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Windy Laundry Day

Hi dear friends! Weekend stuff includes lots of different projects.

paper piecing diamonds

Diamonds are waiting for grey fabrics. I have finished the purple piece and the plan is ‘open’ at the moment. I think anyway I shall use more greys so I gave them shower today …

Kona solids

I prewash all the fabrics and usually just with plain, warm water. For ‘normal’ laundry I have beautiful, turquoise liquid …

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Windy day is the best for fabric showering because no need to wait long time to start using them.

prewashed fabrics

Today was laundry day and windy one but the title for this post is from last night. You know that I’m participating the ’30 Days of Quilt Design’ challenge with Rachel at ‘Stitched In Color’. I started with a good speed but lately there has been so many other projects going on that this one has sat on the back seat. Last night I took my notebook and chocolate box filled with colour pencils and started to draw curves (my own this year’s challenge).

30 Days of Quilt Design

Very soon I ended up with ‘Windy Laundry Day’! I tried to use not so usual colours and not all the brights like normally. Have to say that I really like this! I’m quite sure that one day this will be a quilt!

On Saturdays if happens, I craft along with Lucy from ‘Charm about You’ and other friends by joining the #saturdaynightcraftalong! This is really fun way to be in touch with friends. Great photos shared with glass of wine, tea, pyjamas, kittens and puppies joining etc. I think today I shall continue my ‘Dream Catcher’ project.

30 Days of Quilt Design

This post is full of links because so many things are going on now. Like the “Blogger’s Quilt Festival” hosted by Amy Ellis. She decided to give us few more days to join so if you didn’t enter yet, don’t miss the fun and chance of winning great prizes!

You can see all the categories and quilts HERE. Nominate your favourites HERE. Voting starts after the linking is closed on Monday. If you think my quilt ‘After the Storm’ is worth of voting, I appreciate if you take the time to nominate it and vote! Thank you!

scrappy star

One more scrappy star for a pouch. Finished, ‘folded’ and photographed; hope to share more soon.

greek honey

If you are out of energy, take a spoonful of Greek honey and eat fruits … or take a nap …

sleeping cat

She found her very own hammock (it’s a cover for shadow)! Now I shall take a spoon of honey and then puppies for a walk … and then lets begin saturdaynightcraftalong!

Thank you for stopping by and thank you so much for the super wonderful comments on my last post! Have a great weekend and see you soon!

TEJE


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Blogger’s Quilt Festival: After the Storm

Vof vof and welcome to Mediterranean! You just landed on Crete, beautiful island of Greece! Me Hanna, I’m your hostes during your visit. I know that you flew here to see the ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’, which is hosted and organized by Amy Ellis at ‘Amy’s Creative Side’ so without further words, lets go to see the quilts …

After the Storm quilt by Teje

‘After the Storm’ is our entry to the Small Quilts category.

storm at sea quilt project

We started this quilt with a beautiful fat quarter bundle of blues and greys, Kona solids. Long time favourite pattern Storm at Sea was just perfect for this project.

storm at sea

As we live on one of the most sunny islands, sun shines often on our quilts.

After the Storm quilt top

If you like to read more about this process, click HERE.

After the Storm quilt top

Me Hanna, I’m always helping in the sewing studio and here I start to quilt by paw. It was still really hot day and we stayed only for a short while outside. Then there was no sign of storm yet …

Hanna and quilting

First I quilted around the sun but later I changed my mind. When I was quilting the first circles, I realized that it looks better if there are only circles.

hand quilting

For “custom’s recuest” I changed also the centre to look more sun and not so much star.

hand quilting

I named this quilt ‘After the Storm’ because of the storm at sea pattern and because the time was really ‘after the storm’ in our life.

After the Storm

QUILT DETAILS:

Name: ‘After the Storm

Design: Teje Karjalainen

Block pattern: storm at sea

Size: 30″x 30″ (76 x 76 cm)

Technics: pieced by machine, quilted by hand

Category: Small Quilts

binding

Looks like this quilt had more changes than usually, because also the binding had to be changed. First fabric didn’t behave well and I did it again with a fabric that looks like little waves.

storm at sea

One day I want to make this pattern so that the blocks are on point! Also the look change quite much depending how the colours are placed.

We went for a drive yesterday to take sea view photos … ‘After the Storm’ we said … in fact it was before the storm …

storm at sea

I’m really happy that the strong wind didn’t take my quilt! It was a ‘shoot in a second’ to take the photos. No way to plan well about the background etc. We were really up and the road was a serpentine … when I turned right, what I saw …

goat

She is at the edge of terrible high place and I couldn’t go very near to take photo to show you the deepness. On my leftside was walking some one else …

goat

To have a small idea about how high we are, look the little cars down at the end of the road.

Crete

Until now I never had problem with high places, driving next to the edge of narrow road high on the mountains, but yesterday I didn’t have ‘stomach’ to do that and we returned back from the first curve. If you have the currage to go down, follow this video … after you park the car, you still need to walk to reach the beach down.

‘After the storm’ was in fact today. Early in the morning we woke up to rain and thunder, first since April! Wow, it was great! Gorgeus smell and cool wind! After few hours sky cleared up and sun was shining again.

pomegranate

Our other entry is ‘STRAWBERRY CAKE’ for the Scrappy Quilts category. Nero is telling about that quilt.

ALL OUR ENTRIES:
‘NERO’S GARDEN’ (animals from Nero’s garden) – spring 2011
‘ORANGE STONES’ – autumn 2011
‘MY DREAM QUILT’ – spring 2012
‘BUTTERFLIES’ (applique) – autumn 2012
‘BABY STARS’ – spring 2013
‘HAPPY DAYS’ – spring 2013
‘FANTASY FOREST’ 1. prize in ‘Forest QAL’ (paper pieced) – autumn 2013
‘KIDS GAME’ 2013 – autumn 2013
‘TURN THE TIME’ – autumn 2014
‘MILKY HEARTS’ – spring 2015
‘PAPER DOLLS’ – autumn 2015
‘BUNNY’S FRIENDS’ – autumn 2015
‘MOUSE MEETING’ – spring 2016 Instagram
‘NOELIA’S QUILT’ – spring 2016 Instagram
‘FABRIC FOREST’ wip – spring 2016 Instagram
‘AFTER THE STORM’ – autumn 2016
‘STRAWBERRY CAKE’ – autumn 2016
After the Storm quilt by Teje
Thank you all for coming for a visit to Greece! I was happy to show you a little bit around here and to tell you about our quilt. Lets continue now all together our visit in the ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’! Isn’t it just amazing that we can visit quilters around the world! There are many our friends and always we meet new talented quilters showing their beautiful quilts! Best place to have fun with quilters and to find new inspiarions!
SUNNY WISHES! 

HANNA, NERO, NELLI & TEJE


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Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Strawberry Cake

Vof vof  and welcome to ‘Nero’s Post’ in Greece! I’m Nero the Shephard and I’m happy to tell you that it’s again ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’ time! This fantastic quilt festival is hosted and organized by Amy Ellis at ‘Amy’s Creative Side’! 

Strawberry Cake

We can join the festival with two quilts and our ‘Strawberry Cake’ is our entry to the Scrappy quilt category. 

This quilt was a sudden project because we couldn’t resisit making the strawberry we saw at Katherine’s blog ‘Sew Me Something Good’!

strawberry patchwork

We made simple tutorials about our process:  1) How I do Patchwork and 2) How I finish Quilt.

patchwork

Adding some favourite scraps and hand appliqued mugs, we created this fun, small quilt to cheer up our sewing studio (today it doesn’t look like that … something should be done).

threads

Here we are: me Nero on the right and Hanna on the left. If you haven’t met us before, I’m almost 12 years young boy (my mom was Belgian Shephard and dad German Shephard) and Hanna is 10 years young girl (we don’t know who were her mom and dad). Teje, our sewist, is from Finland  (her face is on the sidelist).

Nero and Hanna

Here is our cat Nelli. She often takes over my big bed. We are good friends but often she likes her own privacy.

Nelli cat

Mostly we write about our quilting and other crafts but now and then we share photos from our walks and drives around.

boats in greece

greek food

sunset

QUILT DETAILS:

Name: ‘Strawberry Cake’

Design: Teje Karjalainen

Size: 24″ x 24″ (61 x 61 cm)

Technics: pieced and quilted by machine, applique mugs by hand, binding by machine

Category: Scrappy Quilts

Strawberry Cake quilt

Back to ‘Strawberry Cake’ … this quilt asked for scrappy binding and for the label we made simple pot holder (idea came from the kitchen fabric).

quilt label

Our other entry is ‘AFTER THE STORM‘ for the Small Quilts category. Hanna is hosting you during your visit to Greek mountain.

ALL OUR ENTRIES:
‘NERO’S GARDEN’ (animals from Nero’s garden) – spring 2011
‘ORANGE STONES’ – autumn 2011
‘MY DREAM QUILT’ – spring 2012
‘BUTTERFLIES’ (applique) – autumn 2012
‘BABY STARS’ – spring 2013
‘HAPPY DAYS’ – spring 2013
‘FANTASY FOREST’ 1. prize in ‘Forest QAL’ (paper pieced) – autumn 2013
‘KIDS GAME’ 2013 – autumn 2013
‘TURN THE TIME’ – autumn 2014
‘MILKY HEARTS’ – spring 2015
‘PAPER DOLLS’ – autumn 2015
‘BUNNY’S FRIENDS’ – autumn 2015
‘MOUSE MEETING’ – spring 2016 Instagram
‘NOELIA’S QUILT’ – spring 2016 Instagram
‘FABRIC FOREST’ wip – spring 2016 Instagram
‘AFTER THE STORM‘ – autumn 2016
‘STRAWBERRY CAKE’ – autumn 2016
Strawberry Cake Quilt by Teje
Thank you very much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit to Crete and some back soon again!
 And you know what we shall do now? We shall go all together to have fun at the BLOGGER’S QUILT FESTIVAL! There are every year amazing number participants with gorgeus, beautiful, unique quilts and it’s the best place to get ideas and inspiration! Come on, lets go!

SUNNY WISHES !!!

NERO, HANNA, NELLI & TEJE


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Dream Catcher: centre blocks

Vof vof vof! It’s me Hanna here and I’m super happy to see you! Last week we were sewing with Teje the first blocks for our ‘Dream Catcher’ quilt.

dream catcher

I did a happy dance when I saw that these curved blocks worked out just we planned. From our big drawing (see the last post) we cut the paper templates and marked each piece in the sewing order.

paper templates

Then we made one test block to see if it works and what to decide about the fabrics. We sew the test block by hand and saw that it’s not necessary; it can be sewn very well also by machine – hurray! Solids look best as in our first illustration so we shall use for the centre part these three Kona solids and the dark blue (almost solid) fabrics.

testing quilt block

There are lots of small templates and each of them is different. That means that we have to keep them in correct order. First we thought about envelopes but when looking for those on the self, we saw few restaurant catalogues (from our old restaurant).

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What a perfect way to organize our templates and also to keep the blocks in order. But I know how easily we mix things so I said to Teje: just to be sure, number the blocks. You can see that we cut ‘teeth’ for few edges (I saw that some where) but we don’t need to do that if cut the seam allowance a little bit more narrow.

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So we knew that this will work and could cut all the pieces.

cutting

organizer for quilt blocks

All filed in order and ready to be sewn. Next photo shows you about the size of one block.

quilt block

We continue to make ’30 Days of Quilt Design’. You can see all our designs at Neropost in Instagram. There is my photos, too!

colours

Just for fun and colour …

chinese garlic

Our sewing room is … no it looks like a mess but it’s not … it’s just full full full of many projects. But the nicest thing for me is that we have new, fresh, blue rugs there!

Hanna

My favourite places in our sewing room are front of the cutting table and front of the ironing board. Teje gets good exercise when jumping over me.

It’s Saturday and I think now I shall go to brush myself and then I like to crochet some granny squares (Teje found new colour for our crochet project). Then I need to sew binding for one quilt and if I’m still awake I may sew few more blocks for this ‘Dream Catcher’.

dream catcher quilt

I wish you wonderful weekend! Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments! And don’t forget: next week starts ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’!!!

HANNA


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I love patchwork!

Hi dear friends! My current project made me say it loud ‘I LOVE PATCHWORK’! Take colourful scraps to start and let them lead you! It’s really fun to see how each new piece change the look.

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It’s also nice to see the block crispy pressed and trimmed.

star block

Adding the corners change the ‘big’ white square; this time I didn’t want too much white.

star block

And the final touch is to add border around. This Essex linen is one of my favourites! You can find it from Judith’s etsy shop. 

star quilt block

This is the pair for the star. These were so asking to be mini quilts!

scrappy quilt block

But I am making pouch and won’t change my mind this time.

quilting

All the pieces are now quilted and I do hope to finish this soon because I want to see how it will look.

Because I really like this star block with bright solids, white and dark background, I thought to draw a quilt plan. I’m late with my ’30 Days of Quilt Design’, so it was good to catch the notebook and colours again. Even it was late night I enjoyed making this. I couldn’t plan yet how to make the little centre squares. Have you done something like this or seen some where how to do the easily?

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About the Quilt Design challenge: I have started to make blocks for the ‘Dream Catcher’ and fortunately it works well. More about that next time.

quilt block

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Thank you for your visit and for your sweet comments! Have a lovely, patchful week!

TEJE


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{Dream Catcher} new project

ow Hello hello! Great to see you! Now I shall tell you about my latest idea which I don’t yet if it is possible to make (for me) or not. I hope to make the test block today. One day when puppies were sleeping, I draw this for the ’30 Days of Quilt Design’ challenge …

30 Days of Quilt Design

For me it looked *** and when I asked from hb what he see’s here, he said the same: dream catcher!

quilt challenge

When I coloured this, I thought the centre could be like blue night and then more colourful dreams around.

Then I didn’t think if this could become a quilt. I really liked how this and started to think how … and in the morning I woke up with a clear plan. Cutting with tamplates and sewing by hand the centre piece. Surrounding pieces should be possible to sew by machine. There are some curves but I’m not affraid. This year I have challenged myself to make curves.

quilt design

An other time when puppies where sleeping, I draw the plan on a big firm paper.

quilt design

I draw it also on a ‘baking’ paper so I have the design for later use after I have cut the templates from the firm paper.

quilt plan

I gave ‘name’ with number and letter for each piece, in the order I shall sew them (as it was foundation paper piecing).

quilt patchwork plan

Then it was time to think about fabrics. I was suggested to use earthy colours. Hmmm did I have any in my stash? I had thought to use blue solids for the centre and other solid for the around areas. But perhaps I’m stucked to solids because of the diamonds and could use now some prints.

fabric bundles

I really don’t know … my stash is limited …

 

quilting fabrics

… and even I really like this bundle, it’s not exactly what I want now.

dream catcher

I like the different tones of blue for the centre so I trust my istinct and stick to them. Perhaps they don’t need to be all solids to get softer look.

I have cut the templates and created special file for them. I hope to sew a test block this evening to see if this can be made in real or just in my dreams.

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your lovely comments! Have you dreamed about quilt you were not sure if it can come true and then made it?

TEJE


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Paper Piecing Diamonds

Hi Dear Friends!

paper piecing diamonds

As so often, I plan as I go. This project began with grey, Kaffe Fassett’s ‘circle’ fabric (one of my favourites) and solids. I thought to stay with cool colours but you never know. I have a main plan in my mind but wouldn’t be the first time if that change on the road.

purple

Now I shall start the other half with grey etc. and purples.

english paper piecing

Paper piecing diamonds is really fun. They are easy shape to sew quickly and there are possibilities as much as you can imagine.

english paper piecing

I wish I had few more tones of purple but this have to do now.

paper piecing diamonds

I’m a collector, can’t help that. Stones with holes and stones without holes … some of them get crochet cover. Just noticed that I haven’t made any purple crochet stone.

english paper piecing

From one of my many daily dog walks, I picked flowers for my little ‘Aalto’ vase.

flowers

… Bougainvillea, Jasmin, wild vine …

flowers

paper piecing diamonds

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Fabric Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Linky Tuesday, Let’s be Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoomp There It Is, Fabric frenzy Friday, Oh Scrap

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Have you paper pieced diamonds? What layouts you have used?

Thank you for reading and writing!

TEJE