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Member in Focus: QuickieBy AlexisW on 3/7/14 4:34 PM

Member Since: 2010

PR Name: Quickie

Full Name: Marieke Holleman-Bartels 

Birthday: January 29th

How did you learn to sew? 

"My mom 'let me do' with the sewing machine when I was about six and gave me later on patterns with the best descriptions she could find and let me choose really beautiful fabrics. I read many books on sewing but never had a real education in sewing."

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

"I love it best when there is engineering. So I feel fine when I am drafting and fitting. I want it to be sewn decently but not necessarily haute couture."

Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

"Palmer Pletch Fit for Real People."

What are your sewing goals for this year?

"I hope to be able to go on as I do now. For PatternReview I do the contests because they give structure to my days. One can always try to improve."

What are you sewing right now?

"I have finished this morning a self-drafted purple velour-chiffon dress with regency style-elements. Must make now a simple half-slip to match. It will be my entry for the Inspired by the Movies contest."

What type of sewing machine do you have? What do you like/dislike about it?

"I use a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 830 sewing machine and a very old serger (I think Janome). I am very content of the sewing machine, with exception of the needle threader (Does not work with thin needles, when you need it most. I can't become good friends with the electric automatic buttonholer, so I use another foot for that."

What’s your favorite pattern?

"Sorry, my own self-drafted blocks. With that I can achieve almost all I could desire."

What you love most about PatternReview?

"I love PatternReview to see the reviews and how a certain type of garment will look on real people."

Any other favorite hobbies?

"Photography, music (I play the violin), reading."

Tell us a little more about you – profession, where you live, etc.

"I am retired now. Was in the civil service and studied law. I live in The Hague, the city where the Dutch government resides. I have a husband and two adult married sons and four grandchildren."

Thanks for sharing, Quickie!

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Rhoda K said...
Nice to meet you! I've enjoyed reading your reviews and your work is lovely.
3/7/14 5:00 PM
JetSetSewing said...
I always like to see what you've come up with for the contests!
3/7/14 5:21 PM
humdidili said...
Thank you for sharing and for all your kind comments on other's reviews.
3/7/14 8:23 PM
PatM said...
It is great to see the garments you have made, and your photos. I enjoy reading your reviews.
3/7/14 8:28 PM
Sharonspils said...
So lovely to meet you and love seeing the garments you create from your own blocks.
3/7/14 9:10 PM
Sew Whatever said...
I am glad you have been the member in focus! I love that jacket on you. The fabric is just right to make a statement, but not overwhelmingly so.
3/8/14 6:29 AM
CSM--Carla said...
Thanks for letting us get to know you! I've enjoyed reading your reviews and looking at your garments.
3/8/14 9:16 AM
Sew Good said...
Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself :) I love seeing your creations and am so grateful to have found PatternReview so that we would have the ability to "meet"
3/8/14 9:46 AM
PattyE said...
Nice to 'meet' you Marieke! I always look forward to your reviews.
3/8/14 12:09 PM
sew4grands said...
Quickie, congrats on being the member in focus, you are very inspiring with what you sew and your great reviews.
3/8/14 3:12 PM
sew4grands said...
Quickie, congrats on being the member in focus, you are very inspiring with what you sew and your great reviews.
3/8/14 3:14 PM
Mollymax said...
Congrats Quickie! Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself.
3/8/14 5:40 PM
PurdyGirlPeg said...
I love seeing your contest entries! I aspire to your level of the craft. Thank you for inspiring me!
3/9/14 12:47 PM
cernst said...
Congratulations! Love your style.
3/9/14 8:59 PM
sewgirlygirl-knot! said...
Quickie, I always see your reviews and like most of your creations. Thanks for sharing the other aspects of yourself with us. Always looking forward to seeing more.
3/9/14 11:38 PM
Baja Susana said...
My dear friend, Quickie, your reviews and creations are aluways so interesting. And your sparkly sense of humor is a delight.
3/10/14 10:24 AM
AngelaSews said...
I was happy to see you were the member in focus. I'm always interested to read your reviews. I love that you draft your own patterns. And your pictures in your garden always remind me of photographs my Oma used to send of her in her garden, which she loved.
3/10/14 11:52 AM
TJSEWS said...
Nice to meet you! How fabulous that your beautiful creations are from your own self-drafted blocks!
3/16/14 5:37 PM
sewdc said...
Den Haag, my favorite city! What happened to that fabric store in the Centrum?
3/18/14 9:00 AM
Pam in Amsterdam said...
schitterend, perfect, ik lees graag uw reviews. A nice member, I like to read your reviews and more than that, I like sometimes to meet, you. Have you ever a journey to Amsterdam?
3/18/14 1:22 PM
hildes said...
Great to see you as the member in focus. Leuk om te lezen!
3/19/14 5:23 AM
fabricfanatic said...
I've visited Den Haag twice recently because a friend was working there. We loved the city. Fouquet is one of our favorite restaurants and of course I bought loads of fabric at Schroeder! I voted for you in the movies contest! Thanks for your reviews!
3/19/14 10:09 PM
Quickie said...
Thank you all for your kind comments. Nice that some of you share my love for The Hague. There are still fabricstores in the city centre,. I do not very often travel outside Den Haag these days.I thank all those3 who honoured me to choose me as member in focus. To me it is also nice to see more faces of some of the other members. I appreciate that.
3/20/14 3:55 PM
Melwyk said...
It's very nice to get to know more about you, Quickie, as I've always admired your self-drafted creations, and appreciated your kind comments that you make on so many other members' gallery posts.
3/21/14 11:13 PM

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