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Blogger’s Quilt Festival: {Puppy and Girl}

Hello friends! It’s time for Blogger’s Quilt Festival! Amy from ‘Amy’s Creative Side’ makes every year amazing job by organizing this special even for us to enjoy quilting and quilts, meet new and earlier friends, find inspiration and ideas and share our work. Thank you Amy!

Puppy and Girl baby quilt by Teje

Puppy and Girl by Teje

Puppy and Girl quilt by Teje

I made this quilt with free style piecing. I had general idea in my mind when I started but then I made plans as I went. Often I plan on my design wall.

This quilt is pieced by machine and quilted by hand using Perle cotton no 8.

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

patchwork girl

patchwork dog

baby quilt

baby quilt by teje

My quilts has always story and if not I create one. Now unfortunately I can’t write much because of a bad pain in my back. I hope still you enjoy my short entry.

Thank you for stopping by!

TEJE

Puppy and Girl baby quilt by Teje

My other entry this year is ‘FLORIST’

MY EARLIER 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
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Blogger’s Quilt Festival: {Florist} mini quilt

Dear friends, I’m happy you stopped by! I have been away from my blog for a while and that’s a long story. But today I am here for a special event! It’s time to celebrate quilting and quilts at ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’, organized by Amy at ‘Amy’s Creative Side’! Thank you Amy!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

My first entry is ‘Florist’, mini quilt I made this spring.

Florist mini quilt by Teje

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

raw edge applique

applique flowers

quilting threads

Usually I write story for every quilt but now unfortunately I can’t do that because of bad pain in my back. I hope you still enjoyed your visit! Thank you for stopping by!

TEJE

raw edge applique flowers

My other entry is ‘PUPPY AND GIRL’
MY EARLIER 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

 


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Crochet Jacket

Vof vof dear friends! It’s me Nero here and today I show you how our “granny square jacket” is going on. Hope you are well and hope you love colours!

crochet jacket

Nero

These are the sleeves. I think they look like a castle in Disney land!

sleeves for crochet jacket

These are the front pieces. I’m not sure yet how the collar will be but something simple.

crochet cardigan

And this is the back piece.

crochet jacket

Nero

I had to think a lot how to make the sleeves. Finally I planned the colours so that they follow the colour theme on each side … I hope so. Those little ‘tree’ triangles will be under the arms. That was a hard job to decide how to make the sleeve shape. I didn’t want trumpet sleeves! I hope this will work out well.

granny squares

This has been a slow project and I’m really happy to see that it will be finished soon!

crochet granny squares

Mornings are the best! It’s still a little bit cool and the light is beautiful! Have to smell who has passed my road.

Nero

Hanna

If you like to read the earlier post and how I connect the squares, it’s HERE.

crochet

crochet granny squares

crochet jacket

I help with Hanna as much as we can because Teje is mostly reading on sofa, her back is in pain and she can’t sit at the sewing machine. Oh boy we miss sewing and patchwork!

Nero

Anyway it’s really hot and we don’t have energy to do anything. In the afternoons we play a little bit and look the traffic on the road, but mostly just try to find a cool place to lie. Today seems to be very nice wind, even some clouds,so I hope the day won’t be terrible hot.

granny squares

Thank you friends for stopping by!

Furry hugs from

NERO & HANNA


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Nero’s Post: We are paper piecing!

Vof vof dear friends! It’s Nero here!

Nero is paper piecing

Look what we have been doing, paper piecing! I made all the pieces on the floor and now I’m playing with my favourite tennis ball. I like to put the ball on the table when I’m asking someone to play with me.

paper piecing with Nero

These hearts were something that we just had to start making! When we saw the hearts Saija had made, we knew this is the hand sewing project for the hot summer days! Saija’s blog is ‘Pomada’ and her instagram HERE. I know you will love her beautiful and inspiring work!

paper pieced hearts

First we weren’t sure what fabrics or colours to use but then we turned to solids and I like them.

Hanna

Hanna has more patience than me and she is more careful with her paper piecing. I just find the coocie from the box but Hanna continues playing with the box.

Hanna

Hanna is not playing so much and if she does, she plays mostly alone with some rope toy. She plays like it’s  a catch for a hunting dog! You know what is my favourite game! I exercise every day!

Nero

We were thinking a lot how to continue. Now we have made templates to fill the edges around the hearts.  Perhaps we add some other shapes for border, like bigger diamonds or triangles. Fabrics we have used are Kona cottons, few prints and mixed low volumes. Blue diamonds are from different scraps.

english paper piecing

These papers, could call them kite shape, are from ‘Tales of Cloth‘. Little diamonds we printed from internet because the ‘Hexie Shape Family’ didn’t have so small diamonds.

english paper piecing

It has been really hot here in Crete! Often also so much humidity that it’s like in sauna, they say. I haven’t been in sauna but I know it’s very hot room where people sit and they throw water on hot stones. For me that doesn’t sound very clever. But what I know about cold weather in Finland. Perhaps after a walk in  icy cold, freezing, snow storm, I would like sauna, too! I heard that one Afgan dog of the family always insisted to go to sauna and stayed there long time.

flowers

We have enough sauna outside and when the weather is too hot, we just have to stay inside.

flowers

These little creatures appear when the weather gets hot. They make very loud noise and usually you can’t see them easily because they sit on the trees and it’s hard to notice them. When I was puppy I had fun catching them and holding them in my mouth where they made srrrssstrrrrrssstrttssss!

From yesterday we have so wonderful wind and the temperature is much lower! All the windows are open and we don’t need to hide inside! I really really hope the rest of the summer could be like this but I know there are coming more burning hot days until my favourite season, autumn.

Nero and paper piecing

I wish you enjoyable summer days! Hugs and kisses!

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{Puppy and Girl} baby quilt

Hi dear friends! I hope you are fine and enjoy the summer! It has been really hot here in Greece and finally yesterday evening arrived wind, can’t say cool but a little bit refreshing. That means back to works and sewing.

Puppy and Girl baby quilt by Teje

This quilt was improvised, free style project and lots of fun! Taking photos under the really strong summer light was difficult and I’m still not happy with the pictures but as this quilt has been finished for a while, it’s high time to show it. You know, new projects are on the way all the time!

Puppy and Girl baby quilt by Teje

My plan for this quilt was to make a quilt without any requests, not to think what there should be, what not, what colours some one likes or doesn’t like and not to worry if it works out or not. Just to create picture quilt with improvised piecing.

Puppy and Girl quilt by Teje

I thought if I managed to make these little dogs and other creatures in the beginning of my quilting career, I should now be able to make one nice big puppy.

Puppy and Girl by Teje

Beginning of the girl was a scrap, left over from drunkard’s path and it looked excatly little girl’s hair!

quilting

This time I used Warm & Natural wadding. Basted and pinned on the floor under Nelli’s control.

basting

Nelli

Puppy has collar from same ‘leather’ as the shoes of the girl. Leash and the balloon’s ribbon are raw edge bias stripe, the same like I used for the flowers in my ‘Florist’ quilt.

hand quilting

Hand quilting with Perle Cotton no 8. Even I try sometimes other threads for quilting, I return to these because they are just so beautiful!

quilting

One of the happy moments is always when I can trim the edges and start the binding. I was thinking and thinking what can I use for the binding. Then I saw piece of this stripy fabric in my binding box and knew This is It! It looks quite busy but I allow this quilt to be busy, happy, fun, like a neigborhood with laughing kids, puppies, balloons, flower gardens and little cosy homes!

binding

binding a quilt

baby quilt

baby quilt

You can read more about this project and how I free pieced the girl and puppy HERE.

baby quilt by Teje

QUILT DETAILS:

Name: Puppy and Girl

Size: 42.5″x 38″ (108 cm x 96 cm)

Machine pieced and hand quilted

Designed and made by me Teje Karjalainen

Puppy and Girl baby quilt by Teje

Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments!

TEJE

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{Florist} mini quilt

Hello dear friends! This mini quilt started totally extempore and was one of the most enjoyable projects I have done!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

The base is made with low volumes and you can see that HERE.

Now the quilt is washed and I love all those wrinkles!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

On the low volume quilt I was supposed to create something applique. Those ideas changed few times and I ended up making these fun shape flowers. I was also happy to have a chance to use some of the bias strips I have from my mom’s stash. They are for poppana weaving and they are thinner and softer than the similar strips for rug weaving.

raw edge applique

For the flowers I chose colours to match with the low volumes and few more bright ones.

threads

I sew the pieces simply twice around with cotton thread in light blue. I didn’t use any fusible materials, just pinned the pieces on their places.

applique flowers

Here is the quilt after sewing the flowers, before the hand quilting and embroidery stitching.

raw edge applique flowers

As you saw, I quilted first by machine straight lines on the low volume quilt. Then I sew the flowers and after that I made some embroidery stitching on the flowers and leaves.

quilting threads

I quilted also by hand lots of lines between the machine quilted lines. I did them randomly, some only short lines, some full width and in several low volume colours.

embroidery

And here we are just before the washing. Now I tell you that it was a mistake to make the binding before finishing. I didn’t think that I shall quilt so much by hand and all that made the quilt wrinkle quite much, so the binding was slightly ‘too big’. After washing I ripped the binding, for the first time ever! I knew I wanted to be perfect perfect and I’m happy I made it again.

Florist mini quilt by Teje

And then lets see what magic washing makes!

mini quilt behind

Because I didn’t quilt on the flowers but made like embroidery, leaves and flowers stayed a little bit fluffy.

raw edge applique flowers

Those bias strips are so cute!

applique leaves

Kona cottons didn’t fray very much. Blue leave is Essex linen, grey is Oakshott and they frayed beautifully.

applique leaves

{Florist} mini quilt is different than my earlier works and I’m so happy I jumped to this sudden project!

INSPIRATION:

Inspiration for this quilt came from Jo Avery at My Bear Paw’s mini quilt for Pantone’s colour challenge. It really spoke to me! Have a look also how fantastic improvised flowers she makes!

After making the flowers, I was remembering something that I had seen at Kviltstina. Stina’s style inspires me a lot and I think her tulips or this quilt gave me idea for the flowers. She has made for example improvised blueberries and butterflies!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

Thank you for visiting and reading my blog and for your lovely comments!

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Sunday Stash: Lots of new Fabrics!

Hello dear friends! Oh I love fabrics, gorgeus fabrics, fabric bundles, half yards, fat quarters, yards, fat eights, delicious colours and beautiful prints!  So much awesome fabric has arrived to my sewing studio! and this is not all …

new fabrics

I’m so happy to start the butterfly quilt and for that I had to find colourful fabrics and blue fabrics. The basket full is from “Fat Quarter Shop”.

fabrics

Lets start from the most colourful! ‘Early Bird’ is amazing collection by Kate Spain. I adore her fabrics; always so beautiful!

Early Bird by Kate Spain

This is a fat eight bundle and that’s why there are so many pieces. It includes also few solids. So Beautiful! I love bundles to be able to get lots of prints and colours and they are perfect for my scrappy designs!

Early Bird by Kate Spain

When searching for blue fabrics I finally decided to buy these …

fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop

They are: Nature Walk Cloud Marguerite (pink / in sale!), Grand Canal by Kate Spain (leaves), Neighborhood light blue (dogs and cats), True Blue Circles in Admiral’s blue and Glasier, Modern Minis Blue Circles (down left / in sale!) and Storybook Vacation Blue Fancy Flower (small flowers).

All these and the ‘Early Bird’ fat eight bundle are from “Fat Quarter Shop”. I was happy with the prices and very quick delivery!

Few weeks ago arrived lots of frabrics, too! Fabrics down on the back are from IKEA. One on the front left is linen from Ikea and it’s very interesting! Most likely will become bags. All these Ikea fabrics are heavier that quilting cottons so they will be bags, pouches etc.

Low volumes and those two up fabrics are from the “Needle and Foot”. Great fabric shop in etsy, which I saw in Instagram. Friendly service, good prices and beautiful fabrics! Shipping took more time but I’m used to that so I’m never in hurry with my orders. The fabric with bees is Bumbble Buzz by Maureen Cracknell (we all love her fabrics, right!). Flowers next to that is Remnant – Tossed Floral by Alice Kennedy.

fabrics

I really missed (and still do) low volumes! I had hardly any and wanted so much to create with them. So when I saw a fat quarter bundle with letters and text in low volumes, I had to get it! It’s Basically Low by Helen Stubbings. Low volume flowers on down left is Lily Flowering Rows by Alice Kennedy and the far left grey/blue is Color Weave Textured (my new favourite basic! it has gorgeus feeling). So these were all from ‘Needle and Foot‘. Just add this on my wishlist!

low volumes

As I now finally have low volumes, I made already last weekend mini quilt. This weekend I have continued and here is a small sneaky peaky!

low volume quilt

An other low volume fat quarter bundle I have, is with sewing items and it’s from “Fluffy Sheep Quilting”. The ‘fish’ in the corner is from ‘Tik Tok’ charm pack (bought long time ago).

Early Bird by Kate Spain

I could have played with these beautiful, folded fabrics all day long, but today was laundry day!

washing fabrics

pink

One day someone asked me on the street if I have seen their cat. Unfortunately not, but I asked where they live if I see the cat. In the pink house, was the answer!

fabric laundry

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit here and perhaps found inspiration and info for your fabric shopping!

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Have a happy sewfull week!

TEJE