Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Winter Atmosphere Wall quilt / Wintry Atmosphere from Norway


I have not only made jack-this-and-jack-that the last days! :) (Although I'm going to make more jackseed paste today!) During the weekend I finished this small wall quilt, which I have called "Winter Atmosphere". The center is from a panel I bought at least 2 years ago, can't remember very well. Last year I added the sashing (border) around the picture, and that was it! I didn't know how to continue on it at that time. I got it out from its hiding place a couple of weeks ago - and this is how it turned out;
not that bad - huh?!


It took me some days to figure out how to do the quilting. I have a selection of the beautiful Superior Threads King Tut, which I decided to use. Here is a closer view of the quilting. It's the very first time I have done this kind of quilting. With more training it could have been better, I guess...


Since I have finished this wintry wall quilt, I thought it would be nice showing you some wintry photos from the area I grew up in Norway. My dear childhood friend Johnny was sent out (by me!) to take some photos yesterday, when he visited his mother, who lives on the neighbor farm - to my ex-farm.

I grew up here - my ex-farm. It has changed a bit since I sold it. The main house (part of it logs - very old) had to be pulled down due to big ants destroying the timber. I haven't seen the new house, only on photos. It was done after I settled here. The barn, cowshed, garage, wagon shed etc look the same, but they have been restored. To the right - where the bigger outbuilding is - our hen house used to be there. I know I have mentioned that to Vicki and Lori - ladies - here it was! :)
I don't know if the outbuilding can be called wagon shed? I have called it that, because we had 3-4 horse-drawn wogons- and sledge stored there. They were all from my partenal grandparents, who ran the farm before my parents. My grandfather - Hans - was a horse trader. At that time - he died in 1939 - cars were not common on the countryside, so they always went by horse-drawn wagons when shopping etc. They used to go approx 30 km (18 miles) to the main town - by horse. Thinking of it now - how hard and difficult their daily life was.... But, hadn't it been kind of romantic going 18 miles in a horse-drawn sledge?! The sledge we had wasn't as beautiful as the one on the quilt though! But it was a red sledge - with space for two persons and the coachman.  


My maternal grandparents lived here - on this beautiful cotter's farm. It didn't look like this when they lived there, it has been restored in later years.

My mom's uncle lived here - another cotter's farm - belonging to the same farm. This house is restored too and is situated just across the road from my grandparents home (previous photo). In between the two cotter's farms is an old saw mill, said to be built in the 1600th century. It had to close around 1950. My great-grandfather worked as a sawmiller there for many years. He lived in this house too.


The farm road is 3.2km ( approx 2 miles) from the main road. This is part of the landscape to the farm; the marsh. I used to go skiing here - wonderful skiing country! The marshland was turned into nature reserve in the 1980's - if I'm not mistaken...


Logging track. The track is for tractors only - no cars!

A big hug and thank you to Johnny for letting me use his photos! 

8 comments:

karenfae said...

what wonderful pictures Astrid - it sounds like you have a lot of nice memories of Norway and your childhood and whatever other years you lived there - and now making new memories in a totally different place! how lucky for you to have been able to experience two different life styles!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

karenfae said...

I forgot to mention that I like the wall hanging and the way you quilted it! I couldn't tell on the photo is that hand quilting or machine quilting?
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow, what a beautiful quilt!!! And lovely snow scenes...something we don't see much of here♥x

zarina said...

Your quilting looks good - all I do is either stippling or pebbling.
I wish our weather is like the pictures - its so unbearingly hot nowadays.

busymum100 said...

Astrid, your quilt is beautiful!! And the wintery pix are even fantastic. But I bet the temp is too cold to my liking, though...

I bet you get homesick thinking of the old place, and your childhood. I do..

Mrs Moen said...

I'm curious, where is this?

Princess Closet said...

perfect finish dear, I love yr quilts. the green and reds make it very christmasy too.

Alison said...

Hi Astrid! Finally I'm back to your blog! loved the Christmas quilt - and enjoyed the jack-fruit jam story. You're an industrious person ! I've heard about jack-fruit, but I don't think it grows in South Africa. Perhaps on our very tropical coastline, I must find out.