Hand applique

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!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The SSCS sleigh has landed

The SSCS sleigh landed here yesterday, and Lisa V is my Secret Santa!  Of course I had to check her blog out, and she does beautiful cross stitching!

Look at the gorgeous Santa ornament she sent me!  I just love it!!!  
The other gift is hidden away until Christmas Eve- I can't wait to open it :-)
Thank you again Lisa, I LOVE my ornament!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December already?

I don't have any quilts to show you today- most of my sewing time has been spent making my SSCS partner her gift.  I hope the sleigh will land at her house in good time before Christmas!  I can show you some baking I did though.  This cake was so good! it is called a Bounty kladdekake and you can find the recipe (in Norwegian) here at "Det søte liv" blog.  If you like coconut this is an amazing cake! 
I was in Røros teaching a bag class in November, and got to try this new Subaru Outback for the weekend.  I think I am in love with this car, it was really nice to drive, and it had plenty of room for all my stuff, and I even brought a bit of the shop with me there...

Here are some of the ladies from the class with their bags.  I went back a couple of weeks later to help them finish their bags.  They are a really fun group!
That's it for today, hope to show more quilt related stuff soon :-)


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!