Hello again. I have missed my blog but I have been so busy for the last 2 years I have hardly had time to do anything except work and take care of myself and my family. 1st of March I had a baby girl and I will be on maternity leave until November. I am hoping that I will have some time for my blog and my sewing in this time, while I take care of my baby girl.
So my first sewing project in months will be to make a quilt for my older girls bed. This is curtain in her room and I wanted to match the colors, at least get the theme of colors from it.
This is what I came up with. I have a monthly subscription of a Batik Fat Quarter Club from the Fat Quarter Shop (not sponcered, just love the shop and want to let you guys know about it) and for this quilt I used fat quarters I have received from them.
I used the rail fench pattern since it is easy and I wanted to make some this easy and quick for my first projects this year. My grandmother helped me make my first proper quilt many many years ago with this pattern and I love it. I am still not sure about the colors but I am still going to finish the quilt and then make up my mind if I use it for my daughter or not.
I thought I had done a little tutorial when I did a rail fench quilt when I was in Japan but it appears I did not so maby I will use this quilt to take some pictures and make an tutorial for this easy and goog beginners quilt :)
This morning I was in front of the University of Iceland at 6:30 am sharp.
A group of people meet there every week on Wednesdays for a 40 min workout.
I survived my first time and loved it. Everyone was so nice, encouraging me on and giving me high five all the way :)
When I was on my last lap and totally finished I looked up and the Hallgrím's church was surrounded by purple light is was so beautiful. I finished the workout and from the car when I was leaving I took a picture on my phone, it is not very good, but you can still see a little of the purple.
Today is very windy but was okay, with the right people and the right mindset I can do it and I can't wait to go again at Friday, then we meet at Hallgrim's church.
Today my Golden Plover Cushion returned home form a show in the UK.
I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet. I don't think I would like it in my living room, simply because I don't trust my husband and daughter to treat it good enough ;)
Is anyone interested in it? or the pattern?
Just send a message to me on facebook or in the comments below.
I love this cushion but it needs more love than I can give it :)
Now I am working on finishing another quilt I am sending for a show. This time in the Netherlands.
I am finishing this one up with a facing instead of a binding. I hope to finish tonight so I can send it off tomorrow morning.
For the first time I walked to work this morning.
I wasn't sure how long it would take me or how long it would take me to get ready for work when I got there, so I went out around 6am :)
It was still dark outside and not many people around but the weather was perfect. Cold but still and everything so beautiful in the autumn colors.
It turned out it is only 3,5 km (2,2 miles).
I will definitely do it again, when the weather is good.
So today is an exciting day at work but then tonight I will go home and finish my Open European Quilt Championships 2016. Looking forward to a good day :)
Last night I managed to cut everything for my new project. It is a quilt for my daughter. The pattern is called Jelly Forest and I found it in a book I bought on Amazon by an Icelandic quilt pattern designer called Gudrun at GE Design. I couldn't find a picture of the quilt online so I can't share it with you now but I will share my progress with you guys here and then of course the final outcome :)
Now I am off to work, this week will be a little crazy since my daughter is starting kindergarten here in Kopavogur and me and my husband have to be with her for the first days. I am just so glad she is starting kindergarten and everything is getting in it's normal routine.
Tomorrow I will be shipping the cushion off to United Kingdom for a Quilt Show. I it signed up for THE GREAT NORTHERN QUILT SHOW in England.
It is a Golden Clover. In Iceland it is a sign of spring and one of our most loved bird.
I designed this paper piecing pattern when I was in Japan and sewed it there on my Japanese Singer sewing machine. It is mostly made with Kona cotton solids from Robert Kauffman.
I am quit happy with it and I think I will just keep it after the show and not sell it,
but we will see.
I plan to make more bird patterns in the future. But I will let this one do for now, I have so many other quilt projects on the table :)
I am so happy that I got my own sewing space again, even if it is just a small corner of the living room. In the next weeks you can expect a lot more posts and pictures than I posted this summer. I can't wait to share with you my next projects, so until then, happy to be back :)
Just finished my first sewing project in weeks. I have been so busy with work and summer I haven't been sewing at all. But I had almost finished a potholder two weeks ago, only had to finish the last corner of the binding and I just finished now, few minutes ago.
We are staying at a house my parents own and I made it for the kitchen here and I am going to leave it here when we go. So it's a kind of a gift to the house :)
I used my Pear paper piecing pattern I designed few months ago.
I love it, do you?
In other news.
I am still working at the local store and we will stay in Hrísey for a bit over 2 weeks more. Then we will move to Kópavogur in the south of Iceland. We are still looking for work but both have some possibility.
Until then I won't have time for much sewing, so I guess this is all until August.
Today I start work at 11 am so I had a little free time this morning with my daughter.
I went to check on the vegetable garden that have been prepared for us and the plants I am going to plant. I volunteered to plant for my friend as well as the plants came on Thursday, the day before we both went for a vacation, I for a long weekend but she for at least two weeks!
I will have a lot to do tonight when I finished at work and my daughter is asleep :)
So here are a few pictures from this morning. Hrísey really is a Paradise in the North.
When we had checked out the vegetable garden and the plants we went on a mission to find all the different types of flowers that are in bloom at the moment. These are the ones we found, just in our garden :)
We also have rhubarb, I think I will have to cut the flower tonight before I start with the planting so the flower doesn't take all the water and energy form the rhubarb itself.
Finally while my daughter played in the sand I checked our Alaska Willow bush (at least I think that is the name of it). They were cut down a year ago since they were getting way to big and now they are starting to get some little branches on them. We have to keep the grass in check so that the little ones can breath and get some sun light. We have a whole row of them at the end of our lawn.
When I say we of course I mean my parents and my sister, since I am only staying here for the summer in their house ;)
When I was living in Japan people were very curious about the midnight sun and the fact that here in Iceland we don't really have nights in the summer time. For some reason I had to go to the toilet in the middle of the night and saw how bright it still was, or already was, I don't know which so I took a picture. As it happens I took a similar picture yesterday evening, when a flock of Seagulls were eating out on the fjord and then when I woke up this morning I decided to take the third picture just to show you. I did not have camera on auto, the same light settings were on for all three pictures. Hover over the picture to see the time they are taken !!!
Today I tought 18 japanese people to cook Icelandic food. In the menu were meatballs with brown sauce and mashed potatos, and lummur.
I met some great people and everybody were so nice. All the food tasted great and they were so patient with my poor japanese :)
I put the recipies below :)