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.

Saying for today:

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.

Saying for today:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Using every tiny little scrap of fabric

Always fun when some of your childern have requests for some quilty stuff.  When I was in Shipshewana last november I bought some yellow fabrics and my daughter loved them.  I have already made one tablerunner and six place mats.

And now a new request came.  She wanted another tablerunner.  Now I did not have that much fabric left, but I told her I would try to make something out of this.

I had seen one tablerunner on net that I thought was really nice.   I had no pattern, but it was so easy to cut the pieces and make the best of what I had.  On the first tablerunner and the placemats I had added some grey chambrey and so I did on this tablerunner to.

The quilting is just straight lines.  Easy, fun and fast. 

I was wondering if I had enough fabric to make the binding.  But with all the scraps I had sewed together I made it all around.

 Out on the porch today.  Lovely sun and so warm that I could sit there and sew down the binding.  First time sewing out on the porch this spring.  Hope there will be many many more warm days.

And this is the finished table runner.  I really like the result and will make some more of these.

And as you see there is not much left of the three fabrics I bought.  Happy dancing!!  It feels good to have used the fabric to the last piece !!!!!!

Or can I make a tiny little thing of these scraps????  

Saying for today:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March quiltmeeting - visit by Karmaquilt

Monthly quiltmeeting in my quilt guild today.  And we had invited Marianne from Karmaquilt to visit us and to tell about her work as a longarm quilter.  She does some amazing quilting and she had brought with her A LOT of wonderful quilts.  Just enjoy her show and tell and get inspired.  Just remember it is one thing to see the photos here on my blog, another thing is to see these quilts for real. They were amazing. 

This is the back
on the quilt below

This is the back
on the quilt below

This is the back
on the quilt below

And this is the back
on the quilt below

Some amazing quilting, don't you agree !!
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