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.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Silk Ribbons
I thought it would be a great idea to swap ribbons, silk ribbons. Maybe it is not, but I will try. Sometimes it gives you an opportunity to try something new. New colours, new brand or even something you never thought of. Anyway, I am new to this type of crafting, but I am learning. I am looking forward to this. I hope I will be able to do motifs like this.

I spotted a load of ribbons on someone’s blog today. Sorry for not remembering whose blog, but it came from Pat.
I have bookmarked the blog and I will be back to se how she uses her new treasure.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Yes, Yes, Yes
Finally, I received my books. Oh. I’ve been looking forward to this. I’ve been waiting for so long I almost forgot about them. LOL.

  • Treasure of Crazy Quilt Stitches - by Carole Samlpes
  • The Crazy Quilt Handbook - by Judith Baker Montano
  • An Encyclopedia of Crazy Quilt Stitches adn Motifs - by Linda Causee

    OK there will not be any sewing tonight; I will be reading, tomorrow as well. The weekend is set of to do something total different than sewing. But Monday I will try everything in the books. And I’ve just been out shopping silk ribbons and new tread. Yes!

Monday, November 27, 2006

I’ve got my new “Bloggers who Embellish” button into my blog. But it is impossible for me to get it into the sidebar of my blog. I always get a tag-error. If I just copy and paste, it ends where it is now.
Winter in progress

I just had to try. And when I got started, I just couldn’t stop. This is what I’ve done today.

But it seams like it is impossible to get good pictures, especially close-ups. Anybody out there who is willing to give me any tips.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Winter / Christmas

In one of our quilt-group there is a “challenge” to make a A4 size quilt (8,5" x 12"), themed: Winter.
Actually there is one for each season. I started autumn (but I never got finished it in time) Now I on to “Winter” and “Christmas”. I will also do “Spring” and “Summer” later on.
These two quilts need to be ready by mid December. And of course I am not like everybody else; I have to make them crazy.
This is what they look like before I start embellishing them.

If there is anybody out there who wants to suggest anything special for these quilts, be my guest. I will be happy for any feedback/coments..

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Sandie has invited, and I signed up for a UFO/WISP Challenge 2007
(UnFinished Objects or Works In Slow Progress.)

Its a low stress fun way of finishing some of the projects that I have started.

The funny thing is I am not alone into this challenge. It is always nice working together. And here you can visit the others.

The reasons, why I have many unfinished projects are several. One reason is time. Another one is I have become impatient or bored with my work. The most common reason would be that I have started other projects. I love something new.
Anyway, when I look at them, or think of them, I know, I just can’t throw them in the bin or give them away. Once I loved them (I think I still do), and it would have been nice to finish them. Therefore I have promised my self to try to complete as many as possible of my UFO/WISP’s during the year 2007.

I am also aware of that we, (my DH and I) are going to build a new cabin this summer. (The old one burned down last winter) I know it is time-consuming to build something, but the cabin needs new quilts! At least one for each bed…..

I have not shown you any of my WISP’s. I am not proud of myself throwing these away into a corner, behind something else, in my sewing room. I will start bringing one at the time, into daylight. This is the first one:

I am not going to tell you when I started this one. For those of you who have been quilting for a while, might recognise the fabric.
I just loved the idea of pre-cut fabric and the sets of colours. Did I need them? No. But I just had to hvae them, LOL. During the years that are gone since I started this, I have had several ideas of the results. I think I will go for the last one. You wait and see. I will tell you later in my progress, of reaching my goal for this quilt.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Christmas stocking

ready to go. I am not going to tell who is going to get it. I won’t tell the receiver it is on its way. I want to keep it as a secret. And it is a bit early. Deadline is not until later this month. I just needed it to get going, hoping the receiver will get it before Christmas.
When I wrapped it up I stuffed it with Norwegian Chocolate (twist). I did it in my kitchen and measured it to a limit for postage.
I love the way this one turned out. Hoping the receiver will be pleased with it.
Snowmen no. 1

The first one is done. Except, I didn’t do the French Knots. Oh, I hate those. I will ask my mom to do those. Yes, I have tried, but they always seams to end up on the back side of my stitchery. And that’s not where they are supposed to be.
This one was fun to do. I am going to do the second one soon, but first of all I need to finish a Christmas stocking I’ve started. Hope it will be ready to go in the mail today (yes, it is another swap).

Thursday, November 16, 2006

This time it is not me. Well, it is me, but on behalf of my son, Glenn André (8 1/2) years)
He has envied me, when I get all these parcels. He seams so disappointed when I received one package after the other. And there is nothing for him. So, this swap is for him. He is going to make up to day, the parcel witch we are going to send of. We are going shopping today. He will understand the saying: “You have to give to get”. It is work to shop, write a card, wrap it up, bring it to the post office, pay the postage, and the worst of it all, sit around and wait for one in return.
Christmas Heart Ornaments

They are now ready to go. I am a little up front. Puh! Now I just have to wait until I get my swapping partners. In the meantime, I got a lot of other stuff to attend to, like my snowmen.
These hearts are made of silk and cotton. They are embellished with red beads. I love the way they turned out.

Yesterday we had our monthly gathering at my local quilt group. And yesterday it was a “Mini-course”. We made a quilted necklace.
Rita Schrøder is a well known quilter in this area. She has taught lots of ladies to make small quilts like this one I made:

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Light table.
What do you when the pattern refers to a light table?
I had a wage idea of a light table. But I had no intentions of go and by one. To be honest I did not know where to go shopping for one. Well, it cost no money, and I didn’t have to go anywhere, to use my imagination. I used what I had in hand.
Reading light form the living room, a couple of big books and my extension table for the sewing machine. It worked!

Now I’m going to transfer some of the patterns to fabric that I can bring to my Quilting meeting this evening. Oh, I look forward to start stitching.

PS! Tomorrow I will post pictures of my new Christmas Heart Ornaments I am sending away in a couple of days. Soooo…. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I have been dared.

Jo in nz said:
……I can't beleive that the others were rubbish. Show us and let your readers decide! I dare you.

OK, I went to the bin. I picked up my trash. I will be brave and publish something I am not proud of.

Well here it is, you decide:

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I am not crazy!
(Picture is stolen from Quiltegården internet shop where I bought the quilt)
I am just half way there. I loved this quilt. I just had to order it. At the time when I did order it, there was no price listed. (They did not know the total price yet, since they did not have all the fabric in stock) If there were stated a price I would have imagine it was big (64"x71"), and maybe I hadn't ordered it. Who knows? I am just a little bit crazy, and I just had to have it.... And in the meantime I have forgotten all about it. I received a note in the mailbox saying I needed to com to the post office to pick up a parcel. I saw who the sender was and I thought: Hmmmm, what could this be? I jumped in the car and got the big parcel safe home. During the weekend I've tried to hide this from my husband. He is aware of my sickness (read crazy) but this would be the last nail in the coffin. It is not easy to hide all this fabric when it is hung out to dry after washing it..... ! Oh, it is old.....and it is soon Christmas.....I am trying to tidy my sewing room.....I need some red and white fabric for something that I do work on..... A lot of explanations.I feel a little bit stupid. I know what he will say: Why cant you finish some of the projects you already have started. When will you finish them? Bla Bla Bla...... Well, I not dead, yet. And all my projects they are "WISP's" (Work in slow progress). OK, some are stuffing to keep the chilly weather on the outside.This new project is fun now when we are approaching Christmas. It will not be that fun in May or June. So, I need to do this now.
Christmas Ornament Swap

Today I did the last seam on these Christmas Ornaments.
(To be honest I started something else. They turned out like garbage. I had to figure out something else I could make to be proud to swap. )

I am very proud of the result of these. They will in the mail tomorrow for my swapping partners. I need to make some more for my own Christmas tree. They were fun to make.
I have also received one of the 3 ornaments I will receive in this swap. I will post pictures when I have received all 3.

I even started on the hearts for the heart ornament swap this weekend. They turned out also very badly. I could not be proud of sending those away to my swapping partners. The idea was good, but I need to improve the look. I need to sleep on it. The deadline is not yet. I will be back on this one.

Tomorrow I will spend the day together with my friend, sewing. Well, we’ll see if we do any sewing. The idea is to sew a lot and enjoy each others company. We haven’t done that for ages. Oh, I look forward till tomorrow.

And I promise I will post picture of my new big project. I forgot all about it. Sorry. I need to take picture outdoor in daylight.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Oh no!
Another big project arrived in my mailbox today. I will post picture of it later on. It is called Winter Wonderland and contains a lot of stitchery. Now I am in shock. I forgotten I ordered it. Well, it could be another WISP. We’ll see.
I will get back to you on this one……..


Today I made a new pin cushion for my own use. I saw one similar to this at a quilt gathering. I studied it, and said to myself: This is easy". And, yes it was. And it works.
Maybe later I will finish the other one I started. I just need to figure where I put the pink buttonhole tread. I can’t seam to find it.
I am so happy.

Another one removed, of my “to do” list for the first half of November.
These are tickets in our Santa block lotto. Those who want to win a pile of Santa blocks (6” x 6”) in purpose of making a Santa quilt needs to participate. Each block you hand in is one ticket to win the whole lot.
No tickets – No prices. Therefore I will hand in 4 Santa’s. Maximum limit is 5 per person. And the drawing is next Wednesday, and I want to do something else now. I will not be the lucky one, but I need to try. And the person that wins, needs the variety of Santa’s.
I’ve signed up for a few more swaps. I love swapping.
Now I am going to swap “Heart Christmas Ornaments”, “Christmas Ornaments”, Coffee And Knitting” and “Lots Of Chocolate Swap”. I am so excited.
Oh, I look forward to do my bit of the deal. (I have already started.) But I do also love to get goodies in the mailbox. I live by the rule: You have to give to get.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Soon I will be finished appliquéing.

Later on today (or another day) I will be ready to quilt my table runner. I stitched on it yesterday, but I dont think I will work on it today. is in progress……
A Saturday upfront of Christmas my Quilt Guild arranges a Workshop. The door to our meeting room is open, and if you want to, you are welcome. The Board has made a few models for those who do not know what to do. But you are free to work on whatever you like. Bring your work, big or small, by hand or machine, or just stop by to say hello. We have coffee and cake, and we order a pile of pizza later on. It is a social event.
These are some of the ladies and their work in progress.

Now I am going to hand appliqué my work to get it finished befort Christmas this year. LOL
Pin Cushion Swap

Yesterday I received my Pin Cushion from the “Hand Made Pin Cushion Swap”. It came from Malin who lives in Sweden. Thank you Malin!
She sent some sweets as will, and a beautiful hand made card. I assume she made the card herself.
The Pin Cushion is adorable. I love it. What a great idea.
Anyone up on a challenge?
I decided to respond to an gift-challange at abeautifulcraft's blog. So the first five people to respond to the challenge via comments on this blog will get a small piece of "something", (I know what it is, but do not know what to call it. Lets call it a Christmas surprise). The catch is, you also have to make the same sort of an offer in a post on your own blog. That means, this is not an exchange, you do not have to send me anything in return, but you must try to pay it forward though your own blog.

......and the interesting part will be seeing if there are actually five people who know this blog exists and are wisiting.
Anyone want to take me up on the challenge?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Pin Cushion Swap

Yesterday I finished my Pin Cushion for the swap. Oh I loved it. I wrapped it up and rushed of to the post office. Always late, deadline was yesterday.
Damn! I forgot to take a picture. Well I had my camera in my purse, low on battery of course, and I shot this.

Later today I will make another one, just the same, one for me. I will post a picture of it when ready.
Today I am tired. I have been working by the computer all day. Inside the house. Now I will go for a walk with the dog, and pick up my son at school. It is Friday! Weekend.

When my head is refreshed, I will pack my sewig-bag, get a glass of win and relax. I'm going to a quilt-workshop on Saturday morning.
That reminds me, I need to recharge the battery for my camera.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Beautiful Crazy Pink/Purple Block
Some time ago I told you about a 1/2 on 1/2 swap. Now the wotes are counted and winners published, and it is possible to show our work.

I sent 4 blocks to this swap. And one of them ended at Ati’s. She did a great job on embellishing one of my blocks, the pink/purple one. Thank you. And she won the pink/purple category for her work. I’m amazed she didn’t win the yellow/green as well. Go to Ati’s blog, and have a look. She does a lot of nice work.
I do look forward to get my blocks home. Where my three others have been I don’t know yet.
Later I will publish pictures and info on the 4 blocks I embellished.
Have you ever?
I found this at Shelina’s blogg. Reading thru her “statements” it felt like we were some kind of twins. Well, and there are always something that doesn’t match.

All these questions, and they are all about quilting. Amazing. Either you quilt, or you don’t, my husband would have sad.
Anyway, I enjoyed all these questions. I learned something about myself: I’ve done a lot of different stuff during the years that I’ve been quilting. And I’ve loved it.

And still there were some question I did not understand:
What is a Journal Quilt, and a Sashiko, and I don’t know what a Ostritch RR is?
Is there anybody out there that can answer me?

Here is my “quilting life”:

Have You Ever?

1. Taken a quilting class
2. Paper pieced
3. Hand quilted
4. Hand pieced
5. Created your own pattern

6. Published a pattern in a magazine or book
7. Gone on a quilting retreat
8. Gone to a quilting convention
9. Met someone who wrote a quilting book
10 combined your quilting with some other craft
11. Done any three dimensional quilting - like fabric origami

12. Made something using Thimbleberries fabric
13. Made something using batiks
14. Dyed your own fabric
15. Made a landscape hanging
16 Made a New York Beauty quilt
17 Made a baby quilt
18 Made a wall hanging
19 Made a journal quilt
20 Submitted your journal quilt for viewing
21 Made a fabric postcard
22 Made a artistic trading card (ATC)
23 Exchanged artistic trading cards
24. Mailed your own postcard
25. Made a lap quilt

26 Made a twin size quilt
27 Made a full size quilt
28 Made a queen size quilt
29 Made a king size quilt
30 Donated a quilt to charity
31 Sent a quilt out to a quilter
32 Thrown away a UFO
33 Given away a UFO
34 Cut up a UFO and made something else with it
35 Ripped fabric instead of cutting it
36 Made a quilt exactly like the pattern, with no changes whatsoever
37 Done any Sashiko
38 Quilted your own quilt
39 Did free motion quilting
40 Put any embroidery or beads on your quilt
41 Given away your quilt to a stranger
42 Swapped fabric
43 swapped blocks
44 participated in a round robin

45 participated in an ostritch round robin
46 kept a journal about your quilting
47 written a letter to someone who made an antique quilt
48 kept a blog about your quilting
49 participated in a gift exchange
50 sent a quilting random act of kindness
51 joined a newsgroup about quilting
52 made a quilt using a pattern from quilterscache
53 joined an online block of the month
54 made a block of the month quilt
55 subscribed to a fabric of the month club
56 bought fabric at an online store
57 bought fabric from ebay
58 own more than one sewing machine
59 have a room dedicated solely to sewing
60 hide a fabric purchase
61 finished making a holiday gift before July
62 spent more than $200 in one quilt shopping trip
63 made a quilt using a book from the library
64 worked with someone else to make a quilt
65. joined a quilt guild
66 become president of a quilt guild
67 taught a quilting class
68 helped someone else get the quilting bug
69 taught a child to sew
70 made a Dear Jane block
71 Made a miniature quilt
72 watch QNN - quilters news network
73 subscribe to a quilting magazine from your own country
74 subscribe to a quilting magazine from another country
75 buy fabric from another country
76 swapped completed quilts with someone else
77 asked for quilting help online
78 gone to a quilt shop to ask for quilting help
79 bought fabric at a local quilt shop
80 traveled more than 100 miles to go to a quilt shop
81 used nontraditional fabric for a quilt - something other than cotton or flannel

82 made a quilt using instructions given to you on a blog

83 make comments on someone's quilting blog
84 meet a quilter in person after only having talked online
85 had a quilting retreat in your home
86 own quilting software
87 made a quilt you designed on your quilting software
88 done any quilt research - history, interviewing quilters, etc.
89 had any quilt related subject published anywhere
90 donated a quilt to a museum
91 bought a quilt from a thrift store
92 made a quilt using fabric from a thrift store
93 made a quilt using photos
94 made a pastel quilt
95 made a quilt using brights
96 made a quilt using ethnic fabric from another country - African, Asian, etc.
97 made a quilt using leftover blocks from other quilts
98 had your quilt in a magazine, newspaper, newsletter, TV, etc.
99. Submitted your quilt to a quilt show.
100. won any ribbons with your quilts
101 had more finished quilts than UFOs
102 made a quilt using reproduction fabrics
103 took a break from quilting that was longer than a year
104 made money with your quilting
105 had a job in the fabric / quilting industry

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ufo 7 and 8

Tonight they are closing the competition. The competition of picking up old projects and finalise them. Sometime this is what’s needed to get rid of some of our old Ufo’s. It is amazing how some of us quilters start on something and never comes around to get them done. Speaking only for my self, it is easy to always start on something new and leave other projects behind for later. And later becomes for ever….

This weekend I told myself to get busy! I have finished ufo no. 7 and 8. It is to tablecloth I hated to quilt. But now it is done. Puh!

No 7 with the apples will end as a wedding gift for a friend of mine, who got married last weekend. They surprised everyone when baptising their child.

No 8 are a Christmas present (for last year) for a friend. She brings my son to school every morning. But I did not manage to quilt it last year. I got her something else. Well, she did not know about is, still doesn’t. so, I’m going to wrap it, and give it to her this Christmas. It is never to late.

Last week
I participated in a course by “Det Norske Veritas” in Kristiansand. I was a 2-day course, meaning I had one night on my own in Kristiansand. I was avare of a nice quilt shop down town, Kreativ Quilt, and I love to meet other quilters. I called them to hear if there were anything happening. And Yes! They were to start a course for newbie’s that evening, but I was welcome to “participate”.
Everybody should make a Christmas tablecloth, containing a lot of easy techniques, including me. I am supposed to know all this and make it in no time. But, No, I have never ever made so many mistakes in one project.
Now it is a source of irritation, but I hope I will finish it before Christmas (this year?) It is a beautiful tablecloth and I want to show you the result.
……is this a commitment?

Monday, October 30, 2006

My summer project

This summer I had an assignment. I was to stitch, by hand, a piece of work for a friend of mine who is mothering an informative internet-site for Quilters. The site is The site is in Norwegian, but the pictures are nice for everybody.

I wanted to do some work for her, and we agreed on wall hanging size quilt, of a block called Mayflower. I wanted a block that is easier to do by hand than on machine, and the colours had to be warm.

Another friend of mine had just bought herself an Internet Quilt shop, Kaktus Quilt, and she sponsored the fabric and the final quilting .

This quilt was to be a “small” quilt. Just to show the technique. But it was funny to do, and I had plenty of time, so I decided I wanted it bigger. Now I am an owner of an afghan quilt.

My Mayflower quilt is on display in the Quilt shop in Tananger. But it is also on display at where you can find the pattern and how too.


I forgot the book. It is an inspiring book.
"The Enclycopedia Of Beading Techniques" by Sara Withers & Stephanie Burnham.
It contained a lot of different beading techniques. I hope for more fabric embellishing. But it is just my imagination that is the limit. The book contained a lot of nice pictures, and how too. It was worth the money.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

New inspiration

I have been in town shopping. I found a book that is a “must” to me. It is about learning more about Bead embroidery, bead embellishment and other stuff regards to beads. This is more inspiratin for making Cracy Quilts and CQ hearts. And soon I’m going to start another group of CQ-RR.
I also love jewellery, and if I can learn how to make it, and find the time to make it, I would save a lot of money on shopping jewellery….LOL.
Red Fabric Swap

This month it was only two participants in the monthly fabric swap in “Stoffbytteklubben”. I don’t know why, maybe people are to busy in the fall?
Anyway, Signe Marie and me we wanted to swap.
This is what I received yesterday from her. Lovely, now I have to figure witch project am gone do, where I can use these lovely pieces of warm red.

Nina In Norway

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ufo 4-6
Last week I had holiday. One week of my summer holiday. First half of the week was spent at the house. I managed to finish 3 of my Ufo’s.

No. 4

Long time ago I bought some lovely batik fabric. I needed a nice purse to go along with a dress. I made one in a hurry for my self to wear. My mum loved it, and I told her I would make her one. (She would not have mine). Well, a promise is a promise, and now it is finally done.

No. 5

Some time ago a attended a quilting class. We were to make a beautiful Val hanging containing purple foxglove (norsk: Revebjelle). Mine became the most ugly one in the class. Reason is; because I choose a lovely background fabric that didn’t match. I don’t know why I finished it. It will never end on a wall in my house. Not even behind a door. But I am proud of my self to have completed it. (But it won’t happen again.)

No. 6

This one was fun. Stitchery is nice. It is something you can bring along wherever you go.
The frame made of pink fabrics if from a Swap at the “Stoffbytteklubben”. This is a nice group. We swap fabric, presents or blocks. I love swapping but I am not good enough to use what I get. I always want to keep it for something special. And this project was special.
I love the result of this one. Looking forward to put it on the wall
…mmmm, maybe it will be a very nice Christmas present for somebody…..

Second half of my vacation week were spent in the mountains. We rented a cabin at Hovden and had some beautiful days. The sun was shining and the temperature was high. It was beautiful. Nature had put on its autumn dress. The colours were stunning. We had some nice walks in the mountains. A trip to the “Badeland” an indoor swimmingpool. And had a lot of good food and vin. No diet this week!
In the pictures you see my DS, DH and Lady

You could rent one of these at the hotel
Outdoor Playroom at the Mountain hotel our cabin belonged to.

Look at the view from the top.

And if you wanted something to eat while walking the mountain offered myrtle whortleberry (blåbær), mountain cranberry (tyttebær) and black crowberry (krekling). Mmmmm……..