Hand applique

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend sewing

As promised- here is my weekend sewing :-)  A new toiletry bag from a new Bente Malm pattern. It's not finished yet- I still have to make the lining and zipper closure. You can see the pattern here. It's a great size, and the pattern also includes an adorable makeup bag, so I might just have to make that one as well...  Another bag I REALLY want to make is the Ultimate Camera Bag from Serendipity Studio.  I've had the booklet with the pattern for a couple of years now I think, but it looks a bit complicated so I have just put it off....  Anyone else out there who has made it?  The booklet is called "Media Frenzy"

I don't think I have posted this wallhanging yet, at least not finished!  I did notice the other day though I forgot to add three buttons at the bottom.... But they can be added later!  For those of you who doens't understand Norwegian, it says:
"This place is clean enough to keep you healthy and messy enough to keep you happy!"
It fits our house perfectly!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Progress on my sewing folder

This past week I have been trying to do a little stitching every evening on my project from last weekend.  I have managed to finish two of the pocketfronts- yeey!  The top one with the bird has "Needle parking" on the bottom where the wool squares are.  Ann had made the text for us on transfer paper, so I could just iron it to my ribbon.  Pretty cute I think :-)

This will be the front of the folder.  Looking at the picture the stitched needles are a liitle light, but they show up a lot better in real life.  I have to start working on the 1/2" hexagons for the next pocket now, but I really have to do a bit of quick sewing first.... I miss my sewingmachine doing all the handwork- but then I really enjoy the handsewing as well.... Guess I want the best of both worlds.  I'll be back to show you the weekend sewing tomorrow!  Dear husband and mr.17 has been in the Alps for a week for pre season training, so Mr. 15 and I have had a blast "Home alone"  LOL.  What can I say- the TV has been on twice I think, and lots of sewing/ cleaning and listening to music. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A great quilting weekend!

This weekend was the best!  The shop arranged a weekend class with super awesome AnnAKa!  She is such a wonderful designer, and a super teacher!  The class was all sewing/stitching by hand, so no sewing machines required!  The first two pictures shows her model that we learned to sew.  Lots of different hand sewing techniques makes it a lot of fun to make!
This is the inside of the folder.  Lots of pockets to keep our projects and stuff in!

16 ladies ( including my business partner Karin and me) enjoyed the weekend at "Telstad" which is an old farm turned into a great course location!

Lots of smiles and laughter during the class!  Ann is standing between my mom (on the left) and my aunt ( my moms' sister).  I love having both my mom and aunt share the passion for quilting with me!

8 ladies stayed at Telstad from Friday- Sunday, and we had a lot of fun in the evenings after dinner....

Sunday afternoon was the end of class, here are all the very talented and lovely ladies with some of the pieces they had worked on.  I really look forward to seeing all the stitchery folders finished!
I guess I should get off the computer and work on mine....
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SSCS and sewing

These yummy charm packs arrived at the shop a couple of weeks ago, and I just knew I wanted to make something!

I decided to make half square triangles with plain black fabric as the second fabric.

Here they all are stacked and ready to sew together....

And this is what it (hopefully) will look like when I have it sewn together... (one day...)

Last week I had a day off from work and FINALLY got around to quilt this flimsy.  It feels great to finally have it finished!

This is the final result. I am not thrilled with it, but it turned out ok.
So have you signed up for the SSCS this year?  I have, and I am busy stalking somebody's blog..... FUN!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Norwegian Quilt Festival

The first Norwegiamn Quilt Festival took place just outside Oslo this past weekend.  We've been so busy the last couple of months getting everything ready for our booth there, it was almost unreal when the day arrived when we loaded two BIG cars with all our stuff and headed south.
We were pretty busy the whole weekend, so I am sorry I don't have a lot of pictures to show you, but I've seen a few other Norwegian bloggers have lots to show!

Our booth was small but we did get a LOT of fabrics and patterns in there... And samples of course.  We are very lucky to have some talented ladies that help us make samples. 

We had a corner booth, which is really nice, here is the view from the other side.

And a different view again....

A little close up.... Some fresh fabric there!
And look who stopped by our booth.....Camille Roskelley! She spotted my Swoon quilt and came in to take pictures.  We had two other samples from her patterns as well, so it was really nice to meet her, she is so sweet!  She taught four classes at the festival so she was pretty busy.  There were a lot of great teachers there, so I would have loved to take a class or two!
My daughter Kristine studies at the University of Oslo, so she came and helped us out as well.  It was really nice to spend a couple of days with her :-)
Well, that was just a little peak at what I've been up to, tonight I've actually been sewing a bit again- Yeey!
Take care, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A whole month??

A month since my last post??? Time sure flies!  I've been busy at work getting ready for the Norwegian Quilt Festival which will take place this Thursday- Sunday.  We'll have a booth there, and there is so much to think about and do to get everything ready.... Fun work though :-)
At our quilt guild we have a summer challenge every year, and this year the theme was " Something we need for a sewing night"  As usual I procrastinated until the last weekend before it was due to be shown to make anything.... So I decided to make a thread catcher (from the book Red Home by Natalie Bird) and a small pincushion.  Most of my pincushions are so "fat" my sewingneedles drown in them....

Between all the sample sewing for Festival I managed to make myself a new knitting needle keeper.  LOVE the sheep fabric!

This is what it looks like on the inside

I keep my bamboo and wood knitting needles in this one.  Still missing a few sizes I see...
In the mornings and late evenings I have been knitting myself a new sweater.... Lovely silk mohair yarn by Sandnes!  It should be finished in time for Fall!  Just the last sleeve left to knit now.
Hope your week will be great!  I'll be at the Quilt Festival, with the shop Lappemor, so If you're there please stop by!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Layer cake fun!

I have finished the "Layer Cake mix" set, from AnnAKa's pattern.  This was fun to sew, with a bit of hand appliquè, and easy sewing.

The whole set consists of a large and a small table runner, a square tabletopper, potholders and a cute little bag :-)

Not sure if I will use this as a sewing notions bag or a make-up bag yet.  I really don't wear make-up very often, so it will probably end up holding needles and thread...lol.
So that was one project finished, yeey!  In a month the new Norwegian Quilt Festival will take place right outside Oslo, and we will have a booth there with our shop- so  there are so many new samples I want to sew.... We are very fortunate to have some extremely nice ladies in the quiltguild to help us out though, which I am so thankful for!  I am really excited about the Festival, some really great designers will be there to teach classes, so I am sure we'll have a ball!
Off to the sewingroom for an hour before I head to work!
Thank you for stopping by, have a super day!

Friday, July 25, 2014

I'm sewing!

It was very nice to get home to my sewingroom after our vacation!  There are so many projects I want to sew at the moment, so I started two last week... ( well one last week and one this week...)  I need some handsewing to bring to the shop with me during the day, then I can spend some time in my sewingroom in the evenings ( although I really should be outside and enjoy our lovely summer weather....)

This is from the project I started this week.  A tabletopper from the Chantilly pattern from "Sew Emma".  We have the pattern at the shop, so I wanted to make a sample for the big Quiltfestival at Gardermoen in September.  We have a booth there, so I'll be busy sewing samples for the next couple of months- I LOVE my job!!

Here is the top finished, now I need to decide how to quilt it....

I also finished a tablerunner and a small tablemat which need to be quilted.  So guess what I am doing this weekend....  At least I hope to get them basted.  
Hope your week was nice!  Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What did I buy in Florida?

Actually- not a whole lot...  I visited the cutest quilt shop in Key West called "The Seam Shoppe" and I just HAD to get these lovely tropical fabrics!  LOVE the Manatee fabric!  We had Manatees in the canal right in our backyard at the house we rented for our vacation, and I think they are gorgeous!  My husband does not agree with me, but oh well.... There was a dolphin visiting every morning as well, and sometimes in the evenings.  So much fun to watch him (or her) play by the docks.  Anyhow, if you ever go to Key West, the Seam Shoppe is well worth a visit, and Cindy, the owner is really sweet!  I also bought a bag pattern there called the Key Wester Tote.  Hopefully I will find time to make it soon :-)

And of course I HAD to get these "Frozen" ribbons at Wal-Mart.... ADORABLE!!!  I have NO idea where I am going to use them, but I am sure something will come up.....
That's it for now, I am still a bit jet lagged, so I need coffee and chocolate!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We are back home after a lovely vacation in Florida.  We got lots of sun, spent quality time together, and had a lot of fun!  Now it's back to work, but the kids still have a month off from school.  Ola has a summer job, Sigve is training twice a day to get ready for next winters ski competitions, and Kristine is getting ready for a math exam in August, so they are all staying pretty busy....
Hope your summer is great!  ( Or winter if you are in Australia...)