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


Times flies so fast


Time flies so fast when I am having fun :-)
It is like an energy boost to pick what blocks to do next and what colours to put in to the mix.




time flies


Thursday, July 16, 2015

More blocks


Cups of coffee, audio books, needle and thread - life is good!



makes your  heart sing