Welcome to my blog, Mrs Moen! My name is Nina Lise Moen, and I am a quilter who designs patterns and teaches classes on the side. I enjoy a few other creative outlets as well, but today is all about quilting. This is my fifth time participating in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side and I’m sure it will be just as much fun as the previous shows. I have stacked up on sugar peas and diet soda and am ready to go. Feel free to stay for a while and have a look around or pop by at any time.
I enjoy making a lot of different kinds of quilts, from piecing together simple fabric shapes to creating art pieces, and with quite a few small story quilts in between. Most of all I love playing with fabrics, and my scrap bins are often put to use although you could not tell by looking at them. For this show I have chosen one of my old favourites from the very beginning of my quilting life, “Mandag på Skottevik” (Monday at Skottevik) (finished in 2000 after a while hovering on top of my then budding UFO pile). Skottevik was The Place to spend our summer holidays for many wonderful years; blue skies, water and sunny days.
There are 4 or 5 quilting fabrics in this quilt, but mainly repurposed fabrics and curtains, table cloths and bed sheets from the thrift store with a few solids thrown in for good measure. Part of the story is that I cut all my fabrics into 6 ½” squares back then and used them to create all kinds of blocks and patterns (involving lots of math including Pythagoras and equations). It worked for me obviously as 13 years later I’m still quilting; revisiting my stack of thrifted squares every now and then. I am not (emphasis on not) cutting all my fabrics into squares any more. Maybe I should.
The design grew from snowball blocks (via the aforementioned UFO pile) to a top by adding a narrow green border, lots of colourful 4 patches
and a bottom border which was just a tad short to go all the way across the bottom. No problem; one strip of faded fabric to the rescue.
The quilt has a polyester batting which makes it the softest thing in our house and has been in grandson’s possession since he was born 4,5 years ago; first serving as a mattress in his day bed, and now on his duvet on cold nights. He loves this quilt.
It is quilted by hand
and machine quilted.
The label (written with fabric marker on the backing) says that it celebrates our summers at Skottevik and especially one Monday in the summer of 1998. I don’t remember what happened that particular day, but it must have been a brilliant one!
You can see the rest of the online quilt show here