Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Focus project

I'm back at work and I miss my quiet mornings with hand stitching.  Now I just have to enjoy my evening stitches.

I have decided to have focus on a few projects the rest of august and in september (and maybe the rest of the year if I do not get side tracked LOL). I like to switch between different tecniques. 







EEP focus:  I recently joined the Round We Go Bom (design Sue Daley) and this will be my "on-the-go" project.  I have prepped some more blocks and this is perfect to bring with me on visits, waitingrooms and more.  So far I have received three months and this is the blocks I have made so far.  



Needleturn applique focus:  I have noe done any needleturn applique for a time now and I missed it so much.  Needleturn applique is my favorite tecnique.  So I started to sew Gossip In The Garden (design Hatched and Patched) and I looooooooove doing needleturn applique againg. Part one is done and I am sewing on part 2.




Stitchery focus:  My friend Elisabeth had traced the stitchery for me and gave it to me as a summer gift.  I have wanted to make this bag for a long time.  So while I'm waiting for a new Kathy Schmitz stitcery that I have ordered,  I will stitch on this.  Lots of work to do on this bag with also hexagons panel and two wool applique (with buttonhole stitches that I hate) to make. 


Hand piecing focus:  I have joined Jen Kingwells TOM (Template Of the Month) and I will try to keep up as the templates/patterns come.  Still have 4 more small blocks to sew on month five and I will be on track before month six comes.



A FINISH:  Happy dancing because I have finished another UFO.  This is Bosquets Gardenhurst from Irene Blancks book Focus on applique.  Loved working on this quilt (needleturn applique of course) and dared to machinequilt it myself.  


Machine sewing focus:  I have hade this quilt in mind for a long time.  And this weekend I tested some blocks. 3x3 inches shoo fly blocks.  So fun to sew.  179 bloks to make.  My plan was to use the blue just one time.  But I am not sure if I have as much as 179 different blue fabrics as blue has not been my favorite colour up to now.

This is a little of this and a little of that in different tecniques. And I know I will get inspired to start other projects, and I know I have some more UFOs to finish.  But fall and winter is coming and with that perfect sewing days (rain, snow, wind, cold).


Saying for today:





Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Another UFO finished



On my last week of summer vacation I do a little happy dance.  Another UFO is finished today.


 This was an BOM from Lappemakeriet.  The papers does not say the year, but I think it was their BOM from 2012.



I have machin quilted it myself.  The easy way.  And I got the soft look on it that I wanted.


I really like the look of it.  Think this will be one of my favorite quilts to snuggle under in cold winterdays. Or like now in cold summer days on the porch.


In july I signed up 5 UFO's in my quilt guilds UFO challenge.  We are showing the result at the november quilt meeting.  So far two of five UFO's are done. My goal is to finish all five (and maybe sign up a few more on the next meeting).

Saying for today:



Wednesday, August 02, 2017

UFO or not?


LONG time ago I bought the pattern Gossip in the Garden.  It has been in and out on my bookshelf for a long time.  Many time I have almost started it, but then put it back in the shelf.  When visiting Hanne this week I got so inspired by looking at her finished quilt on the wall.  Coming home I pulled the pattern out from the shelf.....again. Picked some of my fabric treasures (there is a lot of small pieces in this box, the rest of fabrics I have loved so much).



And today I started to trace the stitchery and make the applique parts for part one.  I think this isn't a new project, is more like an old ufo, even if I have not started it until now.  Because it has been in and out in my mind for a very long time.  Could not stop thinking about this quilt. So let us call it a mind UFO.  Now it's started and I will enjoy the progress with all my treasure fabrics and all the different tecniques in this quilt.

Needed something easy to do now, because working on the Round We Go blocks is a little bit rough on my arm right now.

Saying for today:


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Roadtrip

Yesterday was my first day of my summer vacation.  3 weeks off work, and I really have no plans what to do. Just stay home and sew and relax.

 So I thought...... My phone rang and there was my friend Bjørg asking, do you want to come on a roadtrip to Kathrines Quiltestue, we are just outside Elverum, but we can turn and pick you up.  And what do you answer to that...................OF COURSE I WILL COME WITH YOU.


And then we came to Kathrines Quiltestue.  Always a treat to visit this quilt shop.  Lots of inspiration and there was a lot of new temptations there too.










And of course I got tempted.  This is supplement for my Round We Go blocks.  Bought two backgrounds.  

Right now I am leaning towards the denim blue as a background.

Saying for today:



Monday, July 17, 2017

Round We Go BOM


In yesterdays blogpost I showed you I've got the first three seed packets in  Round We Go BOM from Sue Daley.  They were just so tempting so I had to start one block,


Love my new small wonder clips that I got from Deb when visiting her in April.  They are perfect for holding pieces together when sewing English Paper Piecing.


And here is my first block.  It was so fun (and it felt so good) cutting in my NEW fabrics that I brought home from my trip to USA in april.  Fresh fabric is fo fun to work with.  

Saying for today:



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Delilah Template Of the Month




Some time ago I joined Jen Kingwell template of the month called Delilah.  I wanted to challenge myself and started to work with fabrics that are a bit out of my comfort zone.  


Four T.O.M. has arrived so far.  Lots of peaces to cut on some of these blocks.


And prepping makes my sewingroom a total mess.


 I like to pin all the pieces on to a paper sheet.  Then they are easy to bring along on cabin trips or just pick up at home to sew.  All blocks for the four months I've got so far is all prepped.


Working with these challenging colours actually makes me smile.  Happy colours.


So far I have made month 1 (two blocks), month 2 (two blocks), 1 block in month 2 (1 to go) and 1 in month 4 (2 to go).  So far so good...........


But then these arrived.

So many procjects, need more time to sew !!!!!!!!

Saying for today:


Monday, July 10, 2017

All you need is finishes


Sometimes when you get at new book there is just something you just have to start right away.  I love this book and there is several projects that I want to make.  So just to give it a start I made this little purse.  Still waiting for my blue fabrics that I ordered.


This weekend I took the last stitch on this stitchery.  It is a pattern from Kathy Schmitz that is called Peace and Plenty.  Not sure if I just will frame it in glass or add som fabric and make a border around it.  Have to think about that, maybe search on pinterest to get some ideas.  
I love her stitchery patterns. Waiting for 12 more small stitcheries called A Joyful journey.  And SO looking forward to her new book in september. Looks like I will have a lot of stitching this fall.



In May I blogged about focusing on an really old ufo.  In that post I showed you one part of the blocks (the blue blocks) I found and had finished.  Now I have focused on the other half of the blocks and have finished this brown/beige table cloth.  So happy that these OLD blocks came to use.  This one will go in my giftbox.

Saying for today:





Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Where is summer?


I wonder when summer is coming to stay for more than a couple of days.  So far this "summer" I have just once had to move over to the porch that is in the shadows because it was too hot to sit on the sunshine porch.






To stay warm I have had to sit in the sunshine.  Love sitting outside with my sewing.  I took one day just prepping more pieces for my Halo blocks. Now I have a pile of each shape in different fabrics to make new Halo blocks.  



And when it is getting chilly I just snuggle under a quilt. 






Finished this little miniature quilt.  It is a Edyta Sitar design and I made it from almost all the red and pink fabrics I bought on my USA trip in April.  It brings so many good memories travelling with my friends from one quiltshop to another.




And i love my new purse.  It is a By Annie pattern.  Perfect size when going to the shop or travelling and it was easy to sew. She makes very good and detailed patterns.





The other day I got a new book all the way from Australia.  I just LOVE this book.  It has so many wonderful projects. Want to make them all.



But I had to choose one.  Making this little purse with  a blue bird on.  And don't get chooked.........I ordered a lot of BLUE fabrics at Northern Quilts yesterday.  For you who know me RED is my favorite colour.  Until lately.........I have actuelly started to love BLUE, well........not all kind of blue, it has to be the greyishblue.  No navy blue or bright blue for me.


Saying for today:


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