Monday, 1 September 2014

Mrs Moen studio, the grand tour

I thought it would be fun to show you the Mrs Moen studio space, so welcome in! (Just to keep it real: these pictures were taken before the third time the movers and I put stuff in here. There are more boxes and bags to be unpacked or recycled, I am just not ready to make all those decisions. Again.)

Anyhow, here we go

The 4 new worktables in the middle of the room which works as one huge table or 4 separate tables for classes. I have strapped the legs together to prevent them from moving apart when I’m working. Works like a charm. My “proper” worktable is behind the couch, but I prefer working at this one. It’s right underneath the skylights and is a lovely place to gather my quilting friends for an evening of hum & chat.

Fancy red guest chairs around the big table. I use them myself all the time; it’s great to have several workspaces without having to move anything including the chair. The chairs are from IKEA and also come in orange. When you see my couch, you’ll understand why I got the red ones instead.

Mixed media shelf which needs to be reorganized

Dresser with big drawers which also serves as an entertainment unit/refreshment area. The kettle has now been unpacked and used

An assortment of gifts and memorabilia which disguises some pipes on the wall and gives my eyes a place to rest

My cutting table which is the exterior of a dresser who lost its drawers during a fabric storage overload many years ago. Poor thing

husband helped me attach feet to raise it

and scraps and waste go into the box and bag underneath. I want a better way to do it, but for now it works just fine. Even with a cutting table, I still do most of my cutting sitting at the table. Go figure

The turquoise IKEA trolley was sold out, so I bought the grey one. Working at several different tables, this thing is genius

4m*2m of 4cm thick cotton batting ordered many years ago under the impression that it was quilt batting. I never knew what to do with it, and never had the guts to get rid of it, so it sits here in a corner

The fabulous Wall

My painting with fiber stash is stored on the top shelf in these bags; mainly because it is the only thing light enough for me to handle at this height. All the handles are facing forward for easier access.

The fabrics are sorted by colour, and each bag marked with a string of yarn to show what’s inside

Boxes, boxes, boxes. WIPs, scraps, treasures. All my treasure hunting this summer hasn’t even made a dent

Thrifted fabrics are stored in these IKEA bags. They weigh a ton and fit just beneath the bottom shelves

Old Rubbermaid drawers holding everything from thread that does not fit into my thread cases, to office supplies and quilting tools

My fabulous fabulous orange couch and orange-red foot stool. One bright and bold orange item is enough for this space, even for my taste

It is facing the temporary design wall so I can sit here (or at the worktable behind from which this pictures is taken) and look at whatever that is up there. I had to edit out the WIP on the wall, but it’s basically two lengths of flannel pinned to the wall. It needs to be properly stretched and repinned

The TV is visible from everywhere, but mostly I watch Netflix on the iPad while I’m working

Ah, looking at that light and airy space in the pictures makes me want to get rid of all the boxes and bags in the corners. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

"Soft treasures"

This quilt did not make its way into the world easily, so with a late-but-big Tah Dah, I give you "Soft treasures" (Jan 2014, 65*77cm)

With all the fabrics and notions available to us quilters, it is easy to lose track of the simple joy of creating your own images, so I wanted to go in the other direction using only solid black fabric and colourful thread, and techniques from my free motion quilting class, Quilta Figurer.

The quilt is free motion quilted in various patterns and hand embroidered. Extra texture and depth have been added by playing with the thread tension and adding just a few lines with fabric crayons.

Those of you who read this blog, know that it took more than a few experiments to get the colours

and techniques

and stitches right.

Those of you who do free motion quilting, know that it takes more than a few hours to do such dense quilting.

Those of you who do hand stitching, know that it takes more than a few days to do this much hand stitching.

It did indeed take quite a lot of work to finish the quilt, but the competition for which it was made got cancelled, and after a lot of mishaps on the way to an exhibition, it was finally showed at a “Show & tell”, for half a minute, in a very poorly lit hall, 100 feet away, all crinkled and horrible. Tah dah. I felt crinkled and horrible too.

Hopefully I’ll feel better about the quilt when it gets unpacked in the new house. Maybe I’ll want to take properly lit pictures. At least I can use it as a sample in future Quilta Figurer classes.

I'll keep you updated..

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

"His wedding, and hers"

Flipping through the folders on my computer in which pictures from different devices have been uploaded since moving became The Main Verb around here, I decided to give up on getting the pictures and stories and whatnots in chronologic order and just go for it.

“His wedding and hers” (January 2014) was made for the annual Norwegian Quilt Association competition. The theme was Lady and the tramp (contrasts between feminine/masculine, smooth/rough etc), and was to be interpreted any way we wanted to.

(Sorry, my only head on picture was taken indoors)

When reading the theme, I immediately thought about weddings and how the bride’s and groom’s perspectives often seem very different. While the groom may show rather reluctantly up in any old suit, the bride often has planned her wedding since early childhood. Disclaimer: this is based more on life portrayed in TV, movies and books than real life experiences, but still, I find it rather baffling.

Anyway, I envisioned a rooster popping in at a chicken run, just looking for a bit of fun, and getting caught in the wedding frenzy of the yearning bride-to-be,
her mother,

future maid of honor.
Can you tell how he feels by the look in his eyes?


The panels are made of recycled painted tablecloths, curtains, a bridal shawl, hessian, and felted wool. They have been free motion quilted, couched onto a brushed polyester backing, and then embellished by hand and machine.
There are quite a few happy go lucky new techniques in here which, all in all, worked out pretty well. You never know until you try, do you.

You can see previous posts here and here.

I had so much fun making this quilt, and it drew quite a few smiles and comments hanging at the NQF exhibition back in March.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Little boxes on the hillside

I’m singing this song

pretty much every day

kind of like my theme song these days.

Maybe not so odd, is it.

One big box

on the hillside

looking rather sad with the windows and doors all covered.

No fabulous face on the front .

It will get better, at least that’s what they keep telling me.
In the meantime, we’re staying right next door.
As uncomfortable and crammed and messy as it is, it’s still the most awesome place in the world every now and then:)

The grandboys and I are sharing a room with dozens and dozens of clothing bags, and this weekend we all had a cold. Not too much sleep, but still a grand weekend. I'm having a hard time getting them to stay still so I can take proper pictures, and never mind looking at the camera and smile at the same time. I kind of like it this way. Keeping it real.

Thanks for stopping by!