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 :-)

simplify

Hanne

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Happy progress

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All those small stitches adds up!
Now all the hexagon flowers are done and joined into 4 long rows for one of the Cornelian quilt borders.

Colour wise, the photo below is more correct than the photo above. It was taken earlier today, when the natural light was good.

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Those hexie flowers would have looked good as a vertical row quilt too, don't you think?
But - that is food for thought for another quilts, maybe in the future......
I love to work with my blue repros and repro-ish fabrics!

happy moments
Hanne

Monday, February 02, 2015

Small steps and setting goals - focus projects

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Time flies, and I  have found it is time to revive the focus project way of moving my projects forward.

Small steps, small goals, small blog posts - and they all add up to miles, finished quilts and getting in touch with blogland again :-)

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30 hexagon flowers down, 6 to go, before I can move on to another stage of the Cornelian quilt.
I absolutely have some waltzing to do with this quilt (like steps to the left and steps to the right), as all the stitcheries in the middle section are not done yet either, but stitch by stitch, through 2015, my plan is to finish the quilt top this year.

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Hanne

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas wishes

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For me, this year turned out quite different from what I first planned and thought, but when one door closes, another door opens, and good things will keep on happening.

The last week of the year is often filled with plans for the new year.
Good things will happen, happy stitches, friendships will grow and good days will be had.

My family is home for Christmas, and I think it is a good time to send you my Christmas wishes:

I wish for all children (of all ages) that no harm will come to you this Christmas. I wish you can feel safe and warm, inside and out!
I wish for all who are in grief that you will be comforted.
I wish for all who are in pain that you will get relief.
I wish for all who need a hand to hold that it will be one there for you.
I wish for all who feel alone that you will have company. I wish you can enjoy a good meal and the flicker of candle lights
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Thank you for being part of my life!

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                            Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Houses, 3" and 6"

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I have had many nice feedbacks this autumn about the Tiny Shipshewana House foundation paper piecing pattern - thank you :-)
They are fun to make and you can easily combine the 3" houses with 6" houses.
I promised someone to share the 6" pattern earlier, but lately things has taken time, TTT :-)

I will share my files with you, both the 3" and the 6" houses.

3" -  HERE and HERE

6" -  HERE and HERE

I have draw this house myself, in EQ7

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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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Have fun - enjoy Advent :-)

Hanne

Monday, December 01, 2014

Advent - candle light season

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Coffee, candle light and stitchery in the mornings are never wrong, and I do enjoy seeing the night turning into daylight now in the darkest time of the winter.

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True to our nice Advent tradition, May Britt and I have made Advent Sunday calendars to each other this year too.

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I do enjoy a little knitting now and then too - and I finished the knitting on this scarf last night. It is nice to sit and watch TV with DH, with the feet up high.

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Thank you ever so much for all the lovely comments and personal mails I got after my previous post!
I am so old that I grew up learning to tell no one about my physical limitations and pains,
use as little aiding equipment as possible, and it is embedded in my mind that there are no troubles, only challenges, and all you shall do is to bite your teeth together and go on.

Well, it is good to know that when the challenges lately have grown over my head, there are so much support out there.
I wish I could give you all a hug!
I feel like I have been outing myself as a whole person - I think you know what I mean - and it is very freeing :-)

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Tonight we light one candle
we light it for joy
It stands there shining by itself
and for us who are present
Tonight we light one candle
we light it for joy.

Hanne