tirsdag 27. september 2011

A class with André Wallenborg and new BOM's

Last weekend I was taking a class with André Wallenborg, making a nice looking bag. For you who may wonder - who is this???, he is a norwegian designer making clothes but mostly he designs and makes his own bags. He has even made clothes and bags for the norwegian royal family, not bad!!!

It is not a very posh kind of bag, but it is the small details that is the clue :o)

This pocket is a 3 in 1 pocket, one in the back and two behind the zipper. Very smart!

There is a zippered pocket inside aswell, in two levels. One level with pockets for the mobile and cards and one big pocket.

And on the other side a pocket with folds and rubberbands on the top.
Not a single seam are visible, everything is hidden, both on the outside and inside - I love it! And so does my daughter it seems, she asked me to make one for her aswell :o) So I will try to remember all the tricks we learnt.....

Everybody who have been following me for a while knows that I love joining quilt alongs and BOM's :o) And as you can see on my sidebar I have recently joined two more. One is called Fat Quarter Stars Quilt Along at Moose on the Porch Quilts. I bought Soul Blossoms by Amy Butler some time ago, and I will be using it with white as background.

The other one is hosted by Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works and is called Bloggers BOM, find all the info here. For this I will be using some of my Kaffe Fassett fabrics, in red/pink and blue/green and maybe some purple (just because I love it!!).

Looking at my stash I suddenly realised that I need some more in the blue/green colourway - and some background. Hmmm, so off I go to shop at Jackie's :o)

You still have a chance to join the Wanttobe quilter campaign, lots of more prizes to win every day until the end of October - just give me a word!!

Wish all my friends a wonderful evening!

mandag 19. september 2011

How do you sew your hexies?

Im a newbie when it comes to hexies, but it so much fun! I read somewhere that there are different ways of sewing them together.

Like this, laying them flat together. If you do like this you should avoid stitches to be seen in the front. But I think its difficult sewing like this, takes longer and the front gets sometimes wrinkles and a bit loose.

Or like this, right sides together and sew along. Much more easy and faster. If I look closely I may be able to see some of the stitches on the front, but not much.

Which of the two do you prefer?

Look at this lovely stack of precut hexies. Bought from Possum Blossom, which sells precuts in different shapes. This is Etchings from Moda.

One finished top! I will have to buy some flannel for the back to make it soft and warm.

Wishing all of my friends a wonderful afternoon :o)

onsdag 14. september 2011

Finally on its proper place :o)

Finally my Star Crazy quilt has landed on its proper place! It has been a while since it was quilted, but I havent binded it.

For some reason it has been 'forgotten', but this weekend I showed it to some friends and it was a bit embarrassing that it was not finished. Well, at least thats what my dearest thought :o) He said to me - Merete, you HAVE to finish it now!! And I did agree, so on Sunday it was done. Its actually quite nice work, especially the handstiching on the back!

I have also been working on my new project, it comes together quite easy.

I havent made up my mind about the size yet. I think I will have to make  some more blocks and assemble them to see how it looks. It isnt ment to be too big. 

I use 2 jelly rolls, one white and one 'Little Apples' from Moda.

Have a wonderful week! We were waiting for the remains of the tropic storm 'Katia', and expected heavy winds and rain, but it didnt turn out so bad. We were lucky!

mandag 5. september 2011

Small purses and a new project

This weekend the weather was really really bad, pouring down. It practically shouted out - its time for some sewing!!! I have seen some purses that I wanted to make some time ago, but never got around to do it. Well, now was the time :o)

I tried some of the borders on my sewing machine, practised my freemotionquilting. Im not very good yet, but Im getting there. A lot better than this time last year......

The purses were fun to make and went together quite fast. But I think it was a bit difficult getting the ends to look good. Maybe it will be easier when I've made a few more of them :o)

As usual Im not very patient when it comes to start a new project. I know-I know, should have finished the hexagon tablerunner first and not to mention all the quilting I should have done.... But the hexies are done by hand, so thats different - and i havent got enough batting for all the tops, and that a good excuse aswell - so I started my new quilt top :o) And here are lots of strips from 2 jelly rolls. 

I just have to show you one of the birthdaypresents I got from one of the girls. She has made it all by herself in secret in my room. She knows how to melt a mothers heart :o) Even if the card stated I had to do the binding myself.....

It was difficult to get a decent photo because of the colours, but I think you get the essence of it :o)

Are you really sure you dont want to join the Wantobe Quilters Campaign at Sew We Quilt? Lots of great prizes to win. Two months left of the campaign with giveaways every day!! Look here to see what has happened so far. To join, have a look at my sidebar, its easy peasy.

Wishing you all a great week!!