Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On the roll with UFO's

I am on a roll working on my UFO's.  This weekend I spendt a lot of time in my sewingroom and look.........

First finishes was these three small doiley's.  Design is from Hugs'n Kisses.  I never finished them in time to be Christmas gifts last year, but now I can put them in my gift box ready for next Christmas, or other upcoming events.

Next finish is this Christmas table runner.  My friend Bjørg (no blog) designed table runner as a mystery sew along in my quilt guild some years ago.  Now it is finished.  Does it get in my gift box, or into my Christmas decoration box??

As I am on the roll with my UFO's I found this stitchery.  What to do with it?  I got inspired from Hanne and have decided to make a table cloth for my kitchen table.

I have joined a sew along group on facebook and we have been working on Plus Quilts.  This is how far I came this weekend.  This will also be for my kitchen table.  And this one has special memories in it.  All the backgrounds is 6 inch cuttings my friend Deb gave me when I visited her in november. And the Plus's is fabric I brought back with me from USA. So every time I look at this one I will have good memories of all my Plus Friends in USA.

Saying for today:

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sewing weekend

When having freezing cold outdoors (we had as low as minus 29 C this weekend) the best thing to do is to spend some time in the sewingroom.

 I pulled out a lot of my fabrics.  Mostly the "fresh" fabrics from my trip to USA in november.  Felt good to start cutting into these new fabrics.

Rusken does not go outdoors when it is so cold, and he loves to spend time in the sewingroom with me. And he loves to sit on my fabric or at the spot when he is mostly in my way.

With a new blade on my rotary cutter I was ready to cut in my new fabrics.  Notice that I have a little jar for all my used blades and needles.  Do not want to just throw them in my garbage.  

And this is how far I came with this project.  I have joined a sew along on facebook (closed group) and we are now doing the Plus quilt.  I had so much fun sewing it.  If you want the pattern you can visit Lailas blog here or Stinas blog here.  My plan is to something for my kitchen table, but to get a square tablerunner with not square blocks ........I have to do some thinking and drawing.  But I will manage......I hope.

Saying for today:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A new year and new possibilities!

Happy new year all my friends.

I have not forgotten my blog, just been a bit busy lately.

I know there is a lot of things I should have blogged about,
some day I may do it (or not),
but for now I just start at today.

January is always a month where I like to work on my UFO's.  And last weekend I chose which projects to focus on for a while now.  I actually feel good working on these projects and it makes me happy.  

I love to do needleturn applique and I have restartet to make blocks for my Stonefields quilt. I am not sure how many I already have done, but there is some.  I have been thinking about making it smaller, but just for now I just enjoy sewing the blocks I prepped a long time ago.

Stitchery is so relaxing. I started sewing AnnAKa's christmas early in 2011.  This was a project I always brought with me when I sat by my mothers hospital bed.  When she passed away in october 2011 I could not manage to stitch on it again, so it has been kept in a box.  Now I am ready to stitch on it again. And while working on it now I can remember all the good times when she and I sewed together.  Think this will be a very special and dear quilt for me to hang up for Chrismases to come.

I have also found some UFO's that just need some finishing touches by the sewing machine.  Some was to be Christmas gifts 2015, but if I now manage to finish them now I have an early start on Christmas gifts for 2016.

And I will do my daily threads of handquilting.  It does not sounds that I will make progress with just a few threads each day.  But actually it does!!!!  And my shoulder and arms will not hurt.  

Saying for today:

Friday, December 18, 2015

Columbus Ohio and Shipshewana - part 2

 On our way up to Shipshewana we stopped at the Fabrics and Friends quilt shoppe in Roanoke.

 Loads of fabric.  And look at the quilt in the ceiling

A lovely shop to visit on our way.

And you knows you are close to Shipshewana when the buggies starts to appears on the road.

It is good to be back at the Farmstead Inn and Conferencesenter.

And dinner at the Blue Gate restaurant and bakery.

I love their pies!!!  I did not get my blackberry pie this time, but the peach pie was delicious too.

Shipshewana by night is always a joy to watch.

And it is something special  and calming to watch the amish buggies and listen to the click clack from the horses.

One of my favorite shops is Caroline's Cottage Cottons. So cosy and the ladies in the shop are so wonderful.   And not to talk about all the temptations.

Don't you agree this is a wonderful shop.

 A visit to Rebecca Haarers antique shop is a must.  I love this shop.  Everywhere you look you see something interesting. And it was so fun to look through all the quilts that was stacked on this bed.

So much interesting fabrics and stitches to look at in all these antique quilts.

Shipshewana has several quilts shops and one of them is Lolly's.  And so nice to meet the shop owners again.  And they have SO many temptations.

and inspiration on the walls.

and a BIG sales room.

Yoder department store is another quiltshop.  Love the quilt signs outside the shop.

And do they have fabric.  OH YEAH, they do!!!!!!!  

Looking through my treasures. 

Just have to show you this photo from an amish shop we visited.  We got to taste a lot of jam and I just LOVE the names .

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Columbus Ohio and Shipshewana - part 1

 It's time to start blogging about my trip to USA in november.  Still having trouble with Live writer so I am blogging directly to blogspot this time.  I miss Live writer, so if there is anyone knowing how to fix this please let me know.

Well, where to start. I met Hanne at Gardermoen airport nov 11th.  We were both excited doing this travel together and to meet our friends again.

First stop was Colombus Ohio where Deb and her husband met us.  We were so happy to meet up again.  Two years since last time we spendt some time together.

Of course visiting quilt shops was on our to do list.  And already the second day we went to Red Rooster qiults which is close to Deb.

 Beautiful quilts on the walls.

 For lunch we went to Morgan House.  I loved the atmosphere in this old restaured restaurant.

And I love this quilt that was hanging on the wall.

A close up of the block.  LOVE IT.

We also visited Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  We walked around there for four hours and had a great time.  Still we manage just to see half of the zoo.  We'll do the other half next time.

Love the display of quilts at Deb's house.  I wish I had walls like this in my house.

Loved sitting around the table just sewing and chatting.  We had a lot of catch up chatting to do.

I am a bit envious.  In USA there is QUILT programs on TV.  Hello Norway.......why can't we have some quilt shows on tv !!!!

Another fun happening was that we went to the Whole Foods store for a wine and food tasting.  How fun was that !!

Then it was time to visit at Colleens place.  And of course a visit to Fabric shack.  One of my favorite internet shops.  I have ordered from them several times and it was so fun to visit this shop for real.

And to meet these to lovely ladies in the shop.

Shopping........OH YES!!!!

 Colleen had invited her mother and some friends over for coffee.

And we got a little show and tell.

We had a great day together!!

And then it was time to head up to Shipshewana for the Jane Stickle retreat.  Look at Collens license plate. Just LOVE IT.

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