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"life is meant to be colourful"


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Colourful Days

Hello Dear Friends! My days have been very colourful with 4 puppies around, one cat (hiding) and colourful quilt plans! Today is my birthday and I think great way to celebrate is to enjoy colours!

Kona color panel

When you are surrouded by four puppies, it’s better to do something you don’t need to concentrate too much and what doesn’t need too much space. When puppies were sleeping a while today, I made some stitches to this Kona color panel. By the way, I have learnt at school to say ‘colour’ but I’m not sure should I use ‘color’? What you think: does it matter what word I use when writing in internet?

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My main subject today is the new mosaic challenge by Rachel at ‘Stitched in Color’.  I love her idea and her posts are beautifully written and filled with most colourful, inspiring photos! This time the theme is Cathedral Windows – how exciting! Fabric shop is wonderful The Loopy Ewe! They have fantastic collection of fabrics and well organized shop. It was easy to search the fabrics. They have also good way to find fabrics by colour (by lots of shades of colours).

You may think that it was easy to make these mosaics because I picked many fabrics from Kaffe Fassett. I can say that this time I felt quite easy to find what I want but still it took hours to decide. I wanted to choose more ‘un common’ fabrics but with the theme Cathedral Windows, Kaffe’s colours are perfect (for my opinion) and that’s why I ended up picking many of them.

I wish we could make mosaic with 12 fabrics because I have always 2-3 that I just don’t want to leave out. Rachel, what about bigger mosaic?! or would it be then too easy?

In my 1. mosaic the blue prints are moda – Shibori and the others are Kaffe Fassett.

In my 2. mosaic the blue prints are moda -Shibori, turquoise circles are Kaffe Fassett, yellow circles are ‘Summer Song from Riley Blake and the rest of three are ‘Slow & Steady by Tula Pink.

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One evening I started to add colour to one of my ’30 Days of Quilt Design’ (also challenge by Rachel). In my illustration the curved ‘leaves’ create interesting repeating pattern. It doesn’t show here yet but you will see it when I finish this.

water colours to quilt design

I can imagine so well those gorgeus Cathedral Windows colours for this design … bright colours for curves and the Shibori blues for filling. Water colours are perfect for this kind of relaxing colouring. Other wise I feel they are quite difficult even so so beautiful!

dogs

Can you guess how hectic our days are with four big dogs and one of them, Paris is 7 months! Paris is gorgeus and sweet Labrador girl! She has grown up a lot (body and mind) and she learns easily many things. Walking with her is every day easier. But, wow, does she has energy and strength! London, sweet Golden Retriewer has been our friend for several years and she is very much like Hanna, calm and easy. Had to stop my lunch to pick camera …dogs

As it’s my Birthday, I continue to have fun (=play with puppies) and as it’s Saturday, I shall continue to stitch the Kona panel. Lucy from ‘Charm about You’ is hosting in IG ‘Saturday Night Craft Along’ and I try to join her every Saturday.

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Thank you for joining my Colourful Birthday! What colours you have in you days this time? What is your favourite colour? My favourite colour changes often but today it’s for sure Pink!

TEJE

 


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Diamond Cushion

Hi dear friends! This is a cushion I made last minute for the Christmas. Why the ideas come often last minute?

diamond cushion

Then there is not enought time and that’s why now only few quick photos. The evening light inside doesn’t show the colours as bright as they are in real.

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I cut the diamonds from scraps and 2.5″ stipes.

diamonds

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Strenght from ‘Salmiakki’ and sewing in rows and lines.

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Sometimes my sewing room is full of helpers. I wish Nero could iron and press because I can’t reach the iron.

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Nelli’s bed is here when the puppies, London and Paris are visiting.

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Straight line quilting by hand.

pillow with diamonds

Fortunately it’s not raining anymore all the time, only some showers now and them. I had lovely walk with each girl, this time one by one, so they were able to go on their own speed and stop when ever liked. Nero went for a walk with hb. Now it’s raining but looks like we have a good chance to have a ‘dry’ walk in the afternoon.

dogs

Have you tried to take photo of four dogs? They were all nicely in line, looking to the road, but did I have camera glued to my hand? no, so I was late.

I have finished the knitted hat and I wonder who could help with modeling?

I have finished the secret quilt but I don’t know how and where to take photos? Perhaps I try to hang it on the wall.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and for reading my blog!

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TEJE

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Snow, Stash and Bee Blocks

Vof vof friends! Nero here and I’m very happy to see you! I have today many things to show but I just have to start with the coolest thing …

Snow on Nero's head

For you this may be normal stuff but I have never before had snow flake on my head! Look what happens in my garden!

snow in crete

You can imagine that the weather is really cold and it has been raining every day. I went for a short walk and tried to catch the snow flakes – that was fun! But then it turned to water again and the girls had just a small sniff in the garden but were not quick enough for a walk on snow. Rain made the snow disappear soon. Hb went to our village and there it was all white! I hope we can play with the snow later!

Hanna and snow

As it’s Sunday it’s good time to show the latest add to our stash. Santa and dear friends sent to us many goodies!

presents

My dear “american cousin” Sonja sent to me Quilting & Patchwork Coloring book wrapped in this house fabric! I’m excited because I haven’t tried the ‘coloring’ yet! She sent something else too what I’ll show you an other time. Thank you Sonja!

Little suitcase is from my dear Finnish friend Leena! It’s filled with chocolate! We have a nice story with these suitcases. I happened to find one red from one of my trips to Finland. Leena saw that in my blog and got the same! Last year when we met, she gave me little brown suitcase and now sent this for the Christmas! We have a super fun collection! They are designs of  ‘Maileg’. Leena sent also one other most cute thing and that you will also see an other time. Thank you Leena!

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Mia, my dear Finnish friend, sent to me dog fabric! How she knew?! She knows and adds always Finnish candies! Hopea toffee is a memory from my youth and I love the strong taste candies! Always packed with cutest details … Thank you Mia! Have a look also Mia’s shop which is filled with most beautiful things!

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My dear Finnish friend, quilter who lives also in Greece, Anneli, sent to me happy fabrics! There are charm squares, birdies and berries – all my favourites! Thank you Anneli!

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You may remember that I’m very much affraid of the fireworks. In the Nea Year’s Eve we sat all together until late night and sew this little dog by hand. Pattern is by Kumiko Fujita. It was nice to make but more difficult than paper piecing.

dog block

I haven’t been sewing last days because …

Hanna and Paris

… if I’m in the sewing room, there are two friends waiting for me with ‘crying faces’. ‘Paris’ can’t come to the sewing room because it’s Nelli’s safe-place; Nelli has barely used to me and Hanna but is terrified about other dogs. So the only thing I did, was to finish quickly the star block I had started.

star block

The beginning wasn’t quick because I needed one evening to choose the fabrics! I would have chosen a little bit different if there just were possibilities in my stash. From the colour ‘points’ I like mostly the turquoise and did my best to make similar points with other colours. I had yellow bicycles but I guess I have used the last scrap because couldn’t find any. This is the second block of the new bee …

Molli Sparkles is hosting ‘The Honey Pot Bee’ and I’m so excited to join that! First blocks are out and I love them!

First block is strawberry, which I have done already once for my ‘Strawberry Cake’ wall quilt.

strawberry wall quilt

You may know that when ever you think something is easy piecy, it is not. I had ready cut little squares and the wall quilt front of me and thought this will go so easily. I guess I didn’t see clearly enough without my glasses and ended up with very looooong strawberry …

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‘Let every strawberry grow and be unique’. Perhaps I shall make one more,  a round one.

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I shall use low volumes for these bee blocks.

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There will be also some ‘wild cards’ in this bee, like these trees. Can’t wait to see what other blocks we shall make!

So I guess it’s time to get back to puppies. They have been so good all together! At the moment 3 girls are snoring and me, Nero I’m sleeping on my feathur duvet. Now you think how I write and sleep …  I have of course secretary do do the writing! Not the easiest job to take photo of 4 dogs together. We are all looking for the goodies next to the photographer!

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Thank you so much for visiting and reading my little stories! Thank you also again for the sweet comments you write!

I’m linking at Sunday Stash, Oh Scrap.

Furry hugs from NERO!


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Star Zipper Pouch – 8 is Great!

Vof vof, Hanna here again! What’s the best way to start new year? Making stars of course!

star zipper pouch

Teje asked me what shall we do for the first project this year and I said stars, lets make happy stars!

star blocks

First we made the blue star but the oranges and pinks were calling us so much that we made second star.

star block

We continued with the orange-pink star because it looked so delicious with the light blue fabric we had in mind for the background.

half square triangles

Now it’s time to tell you about the title: ‘8 is Great’! It’s the 1st challenge of “Project Quilting – Season 8”. We haven’t joined this before and were really happy to read about it. Beginning of the new year makes us want to do new things. So this challenge is to make something quilted with 8. Number eight is great even I’m not so good with numbers and prefer letters. It’s fun how many ideas we quickly found with 8. Perhaps we shall make more ‘8’ things but now about the star pouch, but hurry up, challenge for 8 is only for this week.

hst blocks

Our favourite, wonky star has eight points! Then we felt that we like to add 8 little squares … and 8 triangles …  didn’t plan to make a Christmas tree, but it just came out! I hope you see the snowy tree or no tree at all!

quuilt blocks

When making pouches, we quilt them like we do when making mini quilts, with the wadding (or fleece) and backing. The pouch becomes soft and comfy.

making zipper pouch

It was already late evening when we were choosing and cutting the lining and making the pocket – with Moomins!

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Little things and details make difference. Some jewelry supplies are great for sewing and handy tools help to add them.

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Final step is to sew the binding by hand. Leather cord to pull the zipper and our pouch is ready!

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Hanna

Sometimes it can be boring to be a quilter-puppy. I wonder when shall we use that GO! baby? We made some birdies and bubble ages ago … can’t even remeber what is the third … now I can’t remeber how you call those ‘plates’ you put there to cut the fabric … oh, so much to remember …  I think we have also diamonds. I think also that Teje should crochet a hat with that yarn because they say it’s going to snow and she’s going to feel cold when we go for a walk.

wonky 8 point star

We have been really busy today; so many things to do and prepare. Nero will tell you about that soon!

So with our Big Star Pouch we shall enter the “8 is Great” challenge, hosted by Kim Lapacek at ‘Persimon Dreams’. Here you find the main information for the Project Quilting.

8 is great pouch

We shall join also the linky parties:

 Let’s be Social, Needle and Thread ThursdayOh Scrap, Scraptastic Tuesday

Thank you for reading my post! Thank you also for your super sweet comments!

HANNA

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Thoughts for the 2017

Vof vof, vof dear friends! It’s me Hanna here today to tell you about our thoughts and plans for the new year 2017.

Hanna and her garden quilt

I thought to start with this colourful photo. This quilt is ‘Hanna’s Garden’ and it’s like me. I’m happy, I laugh and sing a lot (if there is no camera near). My wish for the new year is Happiness and Health for everyone!

Hanna

Yvonne from ‘Quilting Jet Girl’ made me think about plans and goals for the new year 2017. Visit her linky party!  Pat Sloan made me think about ‘my word’.

I knew right away, what my word of the year should be: it’s FOCUS. I would love to have word FUN or STORY (like Pat) but I know I need to choose FOCUS. I have to start to focus better because if we have thousands of things in our minds it’s difficult to get something done. But I won’t forget FUN or STORY! We need to have fun in our lives! And I love stories! I love to read stories and I enjoy writing small stories. Every quilt is a story and if the quilt itself doesn’t have clear story at least it’s sure there is a story about the idea, inspiration, reason etc. Sometimes there maybe a story written on it …

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About plans and goals … I’m not for goals but I do make plans all the time. And I like to set challenges. Last year my quilting challenge was curves. As the year went very strangely and wasn’t very progressive, I shall continue with cureves also this year. An other challenge I like to set to myself, is to be more improvising and creative.

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In autumn Rachel challenged us with: ’30 Days of Quilt Design’! I really enjoyed making quilt plans and illustrating my designs! There are several I would like to make and hope to have time for that. My favourite design is ‘Dream Catcher’ and I have made small beginning on the design wall.

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An other favourite is this one with curves. Except the curves, I want to make more foundation paper piecing. That is something I love and really miss.  Hope to make patterns of my own drawings.

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More curves … and improvising! And more colours! You know for me it’s all about colours!

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But it’s not all about curves. I really love repeating patterns. Triangles are my favourites and with those you can make what ever you imagine! Stars are always Stars! And wouldn’t they be gorgeus on a dark night sky!

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I’m just finishing one quilt and shall show it soon. After that the ‘main’ quilt project will be the ‘Grand Canal’ with diamonds. That is really enjoyable project!

Grand Canal

There has been something in my mind for a long time and I hope to do make that/them/those this year.

I shall join ‘The Honey Pot Bee’ by Molli Sparkle. That will be fun and exciting! Queens and Kings has been announced!

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My etsy shop is waiting for more stuff … selves are very empty after the Christmas. Lots of photographing for the shops is waiting, too.

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Soon we shall have puppy friends visiting us and you can guess that we shall have fun and play a lot! If some one can catch us with the camera, I shall show you photos!

Hanna

Thank you for visiting and thank you for your sweet comments! I hope you join me and Nero also the next year! We all wish you sparkling, super special new year 2017!!!

Nero

Hugs and Kisses!

HANNA, NERO, NELLI & TEJE

 


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Top posts of 2016

Vof vof Dear Friends! So good to see you! I try to think “this is the day” and not to look too much back, but at the end of the year it’s nice to see what we have made this year.

Nero's quilt guild

‘Meadow Mist Designs’ engourage us with a linky party to have a look back to our works on 2016. Pick 5 favourite quilts, 5 top works or 5 top posts. I have add the 6th because it is my post about the quilt guild meeting we had with Teje, Hanna and Nelli. You will enjoy reading that!

6. Nero’s quilt guild meeting

Hanna and bento box quilt

Hanna shows the bento box quilt we were quilting in our meeting (the secret quilt).

And now the 5 most read posts. Please, click the titles to read the posts and to see lots of photos.

1. My sewing room and stash Sewing room is still like in this post but it would be good time to ‘put it in order’ and show you again.

my sewing room

2. Mouse Meeting small quilt This quilt started very simply and ended up quite fun!

Mouse meeting quilt

3. Quilty 365 – March linkup This was one of the most enjoyable projects we have made!

Nero and Fabric Forest quilt

4. Winding Ways quilt top This is still unfinished. Exciting project but there were difficulties with the printed templates I found from the internet. Happily received curve ruler from my friend and shall continue curves this year!

winding ways quilt

5. After the Storm This project was a little bit different for me. I like a lot this pattern and perhaps I shall make it again one day with some very different colours. We went for a drive to take photos from the finished quilt and had surprise next to us.

 

After the Storm quilt top

Thank you for visiting and reading my blog! You and your sweet, friendly, supportive comments make my day! I hope the new year 2017 is going to be fantastic for everyone! Lets continue quilting, creating, blogging, photographing, writing and reading!

We send you big hugs and lots of sunshine (even today it’s raining very much)!

TEJE, NERO, HANNA & NELLI