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Rosemadonna 2

It is festival time again over at Amy’s Creative Side.It is always an exciting event, with lots of lovely quilts to be seen.

This time I will show you the follow-up of my last entry, which I have simply called Rosemadonna 2, since it is the second in the series, – and the last one, so far.

While I was making the first one, I kept visualizing the design made up in different colourways, so I wanted to try out one of them.

Also, I was not quite satisfied with the proportions of the first one. That one was a kind of experiment, just to see if the idea in my head was possible to make at all, and how to go about it, – a sort of “make-it-up-as-you-go”-project.

This time around I had a rough sketch of the project before I started so I had a few measurements ready before I cut into the fabrics.

I wanted gold and glittering stuff, along with the (almost) white, black and grey, and just a few pinkish parts here and there. I had visualized some quilting on the sides, but that did not work out as the parts became too stiff to drape the way I wanted them to. So the two layers of loose flaps on the sides are not quilted separately.

I also had the roses completely opened by sewing the tips of the petals down.

The top part came out a bit “light” compared to the bottom part, so I added the pearls to have more balance.

This is the 7th  Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and this will also be my 7th entry.

My previous entries can be seen here:

Spring 2009

Autumn 2009

Spring 2010

Autumn 2010

Spring 2011

Autumn 2011

Big thanks to Amy for organizing this yet again.

Please head over there, you will have links to lots of lovely stuff, and this year you even get to nominate the entries in several different categories, and then vote later on.

🙂

Eldrid

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Craft and Design Fair in Reykjavik

Iceland is famous for having many excellent designers, and I was hoping to look up as many as I could find during our stay. Then, a few days before we left home, an Icelandic Facebook friend who runs Islenska Butasaumssidan posted about the event “Handverk og Hönnun” (craft and design) which were to take place in Reykjavik.

It was to open in the Town Hall a couple of days before we were due home.

Now, how lucky is that!

Instead of racing all over town and country to see designers’ products, they would all be gathered in one spot, – or many of them would be, in any case. A date was immediately fixed on our schedule.

The Town Hall is situated on the edge of the city pond, and halfway into it.

We chose to arrive there on Friday morning, on the second day, avoiding the crowds on the opening day. The welcome banners were flying outside the entrance, so it was easy to find the way.

We were not the first to arrive, though, – far from it.

After scanning the area from above, we descended on the show floor and started the tour from booth to booth.

Almost the first stand we hit upon was this one with the hand bags.

They are made by Helena Sólbrá, and she uses a lot of fish skin for part of, or the whole of, her bags.

She buys the fish skins from someone in the north of Iceland, who prepares skin from many kinds of fish. They are very well done, as the fish smell is totally absent, – they smell only of ordinary leather. Some are also dyed.

I had been hoping to find something like this, and since I had some birthday money to spend, one of these beauties came home with me.

Next we stopped at Thorunn Simónadottir from Gallery hjá Totu. It is a mother and daughter company where they make many things textile, including quilts, according to their home page.

At the fair, they were mostly showing their beautiful hats.

Thorunn showed us the branch from a tree which they had to cut down recently on their farm. She brought the branch, which had big yellow-green buds on it, to hang the yellowish hats on, – it was a lovely sight. Sadly, the colours do not show up very well in the photos I took.

Trees are not abundant in Iceland, so felling a big one is not an easy decision to make, but this one had to go, as its roots were ruining their underground pipes, she informed us.

Then the booth of Gudrún Bjarnadóttir of Hespa caught my eye.

She had a table full of hand dyed Lopi yarn, dyed only with natural colours.

She also had knitted items for sale.

I could not pass on this, so a few skeins of beautiful Lopi went into my bag, – they were dyed twice with cochenille and indigo.

The next booth, Amanda & Svava Rvk, made me almost sorry that none of us are expecting, as they had the cutest baby boots made of, – you probably guessed it already: – fish skin.

Hugrún Ívarsdóttir had beautiful table runners and aprons for sale. They are made from her own design, inspired by the patterns on the traditional Icelandic bread “Laufabraud” (leafbread), and on the traditional Norwegian “krumkaker”.

She has studied design in Denmark, has relations in Oslo and speaks beautifully Norwegian, and she has her textile designs woven in Finland.  A truly Nordic experience.

I always make “krumkaker” for Christmas, and next Christmas we will have a table runner with krumkake-design on our table. 🙂

On her website you can see more of her designs.

The shoes above are the design and make of Halldora Eydis Jonsdottir. In addition to raw materials like leather from lamb and horse, she also uses fish skin….

… horse hair..

… and unique lava crystals taken from 200 meters underground of the Lake Myvatn area.

An amazing collection of shoes.

Fish skin seemed to be the really big thing at this fair, – or maybe it was just me noticing it.

Here it is used for brooches and other decor at the Volcanic-Iceland booth.

The variety of products was large. I had to stop and admire these beautiful knives made by Stefan Haukur Erlingsson.

They were beautiful.

There were also booths which showed different kinds of clothes, ceramics, and jewellery of almost every imaginable kind.

Last, I am showing some jewellery from Mariacarmen:

Would you have guessed that the roses are made from lemon rind?

After walking the floor for some time, it felt good to sit down in the nearby cafe to enjoy a cup of coffee while gazing out of the large windows ….

… which gave a splendid view of the life on the pond.

I wish we could have spent more time there, but we were on to other things in the afternoon.

However, on this page there is a list of all the booth holders, and you can click on their names for a description, contact information, and websites. I have enjoyed re-visiting a lot of them after I got home.

🙂 Eldrid

Virka

One of the almost mandatory things to do for a quilter in Reykjavik, is a visit to the quilt shop Virka, which is one of the largest quilt shops in Europe.

I could not possibly miss out on that, and as it was raining on our first day, we grabbed the opportunity of some indoors sightseeing.

When you enter the shop, you are first greeted by a large area of fabric for clothing.

Lots of fabrics in every colour.

Those who are using non-quilting fabrics in their projects can find lots of stuff here.

If you are after the “real” quilting fabric, head for the staircase to the basement.

It is easy to find as there are lots of quilts hanging on the bannister and on the walls all around.

It is almost like a mini quilt show….

… or perhaps not so mini.

A couple of brighter hangings catch the eye just before you get to see the goodies you are after….

… and even more quilts displayed on the shop floor.

Lovely!

As you can see, this lady is having a good time in here.

A few fat eights made it back to Norway…

… and some yardage….

.. and even a bunch of fat quarters. When I don’t really need anything, the blue greens always make their way into my bag anyway.

I fell for these cute scissors. Nice as presents, or to bring along with a hand sewing project.

I think my purchases were quite restrained, especially considering what I left behind:

 

 

Ok… I won’t bore you with more fabrics.

I was even tempted to buy this quilt, – but I didn’t. After all, there is a limit on the pieces of luggage you can carry onto the airline. Pity, but there you are.

We had a great time in the shop, though.

🙂 Eldrid

 

Spring Report

Every year I take photos and post a report on the progress of spring on or around May 1st. This year we were travelling on May 1st, so the photos on that exact day shows the spring progress on Iceland, which varied a lot even within quite short distances.

The photo above was taken at Jökulsàrlon, a lagoon created by a retracting glacier. Icebergs break off the glacier and float round and round in the lagoon till they melt, as the opening is too narrow for them to float out into the ocean. They are quite a sight.

A few miles from the iceberg lagoon, we stopped to look at this old church, – the last one to be built in the old Icelandic manner with turf covered walls and roof. The dandelions were blooming on the roof, sheep and lambs were out and about nearby, so this was infinitely more spring like than the icebergs.

This primrose was blooming on one of the turfed walls of the olde houses in the photo below.

And this low bush similar to pussy willows was also in bloom:

I am not sure what the correct name of this bush would be.

As for the home scene, I will have to make do with before and after photos this year.

The two photos above were taken on April 26th before we left.

And here are the after photos of the same views….

… taken on May 6th.

We seem to have moved backwards into winter instead of forward to spring.

Eldrid