Monday, June 13, 2022

More on focus - a finish

 



Focus is a good thing, but I am not able to focus on just one project at a time.
It does not really matter, but I sort of feel like a hot mess when I go through my boxes.
One good thing though is that I like everything I see💓



This table runner I started in autumn 2020. I had made all but one of the stars finished, but I was not able to finish before Christmas. It is so easy to put something to the side and "forget" it. 
My machine quilting skills are rusty and my shoulder did not enjoy meandering much, but finished is finished.
Pattern is from The Pattern Basket - it was very fun to do. I might do more trees - maybe for placemats, but not right now.

I have picked my focus projects for this week - 4 from last week + 2 small stitcheries I also would like to finish.

💓 Wishing you a good Monday, wherever you are 💓

Hanne

Monday, May 30, 2022

Making a list, checking it twice


 


A while ago I gave myself a limit of 2 ongoing knittings at a time, and it has worked so well. 

I have found that mindset is good for my creativity and my will to finish what I start.
Did I mention I now have only 1 knitting on the needles, but have the freedom of starting one more, if I really feel like it?
It is time for my stitchery projects to get the same "treatment" 💓

Here you see 4 unfinished stitcheries:
The red Christmas project is Merry Little Christmas by Kathy Schmitz
2 small stitcheries by Anni Downs, Hatched and Patched. They go into the same project, but still 2 unfinished.
The last stitchery is from Snow Days by Crabapple Hill Designs - I am unsure if it is my 10th or 11th block of 12.

In addition to the stitcheries I have 2 other pieced patchwork projects + a hand quilting project I want to move towards the finishing line this week.  

Never a dull moment, right?
I probably have some more stitcheries here, somewhere, but I choose to focus on many small victories instead of beeing overwhelmed with whatever I may find.

I do like Mondays. It is like fresh start, every week. 

After physiotherapy and workout I will be back for stitches and coffee - a good start to a good week 💓

May your day be good, wherever you are 

Hanne





Friday, May 13, 2022

Something Old And Something New

 




I am naming and claiming projects, just like we did when Kris and Peg hosted OPAM (One Project A Month) many moons ago.
Being part of Chookyblue's Zoom group is very inspiring, and is so nice to chat and sew with friends from all over the world. 
It is productive and fun to find something in my sewing room and finish it, to use myself, or to put in the gift box. Maybe I have all the Christmas gifts early this year? One can but dream 😁💓



This big block I made in a class with Camille Roskelley many years ago.
I liked the block, but I never felt like doing a big quilt with this block.

As from today it is decorating my veranda table. I have not machine quilted much at all in the last 3 years, and I feel a bit rusty, but done is done.

My master plan is to finish at least 12 Ufos through the year. Lofty goals are good 😀

3 done, 9 to go!

I will have new starts too, promise 💓 


 Take care and sew on, wherever you are 

Hanne 

Monday, May 02, 2022

This and that




It has been a long time since I did much sewing machine work, and even longer since I did any machine quilting to speak of. I need to use from my fabric stash, and I like to make care quilts / charity quilts for children. My local university hospital has asked for quilts for baby ICU, and the sizes they ask for are doable for me on my domestic sewing machine. I do enjoy using the Double Dresden ruler to cut the tumblers. I have some other templates from the stone ages - Quilting from the Heartland -, but they are in set sizes. 
Set sizes are seldom the size I really want to work with.....

The after math of covid is still present, so I am taking it easy. I will not win any speed contests, but I do enjoy the process, which is a good thing and what it is all about here in Quilt Corner.




 
Finding that I had 8 spools of the same colour of the same machine quilting thread just make it as clear as mud that I really need to use from all kinds of stash for a long time 😂




This is from the prepping process of Kathy Schmitz' latest Christmas pattern. I thought I should get a lot done through Easter, but that did not happen. I have appliqued some trees and stitched a little here and there. I am thinking about digging out all my Christmas half done projects and see if I can get some of them done in good time for Christmas this year. That would be something 😁💓






It is lighter and brighter in the evenings here now. I love spring and summer. I hope we get good weather for outdoor stitching!


Wishing you a lovely day where you are - take care 💓

Hanne

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter


It has been a long time since my last post.  

In the beginning of March a dear relative passed away, and my husband and I traveled to the west coast to attend his church service and burial. 

It was a beautiful service and it was very nice to touch base with other dear relatives. 

Unluckily I caught Covid during the travel. 
The sick days was not hard - and the only symptom I had in the beginning was a raspy voice, but no sore throat. I got some long time effects that has not left yet, being very tired. I am much better these last days, and this too shall pass. 

Sewing has been on the back burner, but I have managed to finish a couple of knittings, while watching to much TV 😄

The small placemats above are also done, and I use them frequently while drinking morning coffee or having a cuppa and a cookie.
Design is from @zeriano on Instagram






Some more hearts has been made into blocks. 



 I have had most energy in mornings, for housework, baking, knitting and sewing. I have taken advantage of that. Dear husband appreciates a cookie with his afternoon coffee. I do too. I prefer home baked goods when I have time.

Easter has been very nice so far, staying at home. I hope your Easter have been nice too 💛🐤

See you again soon 💓

 Smiles from 

Hanne 


Saturday, March 05, 2022

Inspiration - I have stopped waiting




I admit that I have been sitting and waiting for inspiration for a long time, 
even if I know in my heart that waiting makes no difference - action does.

💙


Yesterday I decided to give the blue 4-patches an hour, and before I knew it I had worked for more, with a smile on my face and a happy dance in my feet.
I have not counted my 4-patches, but I can see that I need to make more (or maybe not)  to make a lap quilt. 
I am planning a border with piecing in it too, so I think my 4-patch piece has to be like 43-45 inches wide.

Some of the fabrics brings back very good memories, like this little bunny and flower fabric I got from a friend years ago. I got a bento box cloth, and I have cut into it with respect, using every piece I have cut. I think it might be a polyester cotton blend, but in this case I have decided that it does not matter - looks, memories and happiness are more important.






 


Today my oldest daughter and I are mending a zipper in a pair of jeans, and altering some oversized sweaters. 
I do enjoy mending clothes it they can be used longer. It feels meaningful. 

I have turned off the 24 hours news from the war in Ukraine. 
My heart bleeds for the people of Ukraine, and for all the Russians that do not want this war!

💓 I hope for peace soon 💓


Hanne

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Like a butterfly

 




I seems to be fluttering around like a butterfly,
doing a little here and a little there, not accomplishing much...... 

💓

I have "forever" moved around a box of 4-patches in my sewing room. I started them summer 2020, cutting into my smallest scraps. Finished 4-patches are 2,5", seam allowance included. 
I can remember I thought I could get so much done while being at home all the time. I was so wrong.

 💓


Today I cut plain squares 2,5 inch, and started joining 2 blocks with one plain square. 
I think the joined blocks will be easier to handle at a later point, and much easier to store in an organized way. My plan is to place the strips of blocks on the diagonal, making a lap quilt. Time frame is not set. 






I feel tempted to work more on these blocks before to long. I am curios to see what the quilt top will look like. I love the fabric scraps I am using. The oldest fabric I have used (I think), is from around 2005, bought for the binding I used on my Dear Jane quilt.




Never a dull moment in quilt corner 😃

Wishing you a wonderful day where you are!

Hanne

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Happy Sunday





I am looking through some boxes and finds treasures that have been neglected.
This elongated top was once so fun to make and then it sort of landed in a box, with one stripe of border attached. Where did the other strips of border go? I don't know, honestly. It was before our move from house to apartment. 
I will pick the one stripe off and add another fabric instead.

Since last weekend's class and other happy events, I am itching to sew more.
I need to finish something too - it is a Need and an Urge 😀

BTW - the stitchery in the middle is from Bronwyn Hayes, Red Brolly.
I tried recently to google her, to find her website, but it looks like it is gone.
I wonder if she is designing anymore or not. Do you know?


 



Same with these blocks, that once was meant to be a bedspread. 4 blocks done, one lacking 1 - one - strip. What on earth was I thinking?

Well - it will never be covering a bed. You might already know that we do not sleep under quilts in Norway. We use duvets with duvet covers, and quilts are used for decoration purposes on made up beds (mostly)
I do have a single quilt on top of my duvet during winter, for extra comfort and weight.
The 4 blocks will be finished and I have a good plan for what to make from them 💓






This morning I baked bread rolls for our breakfast. They are cold risen, no knead, and with very little yeast. They are baked with wheat flour, oat flour, rolled oats and chia seeds.
Since the dough was cold risen, I made the dough last night.
Cold risen dough is a slow process, but is pays off really well. Next time I will possibly add a little more wheat flour and hold back a little on the oat flour to see where it gets me. Maybe adding some dry spices to the mix too.

Wishing you a happy Sunday, wherever you are 

Hanne

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Quilters have more fun

 



Last weekend my sewing group + friends attended ruler classes.
Teacher was Helle Løvenskiold. She had a lot of class samplers and inspiration.

I have not attended a class since long before covid, and it was fun to learn something new.

Saturday we used the 10" Log Cabin Trim Tool Duo.  




Sunday it was optional to learn the Cat Cradle rulers that come in 2 sizes.

I must admit that as much as I love and enjoy Log Cabin, the Cat Cradle rulers were my favourites and I bought both sizes 😀


I expect to have lots of fun with all the rulers. 
Scraps beware, your days will be counted 💓





I hope you are having a lovely weekend, wherever you are! 


Hanne 








Friday, February 18, 2022

Small stitches and great joys


 
There are so many things that can make a person happy 💗

I always feel happy in my sewing room, especially when I work with my hands, creating.
It does not have to be complicated - it just have to be something that sparks interest and with colours that sparks joy.

Hearts are always welcome, especially if I can use scraps. 

I started these hearts with my friend Deb about 2 years ago. They were put to the side here, after a while. I need more, many more, so I can make more of these 9-patches.  
Somewhere in my room I have more prepped hearts that I got from Deb. I wish they could make a little sound so I could find them easier 🙈
 
I think KonMari would roll her eyes here. Not that it is so very untidy, but it is pretty hard to find what I am looking for, every so often.
Maybe if I pretend to look for something else, and the hearts with reappear. It is not that long since I know I had that little zip lock bag in my hand 😄

Happy weekend to you!

Hanne