Sunday, November 28, 2010

Making Christmas Presents and goodies for the sweet tooth

I have enjoyed a couple of lazy days off work. I have done some seriously pre-advent cleaning around the house (did I say lazy days??), and finished a couple of presents as well. And I am working on a little christmas design, which is not ready to show yet.

My step mom has for several years whished for pot holders to display in the kitchen, and this year I have granted her wish. I made these cute pot holders from an AnnAka design (Norwegian designer, unfortunately no blog or home page).

One of my nieces is getting this cute little bag. I made it in a couple of hours this morning.

My twin boys turned 11 yesterday, and today we celebrated inviting family for cakes. I am pleased to see that my baking skills has past on to the next generation. DD made these cute cup cakes all by himself. I only got to watch from a distance. The batter was hand made and perfect, he did an excellent job :).

Have fun sewing!

Siv Hege

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Meeting good friends

This weekend the girls I sew with met at a lovely cabin for lots of sewing and nice company. It is such a beautiful cabin, in the forest by a lake.

Snow outside and a warm fireplace inside. What could be any better?

The next generation of quilters, a little bit shy ;)

Delicious food is a must. And we ate!!

I finished the top of my DD Cosy Quilt, which he is getting for Christmas, at the cabin. Poor thing has almost given up hope of getting his mum to make him a quilt. Today I finished the quilt while he was out fishing! I hope he likes it.

Have fun sewing!

Siv Hege

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy owner of first issue of Vignette!!

I went from being exhausted to jumping up and down when I got home from work today and saw that the postman had delivered. The very first issue of Vignette, Leannes new magazine.

It is the cutest little magazine, giving me lots of positive energy. At first I thought it seemed a bit thin, with its 35 pages, but when I started reading I just felt happy :)

In this first issue Leanne is starting a Mystery Quilt, that will last over the eight first issues. I will definitely keep on subscribing. I get my magazine from Barbara at Quilt Design.

Have fun sewing!

Siv Hege

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fighting my zipper fobi

Man, do I hate zippers! It is not that zippers are a bad thing, it is just the feeling of not "getting it right" that erks me. Therefore I hardly ever makes something that requires a zipper. You will never see me change a zipper in anyones jeans. I am a quilter, not a mender! That is why I feel quite proud now, showing off my two fresh made pencil cases.

I know I know, it is not the most advanced zipper, no curves or anything. Mind you, I did put in the binding simultaneous with the zipper! I tell you, I felt like a genious, lol. And I had no pattern, just started sewing hoping it would turn out right. (I don`t care that the fishes are upside down on one side, those are the fish from down under. (Get it???)

Have fun sewing!

Siv Hege

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Two finishes

Today I have joined Sue and her Christmas quilt-a-long Saturday. I believe it is the last quilt-along of the year, but Sue has promised to continue next year as well.

I have finished two shoe bags today, both Christmas presents. I used a pattern from AnnaKa, a Norwegian designer (no blog or homepage). The table cloth you see under the bags is a piece I made a couple of years ago. Before this weekend is over I hope to have made a pencil case for my DD.

Have fun sewing!

Siv Hege

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Making Comfort Quilts

Last Saturday my guild organized a come-together-and-sew-comfort-quilts-day. Twice a year we meet for a Saturday of sewing together, eating cake and enjoy each others company. My guild is a major contributor of comfort quilts, and many of the members makes quilts all year around as well.

Two eager and deeply consentrated ladies at work.

Hege made the top for a dino quilt, the one hanging over the iron board. She had brought her darling little boy, who entertained us with his cute little baby talk :) Music to my ears!

This time I actually manage to finish a top, although it didn`t turn out the way I planned. That is what you get when this blonde works with no strategy, lol. Here you see the top laying on a cute bear fleece, which will serve as backing.

Have fun sewing!

Siv Hege

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Working my way through The List

Finally I am getting started on my christmas present list. I don`t know how I every year manage to fall behind, especially since I have my New Year ritual (January 1th I put up this years Christmas present list). So here I am, soon mid November, and barely starting making presents. Today I have been a good quilter though. I got up at 0730 am, and after a quick breakfast (yep, still eating cabbage) I started making bread baskets.

After four baskets I ran out of batting (I use Habalon) and had to place a quick Sunday internet order. I still have to make som baskets for the annual Christmas Raffle we put together in our village.

Have fun sewing!

Siv Hege

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My first win!

I never win give aways and such, so naturally I was tickled pink when I won a prize at QuiltSues Christmas Quilt-along a few weeks back. I do love surprises (who doesn`t?), especially when chocolate is involved.

Thank you Sue for the cute book and book mark! And for the candy!! Which is a bit difficult to show as it was eaten before the camera even came close to it...........

Have fun sewing!

Siv Hege