One Flower Wednesday

Two flowers this Wednesday,

Started this "Siggie collection" and I already have four,
from Germany, Holland and USA.
This can be fun  - for a while.

This is a door stopper, inside is a brick.
Can be very useful.

To morrow I will be leaving for Iceland,
where I will spend Christmas with my family,
it will be nice to see the kids
(well they are not really kids anymore  - but still - my kids)
 and the grand children.

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and
a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.



Give a Heart

Shirley in New Zealand is calling out to all quilter around the world
to give a healing heart,  for the families of 29 miners who
 tragically died last week in New Zealand.

You can visit her blog at Shirley's blog and read what size and where to send it.

I made these two hearts while listening to a devine service
 in Iceland over the internet.
It's amazing - the technique - here I am in Luxembourg and can listen to a mass in Reykjavik, live.

My newest book

As you can see, it is a lovely book with lots and lots of stitching.

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
                                                                                                                   Albert Einstein

Happy stitching



I have to update my blog, what is the matter with me,  is it idleness or what???

Well - I started "siggie" where Annelies in The Netherlands is the host
and received her block which is very nice,
Three monkeys - See no... hear no... speak no evil

I'm knitting this sweater

for my son Ófeigur, he is the author of this book JON

The book was published few days ago and I have to say it is very good.
This is his second novel.
I'm sorry to say it is in Icelandic .

Here he is at the Quilt Show in Iceland last September
when I won a  prize for Þingvellir
and he was there for me.

Happy stitching to you all and have a nice weekend



Hand dyed fabric and two flowers

For my Flowergarden I did these two flowers and
have now 53 flowers and some hexies done.
About 100 flowers will be needed, haven't decided yet on how large it will be.

Then I made
 these butterflies and flowers to put on a miniquilt.
I like making little embellishments for quilts

I bought this
Friendship Triangles book by Edyta Sitar the other day,
it is a beautiful book and it has step-by-step technique for
creating half-square triangles among other things.

Have been dyeing
some fabric for my  Dear Jane Quilt

"Happiness is to be found along the way,
 not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late.
Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us
to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles,
and perhaps more interesting because of them."
                                                              Robert R. Updegraff

Take care and enjoy what ever you are doing.


Adding some flowers

I'm adding some flowers to my garden today, it's not big but it's growing.

I also wanted to share with those of you who like to knit,
this new Icelandic website called Knitting Iceland
It looks very interesting and it is in Icelandic, English or French.

Some pictures from Iceland,

An old little church, called Núpstaðakirkja, not used anymore, but it is cute.

The organ inside the Church

In the old old days people used to live in these houses.
No electricity, No running water, No heat,

Thank God it is the past.

Happy stitching



Quilting and knitting

I'm quilting this top using my Bernina 830,
and having heavy trouble with the bottom tension, it is just driving me crazy,
I've turned the machine off  and on several times but nothing happened.
So now it is off for the day and I will do some blogging.

This top is waiting to be quilted, well it has to wait - Bernina is on strike.

Just finished this sweater for my son for the winter in Holland.

My other son who lives in Iceland asked
for a real Icelandic "lopapeysu" with a hood.
Last September when I was in Iceland I brought "lopi" back with me home,
and will start soon on this sweater.

There is always something to do,
never a dull moment.

Enjoy what ever you are doing, life is beautiful.



Three flowers and a joke

Three more flowers for my Flowergarden this Wednesday,
and a picture by Rébecca Dautremer the French illustrator I like so much,
for those of you that have not seen the pictures on my Dear Jane blog.

A friend of mine sent me this joke the other day, some of you may have heard it and some not.

40 Years of Marriage

A married couple in their early 60s was celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant. Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table. She said, "For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish."

The wife answered, "Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband."

The fairy waved her magic wand and - poof! - two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands.

The husband thought for a moment: "Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I'm sorry my love, but
my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me."

The wife, and the fairy, were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish.

So the fairy waved her magic wand and poof. . . the husband
became 92 years old.

The moral of this story:

Men who are ungrateful should remember:

Fairies are Female . . .

So guys, be careful what you wish for . . .

You never know what can happen . . .

Best wishes to you all and happy quilting.




Wow - I got ribbon in Iceland,  for the best handcraft.
I could hardly believe it when I got e-mail from
Borghildi Ingvarsdóttir the chairman of the Icelandic Patchwork and Quilting Association telling me this.
Unfortunately I could not be there, but my son Ófeigur, was there for me. 

The Icelandic Patchwork and Quilting Association, Íslenska bútasaumsfélagið, was established in the year 2000. At the inaugural/first meeting there were 140 members from most parts of Iceland. Today the members are 400.

10 years anniversary

Congratulations to Íslenska bútasaumsfélag.


Mariner's Compass

Some years ago I learned how to draw Mariner's Compass at the QU.
The other day I used the drawings and made these four 12" circles.
It was fun - paper pieced -  I do like paper piecing.
I will have to do some more or I can use this as four corners for a big middlepiece.

Block #7 was my sixth block for my CWB Quilt

Here they are - all six of them together.

I also finished E-5 for DJ
you can have a look at my Dear Jane blog

Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by.



Flowers and Snowballs

Wow - time flies, I haven't posted anything for four weeks now
and I haven't finished anything.
But I have done some flowers and some hexies.
12 flowers have been joined together,
39 flowers ready and waiting to join the garden.

These "Snowballs" are about ready to be sewn together,
just have to find the time.

I spent some days in Paris last week
Paris is sooooo beautiful, my favourite city and I also love New York.

Thank you for stopping by, I wish you all the best. 

Four New Flowers

Four new flowers this Wednesday and some new fabric.
I ordered from  Fat Quarter Shop for my Flowers,
it didn't take long, only a week.
Usually it takes about 6 to 8 weeks to receive mail from USA.
This should be enough, 4 meters altogether.

Some have been cut down and put in a tin, ready for use.

And here I collect my flowers - of course in a tin.
I have 38 flowers so far.

Now I will have a look at  One Flower Wednesday 
and see how the others are doing.

Enjoy your stitching.

Flower and Klosjes

My flower for this Wednesday was to put four flowers together.
I have made 28 flowers so far, the total will be 92.
As I'm a very impatient person I could not wait to see how it would look if I joined them together with pink hexagons. And I'm happy with the result.

Then I had to try to do a tiny Klosjes, (English spools, Icelandic spólur)
well I did one and it ended up in a 2,5" pincushion. Very cute, I think.
One day I will do tiny Klosjes blocks, when I have finished my Flower Garden.

Be happy and enjoy your stitching



The postman delivered a parcel to me from Lis for being her 50th follower. Isn't that just nice, she made this lovely pincushion, full of colorful pins, bag full of beautiful blue buttons and a beads. Thank you Lis, I love it all.

Well she also sent me a chain letter or a swap called Quilting Tree. There are no threats of bad luck, just some quilting fun. I send two 6 inch PURPLE squares to the first person on the list, put mine on the bottom of the list. Send two 6 inch PURPLE to 4 friends  who quilt. So simple - In the end there should  be 72 squares  in return. That should be enough to make a quilt and it will be fun to see where the squares come from and to join them together.
The problem is, I need three addresses to mail to.
 If any of you are interested to participate in this Quilt Tree, you can e-mail me your address and I will send you two 6 inch Purple squares, and the letter of course.

Happy stitching

Civil War Bride

Block number 9 is my fifth block for Civil War Bride.
The blocks are all so excited, it is hard to decide which one to do next.
 I chose this one because of the tail. I appliqué each feather instead of piecing.
I could have paper pieced the tail, but I didn't think of it until afterwards.
Well - anyway the bird is here.
Which block will be the next one - I wonder?


Wednesday flower

My flower garden is still growing.
I went to Iceland for ten days to visit my family, and made some flowers while traveling by cars and planes.
But the big pink one I did yesterday - Wednesday.

I also did some dyeing yesterday,
I needed more fabric for my Dear Jane, which is still growing but slowly.
I did Rust Dyeing too, but it is still curing, I will post picture later.

Have a nice day and God bless you all.



One Flower Wednesday
Should I rather say: eight  flowers since last Wednesday!!!
Karen invited me to join her and lots of others to her Garden party 
We make at least one flower every Wednesday and post it on our blog,
once a week or once a month, it depends on each lady.
 It is fun and encouraging to work with a group of ladies,
all doing the same thing, among other things,
 although the flowers are all different.

Until next time
Take care



Just finished another mini-quilt, size 8 1/4" x 11 3/4".
Some years ago took a picture of this old church at Þingvellir in Iceland,
I always wanted to work it into fabric and now it's done.

At Þingvellir – literally "Parliament Plains" – the Alþing general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders.

Today Þingvellir is a protected national shrine. According to the law, passed in 1928, the protected area shall always be the property of the Icelandic nation, under the preservation of the Alþing.

Two new books

I bought the Material Obsession 2 at a quilt festival in Lux last month and liked it a lot, I just had to have the other one as well. I ordered it through Amazon in UK and in two days I had it in my hands, just lovely.
So many beautiful pictures,  one's mind -  inspiration in full.

And now I have all this beautiful fabric from Masako Wakayama,
that I bought at the quilt festival in Lux.
It is very soft and I'm sure it is a good quality.
Can't wait to start something nice.

Hope you all have a nice week and happy quilting.


Six more Flowers

The weather has been very nice this weekend here in Lux.
 And as I'm not much in to gardening, I enjoyed  sitting outside in my garden (not in the sun, though)
doing some Flower Garden, they are really fun to make.
I have not still decided whether I appliqué on a background or piece them together.

I also basted a top and used Sharon´s  technique.
On her webside you can find all sorts of free classes which are very helpful.
Quilting is easy with this basting, you don't have to start in the middle, just start at the top or the bottom.
 I have used this technique twice before and it is perfect.

Happy quilting.