Sunday, July 31, 2011

My summervacation–goals

Do you remember this post where I planned my summer vacation. These three weeks have gone so fast. Tomorrow I start working again.

Let’s check if I manage to do what I planned

1. Organizing my sewing room.......again


Oh yes, I have done a lot of organizing in my sewingroom. Almost all the shelfs are being organized. I have throwed away a lot!! And it actually feels good.

Today everything in my WISP drawer was pulled out on the floor.


And now this drawer looks more inviting. Found some projects I had totally forgotten. Projects that can be finished in no time I think.

2. Quilt
3. Quilt some more
4. And hopefully have some finishes

I have 8 finishes this month. Some small and some big. I am doing a happy dancing now. Never did I believe that I would manage to have so many finishes. So that just tells I have done a lot of quilting, and a lot of bindings too. With all the rain we have had this summer, a good place to be have been in my sewingroom.

5. So I can start some new projects


In that blue paperbag is all fabrics for project Antique Sampler. I know Sue Daley is coming back to Norway next year so it had been fun to show her this quilt. This time I will join one of her classes. I will be sewing this quilt together with my friend Bjørg and we will start in in a week or two.

6. Relax
7. And quilt some more
8. A glass of red wine


We have had some sunny warm summerdays, like this weekend, and I have enjoyed some time out on the porch (finally) with my sewing, a good book and a nice glass of red wine.

9. And then there perhaps is time to organize my sewing room ..........again

I guess in a week or two I have messed up my swingroom and it is time to start organizing it again. But I guess I am not the only one having it this way LOL

10. Just have fun in my summer vacation

These three weeks have gone too fast. I have had a lot of fun, even though I have had to go to work some days (will get those vacation days later to spend). Been to the cabin with a dear friend (with our sewingmachines of course), had dear friends over for a visit, visited a quiltshop (and shopped of course), relaxed with my sewing and reading, watched good movies and read some great books.

Saying for today:

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time
which every day produces,
and which most men throw away.
~Charles Caleb Colton

Thursday, July 28, 2011

More finishes

July have been a month filled with finishes.  And it feels so good.  One by one I have found WISP’s (Work In Slow Progress) in my boxes and drawers and started to work on them.  Some there have taken me only 15 minutes to finish.  Others I have worked on for a couple of days or more. 

I wonder why some of these have been put away.  Guess I have been thinking that because there is so little left to do on it, I can start a new project, and do the rest of it later.

Or perhaps it is because I have got bored of the old project and just had to start a new one.  There is always so much that I want to make.  So much inspiration in books, magazines, on net and to watch on other blogs.


I think bindings are so booooooring to sew down.  But look at this lovely view I discovered in my shelf last night.  While having Hanne and Bente over for a visit, I had decided to sew down bindings on some tablerunners.  Boring work in good company makes it fun.


And now I have three new table runners.  I do not know yet if they are going on my tables, or in my giveaway/to sell box.

This makes 8 finishes this month (so far, still some days left to make some other finished). It feels so good.

Saying for today:

The past is behind us,
love is in front and all around us. 
~Terri Guillemets

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New days


Slowly we have to take back our daily life, but the happenings last friday will make a difference in whole Norway, and will for ever be remembered. 
I think Norway have showed the whole world that we can stand up agains violence like this.  Not with hate, but with love for eachother.


Monday brought visitors to my house.  Nancy and her husband was on summervacation and dropped in to say hello.  And of course Nancy and I had some time to sewing too.  Here we are comparing the progress on our “A Tisket, a Tasket” BOM.  Perhaps I should give this BOM another chance now. 


Yesterday Hanne and Bente came.  You perhaps remember that Hanne and I made a deal to give eachother a prize for our Tour de Fibre blogging/sewing.  Our Tour de Fibre was ended some days too early because of the massakre on friday.  It felt so wrong to blog about sewing and other trivial things. 

But now Hanne brougth her prize for me and I had one prize for her.  Look at those curious faces.  So we hurried to open them.


Lucky me Smilefjes  My prize is the beutiful tinbox to the left.  Filled with georgius new fabrics.  LOVE IT.  Hannes prize is the jar to the right.  You have to visit her blog to see what I gave her as a prize.


We have enjoyed an evening with sewing and chatting.


When Bente tried to do a layout of these blocks she got a good helping claw from Rusken. 


Today we went to visit Sy-Sammen.  A quilt shop not far away.  Long time since last time I visit this shop, but I know I will be back. 


She has so many fabrics, and the only shop I know of with this many big backings


No need to say that some backings came home with me Smilefjes


She also have a lot of excellent battings on rolls.


A big smile on my face when I came home with all my treasures.

Saying for today:

Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way.
Stay away from what might have been,
and look at what can be.
Marsha Petrie Sue

Monday, July 25, 2011

Red roses and torches

This evening thousands of people came together in my city. Same thing was done all over Norway. With red roses and torches. In memory of all the victims of the bombing and Utøya massakre.

Saying for today:

If one man can show that much hate,
think of how much love we can show.

Helle Gannestad
a friend of Stine Renate Håheim

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Burning a light

Norway are in shock after the horrible happening yesterday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families that suffer a terrible loss.

Saying for today:
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
~From a headstone in Ireland

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tour de Fibre – Decissions


I am blogging again :)

Doing a happy dance right now.

So here comes my blogpost for todays Tour de Fibre.


Finished this cute stitchery I started yesterday. Want to make something of it real soon. I have used Cosmo seasons number 8042 on this stitchery. I love stitching with Cosmo thread and I love this colour.

But then there is all my UFO, or WISPs (that is a nicer word)

I have pulled out some of my WISPs today.


Bunny Hills “A Tisket, A Tasket” BOM. I started very well in the beginning, making the block each month. Then when the 9th block came I probably found a new project to start.


Took a look at my 8 blocks today and I like them very much. Perhaps I should give these a try again.


Or continue sewing on It Takes Two. It was so fun sewing on it in the beginning. Why did I put it away??


Or do I finish these table runners that I found yesterday organizing the shelf in my sewingroom.

I have challenged Hanne to do a post about decissions too, so visit her blog to see what she came up with.

Saying for today:

A peacefulness follows any decision,
even the wrong one.
~Rita Mae Brown

Tour de Fibre - Problems

I am having problems with my blog today. Seems that I can't upload any photos now because Picasa have reach the limit for storage and I get the message: You have exceeded your total photo upload quota. So I guess only solution is to make a new blog. I am a bit mad right now.

Will come back to you as soon as I can.

Update: Just ordered more storage at picasa. Only 5 dollar for a year. So it is a cheep investment to continue as before :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tour de Fibre - Thor de France

Today it has been Thor de France. Congratulations to double Norwegian.

Been working on this BOM from Lappemakeriet.

Almost done with all blocks so far.

And got a new package in the mail today.
So I better hurry up sewing them.
Next package will bring borders and binding.

Saying for today:

You’re just jealous because we act stupid in public
and people still love us


Monday, July 18, 2011

Tour de Fibre - Rain

I am still waiting for summer to arrive.

I want to sit out on the porch stitching.

Finished my Magical Christmas today.

And started a new stitchery. Just had to start something new now :) If you wonder what kind of pattern this is, just visit this blog and take a look at the cute stitchery she has designed. The best of all; she is giving us it free to use in our projects. Thank you Solveig :)

Tomorrow I will continue organizing my sewing room and perhaps pick another ufo from my box. And hoping the sun will shine :)

Saying for today:

Happiness is like a butterfly.
The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
But if you turn your attention to other things,
it will come and sit softly on your shoulder


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tour de Fibre - organizing

Are you still with me on my Tour de Fibre?? I hope you also visit Hanne's Tour de Fibres blogposts, because she is doing the same race as me :) Still a week to blog before we reach the finish line and collect our prizes. I have already something in mind as a prize for Hanne :)

Another rainy summer day. I wonder when the sun is coming this summer. On my to do list this summer vacation was organizing my sewingroom, and why not start doing it on a rainy day like this. I guess you like me have a lot of boxes and tins filled with all kind of sewing stuff. Buttons, thread, laces and other "I-am-sure-I-will-need-it-some-day-stuff". But when looking for stuff while sewing, I am always in such a hurry, so those things seldom (read; never) goes back into the box. So my shelfs was such a mess right now. (No photo of that LOL).

So after some hours organizing my shelfs, it looks good again.

I'm in a clean up and throw mood right now. So when this shelf was done , I turned over to the shelf on the other side of the room. A lot of paper, old magazines, veeeeeery old projects and other stuff have gone out in the thrash bin :) And that too feels sooooo good. Don't worry, I do not throw away things that is worthy saving LOL.

Saying for today:

A place for everything
and everything in its place.

--Mrs. Beeton (The Book of Household Management, 1861)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tour de Fibre - another finish

Autumn Houses finished.
Sewed down the binding this morning.
4 finishes in July so far :)
It feels so good.

And I decided for the cable border for my Magcal Christmas quilt. Half the way around done while watching tv this evening.

Saying for today:

If you want to be happy,
set a goal that commands your thoughts,
liberates your energy,
and inspires your hopes.

Andrew Carnegie

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tour de Fibre - Templates

Such an incredible race by Tor Hushovde today.

I have been looking through my templates today. Did not remember I had SO many. I counted them and I have 67 templates right here. As a hand quilter I love templates for borders and I have big and small ones, with flowers and santas, with cables end hearts. I guess a template for whatever I want to quilt.

But I have my favorites, and these two are among those. So which one will I choose to quilt the outher border of my Magical Christmas. Hmmmm.....have to think about that. What do you think??
A new rainy day. Both Rusken and I wants sun. So what have we done today? Sleeping. Both Frida and Rusken, and I too have had a looooong nap on the sofa.

Saying for today:

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