Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

In early December I received a PIF gift from Inger. The fat envelope contained three giftrapped packets and a candy bag and lovely fabric Gingerbread Christmas card.
And look what goodies Inger sent me! A nice fabric box with licorice and tea. A blue fabric shoppingbag. She also sent me the beautifull notebook. I simply love it. Thank you so much, Inger.
In less than 12 hours 2008 will be history. I have made some plans for 2009 and will tell you all about it later. In the meantime I wish you all a Happy and Creative New Year. May the new year bring a lot of fabric and sewing happyness.
Hugs from Nancy

Monday, December 29, 2008

Holiday thoughts

Days are getting back to normal. DS1 and DIL left yesterday with Rex. As you can see Gizmo sure enjoy some peace and quiet in his house.

The holidays have been a lot of fun, lot of visiting people, good foods and drinks. I got a bit tired myself yesterday. I ment to just relax on the couch with a good book. I ended up having a nap for several hours while DH was cooking. He is a darling, enjoying cooking so much.
I promised to show the contents of those silver packets on my moms advent calendar. DIL showed me a small photo prosessing software and I made this collage of all the dayly gifts.

I have not done any sewing since I finished last christmas presents. This is the bag I made for MIL for her to keep all her medicines and creams in.

I also made this quilt for my niece Linnea. She is 15 months old and a darling princess. This is the center detail.
Today I hope to finish block 10 of Nohas Ark BOM.
I have several small stitcheries ready to be stitched. Among them a lovely Christmas Heart from May Britt. You find it here.
Hugs from Nancy

Friday, December 26, 2008


The best part of Christmas holidays is visiters. In our house even the cat Gizmo get visiters for the holidays. Rex is DS1s cat. As you can see, Rex is feeling right at home in our house. Resting with our knitted "nisse"-family on Gizmos quilt.

Cats also get presents for Christmas. This year I made to types of balls for both cats. The one with name on have a bag of Cat nip herbs inside. The other one have a ball with a bell inside.

When Gizmo play with his cat nip ball he rubb and hug the ball. Rex is getting all worked up and is trying to kill his ball. So much fun to watch.

Enjoy the holidays.

Hugs from Nancy

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Today is the day and everything is ready. The food is cooking and the smell of Christmas is spreading in the house. I just have to set the table.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas. Take care and enjoy the holidays.

Christmas hug from Nancy

Advent - preparing for Christmas

4th weekend Adventgifts from Hanne and May Britt.

Hugs from Nancy

Monday, December 22, 2008

Advent - preparing for Christmas

3. weekend in Advent I got this cute notepad from May Britt and a lovely tin with pins from Hanne.

Hugs from Nancy

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Advent - preparing for Christmas

2. weekend Advent gift from May Britt and Hanne.


Some weeks ago I received this award from May Britt, my very good friend.

I'll pass it on to all bloggers who visit my blog today.

And the rules are:
1. Post about the award
2. Link back to the givee.
3. Place the award on my sidebar
4. Choose 10 blogs that I think are cool.

Hugs from Nancy

Advent - preparing for Christmas

Life have been hectic lately. So many gifts to make, packets to send, cookies to make, cleaning to do. It was not my intention to leave you out from the Advent fun. My camera memorycard is blocked (for ever I think) so I had to buy a new one. I love sharing photos with you.
This is one lazy cat resting. For some reason he found my Advent tablerunner the best spot to lay down.

I've told about my mom and I exchanging Advent calender gifts. This is my Advent calender befor I started opening. Some of the gifts are soft and some are hard SMILE

Hugs from Nancy

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Advent - preparing for Christmas

Remember the Advent gifts in previous post? Last weekend I opend first gift from May Britt and Hanne. From May Britt I got some beautiful lime green buttons. From Hanne a cute Tilda stitchery with thread.

My camera is acting up on me! I am no great photographer and my camera is Canon Ixux 500 TI. For no reason I know of the memory card will not delever photos to my laptop, nor show photos on the camera. The display say memory card is locked. What is going on?? Anybody who can give me a clue?

Lucky I had an old memory card laying around, but it's very limited. We had our Christmas meeting in our local quiltgroup on Wednesday. A lot of nice food, chat and , of cause, show and tell. I fiddled a lot to get my camera working so I just took a few photos.

This is a beautifull soft colourd quilt one of the ladies had made for her daughter. I guess as a Cristmas present.

This is a Christmas quilt made from red and green squares combined with redwork stitcheries. The quilt is a lot nicer in real life.
Not all had made big quilts, Thank goodness! Anne had made this Christmas postcard. Very nice. Look at the quilting detales.
Hugs from Nancy

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Advent fun

Giving is as much fun as receiving. I had great fun preparing calender gifts for my mom. She gets one each day.

Yesterday I got two fat envelopes in my mailbox. I am a lucky girl. May Britt and Hanne sent me gifts.

Advent gifts for every saturday and sunday. As you can see, henging ready to be opend one by one.

I have already opened one from May Britt, but I'm not allowed to tell yet.
Have a great week end.
Hugs from Nancy

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Advent Callender

I have some playfull quilting friends. May Britt and Hanne is two of my friends who also love Advent. This year I am exchanging gifts for every sunday (saturday) in Advent with them. Today I sent off this four gifts for May Britt.

This is the four gifts I sent off to Hanne.
Comming sunday is first sunday in Advent. I hope the gifts get there in time.
My mom can't start opening her Advent callender sunday. She have to wait for Desember 1. (monday). Her gifts will be sent off tomorrow.
Hugs from Nancy

Baby blanket for a girl

My next door neighbour gave birth to a girl 10 days ago. I made this baby blanket for her. The Teddy Bear is a stitchery witch I put colours on by using paint sticks and different brushes.

I think the result looks good.

Time to prepare for Advent. Mom and I have a tradition to make small gifts for each other for every day from December 1. through December 24. like an Advent callender. This is actualy a kid thing, but is fun to be playfull as grown up too.

Hugs from Nancy

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Teddy Bears

I love Teddy Bears! Some time ago I bought theese books with Teddy Bears applique and stitcheries. The books are by Lynette Anderson. Today I received a letter from Lynette with stitcherypattern for the Norwegian flag for the "All my Bears" quilt. This quilt is to be one of ny next projects. Thank you so much, Lynette.

My sewingmachine is at the repaire shop. No fuzz, I have another one if I get the urge to do some machine sewing. I am working on Bea's BOM. Made 3, 10 to go.

Hugs from Nancy

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Visit at my mom's.

This week I have spent some time at my mom's. On Monday her local quiltgroup had a meeting and I went as a visitor. It is allways fun to visit other quilting groups.

My mom is the white haired lady in front. Study the glasses! This is just to creepy! I have bought accactly same frame for my glasses as my mom.

For this meeting we all got a paperbag with precuts to make this felt heart.

Show and Tell is my favorit part of a meeting. This ladies had a lot of beautiful things to show. This is a quilt with applique of flowers put together with squares of earth colours. The quilt is quiltet in six parts and put together after quilting. Kind of Quilt as you go metod.

One of the ladies had made this Advent calender from a pattert made by a Norwegian designer called AnnaKa.An other lady had used the same pattern to make "BlÄnisser" for her grandchild. As you can see, wip. This is a beautifull book cover for a bindfolder. I love this one.

Several ladies had made bags, but this one was just beautiful. All handmade from a japaneese magazine. I asked if she knew japaneese language!! Hi hi hi. I have made a bag from a japaneese magazine too. The illustrations are really good!!

Baby quilts in half square triangles with a center heart. Beautiful colour combinations for boy and girl.

The primary golds for my stay at my mom's was this: Make rugs for DS1 and DIL.

This blue one is made to match the quilt I gave them a few years ago. The quilt will be used for the guest bed and this is the rug to go with it.
Hugs from Nancy

Monday, November 10, 2008


Have you visited Beas blog and her BOM stitcheryblocks? Her blog i Capricorn Quilts

I have startet stitching. Today Bea posted a new block. I wonder how many blocks she have made. Take a look at her blog to se all the different ways to do the blocks. Different thread colours, different fabric colours even multicoloured stitcheries. So inspireing.

Hugs from Nancy

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Some quilty things....

Remember OC scrap quilt mystery at Bonnie Hunters page some time ago? I startet and kept up with the progress untill last couple of steps. I was not pleased with my choices so the hole lot ended up in a box of UFOs. Lately I picked it up again and decided to make two quilt tops for charity from the finished blocks. This is the first one. My plan is to make a blue or offwhite 2 inch border but than what? Any suggestions??

The second top have blocks set on point with grey sashing and I used the half blocks I allready made. This top is smaller that the first one and need to grow to be a desent size lap quilt. What about a red 2 inch border, then a row of four patches and a border about four inches to finish? Please help me out! My scrap bin is full so I can make any scrappy border.

I love to spend time in my sewingroom. But sometime it's nice to sit in the couch in the livingroom toghether with DH or friends. I love to have some handstitching to do. I love the couch caddy from Helen (Stitcher's Angel project). When handstitching I allways get all this small thread ends that end up on my carpet and DH's socks. So I made a small thread catcher to hang on the caddy. I found this a very neet idea.

Take care and enjoy life.
Hugs from Nancy

Long time - no see. SMILE

Things are happening in my life and I need to take it easy to have a good life. And, life is good! Last week end DH and I went to visit DS1 and DIL. They bought this house i July. The naborhood is nice and quiet. Still a few things left to do, like some painting and curtains.

DS and DIL cooking in the kitchen. She made fish'n chips and pumpkinpie from scratch. Delicious. DIL is a good cook.

Time to relax in the sofa corner. They have some beautifull fantasy art on the wall.

I wish them all the best in their new home.

Hugs from Nancy

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Another giveaway

Sue Daley and Willowberry Designs is having give aways. Hurry and go visit!

Hugs from Nancy

My latest completed projects

Time to think about Christmas Gifts. This is some of the things I've made for somebody for Christmas. The Sofa Caddy is made from Helens pattern (Hugs'n Kisses). You can find a tutorial at my sidebar for how to make the hearts. I love the smell from the cinnamon stick on the hearts. Reminds me of making Christmas cookies.

Stay in touch. There will be a give-away in November.

Hugs from Nancy

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Weekend happenings

This week end our local quiltgroup is having a ball. The exhibition is great. Our local quiltshop is there with a lot of fabric temptations. Also some of us is having crafts for sale.

This is some of the things I have made for sale.

Anita have more photos from the exhibition showing some of the beautifull quilts displayed. Visit her blog to se more.

Hugs from Nancy

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pink October, new bag and Quiltshow

Look at my new bag. I bought it at Meretes blog to support Pink October. I love the bag the money goes to an absolutly good cause.

This comming week end our local group, Lillesand og Grimstad Lappeklubb, is having a Quilt show. 15 years since we started our group. I have made a few more things for sale but need to put in a few more stitches before taking photos.

It's a bit odd to invite you visiters from all over the world, but I really wish you could come.

Hugs from Nancy