Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A New Blogger in the Family

My mother has recently been, hmm.. pushed? into the world of blogging, and has - with the help of May Britt - created her first blog called Jacobs Quilt

Please visit her and say "Hi", I know she'd like that.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I've signed up too!

And now I'm playing with ideas for making pincoushins. :) This will be so much fun!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Entertainment in the sudden summer heat - and a new book.

Last week came the summer's heat - perhaps a little faster then most people were expecting. In the mornings the heat was already closing in on or passing 20 degrees celsius - the week before it barely reached 12 when I got up to go to work. Luckily, the place where I work is pretty cool (old building), but the heat outside was almost unpleasant when the time came to go home. Not to mention our furry little friends felt it worst.. Luckily, we have ways of cooling them down. ;)

First, take a caged-in bird bath..

Fill the pool area with water and add some frozen green peas.

Attach to the side of the cage (most effective when there is a small hatch, so that he critters can access the "tub").

Sit back and enjoy your view to pea-diving creatures and lots og chewing.

And, yes, I did mention a new book in the topic field. :) And here it is:

It's a book filled with japanese block designs, appliqué and sashiko designs - and I love it! :D

I mean, who cannot be fascinated when flipping through these pages filled with beautiful pictures, designs, tips and ideas? There's even a separate section about japanese fabrics! (I didn't know there were such differences.. I mean, here they sell japanese fabrics as "japanese fabrics", without separating them into kasuri, shima, yùzen and many other names). Fascinating!

I even recognize certain blocks from my mother's american block books, but with other names. :) Like the Manji - or buddhist symbol - shown on the top right side here - also known as Card Tricks.

I love this book - and can't wait to start working from it - I just need to find just the right fabrics.. Many of the patterns in this book are made with either very bright colors or with shades of blue, black and white. The japanese fabrics I've seen here in Norway just aren't the right ones.. they used to have a lot of blues, but now they're more.. pink-ish.. (I'm not a very huge fan of pink..). Oh well, I can dream about this book for quite some time I think, before I start working, so I have all the time in the world to find just the right fabrics. ;)

Btw, I've started working on the BOM that my mother and two of her friends are working on too - it's called Annie's Calendar Quilt. I can't wait to see them finished - all four of them - and seeing them together. It's fun to see things from the same pattern, but all colored by the creator's way of doing things. The differences can be huge! sometimes.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Tempus Fugit

Or time flies, as they also say.

I'm not sure where the past couple of weeks have gone, but gone they are. June is here! Summer! And it's hot outside (and inside - old buildings keep the heat locked in). Only 6 weeks to go - and we're off on vacation! :D

I've finished the bags I started some time ago - under development pictures can be seen in the last post, and here are the finished results. :)

This is a small shoulder bag, just the right size to hold my wallet, cell phone, keys, and - with good will etc - a bottle of water. Perfect for trips to the movies or downtown.

And this bag is now in use as my work-bag. There are two large pockets inside, large enough to hold my wallet and other necessary things, plus a big space for other things needed for work (my calendar, lunch, etc).

I even managed to quilt and finish this little thing. :)

All that's left of the fabric I got for my birthday, are some pieces of stripes.. so I decided to make my very first striped quilt (?), but I can't seem to be able to decide which version to make..

The "light" version, with four dark parts and five light..

Or the "dark" version, with five dark parts and four light.. *hmmm*

Tomorrow is Monday again - another week at work, and my BF's last exams week. He's been working all through the month of May with this exam, and I really think he might be in need of a break soon.. Good thing it's almost over.. just two more days..