Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Stitching

While sorting through the bowl of HST, I discovered these three little blocks at the bottom of the pile.

I was sure I had more of them stashed away somewhere in a project bag I brought with me back from the summer house last fall, and looking through my shelves I found a bag with more little flower blocks.

Not really sure I want to make many more of these flowers, but I should be able to do something with these, right? A table runner perhaps??

As for my Triangle Gatherings: I got my block #12 fixed yesterday  - as Teresa pointed out, thank goodness the mistake was on an outer row :-)

Linking up with Kathy and all the ladies doing Slow Stitching Sunday, and wishing everyone a creative Sunday evening

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, February 18, 2017

FNSI - addicted to half square triangles

Last night was the third Friday of the month, which meant time for a fun Friday Nigh Sew In with everyone gathered together by Wendy over at Sugar Lane Designs. In my PJ's after a busy week I poured a glass of wine, put on some music and stitched this week's blocks of  Triangle Gatherings

...the seam ripper was used lots last night, and now I just discovered I have turned one of the HSTs on block 12 the wrong way around - guess fixing that is the task for today.

I also sorted through my bowl of bonus HST that has been on my desk forever, snipped off the dog ears and they are now ready to be pressed and stitched into some cute 5" blocks.

Time to make a mug of tea and hop over to Sugar Lane designs and see what everyone was up to last night

Wishing blogland a relaxing and creative weekend
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

Over the last week I have made a little bit of progress on my blue and cream epp stars. The six little stars are finished, the large center star is done, and I have started to put them all together

Hopefully I will be able to make a little bit more progress on this project today, and perhaps prepare the triangles to go between the little stars, and the diamonds to go around the edge.

Block #11 of Triangle Gatherings was posted on Friday night, and I managed to put it together between the basting of Park Bench yesterday

My neck is a bit stiff after machine quilting on my Park Bench yesterday, so I'm realizing it will be a very slow progress. There are 15 blocks in the quilt + the dividing diamonds, I'll be happy if I can get one block and one diamonds quilted pr week - this will still mean I should have the quilt ready for summer heat :-)

Also making a little progress on my pink jumper - 1/3 of the first sleeve:

Linking up with Kathy and all the slow Sunday stitchers - pop on over and see what everyone is up to!

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Quilting Park Bench

This morning I crawled on my hands and knees basting my Park Bench quilt. The quilt top measures aprox 63"x88", so it was a tiny bit of a workout getting the layers together.

I bought some bamboo batting a while back and I'm excited  to see how that will turn out in the quilt. For my backing I have a cream and light green toile of a Japanese garden.

This afternoon I have started to quilt it - I'm playing with some free motion motif quilting, hopefully I will do something different in each of the blocks. So it will take me some time to do, but I'm thinking I'll have lots of fun playing with it.

Wishing blogland a great weekend!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Triangle Gatherings block #10

Block #10 was announced last night, and I just had to stitch - it's the one on the right hand bottom row :-) Loving how this collection of little blocks keep growing - 11 down, 77 to go!  

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Slow Stitching on a Snowy Sunday

It's a quiet Sunday here in the city and snow is flurrying outside my windows. A perfect day to light some candles and curl up on the sofa with some hand stitching, something warm to drink and a good movie. Hoping to make some more progress on my blue and cream epp stars.

Linking up with Kathy and all the ladies doing Slow Stitching Sunday. Read Kathy's blog post and you'll understand the inspiration for my choice of movie for the day - not sure how many times I have seen it, and I can watch it again and again 😃

Enjoy your Sunday, and get some stitching in
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, February 4, 2017

FNwF and TG Block #9 and #9a

Last night was the first Friday of the month and time for February's Friday Night with friends. I have been away with work since Thursday morning, so my FNwF was mostly Friday night with good colleagues. However between the end of yesterdays seminar, and the evening's drinks and dinner, I made a few stitches on one of my blue and white star blocks. 

I think I have figured out what to do with these little stars, and I might actually have a finish soon... (?).

Catching up on some blog reading on the bus home this morning I saw that Lisa Bongean had posted block #9 of Triangle Gatherings, so I just had to do some stitching as soon as I got back. Along with the block pattern she has also posted a pic of a woops-block. I think it is pretty darn cute, so I just had to use some of my orphan HSTs to make one of those as well.

There's supposed to be 87 blocks in the TG project - guess this makes the total 88. 9 (10) down, 78 to go :-)

I'm linking up with Cheryll over at Gone Stitchin'... thank you for arranging Friday Night with Friends.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching & TG #7

It's Sunday, and the perfect day for some light entertainment on the telly, a big mug of tea, and some hand stitching. While clearing out one of my cupboards yesterday I came across a bag of fabrics I had set aside for my Dear Jane, which I gave up on ages ago, and stitched the blocks I had made into another quilt.

In the cupboard were also some bags of templates for some English paper piecing. This is what I have gotten my fingers busy doing - mixing and matching with some pieces that were on my cutting mat: 

Also, Lisa Bongean posted block #7 of Triangle Gatherings yesterday. Having some HSTs ready it was quick and easy to piece together. Having heaps of fun with these little blocks.

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and her Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to see what the other stitcher's are up to :-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Block 6 Triangle Gatherings

Woke up early this morning to find Lisa Bongean had posted block 6 of the Triangle Gatherings SAL. And I just had to stitch

I had the HSTS already stitched, so it was just av matter of putting the block together.

Frost on the trees these days

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, January 21, 2017

FNSI Triangle Gathering

Really tired after a busy week, but I did get some stitching done on last night FNSI. Happy the FNSI gave me a little push to do this week's Triangle Gathering blocks:

These 3" blocks are a little fiddly to do, but heaps of fun :-) Thank you Lisa B for doing this SAL! Now I'm up to date on the blocks 1-5

Now for a cup of tea and browse around blogland to see what the other FNSI stitchers were up to last night! Thank you, Wendy, for hosting this global sew-together!

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Night Sew In

Just got back from a week in Finland for work. It has been a very interesting week, but I am exhausted.

However I do need some calm-down time, so for an hour or two tonight I will join the Friday Night Sew In over on Wendy's blog.

 Perhaps I will be able to stitch a block or two :-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


After the long seams of putting the Park Bench together I needed something small (but not as small as the Triangle Gatherings blocks). I have long been in love with this quilt from Lucy's blog. So I dug out my trusty Sidekick ruler and some reproduction fabrics and started cutting.

Not sure what size the blocks in Lucy's quilt are - mine turned out 6,5" (so 6" finished) and they are probably a bit smaller than the ones in her quilt. But I'm quite happy with my little blocks :-)

No idea how I will set these (or if it will be anything like Lucy's), but I'll have fun figuring it out!

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Return of the Park Bench

Yikes! I knew I have quite a few WISPs and UFOs and that some of them have been laying there for a long time. But as I pulled out my Park Bench blocks this morning I discovered I haven't worked on this quilt since May 2014 - I had no idea it had been so long!

So the goal of the day was to get the top together - and I got it done!!!

Two of the rows were already put together, so starting today I had three rows to go + sewing the five rows together. It has taken me most of the day, and it's far from perfect, but I'm so happy to have the top sewn together. Backing is in my stash, and I think I have batting for it as well. Hopefully I'll have s summer quilt ready by the time the weather gets warm :-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Triangle Gatherings

While blog hopping this morning I came across Lisa Bongean's Weblog (Lisa from Primitive Gatherings), and found that she is hosting a BOW this year called Triangle Gathering. As far as I can tell she is planning 87 blocks that all are made using HSTs.

 Block one

There's no secret I love my HSTs. They are just so versatile. So call me nuts, but I think I'll join this project, and have already started to catch up on the first blocks.
 Block two

Lisa is doing several different sizes. When I spotted the post, I was thinking to do the 4", however the piece of scrap on my cutting mat I wanted to start with could only be trimmed to 1,25"

Block three

So I went for it, and this is my first three blocks - they look like they need a re-press, they're not quite as wonky in real life as they look in the pics. Here they are with my 1" by 12" ruler - they are tiny little things, and I can't imagine doing the 2" blocks.

Not really sure how this will turn out, if I'll keep to the blue and brown scheme, or if it will be totally scrappy. However I'll use up some of my scraps and bits and pieces. 

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday

Over Christmas I spotted the coolest use of an old Husquarna sewing machine (among other things).

Too bad the shop wasn't open so I could get a proper look.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Friday Night With Friends

Last night was this year's first Friday Night With Friends, run by Cheryll over at Gone Stitchin'.

So I picked up some yummy sushi on my way home from work, and got the chocolate out of the kitchen cupboard, and settled in for a night with needle, fabric, tread and yarn.

What did I get up to? I made my block of the week. A 6" Millennium block in greys, blues and beiges:

That is all the sewing I got in... I'm on call at work this weekend, and had a few things I needed to handle, and then the sofa and my knitting called my name:

I managed to make quite a bit of progress on my pink sweater - having heaps of fun with this :-)

What eveyone else was up to last night, you can find here:

Thank you Cheryll for organizing this fun sew together!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Quilting Resolution

I have made a quilty new year's resolution every year I have kept this blog. I have lots of WIPS and UFOs I know I should finish, as well as ideas and plans for a lot of my fabric stash.

However, seeing as my sewing has been very unpredictable over the last couple of years, my resolution for 2017 will be a simple one:

Hopefully this will bring some finishes by the end of 2017 :-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida