I got tired
of my old office wall-hanging and took apart the three layers. Used my ruler
and made a new top. Used the two old layers and the binding and my office has a
new wall-hanging, - just a little bit smaller than the old one.New from old!
The old one
The new one
My WISP is finished and a new jumper in Cottonwool from Rowan. A very good yarn
Now I’m working
on a secret project in my few spare moments, besides student guidance and
working out a plan to collect 9 000 000 nkr for a new congregation house.
Last year I
sorted out a lot of brown, yellow, green, brown-red and more fabrics from my
cupboard. I knew I hadn’t used any of these for years so I had to do something.
We have a small cabin in the woods that needed some sofa covers so I sorted the
fabrics into two groups. I cut all of them into big squares (12,5inches) and
sorted them into brown/yellows and green/rest.
The brown yellows
I matched two by two and cut them in a sort of log cabin. When I had sewn all these
together I knew I didn’t want to start on the next colour so I kept the squares
and made backs for the cover quilts.
Here you kan see the fronts and backs. I had enough blocks to make three pillows too.
I ‘m looking so forward to cover my old cabin sofas.
I got my first flue for the season I have finished some other products this September.
Here are some pictures.
blog post I had a look at the pictures of my blocks and I discovered that I had
turned some of them the wrong way. Digital photos are a good way to use for
trying out a lot of different settings.
the placement of some of the blocks.
Put on some
blues and red triangles
small borders and squares of many colours.
auditioning a lot of borders , trying not to let the results be too dull,
because I see with all the dark blues the blocks faded down a bit.
this month. A small heart wall hanging. The blocks are made by some of my
pupils in a class project. The three groups decided how to put their hearts
together.I sew them all together and put the three groups together as
a class by some metal rings.
Summer is here, though the
weather says something else. Despite the weather there is a color festival going on in the nature. Have
you discovered all the colors around you, -the flowers in all kind of shades and
The school is on holiday and I
love this time of year when everything goes slowly and there is time for just sitting
down and sensing the quietness, the colors, the fragrances and everything around
me.I have even got some time for
sewing. I have made a table runner and a small cloth from the latest number of
the Norwegian Quiltemagasinet, and 6 mug rugs with materials from my scrap box.
Happy colors for summertime! Enjoy life!
month just passed away and summer is just around the corner. It has been exams
and marking for some weeks now, and it is only 14 days again before I can tidy
up and get totally organized again at work. I always use a week after the
pupils have left to clear up and be ready for a new semester.These days are hectic but with a lot of stressed
pupils and teachers there are also a lot of humor and joy. I have learned a lot
of new wordswhen my pupils had oral exam
in mathematics .Words put together of well-known words, mixed together by
stress and sometimes by little knowledge. To my Norwegian reader: Vet du
hva det motsatte av inntekter er ? Etter et 20 min. foredrag vet jeg at det er
It is easy
to do mistakes, read wrong, put things and fabrics upside down so it’s
important to not make it bigger than it is.
I try to
use my spare moments to quilt, knit and stitch, so since last I have finished
knitting and crocheting a dress from the magazine Made by Me, and finished
block 4 in the Vignette BOM.
new words this week and see what you find!
May is here
and it`s really spring outside. The birds are making a lot of noices and the spring
flowers are blooming. I`ve just been to Mandal, near Kristiansand in the
southern part of Norway. There the trees had green leaves and they had more
flowers than we have here around Oslo. I was visiting my DD2 and her husband. I
made her, sew three trousers, and brought her a knitting top I knitted at Easter,
but I didn’t take any photos unfortunately.
have much time for sewing these days. I made this Easter-runner and another
batch cloth after Easter. The table runner pattern is made by Bente Tufte at
Kathrines Quiltestue. It was a very good pattern - easy to follow.
don’t have much time to spend on quilting and sewing it`s dangerous to do
blogging. There are so many skilled people making fantastic patterns! I was
tempted to buy one pattern this month with the good excuse that I had all the
material I needed to make it. But when to make it? When I have finished all my
UFOs, WISPs, and ………. ?Have a look at
this picture. Isn`t it beautiful? The pattern is made by Kim MC Lean and I
bought it from Glorious Color, but others also have it. If you are fond of appliqué and Kaffe Fassette`s
fabrics, Kim Mc lean has more patterns to tempt you. Just don`t blame me if you
get tempted to buy one or ……..
from north is blowing cold around the corners of my house, and my husband has
put a fire in the oven. We’ve had a very warm and sunny spring so far, but now
there is a change. My mother in law says there always has to be a fortnight
with wind from the North before the spring really comes. And she is usually right, every year.
is a family week. Two of my children are coming home for the holidays, and we see
a lot of other family members too. I hope to use my new batch cloth, baking bread, rolls and buns. I love
the smell of home baked and good
company around the table.
Have a nice
PS : The
hen stitchery is from the Norwegian “Quiltemagasinet” and the other patterns I think is from
There is a
time for everything in quilting. Sometimes we follow patterns, use the fabrics
the designers have used, sometimes we change the patterns and make a twist on
the patterns. Other times we see something and we copy it and make it our own.
After a year with finishing a lot of UFOS, WISP, and BOMs and so on I have
decided it is time for playing and challenging me. Why not make something that
is my design, based on my ideas?
I have signed up for a Quilt making course
with Linda and Laura Kemshall. I am
unfortunately a very slow worker here, because you must have enough time to sit
down and try different things. But I really love it the periods when I have it
on the top of my lists. Exploring colors, shapes, textures and much more open a
whole new world. I get more observant, I see more details when I’m out and
around. I can’t show you any pictures, but have a look at the student’s galley
and the portfolios to those who has finished this and other courses.
play-project that I can finish in a reasonable time is the one I have started
with one of my sewing friends. I bought two mixed media experimental packs fromStef Francis in the UK. I bought one green for my friend and one aqua for
myself. You see my here. It has beads, metallic threads, tissue paper, and much
are meeting and have to bring our idea with us on how to use our materials. We
don’t have to use everything, and we can add more if we want to, but the
experimental pack has to be the basic. I have an idea, but I can’t show it yet
because Sol has to see it first.
When I started to read quilting blogs I was confused about all the letter abbreviations. DH, DD, DS, WISP and so on. The only one I knew was UFO, because they we talked about when we quilting ladies met.We talked about them in both positive and negative ways, and even if we have tens of them at home we find excuses to start and buy new projects. OPAM- One project a month is a good way to finish some of the UFOs and last year I finished a lot of them.I’ve got a lot of space in my closet and in my boxes, and my sewing room is a lot orderlier.
This year has started in a higher tempo both at work and in my spare time, so there has been less time in my sewing room. This month I’ve only finished a pair of mittens.
I have a couple of WIVSPS (works in very slow progress). I love my Vignette in stitches project. It`s a kind of BOM project by Leanne Beasley in her Vignette magazine.
It’s 16 blocks and I have finished block 1, Block 2, 3 and 4 are on their way. I`m using fabric from my closet, embroidery treads from my stash and I`m lucky to have a lot. It is very nice to do some slow stitching to relax a bit and let the thoughts wander around.
I’m really proud of myself. I’ve used my minutes and have three finishes all ready in January. I’ve signed up for another year with OPAM- One project a month. One project a month is possible to finish for me and helps me to try out different kind of project. Here are my three projects.
Friday I suddenly got a few hours to sit down at my sewing table. I decided to start my embrodery machine to sew a couple of Christmas motives for my 80 years old mother. She wants to start on next year’s card production. I sorted out from drawers and cupboards what I needed, but my joy ended after 5 minutes.The display on my embrodery machine said Error. Press the start/stopbutton and after the display had worked for some minutes I read: Enter the rescue disk.
Had it been my computer I could have done that, but they don’t give us these rescue disk for our sewing machines. I had to put everything back in place, and started calculating when I could check in my machine for a “rescue”.I was frustrated and went to my computer searching for new embrodery machines and there I found it! The color, the shape, the design, its functions!I suddenly found myself in the same positions as some of my friends when they talk about their cars, their stereos and so on. I was lost for some hours. The price on the machine with computer software was high but some shops had an introduction offer.
When I landedI knewI didn’t need this machine because my machines have more functions than I use today, but it’d nice to dream a little.Saturday I got a job cancel in the morning so I could go to rescue my embrodery machine in the nearest city. I knew this shop also had this new machine so I decided to have a look at it. Free shopping!I asked for this new machine and the man in the shop had the machine but had lent it out for a trial. You now that machine is already old in its technology he said, even though it was presented in November. This machine here, he showed me one, is far in front of the other. A lot of the quilting ladies, he mentioned some names I knew, has changed to this brand because it is more updated. Have a look at the machines on YouTube, and try both before you decide for a new one.
When I came back home I looked at a lot of videos on the net, and there this machine he was in favour of, had its updates too.
So how much technology does I an ordinary hobby quilter need?It doesn’t make me better quilter just gives me more possibilities and more choices. Practice is the only thing that makes me better. It’s nice to have a “super “machine that can do everything, but do I need it?
Have a nice sewing week with your sewing machines !