Tietoja minusta

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Kotka, Finland
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keskiviikko 29. lokakuuta 2014

CWD: A Day at the Fair & A Glorius Rainbow & Anxieties & Departing of the 19th Regiment

It is A wonderful feeling to notice that THIS is the last CWD block, which is sewn of the 1/4" strips!
I "hate" those narrow of the narrowest strips... sorry, really bad English...

... and believe or not, but there is plenty of them... in this book!!!!

Mainly among the block of the last few days...

Block 59. A Glorious Rainbow

 Block 4. Anxieties

Hmmm... Have I forgotten to sew them - on purpose?
and/or
Have I only pretended that I have been lazy?
Very good questions! ;)

 Block 105. Departing of the 19th Regiment

Höh, miksiköhän Fenix näyttää niin möreältä tässä kuvassa? Minustahan tuo blokki näyttää suht' onnistuneelta!

But anyway my skills of sewing the narrow strips has been clearly improved during these CWD block years.

For example here is block 23. Death Penalty...

  sewed in April 15th, 2011.

The width of the strips varies... a lot!!!! IIIK!!!!
 Please, don't look at it too close.... maybe it is like that on purpose ;D

Tällä viikolla huomasin, että olen oppinut ommellessani 3/4":n levyisiä kaitaleita yhteen katsomaan 1/4" paininjalan vasenta reunaa oikean sijaan. Sillä tavoin yhteen ommelluista kaitaleista tulee huomattavasti tasalevyisempiä... ja blokeistakin oikean kokoisia ;)

Se, mikä - ehkä eniten -sampler-töissä viehättääkin minua on, että lähes joka blokin myötä oppii jotain uutta!
No, ehkä vähän liioitellusti sanottu, mutta on niissä oma viehätyksensä..

Before the end of this fun I'll get to test my ability of foundation piecing.

There are only four blocks...

OhMy... Am I feeling :( or :D?

HAPPY and BOOKY HALLOWEEN time to YOU!!!!!!


keskiviikko 22. lokakuuta 2014

CWD: Robbers

Eldress Nancy Elle Moore wrote about robbers in her diary 151 years ago.

Today I sewed Robbers block and I also wrote down some cutting instructions.

CUT...
A: 2 yellow and 2 green 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" squares
B: 2 yellow and 2 green 1 5/8 " x 1 5/8" squares. Cut the squares in half diagonally once to make 4 yellow and 4 green triangles.
C: 2 cream 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" squares. Cut the squares in half diagonally to make 4 cream triangles.
D: 2 orange 3" x 3" squares. Cut the squares in half diagonally to make 4 orange triangles.
E: 4 orange 2" x 2" squares. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the squares.
F: 4 green 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles.

And I took some photos during the sewing... 

Robbers block is the last Civil War Diary block, which I'm able to sew on the same date as the notes has been written.
Why? Because there is only seven September notes and one postwar reminiscence left.
I'm a bit disappointed, because I was SO lazy in last month, but I don't want to wait another year that I have sewn all the blocks...
Besides I'm all too anxious to show you all 121 blocks finished before the end of this year!!!!!

Happy Days to You!!!!!

maanantai 20. lokakuuta 2014

Aurifil Designer 2014 blocks - August, September and October

 Hei kaikki Lapin tytön ystävät!!!
Täällä ollaan ja mukavaa, että tuo Satukin vihdoin sai kunnolla ompelukoneen surraamaan.

Ai niin, huomasithan uuden hienon villaisen myssyni. Se on toinen JO kesällä Tiinateiltä saamistani hatuista. Se on aivan ihastuttava ja sopii niin hyvin asuuni. Kiitos, Tiinatei!

Jaahas, olenkos minä tässä kolmen tuulen risteyksessä...

Little by little I'm achieving my sewing mojo back! Huh, hopefully I don't loose it again...
Last week I caught up the Aurifil Designer 2014 blocks.
August BOM was Aurifil Button (top right), September BOM was Stars of My Life (in the forefront) and October's block is Circle of Love.

 I'm quite pleased with my fabric choice... and I have been able to keep my theme...

... I think now you are also able to figure the same theme, which continues through the blocks.
In each block I have used at least one sewing themed fabric ;)

Oh, there's only two more blocks in this year... years seem to be shorter and shorter...

... ja minun pitää KIIREESTI löytää se Lapin tytön OMA hattu!!!!!
Kelpaisikohan hänelle marraskuun blokkiin jonkinlainen Halloween jutska... jos nimittäin hattua ei löydy ennen BOM:n valmistumista....

HAPPY sewing? WEEK to YOU!!!!!

sunnuntai 19. lokakuuta 2014

Nimipäiväkangasvaihto

Elokuussa Tilkkutien Tiinatei ilmoitti järjestävänsä kangasvaihdon teemana nimipäivävaihto. Koska minuu ei tarvitse monesti houkutella swappeihin, varsinkin kun se olisi oikeasti suomalainen tilkkuiluun liittyvä vaihto, niin tottakai ilmoittauduin "kärppänä" mukaan :D

Ja kansallisen satuviikon huipennuksena sain olla meidän ryhmästä ensimmäinen, joka sai PALJON postia viime torstaina / perjantaina ;) Luulen, että posteljooniakin kiinnosti tämä poikkeuksellinen kirjepaljous, koska yksi perjantaina tulleista kirjeistä oli jo valmiiksi aukaistu.
Minä en olisi missään nimessä uskaltanut aukaista yhtäkään kirjeistä ennen 18.10., koska yhden kirjeen taakse oli kirjoitettu sen sisällön tuhoutuvan, JOS se aukaistaan ennen määräpäivää!!!!!!
HUISIN JÄNSKÄÄ!!!!!!

 Sormiani ja mieltäni poltteli kovasti, joten aikaisin lauantaiaamuna heräilin hypistelemään kirjeitä...

... eikä Fenixkään malttanut pysytellä kaukana ;)

Oi, tunnen itseni TODELLA hemmotelluksi!!!!!

Katsokaa, mitä KAIKKEA kirjeiden sisältä paljastui!!!!


 Ihanien kankaiden lisäksi toinen toistaan hauskempia kortteja. Lisäksi parista kirjeestä paljastui lisäyllätyksenä pikkupussukka nahkaisella koristeella ja toisesta pientä tarpeellista, kuten pitsiä, vetoketjuja, avainlukko ja röntgenfilmiä mallineita varten.

Nyt pitääkin laittaa mietintämyssy tiukasti päähän ja miettiä, voisiko nämä herkkukankaat yhdistää... ja ettei se vaan jäisi UFOksi ;)

Kiitos teille ihanaiset tilkkuystäväni,
Maritta, Mari, Marja, Soile, Tarja, Leena ja Irma


maanantai 22. syyskuuta 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Today is my day... to be part of this!


Now I feel that I'm like a bear waking up from the winter sleep! 
Why?
Because my quilting blog has been really REALLY silent during past summer... I feel that I'm quite rusty and it's difficult to start to write after sooo loooooong pause!
- especially because I write English today, hopefully I get through this challenge with honor -

Well, no more of that laziness of  being a poor blogger... I'll try to be more lively during the winter...

I was invited to this blog hop -happening by Katrin from Cattinka. She even remembered that we "met" in 2009 through the "Girls Day Out" - quilt along. 

Actually I had already forgotten it, because it feels like that we have known each other for the whole my blogger life... that's quite true, because I started to write Quilttales in August 2008.

The part of this blog hop fun is that I'll answer a few pre-set questions, which are:

1. What am I working on? 
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
3. Why do I write/create what I do? 
4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I think I select only two of those questions...

1. What am I working on?

In addition to quilting I do all kind of handcrafts:
... knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, felting, paper crafting, mosaic...
so the variety of materials, which I use is very wide.

At this moment my general crafty life is... 

.... GONE with YARNs!
- that is also one reason, why my blog has been quiet recently, because here I mainly write about my quilting life, not about other crafts -

Christmas is coming - also this year ;) - and I have to act as a helper of Santa Claus. Here is the paper bag, which I have to fill up with knitted woolen socks...

I'm badly late with my knitting schedule... but I'll try to do my best!

In quilting life... my main goal is that all Civil War Diary Quilt blocks are done till the end of this year and maybe I'll sew the whole top of the quilt together!?
Hmmm... would you like to wish me luck now???? I hope you would like to, because... after all that goal may be too hard for me...

There is - only - twelve blocks ahead. The CWD quilt is made up of 121 blocks.
I'm going to take a last effort in October, when I'll have a whole month vacation ;)
Isn't it peculiar how much your working life disturbs your hobby life?????

3. Why do I create/write what I do?

Exactly I don't know why I create what I create...
- ups! mostly I create nothing but the pile of UFOs -
 ... but the different kind of hand crafts has been belonged to my life ever since when I was a really, REALLY small kid. I was five years old, when I knitted my first scarf for my barbie. It wasn't perfect... the width of the scarf varied very much, but after all... my barbie was happy ;)
Isn't that the most important thing, when you create something... give happiness to each other and of course at the same time to yourself?

With these patchwork-loaded stories I just want to delight the readers of my blog.
I want to write some funny - not boring - tales of adventures in quilting world... and I think the most important thing in those stories is my very own quilt-inspector FENIX! 
Do you agree with me????

Sometimes I like to share my quilting experiences with you... by giving some "amateur quilting tutorials"...
like this one ;)
The whole "truth" and the nature of my blogger life you'll find only by reading my previous postings...
or scrolling down the sidebar of my blog. There you'll find out that I'm a starter rather than a finisher. I have many MANY sampler quilt going on....


If you are here for the first time, I'm happy, if you read my other stories too ;)

Oho, Fenix ei kyllä näytä kovin onnelliselta!
... and sometimes I add few words of Finnish into my tales...

The idea of Around the World Blog Hop is that I'll now invite you to visit three other bloggers
on next Monday, 29 September. 
It happened that I managed to "attract" two of my sweet quilting friend along this...
so next Monday you'll travel from Finland to Canada

Are you ready to read...
... about Tiinatei and her Tilkkutie stories?
and
... about Dolores and her True Blue Canadian stories?

HAPPY WEEK my friends!!!

lauantai 23. elokuuta 2014

I'm waiting for...

... a sewing inspiration! It has not yet come!

Maybe there is some hints of inspiration in the air, because today I finally cut few pieces for blocks...

Aurifil Designer BOM - Aurifil Button

and the next...

CWD block - Sad and Lonely Days

.... with the Civil War Diary blocks... I'm slightly behind my schedule...

So - really - I NEED a good kick of inspiration!!!!
Where I can find it?????


 Edellisessä postauksessani olleet sukat herättivät mielenkiintoa, joten kerronpa niistä vähän lisää.

Sukkien malli on Cookie A.:n ihanasta kirjasta Sukkia. rakkaudella. Malli on nimeltään Monkey.
Varoitus! Monkey on malli, johon koukuttuu - helposti!
Ohje löytyy myös täältä, englanniksi.

Tässä muutama kuva mallineuleesta...


Ruskea-turkoosi sävyiset sukat on neulottu Schoeller&Stahl:n Fortissima Mexico Cotton Stretch Butterfly -langasta. Se sisältää 41 % villaa, 39 % puuvillaa, 13 % polyamidia ja 7% elite stretchiä. Puikot, joilla nitkuttelin olivat kokoa 2,5 ja silmukkamäärä 64 s. Sukkien koko on noin 38.

Sovelsin Cookien mallia Novitan Nalle langalle (ylin sukka kuva), siten että loin 56 s eli vähensin jokaiselta puikolta 2 silmukkaa = mallikerrasta 2 oikeaa silmukkaa.
"Toimii" hyvin eli malli on yhtä ihana Nallestakin neulottuna;)

HAPPY WeekEND!!!

sunnuntai 20. heinäkuuta 2014

CWD: Games, Music and Knitting

July 20, 1864. Isabella Buchanan Edmondson wrote in her diary:

Another happy and beautiful morning. Miss Lou gave me some Cotton to knit Eddie a pr of socks. I began them, but did not get much done, most of the time playing Bagammon, Chess, or having some Music, learned Miss L. two pieces, "Brightest Eyes Quick Step", "Rosebud Waltz", she was very apt, but I fear her swimming scholar will ever be a drag to the art. Our days are as happy as can be.
 - quote from Civil War Diary Quilt written by R. Youngs -

Despite the summer heat I have managed to keep my schedule with CWD quilt. The block #50 Games, Music and Knitting is already third block in July... and if I tell you a secret... it's my fifth in this month, which means that I have taken a couple of false start ;) I sewed the next two blocks - dated 22 of July - ahead of time. I know myself... that after working day I'm too lazy to sew anything in the evening... at least when it's hot summer day!


Have an enjoyable week!!!