Sunday, August 23, 2015

Weekend in Trysil Knuts fjellverden (weekend in the mountains)

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Thursday evening after work two friends picked me up and we drove up to the mountain.  With big backpacks and buckets in our hands we walked to the cabin.

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We went to look for the cloudberries when we arrived and found some litres.  But friday was the day for our long trip to look for the berries.  We spent over 5 hours out in the sun this day. And almost the same the next day. Today I stayed at the cabin, have got a bad cold, but I am so satiesfied with all the berries I picked the three other days.

I’ve got several questions about cloudberries and you can read about them here.

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I love to walk in the mountain.

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And with this beautiful weahter it felt good to just sit down and have a cup of coffee.

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Back home at the cabin …..

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……relaxing with cloudberries and cream.

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It has been a wonderful weekend.  I have enjoyed every minute.  And now I have made jam of the cloudberries.  My favorite jam !! 

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Of course I had brought some sewing in the backpack.  A quilter never leaves home without some sewing.  I almost ran out of sewing !!!!  All the hexagons I had brought was sewn together.  Next time I have to remember to bring some more sewing.

Thank you Britt and Bjørg for a wonderful weekend.

Saying for today:

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cabin trip with “Trådsnellene”

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For the first time in many year all “Trådsnellene” (the name of our quilt group) was able to join the fall long weekend reatreat at the cabin.  We have had such wonderful weather all weekend.  Been able to sit outside every day. Lot of laughter and chitter chatter.

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This year I did not bring my sewing machine.  Focus this weekend was my Stonefield blocks and handquilting on my Aunt Sarah quilt.  Out in the sun all day long, relaxing and just enjoying life.

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We had a lot of wind most of the days so we had to keep all our small pieces safe.  My blocks was several times hanging in a thin thread LOL. 

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Other girls had brought their sewing machines, and when the sun got to hot or the wind got to strong for my blocks outdoors, I spendt my time indoors with them.

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Time for some photoshoots.  Mette sewed a lot of these blocks during the weekend.

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Aud finished up several of these beautiful tablemats.

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Åse finished this beautiful table runner.

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Kjerstin worked on these tablemats.  Love the eyes of the owls.

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Anne Britts christmas table runner

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Mette is sewing tablemats for Christmas.

There was several other projects too, but when the photoshoot started a lot was already packed out in the car.  We always forget to take photos before packing.

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I finished six blocks for my Stonefields quilt.  Had planned to glue a lot of hexagons, but that was too boooooooring to do LOL  So relaxing to just do needleturn applique.

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But I handquilted my daily threads on my Aunt Sarahs quilt.  I am almost half way done with the quilting. It is a great idea to andquilt a few threads in the morning and a few threads in the evening.  Doing it this way my arms is still good, and I see the progress.

This has been a wonderful weekend with friends.

Saying for today:

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Stonefield quilt

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Of course I have started The Stonefields quilt.  Like so many of you, I could not resist this beautiful quilt. Love needleturn applique, love hexagons and I love flying geese.  This quilt has it all !!

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There has not been so many warm evenings this summer, but I have enjoyed the few ones out on my porch.

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For this quilt I will just try to use fabric from my stash.

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I have done a few blocks and hexagons.  And have prepped a lot of both.  Easy to just grab a block or some hexagons as a on the go sewing.

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A little layout so far of my blocks.  Think I am quite happy with the colours. 

Saying for today:

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Phebe top is finished !!!!

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I think I really deserves a glass of red wine right now . Today I finished the top of my Phebe quilt !!

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Today I could turn the page in this book over to the last page.

I started this quilt late september last year after have seen it on Quiltefestivalens quilt exhibition.    First time I got to see this quilt was in Shipshewana november 2013 and it was Edith who had made it.  I could not get this quilt out of my head, but I had no idea of making this BIG quilt with SO much work.  But when I saw this quilt again at the Quiltfestival here in Norway september last year, I knew I had to start sewing it.  I have had so much fun in the progress.  You all know I love to do needleturn applique and this quilt has a lot of it.

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Thanks to the rainy summer I have spendt a lot of time in the sewingroom. And one of my goals this summer vacation was to finish this top.

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I have experienced that a quilt this size weights a lot.  It was heavy and hard to handle some times.  And I wished I had a bigger ironing board.

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There has been A LOT of pinning the last days.  And sewing with lots of pins in the quilts hurts.  My arms and my tummy has got a lot of stings.

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Getting so into the sewing that you don’t notice that you runs out of thread in the bobbin is not so fun. Manage to sew almost two yards without noticing it.  So just pin it all over again, fill the bobbin and sew the seam again.

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It was a emotionell moment when I sewed the last inches.

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I have had no problems with the seams in this quilt.  I know where my 1/4 inch seam allowance on my Janome is.  And I sewed the sawtooth border as foundation paper piecing and did not remove the paper until the next border was sewed on.  Think that helped a lot getting the exact measurements for the borders.

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As you all know I love doing needle turn applique.  And this quilt has a lot.

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One thing I have to learn………check the quilt size ……..and understand how big 87x87 inches really are LOL   But now  when I can see this quilt covering the bed I am SO HAPPY I have made it.  Now I have to figure out how to quilt it.  Do I quilt it myself or do I send it away.  Have no idea yet.  Just want to enjoy the look of it for a while now and just relax with another SMALL project.

Saying for today:

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Quilt road trip summer 2015

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For several years now some friends and I have had a quilt road trip at this time of the year.  This year no exception, but one person could not join us this year.  We missed you Irene.

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First stop was of course Kathrines Quiltestue.

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Oh yes, some goodies in my basket for coming project (s).

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A little lunch out on the bench before entering Lappemakeriet.

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At Lappemakeriet we could enjoy the Hilde Kroghs exhibition.

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Lots of inspiration in this shop too.

Next stop was Hadeland Glassverk where we could enjoy Kaffe Fassetts exhibition.  Lots of inspiration and I got some favorites.

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This one is my number one favorite.

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Love this one too.

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To finish this day we had a lovely dinner at Oldemors Karjol. We have had a wonderful day with lots of inspiration and we all had fabric for new projects in our bags. 

Saying for today:

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