torsdag 28. februar 2008

Mail from Oz

I have received my first ATC ever! Isn't it great?? The artist is Ebony in Australia. This talented girl is nearly 8 years old, and she loves making ATCs, and she makes them all by herself. Very, very clever.
I'm not very happy with the photo, it doesn't show the pink heart in the middle of the flower, but anyway I've got a treasure on my working table!

Ebony isn't the only talented person in the family. Doreen, the postcard is lovely. I have to try crazy quilting on day...

Thanks a lot both of you - you made my day!!

tirsdag 26. februar 2008


Several of my favourite blogs have posted photos of flowering snowdrops during the last weeks. Although it's raining in Oslo today, my garden is still covered in snow. The comfort is this wall hanging, and the sound of the birds out there, "singing in the rain"!

lørdag 23. februar 2008

Folder for Travel Documents

In a few weeks time, my friend Barbara from the postcard exchange group Art4Mail will arrange a weekend quilt retreat in a beautiful place in Arizona, USA. I'm dreaming of joining the ladies, but unless I win the big lottery, it will be a dream!!

BUT, just in case I'll be the lucky winner, I've made this folder for travelling documents... I found the idea in "Norsk Quilteblad" #2/2007. Grete Lund made the model.

søndag 17. februar 2008

Tome - Page 2

This is page 2 of my Stargaze Stitchery Tome. The subject for this page is as you can see, photo transfer. I have used photos of my grandparents' engagement on the front - in the early 1890s! I have also scanned two brooches and a pair of cuff links with their photos!! I think the cuff links are so nice.
On the back there is a photo of my granddaughter, Hannah, when she was 3 years old - very busy in the garden... A pocket doll is introduced in this "lesson" - and I have also had some fun with the emroidery unit.
The buttons are old. My mother gave me her box with buttons some years ago. Lucky me. I have used some of them here to keep the front and back together.

lørdag 16. februar 2008

Wine bags

I haven't done much sewing the last week, but I've been knitting and felting. The result was wine bags. Not often, but from time to time I'm the lucky winner of "the Friday wine lottery" at work, and as some of you already know, I don't like plastic bags. So, next time I'm the lucky one, I'll carry the bottle back home in one of these:

søndag 10. februar 2008

Flour Paste as Resist

Quilting Arts Magazine #31 had an article about flour paste resist. It reminded me of my childhood, flour mixed with water was the glue I used for Christmas decorations. Messy and sticky for tiny fingers....I had to give this experiment a try. Here is the result:
The first photo shows the fabric after I spreaded it with the flour paste - 50/50 flour and water. I draw a pattern in the wet paste with a fork and left it to dry overnight.
Next day the paste had dried, and I schrunched the fabric to crackle it. Then I painted it with diluted black fabric paint and allowed the fabric to dry for two more days.
I soaked the fabric in water to dissolve the flour paste - a messy job!! Then I put it in the washing machine - and here is the result. I'm very happy with it. Next step will be to paint the fabric, but I haven't decided which colour!! And I think I'll do this again - the black crackle looks very good.

onsdag 6. februar 2008

Scraps and Muffins

During the last days I've reduced my scraps with at least 75% by making more wrap (scrap??!)folios and giftbags!! I'm so happy with that - now I can close the drawers again.....And, I've made muffins.
Step 1:Piles of scraps

Step 2: I cut the scraps to get rid of threads and ironed them on to pieces (scraps) of iron-on-stabilizer. Then I used a stencil and some fabric paint.Step 3: Waiting for the paint to dry, I preheated the oven to 230 C, melted 100gr butter and set aside. Whisked 2 eggs with 2 dl suger until pale and stiff. Mixed 1,5 dl youghurt with the melted butter and added to the egg mixture. Mixed 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon vanilla suger with 5 dl flour and folded into the mixture. Then I folded 2 dl frozen blueberries into the batter and diveded it into 12 big muffin tins and baked them in the oven for 25 minutes.

Step 4: I covered my fabrics with two layers, one tulle or chiffon, and one organza. Then I outlined the motives with narrow zigzag stitches and cut away the sheers that covered them.

Step 5: I roughly cut batting (yes, scraps!!), a thin one for the bags, and Fast2Fuse for the folios,and then freemotion quilted it all.

Step 6: Muffins - and coffee.

Step 7: For the bags I cut the fabric 14 x 16", for the folios I measured the notepads and added 1" on both sides. I cut the lining the same sizes, made corners in the bottom of the bags and stitched fabric and lining with right sides together (Yes, I forgot to make an opening in the lining for turning for some of the bags!!. The (scrap)folios have pockets on the inside to hold the notepad and other useful things, they were stithed to the lining before everything was ironed and stitched together with zigzag stitches around the egdes - twice.

Step 7: Finished!! Yes, I know the recipe for the muffins is metric - but now my head is empty!!Some of the bags have tags tied to them (made from scraps after cutting the tops!!)I used some left over inchies and Tyvek beads to decorate the the (scrap)folios.

fredag 1. februar 2008

Journal 2008 - page 2

This is the February page of my 2008 Journal. A friend of mine from US bought a soldering iron for me in a quilt shop in Maine some time ago. So far, I haven't seen them in the Norwegian quilt shops. I've tried to make a sampler with felt and three layers of organza. I'm not very happy with the result. The organza layers don't stick to the felt. I know the felt ought to be syntetic - Kunin felt - but the only felt I found was 30% wool, and I think that's why I got into problems.

The felt is black. The first layer of organza is clear blue, then a golden layer, and on top a mauve. I used the tiny tip on the iron and a metal ruler to make the squares, and free-hand draw the "stitches", it's like drawing with a pen, but the smell is awful!! The iron gets very hot, I worked in front of an open window.....

The photo doesn't show the real colours, probably it was to dark in the room.