Tuesday, August 31, 2010

One Year of Schnibbles!!!!

I was lucky to be able to get them all in one photo...
before the rain came... again....



All twelve months... 
a new Schnibble quilt.. or pincushion.. was made...
well some months.. more than one..:o) 
I want to say thankyou to Sinta and Sherri
for organizing all this FUN.... :o)
And to Carrie for designing all these lovlely Schnibbles for us to enjoy... 

Thankyou Ladies!!!!!.. 
Have had a fantastic Year!!!

And I have some lovely quilts ...:o))

If you want to take a closer look on all the Schnibbles made ... 
And just for some fun...
Hmm.. which ones is your favorite??
:o)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday fun.... means sewing...:o)

and home alone...
is even better... 
and I had so much fun making theses little ones...

The Tuffets.... 
The strips is just 3/4 " and wohhooo I like it..:o))

Guess I am a little bit crazy... almost the smaller the better...
but for the nine patches.. I really really had to hold my tongue right... 
finished blocks are 1"..;o)


I had thought of making just one...;o))
But had so many strips left from the charmpack...
Rural jardin.. so I had to use up them all.. well almost.. 
still a few left though..hmm... can I make another.....lol..

So a little eye candy for you all..

Cute.. yepp they are..:o)
Smallest one is 3" big..or little..:o)
And largest 5"


This was the December challenge in the Year of Schnibbles...
And can cross them from my to do list too.. and guess what..
Have made all 12 projects.. 
and they are all finished too.. 
Quilted and bound...
no UFO´s in the cupboards..
I think its a WOOHHOOOO to me!!!

Hope for a day with out rain tomorrow...
then I will take all my Schnibble quilts out for some air.. :o)
and a photo shoot... 
so cross fingers.. no rain.. please!!!

And now .. the BED!!! And some exercise.. 
maybe I have to do that before the rest...;o))
phheew.. I am so pleased with myself...

I DID IT!! :o)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Too Short Summer...

last weeks have been filled with cold winds... rain.. and cold temps ...
...gosh.. think Autumn came...

way way too early... we use to have wonderful August days.. especially around when School starts over for the kids...
But Brr... having morning temps around 5 C ( 41 F)
we actually make a fire every morning and evening...  and it is early... 

So I made some Autumn Flowers....

and added them to my Short Story...


... and got myself an Autumn quilt...named
Too Short Summer....

One thing though..
I cant decide on which way to hang it...lol...

First I thought of just adding the flowers to the side...
for fun..:o)
so the blocks are arranged thinking that way...

But when finished.. it looked as good having them at the bottom...
so I took away the hanging sleeve at the back...
 so I could do whatever...

What do you think???


Flowers at the side...
Flowers at the bottom....

Well I think one have to little to worry about...
when things like this get ones all attention..:o))
*SMILE*

Friday, August 27, 2010

Schnibble news...

Catching up.. catching up...

Last years first Schnibble.. 
September Challenge.... finally finished...

Rural Jardin fabrics used... 
plus some of my own.. shirts and and old curtain...


Took a week to get the binding on.. pheew.... talk about being turtle ... sigh!!!
But..  I can cross that one from my To Do list... :o)

Hope this one wont take a week to get the binding on... 
because then I will be tooo late for the last Schnibble 
at this Years Schnibble Fun!!!


Home from work today...
Have to rest neck and shoulder...
Headaches all days.. so it aint fun..

So I will only work as little as I can on my projects.. trying to do a little on everything.. lol.. how does that sound....;o))))
Chiropractor on Tuesday... so I hope he will do some miracle... 

See you...
hopefully with a finished  Short Story!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Last weekend...

it was tennis all weekend!!! :o)
Not for me but for the guys in my life... 
Riviera tennis 2010...
Too bad  the name didnt live up to its name.. like it did last year with warm temps.. 
Rain and some more rain so a lot of matches had to be played inside...

Singles were played.. for Viktor.. 
losses and wins...
Double with his friend Jonathan in the picture...
First place...:o))
And Generation double was played .. 
and happily the finals was between 
Viktors friend Jonathan and his dad.. 
and Viktor and Lars in the black team..
 They had really fun .. just sorry they didnt win this time..
Next time we take them .. they said..:O)

On the sewing front it is going very slowly...
Top is finished... of Short Story.. well sort of.. decided to add a little something .. as usual... ;O) And have it prepped for quilting.. just havent decided what to do yet...
Will set up Bernie and have a go later today.. I hope..
But am a little bit tired.. still not better... 
The old neck wont give in for the better..:o)
At least I am back at work.. and hope It shall work !!

And Viktor .. what a sweetheart he is.. to cheer up his Mom.. he 
"invented" a new hairdo ... special for me.. just me..
with an antenna... LOL...

Well I shouldnt show... not to pretty..
but since you all are my friends.. 

Here you go..:o))

Well it took more then 20 minutes to get away from my hair...yikkes...
think he did it well 
Say something nice .. please..lol...
HUGS
 and see you..

Friday, August 20, 2010

A chair and a new start...

the new start will have to represent a New Schnibble in the making..lol..

Short Story... :o)
Gosh I think Autumn is here.. I am working with dark fabrics!!!!
How did that happen...


And I cant say I am really in love with this pattern ...
a lot of cutting... and it is tough on my neck and shoulders..
maybe it is why it aint as fun as it use to be.. 
Well.. after having almost everyone sewn together... I am not sure if I love it or if I hate it... it is a little to nice.. it doesn't happen so much...
or maybe it is all the dark fabrics.. because it cant be the pink fabrics..lol...

Post more later... :o)))

Ok .. Have almost forgotten about this chair.. but when thinking of going back to work.. I remembered what  I worked  on before my vacation...

to finish this Patchwork Chair for a booth at a Major Trade here in Piteå
 Big Nolia... a week ago.. did miss it myself.. so I didnt see it at the trade :o(...
1950-1970s fabrics were used and it was a lot of fun..
And I wouldn't mind having it here in my home.. 
Havent heard if it have been sold or what have happened with the chair...
since I have been at home all week... 

One thing I know.. I have to look for a chair at work.. that I can buy and turn into a chair like this!! :o))

Back to work on some Short Story blocks... 
See you..

BTW..
Havent taken the Pfaff for a test drive just yet... 
but I will..
She had the demo sold when I had the time to visit her..:o(
Need more reviews on the Pfaff Expression 4.0 ... 
Please.. 

I am so grateful for all the  feedback that have been given.. thanks... some I cant write back to as the settings is set as NOREPLY... so if you havent gotten an answer from me.. thats the case.. I cant reach you!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Before I forget...

I better show you the last photos from the exhibition!!!
But first I want to thank you all who have given feedback on sewing machines..
some of you have been set as a noreply and no profiles... so sorry I cant get back to you.. 
But thanks for the feedback given!!

Please keep on  giving feedback... 
go to this blogpost ..and say whatever your heart have to say!!
Pro and cons.. 

Kom igen alla Jämtkviltare med Pfaff... :O))
Synpunkter ...tack....:O))
Ok back to the exhibition...
The LAST PHOTOS!!!!
 I made lots of pincushions.. different models...
Wristlet pincushions.. recycled from old table cloths...
Square ones...also made from old table cloths.. and small crocheted table cloths
I also made some small pouches from old bedlinen and scraps and whatever I found...
I used a tutorial given by Leka Quilt for these ones.. 

And more pincushions...
with the Swedish flag... :o))
And some more scissor charms...
Ones with a heart and also the ones with little strawberries on a straw...:o)
And I made a big pincushion too.. 
from recycled fabric... and an old candlestick..
pattern in an Homespun magazine.. by Anni Downs...




I also did some crocheted necklaces...
Flower and leave vines... 
Love these ones.... perfect for a girl like me..:o))


Thankyou so much every one .. who have commented and given me so much feedback on my exhibition.. it have been my pleasure to read everyone of them.. 
I hope I have answered everyone.. If I havent..
you might have been set as noreply..and then I cant answer.. so please look over your settings in the profile and make sure your email is visible... !!

THANK  YOU ALL!!

 Promise.. no more photos from the exhibition... 
this was the last ones!!

...HUGS... 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Feedback please...

on sewing machines.... :o))

I am sooo tempted to buy a new machine... but not sure yet...

I love my Pfaff 2042.. ( until  yesterday..;o))

I have wanted to upgrade to a newer one for the last years ( wanted Pfaff to come with a BSR  function...  before buying a new one ) .. and since I have been satisfied with the 2042 ... why buy a new one... :O)?

Ok questions for you...

Do you know anything good or bad about Pfaff expression 4.0??

And good or bad about the Bernina QE 440 Aurora or the 450??
(Hope I spelled the name right.)

Or any other machine.. I know lots of people using Janome.. but I do not know anything at all about them... so please fill me in..:O))

This will be some fun.. please share what you think..

Och ni som bor i Sverige... lägg gärna in ert vetande också...
skriv på svenska..  det läser jag..:O))

Lousy day...

And I mean it... 

Firstly I have had big trouble with my neck... 
fire and thunder pain and headaches.. and have slept lousy during these weeks...and the cold that I still have...
So I have avoided to start to quilt my Winter White Schnibble.. but being alone yesterday morning.. I just had to have a go...

So I happily started... And it worked just fine... and then suddenly nothing at all worked.. thread breakages... hop stitches...  and you name it... 
HUH!!!!
It worked like magic the last time..  with the swirls... remember... :o)

BUT OH NO NOT THIS TIME..
Bad day for me and the Machine.. or what?? 
Well I dont know... 
Too little sleep.. and pain.. I unplugged the machine..and almost kicked on it..;o))
And went to bed crying!!!!

But did I feel any better... no no at all..
I tried and I tried all kind of tips and tricks..
And I have to say a BIG THANKYOU to 
She had the best advice...
She told me 
"Set it aside.....done with that project....have machine looked at.

GO to fabric stash...start cutting for another project! Yes... I said that....put your mind 
on something else!!!"

And so I did.. 
I went outside and stitched on my GJ (Gardeners Journal) blocks....
and watched Viktor hitting the tennis ball on his ball plank...:o)
Frustrated!!
(Maybe I should have played some tennis too..lol.. )

Thanks for the advice Mary!!!

Because later that day I remembered.. I had an old machine in my cupboard.. 
My old Bernina.. not sewn on for the last 7 years... :o)

And guess what...
It quilts like a charm!!! :o))
Who could know I had a treasure just in front of my eyes...
well a little hidden.. but there..:o)
Never ever have I tried to quilt freehand on this machine... 
Ok.. it have its issues.. needle up and a really really slow start... and bang it starts.. so you have to be ready when the needle goes down..:o))

But best of all.. 
I am quilting again.. and the Pfaff.. have to go and see a doctor.. 
or maybe it was just bad thread or whatever it could be...
Will plug her in later today..and test...
after I have finished the quilting 
on my Winter White Schnibble... :o)
It goes slow.. because I only sit ten minutes and quilt..
and up and do something else..!!

Ohh.. that was a long post with no pictures... 
So here you go... :o)
See you later!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Winter White Schnibble

...top done...
just a few months late..lol..
This one was supposed to be finished in September.. If I am not completely wrong...
but better late than never... 

Decided to sew with a Rural Jardin charm pack that I got as a gift from my friend Pat 
(thanks once again...:o)
and since I just had one charm I had to add with what I had in my stash... 
old shirts and a curtain had to go in this one..:o))


But now to the quilting...
What to do ...
Thought this one were going to be nicest with some handquilting.. but since I cant do that... I thought of trying my stitches at my sewing machine.. and try the monofilament thread and the fake handquilting seam..:o)

Tried this once.. and I wasnt that fond of it...but one can change ... or maybe not...
well suggestions and thoughts ..
Please....Thankyou..:O)

Monday, August 9, 2010

The last walls...

in the yellow room...
from my exhibition in Skellefteå this summer....

This is a quilt made from one of the most fun challenges I have  had...
The Shirt project!!!
We had read about some ladies doing this In Australia some years ago.. 
could they so could we..:o))

We collected ten shirts each... and since we were five ( Marica, Cici, Kristina, Lotta and me)  it became 50 shirts!!!
We divided these equal among us...
and decided on the rules...
All 50 shirts had to be used in the quilt we made...
Just one fabric could be added...

And this is what I made...
( Oh you should see the other girls too.. they are wonderful)

"Fem Flickor ( Five Girls)"

Pattern by Cheri Saffiote Payne
And the quilt in the basket.. is a quilt I started with the leftovers from the shirts.. both on the back and front...
still not finished.. but will some day..:o))
And believe me.. I still have LOTS of scraps from those shirts...

(And you from Norway and Sweden might remember this since we have been in the local quilt magazines showing all the quilts..)


One time while visiting Louise in Östersund we started to sew one doll each..
and this is my version...

"Sarah Louise"
Sooo much fun we had that weekend!! :o)

And this quilt is another oldie....

Also a project shared with friends...
Louise in Östersund and Eugenie in Norway
We decided to sew stars to each other..
I sewed mine ( in my colors) and sent to Louise who sewed for me and sent to Eugenie...
who sewed for me and finally one day A large envelope was in my mailbox...
and then it was up to me to sew them together...

And of course I sewed stars for both Louise and Eugenie...
and they do have their quilts finished too.. 
Louise an America inspired quilt.. and Eugenies in pastels... :o)
This is how mine became

"My Stars"


And this is a quilt I gave my Brother and his wife Anna on their wedding day
Thanks for letting me borrow it ...:o))) 

"The wedding quilt"



And during the show I exchanged the quilts a little so I hung my 
Everyday Angels in the same corners as my brothers quilt...

"Everyday Angels"

pattern by the Chookshed ( I think..:o)

And this is a quilt I made for my Mother... 
she do always think we are too far away... so I decided to change that..
So I collected the handprints from my brothers families and from mine...

and made this quilt with just Kaffe Fasset fabrics...

"Mothers quilt"

So now she can have us all around her..:o))

The quilt below is the the oldest quilt I had in the show... a quilt that I made for my dads 60th birthday....ohh.. look at those fabrics.. :o))  talking about memory lanes... sweet memories.. and so is this quilt for dad too...

Some Pictures from his life transferred on fabric..
My christening... Dad just as a little boy...  Newborn sibling... 
Mom and dad taking a rest in the haymaking... Early days working in the woods...
Castle Rushen at the Isle of Man... where Our relatives lived during the viking ages...
The beard he had when he came home from France.. and still have..lol..
early days  working with floating timber....

"My Fathers Quilt"


It doesnt show so much but I quilted a message for him on the quilt with runics all around the quilt... and well he says he have read it..:o))) Im not sure.... :o)


And finally  a quilt Viktor and I worked on together when he was about 5-6 years old... 

He picked the fabrics... and wow he was so sure where to put them... 
maybe he will be a quilter ..:o)))

Oh so much fun we had building all the trucks and cars...
Pattern from an Australian designer... think it was called Adams Garage...

"Viktors Garage"

And I totally forgot to take photos of the quilts that was in the basket.. 
but maybe someday... I will show them... 
hmm.. because the one in blues and greens... are needing some help to be fixed!!
It is so worn!!! :o)

 Well I hope you have enjoyed all the quilts.... 
Have some pictures left from what I had for sale at the show...  and then it will be all back to normal again here in Kviltstina Land..:o)))


See you!!
have to get back working on my Schnibble!!! 

Rural Jardin fabrics this time... :o)


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Back to the show... :o)

and the Yellow Room....

In this room I decided to have a quilts with a little bit more colour... 
well....have in mind Stina colours...:o))
Some you might have seen...some may not... 
And I´ll show them anyway!!!

 ok.. first corner... I hung three little quilts made from a pattern made by 
Cheri Saffiote Payne

"Bless your Heart 1"

"Faith, Hope and Love"

These three quilts is some of my very favorite quilts...
they just are..:o)
Always makes me smile when I hang them...

"Bless Your Heart 2"

Next to these... 
I hung another quilt made from a pattern by Leanne Beasley

"A Quilters Journey"

 Another favorite...
And everything written is so true!!
Thanks Leanne for designing  such wonderful quilts for us!!


In a basket on the floor I had my  quilt made in browns, creme and pink...
Pattern from a Swedish Designer Tyger & Ting

"Old Love"

 Of course I had to have my little Punch Needle pictures at the show that I made for my Mom and Dad... for their 70th birthdays....

"Needle Punch Pictures"

Pictures drawn by my son Viktor and punch needled by me.. 
another fun mother and son project...  :o)

And my first quilt made out of a Leanne Beasley pattern... 

"Leanne´s House"

This quilt gave me such joy to make and it was with a lot of hesitation I had it out for sale... but I am so happy to have it sold to a wonderful woman in Scotland...
Hope she will find it as pretty in her home or at her granddaughters...
Just need to fix the label for her..;O))
(Note to me.. DO IT!! )

It is just.. that I need to make myself a new one!!!  :o))
Right..:o)))

Well that will have to be all from me tonight.
am a little bit tired.. no not a bit... VERY... 
not fully recovered from my flu and last night I thought 
we were going to have to build an ark... dont know how much rain that came in the storm last night.. but it was a LOT!!!
And the thunder... gosh.. I couldnt sleep a wink!!

So see you..

HUGS...