Sunday, July 26, 2009

I love my stash!

I´ve spent the time since last post moving, and my lovely fabrics have been stashed away untill now. The urge to sew suddenly came over me, and i enjoy finding my projects in bokses and bags. I find place for my stash, sewingbooks and notions. I no longer have a sewingroom, but I have a nice appartment, with lots of space and plenty light.

I really look foreward to getting started again. My DJ, my handapplique/ nine-patch project, the placemats with tiny fourpatch´es. I´m planning a bali-wallhanging as well.

The next week is my "welcome back, fabrics" week. Then it´s back to work after a wonderfull summerholliday, even thoug i´ve been ill (mono).

Friday, March 27, 2009

A matter of prioritizing

A man with a little more experience in life than yours truly told me, not long ago... that prioritizing, isn´t simply reorganizing the order of your planned actions, but to actually exclude something, decide what is less important and let it go.

If you don´t actively prioritize, things will prioritize them selves, and things will eventually fall out from the bottom of the list, wether you like it or not.

So, the last few weeks I have been struggling back and forth between my "want to"s and "got to"s, trying to keep my head above water.  This weekend however, is my big comeback to sanity. Not one single plan other than getting on top with laundry, cleaning and hugging and kissing my kids over and over. If I´m lucky, I´ll even dust off my Janome tomorrow, it´s been neglected for over three weeks!!!

Wish me good luck, getting a grip on my time again. 
Nattinatt :D

Monday, February 23, 2009

So little time...

I am the luckiest girl in the world! I Love my family and my job , and I have sooo many things to fill my life. I have no understanding for people who gets "bored". HOW is that possible? I usually try to do at least two things at once, because there are just soooo many things I wanna do! 
Every now and then I sit down with my computer, watch the news on TV, while i chat with friends, blog,  and surf the web. 

Tonight I had a list of possible activities, some more necessary than others, such as laundry. I like laundry, and the folding, but not too fond of putting the clean laundry back in the closets and drawers. And I tend to down-prioritize pairing socks. 
I could choose to continue moving in to my new sewing room (it´s actually not a separate room, but we´ve refurbished the master bedroom, so one third of it is my brand new sewing room)
I could (and did!) bake a cake.
I have plenty of funny sewing to do!
I can play games on my PC, or organize photos on my Mac.
I did clean half the kitchen (save some for tomorrow)

And now I will go put on another washing machine, hang my already clean work-trousers on the clothesline, so I have dry pants tomorrow. (The blue shirts I washed yesterday, my blazer is overdue for dry-cleaning, but I forget to bring it home from the office every day. )

And finally, before going to bed, I will enjoy my new sewing room a little more... Will post pictures later. 

The Jason's Jack block  turned out Ok, btw. 

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hm... I may reconcider the approach

First attempt on "invisible" hand applique, not entirely sure it´s the thing for me... oh well... Half way trough the D3, Jason´s Jack, and not convinced. Will post again when finished, maybe i´m more satisfied when I see the end result :D

It is not the applique that bothers me, but how the piece is really wonky on the background, I´ll hurry up finishing the applique, and cut the block the right size :D

Saturday, February 14, 2009

"Promise of Spring"

Yeay! It´s finally finished!
And I Love it... So does my son, who wanted to borrow it, and ten minutes later he was "gone"...

Monday, February 9, 2009


Had the most wonderfull moonlight skiing tonight.
Now I´ll soak mself in the tub, and spend the rest of the evening making a new, and better sewingbag!


Sunday, February 8, 2009


Another week has past so quickly. I must have blinked! 
Friday I went shopping, my LQS, Lille Stasjon´s annual wintersale. 

I´ve also, finally, taken pictures og the lovely quilting on my "Scrappy Baltimore" quilt. Merete Ellingsen did a wonderfull job!

My brothers quilt is now on it´s way to Harstad in the mail, and I´ve started a new project; a sewingbag. I found the pattern online, and got going coupple of days ago. The pattern was supposed to be easy, but I don´t agree. Knowing now how the bag is supposed to turn out, I would have done it in another way, which I think would be both easier as well as quicker. Perhaps I´ll make another one, with my own aproach, but maybe only half the size. (For shorter sew-outings?)

It´s been snowing again, for a coupple of days. Maybe I´ll take Ragnar (my son) out skiing today.

There´s a garden somewhere under all that white fluff...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Loooooong day at work

I´m tired, today... I really want to sew, but I just sit here yawning.... Maybe i should snuggle under my covers with some handstiching, and recharge my batteries for tomorrow, when I will have to dig my car out from a huge pile of snow before driving an hour in the blizard to some work thing in Oslo... 

Sorry.... just tired, and had to get it out of my system.  All better now :D Will post picture again tomorrow. The large quilt I sent away for quilting is back, and it is sooooo beautiflully quilted... But, you will have ti wait til tomorrow. 

Nighty night...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sunday sewday...

Today I´ve finished the quilt for my brother, Truls. I appliqued his name on it pretty early, so I wouldn´t risk wanting to keep it to myself when it was done... Think i´m getting the hang of the freemotion quilting now; look, flowers!

I have also delivered the large country-baltimore´ish one for quilting. I found it was too large for me to do on my own machine. Now it´s way past bedtime, and I still have to do the dishes and some laundry.
Good night...

And... yes, I just had to make my blog pink. You know, "pink is like red, but not quite"

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Hair by mom!

Had a wonderfull day with my parents. The food was delicious, and the kids had a great time. My mom had bought me a new hair-clip-comb thingy, and fixed my hair, which is too long. Haven´t cut my hair for a very long time. I think it´s nice with long hair, but unusual, so I don´t know what to do with it....
No sewing today.... Watching movie on DVD, "Tropic Thunder" and eating snacks and candy...

Next in line on the DJ is an applique, and I´m procratinating, as I havent done it Freezerpaper style before...  

Visiting grandparents

I´m taking the kids to see my parents today. We´re getting roasted moose-beef, yum.
They live in Notodden, about an hour from here, but after they retired they spend more and more time at the summerhouse in Åsgårdstrand, the home town of artist Edward Munch. (Idyllic little place).

I practise my handapplique, and will bring my practiceblock to Notodden..

Friday, January 30, 2009

And there we go!

Simple Simon is now finished, and stored in his own plastic sleeve in the DJ ringbinder. 

I´ve actually started my journey for real, and it feels gooooood!

Tiny post from work

I believe my employer prefer me not blogging in my workhours, but I just had to say hello!
Tonight I will start my first DJ block, Huzza!
Simple Simon in red and blue.

Gotta go now,
(And to DnB NOR Bank; I wont blogg at work again.... soon... at least not very often... I think)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sniff´ling little one

I´m home from work today, to look after my 2 year old, Marie. She´s been under the weather for soome days now, and is tired. Been sleeping for over two hours now. I don´t mind, getting plenty of fun sewingthings done. I relax, as i have spoken to my boss, who has taken care of my clients today.
Just had Pasta Carbonara for lunch, yum. (Carbon based pasta, as opposed to Silicon based?)

Inspired by Wenche

I tried to change the layout on my blog.  It´s nothing wrong with the way it is, but i really wanted a cooler background, not this booring green one. But all i find are complete themes, and when I tried one of them out, my widgets dissapeared, and I dont feel like adding and customize them again...

Tips will be recieved with deepest gratitude.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hand applique

There´s a first time for everything. I will no enter the world of hand stitching. I start easy with fusible web.  I will spice it up a nodge when I get going with the appliqued blcks on the DJ, and do the freezerpaper-thing...

Still waiting for background fabric before entering the word of DJ "for real".  But I have made som preperations. In addition to getting the book, i have made copies of the first nine blocks i will start with, i have put each copy in its own plastic sleeve in a ring binder. The intention is to do the apliques by hand, and most of the piecing by machine. I picture i will prepare the applique blocks so i can just take a plastic sleeve with me when i go somewhere and need something to stich.

No i will go do some Ironing, and then i will get my crayons and play with colors, maybe i´ll post a drawing tomorrow. 


Monday, January 26, 2009

Debbie Mumm BOM

Natural Wonders
This will be my 2009 sampler. First block is an Ohio star with a mushroom applique in the middle. Maybe i shall stitch a face on it, my own little "shroomy"... hihi

Backgroundfabric for my DJ

My local quilt-shop throws the winter-sale on february 6. Even though i eager to getting started with my new project, I will wait till then, and go Shop-o-rama!
I think i will go for a medium to dark value, greyish blue background, and make the motifs in a TATW style, from oceangreen/blue to plum/ purple. 

This will be so much fun!
Now, to shorten the wait for the sale, I will make my two blocks for this springs guildquilt, and finnish the quilt to my brother, which only misses the binding. Wonder wether i should go for the same fabric as the outer border, or pick another one... What do you think? It´s the one in the picture under the section "Teppet til broren min".

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Winter wonderland...

Or wonderfull sewingseason.
I will post these picture for Vicky from Wisconsin to see... We do have a lot of snow here, but it is not very cold. We´ve had a long periode of very cold weather, but now it is milder, and snowing. 

Winter in Norway is not easily described due to the variations in climate throughout our long thin country. Some people live in cold dry innland climate, while others by the coast where it is more likely to rain more, for instans in Bergen. Drammen, where i live is somewhere in between, we sometimes have a coastlike climate, but it can be really cold here, with freezing fog from the river, and we often have periods during the winter with pretty much snow. 

As you see from the pictures, we live with our driveway close to an intersection, and the snowplows dumps this huge pile of snow just outside our "door"... You see, the road our driveway is in, is plowed by the municipal plowers, whilst the road it ends in (and the road we actually live in, according to our adress) is plowed by the regional governments roadmaintenence. And who gets the snow???

What do we learn from this? Stay in and sew till you can spot little green leaves on the trees outside the window!

I´ve got myself a signature...

and changed the theme on my page, I´m trying to "find my own look"...


Great response

Thank you to all who responded by mail! I have now done some ajustments, so those who doesn´t speak Norwegian can post replies here. 

Some readers asked about the maple leaf quilt; it is called "Autumn at the courthouse", and i think it was a free download from Fons and Porter´s Love of quilting.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Welcome to TrineKanine!

I exptect (at some point) to deliver the "Quilters blog of choice", and have tons of visits to my page. I guess, however that most of my postings will be in Norwegian, so I ask you please let me know when it is about time i start writing in English, due to my huge mass of international readers...

Tata, and a happy weekend to y´all.!

Scrappy baltimore´ish...

Pågående prosjekt, som nå bare mangler quilting. Skal få den quiltet på longarm.  Skriften ble blå og understreket, men pytt... Det er ikke en lenke altså...

Teppe til broren min

Ganske dårlig bilde, det kommer et bedre når quilten er ferdig. 

Veggteppe til stua

Toppen var ferdig rett før jul, nå skal den quiltes, frihåndsquilt på maskin.
Den skal henge over soffaen :D


Last weekend i mad my first tote bag. The denim fabric was supposed to be the lining, but the outside turned out so "screaming" and messy in colours (used some leftover blocks from a previous project) so i decides to turn it inside out. 

First success in free motoin quilting. I have never really got the hang of free motion quilting, but suddenly it just worked! I did it :D :D :D 
(I have to turn my bag inside out to show off my swirls and twirls, though)

The denimside is quilted with decorative stitches on my sewingmachine.

My new years resolution was to drink more water, so i had to make a little table topper to put my flask on. I had the block laying from a mysteryquilt i never finnished, and just put a border and  cornertriangels "Voila"!


Bilder 2007-2008