Thursday, December 28, 2006

Desember 24
Christmas Eve!
In Norway we open all the presents in Christmas Eve. In the evening the church bells rings Christmas in. We have a nice Christmas meal with our family, and late in the evening Santa comes to visit……..And I forgot my camera. Grrrr….)
December 22.

Wow! Look what I got. A Christmas card all the way from Canada. It is Carol who has sent me this lovely fabric Christmas card.
I visited her blog and left a comment that I found her Christmas cards beautiful. She told me if I sent her my snail mail she would send me one. Well, I did. But I never thought I would get one. And I Did. Even before Christmas! I have showed it to my family and friend and told them about my quilting/internet friends.
I love you all. You are all my special friends.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

December 21.
Handmade Christmas Ornament swap
These beautiful ornaments came to me.

A beautiful hand knitted sweater. I still smile when I see it. I loved it. It is a great idea, and made by Michelle McQuade. You can imagine the size if you compare it to Shelley Thornton’s smart patriotic Christmas ornament (ball)
Joanna Ordonez sent me a gorgeous “light catcher” in my favorite colors.

Heart Christmas Ornament Swap

The first one is hand made by Helle Jorgensen. On the back side she stitched “Piece”. My son Glenn “stole” it and hang it on his bedroom door.
Sandra Matos hand crochet a beautiful white heart.
And the last one is from Joanna Ordonez. Now I got two of her creations. (Wonder how I can get hold of the third one? Lol)

I love swapping. And there will be more to come! I have got two Crazy Quilt “Sisters” for 2007. I will tell you more later.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

December 18.

“My Garden”.

Today I managed to accomplish one of my WISP’s. It is “My Garden”. I know it is winter but the idea was to use it in the garden during summer. I can imagine how it will be on the lawn reading quilting magazine and sunbathing with cold lemonade. The size is 110 x 190 cm. Just big enough for me! It is so bright and summerly. It was kind of weird to do this and then put the Christmas tree into the living room.
I also received the last Christmas ornament in the mail today. I will post pictures of those later today or tomorrow.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

December 14.


Christmas is done! Not Christmas it self, but the Crazy Christmas Block. It turned out very nice but the photo does not it justice. (As usual). I loved the gold ribbon with the silk-velvet tread and beads, and the bird corner.
My lesson I learned yesterday were: Never use red thread on red fabric. I need to make myself be more brave, and daring to experiment.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

December 13.

Finally I came around to finish my “Winter” Crazy Quilt. It took some time but now it is done. There are some details I am very pleased with. But still learning how to take close up pictures.This is so much fun. I hope I will learn more, and more, and more.....

Tonight this quilt will participate in a challenge called “The A4 challenge”.
Our quilt group has an ongoing challenge thru the whole year. And tonight it is the theme: “Winter”. A4 is the name of the size of an ordinary piece of copy paper.
I will try to do my "Christmas" ready for tonight as well, but then I need to get started.

Stay tuned. I will post pictures of the other A4's tomorrow.

December 12.

A small wall quilt.

I am now going to show you how to easily make a suspension for a small wall quilt.

My quilt is in this example the size of an ordinary piece of copy paper.

I make 4 squares of fabric 1/3 of the length if the short side. Ex: quilt measures 21 x 30 cm. You need 4 squares 7 x 7 cm.

Fold, iron, and place them, one in each corner, pin.

Then attach the binding.

From corner to corner (witch is up) you place a Chinese chopstick or a flower-support.

It is easy. You go ahead and try it. You will be amazed. I did!

Monday, December 11, 2006

December 10.
Have you ever had the feeling you hate a project? Well, actually the project hates you? Or is it the sewingmachine?
I have tried for a couple of times to quilt a tablecloth. It seams impossible. Everything that can go wrong goes wrong. And I have tried “everything”. I have changed the needle, cleaned the spool house, and even changed thread. My only conclusion is; I am never ever going to use basting spray again. Grrrr!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

December 6.
Today it is my birthday. I am getting older, and I am enjoying it. I am looking forward to retirement in 25-30 years. LOL. Then I will have time to sew!
Today I am preparing “Pinnekjøtt” for my family. It is Sheep meat. It is a kind of Christmas/New Year dinner. It is going to steam boil for 3 hours and in the mean time I thought I would have a nice time opening my presents (form my quilt-swapping-friends). Just went for the mailbox to collect my presents. Empty. That means I only got one gift to open.

Thanks to Oddbjørg for a lovely fabric. It is a beautiful beige fabric, with small romantic flowers, in pink and green. It is just what I was whishing for. Thanks.

And the best is: I am not the only one that forgets!

Now my kitchen needs me. I have to peel the potatoes for ten people, and make the dessert.
No stitching today.....maybe tomorrow?

Friday, December 01, 2006

December 1.
I have started a tradition in our house.

The year 1996 when I fell in love with my boyfriend I also loved to do cross stitching. Therefore I made him a Christmas stocking. Then in 1997 I started another one for myself.
Well, I was not a mom at the time but I had a bad feeling. My DH had two children from before. At the time they were 7 and 9 years old. Therefore I made Stockings for his children instead. They were done by the Christmas in 1998. And during that Christmas I were stitching on the stocking for the latest member of the family my DS who were born in January the same year. Christmas 1999 my DS were almost 2 years old. He understood the meaning of the stockings.
Every morning in December before Christmas there is a little something inside the stocking, and the morning on Christmas (We in Norway open the presents in the evening of the 24.) The stocking it stuffed with goodies. (There will also be a new toothbrush and toothpaste to everybody).
Finally, in the year 2000 my Christmas stocking was done.
Last year I started to sew one for my niece. (I only got one niece and it seams it will stay that way.) The stocking will not be ready this Christmas. Maybe it will next year. It contains a lot of work, and cross stitching is a bit boring. …Ups..Don’t tell.