Thursday, 29 September 2011

Oh so soft

Organic lines on a well loved old duvet cover inherited from mother in law; soft lines on soft fabric;
creating a few backgrounds while enjoying the feel of this gem from the 70ies. What’s not to love...

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Zip it

If you ever wondered how a rainbow bouquet of zippers looks like, here’s one for you.
100 zippers in every glorious colour from Zipit on Etsy.
You can pick and choose whatever colour you’d like, and so I did. 3 of each colour, and filling up with bright pinks. Grandson was fascinated by all this engineering beauty and tried quite a few of them, just to see how they worked.

What I’ll do with all these zippers? I who don’t do zippers? Well, I really, really want to make lovely little pouches like so many of you do, and now that Christmas is less than 100 days away (according to my friend Tone), I’d better get started. I’m more likely to make zippered pouches when I actually have zippers. Am I not?

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Batting question

I have a question for you. I bought this Thermore batting at a guild meeting, and it seems great. Thin and soft and drapable; all good. The only problem is that it’s a bit sticky – which normally is good for quilting - but in this case I cannot seem to get rid of the folding creases. I have put batting in the dryer before, but somehow I am reluctant to do so with this one. I am a bit worried it will shred or get distorted as it’s really thin.

Have you tried this batting, and if so; how did you get rid of the lines?

Monday, 26 September 2011


I am knitting my first project ever using alpaca yarn. Sandnes Garn’s Mini Alpaca is super wash (machine washable) and hopefully well suited for baby clothes. Their factory outlet is only 20 minutes from my house so it’s easy to drop by when in need of yarn. Way too easy. And the bargain bins make it that much harder not to buy more than needed. This beautiful blue alpaca came 20 balls in the bag, a total of 1 kg, so I’ll be knitting lots of blue stuff through the winter.

I fell in love with Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket and Tomten Jacket on Ravelry and ordered the patterns from Schoolhouse Press.

My new knitting bag is a hemp tote bag from Heathrow. How could I not buy one of these?

Friday, 23 September 2011

"Til konfirmanten"

Ok, so this quilt did not want to be taken pictures of at all. I had no idea greens would be just as hard to photograph as reds, but there you go. Impossible. All the lovely greens look grey and boring. How did that happen. We tried everything except going outside because it was a raining. I’d rather have dull pictures than lugging a soaking wet confirmation gift around.

Anyhow; here it is;
the confirmation quilt for my nephew the night before we headed eastwards; husband moonlighting as a quilt rack. Thank you, dear.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Pink free

The first baby jacket is almost finished, only a few seams to stitch. The plan was to add pink buttons and a little flower if my new grandchild is a girl, but no pink is needed because it’s a little boy. He looks so much like his big brother on his sonogram pictures and I’m already in love.

Can you tell I’m grinning.-)

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Boob day

I’m packing up my boob gear again today for another Make a Boob workshop at my guild. My neatly sorted boxes are quite a bit messier now than when grandson and I first meticulously filled them, one bag of beads in each compartment. However, after killing a few hours of moving beads around with a teaspoon at Craftretreat, I confess they will probably stay like that until Make a Boob is finished sometime in the future. Unless there are some neat freaks out there who would love to do it for me.-)

The Make a boob blog has been updated with new arrivals through the summer (click picture to get to that specific post):

The ladies at Quilte Huset/Vestlandsdrakten
I’ll have to do another boob count, but I’d say I have approx 750 boobs now; a number with which I am totally happy.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Some do and some don't

The verdict is in. The fusible strip from IKEA made for hemming curtains, does not work for appliqué. See the grid like texture? Not even close to the smooth looking strip on the picture on the package. I’ll probably save it if I ever need quick hemming, but for quilting – not recommended. At all. Gunky chunky yucky stuff.

I have higher hopes for these little guys. They are those little plastic hanging things from socks and undie packages which I think will make excellent hangers for little quilts. I have been collecting them in different sizes for a while, and am waiting for the right project to try them out. I’ll let you know how it works out.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Ugly fabric challenge

My guild set up an ugly fabric challenge a few months ago, and the whopping number of 3 signed up and handed in their ugly fabrics. I was one of them.

I drew (chose? I don’t even remember) this Christmas (?) fabric from the 80ies (my guess). I actually find the fabric rather cute and not ugly at all, and have an idea what I will make. It will be something small.

I thought the deadline was in September but it’s in October so plenty of time, but you know how these deadlines work. Plenty of time, plenty of time, plenty of time, oh, tomorrow, tomorrow? tomorrow! oh ...!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Sew In # 8

By this morning I had finished the Rainbow Runner.
I like the way it look in the white table
and even better with my favourite crystal bowl. I think this one is a keeper.

And, I stitched a few rounds on my art knitting project; a grey and orange woollen pillow. In case you wonder what the “art” part is about, it’s basically throwing all my ordinary rules of knitting to the wind and playing it totally by ear. Whether the result will be anything artsy I don’t know, but I have fun working at it.
Daughter will be coming over for a girlie movie night soon; I have a few presents to finish up with some hand stitching, so it’s the perfect to spend this windy Saturday evening.

I hope you enjoy yours as well!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Friday afternoon

Tonight is another Friday Night Sew In, and I thought I’d join in. I’m thinking of revisiting my Rainbow Runner.“Rainbow?” you might think, but have a look at the back and you’ll understand the somewhat non-self-explanatory name.

The top is made from leftover blocks from way back when I first got started quilting and my material of choice was thrifted fabrics and IKEA thread in every colour known to mankind and some not even so.

I will make it into a table runner for my dining room table. My table has up till now been runner-free; partly because I kept it buried under quilting stuff for so long. Well; not any more.

Have a wonderful Friday; I’ll be back tomorrow with pictures of the table runner. And perhaps some knitting? Maybe there’s something good on the telly to keep me company while I’m stitching...

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Make a Banner

Not only am I a slow poke quilter, I am also a slow poke gift giver. This name banner was finished in February for my friend’s first grandson who was born in November last year. After several attempts, I finally handed over the quilt to grandma Gro last week for her to pass on to the proud parents and little boy.

A tutorial on how to make a scrappy name banner is up here. I forgot to measure the quilt though, so use any measurement you’d like, I will never know the difference and neither will you.

I’m doing work work at home and have moved my laptop into my studio this week. For some strange reason I’m less distracted residing smack down in the middle of all my creative mess than anywhere else in the house. Go figure.

Monday, 12 September 2011


This weekend was one of the brilliant ones; 4 generations of Moens together at Lillehammer, celebrating the oldest boy in our family stepping into adulthood. And what a handsome man he has grown into.

We are all so proud of him; no one more so than his mother, my younger sister.

For the first time ever my parents got to have their 3 daughters, 2 sons in law, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild in one place. A complete Moen clan and a lot of noise; we are not a timid breed, just ask the sons in law.

We also got to spend time with my brother in law’s family and my sister’s best friend and her family; all lovely people.

I chokingly delivered my little godmother speech with accompanying gifts for his way into the future; a (chocolate) gold medal so he will remember who he is (No 1), a map over Norway so he’ll remember where he comes from (and where Stavanger is), and a flash light so he can find his way through darkness. Did I say I was choking?

The youngest member of the clan was incredible patient all through the service and dinner and was having the time of his life running in the hallways with all his cousins, wearing them out one by one.
Unfortunately I was, as always, crap at taking pictures, but I have borrowed these (with permission) from my sister’s Facebook page. Thank goodness for family members who took pictures at the church and the party and more family pictures, so I’ll get copies. I’ll have to ask the proud mother to take a picture of the young man with his new quilt, because, surprise, surprise, I forgot.

Today I have been resting my pleasantry muscles (it’s hard work being so pleasant all the time!) and gotten back to work. I’ll be swamped for the next few of weeks, so there will probably not be much sewing. Unless I just have to...

See you around!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Cutting of Spike

Spike is one of my slow poke quilt projects which I’ll revisit every now and then. Not being up to much of anything lately, I have been cleaning up the edges of my wacky-ish spike blocks. I’m still waiting for my meds to kick in and airways to clear up, although spending my days on the couch is not all bad as it gives me plenty of guilt free knitting time. A silver lining in shape of knitted grandchild items so to speak.

This weekend is my nephew’s confirmation, so I’ll be away from my blog for a few of days to spend time with my loved ones.

I’ll be thinking of my US friends today. Stay strong!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

IKEA art

I’m not very discriminating choosing art; if I love it I will buy it. Shopping at IKEA with daughter the other day I caught a glimpse of a picture and it was love at first sight. After a little search party, I finally found these guys on a shelf looking all sad and lonely.
Mixed media art, including zipper parts, beads and paint brushes.

I would love to see the original. I would love to own the original.

I would love to paint like this!
I haven’t unwrapped it yet, it’s taped to my studio wall waiting for the perfect way to display it.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Another surprise

Husband came home last week from another business trip to China and when I came down the next morning another surprise box was waiting.

This time it was way too heavy to contain tea so I was a tiny bit curious to open it. Yeah. Moon cakes.

Each one weighing 185g with a sugar content of almost 40% and a fat content of almost 40%. Really healthy snacks. They do look nice though.

Oh well; at least I got another pretty box for my collection.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Make a Boob cushion

No self respecting quilter would do a series of workshops, setting up all kinds of treasures and keep the needles in an ugly plastic container. At least that was what I was thinking at my last workshop and then again yesterday morning when I was sorting to the Make a Boob paraphernalia preparing for upcoming workshops. Fuelled by embarrassment I went down to my studio and half an hour of playtime later a brand new Boob pin cushion was ready to use.
The background is an orange hand dyed/painted fabric covered with scraps of yarn and ribbons and a layer of tulle. I added two layers of batting to the back and quilted it so it would keep the disc-like shape when stuffed and not turn into a badly shaped ball. I cut scraps of cotton batting approx ½” wide to use as stuffing which worked great giving the cushion the perfect body and weight (magic stuffing indeed, much unlike chocolate...).
Now my workshop needles will have a pretty place to rest and be visible among all the other stuff. I think I might make more of these; I do love playtime you know.

Monday, 5 September 2011


I’m thinking of making another of these.

This one was made for the baby of a friend of mine a few years ago and I loved playing with all those little scraps and strings and leftover triangles. I don’t know the gender of my grandbaby-to-be yet, but I need a new friendly-little-sewing-group-meeting project.

I could start piecing all those little scraps together. Yeah; I’ll start a new string quilt; I sure have scraps enough.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Rainy Saturday

It’s grey and wet and windy outside, a little taste of the months ahead of us, but inside it’s warm and colourful.
I have managed to keep this orchid alive for 2 ½ years which is a mrsmoenwide record. It was a birthday present from daughter and grandson and it’s delicate and pink and gorgeous. My mother is an orchid lover and thought me how to care for them. She learned it at an orchid plantation in Malaysia. Once a week I put my orchids under the tap, letting the water run all over the soil and roots and each leaf, add a little fertilizer and leave them in the sink for a few hours to drain excess water out (my flowers are in those plastic see through containers with holes in the bottom).

There won’t be much quilting going on at my house today but definitely some creative activities with our young man/weekend companion/grandson.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend wherever you are and whatever you do.