Friday, October 09, 2015

A busy week, daily threads, and an Ufo finish

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Really taking to heart how many hours of work that are hiding in my Ufo-boxes,
I dug out the Cornelian quilt blocks, and have done daily threads on the 2 remaining stitchery blocks as my daily thread(s) this week.
Daily threads do pay off, and now all the stitcheries are done.


Through the process I have decided I will alter the finished quilt a bit, and I therefore can now say I am done with all the stitcheries.

As much as I love blue, it will still be nice to put the blue DMC floss away for a while ;-)

I have been working on this quilt for 2 years, and I am now aware of what stopped it in its track:
The finished quilt is to massive for my taste - not to big - just to massive, and I am doing something about it!

I have dug out one more project to move forward by daily threads:


These Crewel work napkin rings looks so good.
They are very slow work, but I would like them finished in time for Christmas!
I think I can do it :-)


One has to have some starts too, right ?
The red table topper / candle mat is badly sun faded, and I would like a new one in time for advent.
In fact, I would like to make more than 1, but I am doing 1 at a time :-)


And finally - A Finish :-)
Dear Husband wanted another Sew Together Bag for his computer bits and bobs.
It was put to the side when it did not meet a travel deadline of his, but now it is done and he is happy!
It is in daily use - it does not get much better than that :-)

the most out of every day


Friday, October 02, 2015

I love my Ufos!

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I love my Ufos, every single one of them (I think) - I love them enough to move them forward to finish!
I  have looked through all my boxes today. It was a journey through different stages of my quilting life through the last plus minus 10 years. I have more than what you see here.
I will never be a no-Ufo person, but less is more, and my Ufo boxes are filled with so many hours of done work. It would be a shame to let all that hours go to waste, right?

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I love to decorate with quilts - plastic boxes do not look half as good as a finished quilt :-)

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My Ufo challenge makes me happy - it must be a good thing with the 1 to 1 ratio.

small steps

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,
wherever you are!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hopes and dreams, threads and coffees

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Days have been flying, filled with family, friends, going to the gym, attending lovely Jen Kingwell classes, doing daily threads, finishing some Ufos, reading good books, drinking coffees.

I signed up 5 Ufos to one of my quilt guilds' summer challenge, finishing these 4.

It is a fact that too many Ufos do nothing good for my creativity - more like strangles it - so I am taking action in Quilt Corner these days, giving myself a 1 to 1 challenge through the next year, starting now.
For every project I start, I have to have a finish!

I know that most quilters can not work like that - I wonder if I can, I think I can :-)

I started by finishing the 5th Ufo from the challenge - a stitchery bought more than 25 years ago. It has been finished in a box for years. Now I can enjoy it on my kitchen table daily.



set goals


Sunday, September 06, 2015

Time flies when you are having fun (and are being busy)


As you may know, I love to make gifts for the special people in my life,
and this is a gift for my dear niece.
She was very happy with the gift and I am so blessed that she enjoys hand made gifts.



I made a see through bag for May Britt earlier in the summer too, as a Tour de Fibre prize, and filled it with some quilt necessities.
I could not blog it before she had received it, right? :-)


And finally, one for me :-)


It fits so nicely into my purse, bringing some English Paper Piecing and maybe a dish cloth knitting too.

I so enjoy picking colours and fabrics to make each recipient happy.
Conclusion: I can not make a pile of anything, for sale or for the drawer. 
I enjoy the personalization process far to much :-)

do small things with love


Friday, August 14, 2015

More Stonefields Quilt blocks and another Bingo


I  have hit another Bingo with my Stonefields Quilt blocks - month no. 8 is done!


Hand piecing looks good from both sides - and it is a pleasure to iron when the the block is done :-)
I love to use all methods in a quilt - and I have no objections about mixing hand and machine piecing in the same quilt.




Every time I hit a Bingo I put those blocks together in a zip lock bag


Then I put the zip lock bags together with the corresponding pattern in a see through box + hexagon flowers for the borders in piles of 10 with a clip on.



Above is the box I keep on my desk, with random finished blocks and hexie flowers + patterns. This system makes it easy for me to find blocks to do and keep motivation up :-)




~ Wishing you all a happy weekend ~


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Stonefields quilt - more blocks - and hitting a Bingo


It is fun to work Bingo style - picking blocks here and there,
and it is like a prize to hit a true Bingo :-)
Here is Bingo on month no. 2  (above) + close-ups of the latest finished blocks below.



Yesterday I learned that Coriene, from whom I purchased my Stonefields pattern won the Viewers Choice prize + 2nd prize in the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham with The Stonefields Quilt this year made by her + machine quilted by Kay Bell! How great!

Congratulations Coriene + Kay - I am so proud of you!
Your quilt is so lovely and a great inspiration to me :-)

small steps

every stitch counts!


Monday, August 10, 2015

I believe in daily threads!


In May I decided that this project deserved to be finished over the summer  - and now it is :-)
If you are in to Dear Jane / Jane Stickle inspired quilts, you will recognize the blocks.

The blocks are 4,5" finished and they are a result of a 1 to 1 swap with a dear friend many years ago. We decided from month to month which 2 different blocks to make each - 1 to keep and 1 to send over the big ocean.The theme was Autumn.

With the spacer plain blocks this can be a small lap quilt or just for decoration.
I have this quilt hanging over the back of a chair in my dining area, so I see it and enjoy it every day. I am not a very autumn colour girl, but the overall feeling of this quilt and what it means to me makes me smile!

Daily threads do make a difference :-)
I will dig out another slow project shortly!


Sewing down bindings are nice outdoor work - when the weather is good.
A glass of rosé and fresh strawberries just added to the moment :-)




The Stonefields quilt - some group photos


3 weeks ago, I found that it was time to spread the finished blocks out, to get a colour feel of what I am doing :-)
Me like !!

I got inspired to keep on keeping on :-)








The Stonefields quilt progress


It has been a cold and wet summer - and I have spent a lot of time in Quilt Corner.

The cold weather and this stiff body is not coming along to well.
I am happy we spent time in Turkey in June, and I am already saving for next year!

I have been working steadily on my Stonefields quilt though, and it is growing blocks by block.

I have it a Bingo on Month 1.
Working Bingo style like I like it the best is fun and I enjoy picking what block to do next.



rules of quilting



Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy moment

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We have not had the best of summers here in Norway, with a lot of rain and cold weather, so every time I have the chance I just grab some hand work and sit outdoors.

This was on Friday, and dear husband served us a tall glass of bubbles. We had a good time out in the sun.

I remember only to well summers in the past when I have been 100 % house bound for health reasons, so you will hear me sing, come rain or shine -
rain does not bother me much anymore,
as long as I feel good and can come and go out of my house as I like!

It is always good sewing weather, right?

PS - I am already saving for our next trip to Turkey - next year :-)

blessings mouse