Sunday, September 24, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching Round We Go

Thought I'd share another Round We Go block that was added to the basket of finished blocks over coffee this morning

It's not laying completely flat, but hopefully that's just tension in the paper pieces, and will solve itself once the block has been appliqued to the background fabrics and the papers have been removed.

I pulled out all the blocks and laid them out over the floor, just to see how the project is coming along (sorry about the light)

20 blocks have come together, and even if I'm not all happy with some of them, it looks like they are playing together nicely.

Discovered I haven't shared the block I finished last Sunday - so here's a close-up

I haven't quite decided what to do for the background, but thinking I will do scrappy, either use more of the blues in the basket or some neutrals I have collected over the years. ...we'll see ;-)

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and Slow Sunday Stitching
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Round We Go Again


I'm not really happy with the contrast in this block, but I'm not doing it again. Hopefully it will blend well with the other blocks. 

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Thursday, September 21, 2017

One More Round We Go

I was really in doubt about how this block would turn out, but I'm super happy with it :-)
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch

Yesterday I cut into a bit of my precious Tula Pink fabric, and had a bit of fun trying out this pattern for a Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch from So Sew Easy.

The pattern is clearly written, and I love that she has included a video tutorial that shows every step. It calls for iron on interfacing, I didn't have any in my cupboard, so I used a piece of thin polyester batting and quilted a simple crosshatch. Don't think that made too much of a difference.

I'm quite pleased with how my little pouch turned out - there's a bit much of the zipper tape showing, but at least it is evenly distributed. The zipper and the clip is recycled from a backpack I through out years ago.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Round We Go The Weekend

Friday night was this month's Friday Night Sew In, and I prepared for an evening of stitching with a bit of a cheese overload (sooo good *lol*) and a glass of white wine, enjoying my newly finished red snowflake table topper

Earlier in the day I had been to the post office to pick up the newest addition to my library of quilt books

so I have to admit a lot of my sewing time was spent flipping through the pages and drooling over the colorful photos

However I did get one more Round We Go block put together

My basket of blocks is really starting to fill up - however it doesn't look like I have made a dent in my basket of blues - mostly I have been using up small scraps so far

Today is Sunday and time for some more slow stitching - have one more block on the go that I've been stitching on over coffee this morning:

Pop over to these fun blogs to see what blogland is up to this weekend:

Friday Night Sew In over at Wendy's place

Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's Quilts

Oh Scrap! over at Cynthia's place Quilting is more fun than housework

Thanks for hosting the social blogland sew-togethers, ladies!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rød Snø

Why call a blog post red snow? What is red Snow?

  1. a natural phenomenon caused by the algae Chlamydomonas nivalis turning mountain snow red at certain temperatures. 
  2. an annual festival in Rana, in the northern part of Norway.
  3. a TV thriller series from 1985 set at a small inn at the border between Norway and Sweden during WW2. People getting killed, bodies disappearing, and I still remember having nightmares about the ventriloquist's dummy made up to look like Hitler. It was truly a scary and thrilling piece of television (especially for a 8yo! However I have watched it again, and it still makes shiver go down my spine).
  4. My table topper that came about as the result of  Rose at Threadbare Creations' seven day mystery

The final clue of  was revealed on Sunday - and guess what? It's a snowflake :-) And since I chose to do this mystery in reds and cream, my table topper ended up as red snow.

This mystery was heaps of fun to do! Just the right amount of work for each section, short enough to keep me going and interested till the end, and I ended up with a pretty table topper 

The design reminds me of old knitting patterns (sweaters and mittens) done in two colour ways - often in red/nature combo - so I'm very happy with my colour choice, as well as the end result.

I had a bit of fun playing with my darning foot - doing lines and swirls.

Just finished stitching down the binding tonight, and now I have a table topper for the winter/Christmas season.

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday over at My Quilt Infatuation.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Another Round We Go

Still having heaps of fun with these Round We Go blocks. Rather than making four of each block pictured on the outside of the seed packets I have been playing with the design ideas from the booklet and some of my own puzzle ideas:

So two more blocks have come together

as well as I finished the two blocks I played with on Sunday

More blocks are on the way :-)

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quils - Let's Bee Social - looking forward to browsing what's going on with everyone beeing social!

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Round We Go Slow Sunday Stitching

It's Sunday and time to link up with Kathy and everyone enjoying some hand work on a quiet day. My focus for today is my Round We Go blocks. Two blocks I hope to finish today:

Pop on over to the link up at Kathy's Quilts to see what everyone is up to

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Threadbare Creations Mystery

Rose over at Threadbare Creations is doing a seven day mini mystery sew along. Today is day three, so I'm a tad late to the party, but I really wanted to do this one.

So I had some catching up to do. The day one clue was fairly easy - some strip pieced sections and some four patch blocks

The clue for day two took a bit more time and effort - however totally worth it as these blocks are super cute - there's also some strip pieced bits left over that probably will come in handy in a later clue

Today's clue re-visited those four patches. And now I'm all caught up and looking forward to tomorrow's step :-)

Linking up with Let's Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts - perhaps more will want to play in the mystery ;-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Some Sunday Stitching

Woohoo, yesterday two more seed packets for Round We Go popped into my mail box, and of corse I had to get to them right away. One block finished over coffee this morning - seven more to go. Guess there's no secret I'm having heaps of fun with these ;-)

I did make a dent in the quilting on my Plan C yesterday, and hopefully I can manage to finish quilting it today.

It's not too densely quilted, so I'm hoping it will be very soft, but at the same time get that nice quilted texture

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and Slow Sunday Stitching

...and Oh Scrap over at Cynthia's Quilting is more fun than housework

 Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Friday, September 1, 2017

FNwF: Hopefully Making Progress on Plan C

It's the first day of September, and also the first Friday of this month , and this means there's Friday Night With Friends sewing over at Cheryll's place Gone Stitchin'.

I have got some music playing, my glass of red wine and a huge bowl of popcorn (placed well out of the way of my quilting)

and big hopes of making huge progress on my Plan C quilt.

Goal for tonight is to get the final seams done, the borders stitched on, and get it pressed and sandwiched so I can quilt it over the weekend.

I have sort of made a plan of how it's going to be quilted... but I'm sure it will change along the way.

Stay tuned and hopefully I'll soon have some pictures to share of how it turns out. Until then - there's heaps going on at the houses of everyone participating in the sew-together, gonna go blog hopping on my quilting brakes - join me to see what everyone is up to?

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Piano Keys

Slowly making progress on my scrappy Plan C quilt - all piano keys are cut and have been stitched together in groups ready for pressing before joining the long borders together:

The blocks have been stitched together into rows, and I have started putting the rows together. Those long straight seams are not the most exciting part of the process of making a quilt...

...but I'm looking forward to having it all put together and ready for quilting, so I'll trudge on :-)

Lots of people stitching along and being social with Lorna at SewFreshQuilts. And since I'll be busy stitching on this project for the next few days, I'm also linking up with MyQuiltInfatuation Needle and Thread Thursday :-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Scrappy Stitching

Been in the mood to play with some happy colours since coming back from vacation. So I pulled a bunch of clear colored scraps, FQs and other bits from my stash and started cutting on Friday afternoon. Loads of flying geese and four patches have come together this weekend.

Back in 2010 I made the small version of Plan C from Carrie Nelsons book Shnibbles Times Two, and ever since I have been itching to make a large one as well. Today I have layed out the pieces, and it's ready to be put together:

The pattern calls for a piano key border... I have cut up most of my leftovers into 2.5" strips and pieces, and I'll see how far they will take me... and how much patience I have stitching small strips together ;-)

Linking up with Cynthia and all the stitchers over at the Oh, Scrap! party

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Round We Go Again

Today I have three more Round We Go blocks to share. Not sure how happy I am with these three blocks. The contrast isn't too god between the blues used in them, and they look kind of washed out... 

This is how nine of the blocks I have made so far look together.

Perhaps they won't look too bad once everything come together...? 

Linking up with Kathy and Slow Sunday Stitching.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bright Star Quilt

I thought I'd share few pictures of a quilt that was handed off to a dear friend of mine on her 40th birthday in October last year. For some reason I didn't get around to photographing it when I finished it.

 As I've been pet watching for a few days, I brought it out into the sunshine to snap a few pics.

Most of the top was pieced at a retreat at LappElisa.

The blocks were made with the Sidekick Ruler by Jaybird Quilts. My friend Lise did the over all popcorn quilting on her longarm machine.  

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Round We Go Two More Blocks

I'm really enjoying putting together these round blocks. The pieces are quite small, but they are coming together quickly and accurately

These two blocks were quite simple, put together with the bigger pieces in the packs. The "ring" around the center hexagons have been constructed differently, but they came out looking the same ;.)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida