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Tuesday, January 31, 2017


it has been the coldest january in southern Germany since 1987,
so for 30 years.
but what i did not suppose: i enjoyed it.
because it brought snow that turned not into mud after two days,
the harshness provided a good grip without becoming slippery.
many People were cross-country skiing (not me;)),
but it was good for Walking, too.
super fresh air.
i forgot the dreary days (the glass is half full, you know;)) -
we had quite some sunshine in between.
but cold. always freezing grades.
the nights often with double-Digit minus Celsius grades.

(edit: via Ulrike i came to tabea´s blog with the challenge to Show a view from the same Point throughout the year - twelve photos, one each month. as i come along here quite often on my Walking route, i choose this one to be my first photo...)
time for nice warm Drinks when coming back home...
the last Weekend the sun invited for a last White walk,
as now the temperatures are rising and rain will destroy the White beauty.

steadily my heap of number patches is growing...

and combined with "blank" patches i started sewing some of them together -
the beginning of a new blanket.

all hand-sewn, of course.

Meditation, joy...


  1. I'm in LOVE. I love how the blanket is turning out, how incredible your hand stitch is, and how your winter has been so enjoyable. But, perhaps most of all, I would love to share some of that hot chocolate with you.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful blanket, your great photos, and your hot chocolate with us for T this Tuesday.

  2. Seit 30 Jahren der kälteste Januar...das hätte ich jetzt gar nicht gedacht... aber mit dem Schnee und dem doch häufigen Sonnentagen hab ich es gar nicht als so schlimm empfunden. Tolle Winterfotos!
    Jetzt ist es allerdings wieder nasskalt-grau geworden - aber schon wieder länger hell!
    Oh, dein Zahlen-Quilt wächst ja schon - sieht richtig frisch aus in diesen Farben!
    Da hast du aber einige verschiedene Projekte am Laufen, wenn ich mich an die Reste-Quarters der letzten Woche erinnere...
    Frohes Schaffen dann noch!
    Lieben Gruß von Ulrike

  3. Pleased you enjoyed the snow and the cold.

    Your patches look fantastic and great standout colour choices

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. Your blanket is going to look fabulous, the colours are good together.
    Super winter photos and hot chocolate to enjoy when its cold, yummy.
    Happy T Day
    Yvone xx

  5. It has been very cold here too (I hate having to scrape the car windows in the mornings!), but it has brought some lovely sunrises and sun sets and your photos of the winter scenery are beautiful, Johanna.
    Your blanket looks amazing already -it will just be fabulous when it is finished. Jx

  6. Sounds like you are having the perfect weather for quilting. :) Loving your patches and the piece you are making from them. I agree-- snow can be so pretty, when its not brown and dirty and turning to mud. We've turned back to cold temperatures. Its so chilly. Happy T day! Hugs-Erika

  7. Very cool how your numbers are coming together Johanna!
    I agree with you about the beauty of snow. A blanket of white transforms everything it touches insulating the normally harsh sounds outdoors. I am still waiting for more than just a snow "shower" here in Virginia. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos!
    Happy T Day oxo
    p.s. glass half full YES there is so much to be grateful for

  8. Love that tin that keeps the cocoa! So nice to have cozy indoor things to do when it's so cold outside. Your new quilt is very cool! Happy T day

  9. Johanna i'm glad your glass is half full!:) I still have my fingers crossed for some snow this year... but so far no luck..and time is running out... Love your pictures and LOVE that you are hand sewing your quilt... such a lot of work but i think i would find it meditative too.. Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  10. Ich bin begeistert von dieser Nummern Quilt Schönheit! Das sieht total gut aus! Oh ja .. ein echt kalter Winter heuer - und - stimmt - 1987 - das kann zusammenpassen zeitlich mit meiner Erinnerung - das ist der Winter wo wir damals mit den Matratzen ins WZ zum Ölofen gesiedelt sind in der Nacht , weil das Schlafzimmer einfach zuuuu kalt war zum schlafen brrr.
    Die guten alten Daunendecken aus meiner Kindheit hatten wir damals schon nicht mehr
    hab die Kälte nie gemocht- und jetzt ist mir sowieso immer noch kälter als in meiner Jugend )
    Happy T-Day liebe Johanna, bei uns ist auch so ein eigenartiger Schneeregen heute komisch bei 5 Grad minus..hoffentlich passiert nicht wieder so viel auf den Strassen!

    Liebe Grüße Susi

  11. I LOVE the bright sunny, crisp, cold days, beautiful photos.
    Your new blanket is looking fabulous, I really like the numbers idea, and your color theme.
    Happy T-day

  12. Your new blanket is fabulous, I love the patches you have created from the numbers - amazing! The snow is so beautiful and there is nothing better than walking in fresh snow to appreciate all it"s magical beauty. Wishing you the happiest of T Days! J :-)

  13. Oh, that snow! I'm glad you were able to enjoy it. We get snow so seldom here, and it often doesn't stick or only lasts through a day. Thx for sharing your pictures :) Happy T Tuesday!

  14. This post is beautifully written, Johanna. It was like reading a poem. You should add poet to your resume ;-)

    The quilt is coming along beautifully, too.

    Happy T Day!

  15. It looks very very cold, but beautiful. I love the idea of a blanket with numbers. You're right about hand stitching being meditative. I prefer it over machine stitching. So often when I use the machine, the thread jams, which does not leave me feeling relaxed.

  16. Your blanket looks amazing! I love seeing your snowy photos but I don't think I would enjoy the cold so much! Have great week! Chrisx

  17. We are having a mild winter here so far... glad you didn't mind the harshness of yours. Love what you are doing with the numbers ♥♥♥

  18. Wie klasse, dass du mit dem Birken-Blick auch mit eingestiegen bist... ich freu mich drauf, wenn sie dann hellgrün wird!
    LG Ulrike

  19. Number patches...Brilliant! your creative combinations with fabric and thread are awesome! enjoyed your lovely winter photos, as here in the U.S where I am, it is indeed the muddy grayness you described. Happy T day...on Wednesday! ;)

  20. I am envious as we are having what I think is the warmest winter on record with miserable warmish days and no snow lying on the ground at all.
    I therefore love all your wintry photos here with the clear skies of winter.
    Again you are doing something different with your textiles, a numbers blanket, what fun and originality.

  21. Oh das sieht ja super aus. Tolles Projekt wieder.
    LG Carola


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