a quilt lady

a quilt lady

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A bit of this + A bit of that ......

More goodies from my Advent Kalendar, 
another 7 days have been opened. 

Enjoying the Advent calendar contents; looking forward till next
Sunday when I will open many more :-)

Safe-bands shining brightly :-)
Kasper, our grandson,11, stayed the night yesterday.
Here he is off to school wearing my DH`s sweather.
I knitted this one like 30 years ago. It must have shrunck 
while being washed, but it really looks quite like a new one!

A busy day at our place:
Eline,grand daughter,9 years is helping DH with 
putting up the Christmas tree.

Soon decorations are ready for the big day on December 24th.
Focusing on my SSCS-presents, I think my helper
did a pretty good job on the decoration part.

One of the two table mats soon to be ticked off!
The twin look-alike will be sewn tomorrow, then a new
Christmas present to be wrapped into pretty paper :-)

Enjoy the time being wheather you are in the winter zone
or summer zone! Happy Sewing inbetween all the preparing
 for Christmas. My this-and-that-list is still  growing :-) 
Till next my next post: Take Care, from Grethe xx

Sunday, 7 December 2014

... Advent calender in use ...

I did finish my Advent calender at the nick of time for
 December 1st! The four climbing the ladder are happy small Santas.

This is the whole calender. It is an AnnAKa design.
I bought the pattern and fabrics years ago and happy
now that it is ready to be hung on the wall. :-)

Here are the  24 calender packs I bought at Katherine`s Quiltestue.

I have just opened the first 7, good idea, happy to wait 
till next Sunday for another lot :-)
Have a nice week, and I hope you enjoy some nice and peaceful
pre Christmas time. All the best from Grethe.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Must hurry ......

Such a beautiful Saturday,
but no time for fresh air today :-)

Do you see why?

46 mails to be read +

10 notification on fb! Yes, I must really get a move on ... lol...

Here are 3 more finishes for November: table runner, pot holders 
and 2 table mats :-) Already reported to Peg :-)

6 days of December month have passed:-)
Secret ADVENT CALENDERS to be opened! 

Liquorice for husband, "presents" from Kathrine`s shop for me as well
as an old fashioned card one with picutres only from my DD. Tomorrow
will be our Advent-calener-opening day, the 2nd Sunday of Advent  :-) 
Till later one day ... xx.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Perfect start on December month!

What a lovely start of DECEMBER 2014!
As you may see Santa on his sleigh just succeded to put a rather 
big envelope half way into the postbox before I picked it up :-)
Being member of Chookyblue`s Christmas swap, I have sticked
to the rules just opening the little parcel of the ornament,
 saving the big parcel for Christmas Eve. (the white there on the ground
are some snow left from the other day as it`s cold outside!)
THANKS a lot my new SSCS friend :)) I am so pleased to receiving
the secret gift from you, TRACY. nice meeting you this way.
Love your sweet ornament, it will have a place with the
other ornaments that I have received over the years. Looking
forward to opening your other parcel too! It will be under
the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve :-)

If you check my OPAM list blogger friends, you may see what
I have made in November, next post soon! Will be
such a full day tomorrow. First my Tuesday-sewing group are
visiting a lovely quilt shop about 30 minutes drive from here.
Then there is the evening meeting of the "SIMPLEY BLESSED"
 goup in the evening. I might not have told you, but yes I am stitching
Rosalie Quinland`s quilt, and using the Tilda fabrics. Love it all :-)

Till next time, happy stitching during Christmas month. Hugs, Grethe xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

one down .. one up .. one envelope

Yes, this quilt is coming down!
The trellis quilt to be stored away for the time being.
No year written on the backing, shame on me, but main
fabric is called "in the beginning"

This one must go up.
A good hand helping me to reach to the two nails up there!
So pleased to hang a new up on the wall. It is Kaffe Fassett fabrics and
 the quilt is called Chelsea, Pauline Smith made the pattern.
 It is in Kaffe`s book from 2007 "quilts in the sun".
The kit was bought from the Cotton Patch, almost the same year.

Check the perfect shaddow quilting on this one:
 Merete,using one of her long arm machines, is
the expert of the quilting :-)

SSCS Christmas present will fit into the envelope,
present for my new SSCS friend. I am sure the envelope already
 is up in the air over some mountains, over some some countries
and over the sea to find my friend  :-)
The SSCS is arranged this year too by Chookyblue, great swap :))
Happy Christmas Sewing to you all!  Hugs, Grethe xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Thinking ahead and a Christmas finish.

One morning I woke up the most beautiful sun rise. 
I had an "appointment" with the phone/read ticketoffice
and being very busy, glad it looked like to be a perfect day.
 With 3 phones I was ready to make a call :-)
YES, I managed get through to make a reservation at the 
Royal Albert hall in London,UK. Tickets are now booked for  
my husband and me + for some other fans! 
On October 14th. 2015 Sir Cliff Richard will celebrate his 75th birthday! 
I decided to celebrate with him ... lol ... It will be a super party, 
I am sure of that, We have earlier been to 5 unforgetable concerts,
including in 2009 with the Shadows as well ... here in Oslo!

Meanwhile I am back to some Christmas sewing, new potholders.
Maybe for a present? maybe for use here in the kitchen? 
or maybe something else?
Happy sewing till next time, Grethe xx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

UFO-sewing and the SSCS.

An Advent/Christmas Calendar to be, pattern by AnnAKa Design.
It is more than half finished. 
I have kept it safe in one of my X-mas boxes!
I don`t know about you, but I seem to have too many UFOs. It is
very easy for me to say yes to new projects and then letting the
box (read boxes) with the UFOs just be resting peacefully on a shelf :))

This year too I joined Chookyblue`s SSCS. This secret swap is great fun!
I know my recipient`s name, but try NOT to let her know that I am
  her secret Santa 2014. I have slowly started to work on the present 
 for my new SSCS friend :-)  On my lefthand sidebar you may see
the "to and from" of  my previous years with this swap :)) 

Have fun with your sewing! No snow yet in  my area 
as the rain keeps pournig down,,,  from Grethe xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Water and Progress.

Did you know that 4000 people die daily due to the lack of water.
I did not. All Norwagians know this is the Sunday for our yearly
money collection for a human reason.
For foreign blog friends I can tell that the cause this year is
We give money to make it easier for poor  people in the world to find
 water closer to where they live. Lately we have seen some sad pictures 
on the TV, the struggle to find water is unhuman. Glad I have helped 
the organization that will arrange the much needed help.

Some progress on my latest new sewing!
My Kaffe Fassett wall hanging, now on the floor, is bonded
and ready to start hand&machine appliqueing. I love the look
of it so far and find the fabric for the border perfect.

See you soon, thanks for reading, take care! 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Looking almost like a rose, don`t you think :-)
My white Gardenia is blooming so lovely with a strong, special smell!
About 5 buds on the plant, wonder if they will bloom?

Some of the indoor colours at the moment,
and the Autumn is creeping up on us. 

Look what just arrived :
When at the Norwegian Q.festival I ordered the new, small PFAFF
sewing machine from Quiltefryd. It is called Passport 2.0 and is
the light weight machine easy to bring to any class.
Allthough different from the Pfaff I have, this one works perfectly.
New machine ... New project :-)
I then found an old KAFFE FASSETT kit in a box and started.
 Love the Autumn colour fabrics!
The top is now sewn and hope to bound some flowers on soon. 

Another good match for the Autumn colours: 
Here are the cloud berries. These ones are picked in the northern part 
of Norway, I buy them in the same shop as the reindeer meat.
Christmas may come as planned, all in the freezer now :-)

Thanks for reading it all, hope you enjoyed my post :))
 Happy sewing-thoughts to you,,,  Grethe x

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.