13 January 2016

taking inventory

A new year is a good opportunity to take inventory. Tidy up a bit, rearrange, revisit quilt tops that has been maturing for a bit...

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I was lucky to match up ten tops with ten potential backings. Hopefully a few or all of these will be finished up during 2016.

We'll see... But most important there need to be time to play a bit, and to make from stash. I think that is my plan.

28 October 2015


A finish in time for fall: my jo's broken dishes, measuring 50" * 60", using the lovely and thin Quilters Dream request cotton batting.

This quilt started with a gifted Accuquilt GoBaby and a 4" hourglass die back in 2010. It is both machine and hand quilted. I used a mix of quilting cottons and thrifted shirts, including a lot of Jo Morton's beautiful designs. The back (not showing) is also by the same designer - a happy purchase from Two Thimbles in Bellingham WA. One of my favourite quilt stores, with a great selection of reproduction fabrics.

We are having a beautiful fall season this year. I love this time of the year. (when it's not raining or storming that is...)
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04 October 2015

better late than never...

Late spring I finished my moody blue. The top was made last summer using the last pieces of my blue vintage linens that were left after making two lap size quilts: sea glass diamonds and cloud 9. It measures 48" * 80" and is hand-quilted with perle cotton no 16 on quilters dream request cotton batting (a favourite). The big baptist fans pattern on the solids part of the quilt was marked using a favourite stensil from Barb Vedder. I used a cotton linen mix for the bigger solid pieces of the quilt. This adds to the weight and also creates a lovely drape. 

The quilt has spent the summer decorating the wall of my dining room. As the seasons change, it is now put away... And I just wanted to share some pictures....

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09 July 2015

tag poppin' in ballard

My latest quilt top on the design wall, in the process of being put together.

This is my third time sewing with reclaimed shirts. I think they are a bit more challenging to use than quilting cotton, as they vary in weight and weave. So I went with simple shapes.

I also wanted to make them a bit big to show off the pretty fabrics that are generously gifted from a dear friends stash and joyfully selected on a memorable day of tag poppin' in Ballard, Seattle.
Happy memories in each square of fabric!

The colors is a hommage to LeeAnn's stash and love of a beautiful warm palette. I always admire her way of choosing colors.

The design is simple, 9 patches measures 7.5" finished size.  The medallion / trip around the world variation is inspired by a golden brooch from viking times found in a creek near my grandmothers childhood home. A true fairytale that is now exhibited in the archeological museum in my home town Stavanger. As a stark contrast my grandmother was one of 5 girls raised by their mother with no such luxury. They learned to make do and mend. My grandmother was an excellent cook and a seamstress.  And I was lucky enough to spend time with her and my grandfather in the summertime with my siblings and cousins, completely spoilt on homemade bread and cake, fish from the fjords and fresh vegetables from their patch. This spring we have been spending a lot of time refreshing the gardens of this place, her childhood home, chopping down trees and clearing brush.

Visiting LeeAnn I was privileged to see and touch her quilts and quilts of her good friends in the Rebels quilt group. The softness of those quilts made from recycled shirts are just wonderful!

For me, so many happy things come together in this simple quilt top. tag poppin' in ballard is 67.5" square and I will spend some time wondering about adding a border or not.

The mystery of the struggle accessing my blog and uploading pictures are still not completely solved. It seems like our service provider might not be consistent in providing stable lines. Hopefully there will be more posts this summer. The weather is only good for indoor activities right now...

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07 July 2015

technical problems

I am not able to write any post with pictures for the time being. So for the time being I am very quiet. Until problems hopefully will be solved...
Wishing you all a good summer!

01 April 2015

easter treats

Simple blocks, simple playing with colors, .... and some slow hand quilting.
The colors are inspired by the tempting pastels of a favorite easter candy.

The blocks are partly a result of cleaning out the scrap boxes of saved selvedges. And then stripping them of the selvedge. Ending up with a good variety of skinny strips. Adding wider strips out of the bin holding scrappy strips. Then cutting a lot of 2.5" strips of the main color. Here it is yellow for easter. Making sure there's plenty of variety. And sub cutting them into a suitable length for their final measure of 6"squares.

Sewing the blocks was bliss. Easy, just pairing two and two strips. Then connecting them with a middle one. Ironing all the seams to one side. Squaring them up, they look surprisingly pretty. All 50 of them. Finding their place in a few tabletops. Getting in line to be quilted. First and smallest quilt will be done soon. The rest of them will hopefully be part of decorating the table for easter. If not this year then maybe next?

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