Sunday, 24 December 2017

God jul!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from frost covered Norway

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Sashing Progress

My project for today is to get the tractor tracks quilt I started two weeks ago sashed together...

....and hopefully I can get it basted and start on the quilting later this weekend 😅
Linking up with Oh Scrap! over at Cynthia's Quilting is more fun than housework.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Scrappy Weekend Stictching

A late post sharing a couple of pictures from sewing at Lapp-Elisa's this weekend. Since most of my stash has been packed away, I brought with me a bag of 2.5" strips and started cutting them into half hexagon shapes. On Saturday I spent a lot of the day piecing these into long sections

The sewing room Sunday morning before everyone else got up

This is the strip sections ready for sashing

Because of the bias in the pieces the sections stretched beyond my imagination, and I ended up spending more time unsewing than I did sewing :-(

Batting and backing is ready, so now I just have to find the time to get this all together.
Linking up with Let's bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching Three More Stars

Still having fun with my Stargazer stars.

These all come from the same piece of fabric from Tula Pink's Slow and Steady Tortoise fabric - love the difference in looks.

Linking up with Kathy's Quils Slow Sunday Stitching.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Friday, 20 October 2017

FNSI Christmas Wreath

It's the third Friday of the month, and time for Friday Night Sew In in blogland.  Since I have started packing for moving to a new flat a lot of my quilting stuff has been packed away, however I do need some sewing brakes in between packing.

A new flat means new areas to decorate, and Christmas will be here before we know it, and since I had some bits of green and Christmas fabrics that haven't been packed up, this is what I decided to play with

I have been browsing the internet for an idea for a Christmas wreath quilt - lots of nice options that will look fabulous as part of a sampler quilt or something similar, but nothing that spoke to me to be a one block wall hanging... But then I remembered I had seen something in an old book, Egg Money Quilts by Eleanor Burns.

I had some fun watching an old episode of Inspector Morse while needle turn appliqué the plate down  It's a 10" diameter Dresden plate appliqued to a 12.75" of background fabric. The border is a 2.5" strip. Now to get it quilted and bound, and figure out if I'll embellish it somehow.

 Pop on over to Wendy's place and see what everyone is getting up to this Friday Night Sew In

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching Some Orange Stars

Orange has never really been my favorite color, but for these little stars they do bring a bit of brightness to the project. I just had to do a star with the "I am a winner" trophy cups,

and the two top stars are made from the same piece of fabric, the fussy cut are the same pattern in alternate colours, and the diamonds are tuned opposite ways (ok, not sure that was an understandable explanation *lol*).

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and everyone enjoying a Slow Sunday Stitching.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Another Mouse Star

Had a bit of fun fussy cutting mice for another six pointed star - can you tell I'm really enjoying this *lol*

 Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching Stargazer

Two stars made from the Mini Owls from Tula Pink's True Colors fabric line

Just loving the lacy effect of the print in these fabrics. I have got pieces of it in two other colorways, so there might be more stars made from owl parts :-)

A cup of mid-morning coffee and stitching another star, as well as some large kite hexagon filler blocks, three down fifty seven to go...

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and everyone enjoying a slow Sunday stitching - pop on over to see what everyone is up to

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Friday, 6 October 2017

FNwF Filler Blocks and More Stars

It's the first Friday of a new month, and that means Friday Night With Friends bloggie quilting bee hosted by Cheryll over at Gone Stitchin'.

After a quick and simple supper I got cozy on the couch with a glass of red, an Agatha Christie mystery playing (The Secret Adversary from 2015), and got started on the first filler blocks for my Stargazer.

Thinking I might have to conduct a bit of discipline with these, since they are all the same, I fear I might get bored after a while. I have posted a cross-off list in the sidebar of the blog, but I'm not sure if I'll wing it, make a weekly goal, or perhaps a daily goal...

Of course I just had to make another couple of stars as well :-) I'm particularly fond of this fox head star - love the effect of those red fox ears in the center, from a distance it kind of looks like a peppermint candy

Another "tortoise" star - I'm loving this one as well

Pop on over to the list of participants in October Friday Night With Friends and see what everyone got up to tonight

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Snails And Mice Make Stars So Nice

Been doing some more fussy cutting, these of fabrics with little critters on them. Snails from Tula Pink's fabric line Slow And Steady - I have to say look heaps better in this star than they do in the garden

And I don't even want to talk about mice in the house, but look at the cute effect of those mice tails from Tabby Road in these blocks

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday over at My Quilt Infatuation
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching More Fussy Stars

Having heaps of fun playing with fabric for these little six pointed stars that's going to become the Stargazer quilt. These four blocks

are all from this piece of fabric

I didn't have six repeats of the shapes I fussy cut, however there are lots of shapes in this fabric that are mirror image, and it was a lot of fun to to see how they turned out :-)

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and everyone spending a Slow Sunday Stitching

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Fussy Stars

Like I needed another EPP project - sigh! However I really wanted to play with some bright happy colours and some fussy cutting.

So call me crazy, but I have started stitching the Stargazer quilt by Lilabelle Lane Creations in a selection of Tula Pink fabrics. I just fell for it when I saw it online, and I purchased a kit. It's not all the same fabrics as the original, and I'm going to add some more variety to the fabrics. 

This is my first attempt at fussy cutting for epp, and even though they are not perfect, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out :-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching Round We Go

Thought I'd share another Round We Go block that was added to the basket of finished blocks over coffee this morning

It's not laying completely flat, but hopefully that's just tension in the paper pieces, and will solve itself once the block has been appliqued to the background fabrics and the papers have been removed.

I pulled out all the blocks and laid them out over the floor, just to see how the project is coming along (sorry about the light)

20 blocks have come together, and even if I'm not all happy with some of them, it looks like they are playing together nicely.

Discovered I haven't shared the block I finished last Sunday - so here's a close-up

I haven't quite decided what to do for the background, but thinking I will do scrappy, either use more of the blues in the basket or some neutrals I have collected over the years. ...we'll see ;-)

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and Slow Sunday Stitching
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Round We Go Again


I'm not really happy with the contrast in this block, but I'm not doing it again. Hopefully it will blend well with the other blocks. 

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Thursday, 21 September 2017

One More Round We Go

I was really in doubt about how this block would turn out, but I'm super happy with it :-)
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch

Yesterday I cut into a bit of my precious Tula Pink fabric, and had a bit of fun trying out this pattern for a Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch from So Sew Easy.

The pattern is clearly written, and I love that she has included a video tutorial that shows every step. It calls for iron on interfacing, I didn't have any in my cupboard, so I used a piece of thin polyester batting and quilted a simple crosshatch. Don't think that made too much of a difference.

I'm quite pleased with how my little pouch turned out - there's a bit much of the zipper tape showing, but at least it is evenly distributed. The zipper and the clip is recycled from a backpack I through out years ago.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Round We Go The Weekend

Friday night was this month's Friday Night Sew In, and I prepared for an evening of stitching with a bit of a cheese overload (sooo good *lol*) and a glass of white wine, enjoying my newly finished red snowflake table topper

Earlier in the day I had been to the post office to pick up the newest addition to my library of quilt books

so I have to admit a lot of my sewing time was spent flipping through the pages and drooling over the colorful photos

However I did get one more Round We Go block put together

My basket of blocks is really starting to fill up - however it doesn't look like I have made a dent in my basket of blues - mostly I have been using up small scraps so far

Today is Sunday and time for some more slow stitching - have one more block on the go that I've been stitching on over coffee this morning:

Pop over to these fun blogs to see what blogland is up to this weekend:

Friday Night Sew In over at Wendy's place

Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's Quilts

Oh Scrap! over at Cynthia's place Quilting is more fun than housework

Thanks for hosting the social blogland sew-togethers, ladies!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Rød Snø

Why call a blog post red snow? What is red Snow?

  1. a natural phenomenon caused by the algae Chlamydomonas nivalis turning mountain snow red at certain temperatures. 
  2. an annual festival in Rana, in the northern part of Norway.
  3. a TV thriller series from 1985 set at a small inn at the border between Norway and Sweden during WW2. People getting killed, bodies disappearing, and I still remember having nightmares about the ventriloquist's dummy made up to look like Hitler. It was truly a scary and thrilling piece of television (especially for a 8yo! However I have watched it again, and it still makes shiver go down my spine).
  4. My table topper that came about as the result of  Rose at Threadbare Creations' seven day mystery

The final clue of  was revealed on Sunday - and guess what? It's a snowflake :-) And since I chose to do this mystery in reds and cream, my table topper ended up as red snow.

This mystery was heaps of fun to do! Just the right amount of work for each section, short enough to keep me going and interested till the end, and I ended up with a pretty table topper 

The design reminds me of old knitting patterns (sweaters and mittens) done in two colour ways - often in red/nature combo - so I'm very happy with my colour choice, as well as the end result.

I had a bit of fun playing with my darning foot - doing lines and swirls.

Just finished stitching down the binding tonight, and now I have a table topper for the winter/Christmas season.

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday over at My Quilt Infatuation.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida