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Winter Sewing

In between travelling, family obligations, and other stuff, some sewing is still happening in this house. These past months have been dedicated to finishing some UFOs (UnFinished Objects).

I had finally sent off three “leaders and enders” tops to be long arm quilted by Sølvis Quiltestudio, but when they arrived back this autumn, they went into a pile, waiting for me to tackle the bindings.

I finally got on top of the task this January. Sewing the first seam by machine does not take long once I get started, and putting the binding on three quilts at once was very effective, – it was done in almost no time at all.

However, sewing the binding to the back by hand is a much longer process. I enjoy doing this, but have to do it in short intervals because of shoulder pain. The quilt sits right beside my comfy chair so I can pick it up and do a few stitches whenever I feel like it.

I was so lucky as to get this retro combined pincushion and spool holder as a Christmas gift from a delightful young neighbour girl. I had been looking forward to using it, and it was perfect to sit on the table for such long term on-and-off sewing.

Finally, all three quilts are finished.

In between, I have also been making some tote bags. Like many quilters, I have aquired lots of fabric over the years, so there is no shortage of material for such projects. It feels good to put it to some use.

Most of the bags have been given away to charities and as gifts, but I kept a couple to use for shopping instead of the usual plastic bags.



Heart Shaped Bag

Youngest grandson wanted to make a bag as a birthday present for his mom. He was very determined that it should be shaped like a heart, and it had to be red. Before he came to visit, I made sure I had some red  fabric available, plus iron on vliseline, and some sturdy woven ribbons for the handles.

We discussed various heart shapes, and decided that a shape with a rounded “bottom” would work better for a bag than one with a pointed “bottom”.

Drawing a heart pattern is easy. Just fold a paper in half, and draw half of the heart shape the size you want, then cut out.

The next thing we did was to cut two heart shapes out of vliseline.

We ironed the two vliseline shapes on to the wrong side of the red fabric and cut out.

I insisted that the bag should be lined. He was a bit sceptical as he had never made a lined bag before, but I explained that it would be easier to sew a lining than to fold and hem the rounded edges, so he went along. We chose a lining with a pattern of book ends. He thought it would fit very well as his mom loves books and works in a library.

Then he had quite a job zig-zagging the edges, all the way around each shape.

Then we pinned the outer shapes, and tried the placement of the handles for best balance. We wanted the heart shape to show also when carrying the bag, and found that if placed too far out, the bag would “collapse” the middle part, and if placed too far towards the centre, the sides would sag.

We also decided on the size of the opening at the top. The opening can be as large as you like, depending on where the side seams start.

We marked where we wanted to start the seams. Then the handles were placed and pinned in position for sewing on the right side of the fabric.

Next the lining was placed on top, right sides together, then pinned along the curved edges and sewn between the marks. Clip the seam allowance, especially in the “valley”. Turn right sides out and stitch the edge from the right side.

Both halves of the bag had to be sewn like this before we could go on.

Next, we had to fold away the lining fabric, place the red fabric parts right sides together, pin and sew the side seams, right up to the marks, or as far as we could manage.

Then we did the same with the lining fabric, – both sides pinned together….

….. except for a short distance of approximately 15 cm near the bottom, as there has to be a small opening so the bag can be turned right sides out after sewing. This was the fun part, – he was very thrilled to see the bag emerge through this small opening. Then we sewed the edges across the side seams, and sewed shut the opening in the lining.

Voila…. bag finished!

Both the maker and the recipient were very happy with the bag. It is a perfect carrier for mom’s knitting projects.





I have been on a roll lately, making bags.

I was inspired by a super easy tutorial on Pink Penguin’s blog, and suddenly I had made seven small bags. Six of them can be seen below, – I lengthened the handles a bit, and changed the shape of the bottom compared to the original.

Four of them have been sold or given away already.


Then I wanted to try computer printing on linen, and made a couple of designs  that fitted on a large sheet. The result can be seen below. I like longer handles so I can carry the bag on my shoulder, even if the bag itself is not very large. The black fabric is furniture suede, the others are linen and cotton.

The Norwegian text says: “If only the best bird were allowed to sing, the woods will become very quiet”, and: “Sing with the beak you have got”




Fashion Show in Suzdal

I mentioned in a previous post that I would post some photos from the Fashion Show in Suzdal, and finally, here they are.

The Fashion Show was held on a stage built in the middle of the town square, and was part of the entertainment on the annual Suzdal Day, which is celebrated on the second Saturday of August.

They kept going for almost two hours, as participants of all ages were showing more than a hundred different outfits. Because of the crowd of people in front of the stage, it was difficult to get up close, so I had to use the zoom a lot, which lessen the chance of getting clear shots.

Below are a few of the outfits. All the information from the stage was in Russian only, so sadly we missed out on a lot of the details. So I will not be able to inform on the names of the designers or wearers of the outfits, except for a few that I have picked up on later.


fashione10Nina Lee in her beautiful skirt and waistcoat.

fashione11I believe this is also one of Nina Lee’s creations.


Ludmila Charest presents a collection of outfits made in a class with Xenia Dmitrieva. See also video clip below.


Many of the dresses seemed to be inspired by folk costumes.


Denim was popular, either as new fabric or re-purposed jeans. Note the bird theme.


There were a few collections of children’s outfits. They were adorable, – all of them.


A few of many, many skirts, coats and jackets.


A collection of outfits in an old fashioned style, and with some patchwork details.


This one got a lot of attention. The design was inspired by the town of Suzdal, with all its churches and bell towers,



A couple of fanciful skirts, – very original. I liked them better and better each time I saw them around town during the following days.  There was a whole collection with similar dekor.



Behind the scenes:  Cuddling the baby while waiting to enter the stage.



“Backstage” was in reality at one of the sides of the stage, so while the participants were lining up waiting for their turn, some lucky persons got to photograph the outfits up close.


Walking around the square after the show doing some shopping in one or more of the many booths, there were some interesting clothing items around to study and admire.


Some video clips from the fashion show:
































In between commissions and sewing for the grandchildren, I have managed to get a few bags done this autumn.


I drew a mosaic leaf pattern which I appliqued using a variety of cotton fabrics, plus a few bits of gold lamé scattered in between.


Then I quilted a few leafs on each side and did some ecco quilting around each leaf.


The main fabrics are linen and linen blends.

The green bags have appliqued mosaic leafs on both sides, while the neutral coloured one has one applique leaf, and only a quilted pattern on the other side.


I also made a couple of purple bags similar to this one using my fabric prints. The original bag was made from silk noile, but the ones above have linen blends as the main fabric.


Both bags have one square and one oval fabric print motif.  The square fabric print motif is the same on both bags…

… while the oval fabric prints on the other side are different on the two bags.


All the bags have a lining with pockets and a zippered pocket.

These bags will be for sale.



Designing and Sewing with Boys

Lately I have been working with a very young designer on a new quilt.

He has long been dying to lay his hands on granny’s sewing machine, as he knew he would be permitted to do when he turned five. (The older brother was five when he first sewed, so we had to be fair).

However, there was a huge time span (for a five year old, that is,) between his birthday and their next visit to our house, and since he also wanted granny to make him a new quilt, he started the design process while he waited.

First, he thought about what figures he wanted to have on his quilt. He decided on an octopus, an egg, and a car, which he drew on paper. He also thought the car wheel and speedometer should be included, and a (self made) road sign would also be appropriate.


After drawing these shapes on paper, he decided to make all of them in fusible plastic pearls (nabbi), and then tape the pearl shapes on top of the drawn ones.  A very wise decision, since this made the shapes to stand out very clearly.

It was also important to make notes of the sewing sequence.


While working on this, he also composed a song (lyrics and melody) about the quilt. Sadly, this was forgotten by the time he finally came to granny’s house.

Before the visit, I had acquired a photo of the design sheet, and had made some enlarged drawings on paper backed fusible web.


But first things first.  Before we could go on with the quilt design, or food, or anything, he had to try out the sewing machine. Here is one happy child 🙂

After a while, we managed to choose some fabrics for the quilt. The figures were easy, as he wanted the same colours as the pearly shapes, but the background was a bit more difficult. Blue with silver suns and stars was finally chosen for the background, and some green, turqoise, beige, and red for the quilt blocks.


After making all these decisions, and watching and helping with cutting and fusing the figures, he could finally work on a little project of his own. The leftovers were all his, to do what he wanted with.

Then the quilt was put on the back burner for a while, because he wanted to make himself a bag.


So he gets free access to granny’s fabric resource center (aka stash), and has a great time rummaging through lots of plastic bags.


Oh, the joy of finding a perfect, lovely fabric 🙂


For the bag(s) he decided on a rosebud pattern, – perhaps because it was available in several colourways, so he could make many similar bags. He (and granny) managed to make three during that first weekend. Note that one of them also has a pocket for his future mobile phone.

There are still two more colours of this fabric, so I guess there will be more bags before long.


He also decided that he wants a fabric collection, and it is going to have at least a hundred fabrics. Of course, granny’s resource center provided a few to start with. He first counted 31. Then he cut some of them for one of his small projects, collected the leftovers, and when he counted again, there were 37.

Useful lesson learned: Fabrics multiply when you are supposed to use them. There will be 100 in no time.


As for the older brother, he goes for quality rather than quantity. This is a quick sketch of the design for his bag. Orange is his favourite colour.


And here is the result, which he can be very proud of.  Sewing all those squares down took some time, even if they were fused first. And there are squares on both sides.

The quilt?

It was finished a few weeks later:


The white, musical fabric was a favourite, and it reminds us that there once also was a song about the quilt. The designer and recipient was happy with the result.

Now, there are some Pokemon drawings waiting to be turned into another quilt, for another young designer.



Folded Fabric Blocks Bag – Online Class

A new class with the Folded Fabric Blocks Bag is scheduled to start on October 29th. That is tomorrow!

Go to http://www.quiltcampus.net/ to read more about the class, and to sign up. There is still time.


Another Online Class

A new class with the Folded Fabric Blocks Bag is scheduled to start on November 13th.

Go to http://www.quiltcampus.net/ to read more about the class, and to sign up.


Two small persons…

.. sporting their new bags on a trip to the shops.

According to their mother, they want to bring their bags everywhere they go, – even to bed at night.

They both let go of the bags when riding the carousel though.


Two small bags…

… for two small persons.

Very strong and lively colours compared to the black-blue-white winter landscape outside.

Cat bag has fish on the inside, while the fish bag has cats on its inside.

Hmm, – I wonder if the recipients will be able to actually find their things after they have been put into these bags. 🙂