Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In the mood for crocheting and quilting


Tuesday again and time to show some progress on my Mood Blanket. I just added a lilac/creative square. Yesterday was purple again and it made me think of Marsha's sweet comment. She said she wished she could visit me on purple days. That would be fun! But I also need to explain about the purple/lonely squares. 

I am never lonely...it is just a rare thing for me to feel if you use it in the sense that most do. For me the lonely days are the days that Jos is working out of the country. This year has seen him constantly running to Switzerland or England. Each departure day has been marked by a purple square. One is not marked since he had to go to London for a meeting. He flew over and back in the time he would normally be away at his office and was back home for dinner. That was a happy day as I did not have to miss him. 

I am linking to Hazel's blog today with my progress...

Het is al dinsdag dus weer tijd om mijn Mood Blanket te laten zien. Net een lila/creatief blokje gehakt. Gisteren was paars en ik moest denken aan Marsha. Wat een lieve reactie van haar! Maar even een uitleg over de kleur paars. Ik ben bijna nooit eenzaam maar paars is voor mij het kleur als Jos moeten reizen. Hij werkt veel in Zwitzerland en Engeland sinds het begin van het jaar. De dag die hij weg moet is paars.


It is spring here in Holland! We have been having some beautiful sunny days. I decided to go sit outside and work on my heart jubilee quilt today. Danielle thought I was using wool fabric and did not have a seam allowance. It is not wool but woven Japanese fabrics. Many years ago, I bought some at De Lander is Bruges, Belgium. They were put away knowing one day I would have a special project to use them for and this heart quilt was just the right one. 

Het is lente! Ik ben in de tuin met mijn quilt gaan zitten. Heerlijk toch. Danielle dacht dat ik met wol werkte dus geen naadtoeslag maar het zijn de bekende Japanse stofjes ... geweven dus. Jaren geleden gekocht in Brugge om te bewaren voor iets bijzonders. Mijn 50 harten zijn bijzonder. 


I am using a simple method to appliqué my hearts. First trace the heart on the back of the fabric. With a really sharp small pair of scissors, clip the seams all the way around the heart. The cuts must be deep stopping just before the drawn line. 

Ik gebruik een makkelijk methode om te appliqueren. Teken de hart aan de achterkant van de stof. Met een scherpe schaar knipjes geven tot net voor de getekende lijn.


Using a glue pen, trace the line just inside the drawn line. 

Met een lijmpen trek je een lijn net binnen de getekende lijn. 


Now using a seam ripper, press on the drawn line and fold the seam over onto the glue line. This method give you a nice sharp edge to then hand appliqué your heart to the background fabric. 

Met een tornmesje druk je tegen de lijn en vouw je de naad naar binnen over de lijm heen. Jij hou een scherpe rand over om te kunnen appliqueren met de hand. 


To share a little spring from our garden here are my grape hyacinths, daffodils and hearts ease (a favorite of mine). 

Nog een blik van mijn tuin met onder andere bosviooltjes zo lief!


Heidi

14 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your applique quilt. Your sewing is always so beautiful!

    I know what you mean about being ok with being alone unless your husband is gone overnight. One night I can manage but more than that is lonely. I miss him. Thankfully it's rare! Hoping you don't have too many lonely days!

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    1. Thanks Jackie! I am enjoying making it with the knowledge I have all year to get it done. No pressure and yet I want to work on it. It is easy to take along too.

      Funny how you never feel lonely until that special man in your life is away. Even if we are both in the house doing different things, it is the knowing he is there that gives a warm and comfortable feeling.

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  2. My husband used to travel all the time. The company policy was after 6 weeks gone your wife could visit you. Kept him gone 5 weeks at a time. And that's when we had 3 little kids. It was awful. Hope not too many purple days the rest of the year.

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    1. Thanks again Marsha! I do wish you could stop by and visit. Oh the fun we would have. Purple seems to be in the blanket for the time being. Jos might be off to Switzerland again in the coming weeks. How funny it will look if it ends up only in the first part of my blanket. But how happy I will be if it is not...lol.

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  3. The crochet blanket is looking lovely. The turned under edges on your appligue patches are ingenious

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    1. It works so easily with the glue pen Christine. Are you still crocheting some? I have only seen stitching on your blog and wondered if you are still doing it.

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  4. As usual you are a busy bee. I just read three books and now starting on the fourth one. Three were Nora Roberts and now Debbie Macomber. All were Nook and Kindle deals. You are very clever doing those hearts the way you did. They sure are looking nice as you make them. You mood blanket is sure coming along. You are all caught up now. Quilt night tonight, hope you have fun. Say hi to the ladies for me.
    Love Mom

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    1. Now where did I get my bee-like qualities Mother??? And how thankful I am for Audible and being able to read and do my handwork at the same time!

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  5. Awww its kind of sweet and sad that your purple squares represent that, its good to see that there aren't too many! Although they do look very nice in your blanket!

    Your fabric heart is absolutely lovely!

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    1. Thanks Hazel. Yes it is bitter and sweet at the same time. It is good that I miss my DH but it is such a happy day when he comes back. He just arrived last night just before midnight so this week is past. So far there is not a trip in the planning and I hope he is home now for a while.

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  6. Gorgeous hearts and GREAT tutorial, dear, THANKS a bunch (I'm always having problems with the inner V of the heart)...
    Oooh, I just LOVE LOVE that mood blanket! Such a wonderful idea! Is it too late to participate ? What are the rules ? How do I proceed ?
    Keep calm Nadine! (my grandmother used to say : hold your horses!) *Ü*
    Yes, it's spring here in Belgium, as well. Isn't that lovely, indeed ?

    With apologies for this late visit to your blog, I'm sending my best thoughts to you, dear Heidi. Enjoy your stitching and crochet !
    XOXOXOXOXO
    NADINE

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    1. Thanks Nadine! The V of the heart comes together very nicely this way and I take and extra stitch right in the middle to keep it secure. Sent you an email about the mood blanket guidelines.

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  7. Thanks for showing how the turned under edges work, i am keen to learn new things and this was my lesson for today!
    Nice crochet work too.

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