Wednesday 28 January 2009

More red and white blocks

I promised to keep you updated on the red and white swap blocks; since my last post another four beautiful blocks have popped into my mailbox:

Mona made the Corn and Beans and the Baby Bud; Gudveig made the See Saw, and Rita made the Pieced Star.

Tove has made the Churn Dash and the Annie's Choice block. Thank you so much, ladies! You do wonderful work!

Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida

Friday 16 January 2009

Red & white, Black & Bright, and some more progress

Two more red and white blocks popped into my mailbox today, these lovelies are from Åse:

Brasstown Star and Broken Dishes

Thank you so much! They will look wonderful with the rest of the blocks! I have a feeling this sampler will be great!

This weekend there will be a quilt-together for "Warming Quilts" in Elverum, and along with some of our other blogging friends I'll be going to May Britt's to join in. I have been having a bit of a guilty concience about these blocks...

...that I swapped with some of the girls at the fabric-swap club in 2007 - so I have decided to bring them along and see if maybe I can't put them in a quilt this weekend.

I also thought I'd share some of the progress on my Sugar Camp Quilt:

14 mountain blocks to go, and the appliqué of the worm fence, indian trail, creek and mill wheel. Hope I can get some of the appliqué done in the next few days.

Have a wonderful quilty weekend!
Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida

Tuesday 13 January 2009

A resolution and some progress

Rose and I have both been feeling a bit guilty for starting new projects while there are piles of WISPs and UFOs that should have been finished, but for this year we have promised each other that we will make what we love! The UFO's aren't going anywhere (some of them might be finished), but we have solemnly promised we won't add anymore UFO's to the list. 2009 is all about finishing whatever we want to start!!! This shows our resolution for the year:

Feel free to join us in not feeling guilty - all you have to do is promise to finish what you start :o) And what is my first new project - that I won't feel guilty about and won't become a UFO? The Sugar Camp quilt of course! Suzie expressed a wish for me to show some blocks as I finished them, and of course I'm happy to obey! These are the first finished blocks of a total 36 mountain blocks and 5 landmark blocks:

I love the look of this so far! The next circle of mountains will be blue, and then there will be another brown circle before the border. I have wanted to make this quilt for so long, and I think this will be a favorite :o) It is going to be aprox 84" square, so it's quite a large quilt, and will take some time to put together.

Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida

PS! Sigrun has a guessing game on her blog in the honor of her almost 150 posts; guess how many rulers she have :o)

Monday 12 January 2009

More red & white blocks

Look what I found in the post today:

Two gorgeous blocks for my red and white sampler - this time from Gunn Torild. Thank you so much!

Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida

Sunday 11 January 2009


So what have I been doing this weekend to call for a heading like that? Leisha Camden and I have been making marshmallows!! None of us had done it before, so it was lots of trial and error, especially in the beginning with the measuring, and some of the ingredients the recipe called for were impossible to get here, but despite the difficulties we had heaps of fun!

As you can see from the first pictures it started off looking pretty disgusting, but once we started beating it we got more optimistic *lol*

The girls were working hard, and the end result; YUMMY!!! (taste like Bamsemums!)

What else have I been doing? Playing with yummy fabrics, of course!!! I have cut and pieced 344 HST units that finished at 2.5" and 32 HST units that finished at 8.5".

(The pic shows about half of them, the brown ones are still on the ironing board)

What are they for? Have a look at the Quilts Through the Pages blog :o) Btw: If you are reading the Elm Creek Quilts novels, and are/have been making quilts based on the novels, know that you are welcome to sign up for the blog ring!
Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida

Saturday 10 January 2009

This is a test

My friend Leisha Camden is showing me how to upload videos from Youtube to my blog - and I thought this interview with Jennifer Chiaverini would be a good test to use - just in case any of you Elm Creek fans out there haven't seen it :o)
Sincerely, Anne Ida

Thursday 8 January 2009

Swap blocks

As mentioned in this post, I'm doing a block swap with some of the members of the Scandinavian Fabric Swap list. I didn't stitch much through the holidays, but I managed to finish my 16 blocks, and got them sent off. This is how they all looked:

They look like a pretty collection, don't they. I hope the ladies like them!

Today the first blocks from one of the other ladies arrived to me - Heidi has sewn Balkan Puzzle and Mississippi - look at these pretty reds:

I have asked for blocks in red and white, and I think this will be a fun quilt :o) I have started playing with ideas of how to set them, but haven't really decided yet - I'll wait till I see how all the blocks plays together.

Hope you have had a creative week so far!
Sincerely, Anne Ida

Thursday 1 January 2009