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Thursday, November 17, 2016

From Texas to Florida

Quilt Market was busy and fun as always, and this was one of my favorite quilts there! I see one of these being made in my near future.... ( pattern and fabric by Zen Chic for Moda)

After our busy days in Houston we headed to Orlando for some fun in the sun :-)  Breakfast with a view!  We rented a house so we had plenty of space, and our own pool, nice!  It was great to unwind and run around shopping.....

Of course we had to visit quilt shops!  This is Heartfelt quilting and sewing in Kissimmee.  They had a lovely shop and they were super nice!  Did I buy anything?  Well, yes of course I did... LOL

Here we are outside the quilt shop, Merete, Karin and me. 

Of course I had to show them the beach- so we headed to Cocoa Beach for a few hours.  Lunch at the Cocoa Beach Pier was great!  We could eat, get sun and watch the surfers all at the same time.  The burger was awesome by the way!

Love the chairs on the pier, I'd like one just like this at home ( maybe in a different color though....)

After eating we headed don to the beach.  The water was great, not too cold at all even if it was November.  We managed a long walk on the beach as well.

Before we drove back to Orlando I had to take Merete and Karin to Ron Jon Surf Shop- Such a cool place, and check out their Christmas tree....

One of the goals for our Florida detour was the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend.  Merete and I ran Mickeys Holiday 5K through Disney's Animal Kingdom very early Friday morning ( 6.30AM) Lots of people and lots of fun!

And we even have the bling to prove we ran :-)
Thank you for joining me Merete, I had a blast!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Back home again!

Houston was a blast!  We had a great and busy few days there for quilt Market!  Of course we were all sewing superheroes while we were there....!

Wenche of Northern Quilts showed her new line for Moda, which will be released in 2017.   It is a really wonderful Christmas collection with roots in Norwegian traditions.  Wenche is such a great person and it is always lovely to meet her!  Can't wait to get her new line in the shop!

Another favorite is Heather Givans of Crimson Tate. I LOVE her coming fabric line "Literary" with Wyndham fabrics.  This whole fabric line will be in our shop in April- yeeey!  I really want to make the book quilt, isn't it great??

More fun stuff- Love the Quick Curve rulers and the QCR patterns- this strawberry quilt just screams summer to me!  Might just have to make that one as well....

If you have been to our shop you know I love Tim Holtz and his awesome eclectic elements fabrics.  They are just the coolest fabrics for making bags and purses, and I love the vintage feel and fun prints.  He always has such a fun booth with awesome details!
So how is everyone doing on their SSCS swap sewing??  I need to get off the computer and get sewing now- my suitcases are unpacked, and I am ready to sew!
Thank you for stopping by :-)


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A finish!

Well, I did quilt my small table topper, the only thing left is hand stitching the binding down, but that will have to wait until after my trip to the States.

So instead of finishing my table topper completely I decided I needed a new wallet for my trip....
I used the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern, and it was super easy to follow!

My finished wallet matches my bag I made last year... you can see that post here

This past weekend the shop had a stand and workshops at the "kofte weekend" ( traditional knitting) at the Savalen hotel and spa, so I started a new jacket for myself.... not sure when it will be finished though..... It was a really nice weekend with lots of knitters.

We even visited Santa Claus- did you know he lives very close to me??  This is his mailroom- lots of letters for him to read!
This is Santa's house at Savalen- just needs snow and it will be perfect!  
I have some secret sewing going on as well for the SSCS swap..... this is my 10th year in the swap, and I am super excited!!!!  It is so much fun to make something for my partner :-)  
Well, I'm off to work, then this afternoon we are heading to Gardermoen since our flight to Houston leaves super early tomorrow morning.  I am really looking forward to Market- I'll try to write a post while I'm there!
Thank you for stopping by!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Small works in progress....

This past weekend I managed to sew a "sew together bag" using brand new fabrics that arrived at the shop last week :-)  I just love these bags, you can use them for just about anything, and they are fun to make as well!  I think they look super cool with all different fabrics for the pockets, but for this one I decided to keep it simple. 

On my to do list this week is definitely quilting this small tabletopper.  I think it needs to be done in October (just because it has orange and black in it...LOL)- and next week I leave for Houston!  
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Quilting Cafè

This week we have the annual town fair here in Tynset, so last night the shop teamed up with the bakery down the street and hosted a quilting Cafè.  37 quilters from far and near showed up, and we had a lovely time sewing, chatting, eating and drinking coffee.

It was a lot of fun :-)

After we were done at the bakery we had a special sale at our shop for the ladies. As you can see it got a bit crowded :-) I really think we need to do this again next year!  Always a lot of fun to bring quilters together!

This was my project for the evening- Sue Daley's Quatro Colour Quilt.  I am just getting started ( this is my first block....) so it will take a while before it is finished....

My thoughts today are with family and friends on Florida's Space Coast and in Orlando.  I really wish I could zap them all over here to safety as Hurricane Matthew is getting closer and closer to them, and will hit the Barrier Island area today.  This picture is from Cocoa Beach a couple of years ago, now I am afraid to see the damage this monster of a hurricane will do there :-(  
Stay safe my friends!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Getting ready for Disney!

It's that time of year again... October means I'm heading to Houston for Quilt Market, and this year I will be going to Orlando with tree other friends after Market. :-)  Of course we will be going to Disney (we are actually running a race or three in the Disney Wine and Dine Half marathon weekend!)  So I needed to make myself a little purse with a Disney theme ( I love Minnie Mouse)

The pattern is by Pink Sand Beach Design and is called the Maui Glam Bag  For those of you in Norway we will have the pattern in stock again in a week or so, it is sold out at the moment.  I loved using the bling to create Minnie's bow, you can't really tell, but it really sparkles!

I am trying to decide what to make with a bundle of this lovely fabric by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics.  Her line is called Paper Obsessed, and is just so gorgeous! I will have to think about it for a bit I think.....
This week is busy at the shop as the town fair starts tomorrow and we have long opening hours for the rest of the week.  Should be lots of fun, and hopefully lots of customers as well :-)
Take care, and thank you for stopping by!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hello there

It's been a while- almost 5 months since I last blogged, wow, how did that happen??? 
I have been sewing though, and staying busy at the shop and at home.  This spring I started making blocks for the Smitten quilt (by Lucy Kingwell). I am a slow starter, I know... My plan is just making a couple of blocks now and then- no rush.  I am machine piecing the blocks, and really enjoying it.

At Quilt Market last October I fell in love with the Octagon Shimmer Quilt by Jennifer Sampou, and after the pattern and fabrics have been sitting on my cutting table for a while I decided it was time to get started.  I LOVE making these blocks- they are pretty quick to sew, and it is so much fun seeing the pattern come to life when I puzzle the half blocks together!

My new Ikea roller cart is perfect for keeping the fabric strips close by when I sew.  I might need more of those carts- one for each WIP :-)  Might fill up my sewing room though LOL....
This summer my husband and I went to Italy for our vacation, and for the first time it was only the two of us!  The kids are not kids anymore, and had plans on their own.... We stayed in Cortina d'Ampezzo for a week, and had lovely hikes every day.  The picture is taken by Lago di Sorapis, a lovely lake in the Dolomites.  The color of the water was just incredible! We hope to come back there again one day! 
Well, I don't know if anyone is still reading, but if you are- thank you for stopping by my extremely neglected blog!  I promise it won't be five months until my next blog post!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Norwegian Quilt association annual meet

This past weekend was the annual meet of the Norwegian Quilt Association.  This year it was held in Trondheim, which is only a 2.5hr drive from here- Nice!  We have been super busy at the shop getting everything ready for our booth there.

 New models were made- these two quilts are from patterns by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, The one on the left is " Dreamcatcher" and the one on the right is "Hope Chest" I just love both quilts!  They were both quilted by Merete Ellingsen.
Another view of the booth.  The quilt on the back wall was made by Karin who co owns the shop with me, and the pattern is "Refresh" by Deb Mulder of Anka's treasures (also quilted by Merete Ellingsen)

We had such a great time in Trondheim, always fun to meet fellow quilters!  Thank you to all of you who visited us there!