Sunday, February 15, 2015

Learning how to machinequilt

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This weekend my quiltgroup had invited Anne Janzon to give a class in how to machinequilt.  11 ladies registered for this class.  Not the best working space, but if you look closer you can see some of us placed three chairs upon eachother to get (almost) the right hight to sew.  We learned how important it it so have the right hight to work on.  Right now it feels very good with a heat pillow on my shoulder and neck.

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A lot of demonstration and explaining how to do this.

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It looked so easy when she did it !!!!

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Some of my first attempt quilting circles and pebbles.  Most important was to learn how fast I can sew to get nice quilting. To find the right sound of the sewing machine.   And I experienced one important thing, no shoes on the pedal.

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Very concentrated ladies. Only the sound of the sewingmachines was heard.

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And finally over to the scary part.  Quilting feathers.

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We had to draw a lot of feathers on paper first.

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And them my poor attempt quilting feathers. It will take a lot of practice on many many sandwiches before I can do it on a quilt.  But it was so fun to join this class.

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Anne had a lot of books about machine quilting and I have already orderer two of them to get more ideas.  But one thing I have experienced this weekend is that I have to practice, practice practice.  So perhaps one day I can be able to quilt like this:

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Both these are quilted by our teacher Anne.  She had brought with her a lot of lovely quilting to show us.  Thank you Anne for a wonderful class.  I enjoyed it so much!!!

Saying for today:

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Monday, February 02, 2015

Gondola to the top

Today i took a day off from work to assist my daughter while she was having a photo shoot.  And when all that was done, we went for a little trip to Hafjell ski resort.

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We brought no skis with us.  In fact no one can pursuade me to put down hill skis on my feet!!!! But we took the Gondola up to the top,

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A little bit scary, but a lot of laughter

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And finally on the top !

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Great wiew from the godola

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So fun to finally have been at Hafjell.  Although with no skis on my feet.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Raspberry Parleour progress

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Having prepped a lot of blocks for my Raspberry Parleour quilt, it has been easy just to grab a plasticbag and sit down and sew.

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So far 16 blocks are done.  Still have a few more prepped, but I need to have a prepping day soon.

Saying for today:

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January quilt meeting

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Last thursday there was the first quilt meeting for 2015 in my quilt group.  This evening a Janome distributor visited us.  And they gave us some tips how to clean our sewing machines.

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Always fun to meet the other quilt ladies again.

Show and tell:

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Snow and sewing

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This weekend I have been together with 3 good friends at the cabin.  As you can see there was a lot of snow on the roof.  Strange weather with rain when we arrived and minus 17 C when we woke up this morning.  We have had a wonderful weekend with sewing from early morning to late night (early morning).

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I brought my new project for handsewing.  I do not manage to just sit by the sewing machine all day long. I had already prepped some blocks and it was fun starting to sew on these blocks.

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Sewed a few of these basket blocks.

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And they are sew fun to sew.

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But my main machine sewing project was blocks for my Phebe quilt.  I had prepped a lot of blocks so it was easy to start sewing.

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And I sewed A LOT of these blocks.  So now I just have to prepare 11 more blocks to sew and I have the 80 blocks required for frame number six. Still very very much work do do on this quilt. 

But for some time now I have to just do hand sewing, because tomorrow or another day this week I have to bring my sewing machine to get a service.  It has got a noice that I do not like.  Hope it will be back home really soon.

 

Saying for today:

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

I’m still here :)

I am not lost in my sewing room.  Just have been so busy these days in the new year.  A lot of projects at work, so it has been so good just to relax when I comes home.  Been reading blogs, but have not been a good blogger myself. And I have been terrible bad in not commenting on your blogs.  But for you who want to follow be on istagram I am there as abyquilt (of course)

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Cold weather and snow storms made me pull this quilt out of the box.  Still a lot of handquilting to do on it, but I have to take it slooooooow.  Did too much handquilting one day and the next day my arm was not good.  So perhaps if I do just a couple of threads each day (now and then) it will be finished one day.  As you see one special guy have claimed this quilt for his.

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Started to sew these cute basket blocks from Blacbird Designs blog.  You can find the pattern here if you want to make some too. They are so fun to sew.

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I have also prepped some blocks for my Phebe quilt. So easy to just enter the sewingroom and sew a few blocks now and then.  I am a big fan of spending a whole day just prepping and put the parts into small plastic bags.

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Progress on my Phebequilt. I have finished all four borders with needleturn.  And have sewed three of them to the center piece.  Doing mitered corners with needleturn applique.  Quick and easy way to do mitered corners.

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Still have a lot of needlturn to do in the four corners.  Birds, more flowers and acorns.

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And then this book came in my mailbox.  Hurray….a new project designed by Sue Daley.  I ordered this book and bought the fabric back in september at the Norwegian Quilt festival. Finally it came and I am looking forward to start sewing this quilt.

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Will add some of my own fabrics to it.  And I have had a fun day prepping some blocks for it already.  Easy to bring in my purse when going away for a visit.

 

Saying for today:

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