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Thursday, 12 March 2015

..... hurrah .....

My Tuesday Quilting Group seemed just as happy I was.
We had a lovely lunch celebrating my 75 years on the Tuesday
before my birthday, with the best open sandwiches, cakes, etc. 
and I received such a great lot of super presents!!
and lots of flowers!
and this special Money-flowers-bunch with 20 branches!
and 20 lovely personal presents from the quilting group.
Today is my birthday, the 12 of Match 2015
 .... HURRAH ... HURRAH ....
The great, lovely, big day has arrived with another lunch soon
 and a dinner tonight. HUGS, from Grethe xx.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Down memory lane ......

7 mars 1975 at 5 pm at Bekkelaget church, Oslo, Norway.
The newly wed couple: Grethe and Steinar :-)
On the steps just outside the church door some friends from
 our alpine group had formed an espalier with their skies. 
Nice surprise! 

Here we are on MARCH 7. 1997:
Not "the lady with the painted veil" for sure, my veil was
not properly attached to the headband so it fell off !!
Wonder who had sewn it all! You may just have a guess ... lol ...

Here we are on MARCH 7. 2015:
Look alikes, for sure ... lol :-)

Yes, 40 years on, TODAY on the very same day at the very same hotel,
celebrating/enjoying another sort of meal than for the forty years ago.
An afternoon tea with some friends.
Lovely day has soon passed with presents, flowers and nice "high tea"
including champange. And more to come, celebrations, I mean, will
be back with more "non quilting" news next week ,( promising I will be a
much better blogger in ALL respects as well soon). Hugs, Grethe xx

Monday, 2 March 2015

No restrictions any more, but no weight loss :-)

Still love my very first sewn MUG-RUG, both 
pattern and and colours. It measures 6"x 9 1/2".

 Remember I told you. eight weeks ago I joined a group 
on face book;  no goodies till March. I have managed 
not to have a single bit of chocolate for these weeks :-)
So today was the day to visit the shop who has it all!
I have been shopping; believe I better be careful!

Feet up, coffey, chocolate, The Norwegian Quilt News as well
as Homespun (with a new BOM) bound to be a nice rest :-)
WELL, did I loose weight? No, not really, just like 0.400 gr. which 
is next to nothing. It was only difficult after the evening meal. 
However I feel a bit proud I managed to stick to the rules given. 

Enjoy your the first week of Spring; for my blog friends in
 another continent, enjoy your Season! Till next time:
Happy Quilting from Grethe xx.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Hello ...

As February is such a short month, I am so glad I managed 
 to write one post at the nick of time ... lol ...!
February is in fact our winter month no.1, lately weather-wise
 we wake up to any sort of day: warm, cold, sun, rain, wind, snow  + etc....
Sure you can see my car down there from our bedroom window, 
by the evening all snow rained away:

I have AT LAST finished one block of Simply Blessed.
Some of my friends have finished 5 blocks, now I really must make
a plan how to solve a little problem in this respect, 
as the total is 9 big blocks altogether.

Here is my version of Kaffe Fassett`s" TEAPOTS" from his book
 "Quilts in Morocco". The quilt came back yesterday from the long-arm
 quilter, Merete, at sy.no . She does the most perfect machine quilting.
Happy to say I love the fabric with the bright colours!
 I think my name must be:" Happy teapots in my flower garden"!
All fabrics from my Kaffe Fasset+ Brandon Mably+Phillip Jacobs box.
I redused the seize 50 pct. The seize is now aprox, 60" x 80".
By changing things around in the kitchen, 
 it is bound to fit on a wall. Will be so perfect :-) 

Rembember two of the table mats from some years back? 
At last I have managed to finish the next two. 
The main fabric is also Kaffe Fassett`s, from his "Bekah" range,
bought the fabric "the Festival of Quilts" in 2008 or 2009. 
On the kitchen table here, just for testing :-) See the matching glasses, 
they were new-made when Norway arranged the Olympic Games. 
We only have these 4, they have the special Olympic sign engraved on them.

MARCH will be such a busy month. Some  SPECIAL events will take place:
"40" ... "75" ... 20-23 ... 29 ... probably etc. here as well.
 Stay put, and I will tell you later :-)

 Well, all for now! 
But first I must admit: I have really failed in my promise to myself on 
New Years Eve year. 2015 should have been  my UFO-year ONLY.
.Feeling so confident day after day after day... 
Kept my promise till  February 15th.  Then, alas(? / :-),
 I signed up for a sort of a BOM, more info on this my blog later one day.
Wishing you a happy sewing time! Hugs, Grethe xx.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

one project a month is OPAM.

So happy that I have signed up for OPAM  (one project a month) this
year as well. Check Peg or Kris if you care to join. My first OPAM 2015
for January is the little sewing bag " sew together bag" 
I showed you in an earlier post. Here`s my next: a table runner :
Ok then! I`ll turn it :
A lovely table runner already in use :-)
a New pinwheel runner with rather OLD fabrics :
the fabrics kept in a box/drawer for a good many years :-) 

See the chocolate on the wooden tray up there,
... I might not have told you that I, on facebook, have joined a 
sort of a health group promising not to eat sweet for 8 weeks,
started on January 5th and contiuenig till MARCH! I have been tempted, yes,
but have managed to say no to myself. (not much weight-loss yet though)
Hurry up March month to come, more than one reason to be celebrating
with lots of sweets, cakes and delecious food!
Till later, Take Care, from Grethe.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Easy time on the couch .....

Nice winter time outside, gosh should really put on my skiis and go
 for a walk, but first need some relaxing time on the couch.
See the doc`s hand and the needle? Felt good after a while!
Full Ski Sunday as well as Australian Open on the tellly, 
good positon for some stitching on Simply Blessed, 
still on my first block, suppose -lol- might be right to say!!
Nice to sit on the couch here just dreaming of this and that.
Enjoying to look at this pattern "Natures Journey"  by Annie Downs.
A beautiful quilt pattern, great SAL 2015 arranged by Chookyblue
Unfortunatly not for me this year, Bound to be many gorgeous quilts 
to bee seen on blogs by the end of this year.

Looking at another new and beautiful quilt pattern. 
This one is "My Country House" by Lynette Andersson.
 Love the middle block with the house and the sheep. 
A good match for  the jacket I am knitting :-)
 You know my knitting has 23 sheep all the way round. Starting 
on the top is a less challenge just now. Soon to knit with the green colour.
Will it fit me? I keep wondering. Fortunatly some other of the females
in my family love the sheep :-)

Yes, on the couch a lot, my days with exercise have  
sort of stopped, but a good start again soon. I am fine really. 
The little shot I got is just  doing the best for my hip :-) 
Till later one day enjoy your sewing and it all! Hugs, Grethe xx

Saturday, 17 January 2015

No sewing on the boat .....

My husband and I joined old friends and colleagues for a mini cruise to 
Kiel in Germany.Such a perfect trip on a wavy sea. We were about 65 old 
colleagus on this cruise, some I had not seen for a good many years :-)

A cushion to be :-) I have finished 5 of the flowers, so another 5 
to go . But no time for any sewing  at sea this time!
We left snow and ice here in Oslo, meeting the city of 
KIEL in Germany in pouring rain.
Here is our ship the Color Magic picture from a pamphlet and the
boat docked in Kiel on the cold and rainy day.
Some pics did not come out, but we enjoyed seefood 
as well as delicious variation of meat.
Cakes by the number, great way to finish a lovely meal and of
course any cheese you might want. :-)
Fruit and veg, take your pick :-)

Partytime in the bar! Yes, another Kiel trip to be remembered :-)
Nice with a small break! Now looking forward to some stitching.
Hope you will have a great week to come, Grethe xx.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Happy Sunday.

Love the white colour, here is a flower left-over from Christmas
blooming for the third time, now with 4 flowers.
 Nice to be inside to day, snow-snow-snow,we have had a lot
of snow over the last two days :-)
My husband is doing his best clearing all the snow .
While I did some sewing:
This is the Sew Together Bag from Sew Demented. Pattern
to be bought as a PDF .It was first introduced in 2012, waiting a 
long time at my end, and  here it is. My first OPAM for this month.
It has been fun making this bag. 3 zipper pockets, room for lots of this
 and that. I have just chosen some other colours for my next bag.

This is my year for finishing some of my UFOs. 
I must dig into different boxes. In fact I am looking 
forward to doing so, working hard to get organized. 

Enjoy yourself  with your doings. Hope the weather has been good 
at your end. Although I know some of you have struggled a lot. 
Take Care and Happy Sewing,from Grethe xx.

Thursday, 1 January 2015


  May 2015 be the most happy one for you! Thanks a millon
for all your lovely words on my posts through 2014. Believe me I love
your comments, although you don`t always get thanked enough :-)
Looking forward to being a blogger another year .. at least .. lol!
My UFOs have been piling up all of 2014, so some rules have
 been made, secret ones for another 365 days to come.
 So if I fail to follow them, you might not know, hmm :-)

I am still working on block 1 of the SIMPLEY BLESSED patterns.
Looking forward to joining stitchery and fabrics, soon ...
Glad I chose the Tilda fabrics and lovely pattern by RosalQ_

Glad I make "Christmas Fun" by Lynette Anderson too.
Will use all January, I think, so another block will be finished :-)

New knitting with 23 sheep in the pattern :-)
It is a woolen jacket to be, hope to knit a wee bit every day.
Varigated wool yarn which means I will have a multicolouerd
jacket. Stay put for a year or two and you may see ... lol.
 I have never started knitting on top before,
so it makes me really wonder if I manage ??

A new SAL 2015 has been announced, pop into Chookyblue`s blog.
 The quilt is called "Natures Journey" by Anni Downs, hurry up
and sign up, another gorgeous pattern by Anni. Would have loved
to sign up, but not this year, sorry to say ... Good luck to you all :-)
Wishing all blog friends the best for 2015. Hugs,Grethe xx

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Last post in 2014 ...

Such a perfect last day of  2014:

All presents in my Advent calendar now opened:

Some homemade Christmas presents of 2014: 

Still a few hours left of this year. Not looking back, but enjoying
the thoughts of  a new year to come! Thank your for being my blog friend!
I do hope you will have a good New Year`s eve, Take Care, Grethe xx.