Hand applique

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Weekend sewing

This weekend Svein and Sigve have been away for ski training again, so Ola and I have been "home alone". That means we do what we like best- He watches movies and plays games ( typical 16 year old), and I get to sew.....  I am working on my Hope Chest blocks, and I need to find a fabric for the sashing now....

This will look so pretty!!

I do have a few projects going.... We needed to make some samples for the shop out of new fabric that arrived right before quilt market- so I started on a few placemats as well....

Then I remembered I had made some Christmas placemats a while back..... They need to be quilted and bound so they are ready when December rolls around.

Last night I basted this together, and I had planned on quilting it today, but I started reading a new book last night (Me before you by Jojo Moyes)( Et helt halvt år) , and I haven't been able to put it down long enough to start quilting..... I am on page 395 now, and I will probably read the last 100 pages tonight.... I am just hopeless when it comes to reading books.  I can't seem to put them down  until I finish them.... So no more time for blogging.... Thanks for stopping by!
Oh and by the way- I did get some secret SSCS sewing in as well......

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Quilt Market

At Quilt Market I finally go to meet Sherri in person.  We have "known" each other for years through blogging, and she was even my "Stitchers angel" in a swap many years ago.  The little zippered pouch she gave me in the swap holds all my knitting accessories!

Sherri and her daughter Chelsi had a brand new fabric line with Moda, and I just loved their booth!

Sherri has a lot of great patterns, and I was lucky to be able to buy a fat quarter pack at sample spree of the new "Valley" fabric line.

Yeey! I even got a mini charm pack- Thank you Sherri!  I have started making the blocks for "Hope Chest" which is the gorgeous quilt in the middle of the booth.
Thank you again Sherri- it was great meeting you in real life :-)

Sunday, November 1, 2015


The first day in Houston I went to "Schoolhouse" where a lot of designers show what is new.  Tula Pink has a great new fabric line, and even new hardware- Awesome Tula Pink Scissors and a couple of other things.  I did order a bunch of her fabrics, and I can't wait for them to arrive at the shop!

Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness has a new book coming in December: Windy City bags.  Lots of great bags in the book, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!  We will definitely have this in the shop!
Schoolhouse with Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts is always fun. She developed the Hex 'n more and sidekick rulers, and has a lot of great patterns using these rulers.

Here's Julie!
Her new BOM "Sweet Tooth" will be released in January!
The last Schoolhouse picture I will share today is this one from Moda/ Martingale.  They were showing all the great rows from the new book "Moda All-Stars All in a row". Such a fun schoolhouse!
That't all for now, hope you enjoyed the pictures!  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Vacation time!

I just came home after a two week trip to the US.  First I visited my very best friend in Orlando, and we had such a fun time together!
At EPCOT the Food and Wine festival was going on- so of course we had to go there....

Look at Mickey barbecuing! 


Later on in the evening we went to "Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party" at Magic Kingdom.  The park was decorated really nice for Halloween, and people were dressed up in awesome costumes.  We must have seen about 3 or 4 "The incredibles" families, quite a few princesses, and lots of pirates!

Introducing Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Cinderella....

The Castle show and the fireworks were incredible!  The parade was really great as well, but I didn't film that.  There are quite a few clips on YouTube though...
A short video from the Castle fireworks.

Then we went to Homosassa for a few days. The sunsets on the Gulf Coast are amazing!

We got to see lots of Manatees as they come in to the Springs for the winter.  They are so cute!!
Well, I better finish unpacking my suitcases. I have quilt related stuff to show you as well after Quilt Market in Houston!!

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....