Last week I visited the ‘Stoffenspektakel’ in Rijswijk (Holland). A big fair with a lot of all kinds of fabrics. We where mostly looking for fabrics because I recently fell in love with quilting!

The idea to make a quilt came about mainly because I have received a ‘new’ sewing machine. I did have a very cheap sewing machine somewhere, but it’s just not working properly. Now I got a beauty of a machine from my parents neighbor and I love it!


It’s a very old (and heavy) machine, but it works perfectly! It is a Lewenstein Astra-matic super. And look what a beautifull red cover it came with! So that’s the reason behind my fabric hunt, and I think I did a good job ;)


For a sweet pink baby quilt.


For a blue quilt, would be lovely as a present for a baby boy.


And some happy colors to sew stuffed animals!


Just looking at the fabrics makes me very happy :) doesn’t it make you happy? So that’s the start of my fabric collection.

Have a lovely weekend!

Love Irene

Comments (8)

  1. Hi Irene…thanks for letting me join. I saw your comments about your new/old sewing machine. I know how you feel, however, I also know the other end…I have a 42 year old Sears Kenmore sewing machine that is also very heavy but is now starting to show it’s age where my tensions are constantly getting out of whack. :( I have also found that the more I get into quilting, the more I’d like to use some specialty stitches which my old machine does not have. Soooo, it’s on to find a new machine. I’ve done a ton of research and found that I just love the Babylock, Katharine model but it’s out of my budget. However, I was able to find a local Brother dealer and will hopefully be getting a brand new SB-3129 Sewing with some embroid. stitches. Can’t wait.

  2. Hello, I have an old Lewenstein – Astra Matic Super – sewing machine, but I need a pedal foot controller for it, is it possible to get a new old old good one? I live in Beirut Lebanon, Thanks In advance for your support

    1. Hi Sami, thank you for your comment! I replied on it by email :) I hope you can find a new pedal for it. Irene

  3. Lewenstein Astra Matic Super 8668 Nähmaschine Sewing machine
    I have this swing machine but I need cataloged in Arabic to used

  4. Dear Irene, in one of your YouTube videos, you said we could give you ideas for a new collection of quilting blocks and if you like them you’d give your ebook free in exchange. I’d like to suggest the following because I’m from Alaska.
    1 A whale, either the whole whale or just the tail as though he’s breaching.
    2. A pine tree
    3. A bear
    4. A log cabin ( that you live in.)

    You are such a delightful young woman, and I enjoy your videos immensely. I’m 75 years old and have been quilting for about 25 years. I live in Eagle River, Alaska.
    Bless you dear girl,

  5. Hola, soy nueva en el mundo Patchwork, pero me ha enamorado y ha sido mi terapia, navegando con poca idea voy descubriendo internet y os he encontrado, es una bonita forma de unirnos por el mundo, , no sé inglés, en mi época de estudiante no se practicaba, así que me pierdo mucha información, desde España GRACIAS

  6. so happy to be involved in your paper piecing course. You are a breath of fresh air Thank you for being online and teaching. You have such great ideas Also its amazing to read all the comments from people all over the world brought together through quilting and sewing.

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