Saturday, March 28, 2015

March quilt meeting

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Last thursday there was the monthly quiltmeeting in my quilt group.  Not so many ladies came because we had a bad snowstorm and the roads was difficult to drive.  We were supposed to have a quilt shop visiting, but due to the weather they did not come either.  But I had a backup plan and showed the ladies photos from NQF’s annual meeting.

And of course there was show and tell.  Enjoy the photos.

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Saying for today:

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Norwegian Quilt Associations annual meeting

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Yesterday I went to the Norwegian Quilt association annual quilt meeting.  Only for a day visit this time.  So fun to meet up with friends, to shop and to get inspired. I give NQF credit for the work thay have done this year and the goals they have accomplished.

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Several quilt shops had brought a lot for us to shop.  Here is a photo from Kathrines Quiltestue.  They are also visiting my local quilt group next thursday, so I get the opportunity to shop even more. 

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Here a photo from Trådsnella. Lots of goodies and inspiration

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And it is always a joy to visit Lappemakeriet.

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And here is Siv at Quiltegården.

Lots of inspiration in the shops. 

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It is always fun to visith the exhibition.  There is both the members exhibition and the competition exhibition.  Some quilts became my favorites.

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Like this one made by Eirin H Smestu. 

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And this one made by Tove Holm.  This one got 1.st place in the traditional class. The name of the competition this year was “Traditional Norwegian traditions”.

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Love this one too.  It is made by Kirsti Hovland.

Not much shopping this time.  Think there was too much inspiration and goodies, so I could not sort out what I needed to bye. The fact is that I really do not need to buy anything.  Have loads of everything in my sewing room. 

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But a new pattern, a new pigma pen (that one was on my shopping list), a background and some fabrics for another new project came home with me in my bag.  Coming back home and downloaded all the photos from my camera, I can enjoy looking at the photos and get more and more inspired.  Will save the photos from the shops and exhibition until later, because I am going to show them at my local quiltgroup at the april meeting.  So until then you’ll have to wait.

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I did not buy fabrics for the pillow (the pattern I bought yesterday).  But when entering my sewingroom today wanting to start this project, I got a little bit worried that I did not have any grey fabrics for it.  Looking in my boxes, drawers and shelves……………... I found that I had fabric enough for several pillows. 

Saying for today:

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I’m still here !!

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Just realized that it is over a month since my last blogpost. Time has gone so fast.  Thinking each evening that now I have to make a blogpost.  Then suddenly it’s time to go to bed and I haven’t touched the computer.  Actually it has been good, because I am sitting in front of the computer all day at work. So evenings I have been out walking in the nice spring weather, reading, sewing and spending time with my family.  Perhaps I needed this little break from the computer.  But now I’m back !

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And so is my sewing machine.  It has been away for some weeks again.  But now it is back home and sewing good again. Of course I could have done some sewing on my spare sewing machine, but……… relaxing with some hand stitching have been so good.

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So the last days I have been working on my Phebe quilt.  Sewing on some borders.

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And all the star blocks that is for the next border is done.  Now I just have to find the perfect fabric for the sashing between the blocks.  I am going to the Norwegian Quilt Associations annual meeting on saturday, and there will be several quilt shops there.  Maybe I can find it there.  Or just use the one I already have picked.

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Relaxing evenings working on my Raspberry Parleour quilt while watching Australian Masterchef.  Love that kind of tv shows.

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And the pile of blocks for this quilt is slowly growing.  Think I have done almost half of them now.  Need to prep some more blocks soon now.

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And finally I have to show you this cutie !!!  Rusken loves to snuggle up in this quilt.  When the quilt is not laying in the sofa for him, he is staring at me with his begging eyes until I find the quilt and makes a little cave for him to crawl into.  I am well trained !

Saying for today:

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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.

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