Sunday, January 31, 2016

January tally





I have as much as 5 finishes in January - I am doing a happy dance!

1 cushion, 1 table runner, the Plus quilt, a knitted skirt and a set of embroidered napkin rings.







4 of the finishes was started before New Year, and the only new start this year is the Plus quilt.
All in all it has been a very happy month in Quilt Corner, and I have enjoyed myself very much.

I have laid some plans for focus projects in February too, and I hope I can see them all through.
I am looking forward to see what the month of February will bring!



Hanne


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Plus quilt fun



The plus quilt I started 2 weeks ago is done and I am doing a happy dance!

The process was fun - from picking the fabrics from stash, cutting, making blocks, mixing the Japanese homespuns with the other fabrics, cutting my beloved shirting fabrics, and see how it all came together just like I wanted it to do.

I did not have a pattern for my quilt, even if there are a lot of free patterns out there.
I wanted less space between my pluses than what I have seen around, and I wanted to use smaller cuts of strips than what I have seen. I had a plan even if I made it up as I went along.
Being part of a plusquilt-sewalong just added to the fun.

The quilt measures 46" by 70" and will be a gift for a special plus person I know.

Machine quilted by Merete Ellingsen.

This is not my last plus quilt - promise!









At times it felt like working on a big jig saw puzzle.









I have never saved empty spools before, but decided that it will be a fun thing to do for 2016.
I wonder how many spools I will empty?




* Wishing you a lovely creative day *
Hanne



Thursday, January 14, 2016

I love to make gifts!

I love to make gifts - for birthdays, for Christmas or just because :-)
May Britt had celebrated her birthday in the end of September and we were travelling to USA in November 2015.
She had not yet got her present, and I found that the airport was the perfect place to be presented with a surprise gift.

One always need a new toiletry bag when travelling, right?

The stitchery is designed by Bronwyn Hayes - Red Brolly. I have not seen it in any Norwegian shop. When I found Bronwyn Hayes' designs online many years ago, I was smitten with her drawings and I hunted them on Ebay.




May Britt was very surprised - success!



For hostess gifts for our lovely hostesses Debra and Colleen, we decided to make them our traditional Advent Calendar, so they had a special treat to enjoy through December.
We gave 2 gift each to both calendars and above is one of mine - the blue and beige pouch is for Colleen and the red one is for Deb.




I am happy that both Deb and Colleen liked their pouches :-)

Right before our trip I bought these cool name tags. I enjoy using them.





It was also fun to make these 2 pincushions - one for my friend Val - and she got her gift just because, in Shipshewana,
and one for a birthday gift for a special friend here at home.
Designer of stitchery and buttons is Lynette Anderson.


Off course I needed a new toiletry bag for our USA travel too :-)
 One can never have to many toiletry bags, ever!






Wishing  you a wonderful day
 - Hanne


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Something old and something new



Over the last few days there has been some intensive sewing going on in Quilt Corner.
I am re-connecting with my sewing machine again, after a long period of mostly doing hand work.

The plus blocks are so much fun and I am part of a group doing plus blocks right now. The group is called Plus Quilt Sew Along and is an event on Facebook and it also has a hashtag # at Instagram #plusquiltsewalong2016
True to myself, I could not follow the block instructions and alread have other plans going on in my mind.

If you want to see what some of the other plus block girls are up to, take a look at Litamora's blog HERE.





I am enjoying myself cutting 2,5" strips from old and new fabrics, included some Japanese homespuns that have been on the shelf for a long time.





I still need 12 more blocks before I will start joining the quilt - and the quilt will be a surprise for someone special in my life when it is done.

Well - I promised to keep on keeping on doing some old projects too, and the purple one below is the one that gets its daily thread now. It will be a small doily once it is done. The pattern is from Helen Stubbings and I have made it before, in red. Instead of being a gift in 2015, it might be a gift for someone in 2016 - which is not a bad thing either.



Wishing you a lovely day, wherever you are,
Hanne

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Happy new 2016!




Wishing you the very best for the new year 2016, wherever you are!

Here we have some quite cold days, bringing the special clear winter light  and the beautiful frosted branches we can get here sometimes during winter.




Like earlier years, I like to start the new year with some finishes, and I do have a plan for 2016 that gives room for finishes and starts in a good mix.

My plan for 2016  is * 1 for 1 + 6 *
For every start there must be (at least) one finish + 6 other WISP / Ufo finishes through 2016. 





The napkin rings above is an old blackwork in red kit that finally was finished the other day -
so so far, 1 finish for 2016 - not bad!
The napkin rings were fun to do, but if you are in to cross stitch - blackwork, you will also know cross stitch is rather slow work, and I sort of lost interest at some point, being my curious self.
I bought the embroidery kit at Lappemakeriet a few years ago.

I planned to have these napkin rings ready for Christmas in 2015, but no such luck.
As the décor in my home goes well with red all year, all year napkin rings they are. They fit well in the candy (godis) bowl and the bowl fits well on my kitchen window sill above the kitchen table,
so one can grab a napkin whenever one needs one.
They make me smile daily too, which is a good thing :-)
I love to decorate with functional things!

I know I have a backlog to take care of on this blog from late 2015 - but instead of getting overwhelmed, I am jumping in where I am, and will eventually catch up :-)




Wishing you a lovely day!

Hanne

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas from Quilt Corner




From my Quilt Corner, to you - a very Merry Christmas!
I hope your Christmas will be lovely in every way.

Everything is ready for a traditional Christmas celebration here.
I am looking forward to celebrate with my family.







Saturday, October 31, 2015

A wonderful long weekend!

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Last weekend my sewing group went on our annual 4 day retreat.

We book in to a hotel not to far from Oslo, buying an all inclusive conference pack - 3 meals a day + 2 conference rooms - one for sewing, the other one for setting up design walls.

I brought 3 projects:
An old Ufo-BOM for sewing machine + hand piecing - Alle Fugler by Northern Quilts
A pair of socks on my knitting needles
My red cross stitch project

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I did make some progress - the stitchery on these blocks were already made.

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I did make a few threads every day on my red embroidery - it was perfect for winding down at night before bed, in my room, or as here, as my morning thread(s) before going to breakfast, seeing the day waking up and checking Instagram.

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This year's project that we all do together was a nice mini bag.

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I like the mini bag, and I made mine without handles. We all worked from kits, and I can see some improvement that I want to do next time I made one.

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And what happened to my knitting, you might think?
To be honest, nothing much, not a stitch!

My friend Gretha has uploaded more photos from the retreat, if you want to see what we were up to through the weekend.

I am already looking forward to next year - same time, same friends, same place :-)


good food


Hanne

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I'm having fun with handwork Ufos

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I feel a bit like a juggling artist, but I can assure you - never a dull moment here in Quilt Corner these days!
I am only working on my Ufos - which is great.

Some stitchery and English paper piecing - on the Cornelian quilt,

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Some cross stitching and crewel work - I really had forgot how slow cross stitching really is - but I do enjoy the process.

 

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And finally - I un-knitted half a sock that did not fit, found myself a better pattern and am soon having a pair of nice fitting socks instead of a knitting-Ufo :-)

small-steps-every-day

   Hanne

Monday, October 19, 2015

Jen Kingwell inspiration

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Time flies when I am having fun - surrounding myself with the right kind of inspiration and the right kind of people :-)

It has already been a month since Jen Kingwell visited in Oslo, at Kathrines Quilte Stue's 4 days event, where I was the happy participant of 3 days.

Jen brought a lot of lovely quilts, a lot of inspiration and knowledge, mixed with her very pleasant personality.
I am taken, smitten, in love - with her way of thinking about fabrics and colours and all her lovely quilts!

Day one - I'm A Farmer's Daughter

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A creative day passes so fast - this is my block from day 1 :-)

Day no. 2: Daisy Do

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The quilt is in Jen's new book. I love this book - I think I could easily make every project in it!

 

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All the blocks made in Wednesday class.

Thursday class: Steam Punk

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My blocks ready for the sewing machine.

 

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All the blocks from Thursday class. Even if they are different in colours and fabrics, they all work very well together on a neutral background. Food for thoughts......... :-)

We had the most magnificent lunches every day, we could shop until we dropped. Kathrine had brought most of her shop. The trunk show and the Show & Tell was great - and I am definitively adding Jen on my Top 3 Favourite Designer List :-)

Thank You Kathrine & her staff and Thank You Jen!

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Hanne