Hand applique

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A couple of finishes

Today I would like to show you a couple of table runners I have finished.  This first one I made using blocks from a Craftsy class by Joanna Figueroa.  The class is called "Smarter strip quilting" and so far I have only finished this first part, but I am so ready for part two!  Has anyone else taken this online class?  It is such a great way to learn new techniques, and Joanna is a super teacher! 

I figured I´d show you the whole runner from Brenda Riddle´s class as well ( the one I went to at Quiltegaarden in Trondheim).  I love the happy colors and think it makes a great summer runner!

I finally got my new computer, and this in my daughter and me playing with "photo booth".  We decided we looked pretty awful with the funky filters- so this plain picture was the best one.  Switching from a windows based PC to a Mac has ben nice.  LOVE the way this iMac functions so far.  Just need to figure out the picture stuff.... Not sure if I will buy Photoshop for it, or if an app will be sufficient.  Any thoughts on that by any of you using Mac?
Today is such a beautiful day- I think I will take my stitchery out in the sun for a while.  Hope your day is good!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Preparing for Halloween!


I know Halloween is a few months away, but I finally started this Crab Apple Hill Halloween project.  The pattern is called Hocus Pocusville, and has twelve fun stitcheries.

These are the first two, and I have one more finished now.  I don´t think I will be able to finish the whole quilt by Halloween 2015, but maybe next year!  I am having fun stitching these, since they are all in black they don´t take that long ( but I still need about a week and a half to finish one....
The other night I made this cute needlekeep.  I bougt a kit at a quiltshop in Melbourne, Florida about 5 years ago, and it has just been sitting there on my shelf ever since.... So it was about time I made it!
I am very happy with the result, i think it turned out really cute!  I know my mom has a kit for this laying around as well.... maybe I´ll have to encourage her to make hers as well now, it only took me about an hour to make.  Makes me wonder why it took me so long to do :-)
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Planting seeds tablerunner

Thank you for your sweet comments on my last post :-)  I was Thrilled to find out there are still some people who stop by my blog.  Much appreciated!

 
 I had the day off on Wednesday, and finished all the blocks for my Planting seeds tablerunner.  This is the one I started in Brenda Riddle's class at Quiltegaarden a couple of weeks ago.
I decided to do free motion quilting in a meandering pattern across the whole table topper.  This is the quickest way for me to quilt, and I LOVE free motion quilting! I alway bring my machine to the kitchentable for this, since it is a much sturdier table than my sewingtable.  My sewingmachine has a tendency to start "jumping around" when I do my free motion quilting in my sewingroom.  I should get a better table, but I just love the size of the one I have.
A shot of the runner with the quilting.  I have added the binding, and just need to stitch it down.  Now I hope we get summer soon since this is my happy summer tablerunner for our outside table :-)  No warm temperatures yet, but I keep my fingers crossed!
Thank you for stopping by, and have a great weekend!  

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Still around


Somehow days turned into weeks, and then months without blogging. Yesterday I received an e-mail asking if i was ok, so I figured I'd better write a post....thank you for checking in on me Chooky!
Although I haven't blogged, I have been sewing,and my sewingroom is a mess, as you can see in the blurry pictures.

I really should get that sewingroom cleaned up....
But sewing these little 6" blocks is more fun than cleaning.... I went to a Brenda Riddle class at Quiltegaarden a couple of weeks ago, and had such a great day there. I still need five more blocks for the tablerunner though, and I am not cleaning the sewing room until they are finished ��.
Tonight I almost finished this table topper for my daughter. It just needs a bit of quilting, and should be finished before July so she can decorate their apartment a bit for the 4th of July.

Sorry about the blurry pictures.  My laptop decided to die yesterday, so I am blogging from my iPad, which means I have to use it to take pictures as well.... Now I need to decide if I should get a new laptop or maybe finally get the iMac I have been wanting for a while.  For now I am glad I have my iPad though, and hope I can rescue the pictures and files off my laptop.  I have most of it backed up on an external hard drive, but I am not sure all of it is there...

Well, that's it from me for now.  I am not sure anyone is still reading my blog, but if you made it all the way through to this I thank you, and I really appreciate your visit!



 




 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

January bag

I just wanted to show you my "January bag" today.  At Quilt Market in Houston last October we got a lot of great bag patterns, so we decided to have a "Bag of the month" club at the shop. Sewing together is just so much fun, and since the patterns are in English we can help each other if there is something we don't understand....
The January bag is by designer Sara Lawson of "Sew Sweetness".  She makes wonderful bag patterns, and they are super easy to understand!  The pattern we chose was "the Byebye love bag"
You can make this bag in two different sizes, and this is the larger one- and my favorite bag at the moment! ( I made one large one and two small ones....)
So many wonderful bags were made in January, It is so great to see how different they all came out just by using different fabrics!
Tuesday is our first February bag club meeting, and I will show you the february bag later. ( Yes I already made one...)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My sewing folder is finished!


Yeey, I finally finished my hand sewing folder!  I managed to finish it on the weekend in my previous post.  Now I need a new project to fill it with....
Here is the other side. It has pockets on the front and back ( the Dresden block is a pocket)

The inside... Lots of places to put my scissors, needles, thread etc.

And the outside, with three pockets for patterns and other fun stuff!
This was a really fun project to make, with lots of details that took a while to sew ( some of them I left out....)
Thank you for stopping by my blog!
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

A few finishes

Today I will finally show you a few finished things here....  My lack of blog posts doesn't mean I don't quilt ( or knit)- it just means I have limited computer time....
My first finish in 2015 was this Marius jacket.  I knitted one in blue white and red in the fall, then I really wanted a grey one as well.... I used Sandnes Mini Alpakka yarn in this.

My Advent calendar was finished in early December. yeey!  I had my advent gifts hanging on it, so I waited with taking a photo until now.... The pattern is by AnnAKa, and was a BOM.

I think I showed you this table topper when I was working on it.  Fun fabrics by Lynette Anderson, and a really neat ruler called the Basix ( x- blocks)

This was a UFO from 2013 I think... Again a pattern by AnnAKa, but it was supposed to be a table runner with two identical stitcheries..... I decided we needed a wall hanging more than another Christmas runner.....LOL ( saved me lots of stitching....) It felt great to get this one finished!!
This weekend I pulled out my pieces from the AnnAKa class we had at the shop in October..... Ola (mr. 15) and I have been "home alone", and he really doesn't want to hang out with Mom anymore, so I have had plenty of sewing time, even if I worked Saturday... My goal is to have this finished before I go to bed tonight- so I better get back to the sewing room now....
Thanks for stopping by!
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Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

I am going to start the new blogyear with a picture of my husband Svein wearing the mittens I showed you "pre felting" a couple of posts back.  After felting them in the washingmachine they came out the perfect size for him. No more cold hands for him this winter I hope!

Right before Christmas Svein helped me make a table lamp out of a "Norway Jar". These Jars are like the Ball Mason Jars, except they say "Norge", and they are round.  They have been out of production for many years, but Hadeland Glassverk just relaunched them ( at a high price...)  I have a few of these from my Grandmother, and I wanted to make a nice lamp, and Svein drilled the holes in the top glass ( unlike Mason Jars the lid on the top is also glass), and close to the bottom for the cord to go through.  Now I just need to get a new lampshade, the one I have on there is from a different lamp until I find one I like.

I managed to sew a bit during Christmas as well, two bags from the same pattern: the "Byebye love" bag by designer Sarah Lawson The blue parts above are for the smaller bag

And the fun cartoon fabric I've been waiting to cut into will be the larger size bag.  
We are starting a "Bag club" at the shop this year, and this bag will be the January bag.  I can't wait to see the fabrics the other ladies have chosen for their bags!
Hope you're off to a great new year, thanks for stopping by!
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas to all!

Finally Christmas is here, and I didn't have to wait any longer to open my SSCS gift from Jan over at "little Red Hen". She spoiled me rotten with not only one, but three gifts!  First was this lovely bag in awesome fabrics, and inside were two wooden kangaroo buttons and a pattern!

This is the bag closed, isn't it gorgeous?

Jan also made me this pretty drawstring bag ( again- i LOVE the fabrics!!!!) and inside this bag was a pack of Christmas kleenex :-)

The third lovely gift Jan made me was this adorable stocking!  I just had to hang it on the tree right away!  Thank you so much for your generous presents Jan, I am thrilled with them all!!!
A million thanks to Donna as well for hosting the swap!!!!
Today we woke up to a cold morning with -32C ( -24F), so we have stayed inside pretty much all day.  Went to my Mom and Dad's for Christmas lunch/dinner which is a tradition, along with my brother and his wife and her parents and sister.  My parents also have some friends from Romania who doesn't have any family here who spend Christmas day with us,  Kristine is in Texas celebrating Christmas with her dad and stepmom there, so it does feel a bit empty here without her.  Can't wait to see her again in January.  She has a couple of weeks off before University starts again, so she'll be home for a few days then.
I hope everyones christmas has been wonderful!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Thank you my Secret Santa!

Santa has dropped off my SSCS parcel from Jan over at "Little red hen"  and look at the cute ornament she made for me!  I love it, thank you so much Jan!

The other gift has been hidden away until Christmas!

But the ornament has been hung on my little tree in the sewingroom.  Isn't it just adorable?
Thank you again to Chookyblue for hosting this swap!  I've been in it every year since she started hosting it :-)
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