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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Big changes!

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Big changes – the Quilt Corner is gone from the living room, and everything are torn out for the big renovation – ceiling, flooring and walls.
It is like a shock to the system, but it will be great once it is done.

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We found some very interesting wall paper from the 70s, under the not so interesting fake wood wall panel, also from the 70s.

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When we moved here in 1995 we were on a shoestring budget and made do with painting all the brown walls and the mint green walls in the hall.

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What we now call country style yellow was in fashion, with matching deep red cotton print curtains with ruffles – I guess you remember the style ?
Years later the curtains are gone and the yellow walls we liked so much back then were changed to white.

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If you were into styles in the 70s, I bet you remember this linoleum too, which we had in the kitchen when we moved here and found a remnant of under the dining area dark brown laminate flooring.

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The Quilt Corner looked like this only 2 days ago – with a chair for my husband to watch the football on TV after he has been  done with the renovation for the night.
All our furniture except his chair is living in the garage for the time being.

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New flooring has been bought.

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New ceiling is up, new white MDF is going on the walls.
Still we have many weeks work in our house before we are back to some sort of normal…..
When the walls are finished the rest of the linoleum will go and the carpenter can come to work on the floors.

3 weeks and counting…….

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……… and a lot of hand sewing…………

Hanne

Monday, June 30, 2014

Busy, busy, busy

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Going over my photos from the last 3 weeks I find that I really have get quite a lot done, in spite of life being quite busy outside Quilt Corner.
I know I picked some focus projects in my last post, but I often tend to rebel against my own lists ;-)

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2 weeks ago we were away for the weekend, visiting friends, and instead of bringing flowers or wine, I decided to turn this LeMoyne star block into a cushion, embellishing it with one of my precious handmade strawberry buttons.
Our friends were happy about the gift – isn’t that the very best moments, when you can make someone happy by something that has made you happy first – a real win win situation :-)

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My friend is a farmer and while she was doing her work indoors, I sat outside the barn in the sun, doing crochet.
I do not have a career as farm hand, but I am very patient if I can keep my hands busy :-)

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Lace crochet is fun, and I am looking forward to give this as a gift for someone special!

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I am soon running out of these handkerchiefs, and to my knowledge they can not be bought anymore – they are from the early 80s - so I am giving them away with a lot of planning who is getting one, and I am definitively keeping some for myself.

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I needed a new toiletry purse for our weekend trip, and this was finished just in time.
I really like it when the both fronts and backs are looking good.

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The stitchery has been done for a long time and has been in my Ufo box. It is one of the pre-prints one could buy from Tilda some years back. I like it a lot.

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Next finish is this gorgeous table topper from Anni Downs.
I Love her designs and this was very fun to do. Not very fast, but stitchery is again a passion after I had my glasses adjusted recently so I can see better.

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It is birthday season in my dear husband’s family, and these double yarn, double layer potholders now belongs to my dear sister in law, together with some fun kitchen equipment.
I started crocheting a summer top for myself from this yarn, but it did not turn out the way I wanted. The Turkish yarn was a bit fibery, if you know what I mean. Would not drape the right way in a garment, but was super great for potholders. Again I got to use some of my beloved buttons – these I bought in Canada some years back. Again, win win :-)

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Never a dull moment – I’ll be back shortly!