I’m back from a wonderful holiday in Europe, to a “hot as hell” Africa!
As with any trip I make overseas or local, my first priority is to always find a quilt shop! I found the most amazing quilt shop in Amsterdam of all places! It is a small quilt shop by American standards, but for me it was love at first sight, in this shop there wasn’t a piece of fabric or book I didn’t like! I could have had it all! I fell head over heels in love with Dutch quilts! It was so bad I had to go back a second time and bought more fabric and books. Well, when you are in love what can you do?
The Netherlands has a long tradition of quiltmaking which date backs to Romans times. The oldest reference of a Dutch quilt dates back to the 13th century. In 1602 the Dutch East India Company stated trading chintz from India in exchangefor spices from the Far East and from then on the Dutch quilting tradition grew until quilts went out of fashion in 1860 until 1970 when American quilts gave quilting a new life worldwide.
If you would like to know more about Dutch quilts find this book – Promenade dans un jardin Hollandais – Promenade in a Dutch Garden by Petra Prins & An Moonen. Petra has a passion for traditional quilt patterns and opened Den Haan & Wagenmakers in Amsterdam in 2009, together with her best friend. An started off as a needlework teacher and she specialized in textile conservation at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and later became the curator of the Netherlands Open Air Museum in Arnhem.
Amsterdam is a relatively small city and De Haan & Wagenmakers quilt shop sits smack bang in the middle of all the major actuations. Lucky for me!
Sorry have to go have to finish my friendship braid quilt! My fingers are itching to start a Dutch quilt! HEHE
Till next week!