blue flowers up in the sky

blue flowers up in the sky

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The sky is getting darker and darker at the moment.
 A heavy thunderstorm is bound to come.

So a nice meal of sushi/tapas, it is the best. I even had
my "own" bottle of coke, labled for mummy :-).


Hugo had his face stitched the other day, and I have started
on another block of Lynette Anderson`s "a dog`s life".

Below is Susie soon to be. If you check Pattydoo you will easily see what I
 will make out of the 20 cut pieces. Starting to sew soon as can be.

Always loving the butterflies in our small garden. The Butterfly Bush
has had 8 altogether at one time. This is the 4 different types that
have visited here, they come and go when the sun shines brightly.
The red one there is bright red, sharp black with a wee bit of white :-) 

Two blocks done of this lovely Mystery BOM from Fat Quarter shop,
"Snowbird" by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda.

Well, this is it for now. Exercise at the studio as well as tablets will make
my knee better and better, soon running around, I hope :-)
Meanwhile I have plenty of stitching to do and LOOKING very much
forward to joining the Norwegian QuiltFestival on September 11 :)
Till next time: Happy Sewing to you all, Grethe xx
 xx.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

"home sweet home"

This is how it goes:  Should have left at 0620 this morning for some  
days spent at the Festival of Quilts in UK. However here I am 
trying to enjoy time at home :-)
I made this quilt some years back, 
now reminding me that "there`s no place like home".

Wee bit hard at the moment accepting that the flight took off without
me and that my hotel room was canceled yesterday. However
 my knee is better than last week, so I am on the right track :-)

Instead of visiting the quilt festival this year, I have to enjoy
days at home! My UFO box is close by, this means I will go
through it and pick up this and that to work on.
 "Hugo" here will have his face stitched, I am sure :-)

Nice and relaxing summertime in sun, watching this butterfly
enjoying the butterfly-flowers. To all friends off to the FoQ in BHX, I do
hope you`ll have a super time. Thanks for reading everyone :-)
Grethe xx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A strawberry finish for July. Visitors in the garden and ....

Turned out to be such a nice strawberry cushion in the most perfect
colours! Idea and kit from a nice shop down south in Norway. 

We still have a  heat wave most parts in Norway. Ice cream +
strawberries and something cold to drink is best at the
moment while sitting quietly in the garden :-)
The pinwheel table runner was a present from Melanie a couple
of years ago. I love it, very suitable for the summer time!

See the temp below, it`s in the shadow :-) :-)
Love my butterfly bush, and so does this butterfly. It comes visiting
severel times, but very sensitive to movements.
2 other visitors on my Butterfly bush, they enjoy the sweetness of
 the flowers. The snail there eats all the leaves, now I know!  

Glad I enjoy our garden at the moment. I have got a rather swollen knee,
inflamation here and there inside it, but doubling the tablets shall help, the
doctor says .Glad two of my hobbies are sewing and reading  :)) 
Till next time all the best to you my blogger friends, Grethe xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sunny Summer Holiday .......


Bright sun, perfect heat wave,lovely water ... and just a wee bit of sewing :-)
Feeling lucky to enjoy such a perfect summer of 2014.
See the map of Norway, unusually warm all over our country.
At the cabin which is down south of Oslo, we reached 34 C in 
the shaddow yesterday!  Glad I brought the electric fan with me :))
Have finished all the nine blocks of strawberries, soon to be bounded 
for a cushion. And we eat the sweet real ones every day.

Boat life and swimming, great for us all :-)

Happy Leanne Beasley`s bag to be taken on boat trips with me!

Sewing goes slowly, but steady . Here is part of the "Christmas Fun"
and yes the wine and berries will be finished tonight:-) When the last 
berry is sewn, on to the Butterfly Garden blocks 3 and 7 :-)
Thanks for popping into my blog :)) from Grethe xx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

No summer sewing yet .......

Celebration time and no time for sewing!
A summer birthday has passed.
We celebrated DH who was 65 years old on July 12  :-) Steinar tried to
look  a wee bit younger showing the 63 numbers there,
but we all knew :))))

Friends and Family paid a visit.

Something nice to eat.

A short visit to the racing track, gosh, money disappeard quickly  :-)
Blue sea and Blue sky for a couple of days now:
Summer + Sun, but storm + rain are on the way. Being prepared with
wellingtons and rain-gear! Good for some : I hope to get some stitching done.
Thanks for reading and have a pleasant time at you end. Grethe xx 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Soon off ....

Summer time and holiday time :-)
 the most important thing just about to be packed :
Butterfly Garden, some hexies (like 100), FatCat and Felix, as well as some
lovely strawberries to be appliqued :-)

I`ll be busy :)) As my DD + SIL+ my 2 Gch and DS+ as well as a lot of 
family to visit during this fortnight. Wonder what I will bring back unstarted? 
Oh, yes a birthday, DH will be 65 on July 12, so a busy time altogether :-)

My PC has been for a checkup due to a virus,
and now it seems to do what ever it wants to do!! Very difficult, but nice
that SUMMERTIME is here to stay for a while.
I am also packing a block from "CHRISTMAS FUN" for our holiday.
If you pop over to  May Britt`s blog you can read all about Tour de Fibre
and the quilt activity she and Hanne have arranged.
Hope you have a lot to sew at the moment, all the best from me, Grethe xx.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

All alone :-) and a new BOM.

Early birds wake up at "silly o`clock" (thanks Nicola for 
the expression). That`s why I`am alone here at the gym.
 It feels good though, doing some exercise just here!
Great place at BestHelse. If I am really good being there 3 times
a week, may be I don`t need the knee-operation after all  :-) 

Have completely forgotten what my NEW YEAR`s solutions were!!!
 So I joined another Mystery Quilt. this time through FatQuarterShop in USA,
 I have done two mystery BOMs before through Moose on the Porch Quilts.
This BOM has different star blocks, 12 1/2" x 9 : how exciting :-) 
 The STAR-block for June is finished, another star coming soon.

Bright sun here at the moment, just like the pretty flower here.
 All the best to you for a nice weekend, happy sewing and
thanks for reading my blog, from Grethe xx.

Friday, 27 June 2014

This and That :))

The birde and groom made a great arrival on a motor bike last Saturday :))
An outside untraditional wedding were Nina and Helge were married. 
Nina is my daughter Siri`s good collegue at work. 
Eline,my little granddaughter
 gave Nina the flower bouquet when they disembarked the bike!



Usefull gift for the new wed couple, I made a pair of potholders :-)

Check my pouch below: I have seen some on blogs as well as on FB. 
Now my turn to make one! The pattern is from  pattydoo.de 
The cutting instructions is 1 sheet only, easy to be copied from her web site
 An excelent step by step  info on her ytube page with English subtittle.
 I had my IPad next to the sewing machine and in one-two-three all
 finished    (well !!! almost in 1-2-3 .... lol ...) The fabrics are from LIBERTY,
bought from Sunflowerfabrics in UK. Check her web and her fb page,
 Maggie has a lot of  beautiful fabrics in her shop :-) 

Snow and hail-storm in June are very exceptional. The weather that Mother
 Nature gave us in Oslo last Thursday was most uncomfertable including
heavy thunder, rain + snow + hail-storm.
 It seems that some of the summer-flowers might not survive.

Soon July month with Tour de France/ Tour de Fibre on it`s way as well
 as the Summer-holiday for lots of us. Same cabin and same weeks every
year for some. I know what to bring: hexagons with the fabrics, stitchery and
 some appliques to be buttenhole stitched. Hope to finish all of my plans :)) 
 THANKS for popping into my blog :)) Grethe, xx

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Almost a heat wave and a JUNE finish.

Rising temp at 9 o`clock this morning.
Lovely Summerdays at the moment, blue sky and a bright sun, 
very hot during the day;  shadow or inside is the best for me :-)

 Last weekend my DH went fishing.
You may see his fishing rod almost hidden there.
This is what he cought a nice little trout, always tasting good :-)

And I stayed at home sewing on the first finish of May month
 and on to the OPAM list shortly: a toiletery bag pattern by 
AnnAKa Design and the fabric is by Philip Jacobs.
 Good match for the outside colours ... lol ... 
Super seize for lots to be put inside this pouch.

Two pocket inside and see the notes on the lining fabric :-)
It took some time for me to find the inside fabric. Then after the 
concert with sir Cliff Richard on May 27th. I thought it very appropriate
appropriate to use a fabric with notes from my stash.
July month will come quickly and our Summerholidays is then 
`just around the corner`, so a big pouch might be handy for me.

Now I must do some maching appliqueing on Raining Cats and Dogs,
ever so behind working on those blocks. Thanks for reading this post.
Hope you are fine and sewing a lot these days :)) Cheers, Grethe xx.

Friday, 6 June 2014

the RESULT and a new PROJECT ...

The DMCs are in a box ready to be taken with me when the holiday starts.

Hopefully during the Summertime all these 18 mini blocks
blocks will be ready for bounding.
Below is my result for Chookyblue`s Shed-sewing-party.
Thanks dear Chooky without this party all fabrics would still be in the box!! 
I had to add Monday the 2.of June as well to finish the mini-blocks. 

This will be the last pic for a long time on this project. From now on any
  progress on BUTTERFLY GARDEN will be on my sidebar, so please check
 any time ...lol...  Except for block 5, I work in pairs making the blocks,
 9 big ones altogether, referring to Leanne B.`s pattern way of doing so. 

New project in my mind, have just started on a pouch with these fabrics
and what-not of the rest. Will show you one day later :)) 
Till then please Take Care, cheers and all the best, from Grethe.