Friday, 28 October 2011

"Mandag på Skottevik"

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

tied

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
Amy'sCreativeSide

Have fun!

64 comments:

  1. A beautiful quilt! I love the colour range.

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  2. Beautiful quilt, like sun on little waves of water. I like your idea of recycling fabrics, that's what we have learned to do.

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  3. The colour graduation is very pretty!

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  4. what a great quilt and wonderful story to go with it! love how vibrant it is, love using all those different fabrics and how great your grandson loves it so much. isn't that the best thing when you've made something with so much love?!!

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  5. Loved that your quilt has a real story..and continue to build on the story as grandson adds his life to the quilt.

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  6. I love your quilt! I also like the idea of the repurposed fabrics. It's beautiful!

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  7. Your quilt looks great. What a wonderful way to use snowballs in the centre. I like the colours you have used and the way way you have machine and hand quilted. Lovely work!

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  8. I kategorien - nydeleg gjenbruk!
    Flink du!

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  9. Love the combination of snowballs and checkerboard, and the colours are very evocative of a summer vacation!

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  10. What a lovely way to re-purpose your fabrics, I think it's just wonderful! I love snowballs, this is a fantastic quilt!

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  11. What a lovely quilt. :o)
    Fabulous handstitching!!

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  12. Lovely and unique use of snowball blocks! Very pretty!!

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  13. O don't think I have seen this one before, wow, it does make me think of a summer vacation and that blue is grandson's blue! xox

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  14. A fantastic quilt and I love seeing scraps and repurposed fabrics being used!

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  15. Hi Nina! Your quilt is simply amazing! Great way to recycle and reuse. I really love the color value changes. Makes this quilt pop!

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  16. So what did happen on that Monday???
    What a cuddly quilt for the little guy.
    Come see my entries: #29 miniature reproduction quilt and #31 antique 1850 Star quilt

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  17. You've done just a wonderful job on this quilt! Love the dark background and how the colors really spring out. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. The colors are wonderful! Love the blue:)

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  19. What a beautiful use of upcycled materials. I also love the different shapes and colours at play....

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  20. Loved reading this entry and learning the story of this quilt.

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  21. Nicely done. A great use of recycled fabric for sure.

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  22. The quilt is so lovely. Thanks for sharing your story about it, too.

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  23. Love the colours in this quilt.

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  24. Wow! What an amazing eye for color you have! This is a beautiful quilt! So glad I found you and your blog!

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  25. Very nice...the colors make me happy!
    Smiles~Beth

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  26. lovely, Nina, and the best of memories! I love the colours you used and the feelings evoked; well done! greetings for Cyprus! :)

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  27. It's great to see a quilt made in the traditional way of re-using old fabrics. I love the colours, it's so bright and cheerful.

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  28. Beautiful, blue and yellow always work...like how the quilt snowballed!

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  29. What a lovely, cheerful quilt!

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  30. It is sooooo beautiful!! It has all of my favorites in there---plaids, snowballs, 4-patches, hand-quilting, tyeing, it's perfect!

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  31. I am a lover of blue - how can you hate blue. The play of blocks makes this just wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  32. It does look like blue water and sunny days! Love how thrift scraps can be something beutiful.

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  33. Your grandson is a lucky fellow! What a fabulous quilt to sleep with every night. Thanks so much for sharing its story! :)

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  34. I love the inspiration you used for this quilt!

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  35. It looks just like a summers day at the lake.

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  36. nice quilt...and I like your profile story too.

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  37. I love the combination of snowball blocks and 4-patches. What a wonderful quilt! I hope someday you remember what happened on that Monday...what a mystery!

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  38. I loved reading about how this quilt came to be. What a great journey this quilt took you on. I really like how it turned out.

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  39. Oh what fun to see and be inspired!

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  40. I like the colour wash effect of the blues, very clever. It obviously has a special meaning to you too.

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  41. Oh Nina Lise, what a beautiful quilt. Love the design and the colors. Yumm.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  42. Beauty - love theme quilts!

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  43. It's so bright and comfy looking that I am not surprised grandson loves it so much. I really love that it has a little bit of everything in it. Very pretty. :)

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  44. Great quilt, love the colors, your designs are always great.

    ale balanzario

    http://withblueberryquiltscorner.blogspot.com

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  45. Beautiful! Love the blue and yellow, the 4-patches, the way the color moves on the borders. It looks like you had fun making this quilt, and that's the best kind. No wonder your grandson loves it!

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  46. Such a pretty quilt. It's no wonder your grandson loves it.

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  47. Remarkable quilt! Love all the blues. I can see why your grandson loves it so much.

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  48. This is such a pretty quilt! I love the blues -- it's very whimsical! :)

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  49. Beautiful quilt! Very bright and cherry, no wonder why your grandson loves it!

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  50. I like the hand quilting - it really adds something special to a quilt. I can see why your grandson loves the quilt so much =)

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  51. Love the colors and the squishy goodness of this quilt :-)

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  52. I really love the color of this quilt great job!! Hope to see you at my place!! Hugs

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  53. Lovely, colorful and fun quilt! Blue skies, summer, maybe going for a swim?
    Good memories are captured here, I think.

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  54. lovely quilt with some lovely memories stitched in. It's good that its well loved and used.

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  55. Sounds like you had a lot of fun making this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  56. Very clever quilt, and it sounds like it was fun to make! Thanks for sharing it.

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  57. Great to visit and learn about your quilting journey.

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  58. I don't speek Norwegian, but I do speak (a little) Swedish. So, det var mycket bra!

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  59. So so pretty! I love the colors!!!

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  60. Wonderful quilt...thank you for sharing it and your story.

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