Thursday, January 27, 2011

The "Secret Quilt" is called Cottage Charm :o)

Today is the day I'm allowed to show you the secret project I have been working on the last month or so!!!! 
Siw, owner of Quiltegården, asked me to make this quilt, and of course I couldn't resist saying "yes" :o) I started in the middle of December, and it was so exciting to see the quilt growing.

A lot of sewing on the machine, and appliquè by hand, it turned into this:

Then it had to take a trip to Merete, she was going to quilt it on her longarm quilting machine. She gave me a couple of sneak peeks along the way, and it looked gorgeous!

She turned it into this:

Awesome, right? She did such an amazing job, and you can see some more close up photo's over at Merete's blog :o)
The quilt is on display at Fr.Jørgensen's exhibition stand on the Gave & Interiørmessa (Spring Market) which opened early today and will be open during the weekend, so that's why we couldn't show you the quilt before ;o)
The quilt is promoting the new fabric line from RJR fabrics, and the pattern is a 6 month BOM with these fabrics. Quiltegården in Trondheim are going to have it in the shop, so give them a call, or an e-mail if you are interested :o) 

I couldn't resist using the extra pieces I had left from the first table runner I made a week ago. I turned it into a similar table runner, and I gave it to my mom yesterday. The only thing different from the first one, is the quilting. This is only my second finish this year, but hope to finish some more projects next month:o)

Happy sewing,

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A new table runner for me :o)

Yesterday I had my day off work, and I started making a table runner I've had in my mind for a while. My inspiration was a quilt one of my fellow members in my quilt guild made some time ago. I liked the simplicity of it, but yet it was so cute! Hers was hand quilted, but I quilted mine in the ditch using my sewing machine.
Fast and easy one. Just had to do something for myself for a change :o)

It's made from 3,5" squares (you'll need 21). Strips in white are 1,5" x 3,5" (you'll need 18), 1,5" x 27,5" (you'll nedd 4) and 1,5" x 13,5 " (you'll need 2). I pieced it in rows and pieced the rows together with two of the 1,5" x 27,5" strips, and then added the two left along each side. Then I added the two strips at the shortest ends.

Nice to have a table runner with some Spring feeling even if it's lots of snow outside, and it's still snowing a bit.
My two youngest boys have been sick with the flu bug for a week now, and today I'm not feeling too good. Just hope it's not the flu bug that got me, and that the coughing and headache will pass by quick! Don't have the time to be sick now. Too much to do!
I'm off to have a cup of hot tea and some rest, and hopefully I can get back to work tomorrow, and that I'll will get some sewing done this weekend.

Happy sewing,

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Been sewing

I managed to finish the "Secret quilt" on Thursday, and it's off to quilting now!!! So excited to see it after it's quilted!!!. Merete Ellingsen are the one who will be doing the quilting. She is such a talented quilter, and I hope to make a quilt of my own to send her way soon :o)
Sorry I cannot show you photo's of it yet, but soon... ;0)

I've been only working on the "Secret quilt" for more than a month now, and it was a bit weird to find time to something totally new... Hard to pick one project to work on, there are too many to choose from... But I'm gonna stick to the plan about finishing something for every new project, so maybe the pile of UFO' will be a bit smaller this year. I really hope so!
I ended up cutting more fabric for the "Mocha Swirl" quilt I started working on together with Gail Pan, when we started a little sew-a-long on Facebook. She finished hers a while ago (PS! She is a speed-sewer!!!), and mine was not half way yet, but some more blocks where added today :o)
And more is in the making. This is some of the blocks so far:

I've used mostly from my Japaneese fabrics, but some are other fabrics. Some where scraps from fabrics I bought when I first started to make quilts, and some are fabrics I've bought not long ago. I love to do stashbustin, but there seems to be more stash when I'm done... At least a lot of 2,5" strips :o) This pattern is from the "Scrap Basket Surprises" book. It's a great book with lots of easy but awesome patterns. Will continue working on the "Kitchen Sink" when I'm done with this one, so I have some stuff going on... :o)

Wish you all a great new week,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Happy New Year! Isn't it great to sort of reset, and start on scratch with all the plans and project that didn't happen last year? I've already made a lot of plans, and some of my New Year's resolutions includes getting some more of my UFO's and WISP's out their bins and boxes, and finish more projects than last year. I am going to update my list for every UFO/WISP so I can get an overview of them. I've got lists in several notebooks, and that is not working. So the list on my sidebar will be a long one one...

I am planning to finish a UFO/WISP for each new project I start with this year. Wanna join me on that? Maybe I'll make a blogbutton for this, if several of you wanna join me :o)

There will also be a sew-along on my blog soon. Cannot wait to give you the details, but I know you'll love it, so keep checking up on me ;o) It will be so fun!

During the Christmas Holidays I got to do some progress on the "Secret quilt" I'm working on. It's a gorgeous quilt, and I will give you a couple of sneek peeks when I've been working some more on it ;o)

I also started on a little chrochet project. It's going to be a small table runner for my cupboard when it's finished. Just loved the purple yarn I bought last week.

A while ago I left a comment on Mona's blog, and this is what I got from her in the mail just a couple of days before Christmas:

Thanks a lot, Mona! Love your gift!!!
I like the “Random Acts of Kindness” philosophy currently traveling around blogs under the title of “Pay it Forward.”

Pay it forward rules:
I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange, and who make the same pledge on their own blogs. I don’t know what that gift will be yet, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward.

When I was shopping for gifts before Christmas, I found this frame in a shop called "Black & White":

I just totally fell in love with it! I haven't got to print photo's of my three boys yet, but I will do so really soon. Ain't it gorgeous?

Wish you all a great week,


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