Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lazy summer days

Feels so good to have some lazy summer days.  Have had summer vacation for a whole week now and still have two weeks left to just relax. I really needed some days off from work to get better from my vertigo.  The world has been spinning for some weeks, but I start to feel better now. 

The weather has been perfect. Sun and outdoor sewing.  Some thunder storms with rain, but then it is perfect to be in the sewingroom. 

The first days of my vacation Hanne came visiting me.  I really needed some vitamin Q.  And Hanne inspired me to start sewing some blocks for The Chapman Quilt.



This is like cady.  So fun to sew these cute blocks.  And digging through my scrapbox it is like meeting old friends again when I pick up fabrics.  



Then I visited my friend Irene at the cabin for some days.  Can  it be better than this??  With our sewingmachines out on the porch.  


Sewed this small pouch.  The pattern is Anni Downs, but I sewed it together my way.  This is the front......


.....and this is the back.


Visiting Kathrines Quiltestue some weeks ago I bought a new kind of batting and I made this bag at the cabin. Think I will love this bag because of the shape and the size.




We did not just sew this weekend. A little trip out on the mire to look for cloudberries.


Yummy......this is my favorite berries.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Quilters on a road trip

Every year at this time four friends are going on their roadtrip to some quiltshops.  And today was the day for this years roadtrip.

First stop was at Merethes Quilteloft.  No photos from this shop.  Still was a bit dizzy from my yesterdays migraine attack, so I just concentrated to get my batting and backing.  And a Sewlite for my sewingmachine!!!!!  I have had this on my wishlist for a long time.  No I can get wonderful sewinglight at my sewingmachine.


Next stop at Kathrines Quiltestue.  The shop opened again yesterday after having big water leak some months ago.  The shop is now so light and inviting, with lots of inspiring quilts on the walls and loads of temptations.














Always so nice to visit Kathrines Quiltshop.  


For lunch we drove to Svartskog Kolonial.  A little old shop changed into a cafetaria that serves sandwiches, soup and cakes. 


Look at those floor tiles.  Looks like a quilt.


Back home again with all my treasures.  

Thanks to Bjørg who was a exellent and safe driver. And thanks Britt and Irene for wonderful company.  A day filled with laughter, inspiration and fun...........and empty wallets LOL.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Having fun with UFO's

Hello friends, I'm still here.  Not so very activ on my blogging.  I am mostly on Instagram and facebook groups. 

Time to put an update on my blog now.  And hope (can't promise anything) to be more active here on my blog in the future.  There has been (and are still) much going on at work with BIG reorganizing. I am so happy I have my sewing.  Spending time in my sewingroom is so theraphy.

So what has been going on in my sewingroom.  The UFO's has flying around the whole house.

 Floral Beauty (design Irene Blanck) was published in Simply Vintage magazine in 2012 and I started imidiately on this project when I got the magazine.  As you all know I LOVE needleturn applique and this was really a challenge with all its points and corners.  But I have had so much fun.  When I pulled it out from its box I had 23 blocks finished and 2 prepped to sew.  Why did I put it away?  I decided to make a 5x5 row quilt. Finished up quickly the last two blocks and started to sew the sawtooth border. The best way to do sawtooth borders is to draw it on freezerpaper and sew it onto the paper.  Makes the border fits perfectly.



And this is how my Floral Beauty looks like.  I am so happy how it turned out.  And the size is perfect to hang several places in my house.  Now I just have to baste it and figure out how to quilt it.  Because of all the layers of fabric in the applique I think it has to be machine quilted.  Will search on the internet to see if I can get ideas from how other quilters have quilted their Floral Beauty.



Next UFO to come out of the box was these Sunburst blocks.  The quilt is called Bordering the Nineteenth Century from Carolyn Konigs book One Stitch at a Time. Have had fun piecing together the remaining prepped blocks.


The original quilt has 8x8 rows, but I sewed togehter the blocks I had pieced and made a 6x8 row quilt.  One block leftover and that one will finally go on the back as a label.  Now I am looking for a fabric to make a border.  


Looking for another needleturn applique projects this UFO turne up.  Several years ago I made Sue Daleys basket quilt .  I love baskets and decided make these baskets in a reduced size.  It is reduced 50% and so fun working on these again.  And with new glasses my sewing goes so much easier.


And with two basted quilts ready to be machine quilted and still lots of old projects (and new ones) I know I will have plenty of fun sewing time in my sewing room. 

Sunday, May 08, 2016

A wonderful warm and sunny weekend


This long weekend has been wonderful.  The sun has been shining and I have spendt a lot of time out on the porch.  Today we are celebrating the Norwegian Liberation day.


I have done all the applique on my Christmasquilt (which is a very old UFO).  And early this morning I sewed on the binding.  But it has been to hot to have this big quilt in my lap to sew down the binding.  So I save the binding for colder days, or warm nights out on the porch.



 I am so happy it is finished (well..... almost finished) and this one will bring back a lot of good memories of my mother now.  Looking forward to have it up on my wall next Christmas.


It has been the warmest day this year so far and I needed some easy sewing.  Looking throught my boxes I found this UFO.  Do not understand why I put it aside, because I really like these blocks.  It is from Carolyn Konigs book Creating Heirlooms.


36 blocks was already done.  A lot of blocks prepped ready to be finished.  Happy sewing.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Spring trip to the cabin


Seven ladies at the cabin last weekend. And we had perfect sewing weather.  We all long for sun and warm weather, but this weekend we had snow and cold winds.  Perfect to stay indoors and just sew. Not much space, but we always find a way to sew.


One old UFO had come with me on this trip and I sewed it together and glue basted it on the bedroom floor.  Think I started this table cloth at a workshop in 2007-2008.


Started to quilt it on a table out in the hall.  Sitting there I had plenty of space to do my machinequilting.


Another UFO was a Christmas wallquilt designed by AnnAKa in 2011.  I worked on all the stitcheries while sitting by my mothers side in the hospital.  But when she passed away I did not felt for sewing on it again, it brought back to many bad memories. But now, several years later I really love working on this quilt, and now it brings back all the good memories of my mother and I sewing together.  I managed to sew the quilt together this weekend and today I have basted it.  Ready for quilting and then doing the last applique on it.  Looking forward to put it on my wall next Christmas.


I had some  tiny scraps leftovers from my previous post (challenge to myself).  And I made a little mug rug.  Those tiny tiny scraps that are left now I allowed myself to throw away.  Mission completed, ALL the yellow fabric is used !!!! 

While visiting my friend Deb in Ohio last november I fell in love with some log cabin table cloths that she had made.  I wanted to make one for myself.  And when I bought Jo Mortons new book "Jo's little favorites" I knew I had to make the one that was in the book.


 I added some more rows to make it bigger.  So fun to sew, and I know I will make more of these.



 This is a box with small Moda HoneyBun strips I got as a gift many years ago.  I have now sewed them together and my plan is soon to make some makeup bags.


The cabin trip was last weekend, and this weekend I have quilted the log cabin table cloth and I have sewed down the binding on both.  Two new table cloths on my rack.  Happy happy.



Love this one !!


And already a finish for next Christmas.

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