Nero's post III

"life is meant to be colourful"


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Bunnies for Easter

Hi Dear Friends! Bunnies are one of the cutest creatures, right?! Today I show you the bunnies I have made and I have picked also links to paper pieced bunny and rabbit patterns.

bunnies

My bunny boom began when a friend asked if I have some little bunnies or perhaps I could make them. Hmm, thinking cap on and pencil with paper. Fortunately she helped me saying that they could be very simple and have pom pom tail.

little bunnies

They are so tiny that it was difficult to keep the body round but the big ears and tail makes the magic!

bunny makind

bunnies by teje

You can imagine it was hard to stop making more and more bunnies!

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My friend made most beautiful Easter candles with the little bunnies! I love her idea and I’m sure two girls will be really happy!

lampades by Janna

The paper pieced bunny is one of my favourites! This pink was made to one baby-wall quilt.

Pattern by Quiet Play is available HERE.

paper pieced bunny by teje

One super fun rabbit pattern is the Hipster Rabbit! Hope to make it soon! Pattern is available HERE.

Today I saw beautiful Folkwood Rabbit by Dear Stella design! Free pattern for the rabbit and pillow is HERE.

fabric bunnies

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your lovely comments! I hope you have one or two cute bunnies and if not, enjoy to make them! I can’t forget now that Hipster Bunny, so I go to finish my bag project and perhaps I can make the bunny tomorrow for my saturdaynight project. Have a wonderful weekend!

TEJE

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Sunday Stash and Stuff

Hello dear friends! Welcome to see my ‘this and that’ Sunday stash and stuff! Last Sunday I was happily surprised that I had again fabrics to share … and believe me or not, I have new fabric again! But first I show you my helper.

knitting moose

This is busy busy season and I know you would like to have extra hands. I’m so happy that Miss Moose started to knit (with Hanna’s help) and now I can focus on  my sewing projects.

sewing table

This mess is almost too much for me. Where I cut the fabric? I wish that with a push of button I could get an extra (empty) table! Last night I joined again Lucy at #saturdaynightcraftalong .…  sorry, I went to pick the link and forgot myself in IG to see what new stuff there was from last night! I really enjoy this craft along and it helps me to ‘work’ on saturday evenings … even I wonder if I can call this work.

Dear friend surprised me last week! I feel so lucky and happy to have friends all around the world! You know how amazing this blogland is and how special friendships we can make even we haven’t met in life! With Doreen from ‘Treadlemusic’, we have been friends for a long time and I know if we ever met, we would laugh our selves to sick! When Doreen went for a trip (perhaps with her awesome bike!) and saw this fabric she thought me and the sea/beach photos I show often. Thank you Doreen for this gift and for making me laugh!

sea fabric

I guess we all enjoy seeing photos and life in different places. It’s like making a short trip and also it’s really nice to have an idea where and how our friends live and spend their time (that we know if they are quilters!). So here you go … our lunch one day last week …

shrimps in greek way

I’m lucky in many ways, one is that hb is fantastic cook and likes to cook! I’m not a kitchen person at all. Here we enjoy huge shrimps in delicious tomatoe sauce in Greek way by my hb! And glass of local wine … good for health! Today we went for a Sunday lunch to the local taverna/grill ‘Mitsos’ in our village. That’s our favourite place.

After siesta and coffee we continue often until late evening (sometimes may wake up at night and do a little bit and then continue sleeping). Sea glass vases and candle glasses from our ‘Trikimia” sea glass studio.

sea glass vase by trikimia

Last year I made lots of fabric hearts from Helen’s book ‘Modern Vintage Gifts’. I love them and have them again on the drift wood tree. As I make now some little fabric items, today I shall make also hearts.

fabric hearts

I try to be busy these days because soon we shall have a visitor who keeps me playing all day long!

bracelets and pendants

Can you guess who will come? Yes, Paris the puppy! Her sleeping toy is waiting for her!

‘How it is to be an animal?’ I wish I knew (or as they say be careful what you wish). But still life with puppies would be much more enjoyable and easier if we could understand them better. We should understand also that often they can’t understand us. My treasure books by ‘Susan Branch‘, hand written books from a special friend! You just need to see Susan’s site!

books

There is my traditional Finnish straw goat, Christmas decoration. By the way, Santa Claus in Finnish is Christmas Goat?! Should search from where that comes!

christmas goat

This year I have made winter wonderland on the big window in the dining area. Miss Moose is sitting there on a big log and of course knitting. More you will see soon.

It’s difficult to find the Christmas feeling when most of the days outside are like this!

greek garden

After living in Greece over 20 years, I have made my own little Christmas traditions but I can’t find or create the magical Christmas atmosphere there is in Finland or any other snowy, cold place. So if you have that, enjoy even you miss hot sunshine!

cosy quilts by Teje

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Thank you for reading my blog! Thank you also for writing beautiful and happy comments! Have a lovely day and see you soon! And now back to my cosy, very stuffed, sewing room!

TEJE

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Hexagon Fabric Basket and Scrap Tree

Hi Dear Friends! Good Month! It’s December and it’s SNOWING!

Hexagon Fabric Basket

I have been waiting to see the snow on my blog and yesterday it was snowing also in my sewing studio!

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Outside was a storm! So much rain and wind that I had to force Nero and Hanna to go out. Big flower pots fell down. Just now tiny piece of sun appeared between the dark clouds. Temperature has fallen to +10C which is quite cold here. With the cold sea wind it feels the same as +2C in Finland.  We had a lovely morning walk with puppies in the fresh, cool air. After feeling too hot many months, we love this weather, but I understand if you feel the opposite.

But lets get back to the scraps. Last time I showed you a sneaky peaky … no one tried to guess what it was …

scraps

It’s the inside bottom of the hexagon fabric basket. During the summer I was sewing these hexagons and from the beginning I knew I want to make fabric basket where the hexagons are connected around. I was hard not to make a table runner with that rainbow piece but I stayed in my first plan.

A while ago it was like a summer …

hexagons

… then the leaves turned yellow and orange …

sewing studio decor by Teje

… my scrap tree looked like wind was blowing and throwing the autumn leaves …

fabric vase

… and the colourful leaves were on the ground until it started to snow …

scrap tree

If you like to hear how all this happened:

I made the hexagon basket / vase. I liked the idea to put inside glass jar or vase and fill it with flowers. This time there wasn’t anything interesting outside to pick, so I thought to make a drif wood ‘tree’. But how to decor that tree? Scraps! I’m not sure, but perhaps this idea started from the ribbon tree that Marle made! I thought I could make that with selvages!

Here is how I made the tree …

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I put stones on polyester wadding to hold the tree. I took the jar with trims … did you just throw them away?! Sorry!

scrap project for kids

This is perfect project to make with kids!

fun with scraps

scrap projects

This can be also seasonal decoration. I love my green lights but they made my tree look like it’s spring and Easter. So I made a wish for snow …

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And now I have a snowy tree in my sewing studio! For the winter season I like the look of these plain branches and stones in the glass, so my new hexagon basket will store seasonal coodies.

hexagon fabric basket

If you like to make Christmas, or other, fabric basket, look my tutorial HERE. I show you how it’s easy to make any size fabric basket.

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! Hanna sends you kisses! She was really happy to hear you enjoyed reading her post about the knitting lesson she gave to her friend Miss Moose!

I shall link at ‘Needle and Thread Thursday’

TEJE


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Hanna’s Post: Diy Little Trees and Mug Rug

Vuf vuf friends! It’s late evening and we have been fixing our ‘winter window’. Went to find snow flakes … still have to store some other things … but I like to show you the mug rug we made and the little trees.

Christmas mug rug

Teje bought this tea towel from Finland and later at home she realized how much she likes it.  I said we could make a pillow to enjoy that nice print. So we did make a Christmas pillow. Our last post has tutorial for that easy tea towel pillow.

Christmas mug rug

There was only small piece left but that could make nice Christmas mug rug.

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We made this really simple and to keep it flat, we sew the pieces just over each other with sik sak. That way there is now fat seam allowance. We had decided to add few ribbons so they covered the seams.

Hanna

I really like our sewing room. We have comfy rugs on the wooden floor and it’s very cosy small space.

singing dog

When I’m really happy I start to sing! I sing often! But I’m shy and couldn’t sing to a big audience … I have heard that I should sing in You Tube … do you know if there are lots of listeners?

singing dog

Some days we spend hours in the sewing room but other days we have many other things to do. Like yesterday when we had snow on the coffee table in the living room!

diy fleece trees

We made little snowy trees! They are fun and easy. Take some bases and cover them with fleece. Add glue as you go.

diy little trees

If you like, you can trim the fleece ‘hairs’ shorter but I like the fluffy look!

diy small trees

I shall show you again these trees when our ‘winter window’ is ready. It’s almost, but I still have to paint something.

scandic style mug rug

We did some hand quilting on the mug rug. Then the binding with red, little gingham, what else!

Christmas mug rug

And so we can have a lovely coffee moment with favourite Finnish coffee … just a sneaky peaky from the ‘Winter in Woods’!

Juhla Mokka Finnish coffee

With Nero we got today new toys! They are from ‘Jumbo’ which is a local, big shop filled with anything you can imagine. Now there is of course lots of Christmas things. Teje told me that there was one puppy who really wanted to go for shopping and many times they carried her out! Too bad she couldn’t come to play with us.

singing puppy

Now I want to thank you dear friends, for reading my story! Hope to see you soon! I shall give a knitting lesson to a Moose! It’s hirvi in Finnish if you like to know; I do speak Finnish and Greek and my own secret language.

HANNA

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Thursday things: Materials

Hi dear friends! Welcome to ‘Thursday Things”! I’m a happy hamster …

materials

For me creativity starts from the materials … I take out from the drawers things I have in my mind … then I need that blue … that other lace … hmmm did I have any pink? … ah yes leather strips … oh, beads! … and I end up with this … and I still didn’t start with the green …

creativity

‘Someone’ says often that we have gathered so much useless stuff … but I know ‘I shall need them’! And I do! They may be forgotten in the drawers for a long time and then new ideas sparkle out and they are just what I need. I couldn’t be creative so that be go to buy things only for one exact project. And I could never find then those things I need in that moment. And at least for me, ideas grow from the materials I have and fortunately usually I know exactly where I have stored everything.

embroidery shirt

One example is this shirt. I bought it looong time ago. I really liked the khaki colour and the details on the sleeves. But I just never wear it (perhaps 2 times). Can’t remember from where came the idea to stitch dragonflies on it. And after one, I couldn’t stop and I made many of them. What an enjoyable thing to do. I just draw few lines to guide me and then stitched what ever came to my mind. But then the shirt was too slim for my comfy style and I threw it to my ‘material closet’. It has been waiting to be a part of a quilt … or something else … and now I think I have an idea for something else.

materials in my studio

I save ‘everything’ because I can’t buy materials easily. Many materials I carry from my trips to Finland and there is the weight limit you know. So I save also every piece and trim from the wadding, fleece etc. Narrow strips are good for bag stripes. But you know what, we may need them also in quilting! I love Jayne’s idea – she is just so creative! Read the post, other wise you may not see that THING!

gem stones and lava beads

As you know I love colours! Oh, colours are so inspiring! I have lots of beads for my jewelry makings and now I started to think that there has to be ‘more’ for them! But what?

fabric samplers

I’m happy to get some fabric samplers from a dear friend! My mistake is that often I save materials too much because I’m worried that I ran out of them or when I get the perfect idea, I don’t have materials to make … how stupid is that … in that way nothing will ever happen, so I need to start to use them more bravely. If you like to see my friend’s gorgeus, modern Home decor, furniture and design shop – website, visit ‘Zaira Collection’.

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Now I should empty my table to be able to finish the ‘After the Storm’ quilt. It’s quilted and the binding is waiting. I think I just put all this stuff on a big tray and then I can easily continue with them.

sewing materials

I shall leave you now wondering what I’m making with ‘this stuff’.

Next week we shall celebrate with Nero, Hanna and Nelli – and YOU! Our blog is going to be 6 years and we shall have a big give away! So don’t go far away, it’s very soon!

I’m joining Kelly’s linky party ‘Needle and Thread Thursday’.

Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments!

TEJE


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Bedtime Mouse

Hi dear friends! I have a new friend in my sewing studio, Mrs. Mouse!

Bedtime Mouse

Mrs. Mouse is from the book ‘Modern Vintage Gifts’ by Helen Philipps, which I was lucky and super happy to win. Thank you so much again Helen, I love, love your book!

Modern Vintage Gifts

I had cut Mrs. Mouse long time ago and then she just waited between the pages of the book. It’s always just to start … after the beginning I don’t want to stop and now I would like to make friends for her.

fabric mouse

I knew that I have perfect bed for Mrs. Mouse. It’s an old bread ‘basket’ (wooden that wrote Coca Cola, from our restaurant) which I had painted white. Matress is super soft, left over piece from my duvet (was too big for the duvet covers we use).

quilt for mouse

Here Mrs. Mouse is helping me to pick the fabrics for her quilt. Later we still made few changes with the colours.

I made little pillow with flowers and her favourite colours to match her night dress (which I made a little bit too tight – I hope she doesnt’ eat too much sweets).

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Mrs. Mouse has a soft shawl to keep on her shoulders if she feels cold in the evenings. Red ribbon gives a little bit luxury to her night dress (luckily I saw that on my self just in right moment; it’s elastic and found from 1e shop in Finland).

little pillow

Mrs. Mouse likes to read in bed so I made her an extra pillow. I wish I had pillow with little circus bunnies! On the wall she has heart decoration (also from Helen’s book).

bedtime mouse

For the bed linen Mrs. Mouse chose trefoils in happy colours.

bedtime mouse

Modern Vintage Gifts

You can find this beautiful book from ‘Amazon‘ and ‘Stitch and Craft’. Read Helen’s post (give away is now closed) about the book to see what lovely projects she has made for this book! This book is filled with cute, beautiful details!

bedtime mouse

Now when I have been telling you about this book, I just have to go to see it and decide what to make next! (who cares if the windows are not washed … Mrs. Mouse surely doesn’t). She took her bed out in the blue shadow to see the garden, birds and perhaps even some mice friends.

My Mirs. Mouse

Thank you very much for your visit and lovely comments! Have a sweetful weekend with happy sewings!

TEJE


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{Mouse Meeting} small quilt

Hi dear friends! I’m happy to show you my new quilt {Mouse Meeting}!

{Mouse Meeting} quilt by Teje

This story began with little scraps. When I was organizing my scraps I saw that there was lots of triangles and after collecting them I started to make blocks surrounding them with white scraps; first post is HERE.

triangle quilt top

I liked the blocks but wasn’t very excited about this project until I saw it on the sky! Quilting was a big question and finally I thought to try free motion by hand.

quilting by hand

When I lived in Finland I didn’t like very much snow. Now when I don’t have it, I miss that beautiful scene. Because the wadding is fluffy, quilting looks like some little creatures has ran around on the snow. This project began with name ‘Splinters on Snow’ but because mice wanted to have a meeting, I changed the name.

fabric mice

First members are waiting the meeting to start and the quilt to dry. This sweetheart is my favourite! Pink and green are so cute pair!

fabric mouse

First all the mice were looking around the meeting place…

Mouse Meeting by Teje

Few of them came last minute to join the meeting. I made them a little bit in hurry so you can see that it’s worth of changing the thread to matching colour when you sew something like this.

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Oh, did they have gossips to tell!

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Early arrived mice helped to finish the quilt …

quilt binding

wonder clips

mice on quilt

And there has to be photo of all members together so they can remember this fun meeting!

fabric mice

Every year there is The Blogger’s Quilt Festival. Fantastic event for all us quilters to see beautiful quilts, find new friends and show our quilts. This year there is a small change and the spring festival is in Instagram, organized again by amazing Amy from “Amy’s Creative Side”! Thank you Amy! You can see the quilts also HERE, if you don’t use instagram.

{Mouse Meeting} is my enter to #finallyfinished #igquiltfest @amyscreativeside

Mouse Meeting by Teje

Thank you for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed my mouse story! When I have played enough with my little mice, I shall catch them on the quilt and hang it on the wall in my sewing studio.

HAPPY SEWINGS! 

TEJE