January 21, 2012

2. finish 2012

Well, the second cushion finished. It looks exactly like the first one, with two different patterns. One on each side, so you can decide every day anew which combination you fancy most. In the picture you can see all four different ones.

Beauty really liked the two I made and decided to make two of her own. On one side she made a big nine-patch block and on the other side she took a similar nine-patch block and cut it twice straight through the middle.

She arranged the four pieces anew and it looks nothing like the nine-patch block she started with. It is so easy to sew, but it looks complicated. I got the idea from a pattern on Moda Bake Shop in case your are interested in how it is done. I can't remember the name of the pattern. Perhaps someone could help me out on this?

The cushions look rather cute on a white background as well, don't you agree?

Now I'm off again, the sewing machine is calling and that is a sound I cannot resist.

January 18, 2012

1st finish 2012

This cushion was made with the Flying in Squares pattern from Moda Bake shop, mostly with Tilda fabrics. They are really cute and I would like to use them more. Unfortunately its not my favorite colour scheme.

I used different blocks for the front and the back, so Beauty can choose which one she likes. There is some hope that the second cushion will be finished tonight.

These rather modest oven gloves from IKEA were pimped up by Beauty. She used a pattern from Hugs and Kisses.

January 17, 2012

How well do you know the world we live in?

Are you one of those couch know-it-alls? You know what I mean. The ones sitting in front of the TV, watching some quiz show or other and groaning around because some unfortunate looser sucks and doesn’t know the most elementary things?

I once heard a comment on a train: “It is nine o’clock, so this must be Switzerland.” No, I will not tell you what I thought (you might find some slight fault with my Christian spirit), but this comment stayed in my mind for a long time. Of course I am a mature and reasonable person, so I decided to make a test of my own on how much I know about the USA. I’ve never been there, but I’m an educated person, so why not?

I found all kinds of maps at www.mapsofworld.com and chose one with only the outlines of the different states. Then I set down to work with the firm intention of placing all the 50 states, with capitals, in the right places. Hark, hark.

The bright side was that my creativity is quite impressive.

Europe was, of course, far too easy to bother with (at least in my mind). But somewhat sobered through the US fiasco I decided to make another test and name all the countries, with capitals and currency thrown in to get at least some kind of intellectual challenge. Isn't there some saying about pride and falls?

Well, I never got down to the capitals because I sucked already at the countries. If you are now chuckling and shaking your head, you should try it yourself. First of all; there are 50 countries (that was news to me) and the ones around the Black Sea are real tricky.

So, what about you? Care to try it out? I’d love to hear the results. Of course you are much smarter than me…
Know what; you show me yours and I'll show you mine (is this not a sort of male thing?). Results, of course.

January 16, 2012

Virus warning

I just saw this virus warning on Dianes blog Random thoughts and am just passing the information on. Take care!

January 15, 2012

Back on track again

Wow, finally all the Christmas stuff is safely stored away again and I've made a great job on eating all the remaining chocolates single handedly. (Burp)

Friday evening I had some quality time together with my sewing machine for the first time since before Christmas and it felt really good. I thought to show you some of the things I'm working on before you write me off as a quilter. I did start on them before Christmas, but I got into a hassle and didn't get them finished in time. But first of all I want to show you the bag Beauty made all by herself.

It's great, isn't it?

Well, here are my ongoing projects. First of all a table topper. The backside is finished, on the front side I have to make some applications yet.

This one I'm still not so sure about how to make, but wenn (and if!) I get it sorted out I'm going to make a tutorial.

So, I'm off again; I've still got that January UFO to finish...(Why is no one surprised?)

January 5, 2012

Thank you!

First of all I want to wish you a Happy New Year and to thank you for making 2011 into a good one for me. I started blogging in April 2011 and it has been a most refreshing and enhancing experience I don’t want to live without. I never expected it to be so much fun.

Before I get all teary eyed I’d better take a look at last years resolutions and what became of them.

I did have big plans of reducing my pile of UFOs by one a month. My bad right arm prevented my good intentions, but at least I did get 6 UFOs finished and I got this blog up and running. There were some other things I wanted to do as well, like reducing weight, but let’s not get too agitated about them…
I still cannot stitch or knit, but if I’m careful I can cut fabrics and use a sewing machine, so there is still life in me.
For this year I think keeping the pace of 1 UFO/month seems a good plan.

So what has happened these last two weeks since I posted? First and most important of all was that two swap gifts arrived from Birmingham and Singapore. Thank you Gerry ever so much for everything you sent. The Christmas pudding and the sauce are long gone, everything else I keep looking at and fondling. And thank you Rachel for the book cover and the key ring. The key ring reminds me of three wonderful days in Singapore. The book cover is beautifully stitched and has great fabrics. Sorry not to show any pictures, but when I get home from the treadmill it is so dark that the pictures look more like wartime blackouts than anything else.

If you wonder what was in my mystery swap parcel, it was a cute quilting book with lots of applications. Gerry doesn’t quilt yet, but perhaps it will get her started :-) . Rachel got a pouch, some book markers and some yummy chocolates. I suppose Rachel got only the wrappers as she has three small boys…

Get on with the story.

I did get my Christmas decorations up in time and Christmas was a family thing with lots of presents, fun and rich nourishment. We went to church and stuffed ourselves something awfully with all our favourite foods. We don’t have the traditional Finnish or German Christmas dinners, only some elements from both, as no one in the family is especially keen on the traditional foods. We just go through an array of our personal greatest hits and are usually unable to move even a fin afterwards.

This is a traditional German Neujahrskringel. It is served on New Year, but our didn’t survive New Years Eve.

What else?

What about quilting? Well no; I didn’t finish any quilts during December, only some smaller gifts. I was in such a hurry to get them on their way that I missed out on taking pictures. But I still have some smaller unfinished projects I’d like to share as soon as the light is better.

What I can share with you are some pictures from a medieval Christmas market in a small German town in the Rhine valley. There are famous Christmas markets in most places in this country, but I’m not the greatest of fans. This one is an exception and I go there every now and then. It is fun. The vendors try to speak some “old” German, but of course it is no where like the real Mittelhochdeutsch. They dress the part though. You don’t pay in Euros, but in Silberlinge (they look suspiciously like Euros) and get your food served on cabbage leaves. There are open fires, dancing and you can try your skills at medieval handicrafts. Without further blubber from me; enjoy!


I did order a small pile of patches, in case you are wondering about it. But only the ones from countries far away. I did get the flags from Scotland, Åland and Palestine as well, even if they are not countries in the official meaning of the word. For the rest I hope to be going everywhere once again as I’d like to have memories associated with the patches. A good place to start would certainly be Germany :-). Anyone else interested before I go shopping?
With my delivery there came two patches I didn’t order. One was from Malawi (no, I’ve never been there and have no immediate plans on going) and the other one I don’t know. Can anyone help me out?