Saturday, May 2, 2015

Trunk show with Irene Blanck

Yesterday I went downtown to my local quilt shop Quiltegården to be at the trunk show with Irene Blanck from Australia. She is teaching classes there this weekend, and since I wasn't able to attend the classes I wanted to go there to meet Irene and to see her gorgeous quilts. I bought a pattern she designed a couple of years ago, and knew about her quilts. She does a lot of needleturn appliqè on her quilts, which is my favorite technique.

It was so great to hear a little about her story, and how she works. A lovely lady with a great sense of humor and so talented! I went home with one more of her patterns, and I started late last night on some of the blocks for the quilt. It was so inspiring to meet her and get to see her work!


This is a few photos I captured while she talked about the quilts she brought:

You can read more about her on her blog and website Focus on quilts.


Early yesterday morning I finished quilting and added the binding on the "Leavez" quilt I have been quilting on my longarm. It's been on my longarm frame since early in April, so I was thrilled to finally finishing the quilting. 
I am using a binding similar to the spines of the leaves, and I think it looks great. Sort of framing the whole quilt too. I'm still working on sewing down the binding by hand to the back, and need to attach a hanging sleeve. Then it will travel with my aunt to Turkey, and she will be using it as a wall hanging at her place down there. 

Wish you all a great weekend!

Hugs,
Laila

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some new stuff

Spring finally came around, and I have been doing some gardening again. Cutting back some of the blackcurrant bushes and getting rid of old leafs and grass. The two furballs, Nano and Suzu, have been following my every move and they are super happy to be playing outside in the warmer weather. Funny how some sun and warmer weather can make both animals and people happier :o) 


Big changes happened lately, and long story short; I had to leave my job because of my health issues, so now I will have to stay on a sick leave until I can join a job training program to see if there is a job out there for me. It's so sad to leave your colleagues through 25 years, but I try to do the best out of the days I'm staying home. I'm so happy I have my hobbies, and that I'm able to keep my focus on something positive. Quilting, knitting and sewing is therapy, right? At least I feel better when I can do something creative.

Earlier this month the Norwegian designer Bente Tufte came to our quilt guild meeting and talked about her quilting life and the patterns she has made. She uses a lot of stitcheries in her projects, and I bought a pattern called "Løper med broderi"/"Table runner with stitcheries". I just fell in love with the lovely table runner she made, so I have started mine. Almost finished the stitcheries, and I am soon ready to quilt some simple quilting on it before I finish the binding. 
If you want to see more of Bente Tufte's work, you can visit my local quilt guild's blog.


It's no secret I love Gail Pan's work. I ordered the book she released a while ago, and started a stitchery for a gorgeous pillow from the book. I'm using a variegated thread, so I don't need to worry about thread changing :o) Love it!


I've been knitting almost every night when watching TV with Hubby. I just finished attaching the threads on three pairs of Blueberry waffle socks. The white pair is already delivered to it's new owner, my dear Mum :-) The others will be kept in a bin, so I have some presents ready for upcoming birthdays/Christmas.

When our local quilt guild are having meetings, my local quilt shop Quiltegården has a nice selection of stuff from the shop for us to buy. I bought this book by Lori Holt after seeing shopowner Siw's gorgeous table runner made from one of the patterns in the book.


One of the blocks I finished looks like this:
I love these fabrics, and I hope to make a table runner for my dining room table using them.

I have also tried out the twister ruler. I haven't tried this before, so I had to make a test block:
My plan is to make several blocks for a table runner using these. Love how it came out!

No UFO's in this post, but I will be making progress on them when I'm finished quilting the quilt on my longarm:
I had to get more thread, since the cone I had was way to small to cover the blue areas.... It's great to have longarm quilting friends to ask when that happens. I'm super happy my friend (you know who you are :o)...) is sending me a cone of the same color, so I can finish it up. Almost half way there.....

Wish you all a great and creative weekend that is just around the corner ;o)
Hugs,
Laila


Monday, April 6, 2015

Some quilting, sewing and knitting

During the Easter Holidays I was home alone for a few days. I spent some hours in my sewing room, and enjoyed some quilting too :o)
I loaded up the "Leavez" quilt and started the quilting. Some piano keys in the sashing, swirls with pearls in the outer border, and some McTavishing in the blue backgrounds behind the leaves. I haven't finished it, so it's still in progress. It's hard to see the quilting while I am working, so need to do the McTavishing with the lights off and I quilt only when it's daylight.

I also made a new toiletry bag/purse made from scraps. To be honest I miscalculated when I cut out the pieces for the lining, so it ended up with the stripes the opposite way, but I think it looks great anyway :o) I just love the Tula Pink fabrics, and I save every scrap piece I have large enough to make something of.


I have also made progress on a sweater I started knitting. It's a pattern from Garnstudio called Diamond rose. I bought this lovely yarn called Lima a while ago, and I just love to knit with it. With larger needles than I've used on my previous projects, this was superfast to make! Soon finished the arms so I can join the whole thing and finish up :oD


Wish you all a great new and creative week :-)
Laila

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cozy Easter Holidays

I have finally found my way back to the sewing room again, and I've had a couple of cozy days sewing blocks for the scrap quilt I'm working on. 
I'm not alone, the furballs are keeping me company :o) I have wrapped two of my unfinished quilts on the longarm frame, and they find their spots as soon as I open the door for them. 
As long as they don't get in my way, I love having them around :o)


 I've made some progress on the scrap quilt since my last post. I have 20 finished blocks, and some more are in the making. I'm taking a break on this one now, since I'm going to start quilting the "Leavez" quilt in the next days or so.

I need to prepare the backing for the quilt, and I'm ready to start quilting. Too tired to start tonight, so I will get on with it tomorrow. Haven't figured out how to quilt it yet, but I will find out as I move along :o)


I'm still knitting, and I have made some progress on one of the jackets for DS2, and I am almost finished the Islender sweater for one of my DIL's. I know she is patiently waiting and looking forward to use it.

 A while ago I finished another Marius sweater. I haven't got to iron it yet, so it looks a little bulky.

Hope you are enjoying your Easter Holidays too, and having some quality time with family and friends. 

Happy Easter!
Laila

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spool quilt progress

I had my Wednesday off work today, and I have spent a few hours in my sewing room. I almost finished all the blocks for my scrappy spool quilt, and I look forward to start the layout and piece the blocks together. I have used the pattern in a book called "Simple strategies for Scrap Quilts", and I plan to make more scrap quilts from this book. I have bought a lot of books with patterns for scrap quilts, but this book is one of my favorites.



I plan to do some progress on the needle turn tonight, and hope to finish the last block for my "Winter Blooms" quilt soon. I have some scraps already cut to use in this quilt, but will have to add some more to get to finish it. 


I have also started to knit on the second arm for a sweater for one of my DIL's and I hope to finish the sweater in a couple of weeks. This is a traditional pattern called "Islender/Islandsgenser" and is a free pattern from Vikinggarn




Sunday, March 8, 2015

UFO progress

I looked forward to spend my day in the sewing room today, but woke up with a nasty headache... Thanks to a long power nap and some migraine medicine, the migraine was beaten and I could spend a few hours sewing. I made progress on two of my quilts today.

Mona and Sølvi joined the UFO challenge, and you can visit their blogs to see what they are up to :o)

The first one I could add six new blocks to, and now I can easily see how it will look when the blocks are side by side. Will add the sashing when I finish all the blocks and I can piece the rows. Really looking forward to that!


I managed to make a pile of blocks for the scrappy spool quilt too, but didn't get to press them and finish the blocks today. 

I'm so happy about the progress I did today, and it was so great to spend time with my sewing machine. Hope it won't be long till I can continue on my UFO's.

Wish you all a great new and creative week!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Working on a UFO today

I have spent a few hours during the day in my sewing room. I have pieced some more blocks for my scrappy spool quilt, and I am glad I decided to add a few red and yellow blocks, and some pink ones too. I haven't decided to add a border or not yet. I might end up with no border since I love how it is looking, but you'll never know ;o)

I have been playing with the blocs and pieced some of them together. I will rearrange some of them when I get more blocs finished.
Some of these fabrics are from the first year I started on my adventure in the patchwork world. Lots of memories in these blocks. Some of these are from the pile of fabrics I have for "the special" project, but I have stopped saving the beauties. If I never use them, I will end up with a stash that are there just to pet... and I always find new favorites, so I use them all. 
I know I'm not the only one who saves special fabrics, but if we don't use them we'll never  see how pretty they are in a quilt :o)

Hope you are having a great Saturday!




Friday, March 6, 2015

More UFO's for the challenge

My friend Sølvi will join me on the UFO challenge, and post about hers. She asked me if I had more UFO's, and I said "Oh yes! I'll post some more on my blog later today".
So.....This is a "few" more photos of the UFO's I was able to find today:


Stitcheries for a Easter project. I think I started this one last Easter

This one needs just the hand quilting and it's a finish. This is an old UFO

Potholders and a table runner that needs quilting, and some more stitcheries

I am half way to finish the EPP blocks for a quilt called "Åttebladsrose", a BOM from Lappemakeriet

The pieces for the purse is finished and needs to be sewn together, the start of a table runner and blocks for a quilt called "Summer Day".  

"Hanna's garden" I started when I attended a class with Gail Pan


I got to make a few blocks for the scrappy spool quilt today. I will cut a few more fabrics for this quilt, since it needs a few red and perhaps yellow blocks to make it a bit more scrappy.

It's going to be some bad weather over here this weekend. That means great sewing weather, and I really hope to spend some time in my sewing room this weekend. 

If you want to join me and some of my blog friends and post your UFO's, please let me know and I will link to your blogs. This is just for fun, and maybe we can cheer each other to finish some of them!

Wish all my quilty friends a great, fun and creative weekend :oD





Monday, March 2, 2015

UFO challenge

As you know, I have been organizing my sewing room for many weeks. Slowly I get things sorted, and I get an overview. I have been looking through the boxes with unfinished projects, and I thought I should post some of them here on my blog. I know I have a lot more UFO's, but these are the ones I picked out this time. I know I am the Queen of UFO's, and some of you might be shocked over how many I have... But as long as I am having fun, and I do finish stuff now and then, I don't care about what other people think. I must admit I wish I finished one project at a time, but that just doesn't work for me ;o)

I have been challenged on Facebook to show my finished projects several times, but I thought it would be fun to challenge my friends here in Blogland to show your UFO's... Anyone out there want to join me? Just for fun? 

 In the first collage you can see the three blocks of a quilt called "Dancing with the stars",
the finished rows of "Millgirls quilt", "Dreamweaver" designed by Tula pink, a quilt made from a pattern by Anni Downs and a table runner also designed by Anni Downs.



 In the second collage you can see the 9patch quilt I started last spring, some of the blocks for "Winter Blooms" designed by Gail Pan, blocs for a quilt from Kim Bracett's book, an hexagon quilt in Tula Pink fabrics, a BOM from Gail Pan and stithery and table runner from Helen Stubbings' patterns.



In the third collage you can see the start of a larger log cabin quilt designed by Judy Martin, "Bricks and stepping stones" designed by Bonnie Hunter, two new blocks I made the other day for a scrap quilt ispired by my friend Sølvi, a spool quilt from a scrap quilt book and some blocks for a new "Comfort quilt" designed by Leanne Beasley.

Some of these UFO's are years old, and some are new, but they are all projects I hope to finish this year. I hope to enjoy a lot more time in my sewing room soon. 

I have been going to a neurologist for a while and after taking a sleep test he required, he figured out that I have RLS (restless legs syndrome). This can be the main reason I am so tired and feel like no energy, since it can cause severe nightly sleep. When you sleep bad for months the body just says STOP, so now I really keep my fingers crossed that the medicine he gave me will help. 
Just hope to be "back on track" again soon, and looking forward to follow my friends here in Blogland :o)

Big hugs,
Laila

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Been quilting a little bit

I finished sewing a quilt called "Kitchen Sink" more than two years ago, and I finally finished quilting it last weekend. I am pretty satisfied with the panto I used, since it kept the blocks in the quilt smooth. I haven't got time to add the binding yet, but hope to do that soon. 

I am still knitting more than I sew. I have to admit that it's easier to do when I have been dealing with some health issues, and the energy level has been too low. Last week I went to the yarn store, and bought some new yarn I haven't tried before and started on a jacket called Fanakofte. I love the blue and white, and I have enjoyed knitting this weekend while watching the Falun world championships.


I also attached the -threads on a pair of Blueberry Waffle Socks I finished a while ago. It's a birthday gift for my MIL.

Wish you all a great new and creative week!
Hugs,
Laila

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A finish!

I almost finished this jacket, called Nancy kofte, for my daughter-in-law (to be) for Christmas, but I didn't get time to hide the egdes on the back og the plackets. 
I had to borrow it back and finally finished it up today, and she could have take it home with her :o)  
I am pretty satisfied with the result, it's the first jacket I've ever finished! I have knitted so many sweaters, but never made a jacket with plackets. I'm so happy my daughter-in-law (to be) love it!

I have been practising some longarm quilting, but not in the same groove as I used to be. I hope to get my energy back so I can enjoy some more sewing and quilting :-)

Wish you all a great and creative Sunday! 
Laila

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lovely Sunday

I've had the darn migraine for almost two weeks in a row, but late last night it finally felt better. Woke up today without much of a headache, and I could finally spend some time in my sewing room. I was not alone, since the two furballs kept me company as always. Looks like the cats are more happy about spending time in the sewing room than me :oD

I have been practising some longarm machine quilting today, and I am soooo out of practise. Have a lot of catching up to do!!! But slowly I will get back on track again... I hope! 

                                             

While Nano, the furball, had a nap on the practise piece (I would NEVER let her do that on a real quilt!!!!) I started cutting some fabrics for a quilt I've wanted to make for a while. I bought the book by Buggy Barn early in 2014, and the Star Band is the favorite in this book. I don't have any BB fabrics for this quilt, so I am using a lot of japanese fabrics from my stash. I guess I'll be stashbusting a lot while making this one!

I'm determined to not buy any fabrics unless I really need to this year. I guess the only ones I will need is backings for the finished quilts. I have too much fabrics, and I almost feel bad about having this much and not using it.... Anyone else feels the same?

I have at least three quilts I have planned to make, but will finish some of the ones I've already started between working on new projects. I still have some knitting projects to finish too, so I will do whatever works for me :o)

Wish you all a great new and creative week!
Hugs,
Laila




Sunday, January 11, 2015

Looking for my sewing mojo!

New year, with lots of new possibilities ... Yeah right! I'm really struggling to find my sewing mojo. Even if my longarm machine is up, I just don't feel like sewing or quilting at all. The stuff to organize is my sewing room is too overwhelming, and I have lost the overview I once had. I have got lot of my things back in place, but I can't seem to find the way to rearrange all of my stash and things to make it work easy. I just don't know where to start...

I've been occupied with a lot of migraines for a long time, and I haven't had the energy to do much sewing either. Tonight I decided to give myself a kick in the butt and cut some large squares and made some half square triangles to make a scrap quilt, just to get started. I managed to make a few, and I will stick with this till I have a finished quilt. Fingers crossed I can do it :o)
I have so many gorgeous japanese fabrics just waiting to be used in something, and a scrap quilt is never wrong!

I have been knitting, as you know... And I managed to finish a few projects for Christmas. This is some of the socks I have been making through the last monts: 

I have started so many projects, but when they get difficult I start on something new. Those who knows me, knows that's just me in a nutshell. This is a pair of mittens I am working on:

I hope to get time to make blog posts more often, since I really miss it! I guess the easy ways to share on Facebook and Instagram makes me think it's almost wasted to write the blog posts, but I like to use my blog as a sort of diary, so I will continue to write.

Wish you all a great new and creative week!
Hugs,
Laila

Monday, December 1, 2014

Knitting projects and new books

This weekend I got to clean up a lot of the mess in my sewing room. Most of the stuff is out of the boxes, and I am trying to sort things and declutter a little bit too. 

I was going to pick fabrics to join Bonnie Hunters new mystery GRAND ILLUSION, but didn't get time to do that. But I will try to figure out what fabrics to use during this week or so. I will try to join even if I am going to be behind on the clues that will come. I need to finish up a lot of Christmas presents, so I will be able to do some sewing after Christmas :o) 
Still need to set up my quilting machine, but since I'm not able to play with it now anyway, I guess it will take a while before it will be set up.
Are you joining the mystery by Bonnie too?

I just bought three of Bonnie Hunters books, and I can feel my sewing mojo is doing the happy dance :o) I found one favorite quilt, and I am so excited to start on it soon!

DS2's girlfriend had her birthday the other day, and I knitted a pair of "Blueberry waffle" socks to her in wool called STERK. It's a super soft sock yarn, and a dream to knit with.

I have also tried to knit mittens in a yarn called Fritidsgarn, it's pure wool perfect for felting. I knitted a couple in different sizes just to try this, since it's the first time I've ever made felted mittens.
They turned out soft and I just love these two colors :o)

I've been in my "knitting bubble" for a while, and I have plans for making some gorgeous mittens with these lovely skeins of yarn:
It's Alpaca yarn, and I am going to try to make a pair of mittens called "Selbu Mini" made by Lillcat design. This is the photo from her webshop, and I have permission to use it by her :o)
 She makes a lot of gorgeous patterns, and you can also find her on Ravelry. 

Wish you all a great and creative week,
Laila


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