Sunday, July 23, 2017

Like I Needed Another Project

What to do when temptation knocks on your door? You answer, and invite it in...? At least that's what I did when I discovered Round We Go BOM program by Sue Daley. I really have no need for another project, but this one I just couldn't resist.

It's all (almost) English paper piecing and some appliqué. The epp blocks are round, and then appliquéd to a background. Going to attempt tidying up in some of my blue and teal fabrics for this one. Going through the drawer pulling out fabric I found pieces from the late 1990s - this can be an interesting project ;-)

Two blocs have come together and more are in the making

Linking up with Kathy and Slow Sunday Stitching - this will be a slow stitching project for the next year or so. Looking forward to seeing what eveyone is stitching on this fine Sunday.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Table Topper - An Actual Finish

Yey, I have actually finished something! This table topper was part of Fat Quarter Shop's table runner program they did last year on patterns by Doug Leko of Antler Quilts.

This one is based on the Star Light, Star Bright pattern. However I opted to make it a square rather than a runner.

I started this one in October 2016 while away on a weekend retreat at Lapp-Elisa. I finished the top, got it layered and did the stippeling in the light area... then it was put in my bag...

Earlier this week my Mum asked if I had something made that we could give away for a birthday present, and this came to mind. I did the quilting in the stars and the border Tuesday night, and last night I got the binding on. 

Pretty happy with how it turned out, and hope the recepient will be pleased with it!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Playing With Machine Quilting

And having heaps of fun

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Even More Epp Hexie Stars

I have spent a few days at our summer house. And loaded up my phone with some radio theater and a good audio book I have been able to relax with some hand sewing. Made heaps of progress on my English paper pieced hexie stars:

Tally is now 29 - still have a bunch to go ;-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

More Epp Hexie Stars

Making some progress on my English paper pieced Hexie Star project - five new blocks have come together. I'm having lots of fun with this project, and Epp is perfect for summer and stitching outside. Tally is now 20:

Nine more blocks have been prepped, ready for some relaxing hand work.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Sunday night!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Friday, July 7, 2017

FNwF - Spinning Nostalgia

Still trying to bust some stash. Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection of pre-cuts. Not sure how old some of the jelly rolls, honey buns etc are... So the other night, after finishing the little Gazebo mat, I pulled out my large Hex 'n More ruler and a jelly roll of Nostalgia by April Cornell and started cutting:

Tonight some of the blocks have started to come together - think this will be a cute one:

Linking up with Cheryll over at Gone stitchin' and Friday Night with Friends. It's so much fun to sew in this virtual bee, knowing that there are people all over the world participating :-) Going blog hopping over the weekend!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Mini Gazebo - Using Some Scraps

Last night while sorting through a box of scraps my Mini Hex'n More ruler turned up. And I just had to play with it for a little while!  So I grabbed my little cutting mat and my small rotary cutter and some tiny scraps and started cutting:

I have been drooling over Jaybird Quilts' Gazebo pattern for a while, and that is what came to mind when I found the mini ruler. The original table topper is made from 2,5" strips and using the large ruler, so I had to down scale it for my little project and my small scraps.

The pattern looks so complicated, but it's actually quite easy do do. It all came together in just a couple of hours. The binding went on this morning - and I'm very pleased with how it turned out! 6" hexagon is the perfect size as a candle mat.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Nine Patches and Star Blocks

I have finished the 15 nine patch blocks for the scrappy sew-along; pretty happy with how they turned out. Looking forward to the next step! ...assuming that's a whole bunch of hour glass blocks...

Two more epp star blocks have come together over coffee this morning - ok, so I had started stitching on both earlier this week, and I had a slow Sunday morning with heaps of coffee *lol* The tally is now 15 blocks.

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and Slow Sunday Stitching, and I'll go blog hopping later tonight;-)

Wishing all a wonderful day!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Joining a Scrappy Quilt Sew Along

Sherri over at A Quilting Life has started a sew-along based on one of her grandmother's unfinished quilts. It looks like a bit of a stash buster, with big pieces and simple shapes that should go together easily.

The clues are being revealed over three Fridays, this week was the second clue; 15 nine patch blocks. I have started pulling some scraps and stitching the blocks.

Last week's clue was cutting a bunch of 6.5" squares - I'll do some more sorting through my scraps and hopefully I can use up some of the odder pieces in my stash.

Anyone else doing this sew-along?

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Progress on Epp Stars

My pile of English paper pieced is steadily growing. Having heaps of fun with these blocks. The hexie in the middle is 1" and the diamonds are 3", so this project is growing quite quickly

I have now stitched up all the pieces I have prepped, so for the next few days my priority will be cutting and prepping - perfect for sitting outside and enjoying the lovely sunny weather we are having at the moment.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday, June 26, 2017

Dovetail Finished

Yey, it's finished! And I'm loving how it turned out!

The quilt is Dovetail - a free pattern by Doug Leko and Fat Quarter Shop. However I have managed to mirror image the blocks because I stitched the 45 degree angles the wrong way around.

The fabrics I have used are a layer cake and a jolly bar of fabrics from Blackbird Designs by Moda.

I started the quilt on Sunday June 18th and finished it Sunday June 25th 2017. The finished quilt measures 57"x70".

I have now washed it and it smells so pretty (not of basting glue anymore!) :-D

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching Binding and Some Epp

Yesterday I went to Lappemakeriet and got some binding fabric for my Dovetail quilt. This morning i got it attached to the quilt, and most of the day I have been enjoying the lovely weather on my parents front porch hand stitching it down:

I'm also working on some more star blocks - really enjoying these :-)


Linking up with Kathy's Quilts and Slow Sunday Stitching, and I'll go blog hopping later tonight;-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Friday, June 23, 2017

Working on Dovetail

I have made heaps of progress on my Dovetail quilt this week. Once I figured out what I had done wrong, and how I could make my mistake work, the blocks came together quickly. I spent quite some time shuffling the blocks around, trying to make sure I got it balanced, but I still managed to get the blocks mixed up while putting the top together.

I'm still very happy with how it has turned out so far! I have spent parts of last night and this morning quilting it a very simple meandering:  

Just a little corner left to do. So this evening I'll bring it along for a visit to my parents where I'll be working on the binding, and hopefully I'll have a finished quilt sometime this weekend.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dovetail Quilt

Getting sick in the end of February, and taking a long time recovering, my quilting mojo has been very low. The other day I came across a video by Fat Quarter Shop on Youtube. It presents a very simple pattern by Doug Leko from Antler Quilt Designs that they offer for free. Hopefully this is just the thing to get me back on the go!

I have dug out a jolly bar and a layer cake of Blackbird Designs fabrics I have had in my stash for the longest time. The colours are soft and romantic, and I'm thinking this will be a quilt perfect for summer (perhaps a bit "brown"???)

The blocks are big and the stitching should be quick and simple... However I have managed to turn the 45 degree angle the wrong way (and of course I had made all of them before I realized what I had done), and after a lot of frog stitching I have figured I need to make the blocks as mirror images of the pattern (making the colours twist the opposite way around the center rectangle).

A bit of twisting my brain - but I think I have made it work :-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This Evening Sky


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Chopping up scraps

I have had a load of scraps laying about on my cutting mat for ages, and today I finally managed to start chopping them into a usable size. Love the look of this pile of 2.5" squares

Back in  2014 there was a QAL in Blogland where lots of pretty "Godnight, Irene" quilts were stitched. I have been sorry I didn't join in and made the quilt then! So figuring I would stitch some leaders-and-enders, and hopefully I will have one of those lovely quilts someday soon, too ;-)

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday, June 12, 2017

Epp Stars

I have been playing with some English Paper piecing making some star blocks

Loving the look of these! And I'm having lots of fun stitching these blocks!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gratulerer med dagen!

Norway's Constitution day - congratulations everyone!

 I started my morning quietly at home - listening to the school bands marching towards the city center - managed to get a pic of this one

Our lunch - soooo yummyy!!!!

Hope everyone had a great 17. mai!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Monday, May 8, 2017

Visiting Maihaugen

Yesterday me and a few friends made a roadtrip to Lillehammer visiting the outdoors museum at Maihaugen.

We had a lovely visit, spring sunshine, and nice to be out and about after being sick for a long time.

Thanks for a wonderful day, girls!

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sign of spring

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida