Monday, October 20, 2014

Houses in my heart

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I am building and building, and I have so much fun with these small 3" houses!
Lucky me have got scraps from friends to put into my houses too, and that makes them even more fun and special!

I have had a wonderful oval weekend with friends at a hotel 1 hour from where I live.
The company was great, the food was great, and it was a lot of laughter and fun.
Gretha has a lot of lovely photos HERE.
Thanks Gretha, for letting me use the 2 photos below :-)

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If you will like to build houses with me, I am happy to share my pattern with you.
I have drawn the house myself, from scratch, in EQ7.
I call the house block Tiny Shipshewana House, in anticipation of a new travel to Shipshewana, Indiana, USA, in November 2015.

I have not seen anything exactly like this house online, in any book or magazine,
and the block is not in the EQ7 library.

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You can download the pattern in 2 parts HERE and HERE - one page to show you how to divide the foundation paper piecing pattern into sections, and the other page for printing multiple houses to 1 page.

If you are new to foundation paper piecing you can do a search online and find a lot of tutorials for the technique.

Please keep in mind that this is my pattern and I enjoy sharing it with you.

You can make as many houses as you like and turn them into quilts or smaller things,  to keep, to give away or to sell, adjusting the size of the block if you so prefer,
BUT,
I will ask you kindly not to teach from my pattern and
not to copy it to your blog or website.
You are welcome to refer your friends to my blog to print their own pattern :-)

To get the block to print in the right size, make sure you un-check the Fit To Page option on your pdf print page.

If you make house blocks I will be so happy if you show me a photo :-)

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In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures ~ Kahlil Gibran

Hanne

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A new neighbourhood

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I am building a new neighbourhood :-)

I am building the block by use of drawing tools in EQ7, from scratch, and I am foundation paper piecing the houses by machine.

The block above, called Tiny Shipshewana House, is not in the EQ7 library, and I have not seen any house exactly the same online or in any book or magazine.

I am leaving the old neighbourhood behind.
Not with grief, but with a sense of wonder, as I burnt the midnight oil searching the internet and found that same house as I pieced earlier in so many places, published on blogs and websites, in many different sizes, including the 3", several people having drawn it in different versions of EQ over the years, like I did.
It can be downloaded a lot of places.

I am leaving that wasp's nest, and return to my sewing now :-)

I will be away from Quilt Corner this weekend, bringing my Tiny Shipshewana House blocks and other nice sewing, spending time with friends. I am so looking forward to quality quilting time away from home!

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Hanne



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tiny houses, tiny scraps

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Inspired by different blogs and and many quilts i have seen online I draw this tiny house in EQ7, and it all went downhill from there - or maybe not that downhill really ;-)

I have always loved foundation paper piecing and it is nice to work with small pieces of fabrics, and EQ7 is the very best tool to make foundation paper piecing patterns.
I even enjoy picking all the small pieces of paper out after a block is done.
My sewing machine is my friend :-)

I plan to do a lap quilt, but I know that I can not stick to doing one house a day for long.
Life gets in the way, health gets in the way every so often too, so I guess I will stick to my normal whimsical self, and work in skips and jumps, as usual.

With a sharpened pair of scissors:

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and some assorted scraps:

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I was ready to hit the building business.

This morning I also found a lovely box just the right size for my tiny 3" blocks

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I have been posting my blocks on Instagram as I finish them - you can find me as hannequilt - 5 down, a lot to go.
Many people has asked for my EQ7 drawing, but I can not share it.


I am sorry, but I have been made aware at I have been doing a copyright violation by sharing my houses with you, as the house block is copyrighted by Jeanneke at www.jeanneke.com
I am so sorry for having stepped wrong. It was not my intention.

Jeanneke has a lovely blog with a lot of house quilts HERE and another blog HERE
She makes her houses by hand and she sells a lovely rubber stamp which makes hand piecing very nice.

Note: I have edited my text and my quilt plan to reflect what I have been made aware of since I first posted this blog post

Hanne

Monday, October 06, 2014

Making a calm spot for myself

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I have always heard that a tidy desk is a sign of an empty mind……
I am working on making my desk and my new Quilt Corner more tidy than before, as I find that to many thing and clutter turns the creativity flow right off.
Maybe it is another sign of age ??

Our house is still under renovation, but we are getting there, step by step.
The comfy chairs are in the corner that used to be Quilt Corner before.

As you can see I now have a wall where I can hang quilts!!
DH is currently working on the small corner where the fireplace will come, and he also have some plans about a hanging rod for quilts behind the chairs.

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always believe

Hanne

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Life in the fast lane slowing down



Where did the weeks go??
Between Norwegian Quilt Festival, late summer vacation and family, the weeks has just disappeared so fast.

Just back from a week in Marmaris Turkey, loaded with sun, relaxing, eating well and sleeping well.

Turkish pavement mosaics are great for inspiration too :-)


Not so much sewing going on, but I did get a few stitches in, sideways.



Freshly made lemonade on the beach was nice reading refreshment, daily :-)

Back on the straight and narrow - enjoying sewing in the new Quilt Corner again!



Hanne

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A month without computer - back in business!



My computer died a month ago, and it has been in the shop since then.
Returning home on Tuesday, it still had some serious flaws and had to go back to the shop, but it is now back home to stay. Several parts inside are now new and working well.

Blog wise this summer has been a real mess and it would take forever to really catch up, so I have decided to just jump in where I am :-)

I have used Instagram actively through my cell phone, so if you are so inclined please stop by there too - user name Hanne Schneider / hannequilt



A lot of my photos can no be loaded on my blog right now, but I have been focusing on working on the Cornelian quilt by Helen Stubbings.
It is a lot of work indeed. I am not seeing the end of this quilt just yet, but good progress has been made.








Saturday, August 02, 2014

50 days challenge for myself

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40 days ago I decided to give myself a 50 days challenge, with an average of 2 blocks a day on 2 projects – the one above + Cornelian quilt, which is in the stitchery phase.

Along the way I added a sewing machine project – the angel log cabin quilt.

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My usual Tour de Fibre blogging went down the drain with some family matters here,
but I have kept up with my at-least-2-blocks-a-day on Instagram, with daily photos.

As much as I do enjoy writing my blog, the Instagram format is quicker, more like a postcard, and it fitted this challenge so well. If you are into Instagram, my user name is Hanne Schneider and/or hannequilt.

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In between I have also done some knitting of dish cloths, the new fun-to-make and so nice to use in the kitchen.

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No doubt – I will always be a quilter at heart, but knitting is very  fun and very portable, and with these smaller projects they are done before my arms acts up – win win!

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10 days to go on this challenge!

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The love of my life and dear companion for 32 years has had some serious health issues going on for the last year and a half.
He won the lottery last week  – the new growth / tumour is benign for now, and he will be back for a new ultrasound check-up in 6 months. The growth has held us on our toes for a while now and it is good to be able breath both in and out.
It surely sets everyday life in a new light – everyday life is not boring, it is good!

I do not know if it helps or anything, but I do believe that what you eat makes a difference, and I enjoy making food from scratch. All the chemical additives might make the food last for a long time, but I seriously doubt they are good for us!

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Carrot lemon marmalade and home baked bread

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Bread rolls with a lot of fiber

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Just had to try cinnamon rolls with a half-wholegrain dough too – success!

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Oatmeal cookies with real vanilla and raisins. The taste was so right, but they were a bit crumbly. I will try them again. Maybe they need more time in the oven?

Dinner includes a lot of veggies and less starch than before. If we are what we eat, we are getting there, meal by meal.

 

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Give someone you love a hug today!

Hanne

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Welcome in – new Quilt Corner

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Here is the new Quilt Corner, and it will stay here, in its own room.

The original plan was to move back to the old Quilt Corner, in the corner of the living room, but as we were taking the old corner down, I first thought I could have a smaller table there in the future – you can see the table I tested with in the first photo in the last post -  with a smaller sewing machine and hand piecing.
I know myself – it would have turned into chaos quite fast – reality check!

The new Quilt Corner used to be dear daughter 1’s old room and has doubled as a store room for my sewing stuff for a few years and it had many pieces of furniture.
It is not big – 7,7 square meters / 82 square foot, but after getting rid of some furniture I was able to fit the old Quilt Corner table under the window, so now I have a room with a view and a window!!

I find the daylight very comfortable – the old Quilt Corner did not have good natural light -  and I will be able to keep all my stuff in one room (in a while) , which will give us more room in the living room.

I have voted for 2 good chairs and a small table where the old Quilt Corner used to be – where you can see DH’s comfy chair in my last post, where we can sit together having coffee and I can have a good floor lamp for my stitchery.

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Since my beloved furry quilt inspector walked the rainbow bridge in March – I used a lot of time to let her in and out of the veranda door in the living room -  and the girls are grown up and have moved out, I do not need a mommy commando central in the living room anymore.

I miss Miss Cat very much, to much for words, daily, but we will not have a new cat, due to allergies in the family.
Seeing her photo I can feel her fur and her smell……….
Your paw prints will forever be on my heart, Rusket!

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I even got room for a design wall in the new Quilt Corner – how great is that ??

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One of those big flannel-plastic sheets from Fons and Porter + 2 table cloth weights in the 2 upper corners let me hang the design wall on a double closet door and it can easily be moved /removed. I have never had a design wall in my life – I LOVE this one!

I have even tried the sewing machine today, for the first time in over a month, but that is food for another post :-)

The new Quilt Corner is quite filled up, but we will have to move everything out of here before to long, as part of The Big Flooring Project, making the house threshold free.
I am NOT looking forward to the move out, but I am looking forward to the move in and the time after, when I can organize my fabrics properly.

If you can picture my house as a capital L, the old Quilt Corner used to be in the bend – the heel of the L, and now it is in the toe, facing north west.

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The sewing table in evening light

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Around midnight last night I could enjoy a light Nordic summer night sky from the sewing table.

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Hanne