Friday, November 10, 2017

When a yellow scarf is needed...

P's joined the boyscouts, who meet every other Monday afternoon. This week cooncided with P's turn to bring the class teddy - a fox named Rusk - with him home for the evening. 

Of course Rusk had to come to the scout meeting with P. And all proper scouta need to have a scarf. The pathfindets (stifinnerne) all have yellow scarves, and luckily I found a suitable piece of fabric in my stash. 

Quite the good-looking fox, don't you think? 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Playing with acid dyes

The acid in the title is vinegar, så nothing dangerous - I promise. 

Last weekend, when my mom visited, we played with some dye and yarn - and ended up with this bowl of spaghetti (ready to hang and dry). Grey and black for specific projects (why buy a specific colour of yarn when you can dye it yourself?), and the rest is a great mixture of pumpkin orange, emerald green, burgundry purple/pink and a brilliant blue. 

I thought maybe I ought to knit up a couple of Christmas balls in the handdyed yarn, just to show off the colours.. but I have a couple of swaps I need to sew for first. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

One Fish, Two Fish..

I've gone to the fishes! Or so it seems. There are now 8 of these charmers dancing around my sewing area. Only two left to sew. 

And here I've been thinking for years taht these kinds of patterns are too difficult, too complicated.. 

I guess I was wrong. Or, more likely, I hadn't seen or tried one of Elisabeth Hartman's patterns. Like the Chuckles Quilt. 

Well, there you have it. With the right pattern, anyone can go fishy!

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Festival of Quilts 2017

I thought I would show some of the quilts I saw at the Festival of Quilts last weekend. Mind that this is only a fraction of the 700+ quilts there, but these are some that caught my eye. 

Liverpool Street, Salford
Leah Higgins
Art Quilts

Whole World
Kate Crossley
Art Quilts

Taxus Bank
Paola Zanda
Modern Quilts

Tram Route No 10
Sue De Danny
Pictorial Quilts

Montse Forcadell Blasco
Pictorial Quilts

Two Cities/Same World
(blurry picture of the creators..)
Two Person Quilts

Edith Leidi and Maria Rosella
Two Person Quilts

Sultans Palace
Hendrik Johannes van Kooten
Traditional Quilts

Natural Selection
Catherine Rye
Miniature Quilts

Verity Seago
Traditional Quilts

Glittering Jellyfish
Yvonne McKee
Traditional Quilts

Dancing with the Stars
Susan Gray
Traditional Quilts

Diamonds Last Forever
Linda Forey
Traditional Quilts

My Butterfly Garden
Dawn Monk
Traditional Quilts

Astrid Lindgren - free spirit
NMS Kematen
School (Secondary 12-16)
This truly is my favourite quilt. Up close, as you walked past, it was merely squares in gray, black and white.. But if you stepped back and looked - or took a picture - Astrid Lindgren's familiar face appeared. Genius and very well made, the idea was brilliant!

The Freedom of Peter Pan
GillyMAc Designs Friday Club
School (Secondary, 12-16)

The Rainbow
Mugdha Dongare
Traditional Quilts

Like Home / No Place
Jane Turner

No Place Like Home
Jo Gray

Claudia Pfeil
Contemporary Quilts

Up-cycled Moths
Kate White
Contemporary Quilts

Katherine Jones

Die Beem (Trees)
Lindsey Neill

Kim Soper

I hope to go back again - maybe in a couple of years. It was a wonderful weekend, the festival was overwhelming and fun and I feel I've learned lots, about myself and my quilting - and about how others work, think and dream (I guess you could call the process up to the start of a new project dreaming, can't you?). It truly was an experience worth making!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In battle mode..

Chose your battles, they say.. Well, this is mine for today. I wonder what I might find. 🤔


In the movie "Dead Poets' Society" Robin Williams' character states that the word "very" is a lazy word. 

Right now, I think I'm entitled to use this word. Not because I'm lazy, but because I'm tired. 

I'm very tired.. And although the word "exhausted" would have been a more appropriate word to use, my brain is running a little low on creative writing energy, thus making the word "very" quite good enough. 

I'm off to bed now. It's now almost 12 1/2 hours since the bus left Birmingham airport, over 14 hours since the taxi left the hotel. My alarm will ring at 06:30, so that I can take A to kindergarten. It's now 01:36, and my head is buzzing.. making it feel like a swarm of bees moved in some time during the day. 

Pictures from Birmingham and The Festival of Quilts will come - but not riiiiiiight now.