a Kittens Tale.

a Kittens Tale.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A ... B ... C ...

A ... is for APPLE CAKE:
Thanks to Cheryl for the lovely recipee of the Apple and Vanilla Custard
Teacake. Such  a good taste, the middle is filled with custard cream :-)

The taste of my muffins was perfect! Must work on the looks next time I bake  :-) 

C ... is for CHURN DASH:
Here is Jo Morton with her beautiful quilt called "Picknik Time".
I had a good start on the first work class at the Norwegian Quilt Festival.

My churn dash "picknic" table topper on the green grass.
Have loved using the Liberty fabrics from Sunflower Fabrics:
Looking forward to use my small version of her quilt on our table one
of these days. I enjoyed her work class ever so much, learing
lots of useful tricks how to manage flat seams by cutting correctly
on the back side of the blocks  :-)

Well, here ends my ABC...lol ... Fortunatly I managed 1 finish this
month, pleased now to send a message to OPAM. Enjoy lots of sewing 
at your end. I am soon to make some more hexies for the Hexagon
Sewing Bag, great fun that too, till next time, take care, from Grethe.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

It`s history...the first Norwegian Quilt Festival.

Here they are : Kathrine + Siw + Åsne :-)
With a some helpers the three arranged this 
Quilt Festival with great success.

This is pic is taken after the dinner and before the presentation of the
foreign teachers. About 650 quilters from all over Norway came
to enjoy different work classes.

 Below  are some of the designers/teachers.
Lynette Anderson and Jo Morton.
Ma Masako from Japan with her daughter, who translated all
 Masako told us from Japaneese to English .

Sue Daley and Camille Roskelly enjoying a meal with Jennifer
from  Buggy Barn as well as the rep. for Riley fabrics.

Hurrah at last, my turn to be in Lynette`s work class for "the 
Hexagon Sewing Bag". I know many blog friends have made the bag.
 Wonderful to be part of  Lynette`s class once more :))
Proud as can be for showing you my hexies, will take some time 
to finish about 100 of them, but I love making these  :-)

Jo Morton showing her beautiful churn dash quilt.
My finish in the class will not make a big quilt for sure! Thinking
of making some more and ending up with a table runner one day.

Here is a lovely small raindeer, class on Sunday with Lynette,
"Christmas Friends" is a cushion. Great tool she used and
I think I now know how to use them for a perfect! turn-under applique.

What an enjoyable long weekend I have had! I am filled with lovely
 memories, taken about 155 pictures :)) If you pop over to May Britt at
Abyquilt you will enjoy 6 posts of super photos from this Festival.

Thanks for reading, Happy Sewing and all the best to you from Grethe xx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Waiting at the bus stop for ...

... my blog friend Oddbjørg
We meet now and then, when she visits her son and family  Oslo. 
Stepping out of the bus for her first visit at our house.
She knew I am reorganizing my sewing room
hence mess and boxes all over :-).
First I thought about eating at the pattio, but as the rain suddenly
 showers down these days, we decided to enjoy 
a quick lunch at the kitchen table .

We had warm apple cake and ice cream with coffee.

Knitting and stitching, the time went quickly before Oddbjørg
had to pick up the children at kindergarten. AND we agreed
it had been such a lovely day meeting up again! 

We both are going to Norwegian Quilt Festival next weekend,
but on different work classes. My first one is with Jo Morton
making the churn dash pattern done the easy way. I have picked out
 some of my Liberty`s  bought from Sunflower fabrics in UK.
Busy days from September 11th. till September 14th. I am
all excited.Till next time,all the best to you from Grethe xx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

I made it .....

..... making another post this month, I mean!
I finished this little Pattydoo pouch called Susie at the nick of time,
  being the last day of August I am glad to add one finish for the Opam list! 

The Norwegian Quiltfestival are shortly coming up, on Sep. 11 that is.
Much on my mind for bringing the best of this and that for the 3 work classes
I am booked on. But of course there will be about 20 Q-shops there, 
so lacking a thing or two will not a problem. Till next thime then,
wishing you a busy sewing month! From Grethe xx 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The sky is getting darker and darker at the moment.
 A heavy thunderstorm is bound to come.

So a nice meal of sushi/tapas, it is the best. I even had
my "own" bottle of coke, labled for mummy :-).

Hugo had his face stitched the other day, and I have started
on another block of Lynette Anderson`s "a dog`s life".

Below is Susie soon to be. If you check Pattydoo you will easily see what I
 will make out of the 20 cut pieces. Starting to sew soon as can be.

Always loving the butterflies in our small garden. The Butterfly Bush
has had 8 altogether at one time. This is the 4 different types that
have visited here, they come and go when the sun shines brightly.
The red one there is bright red, sharp black with a wee bit of white :-) 

Two blocks done of this lovely Mystery BOM from Fat Quarter shop,
"Snowbird" by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda.

Well, this is it for now. Exercise at the studio as well as tablets will make
my knee better and better, soon running around, I hope :-)
Meanwhile I have plenty of stitching to do and LOOKING very much
forward to joining the Norwegian QuiltFestival on September 11 :)
Till next time: Happy Sewing to you all, Grethe xx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

"home sweet home"

This is how it goes:  Should have left at 0620 this morning for some  
days spent at the Festival of Quilts in UK. However here I am 
trying to enjoy time at home :-)
I made this quilt some years back, 
now reminding me that "there`s no place like home".

Wee bit hard at the moment accepting that the flight took off without
me and that my hotel room was canceled yesterday. However
 my knee is better than last week, so I am on the right track :-)

Instead of visiting the quilt festival this year, I have to enjoy
days at home! My UFO box is close by, this means I will go
through it and pick up this and that to work on.
 "Hugo" here will have his face stitched, I am sure :-)

Nice and relaxing summertime in sun, watching this butterfly
enjoying the butterfly-flowers. To all friends off to the FoQ in BHX, I do
hope you`ll have a super time. Thanks for reading everyone :-)
Grethe xx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A strawberry finish for July. Visitors in the garden and ....

Turned out to be such a nice strawberry cushion in the most perfect
colours! Idea and kit from a nice shop down south in Norway. 

We still have a  heat wave most parts in Norway. Ice cream +
strawberries and something cold to drink is best at the
moment while sitting quietly in the garden :-)
The pinwheel table runner was a present from Melanie a couple
of years ago. I love it, very suitable for the summer time!

See the temp below, it`s in the shadow :-) :-)
Love my butterfly bush, and so does this butterfly. It comes visiting
severel times, but very sensitive to movements.
2 other visitors on my Butterfly bush, they enjoy the sweetness of
 the flowers. The snail there eats all the leaves, now I know!  

Glad I enjoy our garden at the moment. I have got a rather swollen knee,
inflamation here and there inside it, but doubling the tablets shall help, the
doctor says .Glad two of my hobbies are sewing and reading  :)) 
Till next time all the best to you my blogger friends, Grethe xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sunny Summer Holiday .......

Bright sun, perfect heat wave,lovely water ... and just a wee bit of sewing :-)
Feeling lucky to enjoy such a perfect summer of 2014.
See the map of Norway, unusually warm all over our country.
At the cabin which is down south of Oslo, we reached 34 C in 
the shaddow yesterday!  Glad I brought the electric fan with me :))
Have finished all the nine blocks of strawberries, soon to be bounded 
for a cushion. And we eat the sweet real ones every day.

Boat life and swimming, great for us all :-)

Happy Leanne Beasley`s bag to be taken on boat trips with me!

Sewing goes slowly, but steady . Here is part of the "Christmas Fun"
and yes the wine and berries will be finished tonight:-) When the last 
berry is sewn, on to the Butterfly Garden blocks 3 and 7 :-)
Thanks for popping into my blog :)) from Grethe xx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

No summer sewing yet .......

Celebration time and no time for sewing!
A summer birthday has passed.
We celebrated DH who was 65 years old on July 12  :-) Steinar tried to
look  a wee bit younger showing the 63 numbers there,
but we all knew :))))

Friends and Family paid a visit.

Something nice to eat.

A short visit to the racing track, gosh, money disappeard quickly  :-)
Blue sea and Blue sky for a couple of days now:
Summer + Sun, but storm + rain are on the way. Being prepared with
wellingtons and rain-gear! Good for some : I hope to get some stitching done.
Thanks for reading and have a pleasant time at you end. Grethe xx 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Soon off ....

Summer time and holiday time :-)
 the most important thing just about to be packed :
Butterfly Garden, some hexies (like 100), FatCat and Felix, as well as some
lovely strawberries to be appliqued :-)

I`ll be busy :)) As my DD + SIL+ my 2 Gch and DS+ as well as a lot of 
family to visit during this fortnight. Wonder what I will bring back unstarted? 
Oh, yes a birthday, DH will be 65 on July 12, so a busy time altogether :-)

My PC has been for a checkup due to a virus,
and now it seems to do what ever it wants to do!! Very difficult, but nice
that SUMMERTIME is here to stay for a while.
I am also packing a block from "CHRISTMAS FUN" for our holiday.
If you pop over to  May Britt`s blog you can read all about Tour de Fibre
and the quilt activity she and Hanne have arranged.
Hope you have a lot to sew at the moment, all the best from me, Grethe xx.