Monday, 31 May 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
I cut off 1” off the City quilt after squaring it up. I had added a piece to a strip of fabric just to make sure the quilt would meet the 1m requirement after quilting. Well, it ended up at 107cm and the line bothered me, so off it came. I was terrified cutting that thing, afraid that something would go wrong and the quilt would end up too short. Luckily it didn’t.-)
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Last evening brought us the brightest rainbow I have ever seen. The pictures are taken out of our living room window, the last one with the zoom on my camera. I did not run looking for the pot of gold though as I was too tired…
Monday, 24 May 2010
I know I haven’t finished my own Saying Cheese portrait yet, and there’s no way I should start another project in any size, shape or form until I am done with my exhibition entries and a load of new class samples, but wouldn’t these make great portrait quilts??(Pop art made in FotoFlexer)
Oh temptation, thy name is New Ideas …
Saturday, 22 May 2010
So, did you have a creative week?
Friday, 21 May 2010
I have picked “Imagine that! Thank you, guys!” (130cm *130cm) this time; I’m not sure it’s my favourite quilt, but it definitely was one of the most fun to make. It was created and finished within a period of two crazy weeks in the spring of 2006 for Husqvarna Viking’s competition” Imagine that” (no, I don’t think I slept very much, and no, it did not make the final cut).
Artist’s statement: This quilt is my way of honouring some of men’s great creations: the work of my favourite architect, my favourite car, my maternal grandfather’s bridge, and other creations that are practical, beautiful, amusing or just for pure enjoyment.
The cogwheels represent dreams and ideas, some spinning around in the head, and others have become a reality.
Thanks to the creators and their great imagination!
The quilt is made from cotton fabrics, with fusible appliqué and free motion quilting and writing. I pretty much let my imagination flow and picked lots of inventions. Internet proved invaluable while looking for the creators of all kinds of stuff.
These made the final cut (no pun intended):
The shopping bag, Walter H. Deubner
The wheel, Mesopotamians
Christmas tree lights, Edward Johnson
The chastity belt, Just guessing: a guy?
Some times quilting is just a lot of creative fun.-)
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Random.org has done its magic and congratulations to lucky No 4, Janet, who is the winner of my little quilt.
The lovely young lady on the 17th of May photos is not me, but our lovely daughter with our lovely grandson. I’m sorry to disappoint any new readers; I should have specified that and not made you believe I am a beautiful 20-something instead of a middle aged grandma.-)
I managed to squeeze a couple of small projects in between other tasks this week.
This month’s theme for The Monthly Design Challenge at Finki’s is Indigenous Australia. Fortunately she included a definition: Indigenous: Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment.
I’m not quite sure that my fish meets the description as it is from an Australian rock painting. I wanted to make a fish quilt and while googling Australia+fish this image popped up and I loved it. The words are from my favourite saying “Det er von i hengande snøre” which translates into something like “There is hope in a hanging (fishing) line”.
The other finish from this week is another I know, I know quilt, “I know more”, for a friend overseas.
Both quilts have my favourite Keith Haring paper clips attached for hanging. I got a few boxes from a clearance bin several years ago, and have used them for small pieces like Christmas cards. I’m running out of them, so I’ll have to find some other cool clips at some point.
I’ll be linking this up to Amylou’s Sew & Tell on Friday as tomorrow's post will be my entry to the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Will you be participating?
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
I am a Norwegian quilter and designer, and this is my first time participating in Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day. I have created a little appliquéd quilt, “Happy May House” (8”*11 1/2”), for my giveaway.
As we are celebrating our national holiday today, I have chosen the colours from our flag, red (well, the red colour family anyway), white and blue. The background is a damask fabric; the quilt is embellished with a few buttons and hand stitches, and has hanging loops attached.
The giveaway is open until noon at the 20th of May (Norwegian time), when the winner will be randomly picked by Random.org.
Good luck to you all; I’m off to watch the parade!
Sorry, the giveaway is now closed!
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Daughter’s bunad, Husfliden’s Blue Rogalandsbunad, is my biggest needlework achievement although a bit crinkly from storage right now.
Detail of shawl
I made it for her confirmation 8 years ago. Starting out way ahead, I got the fabric and everything two years before the big day. A year and a half later I hadn’t even taken it out of the bag (too busy quilting), so I signed up for a bunad embroidery class. That was money well spent, and after working on it for hours every day, it was finished just in time. Mom flew in and helped me assemble the costume, MIL made the shirt and the accessories were a gift from her father – a true family effort.
The teacher was very strict and particular; the wrong side should be as beautiful as the right. Mission accomplished – last year daughter wore her shawl on the wrong side for hours without anyone (not even me) noticing.-)
If I’m lucky I’ll get a picture of daughter and grandson in their costumes before they run off tomorrow morning.
I’ll also be arranging strips of fabric today. I love the fabrics and the format of this project (1m+ wide), so it will be fun even though the schedule is a bit tight. There’s nothing like a deadline to get those creative juices flowing…
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Friday, 14 May 2010
A brand new mother
and a brand new grandmother. We don’t look too shabby having been up for 50 hours, do we?
He came home on the 17th of May which is our national holiday, dressed in a sailor suit and his car seat decorated with a flag. This was back when our couch still was solid grey and not decorated with formula, baby food and little finger marks all over.
and walking around and around and around the coffee table
Always on the move
and celebrating his birthday with chocolate cake
Always up to something
with big blue eyes that will make us do anything (and boy, he sure knows how to work those)
Happy birthday, little man!