For the first time in years we`ve got a good oldfashion white christmas. It has been snowing for three days, and it is app. 1/2 yard of snow outside. We had to digg out our youngest cat, Junior, who totally disappeared in the snow. He now refuses to go any where near our front door...
Here are the lovely presents I got from my quilting friends. I love them, thank you!! :)
Finally I have to tell you the coolest thing. I popped into my blog on christmas eve, and guess what? I was nr. 20 000!!! On christmas eve! How cool is that?? This cause for a give away in the near future.
This month I ended up making a lot more homemade presents than I thought I would manage only a few weeks ago. I have put in long days and evenings at the sewing machine, and I have done a lot of stitching as well. Well done me! LOL
I love this little stitchery that Gail Pan released on her blogsite recently (see link in previous post). It is quick to make, and this is the first of three I have made.
Yesterday I finally got around to make a christmas stocking for my darling DS. The old one didn`t make it last christmas, and all year long I have reminded my self to make a new one. I found this cute panel from Nancy Halvorsen, and the whole thing only took a couple of hours to finish. Notice how I manage to put the hanging loop on the wrong side?
My next project will be finishing the christmas tree skirt I showed you in a previous post.
I visited Lappemakeriet today, shopping for christmas presents for some dear friends. (Sorry, forgot my camera, I think I`ve got The Oldtimers, he, he). And there it was, hanging on the wall, next years BOM!!! And it looked much prettier in real life than the photo I saw in a Norwegian magazine. So I did it!! Even though I still have quite a few blocks to finish on the last BOM I joined. Yup, I did it! I put my name on the list (it was surprisingly easy), and I can`t wait for the first block to land in my mailbox.
I have made several of these "bagholders" (sorry, I don`t know the English word for it), I found the pattern in one of the latest issues of Quiltemagasinet. They were easy and fast to make, so I made ten right away.
Meet Pus, the latest addition to our family. He was my mother-in-laws cat, and moved into our home when she got sick and passed away. I am allergic to cats, but I have a soft spot for this old gentleman. He is the only cat allowed into my sewingroom (the other three manage to sneak in here quite often..), and he loves to take cat naps in my quilting basket.
It is sometimes difficult to plan ahead, and this weekend I only just made my deadline. I had promised to sew a quilt to the annual christmas fair, and I showed you a peek of the top a few weeks ago. The fair was last Sunday, and I finished the quilt Sunday at 1pm! Puh!!
And here it is! (Not the best photo, the colors are brighter in real life). We sold tickets to a large number of people, and guess who won my quilt? My very good friend, Hege!!
The ladies has worked hard all year, and has made lots and lots of lovely things. Good job, gals!
Oh boy, it is quite nerveracking, this presentation of my first design! I made this tablecloth a while ago, and now I am working on the pattern. It is difficult exactly to describe my sources of inspiration. Those who know me well knows that it is always "cooking up there", and many of my ideas comes to me right before I go to sleep. Other times I get inspired by the fabrics, it is almost as if they talk to me (sound crazy??). This little, ever so simple tablecloth popped up in my head when I was fondling with a piece of fabric with tiny roses. The fabric took me years back, to happy childhood times, and I wanted to create a quilt that made me feel that way again.
In my opinion, I succeeded. I can`t help it, I still think the tablecloth is cute, cute cute!
Christmas is coming up soon, and I have finally completed the top for the annual raffle that takes place in two weeks. I will give you a little sneak peak here, and promise to show you the finished result as soon as I have done the quilting.
It is truly a christmas quilt, no doubt about it! I listened to christmas carols the whole time I sewed (but then again I almost always do, lol)
I put the leftover scraps into a quilt to lay under my christmas tree. The old one got didn`t make it last year, thanks to Crazy Cat. I didn`t really mind, it was a ugly carpet anyway. This year however, he better keep his claws to himself! I don`t think he is a threat anymore, but what about our kitten, Junior?? Yikes, I think we have to organize guard teams this christmas!!
My dear mother in law past away recently (which explains why I haven`t been blogging much the last couple of months). I regret to say that I do not know the history behind this beautiful old Singer, but I think it belonged either to her mother or grandmother.
I have put the machine on display, doesn`t it look great? In time the machine will passed on to my kids, as it should be.
I always knew this would be a project with no time limit (most of mine are), but it is nice to see some progress. I am more than half way there on this BOM from Lappemakeriet, which makes me eager to finishing it. I can`t wait to hang it on my wall (someday....)
PS: I know I have friends out there who up till now haven`t been able to leave comments on my blog. I have now changed the settings, so that you all can leave comments for me.
PPS: I am planning for a give away soon............
Being one of many with flu symptoms, I am staying home from work these days. It is boring, so I try to sew a little whenever I feel up for it. I just manage to finish this Waverley bag for my very good friend Agnethe. Her birthday is tomorrow, and I fear that I will not be attending her party :(
I received a mail today from Barbara at Quilt-Design. This is a Norwegian internet shop. Homespun is starting up a great BOM in january 2010. Barbara has to place her order for the number of magazine subscription she wants by this Thursday. (Yup, in only two days). If you want to subscribe for Homespun, you have to order your subscription now.
This weekend I have been working on this Waverly bag top (hm, should have taken away the tablecloth before I took this picture). It is a present to a dear friend, and must be finished before Friday.
I love Leannes designs, they always cheer me up somehow. I have yet another bag in the making, but that project must wait until next year. I am starting to feel a little swamped these days, with all the projects I have to finish before christmas.
This book was delivered by the postman yesterday. It is a lovely book, with lots of great pattern for small wall quilts. I highly recommend this one :)
Meeting up with friends in my quilting guild, Ringerike Quilteklubb, is one of the monthly highlights. Although I that day travelled from one part of the country to the other (Norway is a looong country), and attended at a Halloween party, I just had to attend our meeting as well. Boy was I tired that evening!!
Anne Quilten visited us with lots of goodies, and I could not leave without a few of them (who could?). I will show you my purchases later.
One of the ladies showed us these spoooky Halloween quilts. Awesome!!!
No, this is not me finishing my christmas quilt. Oona made this gorgeous quilt, she is a stitchery wizard!
She also made this beautiful quilt, with peacocks and butterflies.
Check out the wine house! It takes 5 litres of wine, so there is no immediate danger of running out of liquid he he.
Look what the postman has brought me all the way from Hungary!! My stitching angel has totally spoilt me LOL
Look at these buttons! They are amazing, and is made by a friend of my angel.
She also sent me a gorgeous stitchery. I am going to make myself a cute little tablecloth :)
I love this little book! Just love it!! And I loooove chocolate, he he.......
My make up has got a new home from today :)
I don`t know the english word for this one, but I get a granny-feeling when I look at it. It is gorgeous! Thank you for all the lovely gifts!!! Please email me you blog adress, I haven`t been able to find it.
This Saturday several of the women in my quilting guild got together making quilts for sick children in hospitals. Our guild has made many quilts this year, and the passion is still going strong.
There should be somthing here for everyone. I dare say our guild makes lovely quilts! :)
Fabrics and batting are donated by local shops, national distributors and companies, and by the quild members themselves.
PS. I am trembling with exitement! My postman delivered a notice that a parcel is waiting for me at the postoffice - it is from my stitching angel in Hungary. Iiiihhaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! I will be back as soon as I have ripped the paper off LOL
Every year a group of women in my community put together an amazing christmas fair, a big raffle where one can win wonderful handmade products. The theme is of course christmas, but we also makes products that can be used all year around. We receive things bought in shops from people as well, and have separate raffles for the kids.
The production goes on all year, and we meet up every month in the fall. It is always nice to work together.
The money we make on this annual event is put in to the community again through many different projects, such as pedicure and trips for the elders, an annual school lunch for the children, donations and so on. A great event that brings the community together.
The retreat was a great success, everything went smoothly and people were enjoying themselves.
Lovely quilts hanging everywhere for us to admire and touch.
No retreat without shopping....
Or food! My favourite was the desserts, he he.
I took a class by Kari Melsom, and made star tablecloths. It was genious, we used three fabrics, and ended up with three totally different looks. Karis new book is coming out shortly, and I can`t wait to get my hands on it.
These are not mine, although I wish they were.
We manage to squeeze in a visit to the local quiltstore, Meretes Atelier, allthough she had a stand at the hotel. She has a lot of Green Gate products as well. The other shop present at the retreat was Quilten from Arendal. The staff in both the stores were helpful and friendly, it was a joy spending money there.
In my last post I showed you all my winnings. Here is what I purchased. Some of the fabrics has four different motifs! If that is not genious I don`t know what is.
A "traumatic" incident with an old sewingmachine and a apron in my childhood kept me from sewing for decades. However, around the year 2000, I discovered that sewingmachines today are very agreeable, and I was hooked - for good! I have four sons, and I live in a small town, not too far from Oslo.