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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...)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ready for vacation!

My bag is finished, and I even made some accesories to match as well!  Now I am all ready for our vacation! ( well, I haven't started packing yet, so I'm nott ALL ready I guess...)

I had been looking at the Eloise wallett pattern on Craftsy for a while, and finally decided to go ahead and purchase it and give it a try.  The instructions were very well written, but it did take me around 10 hours all together to make it.  Lots of details, and a bit tricky to turn right side out at the end, but I know I will make at least one more, it has lots of room and it was fun to sew!

Of course I needed a case for my sunglasses to match as well, and a keychain!  
Now I just need to start packing and clean the house ( oh, and work a couple of days), and THEN I will be ready for vacation!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Purse in progress...

Well, I did get started on my new purse last night.  I decided on a pattern from Pink Sand Beach Design.  I made a Halloweenbag from the same pattern a couple of years ago, and really liked the size and shape of it.

This is how far I got last night.  Tonight I've been busy with a Jelly Roll club at the shop, if you want to see what the ladies have been working on this spring you can check out our shop blog here.  I hope to get some more sewing done toorrow night :-)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Old projects and new project....

Well, I have been sewing even if I haven't been blogging.... This is a 6 month BOM we've been running at the shop, from Norwegian designer AnnAKa.  It is an advent calendar, so after I eventually get around to quilting it, I will add a few more details like buttons and loops to hang all 24 adventpacages from :-) I have until the end of November to finish it, so I thinl\k I'll make it in time!
I was working on these hexagon flowes a while back, but managed to sew them together wrong, so I just tossed them aside and didn't want to look at them again for a while.... I really hate it when I make mistakes like that, and they are almost impossible to rip apart again.  I did get the wrong ones off, but today when I picked them up again I found another mistake.... Maybe this project wasn't made to be for me??  I did get the mistake corrected though and I am determined it will be finished (one day...)
To pick my spirits back up I decided to audition fabrics for a new summer purse.  You know I desperately need one, right?? I feel so much better now- I better get started on the purse before I decide to keep working on those hexagon flowers LOL.
Take care, and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hi there!

Wow, it has been like forever since my last blog post, and I don't even have a lot to show you....  Things have been pretty busy around here the last couple of months, but they are finally slowing down now.  I was asked if I could make a baby quilt for Kristine's baby step cousin in Germany, and of course I said yes.  Her dad and step mom picked this free pattern from favequilts, and it was a fun quilt to make.  I stitched their names and the name of the baby on the polka dot butterflies :-) The quilt is now on it's way to the recipients, and I hope they will be happy with how it turned out!
Last weekend was Ola's confirmation, and we had a lovely day with the whole family! I can't believe how grown up our kids have become!  Kristine was home for the weekend from University, she has her last final exam (Physics)  on Tuesday, then she's ready for summer vacation!  We're heading to Florida in a week and a half, yeeey! I can't wait for some Florida Sunshine :-)
Hope your summer is great!