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Monday, May 31, 2010

Charity Crosses

Remember I showed this picture of a layer cake and some yardage of Alliance fabrics by Howard Marcus? Well, I had plans for this purchase, and have been sewing steadily (if not quickly *lol*) over the last week or so:



The pattern is Charity Crosses by Sheryl Johnson, and can be found on the Moda Bake Shop blog (I'm a big fan of this site and read almost all the posts, but this is the first pattern I have actually tried). It is a very simple pattern to piece, but also very decorative. And I got a firm reminder of why i usually add cornerstones to my sashings - pinning up long strips to match is not my favorite part of quilting ;o)

I did my own little twist on it by adding an inner and an outer border to frame the blocks a little more and make the quilt a tad larger. Using a striped fabric for the border, it was natural to mitre the corners:



Ok, so I didn't do the best job of lining up the stripes, but I still like the look of the corners. Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it - thinking I might just do some stippling...

Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida &

Friday, May 28, 2010

ALQS4 - finished

My little contribution to Another Little Quilt Swap #4 is finished! Quilted, bound and washed. The label is pending me knowing who will receive it, though.



I'm quite pleased with it.If you would like a chance to receive this little quilt, you need to sign up for the swap - all the rules are posted here.
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Wishing everyone a great and creative weekend!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sewing lots of little things

Bernie and I have been quite busy lately, and most of what we have been playing with has been small things. A couple of weeks ago a dear friend of mine let me know her little make-up purse had been worn out, and could I make her a new one? Of course!! So looking through my fabrics I found something quite far away from what she asked for, but (fingers crossed) I have a feeling she might like it anyway



While I was at it I made a couple more - one which was given away to someone having her birthday on Monday:



And a larger make-up bag my mum had asked for as a present for someone I have never met:



It is kind of nervewrecking making something not knowing what the person's preferences are, so it is pretty neutral, and my mum think it will be well received.

My mum's birthday was yesterday, and she has a table runner I made years ago laying on the dining room table almost year round - even though it is very wintery in cream, pine green and christmas reds. So I figured she needed something more summery, and made another DNP runner - this time in oldfashioned pink, muted green and florals on cream:



...and I had a ball quilting it - heaps of lines, straight stitch and zig-zag.

Another birthday present has been put together, the bindings were finished at lunch today. And when I was going to take a picture I just couldn't help myself but had to lay the table:




They turned out very bright and cheerful. Hope they will be liked and used!!
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Perhaps there is time for some me-sewing soon? My fingers have been itching since this parcel arrived last weekend:
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I do have plans.... *lol*
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hurra for 17. mai!!!!!



Gratulerer med dagen, Norge!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Elida

Don't we all love it when we find quilty goodness in the mailbox? And a new magazine is guaranteed to bring smiles and inspiration. This time it was extra special. My dear friend Rose has sent me a copy of the Mother's Day Special of Creating Country Threads



It has her designer profile in it - lots of great pictures of her gorgeous projects:





No surprise Rose was chosen as designer for the Mother's Day Special. Looking at her patterns you see her theme is mostly home and family, and some of the patterns are named for special people; f.ex. Nanny Sharon's Picnic quilt is named after her mum, Maddi's Tote after her daughter. For this issue she has designed a very pretty bag:

I'm very proud and honored this bag is named after my maternal grandmother Elida. She was a wonderful crafter; weaving, embroidery, knitting, braiding birch bark... I think she would have loved this bag!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DNP

This was my weekend project:



I started on Friday evening and finished the top before bedtime, and then got it quilted and bound on Sunday. It is very simply a disappearing nine patch made from a Hartfield charm pack. *

And look what I found in the kitchen window this morning:



Summer is here??
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday, May 10, 2010

ALQS4

It has been a long time since I participated in a swap, but when Kate sent out an invitation to Another Little Quilt Swap part 4, the temptation just got too strong. Anton and I have done a little playing with some scraps this afternoon:


(Sorry this is a bit out of focus, Anton hate to have his pic taken so this is max zoom from the sofa *lol*)

Still have to come up with and idea for borders, need to do some thinking... Oh, and there's still possible to sign up for the swap :o) Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Parcel, progress and finish

Oh, some mail box goodness popped up today - me all giddy! *lol* A little while back I won the draw on Lise/Chocolate Cat's blogiversary giveaway, and this morning a bag of yummy treats showed up. Look at this:



Some gorgeous multi-coloured hand dyed embroidery floss, a lovely stitchery pattern by Robyn Allen-Waters, two great FQs, some chocolate/caramels, and something I've never seen before; a Floss Winder - intrigued to find out how this contraption works ;o) Tusen takk, Lise!! I'm thrilled!

In my last post I promised some quilty updates... I have been making a little progress on my Tender Moments quilt - three more cute little stitcheries are done, and I've started a fourth. Still have a long way to go on this quilt, but I'm enjoying every step of the way.



And I have a little finish - a quick gift for someone's sunroom who is decorated in blue and yellow (so no, I've not become a Sweden-patriot *lol*).



This little table runner measures 10.5" x 16" and took me aproximately five hours to make - would probably have taken lot less had I not mucked up the appliqué on one of the flowers and had to un-sew - I'm not a speedy ripper ;o)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Take a walk

Last weekend we opened the summer house for the season, and I took a walk on the beach with my Dad and sis, and played a little with my camera along the way.











































Hope to have some quilty stuff to share soon!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, May 1, 2010

MH 4/8/1917-1/5/2010



Though not my biological grandma, you were the best replacement a girl could ask for.
Thank you!