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Monday, August 8, 2016

Hello there

It's been a while- almost 5 months since I last blogged, wow, how did that happen??? 
I have been sewing though, and staying busy at the shop and at home.  This spring I started making blocks for the Smitten quilt (by Lucy Kingwell). I am a slow starter, I know... My plan is just making a couple of blocks now and then- no rush.  I am machine piecing the blocks, and really enjoying it.

At Quilt Market last October I fell in love with the Octagon Shimmer Quilt by Jennifer Sampou, and after the pattern and fabrics have been sitting on my cutting table for a while I decided it was time to get started.  I LOVE making these blocks- they are pretty quick to sew, and it is so much fun seeing the pattern come to life when I puzzle the half blocks together!

My new Ikea roller cart is perfect for keeping the fabric strips close by when I sew.  I might need more of those carts- one for each WIP :-)  Might fill up my sewing room though LOL....
This summer my husband and I went to Italy for our vacation, and for the first time it was only the two of us!  The kids are not kids anymore, and had plans on their own.... We stayed in Cortina d'Ampezzo for a week, and had lovely hikes every day.  The picture is taken by Lago di Sorapis, a lovely lake in the Dolomites.  The color of the water was just incredible! We hope to come back there again one day! 
Well, I don't know if anyone is still reading, but if you are- thank you for stopping by my extremely neglected blog!  I promise it won't be five months until my next blog post!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Norwegian Quilt association annual meet

This past weekend was the annual meet of the Norwegian Quilt Association.  This year it was held in Trondheim, which is only a 2.5hr drive from here- Nice!  We have been super busy at the shop getting everything ready for our booth there.

 New models were made- these two quilts are from patterns by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, The one on the left is " Dreamcatcher" and the one on the right is "Hope Chest" I just love both quilts!  They were both quilted by Merete Ellingsen.
Another view of the booth.  The quilt on the back wall was made by Karin who co owns the shop with me, and the pattern is "Refresh" by Deb Mulder of Anka's treasures (also quilted by Merete Ellingsen)

We had such a great time in Trondheim, always fun to meet fellow quilters!  Thank you to all of you who visited us there!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Yeey for retreats and birthdays!

A few weeks ago our quilt guild had a weekend retreat, and we had such a fun weekend sewing, eating, laughing and spending time together.  I managed to get two mini quilt tops finished, our guild leader showed us how to make cute little baskets, so of course I made one of those ( she had even cut the batting pieces ready for us :-) And I finally started on "Smitten"  ( yeah I know I am like a year behind everyone else....LOL I am machine piecing, and so far this is the only block I have made- no quick progress here I am afraid....

The Norwegian Quilt Guild has it's annual meet in just two weeks, and since december I have been working on new models for our booth there.  I have made two quilts from patterns by Sherri at a Quilting Life and here are some blocks for the Dream Catcher quilt.  The quilt is finished- I just need to take a god picture of it....

A lot of non quilting stuff has been happening as well. My sweet daughter turned 22 two weeks ago, and I went to visit her in Oslo where she studies, and we went to see the Mary Poppins musical.  Mary Poppins was one of the kid's favorite movies when they were younger ( and it might still be), so we were really excited to see it on stage.

We had front row seats, and got a great view!  "Mary Poppins- Practically perfect in every way"

Mary and Bert. The actors were really good!  

On top of the roof with the chimney sweep


This is Sigve's favorite dance scene ever form any movie- the Chimney sweeps dancing on the rooftops.  They did a great job on stage as well!


The bird woman portrayed by Mari Maurstad- a great actor!
Such a great show, and in September we're going to see Singing' in the rain- Can't wait for that!

I really need to catch up on my blog reading, Maybe I need to set a specific time each day to blog and read blogs... I seem to never have time for blogging anymore, any suggestions out there?
Hope you all have a great day!  It looks like I have to do a few laundry loads before heading outside for a walk/run- then I can go to my sewing room and play, yeeey!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hope Chest blocks

Today I managed to sneak in a few hours in my sewing room, which was great!  I had planned on making a class sample for a bag class ( actually a wallet class) that starts in a week, but I got sidetracked with these fun blocks!  I started on them right after Quilt Market in October, but I still had not finished them.

The pattern and fabrics are by Sherri over at a Quilting Life and I have now finished all the half square triangles, and need to make the blocks with sashing and cornerstones before sewing the quilt together.  Since I have a fat quarter bundle of the fabrics, there isn't enough for the border, so I need to figure out what to do with that.  Maybe I'll just skip the border all together?? First I need to finish my blocks though :-) 

Friday, January 1, 2016

SSCS finally arrived in Australia

It took a little over a month, but finally the SSCS swap presents I mailed in November arrived at Cheryl's in Australia.  I enjoyed stalking Cheryl's blog, and soon discovered she loves snowmen, like myself :-)

This bag is from a pattern by Wenche Wolff Hatling, and it was so much fun to make it, I might just have to make one more for myself.
I hope you all had a great Christmas, and a fun New Year's Eve.  
I am so looking forward to the new year and all the fun I plan on having in my sewing room!  Time to use fabrics from my stash I think.  At least that is my plan.  But of course I will still get new fabrics, I just need to sew MORE!  Sound like a good plan or what??

Friday, December 25, 2015


Thank you so much Lisa for the lovely pillow I received in the SSCS swap.  Your stitching is just beautiful, and the pillow is gorgeous!

I am really sorry my SSCS parcel still has not arrived in Australia, even if it was sent from Norway in November.  I really hope it will arrive safe soon, or I will make another gift and send!

I hope everyone is having a nice Christmas, my thoughts are with our lovely hostess of the SSCS swap, Donna, who lost her sister to cancer right before Christmas.  Sending you lots of hugs Donna!
Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The SSCS sleigh has landed

The SSCS sleigh landed here yesterday, and Lisa V is my Secret Santa!  Of course I had to check her blog out, and she does beautiful cross stitching!

Look at the gorgeous Santa ornament she sent me!  I just love it!!!  
The other gift is hidden away until Christmas Eve- I can't wait to open it :-)
Thank you again Lisa, I LOVE my ornament!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December already?

I don't have any quilts to show you today- most of my sewing time has been spent making my SSCS partner her gift.  I hope the sleigh will land at her house in good time before Christmas!  I can show you some baking I did though.  This cake was so good! it is called a Bounty kladdekake and you can find the recipe (in Norwegian) here at "Det søte liv" blog.  If you like coconut this is an amazing cake! 
I was in Røros teaching a bag class in November, and got to try this new Subaru Outback for the weekend.  I think I am in love with this car, it was really nice to drive, and it had plenty of room for all my stuff, and I even brought a bit of the shop with me there...

Here are some of the ladies from the class with their bags.  I went back a couple of weeks later to help them finish their bags.  They are a really fun group!
That's it for today, hope to show more quilt related stuff soon :-)


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Weekend sewing

This weekend Svein and Sigve have been away for ski training again, so Ola and I have been "home alone". That means we do what we like best- He watches movies and plays games ( typical 16 year old), and I get to sew.....  I am working on my Hope Chest blocks, and I need to find a fabric for the sashing now....

This will look so pretty!!

I do have a few projects going.... We needed to make some samples for the shop out of new fabric that arrived right before quilt market- so I started on a few placemats as well....

Then I remembered I had made some Christmas placemats a while back..... They need to be quilted and bound so they are ready when December rolls around.

Last night I basted this together, and I had planned on quilting it today, but I started reading a new book last night (Me before you by Jojo Moyes)( Et helt halvt år) , and I haven't been able to put it down long enough to start quilting..... I am on page 395 now, and I will probably read the last 100 pages tonight.... I am just hopeless when it comes to reading books.  I can't seem to put them down  until I finish them.... So no more time for blogging.... Thanks for stopping by!
Oh and by the way- I did get some secret SSCS sewing in as well......

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Quilt Market

At Quilt Market I finally go to meet Sherri in person.  We have "known" each other for years through blogging, and she was even my "Stitchers angel" in a swap many years ago.  The little zippered pouch she gave me in the swap holds all my knitting accessories!

Sherri and her daughter Chelsi had a brand new fabric line with Moda, and I just loved their booth!

Sherri has a lot of great patterns, and I was lucky to be able to buy a fat quarter pack at sample spree of the new "Valley" fabric line.

Yeey! I even got a mini charm pack- Thank you Sherri!  I have started making the blocks for "Hope Chest" which is the gorgeous quilt in the middle of the booth.
Thank you again Sherri- it was great meeting you in real life :-)