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{Sunshine} Baby Quilt

Hi Dear Friends! Until this moment this quilt has no name. But I feel quilts need name and watching these happy, warm colours I thought it is like Sunshine!

Baby quilt with Moomins by Teje

You may feel that you have seen this quilt before because I have made an other similar baby quilt. Economy block is very good to get lovely organized look even you mix lots of fabrics. You can fussy cut and show the cute fabrics in the centre squares.

fabrics for baby girl quilt

Fortunately I found beautiful girlish fabrics from my last trip to Finland and pink Moomins!

economy blocks

How I work: I don’t cut all the blocks in the beginning. I cut, sew and trim some blocks and then put them on the design wall. Then I start to look what it needs. I like to create balance with colours and also with the volume. I try to find arrangement where the same fabric is not next to each others. That’s not always possible.

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To get finished block size 8″x 8″, cut 1 (4″ x 4″) square for the centre, 2 x (4″x 4″) cut in half for the inside triangles and 2 x (5″x 5″) cut in half for the outside triangles. Look the square down on left (white with pink centre): that’s trimmed to 5 1/2″x 5 1/2″ before adding the outside triangles.

QUILT SIZE: 37″ x 45″ (95 cm x 114,5 cm)

economy quilt block

Had to take photo with Finnish Fox candies (Pihlaja by Fazer) because happened to have still few! Just ate the last one! I would love fabric with those fox faces!

baby quilt

Hand quilting with Perle Cotton no 8, as always.

Moomins

Then I came to a question. My quilt labels and cards needs to be updated. Should I order new labels for quilts? I don’t know yet, so for a while I shall go on with handmade labels. I cut octagon and ironed fusible web on the back to be easier to stitch the letters. I folded the edges first so the fusible web hold them also nicely. It’s quite hard to stitch letters, try yourself! How I wished I could do that with sewing machine!

quilt label

Baby girl is born and quilt is delivered. I hope she will be happy with this quilt and laugh with the Moomins.

baby quilt

You may have seen in Instagram that I have continued to play with Moomins. Other baby quilt is on the table. Unfortunately I can’t show that project much yet but I can tell you that it’s fun!

It’s a Valentine’s day week so I wish you Happy Valentine’s Day! Did you see Helen’s sweet Valentine post?! I want to make the pillow she has there! And the little quilt! But first I have a job to do with Moomins and safety pins!

Thank you so much for visiting and for the lovely comments you write! Welcome to new followers! Your comments make my day so please write!

TEJE

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Hanna’s Post: {Yellow Submarine} quilt

Vof vof friends! I’m happy to see you and hope you are fine! Today I show you this quilt …

Hanna and quilt

… which we tried to finish for the Christmas and to put it in Santa’s bag. That didn’t happen and we gave this quilt to hb few weeks ago. I’m trying to find the submarine …

Hanna and quilt

… but I see birds, jars, letters, cars, scooters … nothing looks submarine to me … it is kind of ship right?

Hanna singing

Haa, now I understand the name! When we were quilting this, I was often singing “Yellow Submarine”! My extempore video didn’t turn out good enough to show, have to exercise more,  so you can listen Ringo Starr singing ‘Yellow Submarine‘.

kumiko fujita fabric

Pattern is simple, 5″ x 5″ squares in point. We started with a charm pack ‘Tiki Tok’ by Jenn Ski. It has lovely colours with vintage feel, colours that hb likes. Yellow fabric with letters and text is by Kumiko Fujita. That we bought long time ago and used the last pieces here. Some other fabrics are from England, US and Norway (www.stoffstil.com).

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We have had quite cold winter here in Crete and wanted to give this quilt even there are still few stitiching lines to make. All the fabrics are from our stash and trying to keep it in warm vintage colours was a challenge. Border with texts is Ikea fabric. It’s fun and many quilters like to use it.

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With rainy days, we couldn’t go out for photo shoot. When the last quilting will be done and it’s washed and wrinkled, I shall show you more photos. This quilt is 60″ x 75,5″ so it wasn’t easy to hold it and my only idea to show it at home was on the bed.

Hanna

I’m snuggling here because yesterday and today has been a little boring. Our sewing machine is in cleaning/service and someone had a ‘good’ idea to make a general cleaning in our sewing room. It’s so upside down that I can’t step in at all. Everything is out and I do hope she puts them back in same place because other wise we can’t find anything. But hey, she found the long lost needle felting needles! Like to hear from where? They were in a shoe box behind the fabric boxes ??? With dog’s logic you don’t keep shoe boxes in a sewing room!

Hanna singing

I decorated with my puppy friends and spring greeen lights! Why don’t we make quilt for the bed ‘header’?!

quilts by teje

Now it’s absolutely time for my afternoon walk and sun is almost shining, so quickly out before the rain comes! Then I think I need to give a paw with the cleaning. We have to finish today because tomorrow I want to start a new baby quilt!

Hanna and Yellow Submarine quilt

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Kisses from

HANNA

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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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Trunk Show – My Favourite Quilts

Hi Dear Friends! Welcome to my Trunk Show! Soma from ‘Whims and Fancies’ is hosting an online Trunk Show where we can show quilts! Here are the quilts I chose. Each quilt has a story and these are my favourites. I hope you enjoy the tour even you may have seen these before.

‘PUPPY PORTRAITS is one of my favourites! I love dogs and when I saw Lorna’s pattern with puppies I knew I have to do that! I participated the Blog Hop and made portraits for my puppies. Every puppy has a name and small story. Some of the puppies are hand pieced. I was very lucky and this quilt brought to me bundle of blue/grey Kona solids. (Used for example for ‘After the Storm’ quilt). PS. Lorna has add now ‘Paw Print’ blocks for this free pattern.

'Puppy Portraits' by Teje

‘Puppy Portraits’ by Teje

‘TRAVELLING BIRD’ is a mini quilt. I made this quilt to send a quilt book on a travel. First stop was my friend Judith. The idea was that each quilter reads the book and sends it further with something quilted. Judith made fantastic bag and sent the book again, but unfortunately after that the journey didn’t continue.

'Traveling Bird' by Teje

‘Travelling Bird’ by Teje

‘BUNNY’S FRIENDS’ was a special custom order. I enjoyed this project very much even I was also nervous if they would like it. I made first the cute bunny from Kristy’s pattern and the story began. Bunny tells the story how the quilt grows and how she had even some little helpers. This quilt looked so perfect on my sewing studio’s wall that it was hard to apart.

'Bunny's Friends' by Teje

‘Bunny’s Friends’ by Teje 

‘PIC NIC ON THE BEACH’. This quilt was inspired by the ruler ‘Hex N More’ by Julie. I had just received the ruler so I was really excited and thought to make a quilt with all the possibilities this ruler gives. Having those beautiful, summer breeze fabrics, I started to make a big puzzle. This quilt was also one of the most enjoyable projects I have made!

Pic Nic on the Beach by Teje

‘Pic Nic on the Beach’ by Teje

‘PAPER DOLLS’ was custom order for a sweet girl. I thought this was the perfect project to use the fabric that I had treasured for a while.

'Paper Dolls' by Teje

‘Paper Dolls’ by Teje

Looks quite clearly that I like animals and children quilts with happy colours! But lets continue our Trunk Show …

Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies

… with few other kind of quilts.

‘AFTER THE STORM reached to be one of the viewers’ choises in the latest ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’ and got 5th most votes! Wow I was so amazed and happy! It’s made with Kona solids and the pattern is Storm at Sea. This pattern appears with single or double diamonds. I made this quilt to calm down from a storm in life.

'After the Storm' by Teje

‘After the Storm’ by Teje

‘SWIRLS AND STARS’ from men’s shirts are special to me. I thank hb’s shirts for starting to quilt! I really liked the fabrics and colours and thought often how nice patchwork they would make. After many quilts I finally made these two quilts with his shirts. Fabrics are really good quality (not easy to hand quilt) but strong enough for our furry friends. I have given these to Nero and Hanna so I can enjoy watching them instead of some old blankets.

'Swirls' from men's shirts by Teje

‘Swirls’ from men’s shirts by Teje

'Stars' from men's shirts by Teje

‘Stars’ from men’s shirts by Teje

‘SUMMER WINE’ is paper pieced with octagons. Little white squares are sewn without papers, just folded the edges. I made this quilt during the hot summer days and my favourite song ‘Summer Wine’ was in my mind. This is small, soft quilt and I use it often on my sidetable. Some of the fabrics are vintage pieces and some from friends.

'Summer Wine' by Teje

‘Summer Wine’ by Teje

‘FANTASY FOREST’ is my most special quilt. I hope that one day I shall make an other quilt, different, but as dear as this quilt. This quilt was part of the Forest QAL and won the 1st prize! I had never joined quilt along neither had done foundation paper piecing. When I saw the Woodpecker, I was totally sold! I thought this bird I shall make no matter what it takes. And as you can see I fell in love with paper piecing! In that time my fabric stash was smaller and it was real challenge to choose the fabrics and colours. On the other hand I feel that made this quilt more fun, creative and brave. If I had more fabrics, I may have chosen more traditional, safe colours for the animals and this quilt wouldn’t look so happy and alive.

'Fantasy Forest' by Teje

‘Fantasy Forest’ by Teje

Thank you Soma for this Trunk Show Quilt event! You made me search my quilts and that was fun. Many of my quilts give me ideas for new quilt designs! Also they give me inspiration which I have missed lately.  I realized that I need a new, long term, relaxing quilt project and in fact I have already picked the fabrics. Today I shall have a slow sewing Sunday … making diamonds from my new jelly roll: ‘Grand Canal’ by Kate Spain!

Thank you for visiting! I hope you found inspiration for your quilting! Enjoy your visit at the Trunk Show!

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TEJE

PS. MY QUILT TRUNK IS NOW NELLI’S BED …

Nelli and pillow


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Nelli’s Post: mice, pillows and quilt

Miaouuu lovely friends! Today it’s me Nelli here because something very special happened to me! I got my very own quilt! But first I show you the newest pillow, fresh finished from our sewing studio! There it is, that pink with hearts!

Nelli and new pillow

Here you can see it closer. I think I love pink! Hearts and milky star make this pillow look really beautiful!

pink heart pillow

But, there is a big BUT … this pillow is not mine. That makes me sad. And I’m not allowed even touch it because it is for our shop. So I sit nicely on the side …

Nelli and pillow

Did you notice anything special? From now on I have to keep my paws clean …

Nelli

… because I got my very own quilt! Can you believe that I was the only one in this house without quilt?! In fact I got a whole new bed! Usually I sleep on the queen size bed or Hanna’s big bed. I don’t understand what’s the problem if Hanna needs to sleep on the floor. Anyway, now I have new bed under the ‘Fabric Forest’ quilt.

Nelli and quilts

This bed is supposed to be enough big and soft … we’ll see if I like it or not. I wish I could have that pink pillow but no, it is now in Nero’s etsy shop. I hope one little, as cute as me, girl will get it! You see I have my mice friends to keep me company and heart decoration that I have made from Helen’s book: ‘Modern Vintage Gifts’!

hearts and mice

I love mice and have made also one bigger mouse from Helen’s book …

mice

I re-decorated a little bit because I got an other pillow. Do You like little birdies and mice?

mice and heart

As I couldn’t have the pink pillow which I like so much, I got a pillow to match my new, puffy quilt. Now I just need new matching collar … I said that the pink pillow was much better … I do my best to be happy with these …

Nelli's new bed

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Nelli's new bed

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I have now my sewing table full of green scraps so I go to see what they could become.

Thank you miaouly much for your visit! We all thank you for the super great comments you write to us! Hope to see you soon again!

NELLI


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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