Sunday, June 25, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching Binding and Some Epp

Yesterday I went to Lappemakeriet and got some binding fabric for my Dovetail quilt. This morning i got it attached to the quilt, and most of the day I have been enjoying the lovely weather on my parents front porch hand stitching it down:

I'm also working on some more star blocks - really enjoying these :-)


Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and Slow Sunday Stitching, and I'll go blog hopping later tonight;-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Friday, June 23, 2017

Working on Dovetail

I have made heaps of progress on my Dovetail quilt this week. Once I figured out what I had done wrong, and how I could make my mistake work, the blocks came together quickly. I spent quite some time shuffling the blocks around, trying to make sure I got it balanced, but I still managed to get the blocks mixed up while putting the top together.

I'm still very happy with how it has turned out so far! I have spent parts of last night and this morning quilting it a very simple meandering:  

Just a little corner left to do. So this evening I'll bring it along for a visit to my parents where I'll be working on the binding, and hopefully I'll have a finished quilt sometime this weekend.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dovetail Quilt

Getting sick in the end of February, and taking a long time recovering, my quilting mojo has been very low. The other day I came across a video by Fat Quarter Shop on Youtube. It presents a very simple pattern by Doug Leko from Antler Quilt Designs that they offer for free. Hopefully this is just the thing to get me back on the go!

I have dug out a jolly bar and a layer cake of Blackbird Designs fabrics I have had in my stash for the longest time. The colours are soft and romantic, and I'm thinking this will be a quilt perfect for summer (perhaps a bit "brown"???)

The blocks are big and the stitching should be quick and simple... However I have managed to turn the 45 degree angle the wrong way (and of course I had made all of them before I realized what I had done), and after a lot of frog stitching I have figured I need to make the blocks as mirror images of the pattern (making the colours twist the opposite way around the center rectangle).

A bit of twisting my brain - but I think I have made it work :-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This Evening Sky


Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Chopping up scraps

I have had a load of scraps laying about on my cutting mat for ages, and today I finally managed to start chopping them into a usable size. Love the look of this pile of 2.5" squares

Back in  2014 there was a QAL in Blogland where lots of pretty "Godnight, Irene" quilts were stitched. I have been sorry I didn't join in and made the quilt then! So figuring I would stitch some leaders-and-enders, and hopefully I will have one of those lovely quilts someday soon, too ;-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday, June 12, 2017

Epp Stars

I have been playing with some English Paper piecing making some star blocks

Loving the look of these! And I'm having lots of fun stitching these blocks!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gratulerer med dagen!

Norway's Constitution day - congratulations everyone!

 I started my morning quietly at home - listening to the school bands marching towards the city center - managed to get a pic of this one

Our lunch - soooo yummyy!!!!

Hope everyone had a great 17. mai!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday, May 8, 2017

Visiting Maihaugen

Yesterday me and a few friends made a roadtrip to Lillehammer visiting the outdoors museum at Maihaugen.

We had a lovely visit, spring sunshine, and nice to be out and about after being sick for a long time.

Thanks for a wonderful day, girls!

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sign of spring

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Courtyard Tablerunner

Christmas pressie for my parents. It was a kit from Fat Quarter Shop, and I love the fabrics from Laundry Baskets quilts.

Most of the stitching was done while we were away at our autumn quilt retreat at Lapp-Elisa's :-)
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

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