Onwards from Tilburg to the beautiful town of Deventer. I have been to Deventer once before and I am pleased to report that it is just as pretty as I remember :)
I love the roof lines on the old Dutch buildings, and also their use of stripes in the brickwork! I saw some wonderful examples of this in Amsterdam, but that post will have to wait until I get home - I forgot my camera cord and had to borrow one to do this post :)
The shop 100 Rozen is in the old town of Deventer, where the town first began. The streets are paved with cobblestones and the little alleyways are filled with bookshops and antique stores.
It really is just so charming and quaint, like stepping back in time. Once a year they have a Charles Dickens Festival in Deventer, where all the towns people dress in period costume for a week and the whole town looks as though the clock really has wound back. I would LOVE to see it! Maybe next time. It's scenes like this that have my imagination racing for people wearing cloaks and horse drawn carriges.
Here is 100 Rozen, which means as it sounds, 100 Roses! When the owner, Jeltje, opened her shop 3 years ago, she decided she would try to have 100 fabrics with her favourite flower on them, and that's how she named the shop! She has recently moved into a new and larger shop next door, and here it is.
Jeltje had seen a quilt I made for the Dollies Online program last year called Star, Flower, Heart (which has started for 2011 - quick, go and sign up!) and so she made her own version for 100 Rozen - complete with a rose in the centre! She asked for me to teach her 100 Rozen version for the class. Here is my original (you can still buy this pattern here):
After the class was done and we had some show and tell, I went for a small walk back through the town to my hotel. There was the weekly market being held in the centre of town, with stalls full of tulips, fruit and vegetables, meats, clothes, toys...
For dinner that night, Jeltje and her family put on a little party for me at her house above the shop. Her husband Henk and her son Roel were the Masterchefs, and they did an amazing job! The food was wonderful and the company was too. Thank you so very much to Jeltje and all her family and volunteers for making me feel so much at home in Deventer. I wont forget my stay!
PS. Because I don't have my camera cord I will have to wait to blog about the rest of my journey until I get home on Friday - but if you want to read about my trip to Birdblocks in Amsterdam you can look here where I have guest blogged!
PPS. Thank you SO incredibly to everyone who has bought raffle tickets for Queensland Flood Relief - the raffle is still open, please scroll down for the post.