Nero's Post and Patch

by Teje Karjalainen


Quilt top with economy blocks

Hi dear Friends! I really enjoyed making this quilt top! I love the economy block and these colours make me smile!

quilt top with economy blocks

For a long time I desired to make something using pink, orange and red. They create really sweet candy-look!


Choosing the colours and cutting the squares.


The economy block is easy to cut and fun to make. I used 4″ x 4″ squares in the center. Then 2 x {4″ x 4″} squares cut in half for the inside triangels and 2 x {5″ x 5″} squares cut in half for the outside triangles.


I used white to make the colours shine! Every second block has white outside. In the center I didn’t want to use plain white solid, so I used Fabrics with very light colour/volume.

economy quilt blocks

After adding the inside triangles, I trimmed it to 5.5″ x 5.5 and after the outside triangles I trimmed the block to 8″ x 8″.

economy block

Design wall was again my best friend when trying to arrange these blocks. I do suggest you make design wall in any possible way you can.

quilt project by teje

Most of the times I work block by block … only very seldom I do ‘serial production’ …

economy blocks by teje

Preparing  breakfast!

fabric soup

Finally I managed to arrange the blocks and sew them together … no mistakes this time …didn’t mix the rows or Lines – thanks to my design wall!

economy blocks

Then I was also lucky with the weather. We have most of the time sunshine but now it’s time for a change. We had already few little rains but now it’s summer again and from tommorrow should be even more hot – perhaps even +30C!

quilt top with economy blocks

This quilt if any, asked to be photographed  in sunshine! Sorry about the shadow line, can’t avoid that in this little garden.

quilt top by teje

I’m really looking for to make this same pattern with turquoise, blue and green Fabrics!

quilt top by teje

This is a small baby quilt and quick to make. I thought that I could have finished this quilt even quilting by hand, but last week was again too busy with other things. And now my next work is to finish this quilt to join the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I can start basting on Tuesday … so I’m not sure if ‘I make it’ in time. I don’t have any plan yet how to quilt it, but I have green grass in my mind.

economy quilt top

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have spent wonderful weekend, rested and are ready for a new week! Thank you also for your lovely comments!



Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Oups, only one week until the ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’ begins!

Hello dear friends! I hope your quilt is finished, washed and ready to be shown in the best quilt show of the year! I can’t believe that it’s already time for that. I thought I would have still several weeks.
I had, still have a plan to enter my ‘mixed shapes’ quilt which I made with the Hex N More ruler.
But that needs a lot of stitching in few days and I’m not sure if my wrist allows that. I haven’t even basted the beast yet. First have to clean very well the floor. I shall do my best – wish me good luck! Good Luck to you, too!
bracelet by trikimia
I have been busy with bracelets and Trikimia’s etsy shop but next week there are few slower days, so that means stitching.
Sunny wishes from Crete!



Nero: Baby Quilt and Winner!

Vof vof vof! It’s Nero here and I have the winner ….. yeeeeeee! but don’t say yet …… yeeeee!

Double Hour Glass baby quilt by Teje

Because First I want to show you the baby quilt I finished. What a great pattern that ‘double hour glass’ is! I shall absolutely use this block many times again.

double hour glass

I quilted by paw – just Lines following the seams.

quilt backing

Okey, then me … and Hanna preparing ouselves for the lottery … to pick the name to see WHO wins Laura’s quilt pattern ‘Plum Crazy’!


It’s serious job so we had to relax and concentrate. Then we were ready to start. All the names written on Paper patches, put in the bowl … yes they are all there. But then I thought No, I don’t like this, to take one Paper only. But I was told that that’s the thing now, one winner … so I did my best …

give away winner 1

I was sniffing the papers even of course I couldn’t notice any difference. Finally I said, now or never and threw one Paper on the Air …

give away winner 2

I swear throught the stone and stump, honour and conscience that I picked the winner without knowing the names on the papers. And the winner is …. ‘annelilk’ !!! yeeee! I shall write to you asap (hah haa, I know that means as soon as possible)! Congratulations Anneli!!!

double hour glass baby quilt by teje

For the First time I would like to show you something else and not the quilt that I need to show. What’s that?! Hmmm, at the weekend I finished already an other baby quilt Top and can’t wait to show it! But First things First …

baby quit by teje

I thought this little garden doesn’t have anything interesting to search, to photograph, to set a quilt. The ground is dry and stupid, not even one green hay can be found … but then I saw something little …


Nothing to compare to my old garden with wonderful, soft grass … but green it is. This was not the thing I First noticed. I looked the dry, dirty ground and my eye picked something white …


Lesson learnt again, don’t forget to “see the smallest” …

white feature

Ah, forgot to show how tired I was after picking the winner … okey, not so tired but it was nice to lie down and take care of the entrance.


Before I go to do some colourful crochet, I would like to tell you the latest news with ‘nerospost'; we are now in Instagram! Finally we landed to this century and have a smart phone to allow us to join the fun in Instagram. This was the right moment because we are all the time so busy. I guess that’s the reason for all of us to use Instagram. Other wise I’m not sure if I would have started one more thing to play and not to quilt. But it’s really fun and I was amazed how many friends saw me there and started to follow already! Thanks guys – it was a great welcome! So there I am – I don’t know if I should add here “hatchiuuw” or something but I hope you find me there. If you like, tell me your ‘name’ to find you there.

couble hour glass baby quilt by teje

Thank you so much for joining the give away! Laura’s pattern is so fantastic. You can get yours HERE.

Thank you for reading my stories and writing to me wonderful comments! They make my day! Hope to see you soon because I have lots of things to show … from quilting to crochet, sweet yarns and cool Fabrics.

By the way, my lost Fabrics arrived. Just the day after Cindy sent them again! So now I wait to see if the second parcel arrives.

Hugs and kisses!!!



Plum Crazy! + Give Away!

Hello dear friends! I’m happy to see you because I have great news! My friend, Laura from ‘Quokka Quilts’ has just published this Super quilt pattern Plum Crazy!

Plum Crazy by Quokka Quilts

Isn’t it beautiful and so perfect to feature our favourite Fabrics!

I’m happy to join the blog hop to spread the Word about this fantastic pattern! Laura sent me a Copy and she has made great job. Pattern is clear and I love the cutting instructions! Not necessary to read only many pages and long long list for cutting – she has made very clear plan for cutting! This is really Fat Quarter Buster – there is now waste! That’s exactly what I want!

The smallest quilt size takes 6 fat quarters and the largest 9 fat quarters.

You can imagine how difficult it was for me to choose what Fabrics I would pick for this pattern. So I have few bundles I would love use to make this quilt. First bundle is from my favourite online fabric shop: ‘Fluffy Sheep Quilting’!

Folk Art Holiday from Fluffy Sheep Quilting

I love the ‘Folk Art Holiday’ line! These fabrics have scandinavian feeling, taste of winter and christmas but not too ‘christmasy’.

For the solid I would choose white … or I would challenge my self to use grey or blue! Binding would be super beautiful with dotties or gingham in white/red! If you like to make a Christmas quilt you could use red solid and white/blue gingham for the binding. (The last solid colour in this mosaic is dark blue.) All these also available in Cindy’s shop ‘Fluffy Sheep Quilting’!

Solids, Dotties, Gingham

Laura’s pattern is available HERE and for this week you get 20% off with the code Plum 20!

By leaving a comment in this post, you enter the give away to win a Free Copy of this pattern! Nero will draw the winner on Sunday, 12th of October (Greek time). If you are no reply, please add your email in your comment. It would be fun to hear what colours you would use to make this quilt!

I like to show you few other fabric bundles I made for this pattern. Having in my mind that this pattern shows the prints well, I picked something from my other favourite shop: ‘Hawthorne Threads’ and it’s ‘Mother Goose Tales – Humpty Dumpty’!

Humpty Dumpty

Oh, these would make so happy quilt … for any little or ‘bigger’ person! Here goes the same with solids – white would be my choise but also blue would look fantastic background for these joyful colours! Hmmm …. I would really love to make one quilt with dark blue background!

For Michael Miller

This bundle makes me happy! They are sunny and colourful but not too childish. All these Fabrics are for Michael Miller and picked from ‘Hawthorne Threads’. If I don’t have any designer or line in my mind, I go to see what Michael Miller has … I love most of their Fabrics and there is a lot!

The truth is that I was hoping to have already sewn a small quilt with this pattern but post office interfered and my special fabrics are now in an unknown destination … you will hear how this story continues …

Plum Crazy quilt by Quokka Quilts

This blog hop continues:

- on Thursday: Vera@ Negligent Style

- on Friday: Alyce@ Blossom Heart Quilts

- on Saturday: Katy@ The Littlest Thistle

Good Luck to everyone and happy quilting!

Give away and comments are now closed.



Nero: My Sewing Room

Vof vof girls and boys! I hope you are fine and having a great time! Because I was helping to quilt the baby quilt, I thought that at the same time I could give you a tour around our sewing room. The view from the window is not the best, but who looks outside when sewing – at least there comes lots of light!

 sewing room

Here you have the general view from the room we are now sewing and storing all our materials + many other things. See the new ironboard cover – turquoise! It’s not made by me because I was too busy to sew funnier things.

Teje's sewing room

From the door: on the right side there is small office section. Computer works I do usually outside or on the dining table (note: my plates are on the kitchen floor). After the ‘office’, there are big selves for many things. At the end, under the window there are boxes with fabrics, baskets with yarns. On the left side there are unfortunately lots of other things in the boxes, bed covers, towels, table cloths, paintings etc. If I just had that space to put a comfortable arm chair to have a nap when Teje is sewing!

Teje's sewing room

My table has two parts. There is a lacquered board over two selves. That self on the left has boxes filled with ribbons …. hmmmm I can’t even remember what all supplies there are … The self with drawers is full of my painting stuff. There is oil paints, akrylics, water colours, pastels, brushes + knives …. oh I want to painting! On the left I have a table (from our old taverna) and under that there is a big storage box for my finished sewings. Now that’s almost empty because they went already to the shop – but that’s an other story.

hat, moose, helmet

My dear moose is always in my sewing room – where ever that is. It is a ‘glove puppet’! Now fortunately we received our big wardrope to put all the jackets, hats etc. This small fleece with cats is Special to me because when my sister was here, we bought together same small blankets. Now when we sew on a cold winter day, we keep them on our lap – she in England and I’m here in Greece. Those cat figure inspires me to make a quilt, because they are simple and fun.

Teje's sewing room

Here you see better those white boxes on the open self. They are from ice cream! We used to have restaurants. I wish I had kept more of them because they are so practical. My pin cushion has liquorice on it and it’s now in the small box because I noticed that’ it’s much easier to use like that. On the table, in the smaller white box there are the most important tools: scissors, cutters, markers, ripper and the needle-case in use. On the tray: scraps from the ‘going on’ project (I use all the time trays). Behind the sewing machine is small case for bobbins.

Teje's sewing room

In those wardrobes are stored so many things – mostly something I don’t need now, so I was able to hang there fleece blanket to use as a design wall. Still it’s easy to take down, if I need to open the doors (which I have to do now and then because my waddings are there). Smaller pieces of wadding are in the big basket behind the last table.

My best, good and favourite Quilting Fabrics are in those clear boxes. They are sorted out by colours: blue/turquoise, red/orange/yellow, green/brown, solids and one box for mixed that has more special prints. But I need more boxes. These are now too full and I want to have each colour separate … or should I organize them in some other way? Solid box is full and I’m just waiting to get few new colours…

On the big self there are boxes with threads, up on the self there are tins with buttons etc.

Teje's sewing room

There are my quilting and other craft books (not so many), magazines (‘Maalais Unelma’, ‘Koti ja Keittio’, ‘Country Living’, ‘Novita’). There is my Accu Go Baby! cutter, hexagon-Project tupperware, red bag to go to the shop. Blue, big boxes has home decor Fabrics, canvas type Fabrics etc. On the floor I have rug made by my mother!

So that’s all around in my sewing room. I’m very happy with this room full of sunlight! Walls are still empty because it’s not sure yet how long time we stay in this house. But at the moment I feel good and creative in this room and I’m so happy for the good light and that we can all be together here …

Nero and Hanna

This photo of me and Hanna is taken in the evening so you see we have good light even after the sunset.

Would you like to see about the quilting? In the evening, relaxing moment …

Teje's quilting room

From the beginning …

basting a quilt

Quilting by hand … tools you need …

quilting by hand

Half of the diagonal Lines are now quilted so soon this quilt is finished and I can start new one!

quilting by hand

Thank you for visiting my sewing space! I hope you enjoyed the tour! Thank you also for all the fabulous messages you write to me! I send you big, furry hugs!



Double Hour Glass – Baby Quilt

Hello dear friends! After making the quilt top with Hex N More ruler, I thought to make easy and quick baby quilt.

Double Hour Glass Baby Quilt

This is beautiful, traditional block, which I haven’t used before. I made testing block with the striped fabric from my last project and I think fabric with stripes is perfect for this block.

Doouble Hour Glass

Yes! I have new Moomin calendar!!!


Double Hour Glass can be made easily with stripes. I cut 2,5″ strips. Sew white with colour and then cut them with my square ruler.

How to make Double Hour Glass block

Using stripes 2,5″, my 6,5″ ruler was just perfect. It has diagonal Line in the middle and the half of the ruler was just the size of the triangle I needed to cut.

How to make double hour glass block

The better the longer strips you have. Mine were the width of the fat quarter so they didn’t make many triangles. First I made as many as I got easily with the stripes I had cut.

double hour glass blocks

It wasn’t easy to choose what other fabrics to use here. I think these will be in the next quilt.

double hour glass

I made 20 blocks to get size about 40″ x 32″. Last blocks I made one by one and cut separately white and colour pieces. Like that my striped fabrics (‘Fancy Free’) were just enough and also there was not too much left over scraps.

sailing boat

Someone was sailing when I went out to take photos.

double hour glass quilt top

After some cloudy days, sunshine is back and I’m having my coffee again outside.

double hour glass quilt top

I couldn’t avoid the shadows from the pipes that there is for the markis. It was closed because some days we had very strong wind. Today we opened it again to have some shadow because it’s still very much summer here!


double hour glass quilt top

Hmmm … how many photos is enough/too much to show about one unfinished baby quilt …

Okey, this is the last one. Before that I want to thank you soooooooo much for your amazingly sweet comments on my last post!!! I’m Super happy that you like that quilt so much! Thank you also for names – I shall make a list with all the great names you thought and we’ll see how to pick finally the name for that quilt. It’s now waiting for me to decide about the backing and quilting. Till then I make baby quilts …

double hour glass quilt

I’m in love with Double Hour Glass! I wish you sunny autumn days and very good October!

Oh, and by the way, I’m already quilting this but those photos would be too much now, so hope to see you soon!



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