18 April 2011

John and Vincent



For longer than I've known John, he's been a Vincent Van Gogh fan.  One of the first places we had to visit when we arrived in Holland in 1978 was the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.  The relatives thought we were crazy when we rode there from Eindhoven on our motorbike.  That sort of distance is nothing in Australia.

Quite by accident I came across this kit when shopping on-line for some other fabric - I knew John would love it, so I made this quilt for his 60th birthday present (along with a track day at Phillip Island, which will mean a trip to Victoria some time later in the year). 

"A Tribute to Vincent"
His birthday was yesterday and we had a party at home for family and friends.  I asked Elizabeth if she'd like to make her Dad's birthday cake and she used the photograph of John below (from 40 years ago) as her inspiration.



Such a fabulous cake - bottom layer is chocolate/ginger; middle layer is chocolate/guinness and top layer is chocolate fudge.

There has been so much going on in our lives lately.  On 1 April John retired from work after 32 years driving coal trucks. 

10 comments:

Sue W ♥ said...

Looks like you all had a great day, fantastic cake and it's sounds yum
Happy Birthday John

Maria said...

What a wonderful quilt you made your DH for his B/D and your DD cake looks great.

Jan said...

Love the quilt, Lynda. What a great gift. I've been to that museum twice and would go again any time(especially as a Dutchman recently taught me how to pronounce Van Gogh's name properly!) Belated birthday wishes, John; what a lovely day you all had.

Lorraine said...

Congrats to John....and happy retirement..he may wish he was back at work when he sees your list? the cake is awesome! ...I think I put on a kg just reading what the layers were! LOLOL.....love the quilt!!

De said...

The quilt and the cake look excellent! Nothing to do but relax now - LOL - if only!

Jo in TAS said...

What a fabulous cake! Happy Birthday John!

Diann said...

The quilt and the cake are both absolutely stunning! What a talented family you are! Hope John had the best day and that you have both fully recovered from the festivities. You need to gear up for Easter now!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love the quilt Lynda....and the cake is totally awesome...so John had long hair back then....???

rozhearts said...

Your quilt for John's birthday is stunning you should be very proud as John would be to own such a wonderful birthday gift.
The cake looked fabulous also.
(((HUGS))) Roz.

Vicki said...

Cake is amazing! Sounds like you have gone all out for the biggie and John must be absolutely stoked!

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