Tuesday, February 2

Challenge

There's this thing going round called the 365 challenge. With my eyes closed, I jumped in. After all: what's an extra UFO or 2 (4, 6....)
Yesterday's block was called "frame" and there were hst's involved. Small ones...1" ones.
I picked not very contrasting fabrics to disguise any mismatched points.
And now, by miracle, my points match. I have no place to show off but here.
I hated this block and I'm glad it's done.
After this block, this quilt, a Nearly Insane quilt will be like a walk in the park on a sunny day.
 
"I love sewing 1" hst's" said no quilter ever.
On the challenge facebook page people claim they have "sooooo much fun" when making this block.
Fuck off, get a life
 
 

Saturday, January 23

Happy birthday!!

Born this afternoon: a beautifull granddaughter!!!!!
 

Monday, January 18

let's waste some time

Yesterday. winter finally came with temperatures below 0. With no better things to do, I decided to put my Farmer's Wife blocks in the 'correct" order on the wall. That is: like they are placed in the book. I was sure the author must have had a certain brilliant master plan, placing the blocks as she did. Perhaps dividing big and small patterns evenly e.g.??
 First thing I noticed was that I was NOT as far as I thought I was. Putting the blocks close together like in pic 2 gave me the idea I had " much more quilt" ! Look at all those gaps!
Furthermore it turned out that with the "right"placement, I had clusters of houndstooth....
 blobs of blue and green
 and too much of the same background fabric in one place
 After thinking it over, I came to the conclusion that the author had no plan AT ALL. She just pieced blocks and distributed the colours she used, evenly across her designwall (or so...) like I'm going to do now. Spread out the houndstooth. divide all the reds evenly and avoid green blobs.
All in all it took me hours to mark the blocks with their "correct number", placing them where they "should" be and waiting for an epiphany to see the Plan.
Pffff I could have sewn a block or two!

Then i decided to get Sven the Husqvarna started to try some machine quilting. I've signed up for a lesson or 2  in machinequilting and had some homework to do. I picked up the machine manual to read about the settings and to my surprise it said in capitals: WEAR SAFETYGOGGLES (?????)
Can you see it? Sewing in full protective gear? I did!
Safety first *LOL*!

And since it was getting really cold outside, I then dug another pincushion out of the cupboard. Yep: winter! The cup decor is really Dutch and freely translated it's something like "farmer's bright".
Okay, let's do block 65 of the FW quilt!
 
How was your sunday??

Sunday, January 10

2016

Yeey! I made it into 2016:).... I have been a bit under the weather, hence the silent blog. My heart skipped a beat and then raced to make up for that. When you call your doctor and say you have 'pain in the chest area" everyone kind of panicks. Tests were done, pills subscribed and that was that. All done and it seems my heartbeat is a bit faster than what's considered "normal".

Since i had to keep a low profile for a while, I had some time to think. About blogging eg. Stop, keep going, write in Dutch?? Facebook seems to be the new blogging and instagram the new facebook these days. I like neither. So I've decided to keep on blogging every once in a while and perhaps switch to Dutch but for now; same old, same old.

I sewed too. Not much (i slept mostly..) but the Farmer's Wife is growing slowly but surely
 This isn't the final layout. I just smacked all the blocks onto the wall just to see what I got so far.
I also have a new friend: meet Epson, the printer. The old one was way past his time!
It's on my fabric cabinet. Do i want it there? Nope. Does it need to be there? Yep! I'm done with going upstairs to put it on and then again to get the print.
The Epson has 'airprint', to print directly from my Ipad and since I took over Quilting DD s iphone 5, I'm all up to date and into 2016 :)

Speaking of DD: grandchild 1 is expected in a week or so. The Iphone is fully charged and in the vicinity all the time now. You'll never know when that phonecall is coming!!

Wednesday, November 4

Home again..

after the trip to Berlin with Baking DD. Lovely stay at the Hampton hotel, gorgeous sunshiny weather, great sights, beautifull artifacts at the museums, good company....what more do you want?(although I could do without the sore feet after constant walking/strolling around town! We were completely knackered after our return!!)

The cute trafficlights in the former east
 Medieval citywall
 Quaint streets
 Bernini inspired fountain
 The church (can you believe it was built in 1998???? It was there before, bombed in the war and rebuild later)
 Views from the top of the church
Postdammer Platz
 Jewish memorial
 The wall


the most beautifull piece at the Neues Museum: statue of Nefertiti, my personal highlight. The pic is not mine (not allowed to photograph her) but picked from the internet
 
and much, much more......

Sunday, October 11

Old school..

Hmm, 3 sundays in a row with a blogpost; i'm beginning to see a pattern here...Ah well, better than blogsilence!
I got a question by email about how I handsew the Farmer's Wife blocks. I do them old school.
Print the templates, glue them on sandpaper and cut them out. I then draw each and every patch that is required for a particular block and cut them out. Not with a rotarycutter but with scissors.

 Oh, I also punch a hole in the template where lines connect, mark those points and connect the dots to get my excact sewing line.
Minimal waste, very timeconsuming and very relaxing...
The best part? All the corners match,
 each and every
 time, again and again...
This weeks update:
 and the last, the farmer's puzzle block that I tweaked a bit. it looked like a swastika and I didn't want that. It was ugly.
Another conversation I had:
"why do you have so many pincushions?"
-because I love making them, they're cute, quick to make and usefull-
"but you need only one"
-???-
"wait, what?  you change your cushion with seasons???"
-uh, yep-
"you're weird...."

So this week I went from summer
 to fall...


I'm weird..

Sunday, October 4

Gifts!

I was a lucky person last week :) C returned from her looooooong holiday in the US and she brought gifts
I do know these a meant for Halloween, but in MHY (my humble opinion) every day is a good day to wear witchy socks.
I also got some rulers I've been wanting to try for HST's (and they're not to be found here!), fun fabrics (love a good polkadot) and a new JoAnns bag. Not that I will ditch the old one; the handles are not totally gone yet.....they are going to last a bit longer..
Thanks C!!

Remember the old iron with the missing plug? A friend came by and gave me one! He restores old motorcycles (among other things..) and likes my love for Featherweights and old irons. He found a vintage plug somewhere among his stuff and thought of me :)
Porcelain and bakelite, just what I wanted.

 I've been dying to see if the iron stills works and...tadaa..it does!
It takes a while to get hot, but it also cools slow. Added the fact that it is extremely heavy: perfect for Farmer's wife blocks with gazillion seams that will not go flat. I'm going to buy vintage-looking electrical cord coming week.

Next, my other neighbour came by and asked me if I was interested in this:
It's an old dustbin, the kind I remembered so well from my childhood. Ofcourse I wanted it!
I also made me think about how little waste my Mum had with a family of 5. Once a week the bin got emptied. A big car came by for the job and the noise was deafening with all those bins lifted up and down.
Now we have huge plastic ones that are emptied every other week and that sometimes wasn't enough with my own family of 5...

Last but not least my Farmer's Wife update:
Again 7 blocks added to the pile!
C wants to sew along too. She'd better get started :)!

Sunday, September 27

Sunny summer weekend!

And so we thought summer was over. Dreary grey days and rain almost every day. Untill this weekend! Sunshine all day, great temperature...and i enjoyed every minute:)
DH and I did long overdue chores in the garden and took coffee and lunchbreaks outside with sun on our faces. Best thing is that this weather will last coming week!
Playing with plants was on the to-do list too

There was also stuff going on at the sewing front. My wooden boxes multiplyed (now how did that happen??) and the latest addition has the perfect size for my farmer's wife blocks.
 How great was my epiphany to sash-as-you-go. Sashing the 14 blocks I already made, was boring and took a lot of time.
Here are blocks 15-21, sashed and all!
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Baking DD spent 2 days in Berlin with school. I found out she knows absolutely nothing about the city, nor the country, nor the language. I wonder where all the money for her eductation went LOL.
So we decided to go to Berlin together during autumnbreak, as a present for her 25th birthday. I'm sooo looking forward to that trip! First time Baking DD and I go together, just the two of us ánd Berlin is a great city with lots to see. Only 4 weeks to go! ( that's 28 FW blocks haha!!)

Saturday, September 19

I kept my promise...

...and cycled to work every day (except on fridays when I do my groceryshopping) Downside is, that the minute I step out of the door, it starts to rain. Sometimes just drizzling, sometimes it poured. So I also got wet every day:( So I bought a raincoat and sweatpants. The coat to wear on the bike, the pants to change when stepping out of soaked jeans after I get home.
Another promise to myself was to sew a farmer's wife block a day.
First week:
 and last week...

While sewing, it came to mind, that it might be a good idea to sash-as-you-go. Otherwise I'll be adding sashing for ages. I've been told that there are 198. Organising is a good idea as well and an excellent excuse to buy another matching wooden box to keep sashings and cornerstones. I plan to cut these a bunch at a time. 
One box for templates, one for sashings and cornerstones...Looks good to me!
 
And for something completely different and for Whovians only: Look what DD and I came across in Birmingham!!!!
 
 OMG the Doctor IS real! He parked his Tardis at the BBC for safe keeping while out on an adventure, probably saving the world. By the looks of it, he really needs to get going again to get rid of all the dust..
 We also saw a Dalek. Though the sign said it was old, it was scary nonetheless.
Luckily the blue light didn't light up and we didn't get exterminated.....
Yep, both DD's and I LOVE Dr Who and we cannot wait to watch the first episode of the new season TONIGHT. Must say that I'm still not thrilled about Peter Capaldi being the Doctor, but that's no surprise after Matt Smith and David Tennant (my fav).
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