Tuesday, 17 May 2011

"Allt blev ljust igen"

Welcome to my blog, Mrs Moen on the Norwegian national holiday! I am a quilt artist, designer and teacher living and messing up our house in Norway. This is my fourth time participating in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side.

I have chosen “Allt blev ljust igen” (everything got light again) (56”*80”) this time because it’s one of my all time favourite quilts.Add the fact that I have just washed it, and it was not raining for a few hours yesterday so I could get pictures and the choice was quite easy. The quilt is not really that special to look at; simple circles machine appliquéd onto squares and backed with fleece, and yet it carries lots of warm memories and hope for the future.

The quilt is an interpretation of the song “Varmt igen” (warm again) by the Swedish artist Peter Jöback (originally by Per Gessle), made back in 2005 for daughter’s 18th birthday. This song offered comfort at a time when we were waiting for life to get warmer and lighter and has been a favourite of mine ever since. You can listen to (and your eyes won’t hurt either) the song here.

Another side of the story is that the quilt did not really hit home with daughter’s, at the time, pink taste so it has been residing on our couch ever since I made her a new pink one. Somehow I couldn’t make warmth and light using pink; you need something cold to set off warmth, don’t you.(Fabric scraps from the coat I made for her for 17. of May when she was 3, from her dress, from the doll cloths I made, from other quilts I’ve made for her, fabrics bought by my parents while travelling; you get the picture)

I am very happy with the trade; yeah; I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy just looking at it.
You can see the rest of the online quilt show here
and to all my Norwegian friends: Hurra for 17. mai!

28 comments:

  1. I love your quilt. Fun design, excellent use of colors. Great job Nina-Lise. I hope you have a wonderful holiday too.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  2. Beautiful quilt and a lovely story! Happy National Holiday!

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  3. Hi, your quilt is gorgeous, I love the colours. A quilt of memories :)

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  4. This quilt is fabulous. I liked it just from looking, then loved it when I read it's story.
    Deborah

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  5. Helt underbar quilt!
    Du har som alltid en tanke och KÄNSLA i allt du syr. Är en stor beundrare av din textila konst.

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  6. This is a lovely quilt, amazing work:)

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  7. Nina, your quilt is stunning.

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  8. It's a beautiful quilt, the colours are fabulous.

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  9. It makes me think of the ocean and sunrise. Beautiful!

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  10. What an awesome quilt! It's beautiful, and I think you're right -- you need something cold to make you feel the warmth.

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  11. It's a great quilt. And, a good trade I'd say.

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  12. Well of course it has my favorites colors! I love the graphic simplicity of it and the bold color choices. I would hang this one gleefully and look at it every day. No wonder you love it. xox Corrine

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  13. Hello! Your quilt is really, really beautiful! I love the colours - perfect for cold and warm - dark winter and light summer! Circle is also very good form; it's the sun, the earth, the moon! I enjoy this so much!
    Thank your for inspiration!
    Sunny wishes from Finnish woman living in crete!
    Ps. I miss the light nights!

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  14. This quilt is gorgeous to look at and a wonderful expression of your style! I like the story and the quilt's name very much. Thanks for sharing. I hope your holiday was great fun.

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  15. I love this. The colors are fantastic!

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  16. Love the orange pop, and the beautiful blues, especially the turquoise. Lovely all around!

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  17. I love quilts with memory fabrics, your design is very modern and cozy at the same time, color choice and your fabrics are what pops in the eyes, great!

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  18. My first instinct is to touch this quilt, looks very soft and cosy. Gorgeous colors, I just love orange and blue! How can anyone prefer pink over this?
    ; ) It's a good thing we are all different...

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  19. Wonderful quilt - and I would agree, you got the better part out of the deal with your daughter ;-))

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  20. Is it that time again? How did I miss it? This is a gorgeous quilt. I love the colors!

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  21. I love your quilt and the story behind it.

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  22. Beautiful quilt! Definitely has more pizazz than pink. The song is lovely too.

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  23. It's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. I always love circles.

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  24. I love the colors and the fabrics. Just beautiful.

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  25. I love it! I live in Alaska and I totally "get it." Great fabrics, great contrast, wonderful artistic interpretation. Thanks for sharing. It's inspiring.

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  26. I think your quilt is wonderful. Beautiful fabrics and lovely design. I enjoyed reading about the meaning behind your quilt. It is lovely to know that it also contains many special memories.

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  27. Beautiful quilt! I love the colors and you are right you need cold colors to show warm colors. Just wonderful!

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