Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Sunshine of a sunny day

Our Easter break at the cabin was filled with all kinds of sunshine. Even though someone was sick, someone didn’t sleep very much, and the waffle iron didn’t work properly, we had a wonderful time. It was grandbaby’s first time sleeping at the cabin and after a few hours of busy exploring, he settled down very nicely. It doesn’t take much to entertain a two year old, does it.

The birches are getting tall, all lean and beautiful and just sporting a light shade of green on the top

providing a wonderful backdrop for our red, white and blue.

Husband and I got our workouts keeping up with the little one and playing highly competitive bandyhockeysoccermatches on the patio with the big one. It is hilarious.

Other than that, I didn’t really do much of anything than being with my family. When we first started celebrating Easter up there, I would spend a lot of time in the kitchen making roasts of lamb and sauces that took forever and the in-laws would visit and we would eat a lot. Then grandson came along and I would rather spend the day with him so we started serving precooked chicken. Now that we are the proud grandparents of two little boys, we have moved even further away from the traditional Easter dinner, serving precooked beef burgers with an assortment of toppings and veggies. Happy lazy grandma:)

My knitting project was still safely tucked away in its bag when we went home, and my slow needlepoint project was also left untouched, but I did finish the hand stitching on Teddy’s Quilt which was handed over at school this morning.

So how was your holidays; did you spend them doing chores or happily relax them away?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Oh, dear sewing machine, how much I have missed your sweet humming.

I let chaos be chaotic for a few hours today and set up my machine on the worktable. As a first grader, grandson is learning English, and one of the teaching tools is Teddy. Teddy is a teddybear who travels through the class, spending a week with each student.

Amidst the moving chaos, we forgot to bring Teddy back to school on Thursday morning. I was horrified, I don't usually forget school projects like that, but here he was in his bright yellow bag with his clothes and accessories. After numerous apologies to grandson, I suggested that I would make a quilt for Teddy and today I did just that.

A leftover block, a piece of muslin and a tea towel strip, fabric markers and some fleece and the sweet humming of my machine - what a bliss. All that is left is to hand stitch the corners shut and tie off thread tails, and grandson can bring Teddy's quilt to school after the holidays.

And, now they also have an item beginning with the letter Q. I couldn't help but notice the lack of Q-illustrations in his Norwegian workbook. Thanks goodness grandma is a quilter, right.)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Lek med garn class at Sandnes Husflidslag

Even a dedicated quilter on the move needs time off from the joy(?!) of creating a new studio space. This week I got two nights off, which was very much needed I’d say.

On Tuesday I went back to the ladies at Sandnes Husflidslag (previous post here) to teach another class – Playing with yarn. This is also a Layer upon layer class, and you all know how much I love those. Fortunately I have packed everything I needed for the class a few weeks ago or they might have been lost in the black hole that currently is my studio.

Watching the students happily play along, adding a little dash of this and hint of that as we look at each project through the process.

Seeing strands of yarn being transformed into these little works of beauty never stops to amaze me.

Aren’t they just beautiful!
Thank you for having me over again!

If you would like to see pictures from our guild meeting last night, you will find them posted here. The text is in Norwegian, but I have added a translate button to the sidebar so you should be sort-of-able-ish to understand anyway.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Wall in progress

Even for a fabricopaintofiberoholicwhohasdreamtofanewstudioforyears like me, transforming a pile of stuff

into a functional and comfortable studio space can be quite daunting.

Thankfully my friend Liv Kirsten kept me company on Saturday afternoon, sorting and folding fabric while we were chatting. I as amazed by the progress we were able to make during a few hours together.

I have been going strong for the better part of the day,

but oh man, that couch I am planning to get will be ordered first thing tomorrow morning. I most certainly need a comfortable place to relax during the day.

Husband has kindly assembled the sturdy shelves, and I’m about half way to getting The Wall the way I want. I spend a lot of time thinking and changing my mind as I move along.

My quilting fabric will still be stored in the 50l plastic tubs. Set upright, they work like narrow shelves, but they can easily be moved and turned the “right” way for easy access to any fabric.

And – one of the most important things – the lids can be put on for protection against light and dust,

and also calm down the visual impact of the huge and rather colourful wall.

Husband set up another shelf on the other side of the room this afternoon, so I’ll get started on the mixed media stash soon. Maybe on Tuesday, my fingers had an unpleasant meeting with the bottom edge of one of the metal shelves and need some time off.

I have two walls where I want design walls and am wondering how you have made yours. Can you just put a few nails around the edges of a king size cotton batting to make it stay in place, or do you need something more elaborate?

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The honors

Grandson had the honor of making the first moving-into-studio-step yesterday. I brought a bag of batting and a bag of fabric when picking him up, and then we went to get the keys. He was very excited and so was I.

This is my building. It is only a 2 min drive or 15-20 min walk from home, and the bus stops right down the road. The location location location thing is totally true, I could not find a better space at this price.

It is 30 square meters and I will have 3 desks so I can have 6 students. There are meeting rooms and a kitchen down the hall which I also can use.

There are no windows on the walls, but two skylights.

Grandson checked out the details, but there was not much to see just yet. 

Key working? Check.

The movers will be here at 14:00 today, but husband will not start building the shelves until Saturday. 

One day at the time, my friends, one day at the time...

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Multiple generations

While I have posted before about my generations of stashes, it is quite different to see them in all their glory, spread out through the house. Oh man, all that thrifted goodness that I simply could not pass by at the time, and I'm only like a third into the excavation process.

My brain has been buzzing with class ideas for my new studio and I'm writing them all down as they pass by. I just might have to add a few more non-quilting-fabric-projects to the list.

I have been feeling totally overwhelmed by the whole thing, but today I decided on a plan which will make the move a bit easier. I have found a couple of movers that will show up two days and move whatever I have managed to box/bag up. The first load will probably go on Thursday, leaving me with space to move around, particulary in my otherwise crammed and oh-so-lonely sewing room.

There won't be a lot happening here sewing wise in another week or two, but I'll meet with my quilting friends tomorrow and a few hours of happy humming and chatting sounds like heaven right now.

A non paid position as studio organizer is open in case you are one of those super effective Sheldon-like neat freaks. I tried to sell the idea to my younger sister who inherited that gene from our mother, but she didn't take the bait. Bummer; we would have had so much fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 31 March 2014

To me

My 52nd anniversary here on this fabulous earth was spent at IKEA shopping for moving boxes, bags and accesories. 

I signed the lease on the studio last week, and tomorrow it will officially be mine for the foreseable future. Now I just need to wait for my batteries to recharge so I can start boxing everything up. Yikes, there is a loootttt of quilting related stuff spread around the house.

Until then, I'm having my birthday sugary treat and watching a movie while I'm waiting for my guests who are bringing cake. That's my kind of guests!

I am more than a bit restless to get this process over with already. Happy moving wishes are most welcome!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Of choices and blessings

Having children is a choice; having grandchildren is a blessing.

Happy weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014


Each year the European Quilt Association issues a challenge to all the members of the European quilt guilds. Each country will provide a number of quilts (16 this year) to the “pool” which will be distributed into suitcase collections, 1 quilt from each country in each suitcase (or cardboard box, really) and travel through Europe for 3 years. Unfortunately we will not see them here in Norway dues to high custom fees.

The theme for 2014 is seasonal gardens and our season is winter. The Norwegian contributions were on display on Norsk Quiltetreff this weekend, and visitors would vote for their favourite. The 16 quilts with most votes will be on show at The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August, and travel on from there. I am happy to report that all my friends’ quilts and mine were picked.

I have posted little glimpses of “Winterberries” in progress earlier. It is a layer upon layer piece made in painting with fiber technique.

I have been having a thing for quilts that you have to look closer at to see the full picture lately, and this is no exception.

It does require proper lighting though, so a lot of the details will get lost otherwise.

I thought I would show you what difference the little hand quilting made.

Next time you feel something is a little bland – try adding some chunky red stitches and say goodbye to bland!

You can see some of my earlier EQA challenge pieces here, here (not picked) and here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Kvist class at Norsk Quiltetreff

I love the ebb and flow of this class. The delight when the students get to fondle their materials, the zen of freeform shape cutting, the beauty of the trash bin, the process of getting each little piece in The Right Place, the humming of sewing machines going full speed ahead, the joy of watching magic happen as the quilting process progresses and turns little bits and pieces into beautiful painted-ish artwork, the group picture with all the different variations of branches, and the show & tell at the end of the day.

Indeed, it is a joy to teach this class!

Thank you, ladies, for spending the day with me, and making the class such a delight to teach!