Friday, 30 November 2012

Rainbow Round Four

If you’re thinking I have lost my mind and am appliquéing tiny little rainbow panties into my sketchbook, you’re not totally wrong.

They may look like panties, but these two pages are my colour chart.

Having used an AccuQuilt cutter to cut lots of little circles, I was left with these fun leftover shapes. Now, my hoarding heart wanted to save them all to make them into something, but my mostly sane mind tossed them away. Not until I had snipped a little piece of each fabric though, I’m not wasteful you know.

I made a mistake cutting rectangles, double folding my fabric instead of accordion folding them, which left me with quite a few less-than-perfect shapes even though I cut only 4 layers of fabric at a time. I used my iron to press the folds so they would lie flat, and I will most certainly do this again. It sped up the process doing one step at the time, and then feeding them through the cutter, one after the other. Great workout for my arms indeed.

Fortunately the circles look perfect...

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Oh darn

Does this ever happen to you, that moment that you realize your excess backing has been stitched into the quilting lines?

Well, it happens to me, and I thought I could show you how I get around unpicking any stitches. Well, most of the time.

Use your seam ripper

to cut into the offending backing fabric as close as you get to the stitches without cutting into them

gently unravel the fabric until the stitches are free

and problem solved.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Funky Fowl in Haugesund

Day two of my weekend in Haugesund a week and a half ago (previous post here) was all about Funky Fowl. I brought my samples and colour copies of the ones I have given away just to show a few colours variations. Compared to the scrappy glory from the previous day the display looked rather sparse.

But then a whole new generation of funky birds came to life and, again, the room was filled with colours and fun.

Here are some of the funky ladies in progress


and the fun ladies that created them.

Thank you, ladies, for another great day, and for reminding me how much I love these funky birds! By the way, I forgot to collect the one yard fabric penalty for leaving rotary cutters open...

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


I don’t know if it’s just me or the season or the way the stars align, but I’m falling way behind. Like on everything. Hopefully it will all sort itself out and everything will fall into place before Christmas and all deadlines will be met and my shoulders will yet again be below my ears. I spend very little time on my computer these days, and as blogging from the phone has some limits as described here, I have been building up quite a backlog of pictures that needs some kind of text in between.

Anyway, on Friday afternoon I grabbed an old UFO cushion which resurfaced during a clean up and started playing. It needed something to spice up the lovely colour scheme, so, on a whim, I grabbed one of my all time favourite fabrics

paired it up with some cerises and a turquoise (colours do not photograph well at this time of the year!)

layered them and stitched a few free motion stylized roses using black thread

cut them out and sliced a layer or two on each petal using a seam ripper

attached three of them
then added a little stitching using cerise pearl cotton thread.

Oh yeah, one Christmas present in progress.

Whims – gotta love them!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Task of the day, November 25

What do you get when you put some scrapbook paper, wall paper, circle punches, glue sticks and grandma's favorite little helper together?

Gift tags! Lots of funky gift tags in fabulous unexpected colour combinations. This is becoming an annual tradition at our house. Gotta love that!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Rainbow Round Two

So, if collecting all the fabrics for the colour theory quilt was Round One, I managed to get through Round Two today. Fighting off the beginning of what appears to be a new airway infection, this was not a small task I'll tell you.

I now have 2 strips of 36 rainbow fabrics and 4 neutrals, 7" and 2 1/2" wide. They look fab from every angle, but hopefully I can move on to the next round tomorrow - adding fusible to the narrow strips and try out the cutter. I don't know why I thought this project would be easy breezy, but it's gonna take a while...

A wonderful weekend to all of you from Rainbow Land!

Thursday, 22 November 2012


Creating the colour wheel using just solids was not quite as simple as expected. Sure, if I had the whole range of Kona cottons available at a local store it would be easy. Well, I don't, so I have made a few misses on the way, but I now believe I have it all covered. Except of light orange and light red-orange of which I only have pieces from my old Kona cotton stash, guess they are not in style.

Right now I'm drowning in solids. 0,5-1m cuts of all fabrics bought nationally and 2 yards of all Konas ordered online from the US. Quite a few of the cast-offs-for-now can be used when I run out of whatever tint or shade that made the cut after around 436 auditions in all kinds of lighting. Enough with the matchy matchy therory, now on to hands on play! Tomorrow I will crank up a much needed AccuQuilt cutter that will make this process so much easier. Yey, fun!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


It's fall allright, even in my sewing room. Fortunately I do love the colours of the season and listening to the wind and rain tapping on my window. Still having size-estimating-issues, I finally have some usable shapes with which to work. Time for some pedal to the metal quilting. Love that; like being allowed to drive 100 miles per hour on the freeway.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Think Small

Working in a smaller Layer upon layer format than usual, I try to think Small, Small, Small, but in the end I had to trim off big chunks to fit the shapes onto the background. Thinking big is great, but maybe not all the time..

Sunday, 18 November 2012

One moment

With one moment to myself in a whirlwind of a weekend, I am stitching seeds. I find it strangely difficult to get the stitches really random, but still, quite relaxing. Grandbaby has been picked up and grandson and grandpa have gone bowling. Just me and my seed stitches and a quiet house for a few hours. Aaaaah.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Oh Scrappy Day in Haugesund

I spent a fun weekend in Haugesund, filled with lovely ladies and scraps in every colour known to man and then some. If you have never attended a scrap quilting workshop, it is highly recommended. You can almost touch the energy that flows through the room as the students dig into their scrap bins. Fabulous!

The hotel room came with not-much-of a view,

but the hotel was new and light and airy and I had dinner Friday night with one of my best friends from college who I hadn’t seen in 15 years or so. I showed you my quilt-filled bag on Friday, but looking at it next to my no less than two suitcases and you get an idea about how un-lightly I travelled.

With the magic of some true MacGyver ideas, I managed to hang them all (the quilts, not the luggage) in the classroom. Some old quilts, some newer quilts and one not finished yet (embarrassing).

It was quite nice to revisit some of them. For instance, I did not remember hand quilting this one

And my Christmas quilt that was hiding and only recsurfaced after a rather tiresome 2 day rescue party of one

And this one with the painted half full glass (that was a fun experiment)

And grandson’s old play mat (clean!!)

Oh, yes, it was a colourful sight indeed.

We went through lots of different non-fuzzy-fiddly/nothing-measured blocks one by one,

and for the last few hours the students happily pieced whichever blocks they fancied.

Even the scrappy scraps looked good

and so did the homemade lunch which tasted even better! You can see more pictures from the class here at Haugtussa Quilteklubb.

Thank you, ladies, for a great day! More pictures from the weekend to follow.