05 juli 2018

Splendid Sampler II: BALANCE free quilt block

So this is my free quilt block for the Splendid Sampler II!


I did the Balance block. I guess you are like me, trying to balance life; family, kids, work, money, sleep, friends and all the other things?


I was inspired by my kids old toys and vintage elephant toys!


Love elephants, they are so big and wonderful, and yet so gracious.
Have you seen a mother elephant with her kid? The love!


They know exactly where to put their feet.


Balancing life isn´t easy. I´m torn between the aspects of life, and I comfort myself with the thought thats what it is like... trying to balance.



Get the BLOCK PATTERN HERE:

I have some tips for you so you can make a perfect applique block!

1) Draw the shapes onto applique paper. I used the Applique paper sheets, from Helen Stubbings. You can leave the paper inside the applique shape, as it will partly dissolve and get softer when washed!


2) Cut out all pieces. The applique paper is fusible on one side.



3) Fuse to wrong side of fabric!



4) Cut out all pieces with 1/4" (or 3/8") seam allowance. Draw the stitchery lines on the fabric, using a water soluble pen. (Use a light box or window to see the lines)


5) Use a glue pen to glue the fabric allowance on the paper: Cut into the seam allowance in all curves. Put the glue dots on the FABRIC, not the paper. Glue 1-1,5 inch at a time, because the glue dries fast!


6) Glue on the fabric will give you time to make perfect folding, without any sharp edges. Use your fingers (or the Appliquick tools) to smooth out any sharp curves in the fabric.


7) I used the Appliquick tools, to hold and fold the fabric into place.


8) This is the finished pieces on the wrong side.


9) Ready to applique! Use small stitches and Aurifil Thread that matches the color of your fabric. I used both Aurifil 50wt and 80wt. The 80wt is very thin- almost like a silk thread!



10) Stitch all stitchery lines with Aurifil 12wt. Rinse the block to get rid of the watersoluble pen lines. Hang to dry. Press. Trim to size.
The finished block!


03 juli 2018

Make your own shopping tote! Sy din egen handleveske!

I made a tutorial so you can sew your own Shopping Tote!

The pattern is in Norwegian- but there is step-by-step photos (and you can translate the text using Google translate).
The shopping bag has hidden side seams, and a cute Kokeshi doll applique!
Tutorial for the shopping tote HERE in Quiltemagasines web pages.
The applique you could find in the printed issue of Quiltemagasinet 3/18.


Sy din egen handleveske!

Her finner du gratis steg for steg mønster- hvordan du syr din egen handlenett i fint stoff!
Applikasjonsfiguren er en Kokeshi dukke, og mønsteret til den finner du i papirutgaven av Quiltemagasinet 3/18.
Bli abonnent, det er rimelig & gøy- for da får du inspirasjon og syglede rett i postkassen annenhver måned!

02 juli 2018

Nostalgisk Søm, herlig bok er i handelen nå!

So I´m writing this post in Norwegian, since its a new Norwegian sewing book! I wish the book could be published in english too! An yes, I´m a guest designer for the cake bag!

Nostalgisk Søm: Herlig sybok av Anna Solum og Toril Svarva.

Anna og Toril er mor og datter, med stor syinteresse begge to! De har gitt ut sin første sybok (vi håper det blir flere!) på Embla forlag. Det er hovebok i Hobbyklubben nå i juni 2018, men de fleste sybutikker og bokhandlere har den i butikken, så LØP OG KJØP!


For alle oss som liker klessøm- så er boka så BRA! Det er gode grunnmønstre, enkle mønstre med fikse variasjoner- og muligheter til å lære seg grunnteknikker som alle bør kunne. For oss som selger fast bomull, dvs. lette, deilige quiltestoffer i topp kvalitet, så er det god reklame- for mange modeller er sydd i quiltestoffer! og ja, jeg fikk være en av sponsorene... og jeg er så stolt over å se "mine" stoffer brukt til de søteste klær, til baby, til barn, festdrakter og TØFFE kjoler til voksen!



Så: Kom innom quiltebutikken for å se på de flotte stoffene vi har til deg! Det er enkelt å sy i fast bomull, og en quiltebutikk i din by vil sikkert også ha et godt utvalg i linmix, rayon og litt jersey. Støtt din lokale sybutikk, sier nå jeg!

Her er noen av de fineste festdraktene som er i boka:


Og så fikk jeg lov til å være gjestedesigner i boka... med et quiltemønster! De ønsket seg en veske til kaketiner... så slipper man å bære den stygge plast-tina i ustødig lokk. Så da har jeg designet en kaketine-veske... med bærehanker i solig bomullsgjordbånd, og enkelt quiltet med rettsømmer og tre-stings-sikksakk. Størrelsen er enkel å endre så den passer til din kaketine.



Stoffene er mitt design; Nordic Stitches for MODA fabrics. Nytolkning av skandinaviske strikkemønstre! Med litt reinsdyr attåt :-)


30 juni 2018

New patterns in Quiltemagasinet

Just wanted to show you 2 of the projects I did for the Scandinavian Quiltemagasinet issue 3/2018.

The first one is a quilt with Star-in-a-star block!

Fresh summer colors; reds, light blues and lime greens.
And dots!
Love dots.

12 blocks, and the issue have of course step-by-step-instructions how to make the block. I used a fool-proof way of making the flying geese units, to save on time and fabric yardage!
And I found the perfect sashing fabric, a narrow reproduction border print, which was cut into strips.
Good idea right? You could use another border print- and make perfect sashing!
Measure first, then cut you strips.



The second pattern is the "Sunshine on a Grey Day table runner", made with Lotta Jansdotters Lemmikki collection. 

Love the modern prints.
Easy piecing, with strips and larger rectangles.
Quilting? Done with my favorite thread, Aurifil 50wt, on my Janome Horizon 8900 machine: My favorite quilting seam, the 3-stitch zig-zag & using the walking foot!




29 juni 2018

The Splendid Sampler II- Sew Along

The Splendid Sampler II sew along have started! Here you will get 20 FREE wonderful, new quilt blocks- and MORE amazing block will be in the book The Splendid Sampler II!

Two amazing people are our hosts; Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson! There are 80 quilt designers from all over the globe, providing you with sweet quilt blocks patterns. (and yes, I´m one of them...!)

First out is Alex from Aurifil! Aurifil does GREAT thread! 100% cotton, long staple, and wonderful finish, I love it and use it for all my piecing and quilting!



I made his block design in my fabrics from MODA: Nordic Stitches.

GET THE BLOCK DESIGN HERE

Love the blues!

15 juni 2018

Trøndelag

Norway goes through some changes- and the regional county Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag (North and South Trondelag) are merged into TRØNDELAG. A region with lots of everything- the center of Norway! Visit us!
Without Trøndelag, there were no Norwegian history! ;-D
This song is going viral - in Norway ;-) - at the moment. Enjoy!

23 mai 2018

Hi! Long time, no see!
I´ve just been very very busy, and sometimes I wonder if FB and Instagram are where all the attention are! It´s almost summertime, my new collection is about to release to the quilt shops. Can´t wait to show you!

Right now I have a deadline for my editorial work for Quiltemagasinet! So I have to get back to my mac and do the last writing and corrections.

Wish you a great summer!


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