søndag 29. januar 2012

I have tried machine embroidery :o)

And not just on any machine, but the new Pfaff Sensation! This weekend our store hosted a class on making blocks on embroidery machines (with Marit F Johannessen). We were 14 ladies making runners, and Marit brought a couple to show us.

And there were a lot of different beautiful variations.





I was a bit nervous, because amongst all these skillled ladies, I was a real newbie. I had only tried a few embroideries before, and didn't know much :o) But they were so kind to me and encouraged me! I wanted to make a runner in brown and beige. 

Sensation in action

And wow - this is fun! We used laces and put on sashing and the result was really nice. 

I managed to finish two blocks, almost 3 and assembled two of them. So all in all, Im quite satisfied :o)

So in the next few days I have to finish the 3rd block, make one more and assemble them. I hope to finish it fast so I remember how to join them:o) 

Wishing you a joyful week!

mandag 16. januar 2012

Washed and dried

In the last post I was searching for some experience regarding drying a quilt in a dryer. And Im so thankful for all the great advices, both as comments and in mails. So during this last week I did finish the quilt and was ready to try drying it! I was quite excited, as I had never done before - and this was a gift... And yes - I do agree - its stupid to experiment on a gift, I know.... But I did it anyway.

This is the quilt before washing it

As you can see its quite plain without wrinkles. The thing with this quilt is that the top and batting is cotton, which is organic and the backing is fleece which is synthetic. So I was a bit worried that the cotton would shrink too much compared to the fleece. I washed it in 40 gr C and it looked fine. Then I put it in the dryer for about 30 min and had a look. Still no problem! It was not quite dry, so I put it in for another 30 min. Then it was completly dry and it looked just fantastic :o))

It has a bit more wrinkles, especially on the fleece on the back. You cant see it very clearly on the picture, but its there. Not too much, just a little. I would say its just the way it should be :o)

I like the colours!

And, of course, I have to show a picture of it when its folded - it looks so nice :o)

And now it is on its way to Oslo to its new owner :o)

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

søndag 8. januar 2012

I know I said...

I was going to do the rest of the blocks... But the urge to quilt one of my tops came over me! And since I have to finish it within less than two weeks, I couldn't ignore it :o)

I quilted with straight lines along the stripes, simple but nice.

I chose fleece for the back. It was easier to quilt than I thought, I thought maybe it would be thick to sew. But I had no problem :o)

I also made the binding, so its all ready to finish the quilt tomorrow.

Because Im giving it away to a little babygirl, I want to wash it. And put it in the dryer, because I finally got one :o) What are you experience with quilts in the dryer - anything I need to be aware of??

fredag 6. januar 2012

How happy can a girl be......

I'll tell you - unbelievably happy if she gets to sew from time to time....

And so was I today! It has been a while since I had the time to sit down and enjoy my sewing room. I have fallen behind on the two quilt alongs that I do, and my goal is to minimize the gap as good as I can. So I sat down today to do some of the blocks, 4 to go on one of the QA's and 2 on the other. To chose what fabric to use is the hardest part I think and that takes some time. So I only got to finish these two blocks today, hopefully more tomorrow :o)

To all my blogging friends - wishing you a wonderful and creative weekend :o)