Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Klosjes Saturday as we welcome the first day of SPRING...

This is my first week making these cute little Klosjes'. I love them, but more important, it is my first time hand stitching and I LOVE HAND STITCHING! I wish I would have attempted this years ago. I am so excited about it, I keep thinking of all the different patterns I can do by hand. :) The hardest part is the tracing and cutting out of the pieces, all I want to do is get to the stitching. Hmmm, maybe I can pay the kids to do the tracing and cutting out!!!?? ;)
The two spools on the bottom right are gorgeous prints given to me by Ann. I love the warm tones. It's too bad this photo does not really show the colors as they really are. I can see myself purchasing warmer tones next time I'm out at the quilt shop. For now though, I have enough fabric to keep me stitching these for a long time.

Today started out a beautiful day for the first day of spring in Oregon! The sun was shinning and all you could hear was the humm of lawn mowers all throughout the neighborhood. I took full advantage of that warm sun and did some yard work of my own. I pulled weeds, pruned bushes and had my youngest son mow all the lawns. The yard looks great!!! Flowers are blooming, trees are budding and allergies in our house are in full force! :) In this photo you can see the white buds all over the trees. At first glance I think it's snow.
This afternoon after working in the yard I made Peanut Butter Blondies! Two things we love in our house, peanut butter and chocolate. :) These brownies are so good. I thought I would share a piece with you, hope you like it. ;)


  1. This is the most beautifully written post Jan, I just wanted to sit with you, enjoy a coffee and brownie together and sew some klosjes! Just lovely! Your klosjes are stunning and I am so pleased you are converted to hand piecing!!!

  2. Wow, that's really nice of you to say Ann. I wish we could have that sit-n-sew. :)Maybe over Skype one day.
    Thanks for inspiring me to learn to hand piece. xoxo

  3. I want to sit and sew with your guys, too! Oh, Jan, I was right there in the garden pulling weeds with you! :) and then sharing a lovely treat with you and Ann! :)
    And your Klosjes are truly lovely. Oh what fun!
    I would love to share a little tip with you: I found that sewing all the 'flaps' around the central square first and then coming back and sewing the diagonals cuts your stitching time in half! :) Thanks for brownie! I hear someone screaming Mama!

  4. Thanks for the tip Valentina! :) I can use all the tips I can get.
    It's always nice to share a virtual treat. :) Wish we could do it in person.


  5. Well done Jan...yes, your hooked now!
    Hand stitching is a great way to sit and relax, I love it too..
    By the way, I do mine like Vanentina suggested.
    wouldn't it be great to sit and sew Klosjes together,,,oh and eat cake!

  6. ME TOOOOOOO ! I want a cuppa' with you (with a nice piece of cake) and then ENJOY piecing our "klosjes" together ;>) ....
    Yours are gorgeous, dear Jan and I'm so happy for you. I'm sure you're gonna make so many of them, and then put them together in a wonderful quilt ! Most of all, I'm feeling so happy that you're loving the handpiecing process. Isn't that wonderful indeed ?
    You're on a roll now. ENJOY !

  7. Yes girls, it would be so, so nice. :) Thanks for the comments on my spools. I really have enjoyed this. I am toatlly hooked on hand piecing and am already looking forward to what ever else I can hand piece.
    Have a great week and see you next Saturday! :)


  8. The Klosjes look wonderful Jan, as does that brownie! Hand piecing is a lot of fun.

  9. Lovely photo. Would you share your recipe?!!?