Friday, 9 November 2007

Tagged, SSCS, and 4SQS

The other day I got tagged by Anne Heidi for a meme on some crafty questions, so here it goes:

The rules are: Answer the following on your blog and then let five other bloggers know that you have tagged them to complete the meme.

1. When did you start to create and make craft?
No idea… I have all my life seen my Mom and her Aunts and cousins sewing, knitting and crocheting – one of my favourite toys as a child was a rag doll made by one of Mom’s cousins. I can not remember when I started myself… Remember weaving in kindergarten (wool yarn on a hand loom), and I do remember that my first quilt block was made in 3rd grade, a quarter log cabin sewn into a cushion :o)

2. Why did you start creating?
Just a natural part of the way my life has progressed, I guess…

3. Why do you create?
I can’t imagine not to.

4. What do you create?
Quilts, table toppers, cushions, bags of different types and sizes… anything I can do on a sewing machine (except clothes). When my arms and shoulders allow I also knit and crochet – I have knitted a few sweaters over the years, and I love to crochet small snowflake like table toppers – log time since I made one, though...

5. Has this changed since you began crafting?
Over the years, yes. As a teenager you weren’t supposed to do crafty stuff… I guess I really got hooked once I started making quilts that were a bit bigger than doll quilts.

Ok, so now I have to tag someone for this meme – and it will be: Rose, Valerie, Jeanette, Heather, and Yvonne – hope you’ll play along, girls :o)

So what have I been doing lately? Well I’ve been quilting my blue and white SBS quilt – I’m hand quilting it and it will take time to get it done. Even though my fingers are getting sore, I'm loving every minute of it :o) While quilting that I’ve been thinking about what to do for the Secret Santa Christmas Swap, and this will be it:

Picture removed by author 19. Nov. and will be re-posted after Xmas (if I remember *lol*)

I finished stitching down the binding tonight, still have to make a label for the back. This is as close as you can get to an “Anne Ida original” *lol*– a very simple pattern made up as I went along, but inspired by things I’ve seen in magazines and in blogland. It is 3” squares with a border around it and some appliqué. The appliqué is a drawing of the front part of the Oseberg ship – a Viking ship from the 7th century. It was found and excavated in the early 1900ds, and it was part of a woman’s burial mound. It is probably one of our most popular tourist attractions, and the image is also engraved on one of our coins (20kr). So I figured it would be nice to feature it on a table runner for an international swap :o) Now I just hope the recepient will like it!

Lastly: The Four Seasons Quilt swap has opened for registration for the winter swap. I’ve joined in, will you?

Wishing everyone in Blogland a great weekend!
Sincerely, Anne Ida


Nancy Anne in the Finger Lakes said...

Wow! That is a stunning little quilt! I had never heard of the Oseberg ship and have spent the last half hour reading up on it all over the web. Thanks, Anne Ida, for expanding my knowledge and also for sharing such a beautiful quilt! Maybe someday I'll get to see Norway and it's treasures in person. For now, I'll learn and enjoy through your blog!

Unknown said...

This is a perfect quilt design for international swap. I visited the museum when I went to Oslo all those years ago.

Rose Johnston said...

I love the "Anne Ida" original sweetie, its gorgeous and the applique looks amazing!!! Great way to share part of ur history!!
Ill be sure to play along with the craft tag next time i blog!!
Hugs xxx

Valerie said...

Anne, that is an AWESOME creation you've made!!! How cool is that, how you incoroporated something so meaningful into it! Whomever recieves your little quilt, I know will treasure it. (And if she doesn't you can send it MY way!!!) Lol*

Isn't it just amazing, how we've all connected through quilting from all over the world? I sit here, in my teensy bedroom, on my little computer, in a very small town in Ohio, and I become so immersed in your words and admiring your creations, my friends in blogland, that I forget you're so far away. When I stop and think about it, it just blows me away.

I would LOVE to see pictures of your crocheted snowflake tabletopper if you ever find the time to share. Every now and again, I get the knitty bug and knit or crochet a bit too. So many things to make, and so little time!!!

Lol* And thank you for tagging me too! I feel so special to be thought of! Woohoo!

Anne Heidi said...

The tabletopper is really nice, I love how you used the Oseberg ship for the appliquè. I am just getting started on my sscs gift today. Reading all the answers from everyone doing the meme we all sound so much alike :)

Elin said...

Stilig, rett og slett!

Jeanne said...

The table runner is so pretty! I love the creativity and history that went into making it. Thanks for sharing.
I've joined the Four Seasons Quilt Swap, too.

Unknown said...

The table topper is very original an a wonderful idea for a swap.
I liked reading your background history of crafting, very interesting. I hope we will have as much fun with the 4SQS Winter as we had with the Fall one. Take care.

meggie said...

That is a lovely little quilt Ann Ida.
Thankyou for the link too, very interesting!

Sarah Nopp said...

sometimes Simple is where the best design comes from. That is a delightful little quilt. You should be very proud of it.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

That is a beautiful table topper, someone will be very lucky to receive that Anne.
Well done on the hand quilting, I will be excited to see it, Tracey

Anonymous said...

Hello Anne-Ida,

Today I answered the same questions on my blog !

The Chicken Lady said...

HAND QUILTING?? Wow, you are a motivated chick!

I love the little table runner. I really like the colors! Oh, and the story about the design.

Gudveig HN said...

Nydelig løper du har laget deg! Ellers er det så mye fint her, at jeg må innom i "små porsjoner" - ser litt nå og litt da... ;-))

Nicole said...

That little quilt is just lovely and it is wonderful how you are incorporating a bit of history into it! Fascinating story.

Susan said...

How much I learn when I visit you. Your table mat has given me an idea that I might use some day. If I do I will surely give you the credit.

Thanks for the inspiration.