Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Make a Fleece border/binding

This morning my book was sent off to test-printing (sorry, don’t have the English publishing lingo down; barely the Norwegian). I expected to feel relief, but I am still just as worked up as I was when I tried to get to sleep last night. I am not complaining though; it has been an amazing experience, and the thrill of finishing on time! Wow, what a rush!

Now I need to pick up where I left off, and there’s no better place to start than right here on my blog. I have been looking through my backlog of pictures, and found a couple of tutorials I was planning to do earlier

You’ll find the Make a Fleece border/binding tutorial posted over here at my tutorial blog, Mrs Moen How to’s. A little warning though - there are lots of pictures!

I’m off to spend a few hours with daughter and baby. Cannot wait:-)

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Still here...

I’m still here although I have been absent from the blog world lately including my own blog. Finishing up the book has taken more time than anticipated, the publishing date has been moved more than a month and we are all quite squeezed on time. 144 pages to proof, illustrations to audit, chop, chop, chop to make more room, pictures that needs resizing, replacing, re-anything. Seriously, how much can your brain even process at the same time? Mine is in overdrive, but the good thing is that it will all be over soon.

Up until lately my focus has been more on the fact that I won the contract, the creativity involved, and the intellectual part of actually writing a book more than what it means to have a book published. It’s a bit scary, I’d say.

I’m spending yet another day in front of the computer screen, working on streamlining a few patterns for printing. It took me 3 hours to order the pictures. 3 hours! Enough boring work already; I cannot wait to get back to my sewing machine. I do however wind down in the evenings. The crochet project is moving on very nicely.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Tuesday morning

Life is back to normal after the rush of joy welcoming a new loved one into our lives. I’ve had my share of baby cuddle time. Pure joy in a small package. Now the young ones have gone home, the house is empty, I have tons to do but I cannot seem to focus on anything. So what do I do? Chrochet. Yup. It has been ages since I used a hook, but I have been drooling over this basket for ages so grandson and I took a short road trip to the yarn factory outlet to stock up on cotton yarn.

No matter which angle I look at them

they look gorgeous

reminding me of spring.

I’m working the tried and true Goldilocks style; the first base was to curved, the second too wavy around the edges and the third one just perfect.

I’ll get my book back later this week for another proof reading which means it’s getting closer. The cover is done, the much dreaded foreword written, the projects picked, pictures chosen, the designer is putting the final touches on the layout, and all I have left to write is what goes on the back of the book.

All right; enough procrastination; off to work…

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Two days and a lifetime

On February 17th at 23:36 a new little Mr Moen was born into the world. He is perfect; 3545g and 49cm; a big boy even though he was born a little early.

The hat is one of the ones I knitted in case he would be a preemie baby; it still fits though.

There were a few changes in plans, so I was not there for his birth, but we all got to meet him this morning. I’m in love. Again. Big surprise huh;)

I’m glad the waiting limbo which we have been in since I picked up the pirate king, Langemann on Thursday is over.

Now we can relax a bit; they will all be staying here for a few days when they get out of hospital and I get to be a full time baby cuddler. Well, except for the book and patterns and quilting and spending plenty of time with my young fellow arts & crafts dude and a little sleep.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Quilta Figurer

Quilta Figurer (Quilted Shapes) is my new free motion class. We will work our way through 9 different free motion patterns, 3 different techniques and play with them creating shapes.

We will draw, work on practice cloths and make panels which can be used for place mats, wall hangings, table runners, pillows etc.

“Quilta Figurer: Blomster” flowers

“Quilta Figurer: Sommerfugler” butterflies

“Quilta Figurer: Hjerter” hearts

”Quilta Figurer: Trær” trees

Words (god jul is Norwegian for Merry Christmas, vår is Norwegian for spring, and uhu is owl language)
“Quilta Figurer: Jul”

“Quilta Figurer: God jul”

“Quilta Figurer: Vår”

“Quilta Figurer: Vår vår”

“Quilta Figurer: Uhu”

My practice cloths are long and narrow so I can make them into table runners.

As you can probably tell, I had a lot of fun making these. My free motion mojo is definitely back!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Beans all over the place

The day to spill the beans about my work work is finally here ‘cause I received this on Friday.

It’s the first copy of a book for me to proof read! My book! A book filled with my quirky quilts! You see, I won a book contract with Cappelen Damm almost a year ago which came with a very strict confidentiality clause so now I have proof that I actually can keep a secret. Oh man, the secret keeping thing was hard. The book will be out in the beginning of May, and will be launched in the crafting book club, Hobbybokklubben.

For now it’s all in Norwegian, but you know, hard core black metal fans do learn Norwegian at universities in Italy to better understand the music, so well, I’m just saying.

Now that the book finally was here on paper right in front of me, I couldn’t even open the package because grandson was staying with me and I knew I would get sucked right in and get no sleep at all.

Instead we (he) have been making a mother days card for his mom. You can see all the love that was put into this.

We also found time to make some beaded beauties; beading is one of our favorite things to do together. I love the fun conversations that come with sitting together like that.

Now grandson has been picked up and I’ve got paper all over the place. My book-paper.

Have a wonderful week; you all know what I’ll be doing.-)

Thursday, 9 February 2012

"Put on a happy face"

Now that my Pay if forward gifts all have been received (that was quick; less than a week to the US!!), I can finally post pictures.

These little “Put on a happy face” quilts have been finished for quite a while, but I just wasn’t ready to let them go until now.

Little dolls wearing Make a Smile dresses; don’t you smile when you see them too?

One of the recipients collects cows, and I just couldn’t help myself making a Make a Cow Smile dress for her.

Although it was a bit hard to let them go, I do know they will be happy staying with Bente, Corrine and Lynda – and I will get the one I made for myself back in a couple of months.
Keep on smiling!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Intuition Quilt, Final Day

I’m falling so behind on posting pictures, but I’m happy to say I’m slowly catching up on the to-do-backlog that was stressing the joy out of me earlier this year.

My Intuition Quilt, “Listen to your heart”, was finished and wrapped up about half an hour before my daughter came over to celebrate her birthday. It was rather early in the morning, before proper daylight, so please do excuse the bad lighting. Usually I would take pictures outside, but our deck was covered with ice and I have already tried that once. Mrs Moen on ice; like Bambi, lots of long legs but with less grace.

I love everything about this quilt (did I say that already; oh well), and even though I would like to keep it for myself, I love it even more because my daughter is so happy with it. The corners are square and the sides are straight so pictures actually do lie sometimes.

The colours look more correct with the flash on, that doesn’t happen too often, does it.

The appliquéd heart; so strong and so fragile at the same time, just like ours. I still have more of the (wo)manmade fabric; just waiting for a brilliant idea to strike.

The binding. I used 3 of the fabrics; one on the top,

one on the sides

and one on the bottom.

I know it has taken me forever to finish this quilt, but I have enjoyed every single piece of fabric and stitch I have put into it. Thank you, Victoria!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

This, that and those

We woke up yesterday morning to lots of white, powdery snow and -6C; fabulous, fabulous day; happy kids, red cheeks, slow traffic, warm hats. Today the wind is back and it’s freezing so I’m wearing neck to toe wool. I was going through my clothes in search for a few fleece jackets for daughter to borrow, and I found a jacket I knitted for myself, oh I don’t know, maybe 10 years ago. It’s red and comfy and very warm so all’s good indoors.
(quilts and knitted wool; what's not to love)

I have pretty much taken the day off, work and quilting wise, resting a little before next week’s big chunk of work and quite happy with the progress I have made on several projects this week.

The baby quilt is cut

and so is the family quilt for his christening. I had this box full of 2 ½” strips leftover from my mom’s quilt ready to go. I love when that happens!

These pieces will become the background for drawn faces from his family on his mom’s side. I sent the letters out this week, so hopefully I’ll start receiving faces soon. It will be a really fun memento for him – if it works out.

The old cutting mat looks like a Nazca drawing, but it’s still one of my favorites. My absolute favorite Fiskars mat is sadly unfit for rotary cutting and retired to crafting projects. I'm thinking of using this image as a basis for this month's Sketchbook Challenge which is "Close-up".

I was sewing with my little group on Wednesday and brought a giant cone of thread that wouldn’t cooperate at all. The thread got caught and broke all the time, so I made a thread stand in true MacGyver style with a pair of scissors taped to the back of my machine.

I know it’s not a bomb made from red wool yarn and a pencil or anything fancy like that, but nevertheless, it worked brilliantly so I could finish the blocks I was working on. Move over, MacGyver I’d say!

I have finished the baby alpaca pants and hats.
The first hat was too big even after I frogged it once, so I knitted another one.

The pants also seems on the big side even though it’s the smallest size, but if I frog the cuffs and knit the legs longer, he can probably use it in the fall.

Since I promised to knit an outfit for him to wear home from the hospital, I have started on another pair of pants; teeny tiny ribbed alpaca pants. I just want to hug them.

Daughter and I made the place cards for the christening (dåp in Norwegian for those of you who wondered about the text on the invitations)

and I transformed these simple collaged cards (which I kind of loved)

into intuitive (overly) painted ones. The first layers had some pretty funky grandson-blended colours

so I added more paint. And more.

I really enjoy playing around with paint, but in hindsight I might have stopped at some point and moved on to some new cards instead of smashing it all onto these. Oh well. By the way; Lynda, Corrine, Bente and Michelle: my PIFs and 600th post giveaway prizes are on their merry way to you.

With any luck I’ll get some decent pictures tomorrow of the class samples I finished this week; all 9 of them.

One of the bindings did not turn out that well; I thought the BLAH BLAH fabric would look fun on a Christmas quilt, but the words got lost on the narrow binding. Of course it would, the binding is ¼” wide; I should have seen that one coming.

Oh well; live and learn.

I cannot link to anything to save my life today, so sorry about that.

Have a wonderful weekend!