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

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cozy Easter Holidays

I have finally found my way back to the sewing room again, and I've had a couple of cozy days sewing blocks for the scrap quilt I'm working on. 
I'm not alone, the furballs are keeping me company :o) I have wrapped two of my unfinished quilts on the longarm frame, and they find their spots as soon as I open the door for them. 
As long as they don't get in my way, I love having them around :o)


 I've made some progress on the scrap quilt since my last post. I have 20 finished blocks, and some more are in the making. I'm taking a break on this one now, since I'm going to start quilting the "Leavez" quilt in the next days or so.

I need to prepare the backing for the quilt, and I'm ready to start quilting. Too tired to start tonight, so I will get on with it tomorrow. Haven't figured out how to quilt it yet, but I will find out as I move along :o)


I'm still knitting, and I have made some progress on one of the jackets for DS2, and I am almost finished the Islender sweater for one of my DIL's. I know she is patiently waiting and looking forward to use it.

 A while ago I finished another Marius sweater. I haven't got to iron it yet, so it looks a little bulky.

Hope you are enjoying your Easter Holidays too, and having some quality time with family and friends. 

Happy Easter!
Laila

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spool quilt progress

I had my Wednesday off work today, and I have spent a few hours in my sewing room. I almost finished all the blocks for my scrappy spool quilt, and I look forward to start the layout and piece the blocks together. I have used the pattern in a book called "Simple strategies for Scrap Quilts", and I plan to make more scrap quilts from this book. I have bought a lot of books with patterns for scrap quilts, but this book is one of my favorites.



I plan to do some progress on the needle turn tonight, and hope to finish the last block for my "Winter Blooms" quilt soon. I have some scraps already cut to use in this quilt, but will have to add some more to get to finish it. 


I have also started to knit on the second arm for a sweater for one of my DIL's and I hope to finish the sweater in a couple of weeks. This is a traditional pattern called "Islender/Islandsgenser" and is a free pattern from Vikinggarn




Sunday, March 8, 2015

UFO progress

I looked forward to spend my day in the sewing room today, but woke up with a nasty headache... Thanks to a long power nap and some migraine medicine, the migraine was beaten and I could spend a few hours sewing. I made progress on two of my quilts today.

Mona and Sølvi joined the UFO challenge, and you can visit their blogs to see what they are up to :o)

The first one I could add six new blocks to, and now I can easily see how it will look when the blocks are side by side. Will add the sashing when I finish all the blocks and I can piece the rows. Really looking forward to that!


I managed to make a pile of blocks for the scrappy spool quilt too, but didn't get to press them and finish the blocks today. 

I'm so happy about the progress I did today, and it was so great to spend time with my sewing machine. Hope it won't be long till I can continue on my UFO's.

Wish you all a great new and creative week!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Working on a UFO today

I have spent a few hours during the day in my sewing room. I have pieced some more blocks for my scrappy spool quilt, and I am glad I decided to add a few red and yellow blocks, and some pink ones too. I haven't decided to add a border or not yet. I might end up with no border since I love how it is looking, but you'll never know ;o)

I have been playing with the blocs and pieced some of them together. I will rearrange some of them when I get more blocs finished.
Some of these fabrics are from the first year I started on my adventure in the patchwork world. Lots of memories in these blocks. Some of these are from the pile of fabrics I have for "the special" project, but I have stopped saving the beauties. If I never use them, I will end up with a stash that are there just to pet... and I always find new favorites, so I use them all. 
I know I'm not the only one who saves special fabrics, but if we don't use them we'll never  see how pretty they are in a quilt :o)

Hope you are having a great Saturday!




Friday, March 6, 2015

More UFO's for the challenge

My friend Sølvi will join me on the UFO challenge, and post about hers. She asked me if I had more UFO's, and I said "Oh yes! I'll post some more on my blog later today".
So.....This is a "few" more photos of the UFO's I was able to find today:


Stitcheries for a Easter project. I think I started this one last Easter

This one needs just the hand quilting and it's a finish. This is an old UFO

Potholders and a table runner that needs quilting, and some more stitcheries

I am half way to finish the EPP blocks for a quilt called "Åttebladsrose", a BOM from Lappemakeriet

The pieces for the purse is finished and needs to be sewn together, the start of a table runner and blocks for a quilt called "Summer Day".  

"Hanna's garden" I started when I attended a class with Gail Pan


I got to make a few blocks for the scrappy spool quilt today. I will cut a few more fabrics for this quilt, since it needs a few red and perhaps yellow blocks to make it a bit more scrappy.

It's going to be some bad weather over here this weekend. That means great sewing weather, and I really hope to spend some time in my sewing room this weekend. 

If you want to join me and some of my blog friends and post your UFO's, please let me know and I will link to your blogs. This is just for fun, and maybe we can cheer each other to finish some of them!

Wish all my quilty friends a great, fun and creative weekend :oD





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