Friday, December 04, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
There are no excuses for me not bloging. Especially when I have committed to several activities on the Internet that needs blogging.
My life has been on standby, but unfortunately, time did not.
And yes! I do feel guilty and do have a bad conscience.
I have received the most beautiful handembroidered postcard from my seacret angel. It is adorable. Thank you so much.
And I received my Friendship bag witch included delicious cookies. I loved everything about it.
I have done some stitching, unfortunally I cant show you all. But someting I can. I’ll post pictures later tonight when the batteries to my camera are recharged.
What I can show you now, is my Kaffe Fasett Quilt that I completed this month. Liz at Kaktus Quilt did a great job and quilted it on her longarmmachine so it was done and presented at the gathering where the designer him self gave a speech.
This is my OPAM for September. To morrow I might show you next months project. Just kidding...
Friday, September 04, 2009
58 comments ....
results in 3 gifts + one extra for those who told about my Giveaway at their own blog.
And the winners are.....
This has been so exciting. I know from my own experience that you find nice blog’s around the Internet by surfing from one blog to another. It gives you a lot of inspiration and ideas. And by doing this I hope I’ve made my self a lot of new friends and that you all will come back to visit, and that my blog can bring you candy for your eyes and inspiration for your hands and heart. You are certainly my source of the kind.
One second gone... :o)
Thanks to all of you who bothered to comment, and to all of you that didn’t.
And the winners are:
And the extra goes to:
Congratulations. Thank you for participating!
This has been so much fun, and it isn’t over yet. Now I am of to purchase surprises’ in Pink, Offwhite and in a varaiety of autumcolours.
I need to do this more often, and soon it will be Christmas. Just 112 days to go.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Today is the set date for my Giveaway. I’ll give it today as well, for signing up. And then, tomorrow, I’ll do the counting on how many…..
Monday, August 31, 2009
But I managed 1 completed project this month as well. Perhaps some of you girls recognise some of the blocs. It is the result of a block-swap at Stoffbytteklubben. It turned out pretty nice in my opinion.
I have also received my 2.5” pieces from another swap. Aren’t they just lovely? I can’t wait for the day to come, when I can play with them in combination with my sewing machine. Wonder what they’ll transform into?
Close to closing day for the sign up, regarding my giveaway. I’m so happy I got new friends by doing this. I was pretty surprised on all the foreign bloggers who found the way to my blog. I love you all.
Soon I’ll do the counting on how many prizes I’ll draw, looking forward to do the announcing of the winners. And then to do the purchasing of the prizes so they fit the recipients. It is just like Christmas :o)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
In the meantime while I wait for the drawing to approach, I am onto some stitching.
My Kaffe Fasett top is completed and is handed in to be quilted at Kaktus Quilts. Can’t wait to get I back.
I have also prepared some small bags for a fabric swap, just like candy,
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
29. August will be my 3 year of blogging? Who would imagine that I would continue to do this for so long? And still want to proceed. I love to tell about my quilting life, getting inspiration from others and making new friends. And yes, I’ve made bonds with a lot of you. Don’t let me down this time! Old and new friends, please enter!
To celebrate this event I’ll perform a giveaway. I can’t tell you all what the price is, because that’s what you are going to do.
Leave a comment telling me what color range or witch production you would prefer. For each 20 different quilting bloggers who enters I’ll draw one price. Meaning prize list could be huge. Not quite :o) Signing up limit is set to September 1.
(For those of you who tell about it on your own blog (and tell me) there will be another chance of winning, separate drawing)
Oh, I love this. Come along and tell me what you’d prefer! (If you don’t I’ll check your blog.)
It is a kind of a secret everything I do at the time. Meaning it is autumn ahead. It always starts with new clean paper sheets and new crayons in the fall.
I’m in, I love these swaps!
Sunday, August 02, 2009
And other blogs who goes in the same category are:
Friday, July 31, 2009
Therefore I made the decision I needed to get some finishes and minimize the pile. The reason why I hate zippers is I do them by hand. I’ve never figured out how to do them by machine and not needing to undo those several times to get a result I was comfortable with.
I started on top and have 4 done so far, plus the two football ones (previously).
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I told you I was thinking of putting up my sewing machine to do some work. I did not need worrying of being lonely. Help came around immediately when the pieces where laid out on the floor. Isn’t she just adorable? She approve on every quilt I make, before the pieces are joined together.
We have spent most of the time at the cabin. The lawn needs moving at least 2 times a week. The vegetables are growing, and unfortunaly so does the weed.
I have been out in the forest collecting wild raspberries and blueberry. Don’t they just look delicious?
One day we even found a few wild strawberries. Jummy….
On the sewing side of life it has been rather poor. Well I had to finish these two bags for my son Glenn Andre and his friend Arne Jacob, who have traveled to a football tournament this week.
(picture is coming soon, it is in my camera)
And we have been on at tour into the Norwegian mountains. A two days walk just to try it. And it certainly gave us the taste for more. Now we are planning a couple of more trips the next months.
Now I am planning to set up the sewing machine. Wonder how this will end….
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
I am going on my own to Kristiansand next week. It is business not pleasure, but Tuesday evening I’m free to do something on my own, and I want to do something special. Not just sit in my hotel room.
Anything like a quilt exhibition or a workshop would be nice. I know it is summer and holiday has started, but there might be somebody out there actually playing with fabric and thread, or anything in that direction.
I got my own car, and am not afraid of getting around.
So, where should I go? Any suggestion?
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Time flies. Another month is gone. Witch means I’ve done another row in tha RBR-challenge.
This is Lykke’s 1. row. Not the best picture, but it is very nice work and lovely colours. This time I chose to do some hand appliqué. It turned out pretty well if I am aloud to say so myself. It was hard do send it off. Honestly, I wanted it for my self. Cant show you picture thou, rules you know.
What I can show you is this great price in a giveaway at Ryan's blog.
Nice? I think so. And there are more. Go have a look.
In the meantime. Have some nice sunny days wherever you are.
Monday, July 06, 2009
I was surfing in blog land and a couple bloggers numbered the Christmas BOM from Gail Pan to 6 so far. Have we already done 6? Yes we have. All of them are just adorable. Now I am looking forward to number 7.
In the meantime I wanted to start the preparations of the assembling og the quilt. Then I realised my “Hope” was gone! All the others were there. I knew I hade done “hope” because I recognised the “swirls”
I searched high and low. I could not find it. I even went to the cabin, hoping to find it in my stitchery drawer. Sorry no, it seams like it is gone....
But I have not given up on “Hope”. I still hope it will surface. If not I’ll make a new one.
First I am onto the next block who will be released very soon (I hope).
Monday, June 29, 2009
Oh my God
Not just one award, I got 2 !
First on came from Lappedamen.
Second on came from Rita
Aren’t they just lovely. I’ll keep them as jewellery on my blog.
Thank you girls. I found my self a bit childish, receiving these awards made me smile. It makes me a bit soft when girls out there appreciate my blogging. Makes me wanting to continue.
Now I just have to figure out who I would pass these award on to......
"Special visitor blog" I can give to innumerous of bloggers and
"With friendship this rose" are to go to 8 bloggers.
And the nominies are:
......I'll need to get back to you on this.
Anyway, feel free to pick them up if you happen to pas by.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I promised you a finish. And now I finally found the time to present it to you.
The quilt is for the “unwrapped” little girl, and if the weather should turn, and become cold, they can wrap her into this pink baby-quilt.
In the meantime when she is growing, practising on crawling; it is a great groundsheet at the starting line.
179 days to go
And plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful package of nice Christmas fabric, if I were the lucky lady to win.
Quilt Qua have a great give away, pop over and join in…I just did.
Imagine these great fabrics in combination with the stitchery patterns from previously post (done in green)
Friday, June 26, 2009
Congratulation on a brilliant design.
and a giweaway to celebrate.
The design is just adorable, it hit my heart where I'm most vulnerable. Did you know it is (I am counting) 182 days until Christmas? It would be plenty of time if the pattern ended in my hands. Go have a look at Helen's over at Hugs'n Kisses and tell her I sent you (as if it helps...)
It is not my luck to win, but I am happy on the behalf of the lady who do.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Baby quilt in progress.
It is funny how new project develop. Enthusiasm is the word….
During my stay in Gothenburg I bought some magazines (ref post from Mai 30.). In one of those magazines I fell in love with some stitchery motifs. To go along with them I popped by Signes provisional shop at the NQT (need to think to remember the shops name). There I found the lovely hand dyed embroidery yarn I was looking for. I purchased the last bundle of pink thread.
After stitching these 6 lovely motives there were only 25 centimeters left from the bundle. That makes me a lucky and happy girl. It would have been so annoying to run out of threads so close to my goal.
Now these cute pieces of handcraft are being implemented in the girly baby quilt, which is growing and growing.
Next time I find a spear moment to blog, ......I might have a finish to present. Stay tune.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Do I make a crib quilt to all the babies born in my circle of friends? No I don’t. Just to those who are special to me, well they all are.
Even so, for the last years it’s been boys, boys and more boys. They are all separate big miracles, but this time they “unwrapped” a small baby girl (my DH’s way of saying she was came into this world by C-section).
I smiled all over my face, happy for the new parents and their family, and probably most of all, looking forward to make a girly quilt. I just could not wait, I jumpstarted the project right away. It will be in Pink.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I bought 3 small packages at NQT.
I did my bit to their contribution on the fight against breast cancer. And it was fun to do too.
Now they are on their way to Denmark. Hoping to be used in an extraordinary quilt, which will be bought by someone special.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Now that I have crossed the finishing line on this one, maybe I should think about jumping another stitchery round robin. Anybody who knows of such project?
......a joke !
Did I reach my goal?
You be the judge of that :o)
I loved these fabrics. They are meant to go together, in a project; witch will be published in a book that’s released in a week or two. Looking forward to receiving the book so I can start cutting these fabric.
In the same book there will be instructions to make a quilt from this pile of fabric. Aren’t they just adorable?
Last, but not least; a pile of quilt related magazines. I love books and magazines. They are my kind of low-fat-candy, fits prefect with coffee and chocolate.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
…..It isn’t easy being stupid :o)
I thought I were “not allowed to show you pictures” from the exhibitions. Therefore I am not going to show you, I’ll just send you off to May Britt’s blog. She is more into the rules than I am. Go and have a look at her blog. She got pictures of the winners of the competition.
Congratulations to the winners. Their work is absolutely stunning.
Anyway, I have enjoyed some beautiful days here in Gothenburg, such lovely ladies, beautiful quilts, stunning shops and great friendships, and then continuously a beautiful town, more friendships, shopping, discourses and workshops. I could go on forever.
As soon as I get all my pictures form this weekend into my computer I’ll show you pictures of “all my other experiences” thru the last couple of days.
I’ll bring you ceremonies, presentations, courses, exhibitions (if I am allowed), happenings, friends and a visit to the Botanic garden.
It has been a great weekend. Now I need some sleep for the journey back home. I got some hours of traveling before I get home. (I’ll keep my camera ready to go if I need it this time)
I’ll give you more pictures from my extraordinary weekend next week.
So long; love you all.
Tonight I’ve traveled the south of Norway. I have spent almost 6 hours going from Klepp at Jæren to Sandefjord. It is the most beautiful trip I have done on my own. What an experience.
I’ve been driving during the night. I started at 0100 and have driven approximately 60 kilometer. There were almost no other cars in sight. A lorry now and then, but is has been a quiet trip.
Even thou it is night and people are sleeping, nature is not. I have seen some spectacular sights this night. Unfortunally my camera were not available and loaded with batteries and memory card, but my hard disc (read brain) were up and running.
I’ll try to picture it for you:
Deer is not asleep during the night. They are out there feeding. Half way on my trip I lost control of counting them. There were too many. Deer’s are pretty common in Norway, but the amount I’ve seen this night is unbelievable. On two of the occasion’s, one were standing in the middle of the road. The first on ran into the forest immediately as I came along, but the second one did not. It was just standing there; looking at me. I stopped the car. I could not hut it in any way. It was big, standing there in front of my car. I believe we were steering at each other for some seconds before it walked into the green and disappeared. What a strange feeling.
It had been a calm, curious and quiet meeting for both of us.
And I’ve seen an eagle. It is a mighty sight. The bird was big and elegant, landing in a treetop next to me. Luckily I had stopped, to look at the beautiful surroundings at a bus stop in nowhere land.
Somewhere between 4 and 5 this morning the sun raised over the treetops. The fog was lying like quilts over the waters, rising softly to the sky. The light from the sun sparkled in the billions small water drops in the forest. Sometimes it looked like angels were coming down to earth.
Approximately 50 gees lifted from a field and flew low and crossed the road. I had to slow down not to drive into them. My husband would scream “Shoot!” since he is a hunter. To me it was a spectacular sight.
My trip to Stockholm was just amazing. Wish there were somebody there to shear it with.
Well I just tried to picture it for you. Hopefully you enjoyed it.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A lovely lady sent me an e-mail regarding my last post.
My thanks to her for addressing the question:
Not sure how to take your last post on your blog, if it is sooooooo boring then why take part in the give aways?
Sorry if my English is so poor it is resulting in an opportunity to be misunderstood.
I love give aways. Both participating and arranging.
What I find boring is when I want to spend time to pop around in blog land and discover “all of you” tell about the same giveaway.
It is more fun to read about quilting, gardening, cooking, family life, friendships and your everyday life.
It is fun to “stumble” into a giveaway now and then and participate. But all this “you need to”, “tell everybody” and “do something special....”. Sorry, but that’s the part of it, I find boring.
Giveaway with no criteria is more what I like. Tell about it if you fell like it. That’s more my style.
Of course I appreciate visitors to my blog, but I am not going to seduce you by offering nice prices.
Any body else out there with reflection on this issue?
I’d love to hear from you.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Counters and Give Away's
Once upon a Quilt is having six fat 1/4's to give away. All you need to do, is pop around and put a comment and tell her what was the best tip someone gave you for patchwork and quilting. And of course tell it on your blog, like I just did.
"Everybody" is celebrating something with a Give away. I have decided not to get attached to all these giveaways. It is soooo boring to read about the same giveaways at several of my favourite blogs, and I find it a bit of childish to. Sorry....
Then again it is fun to give away presents.
Therefore I’ve decided to do something else.
During NQT this weekend, I’ll be blogging and post a lot of my impressions. Give you pictures and stories.
I’ll get a present for at least one of my visitors who comment on my blog during these days. But you do not have to blog it. I am happy people pop by, and enjoy my writings and pictures, without being "forced" to tell everybody they love to win in my give away.
Hopefully during this weekend my new counter will be busy.
Resulting in some other celebrations.... maybe...
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I have received all the blocks in this swap. Now I have started to arrange them. It is rather easy when all the blocs are there. And such varayety in the fabric. I believe nobody og the 9 members in the group used the same fabric. A gerat inspiration.
Maybe I’ll find the time to assembly them as well before I need to pack my suitcase. In just a few days I am off to the Nordic Quilt Convention in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Monday, May 11, 2009
I routed my day so I could pop by my favourite quilt store last Friday. There were actually a reason for doing so, but as soon as I got there, it slipped my mind.
Kaktus Quilt was having a SALE. There were ladies in a longish queue.
Fabric at 10 NOK each meter is unbelievable. That would be something like 1.5 US$. Compared to ordinary Norwegian prizes at approximately 200 NOK pr meter ( 35 US$ ! ). This sale was next to give away.
I ended up with a pile of fabric. It was so cheap and fun it was an easy thing to; by the rest of the blot. This resulted in a buy of several meters, but who is counting? Hopefully they come in handy some day.
Greetings to Liz and Rita:
Thanks for the fun.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Second lap in this series is done. This one came to my house a bit earlier than it should. It gave me time to figure out how to solve the challenge. I had to go shopping for grey fabric. Grey is a difficult colour. I found Syglad’s choice of colour a bit “polluted”. Anyway, I have solved this one too, and are pretty satisfied with the result.
I am collecting these pic's to the end of this project.
One less, on my May list, of "to do's".
Now I am of to do some gardening .....
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
First one done.
This one belongs to Kirsten. It was a beautiful stripe, simple and clean, in blue and white fabric. It is a brilliant idea. I am sorry for not thinking about it myself.
I have done my contribution to this RBR. I found this round easy to do since there where nobody that have “used all my ideas”. The difficult part is to get it the right size. I am not allowed to show you my work. It is supposed to be secret until the project is back at home to its owner, but the “startstripe” is no secret :o) But so far there has not been published a picture by thr owner yet, therefore I do not want to be the "messenger".
Now I just have to send it along to the next lady (will do tomorrow), and wait for a new RBR-challenge to enter my mailbox ( yesterday it did ).
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This month I’ve completed 2 UFO’s so far, “Houses from Helsinki” and the "Flower Swap”. Not into separate quilts, but into one combined quilt.
“Houses form Helsinki” were my winning from the block lottery at Nordic quilt gathering in Helsinki in 2006. The block’s are mostly made by ladies from Finland.
“Flower swap” are blocs from a swap hosted at “Stoffbytteklubben”.
I assume some of the participants who has contributed to make this quilt, are to be found here in blog land. You girls may recognize your own work. If you do, give me a shout. In the meantime I’ll search for the names; I do know I have them somewhere.
Why eggs? I remember it’s got something to do with the hen, all the nice chickens, and a little bit about new life being brought to life. Why, it is not important.
But eggs are not practical.
Some years ago we had a campervan. We would hit the road at every chance we got. Easter usually was a nice opportunity to go shopping in Sweden. Information to those of you who don’t know; I live on the west side of the country and Sweden being on the east side. Problem is the road connecting east to the west is not a straight line. It is ups and downs, rights and lefts.
Now you get it. Eggs won’t stay where you put them. They always roll around ending up like disasters, with all the sweets spread all over the entire floor. Therefore I made Easter bags for the children. And the Easter bunny has brought along these goodie bags ever since.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
PigTale & Quilts; 30 fat quarters. Pop aroud to do comments.
Another giveaway at
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Easter greetings to you all.
We, my family and I, are spending the holydays at the cabin. Nice quality time together. Preparing and eating nice food, bake, watch TV, play cards. Do family stuff :o)
Easter is the so called "quiet week", but we do have some work to do in the garden as well. Not necessarily noisy work, but some of the days are not that “red” on the calendar and we used the opportunity to use the spade, motor saw, mill, ax and woodchopper.
These are preparations for next weekend. Saturday there will be a caterpillar in the garden. We need some help to tame the water flow and keep the soil where it is supposed to be. Afterword it is time to think about my vegetables.
When the days have been too “red and quiet” I have attended my sewing. I have to admit I’ve used the machine. I just had to…..Sorry about that.
The result is 2 finishes! I have combined 2 separate projects into one.
As soon as I figure out how to connect camera to computer I’ll show you all the result. In the mean time I’ll try to be silent with my stitchery or fabric cutting.
Easter greetings form me
Monday, April 06, 2009
20 anniversary challenge.
2009 is the year when Rogaland Quiltelag will celebrate our 20 year's anniversary.
Hipp Hipp Hurra!
The RQL-board wanted to do something special and invited every member to a challenge. A small piece of red fabric were handed out to all of us together with a informing letter.
The challenge is to make a quilt (or anything at all made of fabric) where this red fabric is recognizable at our meeting in October.
This should be easy. Such a lovely fabric. I have started my contribution. I am not going to tell you until later what this’ll be, but I believe some of you recognize the flower.
Monday, March 30, 2009
RowByRowA new challenge. I love these challenges.
This is my first row. It is a white romantic fence on a blue background.
Mari started this challenge at Quilt i Norge. After one year (11 laps) There will 12 Rows in total, and I will have to do the assembling my self. In these laps I am going to make a row who match to all the other participants raw*s in their choice of colour and theme. It is going to be a challenge. I have seen some of the participants 1.row.
I’ll keep you all informed during the process thou out the year, but no pictures of my appurtenant row.
I hope for a romantic, in the garden, at the cabin, by the sea, lap quilt.
In one year I’ll know.....
Thursday, March 26, 2009
In my search for another picture I found this one. “Joy” is completed and has become friends with “Love” and “Merry”. Now they are 3, waiting on number 4.
It is less then a week for launch of the next pattern in Gail’s Chrismas BOM.
These are so much fun to do. Now I’ve started counting days until her next launch.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I look around in Bloggland and see there are some of the panels, who are being published, and I think to myself; do I have a proper picture of my contribution to the competition? I need to dive into my computer and see if I got a nice picture of it. I want to show you my “Growing Ideas”.
I have seen some of the beautiful panels. Wish I were at the annual meeting to see them all. Unfortunately I could not. Anyway, it has been an exciting weekend, not knowing either how many contributions to the competition, or if mine where one of the chosen ones to go to Birmingham.
Anybody out there who knows?
In the mean time I’ll go searching for a picture…..
Friday, March 20, 2009
When you arrive they are so clean and tidy. The bed is done and there are no clothes lying around. No kitchen to tidy, no family to feed, no laundry, no dog to walk. I could go on forever :o)
Anyway, when I get the opportunity I spend some productive hours on my own. I do enjoy an evening or two in a hotel room.
This time I brought along two of my UFO’s
Then I combined them into one.
Now it is handed in to be quilted.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
This could not go on forever. So I signed up for an embroidery class. The whole weekend I practice doing French knots, and I managed to do them.
Well I did not only do the knots. This is the sampler I started on to document what I learned. Now 2 years later I finally came around to complete it.
I am so proud. It is now on the wall in my sewing room.