Friday 31 December 2010

Godt nytt år!

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and creative 2011!!!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Friday 24 December 2010

God jul!

Wishes for a very merry Christmas to everyone! Hope it will be a season of peace, fun and relaxation!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday 19 December 2010

It's snowing

Yes, it's snowing outside, and it's a definite snow-theme inside as well. Listening to cross-country skiing race on telly, quilting my Snowman quilt...

...and humming this song:

In my book this is the ultimate winter song! I absolutely LOVE it! And for those who don't understand the lyrics, here's my (slightly clumsy) translation:

I'ts snowing heavenly correction fluid
Over mis-spelled summer
Listen, the sounds of the city dissappears
Under the falling floods
We have heard no snow flakes are the same
And such wonders one can think of for a moment
I lean my head back
And get an ice kiss on my mouth
And get an ice kiss

It's snowing silent star sisters
From invisible mouths
And dizzy from the attac from soundless seconds
Today, Earth is sieged by a heavenly army
Without weapons the whole city is brought to it's knees
Everything goes slower here on Earth
When all the sky falls down
When all the sky falls down

Thanks for the useless snow
A bother and a burden
Earth is sieged by a heavenly army
Without weapons the whole city is brought to it's knees
Everything goes slower here on Earth
the sky falls down
the sky falls down

Enjoy your Sunday!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday 13 December 2010

Amazing prize

Have you been following Sinta's and Sheri's "LePetite" posts? Did you see the one noting the winners for Paganini? I couldn't believe my own eyes when I saw my own name at the top of the list saying Carrie (yes, the Carrie of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co!) had a surprise from fall market for me! This morning I went to the post office and picked up a big box - I'm so excited about this and can't wait to begin playing.

On the top were these scrumptious charm packs:

Sunkissed by Sweetwater has lots of soft and flowing prints in subtle and summery colours. Central Park by Kate Spain is also very sunny and cheery - lots of botanicals and zoo inspired prints. Both of these will be available in January. A Morris Tapestry by Barbara Brackman - a reproduction line using the patterns of William Morris and John Henry Dearle was fresh in the US shops in November. Le Petit Poulet by American Jane is very bright rich country type colours and there's the cutest honeycomb print with bees. I can't find the swatch pictures on Moda's website so I'm not sure when this is out.

And digging deeper in the box I found these rolled up layer cakes - yummy!!

Dilly Dally by Me and My Sister is so bright and cheerfull - another line that will be fabulous for summer. It will be out in January. I have a bit of a soft spot for Fig Tree fabrics - somethings so comfy with Joanna & Co's muted use of colours. Buttercup is another line that falls into that category. Oasis by 3 Sisters is soft and romantic in colours. These will be found in shops in February.

Oh, I want to play! This is really childish, but there's something special about being able to play with a toy that not everyone else is able to play with yet *lol*

Thank you so much for the amazing prize, Carrie! I'm so thrilled!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Lovely giveaway

Just thought I'd let everyone know Merete at "Mye quilting og litt annet" (her blog is in Norwegian and in English) is having a lovely giveaway due to her 100th post.

She has made two fabulous toiletry bags for two winners. The giveaway closes at Dec. 20th.
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday 5 December 2010

New Year's resolution 2010: reflections

For the second year in a row I have had a this resolution badge up in my sidebar

Last year I did kind of ok - you can read my reflections on last year in this post from December 10th. I did have a goal of getting last year's un-finished quilts finished this year... not a stitch in either of them. So how did this year go?

Looking through the posts for the last 11 months, I find I have finished two quite big quilts - Charity Crosses and Imagine - and quite a few smaller projects. And unfortunately there are five project yet un-finished that has been started this year :

This is a leader and ender project that actually dates way back. There are enough blocks here for a good lap size quilt, but I'm still not decided whether or not to make it bigger.

Smokey Mountain Stars is a project commissioned by my Aunt. It has taken some time for her to figure out how big she needs it to be having to cover their winter duvets, so it has been on hold since late August. I know I have to make some more blocks for this one.

This Orange Peel block has ended up being all alone. I had big plans, and still have pieces for two more blocks cut out. Perhaps there is a table runner here that might be done before Christmas? Or perhaps it should just find a place in the orphan blocks bag?

Raise the Roof is one of my favorite Miss Rosie's patterns, and I made a lot of progress on the log cabin blocks over a weekend. Unfortunately I got sidetracked, and the loggies are all I have managed to do on this quilt so far.

Then there is the snowmen quilt... it has been basted and I have an idea of how to quilt it, so I have high hopes of having it finished in a week or so.

So how did I do? Not as good as last year, but not as bad as I feared when I started thinking about doing this post. What can I manage to finish in the month that is left of 2010? Priority (apart from Christmas pressies) is the snowmen quilt! All the other projects are of a kind that will take lots of time to finish, so they will have to wait for 2011. Thinking of a new kind of resolution for next year...

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida