Easter card, Di Ford and DA

Made this little Easter Card, 
and now it is on its way
to the little island up North.

Believe it or not, I have finished part 2,
48 circles, hexies in the corners and lots and lots of triangles.
The 3rd part will be in Quiltmania 
next issue May-June.

The Downton Abbey top is all sewn together

and the back

Here it is sandwiched, and in my sewing machine
being quilted, slowly. 
I quilt just for an hour a day, it really tries on my shoulders 

October calendar girl.

Happy stitching


Di Ford's Mystery Quilt

Signed up for Di Ford's Mystery Quilt. 
The pattern is in Quilt mania, 
the fabric I get from "The Quilt Room" in UK.

This is my first block, 24"
I'm quite happy how it turned out.

And this is the fabric for the 2nd block. It arrived yesterday.

This beautiful box also arrived yesterday from "LoveBug Studios" in Grayslake, IL

Inside was the Backing Kit for Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt.
I have never received so beautifully packed fabric before,
and the fabric is very special, I just love it.
All blocks are made, now it is just time to assemble the quilt.

Happy quilting



Thread catcher, Pocket book

One thread catcher and a bread basket.

This pattern I found at Lin's blog  
well not really the pattern,  the link to the pattern.
The bread basket I made much bigger, instead of 9" I did 20".

This is a beautiful little notebook my son made for me,
it is leather and some hand dyed fabric (which I made).
The hexagons are beautifully inline with the leather.

Inside at the back is a small pocket.

This knitted sweater I finished in January,
for my son

It was fun to do.

And I knitted myself a dress, for the winter, 
but now the spring has arrived
I can put it away.
 The yarn I bought at Pickles in Norway.
They do have some beautiful yarn. 

One more block for Downton Abbey Quilt finished.

Happy stitching 

Downton Abbey

Who doesn't like Downton Abbey?
Well I love it, and most of all I love the Dowager Countess.
 This photo is all over facebook and I just have to share it with you.
I signed up for "Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along" which started in November 2013,
had no chance to start mine until late February, having a guest in the house for two months, no time for sewing.

I love the quote from the Dowager Countess, when Cora's mother was visiting from USA (Shirley  MacLaine).:
"No guest should be admitted without the date of their departure being known".

There are so many brilliant quotes from her, like:
"Parenting is difficult even when you like the child".

"I am a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose".

"Of course it would be a foreigner. No Englishman 
would dream of dying in someone else's house".

These are just a few I could think of for now.

This is the fabric for the DA quilt.

and some of my blocks.

Oh yes one more quote:
"I was right about my maid. She's leaving - to get married!!!
How could she be so selfish?"

Well that is all for today.

Enjoy life, it is so beautiful.



Quilt, knit, dye

This beautiful yarn from Pickles in Norway 

is 100% wool and silk mohair

And this is what it turned into,
a coat with a twist at the back.
I'm rather happy with the outcome.

This is a quilt top for my grandson (the pianist), 
was supposed to be Christmas present, but will be a birthday present.
No time to finish it before Christmas.

This block filled my chart, (on the right) JustTakes2.

Making dye for wool.

Birch, Wild thyme and Mint.

I've  signed up for New Years Day Mystery Quilt - Time Flies.
It is free at but one can
donate to fundraising for cancer, which I think is a good thing.

Have you watched Downton Abbey?
Well, I bought the series at Amazon and just started on disk one,
 and I must say, I'm loving it.

Have a lovely week



Sweet Nostalgia

Sweet Nostalgia finished at last.

It only took me 12 months to stitch the 12 blocks. Then it took me more than a year to finish it.
Of course I have been working on other thing too.
 I'm happy it is finished and 
I do like the quilt. 
The pattern was some years ago a block of the month  from Dorothy  

A sweater for my son, the writer, 
the pattern is from an old Icelandic book, called Skaftafell's Book.
By Jon Einarsson, (1731-1798) a skilled craftsman from Skaftafell. 
The yarn is Icelandic lopi, I must say I don't like lopi 
and I told my son, "this is the last time I use LOPI for knitting".
(I might have said that before).

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Albert Einstein     

Until next time. Happy quilting.



Red and White

Catch up on Red and White Schoolhouse Quilt

Double X - block 15

Card Trick - block 16

block 17
All from Just Takes 2  
Provider:   Brenda and Gay

October Aurifil   designer is Allison Harris
You can see some more blocks here

Not a month without a knitting
 This little jacket was knitted for baby Katrin.
The yarn was bought in "Litla Prjonabudin" in Reykjavik,
but is actually Danish from Askeladen very soft and nice to work with.

Here you can see how it is worked  with short rows 
(the colour in this photo is not right).

I'm still quilting Sweet Nostalgia, I have rested Love Entwined for awhile.
Want to spend some time on Dear Jane.

Happy quilting, knitting, stitching or what ever you are working on.




Not a lot of stitching to report around this house,
just came back from a Pilgrimage in the Holy Land,
following the steps of Jesus.

It was a very challenging tour with True Life In God.
About 700 people attended, from 60 countries.
This was my third Pilgrimage.
The next one will probably be in Jordan 2015.

I did take some sewing with me (hexagons)
but there was no spare time, the program started at six o'clock in the morning
and lasted until eleven o'clock at night.
I was exhausted when I came back home.

Now I have gathered some strength and finished 2 blocks
from Aurifil block of the month. 
August block, designed by Jill Finley

September block, designed by Kimberly Einmo

You can see some more blocks at flickr
you can even join up. 
Each month they pick one random winner that has
 made a  block from their designers and that random person receives 
a Full box of  Aurifil thread as the  prize!
I haven't won yet, but I've got very nice 8 blocks.
This was waiting for me when I came home.
I was a winner on the Quilting Gallery blog for 
Gudrun Gisladottir's (GE designs) 10 years anniversary party. 
Lucky me. 

My Rainbow Dear Jane is growing slowly but surely.

Happy stitching.



Zigzag border and more

Love Entwined
The star-flowers have been sewn.

For the little flowers I used batik 

The zigzag border is being prepared

The center will not be finished tomorrow when Esher's 3 part will be released,
That's  alright, it is not a race, I enjoy every stitch. 

This is a crochet hexagon in progress.

And my hand dyed yarn will be used in crochet squares. 
The yarn was dyed with birch and others plants.
I will have to make some other colors too, so this autumn I will start dyeing again.

Enjoy whatever you are doing.