Yesterday after work I made this dress for my daughter. She loves dresses and all her dresses were getting too short so I made this one and I am planning on making another :)
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.
Just as my Plover cushion returned from a show yesterday. Today was time to send my Swan in the Moonlight off to the Netherlands for a show there.
It has been a long process and I have loved every step.
Earlier this year I saw an ad for the Open European Quilt Championships 2016. I looked into it and found out everyone can summit a quilt and that there are a few categories. The one I was interested in was this years theme championship and the theme is "20" since this is the 20th Championship.
So it all started with trying to design a pattern.
After thinking about it a drawing some ideas for a few day I started to set up the picture. One day at the waiting room at the doctors I made this sketch on my iPhone.
By this point I had decided how it should look. Now it was just a matter of my abilities as a quilter. I am relatively new quilter so I did what I had recently learned. If I was starting now I would make it differently but I am still happy with the result.
I used my enviroment as inspiration and at a trip to Yamaguchi I saw a Swan I used as a model for my quilted Swan.
At a trip to Hajidamu I took some pictures of trees I had in mind while making the applique for the tree in the quilt.
When I had all the pieces where I wanted them I had to do some quilting. With so many leafs the quilting took its time. I asked my quilting group on Facebook for advice and almost everyone agreed with me. What do you think}
Finally I decided I would finish it off with facing instead of a binding.
I used my clips from the 100 yen (dollar) shop from Japan :)
So here it is ...
I have had some help on the way, specially from my top helper Margret.
My Swan in the moonlight.
Now somewhere on its way to the Netherlands. Too bad I can't join it and go to the show myself :)
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.
Few days ago I heard about a group that meets twice a week at local landmarks here in Reykjavik for morning exercise. They meet up at 6:30 am no matter the weather or if it is a holiday or what ever. I liked the idea. In the end of the interview the person responsible said it is no excuse to be unfit, "First I will get fit then I will start working out with this group", that's not how it works, she said come to our exercise meeting do it and get fit :)
So this morning I was very responsible, got up at 6 am ate half a banana and off I went. The weather is not really nice this morning but at least it's not raining (or snowing). But when I got there I was no one. WAHT!! They said it didn't matter how the weather is, someone always shows up. Well not this morning. So I did my own little exercise. I used the stairs and then ran around the house and back down in circles a few times. When I got home I did my stretches and went online to try to google this group.
Well I found them and they meet up on Wednesdays and Friday ;)
So now I just have to go again on Wednesday :)
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 :)
I shared with you this summer when I was making my butterfly blocks for a swap. It was my first swap and it was so much fun. Last week I got the blocks by post from the US and I am so excited.
I am not much of an embroider myself, at least not with machine, so these blocks are what caught my eyes first. I am thinking of making a baby quilt and do some free motion quilting in between butterflies :)
How do you like that idea?
A group on Facebook with some quilting buddies has decided to have a UFO challenge and finish of as many UFOs as possible before the end of the year.
This has nothing to do with flying objets and aliens but with UnFinishedObjects, that is quilting projects I have started and not finished. We all have them.
So these are the two I have almost finished and have decided to finish when my Jelly Forest quilt is finished. I will not start a new project until these are finished.
The pink one is a baby girl's quilt. I made the blocks while in Japan and made some Youtube videos about paper piecing while piecing them.
The green one is a wall hanging I am making for myself, for my living room. I was going to make a Cherry Blossom applique
My night started of with this
I had finished all my big green blocks but I had not pieced them together and I had all the sashing left. This pattern really is coming one of my favorites.
As I have mentioned before I found it in a book I bought on Amazon by chance. It is called Jelly Forest and you can use jelly rolls to make it, but I cut all my fabric into strips from yardage I bought on Fat Quarter Shop. The metallic fabrics are from a fat quarter bundle by Northcott Fabrics and I LOVE them, I am really glad I have some left over. The rest I either had in my stash or bought online. So after a whole evening of piecing and pressing and correcting this is the top ready for trimming and boarders.
I hope I will finish it this week so my daughter can enjoy it. We have been redecorating her room and all it needs is a great quilt to finish it off.
Since she is almost four years old of course there is a lot of pink in her room so I am thinking of making her a "Jelly Cherry" cushion. Using this pattern but variety of pink fabrics instead of green. How do you like that idea? Do you think that could work?
Saturday morning at Borgó.
2/3 of the family have a bad cough so I decided to make us all a good breakfast to cheer everybody up.
Now I sit with my daughter watching cartoons and wait for an opportunity to get in some sewing to finish my Forest Jelly quilt, well maybe not finish, at least continue a little.