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Ron’s Quilt

One more quilt done! It was completed about a month ago, just in time for R’s birthday (he turned 7, if you can believe it – I certainly can’t… ).


The biggest mistake I made with this quilt was asking the birthday boy how would he like his quilt to look. this led to several weeks of going back and forth, deciding and un-deciding, drafting ideas and throwing them out the window, and eventually settling down on a pluses quilt design. I was inspired by this quilt (via fabtalk), from the “I love patchwork” book.

I would have gone for something more random, and with more subtle tones, but R likes vibrant colours, and doesn’t like the randomness. We split the difference and ended up with a compromise which I enjoyed making, and he loves to cuddle in.


I used fabric from my (steadily growing) stash, which these days includes mostly online purchases. I was glad to find a use for the two greenish and mint solids – when I first got them in the mail I considered immediately donating them to the nearest charity… While they looked very bluish on my computer screen, they reminded me too much of green hospital uniforms in person… Of course if I had read the name or description I could have realized they named them sea foam GREEN and mint GREEN for a reason, but I was too busy fabric shopping to bother… lesson learned!

I think the end result looks good, though, and it was an interesting challenge to venture outside my normal colour comfort zone (did any body say grey?…). Since R actually liked these colours, I used up the leftovers for the simple pieced back as well.


Other fabrics used here were Mendocino Seahorse by Heather Ross, Posie in slate by Denyse Schmidt (from the county fair home dec collection), and a lot of Ikea’s beige cotton for the background and binding.


Oh and the quilting was much easier this time, since it was all straight lines, no pivoting anywhere…

I’m hoping to make at least one more quilt for our living room this year, keep your fingers crossed for me – will you?


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A Quilt for Daniel

It happens to me all too often.

I fall for a beautiful fabric (or seven of them).

I run out to get it (or drool all over my screen for days before actually hitting the “check out” button).

I get my beloved piece of fabric home.

I wash it, Iron it – and than I fold it neatly and place it on a shelf, where it will never see the light of day again, because I have no clue what to do with it, or it’s so pretty I’m scared to cut into it, or some combination of the above.

But this time I was determined to make quilts for my boys.

I even told them I was going to, so they can hold me to my promise.

So I got myself a yard of this chino Bus fabric – it just demands to be made into something boyish and lovely!




And after a few days of scribbling some ideas, I decided on a simple wonky squares design. I wanted to try this ever since I saw “what a bunch of squares” in the Denyse Schmidt Quilts book.




It’s the biggest quilt I made so far, at about 60″ x 80″. Everything went smoothly until it was time to quilt it…



I really wanted to have these spiralling squares quilted on each block. You know, the kind where you have to pivot 90 degree turns some gazillion times?  Probably not the best idea for a first large quilting project… For two days I struggled and wrestled this quilt through the machine, to the point my arms were aching the next morning. Lets just say the quilting isn’t going to win any beauty contests, and leave it at that.




The result, however, was well worth these minor pains. Although the quilting isn’t perfect, I love the way it turned out. And even more important, Daniel loves it too. I didn’t make it in time for his birthday (which was in December), but he was still very exited to receive his quilt about a month ago, and he happily cuddles with it every night since.

What more can I ask for?… More echino fabric of course! now that I’m actually using my stash, surely I’m allowed to get some more, right?…

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I bought a patio set, about two week ago.

I must say, I was pretty sure It would rain the next day, just to spoil my plans of having a few meals outside. Instead, there was a very sunny week, with several meals (and morning drawing sessions) outside.

July rain by you.

And then came the rain…

July rain by you.

You can’t blame Vancouver for the lack of opportunities to practice rain photography…

My parents are leaving in a couple of days, which means the end of my extended summer vacation. So it was time to finish some projects that were on my desk for a very long time now. Like new pillows for the shop…

Cushions set by you.

I’m very happy about theses, as they turned out exactly as I imagined them.

Cushions set by you.

I used vintage polyester knits for the applique. I’ve been collecting these fabrics for about a year now. I love the patterns they add to the design, and the fact that they don’t fray when cut.

Squirrel mini  pillow by you.

I even managed to overcome my fear of cutting into my Japanese fabrics!

Pillows can now be found in the shop

And speaking about shops, I decided to have a separate Etsy shop for unloading my overflowing supplies, books patterns etc. It can be found right HERE.

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Kids are kept busy by their grandparents.

Fabrics is piling up to the ceiling.

I have a new sewing machine on my desk (Bernina 153 QE, purchased on eBay).

Isn’t it time to make things?

Yes… I’m making rain clouds again….

I know the calendar says it’s summer, but we still get quite a lot of rain here. And I dug into my thrifted fabrics for all the yellowish fabrics, because yellow goes well with summer.

So – to the shop they’ll go, hopefully during this weekend.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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I finally set down to make myself an new oven mitt and a matching pot holder, to replace the old, greasy store made ones I had before.

Entirely recycled out of an old pair of jeans, vintage kitchen curtains from an estate sale and lined with an old thrift store wool blanket (same one used here).

The mitt was loosely based on a pattern from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing.

Not much else to report here, we were mostly busy with wiping noses the last week, as cold viruses skipped and hopped around us. 

Enjoy your weekend!

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The fabric I used is a Harris Tweed cloth (which I later learned was hand woven in Lewis, Scotland).


It was purchased in a garage sale last winter, in my normal state of mind: buy first, think-how-to-use later….

So it was waiting patiently at the bottom of my fabric shelf until I ran into it again when moving my sewing room upstairs. And there, with all the mess of fabric scattered on the basement floor, waiting to be refolded and replaced on new shelves, a match was made: heavy, warm, tweed, with bright applique flowers.


I like this combination. I made two versions so far, one of them you can still find here.

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Back in the time when I lived in Oslo, I was taught that if your birthday is a beautiful sunny day, it is because you were very good that year. This is what we woke up to this morning:

The boys didn’t mind – no rain means an opportunity to run around outside, fog or no fog.

But by the time our errands were done, It already changed into this:

Have I been good, or what?

We were able to take off our coats, and take a long, very slow and lazy walk outside, taking in every possible bit sunshine. I didn’t even know I missed this so much.

Then a short stop at the thrift store yielded this:

And this:

This was a very good double-sweet-sixteen birthday.

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