Monday, 16 February 2009

A little Dear Jane progress

I felt like working on something small tonight; decided to give Bernie a bit of a break and pulled out my Dear Jane project bag. Three blocks were prep'ed and stitched tonight:

My tally is now: 21 blocks, 268 pieces. And this is how it all looks so far.

You might remember that my goal is to do the whole quilt by hand, and my selfmade deadline to finish it is 2020, so I still have some time to get there ;o)

Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida

Saturday, 14 February 2009

A finish and an award

If you remember this post about me going to Elverum to quilt with some of the other norwegian quilting ladies. So much inspiration stitching with a group like that - and such pretty quilts were made.

you might also remember that I brought with me some swap blocks. Well, they were pieced into a quilt top, and I got it layered (thank you Merete for helping me pin baste it!) and started quilting it while there. This is the back, and shows how it's quilted:
Thursday night I finished the quilting and today/tonight I attached the binding. And this is how it turned out:

Hopefully some young person will appreciate it :o) All that is left is to attach this cute label Lise made:
Lately I have been so lucky to receive this award from Elin/Lappetausa, Laila/sibirfrydogquilt and Laila/Litamora:

Thank you so much, ladies! Now the rules are:
1. The winner can copy this award, and post it on her blog.
2. Link to the blog you got it from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other bloggers.
4. Make links to these blogs in your post.
5. Leave a comment on the blog you gave the award to.

Since I have received the award three times does that mean I get to nominate 21 other bloggers??? And how do I pick them among all the creative bloggers out there??? Here's what I have decided to do: If you comment on this post you are a receiver of the award. Feel free to download it to your blog and pass it on to someone you think should receive it :o)

Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Even more red and white blocks

The weather at the moment is kind of crazy - it snowed most of the day yesterday, and there is trafic chaos in these parts of the country. The trains didn't run last night (so I ended up staying the night at my friend Leisha's place - after freezing on the platform for 3/4 hour - thank you so much for putting me up!), and going home this morning there were heaps of cancelations and delayes, what normally takes me 35 minutes took 75! This is how a corner of our back yard looks at the moment, we have not gotten the most of it, and they have cleared away lots since last night:

Last week the last two blocks in the swap arrived from Karin - thank you so much for these two beauties!

Chisholm Trail and Friendship Star Variation

With these I have 16 blocks - two I made for myself of the sets I sent away, and 14 I had received from the other participants. I want a quilt with a straight setting, and I want a rectangle rather than a square, so today I have made four more blocks.

Contrary Wife, Mill Gils, Bear's Paw, Ohio Star

The setting will be 4x5, I'm not completely decided on sashing, cornerstones, or what to do, but I'm thinking to keep it simple :o) Just for fun I layed all the blocks out on the floor to see how they looked together:

Looks great, doesn't it? I have to shuffle them around a bit before I put them together, though :o) Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this swap!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida