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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

nice to know ....


Summertime is here in Norway, and tomorrow it is
 supposed to be the warmest day so far in the area where I live :-)
My two grandchildren, Kasper 12 and and Eline 10, visited
yesterday. Here they are enjoying the hose with ever so cold water.

So far, so good: stitchery all done for Gail Pan`s bag, moving
on soon as possible with the cutting and sewing; 
may be very delayed due the holiday coming up soon.

Beautiful colour of Easter :-)
and I was lucky to buy some fabrics at half price.
The range is from Sweetwater by Moda and called Sunkissed.
 From our best  Q-shop here in Oslo: Kathrines Quiltestue,
 by me called Kat.Q. ... lol ...
I think the fabric is a good match to our Easter china called
"Woodland"  by Wood and Sons , Burslem England
bought by my mother years ago and is discontinued. 
The fabrics are for a table topper at Easter time.

Anyway, as I said our summerholiday soon to be, same as every year.
BUT before that is the Tour de France. In quilting circles called
"TOUR de FIBER", started by MayBritt and Hanne some years ago.
Great fun as well as very serious;  I will be stitching on "Simply Blessed". 
as well as preparing on my very,very slow project "Butterfly Garden".

When reading your blogs, OH, how I admire those of you  finishing projects.
 Grethe xx

Sunday, 14 June 2015

... June this and June that, but ...

... no complete finishes yet, soon, I do hope :-)
 I`m still here, oh boy, so slow working on my stitchery.
SIMPLY BLESSED by Rosalie Q. will be on my wall one day,
some of the blocks anyway, I promise ...  :-)
My monthly sewing group had such a nice, 
last day at Kathrines Quiltestue.
We were 12 in this stitching group, but as Summer holidays
have started, a few did not make the last meeting. 

Thanks a lot to HELLE, our instructor for help and enjoyable time. 
She shows the tray of fabrics from the new collection of
 Jen Kingwell, who is soon to visit Norway giving us inspiration
as well as 4 days of work classes.

On our green lawn to day:-)
I am working on my Kaffe Fassett CHINA SHOP 2015 too.
Could be the reason why Simply Blessed takes longer time :-)

End of term for my DD`s ballett instructers, and they 
needed some good tasting food, homemade bread,cakes,
 So what are mums for ... lol
 CU soon again, Grethe xx

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Colourful pansies by the entrance and only 1 mail left!

The flower pot by our entrance, 
they have been blooming for weeks :-)
They were planted in the pot just as the snow melted.
Giveing them food every second day has helped.

50 mails! Most popular on Google or could there be another reason!

About an hour later:
Only one mail left now, -yes, you-  lol :-)

HAPPY SEWING all blog friends,  Hugs, Grethe xx

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Perfect last Sunday in May ...

Enjoyable "birthday party" on a lovley last day of May month.
Slow stittching, great glass of wine as well as yummy, soft
and sweet cakes; especially bought for the occation ... lol

So far, so good on the largest stitchery!
One day soon my beautiful Gail Pan bag will be finished;
 look-alike as I have all the fabric, washed and ironed.

Close-up of the bag to be!
Thank you Chookyblue for inviting me to your 3 years shed party!
Without you this kit would still have been in the box.
Must admit I had thought I had finished it all in one weekend,
but June month is such a good month to work on UFOs :))
Hugs, Grethe xx 

Saturday, 30 May 2015

..... stitching as fast as I can .....

Still an enjoyable birthday party :-)
Great picture for you, Chookyblue; hope the celebration
in your shed is the best of all this year too :-)

Saturday report: So far - so good - on my stitchery! 
One day this will be part of a beautiful bag, 
BUT  my "rock solid plan" has changed.
Happy Stitching for me tomorrow as well ... lol ...
Hugs, Grethe xx

Friday, 29 May 2015

an early start on a rainy Saturday .....

Looking forward to a special birthday party in my
own home. I am sure lots of great things on all blogs
celebrating Chookyblue`s 3 years-birthday of the shed!!

a "blue" weekend has started :))   
 a GAIL PAN bag to be made 
This beautiful kit was bought from Janenee at Fabric Patch
late last year. Being May 30th I am all set:

- stitchery will be made on Saturday
- cutting, sewing + etc. on Sunday

Rock solid plan, I am sure! Time to pop into blogs as well :-)
Now, another cup of coffey will get me started.
Enjoy your day. Hugs, Grethe xx

Virtual Sewing Party .....


Busy weekend to come as I have joined the celebration of a
"3 year`s birthday party" at Chookyblue `s in Australia!
 Read all  about it on her blog!
 A cyber sewing weekend for blog friends.
Lots of sewing during the next two days:))
AND my GD has a performance, a play called " Circus".
At 10 years old it is very serious and fun when being part of corps de
ballet. I`ll be watching from the front seat on Saturday!
Yes, busy weekend ahead, organizing all I will need for the
celebration and of course the sewing right now :))
More news from me tomorrow. Happy Sewing to all; Grethe xx 

Monday, 18 May 2015

Happy GD birthday ....

Such a beautiful day for a 10 year`s birthday.
ELINE my youngest GD celebrating the 18. of May.

Being 10 is a good age, she says !
Enjoyable, sunny day outside! Ice-cream melting, imported
strawberries mostly tasting of water; fortunatly the one candle
 on the pink cake was fine for a celebration 3 days ago :-)

Must get a move on: a sponge cake and muffins to be baked.
 HAPPY SEWING dear blogger friends! 
More news from  me another day. Grethe xx

Monday, 11 May 2015

A COLOURFUL WEEKEND

with visit from a worldknown, famous artist; a super exhibition as
well as an interesting lecture. How lucky we have been to have had 
KAFFE FASSETT and BRANDON MABLY visiting us here in Norway :-)
Enjoy a cup of something to drink as photos are not
 really in the correct sequence,and mind you these photos are
only a handfull of what we saw.



My teapot quilt (Kaffe`pattern) and the original quilt! 
Love the smiles on their faces :))
Below Solveig has just shown Kaffe "his" cardigan she knitted
30 years ago, while Kirsten there is busy with her camera, and 
Brandon is being a wee bit cheeky!

I bought one book (have like 7 in my bookshelf!) with many small projects,
 just a few fabrics + a lovely card/picture of the master himself
 (as Brandon described him).
 
We enjoyed the exhibition with knitting, needlework/tapestry and
 beautiful quilts with beautiful colours. Kaffe`s lecture took us into 
his life as an arts and crafts man from the very start. He is still creating 
at the age of 77 years (78 on Dec.07, 2015).  He is in companionship 
with Brandon Mably and Phillip Jacobs through Rowen. 

The exhibition will be here in Norway till mid. August, might just
 take another one hour`s trip to enjoy his work once more :-)
Lots of inspiration was building up during this weekend.
 Thanks for reading, Till next time, hugs from Grethe xx

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Good start of May month.

My favorite Spring flower no,1 is called "BLÅVEIS".
Very uncertain if it`s name excists in English. 

Below is a small stitchery I made back in 2002, It is on the wall in
the sparebedroom / read the most messy room in our house;
waiting to be sooo tidy after I pull myself together ... one of these days. 

HESTEHOV + BLÅVEIS + HVITVEIS
These are wild flowers, they all smell differently saying
" it`s springtime" 
Small ones, all growing on the ground and popping up when
 the sun starts to warm up the air.
We are not allowed to pick the blue ones anymore.
My ceramic pictures come out every Spring,
hanging on the wall for a fairly short time :-)
 
Just 7 days to go before Kaffe Fassett is opening his exhibition
 "50 years in Colours". I love lots of Kaffe`s designs/fabrics as well as
from the designer Brandon Mably, also travelling with KF.
We are about 30 quilters from one of my quilt guilds to be enjoing
this on coming Saturday. Takes about a good hour`s drive into a
beautiful country side of Norway! It will be such a thrill!
Grethe xx