Category Archives: Klosjes

Being Creative

Hey fabric lovers and makers of many wonderful things, how are you? All kinds of things going on around here and I’m sure you would report the same. Summer is just moving right along. Pretty soon the weather will change (eventually, not soon) and it’ll be time for my bundled cable contract to end. Changes will be made.

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I am still quilting when I can, I still have the desire so from time to time I work on stuff. The design wall continues to grow. Missing from this photo is one more red and toile Ocean Waves unit and close to finished additional Winding Ways block. It’s an extra good sign when I work on an Ocean Waves block.

spoolsCute Alert! I found these three-inch cuties cleaning house. I counted how many and apparently didn’t write it down.   I do recall thinking I have enough for setting a smaller size lap. I’m not sure where I’m going with this except to remember it would be a fun one to finish up. It might be a while though. I’m a little distracted. If you look below you’ll see why…

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This summer I took a Watercolor Workshop from my cousin Guy.  I’ve been thinking about doing this for well over a year.  I felt so certain this would be the perfect creative outlet for me to explore. Based on the look in this photo I think I was right on that. There is so much to learn, practice and play with – a perfect journey really.

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Here you can see all our paintings. Gosh y’all, it was so much fun. I need Watercolor Supplies now – of course I do. There will be a fabric sale, friends. Watch this space!!! :)

In the reading department I’m currently enjoying The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. Not my genre but I thought an easy, quick read. Wrong. Interesting, lengthy and in places a slog to get through and yet, it’s good.

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Earlier this summer I really took a leap out of my genre. I don’t read mystery/thrillers. I’ll do Sci-Fiction and Fantasy before I’ll do a Mystery/Thriller but this was recommended to me. My Aunt has good taste so I trusted her judgement and read The Yard by Alex Grecian. 5 Stars!!  The story was great, the history of forensics was kind of cool and the writing was just perfect, so well crafted. This is one I would recommend. 13056152

I’d  also like to recommend you have a continued good day and until we meet again…

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The Trend at LeeHaven

Belle Meade by Bonnie Blue
Robyn Pandolph fabric

At this rate I should be finished with this one sometime in the timeless future.  This UFO has called me for days.  Yesterday I pulled the original blocks (not seen here) and boy are they shabby.  I think they’ll work but I am considering placing them in the pile of un-sewing.  I have a whole pile of blocks from another project that must be unsewn due to my ability to flake out entirely during the quilting process.  I’m saving this pile for some evening soon. 

Looking at it up on my wall makes me think it just might turn out pretty.  I know that when I started this one I wanted pretty.  I can see it.  I love fabric.  It’s so, so pretty!  And this project has pretty floral buds in it.  Oh so pretty. 

I think the green makes it a little trendy and I don’t like that but I guess I let myself “go.”  One of the reasons I like Reproductions so much is they’re meant to be old, Antique and not current or trendy.    Of course I can get caught up in trendiness. 

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Check out my Klosjes from the Quilt Retreat on the right of  Design Wall #2.  The Klosjes are a trend that started oversee’s and I’m thrilled I joined in.  I’m continuing on…

I learned when at retreat piecing is shabby, sorry and messy!  I did my cutting before I left but there’s no help for it.  My spools are a wreck when I’m out having fun.  I’m using them anyway but I’ll quarantine them so I know what I’m piecing when I pull that quilt together. 

Progress continues on the Rob Peter to Pay Paul blocks.  They can be easily hand or machine pieced.  Mostly I machine.  Goes quicker and it’s a good skill builder.

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A Brief Guide to Life
And as always, these rules are meant to be broken. Life wouldn’t be any fun if they weren’t.
the brief guide
less TV, more reading
less shopping, more outdoors
less clutter, more space
less rush, more slowness
less consuming, more creating
less junk, more real food
less busywork, more impact
less driving, more walking
less noise, more solitude
less focus on the future, more on the present
less work, more play
less worry, more smiles
breathe
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Be Well, *karendianne.

Design Walls

It looks like June 12 was the last time I posted updated Klosjes.  I don’t see any duplicates here from that June 12th post so this might be a fresh batch.  I like the new upper left purples in this batch.  I have more purple in my stash but I remember day.  Ahhh.  There were 1/2 yds that needed to be cut down.  I didn’t have the endurance that day and put them all up! 

Then I switched to black since I needed to built up that color.  Enjoyed that.  All fats.  I must have been feeling poor when I was purchasing black for my stash.

Can’t go by without my latest project inspired by Wanda.  I’m getting ready to take down this set and start another batch of these blocks with the killer scraps from Julie.   There’s someone that already wants this.  I’m not in the giving mood here quite yet.  I need some space!!!  It’s a story not worth your time which makes me wonder why is it worth mine?

There often isn’t much worth discussing going on around here but I did grab my keys and head on over to a friends house on Tuesday for some lunch and some stitching time.  I had a delightful time, truly delightful.  It was so nice to get out and share some time with like-minded folks.  Lunch was great, too!  A yummy spinach salad with killer dressing and the best dessert.  It was a sort of cobbler type treat with fresh, fresh peaches. 

Got me thinking.  We so often stop to say “thank you” to our Local Quilt Shops for being in business & we work to support them but I wonder if we thank the kind souls that open up there homes to us?  Do we thank them for giving of themselves in this way to help make our craft a continual part of our life in an enjoyable, peaceful setting?  I’m surely thankful and appreciative.  Makes me wonder if I had a lovely home, would I open it up to friends like this?  I’m kind of a hermit by nature so it might be hard!

Oh, and one last thing.  I did come home with the absolute perfect backing for my Cheddar quilt and you’re going to ask me “where’s the picture?”  darn.  Sorry about that.  Next post.  …or when I get it quilted with the cute Baptist Fan because I’m such a BF junkie!

Thanks for taking the time to sit and share with me for a couple minutes.  Now that I’m sitting here I could share so much more because I guess a few things do come to mind.  Oh well, maybe next post.  I better make a note so I don’t forget!

Warmly and with a big huge smile, *karendianne.

Death by Cheddar – Flimsy (no border) Finish

“Death by Cheddar” continues to live up to the name.  It was hot outside so the photo is what it is.  Probably needs more blocks but I doubt anything is going to happen except borders so I can be done here.  I’m going to push on through and get some borders on this baby and be finished with it.  It’s kinda small, too.  That’s a bummer.  Too baddd, sooo saddd

I had nothing but problems getting the sashing together.  One thing after another.  The stupid little things that happen.  The placement of the blocks/rows is not what was planned.  Had to re-work that plus get the seam ripper out.  I really messed the placement up!!!  But…

Anyway, I pushed on through and got it this far and I’m going to push on through and get the borders going.  It’s not that I don’t want to have a cute quilt but I’m ready to get this baby done. 

This week’s batch. 
3 with centers not pieced.  A little variety… 

Klosjes Tossed with Gratitude

I’m not sure if you’ll recall but my klosjes are representative of  the Great Recession.  You see, as with other items, thread is rationed.  That’s why we have such skinny centers.  However the thread color this week is a display of Va-Rie-Ty!  The black market was good to me!  ;) *wink*

I was nice to work with the black market instead of being on the couch.  Felt fantastic yesterday.  Sewed with absolute abandon.  It was a full Gratitude Day!  I’m mean.  I’m sayin’.  Everything aligned.  I made a decision.  I trusted myself on a fabric and setting for the Slice of Cheddar blocks.  A different setting from anything else I’ve tried to date.  I worked almost two rows together and my friends, oh, oh, oh you know what?  It’s so stinkin’ cute I can’t stand it.  As a matter of record, I sorta strained my shoulder in the process!

Creatively injured, *karendianne. who is definitely channeling her inner Goddessa  Binx-self.

(ps:  I’ll share a picture after I get at least three rows together)

Variety is the Spice of Life

Strawberry Fields in progress, Klosjes and an Orphan block.  All within my sights. I must admit the bottom block doesn’t fit the definition of “orphan” since I do know this baby wasn’t abandoned. Not exactly.  She was simply an extra, along with a stack of others.  Multiple quadruplets.  
She’s not an orphan because the “parent” work is here.  She comes from this quilt  Daphanie made which I found in one of the bags.  Tom says she didn’t particularly like it.  I’ve sent it back to her best friend. It’s to be quilted, bound and kept with the rest of her work.  As for the extra blocks – I’ll be making something with those.  No use letting a stack of perfectly pieced blocks go to wast I always say!!!  Or do I say that?

Daphanie loved Redwork so I’ve brought back some things to take that up.  There are some blocks actually but I didn’t photograph them.  For your viewing pleasure here’s a lovely piece by Lynda Knott.  Inspiring isn’t it?   I doubt I’ll be able to achieve anything this amazing but I’ll be looking back to this as the direction I want to go.

I think I’ll continue to be distracted with Inklingo for a bit longer though.  Here’s what a “peel” from the Alabama Beauty looks like coming off the printer.  You should be able to see the stitching lines if you click on the pic.

Freezer paper and fabric. Gotta love it.



Let me leave you with the wish that we all be fortified with strength, peace and health.  In all areas of our lives.   I know I could use some fortification.  


With much appreciation for all the delight you share and bring, *karendianne.