Friday, March 27, 2015

Gossip in the Garden progress

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I am enjoying this project so much that I have given it full focus since the beginning of the month, and you can see how far it has taken me!
Except for a few machine pieced blocks this is all hand applique, English paper piecing and stitchery.
I so enjoy the process and the rest the handwork gives me.

The blocks above are done, the blocks below are in different stages of finished.

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This is my 1. priority project for April too, and if I run out of applique, the 2 blocks on the project from the previous post - the Some Kind of Wonderful quilt  - will be next.

You might already know that these 2 quilts are from the same designer, Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. I love her style and the style goes so well with my taste of fabrics.
I am not much of a sew-it-from-a-premade-kit person.
I find that I am so easily bored when everything is already decided. I get stuck when I can not chose for myself.
I guess that is why Block of the Month with fabrics is not my thing.

Example:

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Block of the Month bought from Northern Quilts in Norway many years ago.
More than half done with all the stitcheries, so stuck with the blocks, mainly because of the fabrics and colour choice which were not entirely to my taste back then.
I found the box ( I knew it was there) when I searched for the Some Kind of Wonderful projects earlier today.
We have changed the colours in my house since I bought this BOM, so now I think it can go well here.
I am a bit scared of adding to many projects to my focus list, but these blocks will get attention as soon as the 2 other focus projects are made into tops.
Sounds like a nice a plan, right ?

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Hanne

How much is right ?

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To much of a good thing is gorgeous, sometimes ;-)
More often less is more!

Lately the concept of minimalism is talking to me more and more, and I find
that open spaces and less to chose from sparks my creativity.

Today I have been searching for a an unfinished project here, and it is so hidden I can not find it...........

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One hour later all pieces are found - and a lot of sorting has been done.
Bottom line is that I have to many projects going!


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You can easily see, and I know only to well, that I am "only" 2 blocks and a lot of strips and squares + one strip of stitchery text away from finished ....... looking down with a tad of shame here ;-)
I am hereby putting this quilt top on my April To-do list!
I know I have said it before, but now I am meaning Business Business!
I need the project box for something else - or that is what I am claiming anyway ;-) 


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Honestly, hand on heart, I think Unfinished Objects / Work In Very Slow Progress is a total waste of my space and energy.........
I know many people disagree with me on that, but for me, that is the honest truth.
I live in a small house - I do not want to store to much.
I have limited space for my sewing - I need to be able to do a pirouette without bumping into my things ;-)
To many things in this room only brings me no joy!
I find that my taste and my interests in quilting and colours changes too, often!

Good things are happening in Quilt Corner!

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Hanne

Saturday, March 07, 2015

All these stitches adds up

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The Gossip in the Garden blocks are coming along and I am enjoying every little stitch :-)

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This is my colour inspiration, sort of, the early morning light - a touch of all the soft colours and the longing for spring. I took this photo right before 7 am the other day.
The days are getting longer and the dark season is at its end.
Now we need a lot of sun and a lot more colours outdoors!

 

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Dear daughter 2 stopped by yesterday morning, to use my waffle iron and have breakfast on
her way to the last day of her internship in a kitchen construction company in this area.
She served the wholegrain waffles and fruit to her colleagues for lunch.
I got a breakfast taste - very yummy :-)

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Meet my new friend!
She is not colourful, but she is nice, lightweight, and very forgiving when I am tired.
She lets me sit as often and as long as I like, and she does not mind being set to the side when that is good too.
I can see many adventures with and without her in the future!


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Hanne

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Sunday stitches

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It is snowing like mad outdoors and I am enjoying a quiet moment in Quilt Corner with these blocks.
I have not really counted how many blocks goes into the the Gossip in the Garden quilt.
Maybe I should do a count.......... or not ............. I am enjoying the process :-)

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Wishing you a wonderful Sunday wherever you are - Hanne

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I have a plan!

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Since I re-started this quilt in the lovely spring colours, it is sort of taking its own path.
Me like :-)

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Hanne

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Passion

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Colours, fabrics, needle, thread, stitchery, applique, foundation paper piecing, hand piecing, English paper piecing, sample quilt, passion, passion, passion :-)

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Outdoors is still white and cold, in Quilt Corner spring colours are wanting attention.

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Colour therapy? Yes it is :-)
I am so happy for Anni Downs (Hatched and Patched) - she makes the most wonderful quilts! I am currently in love with Gossip in the garden.

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Hanne

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sew Together Bags :-)

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First I made one for myself, in early November 2014

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Next I made one for dear daughter 1, and I planned to give both my girls one for Christmas.
Well - the best laid plans and all that - dear daughter 1 got one on a regular Sunday,
and Dear Daughter 2 got one during Christmas vacation :-)

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They both got bags from the same strips of fabric - it is only the light  - lamp light / day light - that makes the colours look very different.
The sharp eye will see that I have arranged the strips a little different and that one bag has purple zippers and the other has white zippers.

I am very serious about using from what I have here in Quilt Corner in 2015, and a bit of variation is good!
So far I have made 4 of these bags, no zippers bought :-)

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Here is Dear Husband's bag, with male colours and a more masculine feel to it with the Japanese homespun fabrics.

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He uses his bag daily, for all his ear plugs, computer cords, flash drives and such, and he wishes for me to make him one more - and I will - Love That Guy :-)

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Hanne

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Simply Blessed progress

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Block 5 is done and it is my favourite!
I am very happy with my family and I am very very proud of my 2 beautiful girls!

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5 of the stitcheries down, 4 to go.
I am waiting for block # 6 to arrive. All these little stitches adds up!

count your blessings

Hanne

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Multitasking under a quilt

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It is nice to sit under a quilt when it is a bit cold in my house and the world is white outdoors.
I am working on some stitchery, and I am doing some hand piecing, and in between I am enjoying some crochet and knitting too.

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I have had fun making these double yarn double layers potholders in some cotton yarn I bought in Turkey a couple of years back. It did not really fit for what I intended it too, but it was fun to make these, all from yarn stash, which by the way is shrinking fast.
Using my lovely buttons just adds to the good feeling :-)

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I love to bake and these potholders are perfect for handling bread, rolls and buns out of the oven.!

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do what you love

Hanne

Monday, February 09, 2015

Sweet treats

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Over the last year I have given up a lot of treats that do me no good at all.

I am lactose intolerant and I am allergic to nuts so store bought cookies and cakes do not come into my house very often.
I am off chocolate too - yes it is true!

That said - a treat every now and then is good - and I do prefer to make them myself when I can.

One of my favourites are these waffles :-)
We call them dry waffles or cake waffles here in Norway.
Where my family comes from they are also known as hard waffles.

I know there are many people who for different reasons keeps away from gluten, and these waffles are gluten free!

Here is my favourite recipe:

2 eggs
125 grams sugar
125 grams melted butter (lactose free butter is an option)
250 grams potato flour
1,5 tea spoon baking powder

Edit: add 1 tea spoon of cinnamon, cardamom or vanilla if you so prefer - maybe even cacao powder......

Beat the eggs with sugar until it is light yellow and thick.
Let the melted butter cool a little and add to the egg mix.
Sift potato flour and baking powder into the batter and mix well.

Let the batter rest for 15 minutes before making waffles.

I use a table spoon and prefer to make small waffles (in the middle of the iron).
Bite size is good :-)

The waffles are soft when you take them out of the iron, so be careful - and they get crisp when they cool, like a crisp cookie.
Cool them on a rack and store them in an air tight cake tin.

do more of what makes you happy


Hanne

That feeling!

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I just received this fun photo from a friend who attended a class with me a week ago.
When I see it, I know why I am a quilter!
It is a passion - a passion for fabrics, for colours, for shapes, for creating and for enjoying!

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I have been waiting for this pattern for a couple of months - it is hot off the press and by one of my favourite designers, Anni Downs.
It has it all - piecing, applique and stitchery!

I will wait a while before I start it - I have some Work In Progress to take care of here too, and I am not stuffing my WIPs back in the boxes right now - would be a waste of my already used time, right!

I do also enjoy having something special to look forward too :-)

Yes - I am in this for the passion and the fun - definitively :-)


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Hanne

Friday, February 06, 2015

Thinking out loud, under a quilt.

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After digging out this quilt from my Work In Progress boxes,
I can't help thinking about how many hours of work I have already put into this quilt, all the small stitches.....

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I spend a lot of my time with hand work and a quilt over my knees these days - it is a good place both to stitch, sew and to think.

Stuffing work in boxes is not a good way to "store" my used time - I need to dig out some more work in slow progress.
I will not, never ever, promise to finish all my unfinished projects,
but I can promise to honour my strength, my time and my work better :-)

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Here are all the prepped hexies sorted and ready for the hand work.
I like to sort and make piles :-)

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Hanne