I look forward to visit your blogs in 2007.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
I look forward to visit your blogs in 2007.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
First I want to thank you all for all the lovely greetings I got during the last days. After starting to blog I have got to know a lot of beautiful people. You have been so inspiring and I have enjoyed all the giggles I have had with some of you. And I know there is more to come.
Not so much sewing done these days, but tonight I will enter my sewingroom and try to do something.
This first picture is Frida who is waiting to open the presents. She got a new cat climber which she was very sceptical on first. But now she loves it.
My dear mother was supposed to visit us on christmas eve, but she is not so well these days. She got diabetes and they have not yet got controle of it. So it was the best for her to stay at the old peoples home. We visited her for several hours and she opened her christmasgifts from us while we were staying there. I feel a bit sad and guilty not bringing her home with us but I have to realise she was better staying where she was.
I got a lot of lovely quilt related presents. My DD and DS gav me this beautiful bundle of 16 fat quarters of "antique rose" by Lecien. Isn't they georgius. I do not know what to make of them yet, but it have to be something romantic.
I wish you all a nice and peaceful third day of christmas. I will now enter my sewingroom to study my quilty christmas gifts and perhaps find something to sew on while watching tv tonight.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
The only one sleeping was Quilter's dear spouse.
The Log Cabin stockings were almost completed,
"Just a few stitches left," our sweet quilter repeated,
"Then I can hang them and head to off to finish
the pillows I'm making, fulfilling Mom's wish
For something 'quilty' to put on her couch",
as she pricked her poor finger, our quilter yelled, "Ouch!"
When from out in the kitchen there arose such a crashing,
she sprang from her work, and she dropped all her sashing.
Away to the doorway she flew like a plane,
wondering just what was happening and who she could blame.
When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
but Old Mrs Claus and her bag of quilt-gear....
With her elves bearing gifts, through the kitchen she came,
she directed and pointed and called them by name.
"Now Elna, now Pfaff, now Bernina and Viking,
the Hoffman and Mumm should be just to her liking.
To the sewing room - there, it's just back of the hall,
now dash away, dash away, dash away all!"
"My Dear," said The Claus (as she liked to be called),
"There really is no need to worry at all.
Your projects will all be completed this night,
I'm terribly sorry we gave you a fright.
Sit down. Have some tea. It's relaxing, you'll see.
My friends and I've come a long way to help Thee.
"She thought she was dreaming, our Dear Quilter did,
In fact she quite feared that she'd near flipped her lid!
But the flash of the needles and twist of the thread
soon gave her to know she had nothing to dread.
They spoke no more words, but went straight to their sewing.
How the work went so quickly she had no way of knowing.
The stitches, how tiny! The corners, how straight!
This Claus-woman's talent was awfully great.
They finished the pillows, then started a quilt.
Before they all knew it, the whole thing was built!..
Now old Mrs. Claus, she knew quilters real well,
and she knew they'd need help on this night most of all
So she said to our quilter, "Just move over, dear,
I've brought my own needle. We'll get done, never fear.
I told dear old Santa about what quilters do.
How they plan all these projects but have other work too.
So he taught me his magic for doing things fast.
There, that pillow's done. Now this is the last."
They tidied their thread snips, and picked up the scraps
and chased our dear quilters six cats from their laps.
They left behind gingerbread (just to be nice)
and the whole house smelled sweetly of Christmas and spice.
As they scurried away with their thimbles still gleaming
dear Mrs. Claus paused, her cap ribbons streaming.
"Merry Christmas, my dear, now just have a ball!
Relax and enjoy. Happy Quilting to all!"
a merry christmas
and a happy new year.
I have appriciated reading your blogs and have received a lot of inspiration from you all. Hope you all will have a peaceful and merry chritsmas. And I am looking forward to see you again in the new year.
Tomorrow it is christmas eve and in Norway we celebrate christmas this day. We have traditions that the church ring the bells at five in the evening to ring the christmas in. I remember also that when I was a child we could not hear the church bells, but one man in the neighbourhood shoot the christmas in. He fired five shoots in the air and that was the sign of that christmas had started.
Tomorrow it is 4th sunday in advent and christmas eve. I share the last verse of my advent poem with you now.
Vi tenner fire lys i kveld
og lar dem brenne ned,
For lengsel, glede, håp og fred,
men mest allikevel for fred på denne lille jord,
hvor menneskene bor
We light four candles tonight
and let them burn down
For longing, joy, hope and peace
but most of all for peace on this little earth
where people live.
The first one is from BOM Snowman collector. I have sewed all the 12 blocks, but I made a quilt with only four of them. The rest of the blocks are going to be christmasquilts for my DS and DD when they get their own homes. The colours are not good in this photo, but could not manage to get it better.
My winter quilt after a pattern from Kristin Pollen.
I love this one. Snowmen celebrating christmas. A pattern from american P&Q
A log cabin santa.
Also from Nancy Halvorsen pattern
Thursday, December 21, 2006
I love it! It is so beautiful. I am going to treasure this angel for ever. And it will hang on my christmastree or perhaps in my window.
Perhaps you want to make this angel too. Here is the link to the free pattern.
Startet this morning with sewing the last christmasgift. One planned present is not going to be finished. I realised that there is no time left to do it. And I have told myself.....next year I have to start a little bit earlier. But after reading other blogs I have found out I'm not the only one making presents in the last minutes :)
Yesterday we have our secret santa present opening. We were several on a yahoo group who joined a secret santa swap. And this is the gift I got from Berit. I am so happy. Look what I got. 8 pieces of silkfabric, two brown fabrics, silk thread (which I love to use) and several boxes of beads and laces.
I have to show you what my DD made for her friend. A cute makeup purse. She transferred photo on fabric and used this as a decoration on one side, and on the other side she stitched "Søtnos" (which means "cutie"). It doesn't show but inside she have used a bright pink fabric. The pattern is from the newest book from Tilda. It was a great pattern and a easy way to sew the zipper in. I am going to make this one also............after christmas. And I think she also wants to make more of these. I am so proud of her.
Now the bucket is calling on me. Will show you my christmas quilts later.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
and we who present are
Thursday, December 14, 2006
DD decorated the gingerbread house last evening. And now it is starting to smell like christmas in the house. I will try to bake some cookies this weekend, but not as many as I used to.
This is a towel I made for a boy some days ago. I appliqued a little boy and his name on it. A little gift you can make very quick. I used vlisofix and machine applique. Quite fun to make and I am planning to sew some more.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Tonight we light two candles
we light it for hope and joy.
Today I am going to visit our museum. They have something they call "Christmas in the stowe". The museum has a lot of old houses and this sunday they have arranged old christmas traditions in the houses. I will bring my camera and take some photos to share with you all.
Friday, December 08, 2006
I also got another tip on bloglines. I have noticed that a lot of us are having trouble getting the bloglines to update the blogs we are subscribing on. The advice was to delete the blogs and then add them again. This time not choosing atom as a feed. It seems like atom is very unstabel. I was recomended to choose rss instead. This is also worth a try, because it is very enoying not having my bloglines updated. What if we miss something going on in blogland LOL
Thursday, December 07, 2006
My memory of Nissen is good. From I was a little child Nissen came with presents. One special memory is the christmas when my grandmother called on me and told me to look over at the barn. And on the barn bridge I saw a little light and there sat Nissen eating from his porridge bowl.
A famous Nisse illustrator is Kjell E Midthun and he comes from Elverum where I live. The next three photos is postcards made by him. Isn't Nissen cute. His postcards is very popular and they have become very attractive collector items.
I believe sending christmas cards is a world wide traditions and I found this link abot christmas cards. And if you look at this link you will find the norwegian version of this link. And here , here and here you can see a collection of old norwegian christmas cards. I love these old cards and regret not saving the one I have got before. After moving several times they have been thrown away. I think I will start to save beautiful cards in a cover from now on.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I also made this little heart wallhanging yesterday. It is also from one of AnnAKa's patterns. This was very fun and quick to make. It was supposed to be a christmas gift but my DD loved it so much that she wants it. So I have to make another one....or two. If you look at the pattern here, you can see that this heart is one of two hearts that shall hang together.
Still now snow where I live. We have had rain and warm weather the last weeks. It is quite unusual for this time of the year. I remember when I was a little child we had real winters with snow and very cold weather. I am not very fond of snow, I just want a little bit so I can find my christmas feeling. So now I just have to play christmas music and watch the advent calender series on tv.
Perhaps if I start to sew on my nisse kit I can find more christmas feelings. I got this kit of Tilda's nisser from a good friend last year, but I did not make them then. I found it in my closet when I was cleaning it and now it lays on my sewingtable ready to be done.