Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Blogger finally let me in again.

I've been trying to get to my blogger site for over a week with no luck until now suddenly. And I'm not ready with a post. Lol.

I found this photo of a table topper I made a few years ago, only two fabrics and I was so bored that I didn't feel any longing to finish it until my friend saw it and was thrilled by how the colors were just the colors in her kitchen. She got the table topper two years later as a birthday present for two birthdays, it took me that long to finish it. Mainly because I meant to hand quilt it but my hands don't allow me to hand quilt anymore. So I picked out what little I had done by hand and machine quilted it. She's very happy with it. (Click on the photo to make it larger)

I've been busy sewing but there wont be any photos until later, I'm not taking the chance to upload photos from my camera while I'm here on my blog. If I loose it, who knows when I get in again.

I'm going to bookmark all the blogs I follow so I'll be able to read them when I can't get on my blogger site. I'm so behind on reading my favorite blogs but will read them tomorrow and the next day, in between quilting a quilt I sandwiched today. On Friday we are going to Borgarnes for a agricultural show and while there we'll be staying in a rented summer cabin (house) for a couple of nights and then we're going to the city for some quilty shopping (me) and spare parts and so on (hubby). DD2 will be coming along and her boyfriend will come from the city (where he's going to school now) to stay with us and maybe my mom will come for a visit too. I'm really hoping for a good weather.

Now I'm off to practice some quilting pattern.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Fractured Star and swap blocks.

Since I finally got to blogger, we've been having connection trouble and blogger is one of the sites I can't connect to unless everything is okay, I'm not letting go. Lol. I've been doing some sewing now and then, and have made all the units for the Fractured Star.

It's a mystery I wrote about in an earlier post. I'm putting the blocks together as leaders-enders while making blocks for a swaps I'm in. I've never been quite happy with sewing from corner to corner without marking the line, but I'm also lazy so I've been "winging" it and not always satisfied with the result. So I finally started to think about a solution instead of being grumpy while "winging " it. This is what I came up with, instead of cutting the triangles off after I've sewed the line, I cut before and then sew both pieces. No more ripping out the seams, but I of course forgot to take a photo after the sewing.

This bloc and the next were for (I've already sent them) a quarterly block swap I'm in. We are nine women that sew a pair of 6" blocks and send out four times over a period of a year. These were mine for the first swap, now I have to chose which pattern I'll do for the next. We try not to do the same pattern twice, although there are a few of the same, but the fabric will be different so I don't think it will matter so much. This one is called Interlocked Square and was pure fun to do.

Here is a star pattern called Mosaic. I don't like the colors as well in this block as in the other although those are what I considered safe colors. Now I'm starting to sew scrappy 8" blocks for a one time swap with sixteen other women, due in the mail before September 1. I've got them cut up and they are not very difficult to sew so I'll meet the deadline easily.

I'm also in the process of cutting and sewing shashing for swap blocks I received recently. I'll post about them when they've made it in to a top. And I'm happy to say I've gotten a craving to do some quilting (machine) I've apparently stopped dreading it, and that feels so good.


Birthday, a day late, again.

Yesterday there were 22 years since that little boy was born, on August 16. instead of October 12. as he was supposed to. Always in a hurry. He was 4.4 pounds and 17.5 inches.

But he grew fast and by the time he was supposed to be born he was at healthy 9 pounds. He was and is a very cheerful and sweet character and quick to see the lighter points in life.

As much as I disliked having to use the bathroom in this stage of repairs (demolition) he just loved taking baths like this.

With granny Hanna. (My mom)

Here he is, proudly pointing at a message he wrote down after answering the phone for his dad. And yes, he's dirty, this was his usual appearance in the summers at that time.

In all the photos taken after this time until last year his glasses were at an angle so there is an ugly glare in his face. He was always bending, breaking or scratching his glasses, from the first one he got at three years old until about four years ago, when we refused to pay for any more.

Here he is fooling around with his brother earlier this summer.

He graduated from collage with good grades two years ago and then decided to get him self a truck driving license. He got a job with a truck company right away until he'd thought carefully and then decided what he wanted to learn at the university..... he's still thinking about it.

He's content at work and as long as he is, there is no rush. (I do ask though from time to time)
Happy birthday Johann Olafur.