It comes in many different colours and has many different meanings.

Swallows are a symbol of good luck. However the print also symbolises asking for a favour, such as the hand of a young woman. In Benin the print signifies asking for permission to have an audience with the king, while in Togo the print is called 'Air Afrique' because the fabric was used in the uniform of the local airline company.
In Ghana the pattern refers to the transience of riches: rich today, poor tomorrow, for money has wings and can fly away. (*source Vlisco Fabrics*)



Don't worry, I don't feel like I have an empty nest now! 
On the contrary: I am making space for new projects! If you are interested in my quilts and/or boxes please keep an eye on my webshop at Etsy as I will be adding more items soon.


Cheers, Hilde

Thursday, 5 December 2019

A Box Update!

As promised: a picture of the final result of the hatboxes with their clasps and handles! 
The blue coloured leather matches beautiful with the fabric.



And on to the next deadline for my handmade boxes! 
In about 2 weeks time I will be joining the 'Wintersalon' of the Maaskoe Gallery in Rotterdam. Together with other artists I will be showing my boxes and some of my quilts and wall art! The walls and tables will be full of art and all will be for sale!

However, since we have a Parson Russell Terrier puppy my time in my studio is much less than I thought it would be! He is very interested in the cardboard pieces of the boxes... ;)




Still I managed to make a nice selection of different boxes like tea caddies,
gift boxes and boxes for all kinds of little treasures.




If you are in the area and still need some handmade Christmas presents please hop by at the 
Maaskoe Gallery and maybe you will find the perfect gift for your loved ones! 
The exhibition is on from December 14th until 29th, Thursday through Sunday 12.00 - 17.00.



Groetjes, Hilde