Hand applique

Monday, October 5, 2015

A little bit of everything....

I am staying very busy, which is good.... After we moved our shop, my husband started a big change at his shop (Yes, we have a shop each...LOL) Well, not anymore- My husband sold his shop to a chain of hardware stores called "Tools", so his shop has gone through a major change.  Today was their opening day of the new shop, and eventually I am looking forward to have him a little more at home, and a little less at work....( but that might take a while...) He still runs she shop, but now someone else does all the paperwork.
In the picture above I have just made a small table topper using a mini charm pack by Brenda Riddle.  At her class early this summer she gave each of us a mini charm pack of her upcoming fabric line which is just adorable!

I have made progress on my candle mat as well.  I am loving everything about wool appliqué!!  I see more of this in my future ( especially since I have a large kit bought at Quilt Market last year)

The bag class at the shop is finished, and I am very impressed with all the ladies, they made such beautiful bags! I am teaching the same class in Røros in November ( a weekend class)

Yesterday I started a new project using the Basix ruler.  The pattern is called "Pick me", and I suggest to any of you who are thinking about making this- Check their website for updates on the pattern! Quite a few errors there which was very frustrating, But I am determined to make it work. ( I checked for updates a little too late...) I will share more pictures as i get the blocks sewn together. It really is a cute quilt!

And last but not least- Stars for the "Edelsten" BOM.  I am all caught up on this one- wonder how on earth I managed that LOL.
Off to the sewing room to battle those Basix blocks.... Wish me luck!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

SSCS 2015

I am SOOOO excited!!  I just got the e-mail from head-elf Chooky with all the info on who I will be sending to in my favorite swap!  I will be doing some serious blog stalking, and I think I know what I will make for her already.... But I'm not telling ;-)
Have you joined this swap? Wonder who is my secret Santa this year??? This is my 9th year in the swap, and a couple of years I swapped double since there wasn't enough overseas girls in the swap- which was twice as much fun! ( and twice the work of course)

Today I have dug out my Fall decorations and table runners. Hubby is at work, and I needed to do some serious cleaning, which always means I end up rearranging the furniture.... Makes everything seem nice and new for a while....


Friday, September 25, 2015

Another bag...

 You can never have enough bags right?  I finished this "Professional Tote" yesterday.  This is the bag I am teaching at the shop now, and next Tuesday is the last night of the class.
 This is a very roomy bag with lots of pockets and room for lots of stuff!!!
There is even a large zippered pocket dividing the bag in two.  I have used Tim Holtz fabrics for the bag, and a Moda pindot fabric for the lining.  This is such a fun bag to sew, I am already planning another one :-)

I also made a small coin purse to use with my mini professional tote I showed a couple of posts ago. I LOVE the Modern Minis fabric line by Lori Holt!!!

Another small project was started yesterday.  And this time it's NOT a bag! ( Can you believe it??)
Hope your weekend is great!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bag class

Yesterday was our first class at the new location. Five ladies started a new bag class, and I was very happy everything worked fine.  They all had plenty of room, and the lighting was good.  The bag they are making is the "Professional tote" or the "Mini professional tote", which I blogged about a little earlier.  I think there will be some great bags emerging from this class!
That's all for today, I'm off to work!  Have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

On the move

Hello again- sorry I've been gone for a while.  We have been moving the shop- and it has been a few weeks of painting, packing and moving...

We did know we had a bunch of stuff to move- so we moved the quilting part of the shop first- The "Lappemor" department.  We were lucky to have great helpers from the quilt guild help carry all the bolts of fabric downstairs...

Here are some of the bolts- ready to be carried downstairs....

Then I needed to figure out where to put everything.... It took a few evenings and days!

Yesterday was our first day at the new location, and even if we're not quite finished with everything, we are thrilled to have our "new" shop open.

This is the Lappemor part of the shop, and we also have all our bunad fabrics here. A Bunad is the traditional costume in Norway, and every area has a different Bunad.

So now you know what I have been doing the last few weeks....


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Another bag...

It has been a few weeks since my last bag, so I figured it was about time I made another one....
Lori Holt's fabric line Modern Minis came in just before the weekend, and I knew I HAD to start sewing right away...  The pattern for this bag is "The Mini Professional Tote" by The Creative Thimble.  I am teaching this bag in September at the shop, and I am also teaching it at the Røros Quiltguild later this year.

 This bag is a lot of fun to sew- so many different pockets and parts, good thing all the parts have their own label...
I had so much fun sewing, I kind of forgot to take pictures during the process, except for the two first pictures... LOL. This is the bag finished ( frontside)

And here is the back.  As you can see it has lots of pockets!
On the inside there is even a large zippered pocket in the middle, where you can fit an iPad :-) It also has one smaller zippered pocket and three other pockets inside, which makes a total of 10 pockets!!  I am sure I can find a place for everything I need in this bag!
Hope your weekend was good, I better get Sunday dinner started now....

Saturday, August 8, 2015


The kids and I had a wonderful trip to Paris a couple of weeks ago.  DH wasn't able to take time off from work this summer, but the kids and I decided to go to Paris for a week.  The first day we were there we decided to go to the Eiffel tower.  Last time we were there the kids were like 4, 6 and 9 years old.  This time they wanted to see it at night, so we went there early in the evening so we could spend some time in the area.
We walked through the park, and found a place to sit and relax after purchasing something to drink.  The view was pretty cool!
We took the stairs up as high as we could.  You need to take an elevator if you want to go all the way to the top- but the line for that was just insane! We enjoyed the view from the second platform!

The view was awesome!
Sunset was really nice!

Once it turned dark, the lights on the Eiffel tower was turned on. That was pretty cool!
I had to get a picture of Sigve, Ola and Kristine as we left as well.
I have some more Paris pictures to share, and I am planning on sewing today.... We FINALLY received Lori Holt's new fabric line "Modern Mini's" at the shop yesterday- Yeey! I will share the progress of my sewing later.
Have a great day!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A new bag

Those of you who know me well know I LOVE red polkadotfabrics, and i LOVE all things Disney!  This year I was a part of the "Bag of the month club", and received a new pattern for a bag on the 1st of every month from January- June.  I finally got around to make the first bag, and decided it was time to use my Minnie and Mickey Mouse fabric. ( and I still have a bit left for another bag....)

The pattern is the "Companion Carpet bag" by Mrs H And it was really easy to make. The kids and I are going on a trip this coming week, and I think this bag will have to come along :-)  It is quite big, so it has lots of room for all kinds of stuff...
Hope your weekend is great!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A couple of finishes

Today I would like to show you a couple of table runners I have finished.  This first one I made using blocks from a Craftsy class by Joanna Figueroa.  The class is called "Smarter strip quilting" and so far I have only finished this first part, but I am so ready for part two!  Has anyone else taken this online class?  It is such a great way to learn new techniques, and Joanna is a super teacher! 

I figured I´d show you the whole runner from Brenda Riddle´s class as well ( the one I went to at Quiltegaarden in Trondheim).  I love the happy colors and think it makes a great summer runner!

I finally got my new computer, and this in my daughter and me playing with "photo booth".  We decided we looked pretty awful with the funky filters- so this plain picture was the best one.  Switching from a windows based PC to a Mac has ben nice.  LOVE the way this iMac functions so far.  Just need to figure out the picture stuff.... Not sure if I will buy Photoshop for it, or if an app will be sufficient.  Any thoughts on that by any of you using Mac?
Today is such a beautiful day- I think I will take my stitchery out in the sun for a while.  Hope your day is good!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Preparing for Halloween!

I know Halloween is a few months away, but I finally started this Crab Apple Hill Halloween project.  The pattern is called Hocus Pocusville, and has twelve fun stitcheries.

These are the first two, and I have one more finished now.  I don´t think I will be able to finish the whole quilt by Halloween 2015, but maybe next year!  I am having fun stitching these, since they are all in black they don´t take that long ( but I still need about a week and a half to finish one....
The other night I made this cute needlekeep.  I bougt a kit at a quiltshop in Melbourne, Florida about 5 years ago, and it has just been sitting there on my shelf ever since.... So it was about time I made it!
I am very happy with the result, i think it turned out really cute!  I know my mom has a kit for this laying around as well.... maybe I´ll have to encourage her to make hers as well now, it only took me about an hour to make.  Makes me wonder why it took me so long to do :-)
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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