Wednesday, August 21, 2019

day 10 sandcastles and saying goodbye to my mom day 11

After the brunch trip with my mom and Lisbeth we drove back to my mom's house and she was really tired, so then Sonja and I went to see a sandcastle/sculpture event.
It was a famous event and artists from all over the world had created these large sand sculptures.
the theme for this year was "Vikings"
 so much details in all these!

There were also bronze and wooden sculptures

 and some were part of a permanent exhibition

 speak no evil, see no evil, hear to evil

 at one point we could walk on top of an area and see everything from up high

Pretty close to this area was a paper art museum, it was tiny and expensive, but Sonja had a good time, it was large paper cutouts and then she was given a piece of paper and pencil and a magnifying glass to go on a treasure hunt and find different things in the cut outs! 
she had fun doing that!

The next morning the weather was really nice and my mom was feeling well so we hung out and she was in her greenhouse a bit in the sun

 then in the afternoon we had to say goodbye and take the train back to Horsens
 The train was pretty full this time, the week before when we went north from Horsens it seemed a waste that I had paid and reserved seats but this time I was happy that I did! especially when traveling with a child and having suitcases with us!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Denmark trip day 8 and 9 still camping and then with my mom for a few days

Day 8 we were a bit by ourselves so Sonja and I played a round of miniature golf
 at night Camilla showed us how to play sequence and Sonja won- to the embarrassment of Camilla who always wins! (okay maybe she had a bit of help)
 The next day we went to bring my mom home and drop off our suitcases too then we went to Aalborg which I think is either the 4th or the 5th largest city in DK.
Sonja was in heaven when she found Beanie Boo's at a toy store (but why buy American toys in DK? okay I did buy her a small one)
 Then we went to a Chocolatier store, it's a really fancy chocolate store and we bought dessert for that evening.

We also got some hot chocolate with soft serve ice cream on top!
A lot of downtown streets in Denmark are cobble stone and only for pedestrians during business hours (deliveries are either before or after opening hours) here the stones were squares and triangles and I was thinking English paper piecing!
 our "mission" was to get a JEVA bookbag for Sonja from my mom, for Sonja's birthday, it's been a tradition that my mom bought the older kids a book bag like this before they started school and Solveig actually used hers from Kindergarten until 7th grade (it was only last year where she didn't "need" it and just used a big zipped up binder as her bag) so even though this was 2 years too late, my mom still insisted and the next Monday the kids in DK started school, so we were hoping for a sale, we didn't find a sale, more than we found empty shelves so it took 3 or 4 stores before we found the right book bag! (and for around $100! it was a bit pricey but it's a high quality bag and the guy at the store said that the company pays extra for the best quality zippers they can get- which is only $1.50 more! but well worth it)

We did quite a bit of clothes shopping as there were a lot of sales going on. I've noticed a trend that I don't see in the US, it's these loose fitting long dresses with often long sleeves too and usually a small calico floral print, it reminded me of the little house on the prairie!

One large apartment store had a roof top with a view over the city, the weather was getting bad but it was neat to see- also see the glass under Camilla's feet- you could see the people on the ground! - I don't know what floor we were on, but you can tell it's high up!

Then Camilla drove us back to my mom's house and we had more rye bread and fish and meatballs for dinner (some pre-packaged stuff I bought earlier)

and here's the dessert from the chocolate place, these are called cream balls!

They are sort of a marshmallow fluff filling but fluffier then a wafer cracker bottom and then covered in chocolate.

Here's my mom's cats btw, I forgot what this one's name was, maybe Ozzy?
 this is Gypsy
and this is Bella

The next morning we had breakfast/brunch at a local fancy restaurant, the other lady is Lisbeth who is a county/state contact person for my mom, she's done a lot for my mom this year and last, ever since Egon died.... she got assigned to my mom to help her with misc things, questions from the government or doctor's appointments etc.... lots of things and I think it's great as I'm not near by!
 we then went to another hard candy story- the same company just different location and recognize the guy?? he was in the other location two days before!
Here they are making blue strawberry candy and the pieces are cut by hand so they are triangles or large lollipops!

It started raining so we had to go, we drove down onto the beach and there were these white trailers/mini houses that's just in this specific spot in Denmark, they are little huts owned by families and generations, there's no power going to the houses, but it's a place to sit in or change clothes etc. but you can't sleep there! then every fall a truck comes and moves all the houses to storage for the winter and then brings them back in the spring time.

Oh and of course we had to get some more dessert!
they are both strawberry tarts but one with mousse instead.

Monday, August 19, 2019

QUBE Travel RR QAL block 8 finale!

Did you like last week's blocks? I know there were a lot!

This is the last week!! WOOHOO!
I'm loving all the pictures of everyone's tops, they are all amazing!

We just have the corner blocks and the borders to make today!

This week's block uses the 12" QUBE set, BUT don't be alarmed, you can fudge it and make it partly with the 6" QUBE set or just rotary cut it.

The corner blocks are made with dies #5 and 6 from the 12" QUBE set and the light blue (C) and Yellow (H)
With the yellow cut out (4) of #6 on point squares
and with light blue cut out (16) #5 triangles..... DID you know that die #5 from the 12" QUBE set is the same as #3 from the 6" QUBE set?? so if you just have the 6" set, then cut them out with that die instead and rotary cut the middle yellow. OR you can cut 16 yellow of the same size and just have HSTs that meet and give the illusion of a large on point square in the block, it's up to you.
 EQ said to cut 4 3/4" squares in yellow 
and the blue triangles are 3 7/8" squares cut diagonally.

It's easy enough to sew 4 of these On-point blocks together like this!

Now sew these together with last week's blocks and sew to the quilt and it looks like this!
it should now measure 42 1/2" x 48 1/2"

For the borders I used the 3 1/2" Strips cutter die (you can rotary cut or maker a larger or smaller border, that's up to you)

You can probably get away with cutting just 5 WOF strips, but I cut 6 just in case.
it's easy to layer 3 WOF strips on the die (folded of course) and cut out 6 at once!

cut 2 of the strips in half so they are approx 20" wide, (and I always trim the selvedges) then sew these to 4 longer pieces.

If you chose to cut 3 1/2" strips like I did, then all 4 strips should be trimmed to 48 1/2"

sew first to the sides, then top and bottom
and TADA!! it now measures 48 1/2" x 54 1/2"
you should be able to make binding from (6) WOF strips

I hope you had fun!! I sure did!

I've already had requests for another QAL- the 50 states quilt I made recently all with QUBE sets (6,8,12") If there's enough interest for it, I might start it in January so we'll be done by next Christmas! (Oh my, already thinking ahead to the end of 2020!)

Have fun finishing your quilts and don't forget to upload them to the QUBE facebook group!

Here's some pics from the last few weeks as I was in Denmark and just got back so I didn't upload pics from participants while I was gone

everyone has done such an amazing job on these, it's SEW much fun to see the different variations!
I hope you all had fun!!