Friday, August 28, 2015

It's been a long time...

It's been a month since I made my previous blog post! That means it's a month since the last time I did play with my fabrics! Well... I hope to get my sewing mojo going this weekend! Today I did some small progress on the Haystack blocks I started a month ago. Hope to finish up a few more to make another table runner.

A little while ago I discovered the new book "The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt". On Instagram I discovered the Sew Along that is going to start in September so I figured I should join in and ordered the book. Can't wait to get it in my mailbox in a couple of days!

Are you joining the Sew Along too? If you want to read more about it you can check out Angie's blog Gnome Angel 
You can also join the facebook group to get updates and see what the other ladies are making and share photos of your blocks as we move along :o)



Wish you all a great and creative weekend :oD
Laila

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Button up!

On Monday it was back to work for Hubby, and I have one more week off before I start on the "Work training program" again. I have admired Kviltstina's lovely button quilt for a while, and figured I should make my own. I bought the PDF pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew and started right away, using the new fabrics from Lori Holt "Modern minis". 
Love how it looks so far!

Today hasn't been a very productive day, but I made a few more blocks in different colors:
I hope to be able to finish up a few more blocks tonight so I can piece more of them together. 

Happy sewing,
Laila

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Another finish!

I found a fun tutorial at Lori Holt's blog a couple of weeks ago, for a block called "Scrappy Crossroads". The size of it was just perfect to match my dining room table if I pieced three of them together in a row and turned them into a table runner. The finished size of one block is 16".

I finished the table runner top a few days ago, and started quilting it on my longarm using So Fine thread. I used a light blue, and it also blend in well on the scrappy fabrics as well as the open spaces between. I first made a blue binding, but it didn't go so well with the other fabrics as I thought, so I ripped it off and made a new one. I think the green looks so much better.

There is no secret that I love "McTavishing", the pattern I quilted in the light blue/green areas. I think it looks perfect and I am so happy I decided to quilt it like this. I used a circle ruler to make the curves in the area with the scraps. Love the texture of this quilting to be honest.

Here are some detail photos of the quilting:

I hope to enjoy some more sewing in the days ahead. Have a few new projects I want to make, and a few I plan to finish. Since we've been doing a lot of work in our house during the Summer holidays I haven't got time to do much sewing, but we are almost done with the hallway now. Hubby is going back to work tomorrow, and I have one more week before the "Job training program" starts again. 

Wish you all a Happy Sunday :oD
Laila

Friday, July 17, 2015

One more Scrappy Crossroads block

Today I finished block #2 of 3 for my new table runner. I think I will quilt this one on my longarm machine, and do some simple custom quilting on it. Have to finish the last block so i can load it up. Think each block measure 16". It's called "Scrappy Crossroads" and I found it at Lori Holt's blog.

I also did some cleaning up in my sewing corner today, and now I have the space to continue play with my happy scraps :-) My scrappy strips are still hanging on the longarm frame, but I will use up some of them before I store them in bins. Cutting a lot of strips makes it so much faster to sew something!
The rest of the sewing room still needs some organizing, since I have stacks of fabrics and stuff "everywhere" ;o)

While cleaning up I digged this little UFO out, my wallhanging from Brenda Riddle's pattern I bought when I attended her class at Quiltegården a while ago. I think my head was somewhere else when I attatched two of the rows, since the two blue blocks are not supposed to stand together. Need some time with my seam ripper and make it right, and attach the outer triangles. Then it's ready to be quilted. Love Brenda's fabric line Ambleside used in this quilt, and I will make some more projects with these fabrics :o)

Wish you all a great weekend, and happy sewing :o)
Hugs,
Laila

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Still progress in my sewing room

It's been nice to spend some time in my sewing room the last week. 
I have been cutting a lot of fabrics and have enjoyed working with the repro's. 
I have a few more pieces for the new table runner I am working on, and I will need three large blocs to make it. One block is finished, and number two is in progress. Hope to finish it today. 

These are some of my precut pieces, and they are all so cute��

Yesterday I had a lot of Happy mail. I got my fatquarter bundle of Lori Holt's new line, and also a nice parcel from Australia arrived!
I ordered some stuff from Helen Stubbings, and I have been excited to start this cute project:
New stitchery needles and the threads to make this also arrived with the pattern, so of corse I had to start one right away! Super fast when I didn't need to trace the pattern on to the fabric, since it comes with iron on transfers ��

I have to admit I needen some "me time"these days, without explaining too much about that... Life happends, and sometimes everyone needs a little "time-out" to get the batteries charged.
We are having our Summer Holidays back here, and while Hubby is working on the house with stuff I can't help with and the kids are doing their stuff, I am sewing as much as I can when the weather is rainy and cold. 
We've been working a little in the garden too, but no fun when it rains...

I'm off to clean up a bit in my sewing room before dinner, so I can continue where I left 

Happy sewing!
Laila

Monday, July 13, 2015

Some more Farmgirl vintage fun

Yesterday I found a fun tutorial to make a cute pincushion at Lori Holt's blog Bee In My Bonnet
I have been making some Apron Springs blocks, and had a stack of bonus blocs to make this pincushion, so it was fast and fun to make. I have seen a lot of these pincushions made by others on Instagram and just love how they all turned out with lots of different fabric and color choices. I will for sure make a few more of these!

Yesterday I also pieced together some of the Haystack blocks I have been working on, and decided to make another small table runner. I used a purple air erasable pen to mark my quilting lines:

Basted it with some basting pins:

Quilted it with Aurifil 40 weight cotton thread:

Clean cut the whole piece and today I attached the binding on by machine and sew it down by hand:

TA DA! A brand new table runner for me :OD Love how it turned out!
I'm on to painting the dresser I will decorate with the table runner. I am painting it with a nice aqua, and these fabrics will look so great on it :oD

I really got my sewing mojo back thanks to making these small projects. I think I got a little bit tired of making only large quilts that I spent weeks and months to finish. I will enjoy some more of these smaller projects during the Summer Holidays, and just have fun making a few things with these happy colors. 

Happy sewing!
Laila

Friday, July 10, 2015

Farmgirl vintage fun

I purchased two of Lori Holt's books last week, and I have been making some blocks from one of them, the "Farmgirl vintage".
I have been making the 6" blocks, and even if some of the pieces are tiny I had fun making them. The book have patterns for both 6" and 12" blocks.

Here are a few of the blocks I started making first:

I bought some new fabrics and added them to the ones I bought years ago. I haven't been making much out of the repro fabrics before, but I just love the colors in Lori's projects, and they are also perfect together with a lot of the fabrics from Bonnie & Camille. I have a soft spot for the aqua fabrics, and they look so great together with the rest. 

You can read more about Lori Holt and her lovely projects on her blog Bee In My Bonnet.
If you are on Instagram you will find lots of great stuff people around the world are making too. Look up #farmgirlvintage and #beeinmybonnet and you will be amazed about the gorgeous stuff people are making!

I love the cherry blokcs, so I figured I should make a small table runner. I haven't made anything smaller in such a long time. Feels really great to make a project that I am able to finish in a few days! And I don't have so many projects around in my home, so this was a perfect project for making something for myself. 

I just did some simple crosshatching on it, and even if it's not perfect I love my new table runner!

Yesterday I picked up my brand new sewing machine at the Post office. A Bernina 710.
I used it to do the quilting on my table runner, and it was so much fun! 
I ordered the sewing machine from a Norwegian web site called symaskiner.no. And it arrived the day after I ordered it! I had contact with the owner via mail a few times to decide which machine I would purchase, and I am so thrilled about the great service! Since I was offered a great prize for this machine, I chose to buy it even if I was supposed to buy a smaller one.

So far I am so satisfied with the new Bernina 710, but I know I have lots to learn using it and customize the settings to fit my sewing style. I hate to read to learn stuff, so I am learning by doing as  I go. And making a few notes to remember. Lots of great tutorials on YouTube too :oD

Wish you all a great weekend!
Hugs,
Laila

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Finished my "Comfort quilt" #5

I finished one of my UFO's the other day, and I admit I really love how it turned out. This is the 5th "Comfort quilt" I've made, and I don't get tired of the pattern. Each quilt looks so different, and this time I made it in my very favorite scraps and it's FOR ME :o)

I finished quilting it on my longarm last weekend, but worked on the binding for several days. Had to take it slow because my neck hasn't been too kind lately.... But I managed to finish it :o)
I used wool batting, and King tut variengated thread from Superior threads. The panto is from Urban Elementz and is called "Flower child".
The photos isn't too good, but at least it's already approved by my quilt inspector Nano :-)

I'm happy to have one less UFO on my shoulders, and hope to finish a few more during the Summer Holidays. 
We've had some nice sunny days this weekend, and I have spent a lot of time outdoors with my knitting and just licking some sun. It feels so good to have some warmer and sunny weather again! It's midsummer, and till now we've only had rain, rain, wind and rain.... The weather report promises some more rain in the next days, so there will be nice sewing weather pretty soon again.... Oh well! Guess we can't do anything about the weather, so I will fill the days with some crafty stuff!

Wish you all a great and creative new week!
Hugs,
Laila

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Saturday class with Brenda Riddle

I attended Brenda Riddle's class at Quiltegården last Saturday. She was teaching us about the lovely quilt of hers called "Star of Wonder". 
 I forgot to take a photo of the whole quilt, but you can see how the blocs looks. Love the scrappy look of the quilt!

This is my block from the class. A really fun and lovely block. So great for favorite scraps!

Brenda brought several of her lovely quilts, and they where on display for us to get a closer look, and they all where just so gorgeous!

This is the quilt shop owner, Siw. Just had to capture a photo of her in front of Brenda's beautiful quilts :o)

I have a soft spot for small quilts, miniature style... The one in the left upper corner was the one I fell in love with.... So of course the pattern came home with me :-)

Of course a photo of our teacher and myself :o) Brenda was a lovely lady, and I love her thoughts about how an acorn can grow to a huge oak tree.... Think we all need to remember that once in a while. 

This is a collage with the quilt made by Brenda, and my first three blocks. Love them!
I've finished all the blocks, and about to piece them all together. Hope to show you a finished quilt soon. I'm looking forward to play a little with the longarm when the top is together.

Happy sewing and quilting,
Laila


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A little May report

I must admit I welcome Spring with open arms. The winter has been too long! It's so great to spend time outside in the garden, and to go hiking in our lovely woods. Love to see the green is covering more and more of the beautiful landscape :o)

This photo is from a hike on 16.th of May. So nice to see the flowers are blooming at this season! 



I have been sewing a little bit, but mostly I have been knitting. I just finished a new Marius sweater in greygreen, white and charcoal. Love how it ended up :) The photos are taken with my phone, so they are not super clear.


I have been working on an old UFO too, and most of the blocks are coming together nicely. Just a few more hours work on this, and I can load it up on my longarm machine and finish the quilt. I will find a pantograph for this, and use a light variengated thread that will blend in. The fabrics are some of my very favorite scrap pieces, and looks great together.

I have also been finishing up some more blocks for the "Blooming Springtime" quilt. I have to admit I just love it already! And it's so fun to be doing some needleturn appliqè again. I will be prepping several of the blocks to make it easier to take with me when I am on the go.

Hope you all will have a great June, with lots of stitching and knitting :o)
Hugs,
Laila

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Trunk show with Irene Blanck

Yesterday I went downtown to my local quilt shop Quiltegården to be at the trunk show with Irene Blanck from Australia. She is teaching classes there this weekend, and since I wasn't able to attend the classes I wanted to go there to meet Irene and to see her gorgeous quilts. I bought a pattern she designed a couple of years ago, and knew about her quilts. She does a lot of needleturn appliqè on her quilts, which is my favorite technique.

It was so great to hear a little about her story, and how she works. A lovely lady with a great sense of humor and so talented! I went home with one more of her patterns, and I started late last night on some of the blocks for the quilt. It was so inspiring to meet her and get to see her work!


This is a few photos I captured while she talked about the quilts she brought:

You can read more about her on her blog and website Focus on quilts.


Early yesterday morning I finished quilting and added the binding on the "Leavez" quilt I have been quilting on my longarm. It's been on my longarm frame since early in April, so I was thrilled to finally finishing the quilting. 
I am using a binding similar to the spines of the leaves, and I think it looks great. Sort of framing the whole quilt too. I'm still working on sewing down the binding by hand to the back, and need to attach a hanging sleeve. Then it will travel with my aunt to Turkey, and she will be using it as a wall hanging at her place down there. 

Wish you all a great weekend!

Hugs,
Laila

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some new stuff

Spring finally came around, and I have been doing some gardening again. Cutting back some of the blackcurrant bushes and getting rid of old leafs and grass. The two furballs, Nano and Suzu, have been following my every move and they are super happy to be playing outside in the warmer weather. Funny how some sun and warmer weather can make both animals and people happier :o) 


Big changes happened lately, and long story short; I had to leave my job because of my health issues, so now I will have to stay on a sick leave until I can join a job training program to see if there is a job out there for me. It's so sad to leave your colleagues through 25 years, but I try to do the best out of the days I'm staying home. I'm so happy I have my hobbies, and that I'm able to keep my focus on something positive. Quilting, knitting and sewing is therapy, right? At least I feel better when I can do something creative.

Earlier this month the Norwegian designer Bente Tufte came to our quilt guild meeting and talked about her quilting life and the patterns she has made. She uses a lot of stitcheries in her projects, and I bought a pattern called "Løper med broderi"/"Table runner with stitcheries". I just fell in love with the lovely table runner she made, so I have started mine. Almost finished the stitcheries, and I am soon ready to quilt some simple quilting on it before I finish the binding. 
If you want to see more of Bente Tufte's work, you can visit my local quilt guild's blog.


It's no secret I love Gail Pan's work. I ordered the book she released a while ago, and started a stitchery for a gorgeous pillow from the book. I'm using a variegated thread, so I don't need to worry about thread changing :o) Love it!


I've been knitting almost every night when watching TV with Hubby. I just finished attaching the threads on three pairs of Blueberry waffle socks. The white pair is already delivered to it's new owner, my dear Mum :-) The others will be kept in a bin, so I have some presents ready for upcoming birthdays/Christmas.

When our local quilt guild are having meetings, my local quilt shop Quiltegården has a nice selection of stuff from the shop for us to buy. I bought this book by Lori Holt after seeing shopowner Siw's gorgeous table runner made from one of the patterns in the book.


One of the blocks I finished looks like this:
I love these fabrics, and I hope to make a table runner for my dining room table using them.

I have also tried out the twister ruler. I haven't tried this before, so I had to make a test block:
My plan is to make several blocks for a table runner using these. Love how it came out!

No UFO's in this post, but I will be making progress on them when I'm finished quilting the quilt on my longarm:
I had to get more thread, since the cone I had was way to small to cover the blue areas.... It's great to have longarm quilting friends to ask when that happens. I'm super happy my friend (you know who you are :o)...) is sending me a cone of the same color, so I can finish it up. Almost half way there.....

Wish you all a great and creative weekend that is just around the corner ;o)
Hugs,
Laila


Monday, April 6, 2015

Some quilting, sewing and knitting

During the Easter Holidays I was home alone for a few days. I spent some hours in my sewing room, and enjoyed some quilting too :o)
I loaded up the "Leavez" quilt and started the quilting. Some piano keys in the sashing, swirls with pearls in the outer border, and some McTavishing in the blue backgrounds behind the leaves. I haven't finished it, so it's still in progress. It's hard to see the quilting while I am working, so need to do the McTavishing with the lights off and I quilt only when it's daylight.

I also made a new toiletry bag/purse made from scraps. To be honest I miscalculated when I cut out the pieces for the lining, so it ended up with the stripes the opposite way, but I think it looks great anyway :o) I just love the Tula Pink fabrics, and I save every scrap piece I have large enough to make something of.


I have also made progress on a sweater I started knitting. It's a pattern from Garnstudio called Diamond rose. I bought this lovely yarn called Lima a while ago, and I just love to knit with it. With larger needles than I've used on my previous projects, this was superfast to make! Soon finished the arms so I can join the whole thing and finish up :oD


Wish you all a great new and creative week :-)
Laila

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