Wednesday, October 11, 2017

One Fish, Two Fish..

I've gone to the fishes! Or so it seems. There are now 8 of these charmers dancing around my sewing area. Only two left to sew. 


And here I've been thinking for years taht these kinds of patterns are too difficult, too complicated.. 


I guess I was wrong. Or, more likely, I hadn't seen or tried one of Elisabeth Hartman's patterns. Like the Chuckles Quilt. 


Well, there you have it. With the right pattern, anyone can go fishy!

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Festival of Quilts 2017

I thought I would show some of the quilts I saw at the Festival of Quilts last weekend. Mind that this is only a fraction of the 700+ quilts there, but these are some that caught my eye. 

Liverpool Street, Salford
Leah Higgins
Art Quilts


Whole World
Kate Crossley
Art Quilts


Taxus Bank
Paola Zanda
Modern Quilts

Tram Route No 10
Sue De Danny
Pictorial Quilts

Libélula
Montse Forcadell Blasco
Pictorial Quilts

Two Cities/Same World
(blurry picture of the creators..)
Two Person Quilts

Neverland
Edith Leidi and Maria Rosella
Two Person Quilts


Sultans Palace
Hendrik Johannes van Kooten
Traditional Quilts

Natural Selection
Catherine Rye
Miniature Quilts

Merbreeze
Verity Seago
Traditional Quilts

Glittering Jellyfish
Yvonne McKee
Traditional Quilts

Dancing with the Stars
Susan Gray
Traditional Quilts

Diamonds Last Forever
Linda Forey
Traditional Quilts

My Butterfly Garden
Dawn Monk
Traditional Quilts

Astrid Lindgren - free spirit
NMS Kematen
School (Secondary 12-16)
This truly is my favourite quilt. Up close, as you walked past, it was merely squares in gray, black and white.. But if you stepped back and looked - or took a picture - Astrid Lindgren's familiar face appeared. Genius and very well made, the idea was brilliant!

The Freedom of Peter Pan
GillyMAc Designs Friday Club
School (Secondary, 12-16)

The Rainbow
Mugdha Dongare
Traditional Quilts

Like Home / No Place
Jane Turner

No Place Like Home
Jo Gray


Paradox
Claudia Pfeil
Contemporary Quilts

Up-cycled Moths
Kate White
Contemporary Quilts

Bling
Katherine Jones

Die Beem (Trees)
Lindsey Neill

Lincoln
Kim Soper

I hope to go back again - maybe in a couple of years. It was a wonderful weekend, the festival was overwhelming and fun and I feel I've learned lots, about myself and my quilting - and about how others work, think and dream (I guess you could call the process up to the start of a new project dreaming, can't you?). It truly was an experience worth making!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In battle mode..

Chose your battles, they say.. Well, this is mine for today. I wonder what I might find. 🤔


Home..


In the movie "Dead Poets' Society" Robin Williams' character states that the word "very" is a lazy word. 


Right now, I think I'm entitled to use this word. Not because I'm lazy, but because I'm tired. 


I'm very tired.. And although the word "exhausted" would have been a more appropriate word to use, my brain is running a little low on creative writing energy, thus making the word "very" quite good enough. 

I'm off to bed now. It's now almost 12 1/2 hours since the bus left Birmingham airport, over 14 hours since the taxi left the hotel. My alarm will ring at 06:30, so that I can take A to kindergarten. It's now 01:36, and my head is buzzing.. making it feel like a swarm of bees moved in some time during the day. 

Pictures from Birmingham and The Festival of Quilts will come - but not riiiiiiight now. 

(B)Zzzzzzzzz...


Friday, August 11, 2017

Flying like a bird

In a matter of hours I have gone from this :

To this :


And an now enjoying this :


Next stop : Birmingham!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Romantic?

Tonight's discussion with tegards to entertainment :

Hubby : So, what do you wanna do?

Me : Well, we could watch an episode or two before bedtime. 

H : Ok, but is there something you'd really like to do?

M : Hm, I'd really like to go upstairs and play with my sewing machine...

H : You could do that - I could play PS4.. atleast we'd be in the same part of the house!

And so we did. 

Friday, August 04, 2017

The completed "tailfeathers" shawl

I posted a picture of a knitted project a few posts back, made in multicoloured and black (dark grey) yarn. Well, it was finished not long after that post was published. It's a bit long (which is how I like my shawls, and the colours work well with most of my warderobe (which is *surprice* quite stuck in the shades of black). I've used it almost daily, when the temperatures suggest a shawl or a scarf might be fitting, and have received quite a few compliments about it (even from my male colleagues).

The pattern is called Leftie and is designed by the German designer Martina Behm (or Strichmich!, which is her Ravelry username). The name tailfeathers got stuck after Hubby compared the contrast parts to be similar to a peacock's tailfeathers. Fitting, really, when the yarn is called electric peacock, don't you think?


Due to it's size, it's a little bit difficult to get a good picture of the whole shawl (I'll try again soon), but the picture above shows quite well how the colours are. The multicoloured yarn is called Electric Unicorn and comes from the dyer Truly Hooked, while the black yarn comes from another dyer from Great Britain, which I can't remember right now. Both colours were bought at The Knitting and Stitching Show in London last October. (I believe mom and I have plans to return to London next fall..)


The shawl in action! 

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Next week it is time for The Festival of Quilts.  I've never attended before - nor been to Birmingham before - so there's a few firsts for me there. I've entered a quilt in the category Contemporary, and - although I have no hopes or dreams of winning anything - I'm eager to see my quilt in place, with the others. I think there are about 700 who have entered a quilt (or more) and the little glimses I've seen online, from last year, there is quite a variety of quilts shown. 

I'm counting down - one week to go until I'm off. My passport and tickets are ready and printed - but my suitcase will have to wait for another couple of days. 

I know Lynette Anderson is going to be there, but that's about all I know. Perhaps someone out there, in the world wide web, knows of anyone else, have any tips - or might be going there themselves? I like coffee (though, more milk with a hint of coffee) and tea, perhaps you'd like to join me for a cup?



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Playing

And learning!

My mom and I have been playing with food colouring, KoolAid and yarn for a couple of days (and a new batch of yarn is soaking in vinegar water as we speak). 

For mom, it was doing more fun stuff - for me it was learning, it being my first time dying yarn. 

 
The KoolAid is prepared and ready. 


Fixating the colours from food colouring. 


The finished yarn hung on our old play house. 


On the lawn.  


Looking good!


These three are mine. I have a couple of ideas for two of these. 

My second batch is for a jacket/sweater for A. I'm thinking red on white, perhaps with a little blue - we'll see tomorrow when the yarn is done soaking. 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A few days alone

Due to Summer, holidays and such I had the rare opportunity to spend a week alone, home alone, while Hubby and the kids visited the in-laws. I can't really say that I did many exciting things, but I did spend some time on the third floor, playing with fabric and my sewing machine.

I started out with a pack of mini charms (a mini charm pack) and some leftovers in shades of grey and black, and decided to try to make a table runner from a picture I saw online a couple of months ago. 

I cut the greys and blacks into strips of 1.5" and basically started from the top of the charm pack, and carried on until I ran out of squares. After sewing the other side of the stripes to the squares, I started to lay out the blocks in some kind of a pattern. 

The first night, I had a flimsy, all the blocks were sewn together, but I thought it looked a little small..


The next day - after work - I went back upstairs and found another grey fabric that I thought went pretty well with the blocks, and I ended up adding strips of 1.5" to the long sides of the blocks, and wider strips to the short ends (about 2.5-3" I think). Finished it off with a black edge - and it fits our living room table pretty good. Very nice with a touch of colour to go with our new grey couch.


Of course I had to try again, this time using another mini charm pack and a 30cm piece I had of a grey fabric. 



The blocks were completed the third evening, but I didn't sew them together right away, but laid them out and left them there to see if it was the right "pattern". 


Evening number 4 and the blocks got sewn together. I've added a border to this one too, and it is now quilted (not shown in the picture) but I haven't found the right edge fabric yet, so it's not completely finished yet..

The pattern was easy, and fun to sew - and I have so many charm packs just waiting for a project that I am thinking of making a couple more of these table runners and keep them 'til Christmas. Which is like 5 months away now.. *iiik*




Off into the big world..

I sent my baby off into the big world, all by it's self yesterday. Wrapped up in bubbles, and (hopefully) clearly labelled, it was sent from the post office and off to Birmingham (or, first, Sussex, and then to Birmingham). I won't be seeing it again until it is hung in the exhibition at The Festival of Quilts around mid-august. 


I hope it arrives safely. I hope it arrives on time - in time ? - and I can't wait to see it again.

*fingers crossed*

Monday, July 03, 2017

Current projects related to needles

Back in April I started to add pictures to this draft, with the intention to post an overview of my current projects related to needles (that being knitting or sewing needles). Well... it's July now.. I have no words. No excuse. But the pictures are still here - and the projects are still nice. So, let's get on with it.

Fist up is this stitchery that I actually started preparing at least three years ago. I think I bought it the last time I was at the julemesse (Christmas fair) in Lillestrøm, which would've been in 2014.


I think I kind of got tired of all the love just drawing the stitchery pattern on the fabric. But! Once I started sewing, it went along quite smoothly. It's something meditative about stitching - following the lines.. and the fewer colours the better. Doesn't demand much attention at all - just follow the lines..

Next up is a knitting project. This is my version of the pattern Leftie - but Hubby's comment ("It looks like a peacock's tail feathers) got stuck, and now it's simply known as "tail feathers". 


Both yarns were bought at The Knitting and Stitching Show in London last October. My mom and I have talked about what a great time we had, and we've more or less decided to go next year (2018) - including staying in the same hotel!

This year, however, we will return to the UK - but we'll be going to Birmingham in August instead. My first visit to The Festival of Quilts and I can hardly wait!

I wonder if anybody I know will be going there.. Will you? Perhaps we could meet up for a coffee or a cup of tea - I'd love to meet other bloggers and quilters and make new friends!

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I'll have to do a post to update these project, seeing as they are no longer in the same state as shown in these pictures.

I'll be back!