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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!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Yeey for retreats and birthdays!

A few weeks ago our quilt guild had a weekend retreat, and we had such a fun weekend sewing, eating, laughing and spending time together.  I managed to get two mini quilt tops finished, our guild leader showed us how to make cute little baskets, so of course I made one of those ( she had even cut the batting pieces ready for us :-) And I finally started on "Smitten"  ( yeah I know I am like a year behind everyone else....LOL I am machine piecing, and so far this is the only block I have made- no quick progress here I am afraid....

The Norwegian Quilt Guild has it's annual meet in just two weeks, and since december I have been working on new models for our booth there.  I have made two quilts from patterns by Sherri at a Quilting Life and here are some blocks for the Dream Catcher quilt.  The quilt is finished- I just need to take a god picture of it....

A lot of non quilting stuff has been happening as well. My sweet daughter turned 22 two weeks ago, and I went to visit her in Oslo where she studies, and we went to see the Mary Poppins musical.  Mary Poppins was one of the kid's favorite movies when they were younger ( and it might still be), so we were really excited to see it on stage.

We had front row seats, and got a great view!  "Mary Poppins- Practically perfect in every way"

Mary and Bert. The actors were really good!  

On top of the roof with the chimney sweep


This is Sigve's favorite dance scene ever form any movie- the Chimney sweeps dancing on the rooftops.  They did a great job on stage as well!


The bird woman portrayed by Mari Maurstad- a great actor!
Such a great show, and in September we're going to see Singing' in the rain- Can't wait for that!

I really need to catch up on my blog reading, Maybe I need to set a specific time each day to blog and read blogs... I seem to never have time for blogging anymore, any suggestions out there?
Hope you all have a great day!  It looks like I have to do a few laundry loads before heading outside for a walk/run- then I can go to my sewing room and play, yeeey!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hope Chest blocks

Today I managed to sneak in a few hours in my sewing room, which was great!  I had planned on making a class sample for a bag class ( actually a wallet class) that starts in a week, but I got sidetracked with these fun blocks!  I started on them right after Quilt Market in October, but I still had not finished them.

The pattern and fabrics are by Sherri over at a Quilting Life and I have now finished all the half square triangles, and need to make the blocks with sashing and cornerstones before sewing the quilt together.  Since I have a fat quarter bundle of the fabrics, there isn't enough for the border, so I need to figure out what to do with that.  Maybe I'll just skip the border all together?? First I need to finish my blocks though :-) 

Friday, January 1, 2016

SSCS finally arrived in Australia

It took a little over a month, but finally the SSCS swap presents I mailed in November arrived at Cheryl's in Australia.  I enjoyed stalking Cheryl's blog, and soon discovered she loves snowmen, like myself :-)

This bag is from a pattern by Wenche Wolff Hatling, and it was so much fun to make it, I might just have to make one more for myself.
I hope you all had a great Christmas, and a fun New Year's Eve.  
I am so looking forward to the new year and all the fun I plan on having in my sewing room!  Time to use fabrics from my stash I think.  At least that is my plan.  But of course I will still get new fabrics, I just need to sew MORE!  Sound like a good plan or what??

Friday, December 25, 2015


Thank you so much Lisa for the lovely pillow I received in the SSCS swap.  Your stitching is just beautiful, and the pillow is gorgeous!

I am really sorry my SSCS parcel still has not arrived in Australia, even if it was sent from Norway in November.  I really hope it will arrive safe soon, or I will make another gift and send!

I hope everyone is having a nice Christmas, my thoughts are with our lovely hostess of the SSCS swap, Donna, who lost her sister to cancer right before Christmas.  Sending you lots of hugs Donna!
Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas!