Friday, December 14, 2012

christmas mood

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Soon it will be Christmas and I've been in the mood for it for quite some time this year. I already took my copy of Nigella Christmas off the shelf in November and have been thinking about Christmas crafting and decorations a lot.

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We brought down our christmassy stuff from the attic last Sunday and now it looks quite cozy here.

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I've also started to use my christmassy tea cups.

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As for the Christmas crafting, unfortunately my ideas by far exceeded my amounts of time and energy this year. I started some little projects (mix and match potholders from Modern Log Cabin Quilting, elves from Scandinavian Stitches, I even cut a stack of squares for a simple christmassy quilt), but I doubt I'll finish any of them in time for this Christmas.

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Anyway, I think the most important thing is enjoying the feeling of anticipation and those few quiet moments in the weeks before Christmas. When it's dark and cold outside, it's nice to plan and dream and let your imagination travel to a colourful and sparkly  Winter Wonderland. Have a nice time waiting for Christmas! :-)

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Friday, November 30, 2012

bubble dress

I was waiting for better light, but who was I kidding ...

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This little dress is for our little niece. Her mother asked whether I'd like to sew something for her to wear on her christening day after the ceremony. Of course I said yes. The only wish was that the dress be lilac, otherwise I had free reign.

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I chose a pattern from the most recent Ottobre Design magazine. Here you can see a picture of the dress as it appears in the magazine. I had enough of this lilac Alexander Henry Heath fabric to make the dress and I chose the Loulouthi Clippings print for the piping and little bow to add a bit of contrast.

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That little bow was quite tricky to make, but it sure does look cute!

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As does the bubble hem! The dress is fully lined with a white cotton muslin. It was really fun seeing how this pattern comes together. The only part I'm not completely happy with is the "invisible" zipper in the back, which I wasn't able to make as invisible as I'd have liked.

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Fortunately, there will be a cute baby wearing it, distracting from any imperfections in the craftsmanship! :-) I can't wait to see it on her!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

baby blankets

My summer hasn't been totally without sewing. I made two little flannel backed baby blankets. The first was for a friend's little guy and I used a Loulouthi flannel for the backing and the front is from Oh Boy! by David Walker.

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As with other similar blankets I've made, I used a simple white flannel instead of batting. I simply rounded the corners and quilted some lines in a grid after turning. Also I top-stitched closely around the edges. It was really simple to make and I think using a striking fabric like the Loulouthi flannel makes it look fun and interesting.

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The second blanket was for our newborn niece. I used fabrics precious to me, a print from Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks and a Folksy Flannel backing. I followed the instructions for the scalloped baby blanket in Bend-the-Rules Sewing. Those scallops are so pretty and go so well with those fabrics, I think!

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Lovely sunny colours for a winter baby! :-)

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Here in Helsinki it has been mostly gray and I'm already in the mood for Christmas. I really want to make a couple of these! How cute are they?! I already have the book, so there aren't any excuses for holding back with the Holiday sewing!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Step Down cushion cover

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The summer break on this blog has lasted a bit longer than I planned, but now I'm slowly finding back to a routine that includes sewing! Yay! :-)

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I finished the cushion cover made from the A Step Down mini quilt pattern from Quilting from Little Things. I really, really like how it turned out. It's such a simple but dynamic design and I love looking at all the fun prints.

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The little owl underwear thief is one of my favourites!

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I hand quilted it according to the instructions, using white and navy embroidery floss.

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I made a simple envelope back and now it's sitting happily on the sofa. Next I'd like to catch up on Block of the Month and work on my Kitty Quilt top. I hope to see you around here soon!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

summer break

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J. and I went on a road trip through northern Finland, Sweden and Norway with my father. We had a great time and saw some really beautiful landscapes. I brought some hand-sewing with me, but found out I get car sick when trying to sew, so now crafting for me ... Our timetable is still quite full over the next weeks and I think it will mean that I won't have time to blog or sew much. I'll try to put up some more pics of our trip as soon as I can!

I hope you all have a great summer and hope to see you around here in August! :-)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

improv blocks

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Here you can see my first attempt at improv blocks. Usually, I prefer to stick to a finished and thought out design or pattern and improvising makes me kind of nervous. This was really fun, though! The fabric pile had been in the works for some while now and includes some of my very favourite fabrics. Except for the two Habitat prints, I decided to go with prints that are pink, grey, black and white. I really like the effect so far and it is such fun sewing up new blocks!

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The plan is to make the quilt as big as the fabrics at hand allow. I'm looking forward to see where it leads me!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

make-up rolls

Now that their recipients have probably received them, I can share two make-up rolls I made with you.

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The first one was made for my sister-in-law's birthday. She likes orange and aqua (among other colours) and likes mixing different styles and patterns. The Innocent Crush print I used for the outside struck me as going with her style quite well, so I used it as a starting point for choosing the fabrics.

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The background is Quilter's Linen ( I want to say it's aqua, but I bought it as part of a FQ bundle, so I'm not absolutely sure ...)  and the orange prints are by Monaluna. The purple print is from Lizzy House's Outfoxed and goes really well with the Innocent Crush print, I think!

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I went on mixing colours in the button thread and the closure and I really like the result!

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The second roll is for my friend Dana who has recently discovered the joys of make-up. I asked her what kind of fabrics she would like and she said she'd like something red and that she's a big fan of stripes, dots and stars. The above is what I pulled together from my stash. Another Innocent Crush print, the same Quilter's Linen as background and then some prints from Rosalie Quinlan's Folk Heart, plus a starry print with no information on the selvedge that I bought several years ago.

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I added a little Oilily lip balm as an extra surprise, since I know Dana loves the brand and the design was perfect for this roll!

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This one I could have easily kept for myself! The colour combination is one of my favourites as is that lovely red print. I think it's time to make a roll for myself! Now only to decide on the fabrics ...! What would you go with, classic prints  and calm colours or modern, bold and punchy? Maybe I'll have to make two to suit my mood! :-)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

sewing and sunshine

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Here I am with a little sewing progress. I've finished the May block for Jeni's HST BoM quilt-along and I think this is my favourite block so far. I especially like how the outer fabrics work together.

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Also, I'm slowly quilting my A Step Down mini (pattern in Quilting From Little Things by Sarah Fielke) and I like it more and more each time I look at it. This pattern really would make a great quilt.

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We've been having lovely sunshine around here and the other day I caught some sparkles of light that were reflected from a brooch onto our bedroom walls. So pretty. The light is also beautiful outside, especially in the evenings. Below are a couple of pics I took on a walk at the shore.

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Have a nice day!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Loulouthi Sparkle Mini

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Yesterday, I finally finished my Sparkle Mini quilt! The top had been finished for some time already, but the quilting took a while (mostly because of the delay caused by my machine breaking down) and now I finished the binding as well.

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This was a really fun quilt and the mini size was just perfect for my patience right now! It would be a great pattern for a bed-sized quilt, but I'm not sure if I'd be up to squaring up all those HSTs ... I quilted it in irregular waves as was suggested in the quilt-along and I really like the effect. My waves are really close together and in my opinion this is a good way to quilt a mini to hang on the wall, since it makes the quilt lay really flat.

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For the back I randomly pieced fabric left over from the front and I like the effect. I decided to bind it in the Clippings fabric, since I wanted tiny flecks of that acidy yellow to show up all around the quilt, tying it in with the fussy cut rose.

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Can't get enough of that rose. So beautiful! By the way, Anna Maria Horner showed a little sneak peak of her next collection, I really can't wait to see more of it!

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In other good news, we're finally seeing some green and plants around here! Yay! Now you can almost watch the flowers and leaves grow! I love this time of year!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

teeny tiny post

There wasn't much sewing going on around here for the last couple of weeks. I've been busy with work and needed to do goofy things (read: surfing youtube and finding great things like this and this -spoiler alert for the latter!!!) in my free time to wind down. I made the HST Block of the Month for April, though:

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Love the pinwheels! The floral fabrics and the fresh colours have such a nice spring-like feel, I think. The good thing about finishing this so late in the month is I won't have to wait that long for the next one! :-)

The photo isn't all that great and I miss the convenience of Picnic when it comes to cropping and editing. It having shut down is a good reason for me to make the most of my purchase of Photoshop Elements, though. I even bought a book on it, hoping to learn more about the program, which is quite confusing for a beginner, I think. For now, I'll leave you with a boring unedited pic, though. If I didn't, there wouldn't be a post for another couple of weeks, I fear.

Next on my list: hand-sewing the binding of the Sparkle Mini quilt while watching some TV! Finnish national television has been showing Desperate Romantics lately and I really like it! The actors are great and it is a lot funnier (and saucier) than I expected!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2012

first signs of spring

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We spent a couple of days at the summer cottage this weekend, and although there's still a lot of snow and ice, we could perceive the first signs of spring. On Sunday afternoon, it was actually warm enough to sit outside and read, for example! Armed with warm clothes and a blanket, of course, but still! It was really nice soaking up some sunshine, drinking lemonade and reading (a pretty interiour decoration book for me, a crime novel for J.).

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We even saw a butterfly! Really, here is hoping that spring might come one day! I had to smile at some new Swedish Ikea commercials, saying: "summer is here". You can see the pictures in a slideshow on Ikea's Swedish homepage.

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Of course, winter is pretty, too ...

I've made some progress on the Daisychain ABCs, but haven't quite finished it, yet. I'm at W right now! Only 3,5 more letters to go!

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It was really lovely, spending a nice slow weekend together again.

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The sunsets are so beautiful at the moment!

Have a good weekend!