Thursday, January 22, 2015

A fast paced start to 2015.....


Yikes! I have neglected this blog and see this is the first post of the new year while January is already 3 weeks past. But I have not been sitting around....well once in a while with a good book....as I have many goals set for 2015. 

First I decided to set two goals for this year with one being in our home and another with my hobbies. I am striving to finish 15 UFOs this year. I need to make a dent in the quilt tops I have laying around! There is an entire closet with them (I kid you not!) hanging there crying out for some love and attention. This month I want to finish a doll quilt (right photo) from Humble Quilts quiltalong called Faithful. I had to sew on the already made up last two sawtooth borders and then add a last border. It took no time at all and I could sandwich it ready to start quilting this weekend. Why did I put it aside??? I love how it came out! 

I am also putting the border on my 50 Hearts Jubilee quilt. I want to be ready to sew a quilt label on it on the last day of my 50th year. I am sewing the quilt binding on by hand and then need to make the tunnel before I start to design a label. 


Our quilt group theme starts each year in January. This year we are making crazy quilts. I bought each person a cute Dutch gabled house (from Action) and they used them to practice drawing out their crazy quilt design on muslin and then sewing the block with ribbons or laces of their choice. Here is the sample block. Next month we practice stitches and then they can get started on their quilts. 


Jannie (no blog) and I have started a new project for our monthly lacemaking afternoons. We are working on Kantje Per Maand (Lace per month) which is a 40 month project to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the LOKK which is the Dutch lace organization. We are on the second lace piece now. When completed, we are sewing the laces onto a piece of linen and then to a wooden bobbin as a lace sampler. 

I am using my roll lace pillow for this project which is very dear to me. I bought this pillow at a lace market second hand. It was unique in that it had the roll pillow and a small square to use for most kinds of lace. However, it was looking very much the worse for wear. But I recovered the tatty fabric and then put a pretty old Dutch band around the edges. It looks like new again and is pretty just sitting in the living room.


Last but not least, my friend Mieke (no blog) and I are still working on the Scheepjes CAL 2014. We decided to give it our own twist. We are making two of each of the blocks posted then adding various other blocks to give us a sampler afghan when it is done. We get together once a week to work in it and enjoy a long lunch together. 

Heidi

12 comments:

  1. well first of all, you and Mieke just really get together to have fun and through in some crafts on the side. I hear about your days and your lunches and they sound sooo good.
    the lace cushion is great. I love it. You made it look new. Now as for the lace, you could NEVER convince me to take out those pins. I would be sure it would all fall apart. Of course, I cannot make bobbin lace so I will never find out. lol
    The quilts will be great as usual.
    Love you, Mom

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  2. Fabulous collection of projects you are working on.

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  3. Lovely collection of projects there Heidi! Nice crochet squares too ;) x

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    1. Thanks Hazel. I jump around with things all the time. The crochet squares are fun to make and I hope the afghan will turn out as I am seeing it in my minds eye. :-) Are you crocheting anything special right now???

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  4. Beautiful work Heidi, and how lovely to see your lacemaking again

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    1. Thanks Christine. I don't know why I never show my bobbinlace. I have a large project from last year that I am still working on. I will try and show it soon.

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  5. When do you sleep? You are so busy with wonderful projects. Is a tunnel on a quilt the same thing that we call a sleeve? Use for hanging the quilts. Are you going to use some of your bobbin lace on the crazy patch blocks?

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    1. Lol Marybeth...yes I do sleep and wish I could do more. But thanks. A tunnel is the same as a sleeve. I will not be using the bobbinlace on my latest crazy quilt but it is all lace...only store bought. I am making a tablecloth of floral fabrics with lace. It will be shared one day soon.

      Thanks for visiting. Do you have a blog?

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    2. I don't have a blog. I don't enough done to show or write anything of interest. I check in on your (2) sites at least once or twice a week. I worry about your health when you don't blog for quite a long time... and that is not meant to sound like I am stalking you. I love it when you talk about things in your country and what your groups are doing!! I do have a project to get started making a "tunnel" on...hehehe

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    3. That is so nice of you Marybeth! My health is not good but I just keep a smile on my face and my hands busy to not think too much about how I am feeling physically. It does help.

      I bet you have more to share than you think. Keep in touch as I love hearing from people reading my blogs. Hugs!

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  6. What amazing projects! You have many talents :)

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    1. Too many passions with my hobbies gets me into trouble Chris...lol. I have soooo much on the go! In fact, I just started a new crochet project over the weekend when I should be quilting that doll quilt. But since it is a birthday gift, that is allowed. Right? :-)

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