Showing posts from 2018

What I'm working on: the color block quilts

(Again, a photo heavy post. Bear with me, please.)

I checked in my Facebook quilting photo album for 2017, and the first photos I had posted of making the first two color block quilts (for when Mikael's cousin's first child Luca was born, and when Maria and Kristoffer's second child Leonore was christened) the were posted on the 20th of March that year.
So, I've been working on making these type of blocks for little more than a year.
And I have Elisabeth Hartman to thank for making the tutorial I read about how to make them. She calls them "stamp collection blocks", because of the whole "postage stamp quilt"-idea you get from them.
After making Luca's and Leonore's quilts, I had this epiphany about sewing 12 identical color block quilts and then free motion quilt them all a bit differently. For practicing my free motion quilting skills. And also with the motivation that it took as long to cut out TWELVE 5x5 cm pieces as it took to cut out j…

the Knitting machine course at Vaasa Opisto

I inherited my maternal aunt's knitting machine when she passed away due to breast cancer a few years ago.
Yes, breast cancer - and yeah, cancer in general - sucks as a disease. 
But the knitting machine, it came to live here with us. And I've wanted to learn how to use it ever since, but it's been just sitting on a shelf here at home, just waiting for me to get to it.
And this year, Vaasa Opisto is holding a short course in how to use knitting machines. I missed the first out of the three 5 h lessons, but this Saturday I could attend. Machine in tow and all.

This photo shows how far I got in those 5 hours. I learned how to clean it out, put is together, and learned what some of the major parts are called. Typical of women in my family, this Singer Memo 2 machine is the most advanced of all the machine is the class. When we buy things, we want the best...and thus my aunt's machine is one advanced machine with LOTS of features.
I also tried making it do basic rib stitch…

My progress in the Goodreads reading challenge of 2018

So.... I put 25 because, and I quote myself "I'm thinking of putting my reading challenge for this year [to] be 25. And not change that, just to be on the safe side.". Now that I'm at 19, I think I might consider changing it to 50, just like last year.
And yes, as you can see, I still only/mostly read books in the genre Paranormal/Fantasy, and that won't change. But I must say, seeing the covers of all of them shown like this, it looks like half of them just took a hunk of a photo model and photo-shopped his torso into another color to make it more alien. Well, if you read about alien warriors in different setting, I guess body armor doesn't get a lot of feature? (Yes, I'm more than slightly sarcastic here :P )

My quilting works-in-progress and unfinished ones

(another photo heavy post, but again, I don't think you'll mind)

I read a lot of blogs. And by a lot, I mean I follow about 300+ blogs (via Bloglovin) and read blog posts mostly at night when I can't fall asleep again if the kids have woken me up. Or when I'm trying to fall asleep. Or when I desperately want to read something and I don't have enough money to buy another book on Amazon Kindle...
If it's one thing - reading about other peoples quilting projects - that I've learned, it's that creative people usually start a lot of project. And some projects get finished, and some don't, and thus the dividing line of WIP:s and UFO:s (works-in-progress and unfinished objects).
I keep track of mine via my own quilt planner, and I move the project pages from UFO:s to WIP:s as they stall or I feel I have too many projects going on. But I thought, maybe it would be nice to see a summary of them all.
These are my WIP:s 1. the Blue Roses and Denim quilt The t…

Recap of the "Jeans Makeup" sewing-course

I realized today that I hadn't written a recap of what I had done at the Arbis "Jeans Makeover"-course back in 2-3.2.2018. 
This annoys me right now to no end, because I'd like to write it all down. How else am I gonna be able to remember otherwise the process of how I made the two jeans-quilts I started then?
The course was "just" about how to reuse material from old jeans and denim to create something useful, new and smart. (No, there is no "just" in that, but denim is a hard material to create something with, mainly because it's made of such thick woven cotton.)
Our teacher, Carola, had a bit of show-and-tell at the beginning. Among the projects she showed were a part of a then-not-finished bag with a denim-panel made in a faux cathedral window style. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check here on Google.) When I (late at night two days before that) had surfed around on Pinterest about denim-projects, this was one of the pr…

Stash update 5/2018

I've been with our kids in Kirkkonummi for a few days on "miniature holiday". Mostly because my parents are so old now (80+) that any chance my children get to spend time with them is precious. But also because I wanted to take part in my old folk dance group's 45th year celebration.
The thing about being here now, when we have had between -10 to -25°C, is that my parents don't want to be outside all that much. And the kids don't like it that much either, so be have had to come up with "indoor activities".
Sadly, most of it has been about shopping. The children got new winter boots and new thick coveralls. We bought child safety things for the doors at my parents house. We bought gruel, rice milk and fruit purée snacks.
And we, today, went to Kierrätyskeskus in Finno to see if we could find something cool second hand...and afterwards to Ikea in Espoo to eat meatballs for lunch.
Kierrätyskeskus (eng. Recycling-center) is a large second hand store ru…