Saturday, January 22, 2022

Thursday, October 14, 2021

A little Foundation paper piecing

 Well, it has been a busy summer and so far fall! Im trying to wrap up all my summer activities and move back into the sewing room. 

I managed to move into a new sewing room in the basement of the house, but that was so i could get the upstairs ready to show, when this place goes on the market. In the mean time, i have worked on some quick little foundation paper piecing projects. 

Here is one, where i picked the pattern off of etsy, a little gnome. Anyone who may have figured it out, i am Canadian Norwegian, so my house is filled with all sorts of nordic things. Quick and easy, and dresses up the front door of the house! 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

 As we are now 18 months out, since the pandemic had been declared. I sit and think about how much has happened, and how everyone has coped in my circle. I will be glad when normalcy arrives back into our lives.

I do admit, it has been a very tough year. I was the last one left at work in 2020, and it was tough to get everyone set up and running. A big challenge for sure. Some how, every piece of technology that I had encouraged my coworkers use, and how I received such full blowback resistance to change ..suddenly this has become the only way to do business, and now over a year later, it has become the normal. 

Throughout the year, I have managed to continue to train for an 12 km swim endurance event, that has been put off for 2 years now, which is ok, for me it gives me more time to prepare for it. I wasn't ready in 2019 or 2020 ! 

I have experienced being thrown under the bus from people who I thought were friends. I think people think I am immune to getting hurt, but the truth is I suffer through this silence. 

I have suffered mentally, the loss of my best friend, it has been a lot to endure. I think about that everyday and even as I sit here and write this, I can't help but to reflect on it, that a loss is a loss,  you can't just get over.

I try to practice patience, the cocoon of calm and caring through out this whole thing. ... the pandemic has effected people in so many ways, and none of us are immune to it.  My only hope that people would have have taken the advice from our British Columbia's top Doctor,  Dr Bonnie Henry, where she reaffirms every day..  Be Calm, Be Kind and Be Safe.  

As the fall approaches quickly, I start to think about going back to school, or doing something different. For many years, end of August is like New Years for me. What can I try next.  People often joke about whether I have run out of things to do yet and the answer is NOPE ! 

I do find some comfort in art, and try to work on something whether it is embroidery or quilting everyday. I look forward to starting working on my quilting Christmas gifts very shortly !

Friday, December 11, 2020

Quilt along with Claudia

 In January 2020, I signed up for the Create with Claudia, quilt along. Each month, she would send out a patter for a block, and then in December, you assemble it.   You find her

I really enjoyed this QAL, as these were traditional style blocks. I am still quite new to quilting, this was a great little project to work on.   The end results, i laid out a little different then the pattern, just because of the colours i chose to use for each block. In hindsight, i should have used all the same in the background colours, then it would have worked out with the actual finished pattern.

However, here is the quilt.                             


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Electric Quilt... OMG !

I recently purchased Electric Quilt 8 

First off I have to say, it was kind of intimidating when i loaded the program, and as i flipped through all the different icons, i thought... Where on earth do I start !   There is so many possibilities of things to do with the program...  
I used the program to design my first table runner, its pretty simple, and basic, but i wanted it to be, so i could see how it all works, from design to printing the pattern. 
I still have to find a tag for it.. but other then that, finished ! 

Here is my table runner... this is going to my sister outlaw for christmas. She is a bowling fanatic and she loves pink !  

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Pineapple Heaven PIllow

I had found a pineapple pattern online, and i wanted to make something to go with a quilt i have been working on since February. Using some of my scrap fabrics, i created this Pineapple pillow. It will be an accent pillow. 

I wanted it to be something with function, if i am running out of space in this house to hang things ! 
My sengal Parrot, Oliver some how ended up matching the pillow, not on purpose though !  

 I used the ditch in the ditch, and used my walking foot to add some text in the actual pineapple body. 

Foundation Paper Piecing - The Pink Skull

One of my co-workers had asked me to try and find skull pattern, as he would like a quirky skull blocks made into a queen size quilt.  This is my practice square, which is 10"sq.

I used left overs, i found this pink giraffe spot patterned fabric which i made a skirt for my giraffe obsessed godchild, Erin.. so i thought, i like the texture of the pattern that gives the skull a bit of crackle look to it.

I used pink silk thread with my walking foot, this has become a table mat for my co-worker, since she is into pink, and skulls! I found the pattern on Etsy, and it was fairly easy to put together, the black fabric has some stretch to it.. so not ideal, but for a sample, it worked quite fine.


Visit me at my new webpage !

Yup finally, I have moved to a new webpage.  Dedicated towards all my art !  Visit me at  Alittlebitofnordic