Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mini quilt

Not much sewing or quilting going on here these days, but I did finish a mini quilt last weekend. It's a pattern by Camille Roskelley and it's called "Puddlejumping". There is a big quilt with this pattern too, and that one is on my to-do list for sure!



I used some of the Tula Pink fabrics I bought long ago, and I like the way they pop using black as background fabric. Think I might make the big quilt using the same colors/fabrics :o)

It's soon Easter, and I really hope I will enjoy some time in my sewing room during the Holidays. I have to finish quilting some quilts, and I also want to finish my Easter table runner. Will post photos of it when I get to do some progress :o)

Have a great and creative new week :o)
Laila

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Quilting progress

I have been doing progress on the quilt I'm working on since I got to load it up on the frame last weekend. I never thought it would take this long to quilt it, but I have some trouble seeing the white thread on the white fabric... Since I don't have a fancy black light on my Innova longarm, I have to turn off the head lights and just use the regular lamp on the machine. It works pretty well to "dance in the dark", but hard for the eyes. But it works with taking a few breaks ;o)

The quilting is my 'version' of McTavishing. It's a pattern that I find very difficult to do, but I love the look of it. I guess I've learned a lot about how to make it smooth when I'm finished quilting this quilt. I have to admit it looks better as I go. 






I think I managed to add my personal touch on this, and look forward to get it finished and see it from a different angle than on the frame. I know it will look so much different than when you're standing with your nose just a couple of feet from it :o)
I just hope Helen will like it! 

Over here the Winter came back for a visit, and everything is covered with snow again. We haven't had snow for several months and it looked like Spring for a while. Perfect sewing weather if you ask me :o)

Happy quilting,
Laila

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Almost there!

I haven't been sewing or quilting much for a while, since I've had a cold bug over for a visit that have taken all the energy and urge I need to do some quilty stuff. But have been doing some more needle turn appliquè on Helen's quilt. I'm loving how this gorgeous quilt is looking, and I look so forward to load it on the frame and get it quilted! Only the corner flowers left to finish :o)

I don't know what it is with cats and quilts, but as soon as I start sewing my lap gets occupied with a black furball... Nano loves to help out :o) Couldn't resist taking a few photos before I had to take her off the quilt. Not much progress is made when she wants to cuddle all the time ;o)

I have quilted a few client quilts, and will share photos in my next post. Tomorrow I'll be at our local quilt guild meeting, and will take a lot of photos to share on the quilt guild's blog. Will add a link when the photos are shared over there :o) I bet a lot of inspiration will go home with me :o)

 See you soon!
Laila

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Comfort quilt #4

I can finally show you a quilt I've been working on. This is the fourth "Comfort quilt" I've made. I had to keep it a secret, because I made it for my brother for his birthday. I had some pieces for this already cut, from the other three with similar fabrics, so I saved some time making this ;o)

 I used wool batting, and quilted it using a panto called "Spiral square" and King tut variengated thread. 

Trying to take photos of a quilt is not so easy when you have two kitties who tries to cuddle up on the quilt while it's on the floor. I guess my brother will have to fight over this quilt with his furball, and I bet the furball wins ;o) Here are some close up's: 

I haven't been enjoying time in my sewing room for days, but tomorrow I have my Friday off work, so there will be some sewing or quilting then :o)


The two furballs are really getting comfy in their new home. The quilt I use for a power nap on the couch is no longer mine... Looks like Suzu is having a good laugh over that :oD

Wish you all a great and creative weekend!
Laila

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Been quilting again :o)

I have finished a beautiful quilt made by a lady in my local quilt guild. She delivered this quilt to me before Christmas. I got to load it up on the longarm frame this weekend, and finished the quilting on it. I used a panto she wanted called "Marbled feathers" from Lorien Quilting. I used wool batting and Aurifil thread. This is a large quilt, so I didn't get to take a photo of the whole thing. I think it looks very nice, and I hope the owner will like it too :o)
 Close up of some of the blocks:

I have also quilted a beautiful quilt made by another lady in my local quilt guild. We went to a class together to make this quilt. The quilt is called "Leavez" by Jane Mullen. I just love the red/cream colors.
It's quilted using "Angel wings" panto from Lorien Quilting and Aurifil thread. She wanted cotton batting, and it looks so soft.

 Close up of some of the blocks:

 I quilted and binded one of my own quilts a while ago. Just haven't got to take a photo of it before now. I finished the top months ago, but haven't got to quilt it before because of the moving.
It's quilted using a panto called "Fantasia" from Lorien Quilting. I love the texture of this pattern, and it really looks nice with the wool batting. Used Aufifil thread on this too.

Close up:

Our two cute furballs are really fun creatures. And they have a kind "big brother" that offer them his jacket to cuddle in :o) Pretty cute!!

Wish you all a great and creative new week, with lots of sewing and quilting!
Laila

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A little bit behind, but back on track again :o)

I haven't been sewing or quilting much the last week. Spent most of the days on the couch because the darn migraine came to stay for a while.
I have a couple of quilts to quilt on my longarm, but need to be a bit better before I start working on them.
I discovered some fun stuff happening on Facebook, and I decided to join the The 2014 'It's a New Year Sewalong hosted by The SewCanShe Sewcalites. 
The fun is happening on The SewCanShe Sewcalites' facebookpage.


I haven't made many log cabin blocks before, so I don't know the "right" way to do this other than cutting and piecing with accuracy. I figured I should try a few blocks to see what they look like with the fabrics I chose.  
Cut some of the fabrics, and all of them are scraps from different lines by Bonnie & Camille.

The blocks are only 4" finished, so pretty tiny. Not sure I like them, since the light fabrics are a bit too busy. I might give it another try using white solid instead. I guess I'll make a table runner of these blocks, since I need a new one anyway.


A while before we moved, our furball did dissapear. We have been looking for him for months, and our old neighbors have been looking for him too. But he is not been seen. We miss him a lot, and I still have a little hope he'll be back. The whole family missed a cat so much, we decided to get a kitten. But since our twins insisted we should have twins, we ended up getting two. My brother saw them on a local facebook page and gave me a hint about kittens that needed a new home. They came to live with us on Tuesday, but looks like they are pretty comfy in their new home now:-) 

Say 'Hello' to our two furball babies, Suzu and Nano:
 Suzu and Nano are both girls, and they are super cute, but a couple of rugrats :o)
They are running and playing like crazy, then they come to cuddle and sleep to charge up to play again :o) Not easy to capture a photo of them while they are awake, but DS1 captured these two photos of them.


It's not hard to capture a photo of them sleeping, though :-) Looks like they have adopted my quilt, because they come to use it as a bed when they're sleepy, which is fine by me :o)

I hope to do some more sewing and quilting during the weekend. I have finished the binding on my last quilt, and will share some photos tomorrow if the light is good and I get to take a few photos of it.

Wish you all a great weekend,
Laila

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New year ~ new opportunities :o)

Happy new year to you all! 

I am so excited to start on a new year. Feels good to know a new year with blank pages is ahead of me, with lots of opportunities :o) I really hope this will be a good year, and a creative year :o) 

I have been able to enjoy some fun in my sewing room this week. I prepped a beautiful quilt for some faux applique and colourque. This is a design by Helen Stubbings, and I'm using her technique and design from her book "Faux applique". It's a miniature quilt I will play with while working on other projects. 

I didn't have the patience to finish the table runner I was thinking I would quilt on the batting and backing that was at the end of the quilt I finished longarm quilting. Instead I put on a practice piece and tried the panto called "Continous Baptist fans" by Lorien Quilting. It's not at all the easiest pattern to follow, but it looks so great and it was really fun to play with. Will definitely use this on a quilt soon. 

 I have a few client quilts that I have had waiting for quilting for a long time. I finally felt ready to start on one of them the other day. This is a beautiful wallhanging, and I did some custom quilting on it using both rulers and freemotion quilting. I have to admit that I am satisfied with my work on it, which is not often I am :o) 

 This is the rulers i used for the curves.
 and this is some of the other rulers I use for straight lines and around appliqued pieces.

This is a photo from my working progress.

Detail photos of the quilting:



I love the back of a quilt when it's finished. The texture is just so cool!
I used wool batting for this quilt, and it makes the quilting to show nicely :o)
I really hope the owner will like what I did on her quilt :o) 

Wish you all a great weekend :o)
Laila

Monday, December 30, 2013

A little bit of this and a little bit of that


 I hope you all had a lovely time during the Christmas Holidays. I enjoyed time with my family, and I count my blessings. I'm lucky to have my loved ones close, and I am so thankful for being able to celebrate Christmas with all of us together.

This year is about to end, and I welcome a new and exciting one. 2013 has been the most busy year for us ever, and I feel like I've finally been able to let my shoulders down and enjoy some sewing and quilting again. 

I have tried to get my sewing room organized, and I have a lot of UFO's and WISP's and also some finished tops here and there. Some of them still in moving boxes... I plan to finish up some of them before starting any new larger projects. 

I got to load a top on the longarm frame the other day, and finished the quilting yesterday. It's a top I finished piecing this summer, before we started moving to our new place. I planned to do some freemotion quilting on it, but ended up using a pantograph called "Fantasia". 

These are photos from the beginning of the quilting:  

The photos are taken in the evening, so the light is not too good. Will take a photo of the whole thing when I get it off the longarm frame.

Since the backing and wadding for the quilt I finished quilting on the longarm is big enough for a large table runner on the end there, I figured I should hurry make a table runner to quilt at the same time. I have a lot of scraps left from making the "Dilly Dally" quilt. They are perfect for hourglass blocks, and I think they are way too cute to just throw away even if they are so tiny. I've made one star block, and will make a few more to join to make a nice table runner for my dining table.




I've been knitting when I haven't had the sewing mojo with me, and a few pair of mittens and socks have been made, and several are in progress...



I've got way too many projects going on at the same time, and it is a bit overwhelming to be honest. I usually think I will start a "small" project to get the feel of 'finishing something' between the larger ones... But sad to say so many ends up as UFO's... I hope to get better control of this from now on, because it takes my mojo away working this way. Self discipline is not my strongest side... 

When I've cleaned up the rest of my mess in my sewing room, and finished up some more of my unfinished business, I plan to play with these gorgeous fabrics:

This is some of the fabrics from Bonnie & Camille's line called "Scrumptious". Nice "carrot" to have waiting for me when I've finished the projects I have waiting.
Can't wait to get all the moving boxes emptied, and things in place! 

I haven't made any list for what to work on in 2014, I just want to enjoy sewing, quilting and knitting, and I guess my only goal when it comes to my hobbies, is to finish what I started. 

I wish all of you a Happy and Creative New Year!
Thanks for your nice comments on my posts! Your comments makes me happy :-)

Laila

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Stashbusting

It's been a while since we moved now, but still there are lots of stuff that needs to be done. 
But I feel HOME, and  I really like living here even if it's an old house with many things that need to be fixed, reorganized, rebuilt and so on. 

Between organizing our home, I've been taking the time to sort fabrics and stuff in my sewing room. I just need the "quiet times" in there just to take a time out now and then. I've also got my longarm machine up and running, and can't wait till I get the time and energy to be quilting again!

I have been knitting a lot these too, and this is one pair of socks from a Norwegian book called "Sokker. Strikking hele året" by Bitta Mikkelborg. The yarn is called Arwetta, and I bought it at Speedyneedle.dk



Months ago I signed up for a class at my local quilt shop Quiltegården. I have to admit after this weekend class I got a lot of inspiration, and the best of all... I got my sewing mojo back. Now the urge for sewing is there again, and I have almost finished the rows in the quilt. 

The quilt is called "Leavez" by Jan Mullen. Helle Løvenskjold was our teacher. I haven't tried this technique before, so I had a lot of fun making this. As you can see it's pretty different colors on the fabrics than I usually play with, but it's my aunt that asked me to make her this one, and she wanted these colors which is pretty much the same as in the original quilt by Jan Mullen.



While sorting my fabrics and scraps, I figured out I should make a quilt instead of letting these gorgeous fabrics stay in a scrap bin. Many of the fabrics where already cut in right sizes, so a couple of blocks didn't take long.

Yummy, right? All of the scraps are left overs from the same designers, Bonnie and Camille. I love how these fabrics looks with white background fabrics. Sad to say there are so little fabrics left from these now. These colors makes me happy, and I hope to finish up a couple more blocks this weekend.

I am pressing my seams like this: 
My little tip is to glue some of the places where the seams meet. Doing that you will have a nice flat seam, and the seams will not be distorted when you join the blocks to a top and start quilting it.

Wish you all a great Sunday, and happy sewing :-)
Laila

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Long time, no see!

Been such a long time since my previous blog post! Been super busy with moving and redecorating our new home. 
A couple of days before we got the keys to our new home, I had the pleasure of meeting Helen Stubbings. It was so nice to meet her again! She had her lovely daughter Molly to keep her company during her stay in Norway. I was so happy to have them both over, but there was no time for sewing this time since she was only able to spend one day in Trondheim. She was here to do a trunk show for my local quilt guild about her designs and quilts. So many gorgeous projects!!!








I have several of Helen's project in the making, and I can't wait to finish one special quilt. It's the quilt in the previous photo, with white background and japanese scrap fabrics. It's made with a special paper Helen made, and it makes the needleturn applique so easy and fun! It was supposed to be finished and quilted before she came over, but since my youngest have had their turns in hospital this spring and summer and I on top of that bought a house, I just couldn't... A border with more applique is to be made, then I will quilt it and send it back to Helen in Australia. This pattern is a design by Helen, and you can soon order the pattern and the paper templates from her :-)


The morning Helen and Molly where leaving Trondheim we had a nice visit at Quiltegården (my local quilt shop). Time flies when you're having a good time, and I really wish they both could stay longer! Maybe next time ;o)


I haven't been able to do any sewing or quilting for weeks, but lots of painting is done! The living room, kitchen and the kid's rooms are finished. Thanks to lots of help from my dear family! Yesterday I finished my sewing room!!! So excited to get my stuff in, and to put up my longarm machine!!! I've really missed sewing, and I'm ready to have some quality time with needle and thread very soon! Maybe this weekend? Who knows ;o)
I love my new home, and I think I will like it here :o) 

It's Autumn over here, and that means lots of sewing time when the weather is nasty ;o)

Hope to share some sewing stuff with you soon, and I look forward to get time to comment on your blog posts as well!
Happy sewing,
Laila

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