Nero's post III

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Quilty 365: finish and new start

Hello, hello, hello! I could have continued those little trees for ever … but had to put end some where …

Fabric Forest by Teje

Fabric Forest quilt

In the Fabric Forest sun is shining always! Sunlight through the trees were strong and made so deep shadows that I had to close the shutter to take photos. Hanna is on her way to the balcony where she likes to lie when I’m sewing.

Fabric Forest quilt

One of my favourite moments is when I can cut the edges and the quilt starts to have a clear look. Binding was easy pick as I knew much earlier which one it will be. But now I think should I have chosen solid? Ah, you know, there is always too many possibilities.

quilt binding

Quilting wasn’t so easy choise. This project was late because I didn’t have idea for the quilting. Then I decided to stitch spider web. After few lines I got the idea and had to rip those lines (perhaps for the first time ever I ripped quilting).

Fabric Forest by Teje

For the bed quilts I like to sew the binding by machine because it’s stronger. After realizing that hand sewing is much quicker than I thought, I like to hand sew the binding for the wall quilts.

Fabric Forest

Wonder clips remind me always of my dear friend who sent them to surprise me!

hand quilting

‘Fabric Forest’ is part of the Quilty 365 project. I started 1st of January 2016 and I made 60 little trees for January and February. To make the quilt square I add 4 empty blocks. In March I didn’t make blocks but sew this quilt to finish it and started new theme.

If you like to read more about my ‘Fabric Forest inspiration and project, click HERE, HERE and HERE.

I have so many ideas in my notebook for the Quilty 365! For the one I wanted to start, I didn’t find background fabric from my stash and didn’t want to by now. When looking for that fabric I got new idea …


What you think? Looks quite fun!

applique circles

I cut pairs from hard paper: with the bigger I cut the fabric and with the smaller I baste.

applique circles

applique circles

And the fabric is from Ikea …

ikea fabric

I shall link with Audrey at ‘Quilty Folk’ for the ‘Quilty 365’.

Also I shall join my favourite weekly linky parties:

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

Fabric Forest by Teje

‘Fabric Forest’ = ‘Kangasmetsa’ (in Finnish), is now drying outside and I’m happy to say that the trees didn’t disappear in the washing! This forest will get better and better after each wash!

I shall go now to stitch my 6th circle. Thank you very much for reading my short stories and for writing so wonderful and supporting comments! You make my day!


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Quilty 365 – January linkup

Hi dear friends! My fabric forest is growing very well!

Fabric Forest by Teje

Here they are all in random order! I’m participating the ‘Quilty 365’ where the main idea is to sew one one fabric circle each day for one year. There are other ideas except the circles and I went on with my Fabric Forest idea.

fabric trees

I concider that I started this project 1st of January, even in fact I started already back in December with the mugs.

Now I have made 46 blocks. I allow myself to go futher and not holding exactly on ‘one per day’, because I know there will be days when I’m not able to do these. Also I have found out now how to continue all the year…you understand there can’t 365 tree blocks, or what?! I shall share my year to quarters. So I’ll end up with four small quilts with different themes. And if at the end of the February it looks like I have enough trees for my Fabric Forest, I may change the theme every 2 months. If I’m not able to carry on during the summer I accept that.

fabric tree and hedgehog

Sik sak scissors make perfect little hedgehog! When ever I spread the little scraps, I’m hooked and can’t stop myself making more and more funny trees.

raw edge applique tree

If you like to see how I made them, read my first Fabric Forest post.

fabric forest by Teje

My design wall is next to the balcony door and even there is good light on in the room, it can’t beat the sunshine and always the right side looks dark.

This winter has been amazing. Except few very cold weeks, the weather has been gorgeus. Today went for Hanna’s walk wearing t-shirt and had lunch coffee with the dogs outside! Is it going to snow in June or what?!

beach in chania

Who wouldn’t love to sit in the sunshine …


I have to show you also something else, really enjoyable: the best ever dessert, home made kind of mille feuille! I could eat these every day … and did in fact many days!

home made dessert

I’m linking with Audrey at ‘Quilty Folk’, for the ‘Quilty 365 – January linkup’. Head over to see what others have been doing for the ‘Quilty 365’. There are so many beautiful projects and great ideas!

fabric forest by Teje

Wishing you a wonderful, happy, sunny February! Thank you for stopping by and thank you for writing so sweet comments!




{Fabric Forest} and my Birthday

Hi dear friends! Today is my Birthday and I thought to celebrate by showing you my happy, hand sewing project. One word was my inspiration. It was a real ‘eureka’ (ευρηκα) moment! I saw in Finnish magazine word ‘kangasmetsa’ and I knew immidiately where I shall go.

applique tree

To the fabric forest! Can you believe that in Finland we have fabric forest?! Now you think it’s a fairy land or luna park or just my dream but no, it’s real!

fabric forest by Teje


Okey, I tell you the secret. Finnish language is very rich (and difficult). It’s fun when we are used to some words, we don’t really think what they mean. One day when I saw the word kangasmetsa, I realized the word Fabric! Wow, I never thought that I had grown in a fabric forest! Kangasmetsa means one type of forest. Metsa means forest and kangas means fabric! So it’s fabric forest! They are so beautiful forests, look yourself HERE!


You see that my forest is growing up fast! I show you how that happens…

I cut the background squares 5″x 5″ and the scraps I cut using normal and sik sak scissors.


I have just organized my scraps: [blue, green etc.] and [orange, pink etc.] and the littlest.


Some little scraps are ready to use as they are and some of them I cut to circles of triangles etc. Mostly the scraps themselves show to me what they like to be and what colours to mix.

scrap art

I put the scarps on the square and catch them with few pins.

raw edge applique by hand

Then I stitch them simply around. I use threads that are something between perle cotton and normal sewing thread. You can use any thread you like.


When I made first time raw edge applique I was thinking how long time it will stay well and how it will be after washing. For my taste, it gets only better after washing! This is part of my first or second ever quilt (doesn’t have even wadding) and it has been washed many times.

patchwork bat

The body is pieced and the details are scraps just sewn by hand. Butterfly is all raw edge applique. These are from the quilt ‘Nero’s Garden’. Every block on that quilt has a story from Nero. If you like to read and see more of that quilt, click HERE.

raw edge applique butterfly

One other quilt made with raw edge applique is ‘Butterflies’. It’s sewn by machine and washed many times. Original post about Butterflies is HERE.


I recommend you to try raw edge applique if you haven’t yet. Try with sewing machine and by hand as you like. It’s very easy and so much fun. You have the freedom to cut and use any shapes because you don’t need to worry how to turn the edges. You don’t need to plan anything, just spread your scraps and start to make art! This is really great method to make for example pillows for children.

scrap trees

Remember that in your own fairy-tale forest can be anything! If you sew by hand, it’s nice to have a project box.

project box


With this gorgeus blue sea I send you lots of lots of sunny wishes! As coffee and cake is not possible, I hope you feel that we have a small celebration together with this fabric forest project. I have to say that this is one of the most fun project I have done (as I remember). It’s difficult to keep away from the littlest scraps!


Thank you for stopping by, especially today! 14 photos for 14th of January! And because it really doesn’t change anything if you know my age or not, I’m 55 … I think … am I ?… I’m not very good with maths! Also I like to thank you for your amazing comments on my last post about the little triangles! I’m so so happy that you like the {Splinters on Snow}!