Nero's Post and Patch

by Teje Karjalainen


Little Fox in my garden

Hi dear friends! I have the most cute visitor in my garden!

little patchwork picture

This little fellow was jumping around in our garden this morning. She sat a while in the lemon tree … then stopped to the pomegranate tree …

fox patchwork mug rug

Some days ago I received a letter from a Finnish quilter friend , Tiina. Reason for the letter was a special fabric but that will be an other story. For my surprise from the letter jumped out something else …


My two favourite forest animals! And what a fox! I’m big fan of Cori Dantini and can’t believe I have now my very own Cori Dantini Fox! I opened the letter while having my lunch coffee and started to arrange the cute scraps.


Yesterday I finished the ‘North Star’ quilt top and already took some other projects to my table to continue them. But then my eye catched the dear fox and I thought to spend some time with her.

patchwork picture

I won’t tell you how long time I was choosing those two other scraps. I wanted them to match perfectly because the other pieces are perfect.

Finally, just when I was happy with these oranges, I remembered some other fabrics which I knew were the best for this. They are from the ‘Pic Nic on the Beach’ quilt. Just the right green and orange.


For the wadding I picked piece of ‘insulate wadding’ that my sister uses for winter curtains in England. Great material!


I didn’t want to loose even one thread so I sew the scraps on the wadding and backing fabric, just slightly over each other.


Then I quilted straight lines but couldn’t stitch over the face of my fox. Binding is double folded 2″ and I sew it by hand. Dark grey frames nicely this little picture.

mini quilt

Last stitches sewn just before felling a sleep, this dear Fox was in my dreams. I love foxes and especially because our little dog was ‘Foxy’. When she came to us as a tiny puppy, she looked like a small fox.

fox mini quilt

We have still fantastic weather, sunny and really warm. But days are shorter, shadows are longer, looks like clouds are gathering, perhaps we get soon some rain. There are autumn colours around …so beautiful with my little Fox…

autumn mini quilt

I’m joining my favourite weekly partys: ‘Sew Cute Tuesday’, ‘Fabric Tuesday’, ‘Linky Tuesday‘,  ‘Let’s Be Social’, ‘Needle and Thread’, All the buttons are also on my sidelist, so you can easily visit my friends’ blogs when ever you like.

Fox mini quilt

Thank you Tiina, for these fun scraps!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed meeting this little Fox and the visit in my garden.



Reindeer Pillow – Tutorial

Hi Dear Friends! Today we are here with Nero and Hanna to show you our new Rudolf The Reindeer pillow!

Reindeer pillow - Tutorial

We love Rudolf and both Nero and Hanna are happy to sleep next to him …

Nero's Reindeer pillow

Hanna and Reindeer pillow

As some of you lovely readers liked to have a tutorial for the raindeer to make a pillow, I thought to make one myself, too. Tutorial for the Fair Isle Reindeer is HERE.

Fair Isle Reindeer pillow

I add 3″ borders around the reindeer block. I cut wadding and piece from a material which is like a disposable sheet. I use that often with the pillows to make the quilting easier and the inside of the pillow nice. You can use also piece of any fabric (old sheet etc.)

quilt sandwich

I use pins for basting and a spoon is a great help. Lift the pin with the spoon so it’s easy to close.

basting with pins and spoon

For the quilting I took my ‘six pack’, Perle no 8 cotton threads and went to sit outside.

hand quilting

Weather has been amazing – sunny and really warm. Nights are already chilly and there is so much humidity, but in day time it’s almost like a summer.


I enjoy quilting by hand and what could be better than to do that outside. I realized that I didn’t sit and quilt outside at all in summer because were always so busy. So I’m really happy to do that now.


When you have finished the quilting, trim the piece. Then cut 2 pieces from the backing fabric. They have to bigger than half of the pillow because they will cover part of each others. On the centre edges I sew stripes about 3″. This gives more steady edge than if you only turn the fabric.



I like to use binding for the pillows. It looks nice and also covers the seam allowance so there is no need to think how to finish them (sik sak etc). If you like to see how to make the binding, read my Mini Quilt Tutorial.

Put the backing pieces on the table right side down (towards the table) and then the quilted piece on them right side up. Then pin your double folded binding around. Sew with machine. Turn it on the backside and sew as you prefer. This time I sew it by hand so the stitches won’t show on the right side. Finished size of this pillow is 21″x 22″ (53.5 x 56 cm).

Nero and reindeer pillow

Now you have a nice add to your Christmas decoration and not only. I can imagine how great the reindeer would look in other colours, too. We enjoy to see Rudolf in our living room which has breath from Scandinavia.

Reindeer pillow Tutorial

The first Fair Isle Reindeer I made has a place in the ‘North Star’ quilt I’m making now.

I hope you like this Reindeer and the tutorial. If you have any questions, I’m happy to help.

Thank you very much for reading and following my blog! Thank you also for the wonderful comments you write!



Fair Isle Reindeer – Tutorial

Hi dear friends! Time to show you how you can make your own, Rudolf Reindeer! This was the first Fair Isle block I made and it’s my favourite.

Fair Isle Reindeer - Tutorial

Here is the drawing with few shades to help you to see how it’s separeted in sections.




1 x [10.5″x 4.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [2.5″x 2.5″]

3 x [6.5″x 1.5″], 1 x 4.5″x 1.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 1.5″], 7 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 13 x [1.5″x 1.5″]


1 x [7.5″x 6.5″], 1 x [6.5″x 5.5″], 1 x [5.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 3 x [2.5″x 2.5″],

1 x [6.5″x 1.5″], 1 x [5.5″x 1.5″], 3 x [3.5″x 1.5″], 8 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 12 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

FINISHED SIZE: about 17.5″ x 16.5″

reindeer tutorial

Here are the pieces we need. Seam allowance is 1/4″ so each square measures 1″x 1″when finished. This helps you to create your own Fairl Isle patterns. If you need for example retangle 4″ x 3″ you will cut 4.5″ x 3.5″ piece.

Sew in sections. First I sew the smallest squares together. You can consider this one kind of log cabin block. When you have sewn small squares, you can add the next bigger piece etc.


When you look Fair Isle pattern, find the places where you can draw straigh lines to share it in sections.

There is many ways to share the pattern in smaller pieces. I try to create as big as possible pieces to make it easy and quick. I still like also the idea to make this kind of pattern using only 1″x 1″ squares, but that takes a lot of time.

Below you see the legs of the reindeer.


You can press the small seams first with your nail. When you have made some bigger pieces, press the seams with iron. I like to press very often, because it gives better result. When there are lots of little seams, I do like this to save time.


sewing reindeer

Keep the pieces all the time in order on their places because it’s very easy too mix them or to sew them upside down.


When you have the sections ready, press them well and trim a little bit if needed.

reindeer quilt block

And voila! You have made the cutest Reindeer! Now you can use it for a quilt, pillow, wall hanging, table runner or for any other great idea you have! HERE is the pillow I made with the reindeer.

If you like to make Fair Isle Man and Woman, HERE is my tutorial.

North Star quilt project

I hope you find this tutorial easy and helpful to create your own Fairl Isle quilt blocks! If you have any questions, I’m happy to help!

Happy quilting!



Fair Isle Man and Woman – Tutorial

Hello dear friends! I’m so happy that you like my North Star quilt project and the Fair Isle blocks I have made. They are fun and easy to make.

Fairl Isle man and woman - Tutorial

So lets go to see how I made this happy couple! First I draw the picture and used few colours to help you to see how pieces have different sizes. Each square = 1″ finished size. We use 1/4″ seam allowance, so for example for 1″ square we shall cut 1.5″ square etc.




Red shirt:

1 x [5.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [7.5″x 1.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 8 x 1.5″x 1.5″]

Light grey head and trousers:

2 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 3.5″], 3 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Dark grey boots:

2 x [3.5″x 1.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 2.5″]

White background:

2 x [4.5″x 4.5″], 2 x [7.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 3.5″], 3 x [3.5″x 1.5″],

2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 6 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 10 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Finished block size is about 16.5″x 13.5″.


Photo above shows you the pieces.

! I have one correction that I noticed later: two squares on up corners are too big in this photo (they have to be 4.5″x 4.5″ as in the cutting list).

Sew in sections. Start sewing the small pieces together and then continue connecting them with the next pieces etc. It’s like making a log cabin blocks.



Press the seams (the more often the better) but at least when connecting the sections.






Red shirt:

1 x [4.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 8 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Light grey head and skirt:

1 x [8.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″]

Dark grey skirt and boots:

1 x [8.5″x 1.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 1.5″]

White background:

2 x [4.5″x 4.5″], 2 x [8.5″x 2.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 16 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Finished blog size is about 16.5″ x 12.5″


Here you see all the pieces. I have already started to sew from the boots. Sew again in sections as with the Fair Isle man.

Fair Isle woman

I hope this tutorial is clear and easy. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer. When you make your Fair Isle blocks, you will see that this is not the only way to share the picture to sections.

Fairl Isle man and woman - Tutorial

Thank you for reading! Have fun sewing this couple and I hope this gives you inspiration to create also other Fair Isle blocks!




Nero’s Post {Puppy Portraits} – Voting!

Vof Vof friends! Nero here with my dog gone cute puppies! Oh, I’m so bone happy for my own super quilt! I love each puppy! Voting has began and I shall show you new photos of my for ever favourite quilt so you get really excited and vote my puppies!

Puppy Portraits by Teje

Can you see me there just going out and Hanna on the couch?

We had a great company of puppies at our breakfast table …


One day Hanna had a laundry day and she washed also our puppies.


Hey Tim, you feel better now after having a bath?

Hanna and puppy quilt

I want to show you some detail photos that I didn’t add to my first post (because there was already so many photos).


Every portrait has a ribbon and nail to hang it. Background and backing fabrics are my old duvet cover. It looks like a wall paper so I thought it’s perfect for this project.

dog quilt

In the middle there was a space like waiting for something little extra. I picked solids from the portraits and made tiny squares. Later I thought that they could present ‘negatives’ like we had for photos in old days.


Each puppy is hand quilted around.

puppy quilt

This quilt is a challenge to photograph because it’s quite big. I’m not tall enought to hold it and we tried to hang it on the wardrope. Unfortunately we can’t leave it there – it would be really nice to have my puppies near to our dining table all the time! But the doors are not opening now and soon Teje may want to take something from there.

Puppy Portraits by Teje

There is often too less light or too much light… we’ll try outside …

Dog Gone Cute by Teje

But now I think it’s enough photo shooting and I want my coocies!


Hmmm, I hear something … like someone is eating …


Hey Nero, I smell coocies! Did you eat them all alone?!

Nero and Hanna

Don’t worry Hanna, we have enough coocies for everyone, welcome for coocie party anytime you like! But now let’s go to the Linky party’s voting to Lorna’s blog!

VOTING for “Dog Gone Cute” has began and you have three votes! That’s so great because it’s not possible to choose only one puppy quilt. Voting is easy: just click the heart on the corner of the photo you like. Here is also the link to the voting post. 

If you adore my puppies, please vote – there are fantastic presents and I would love to win some fabrics to give to Teje. Perhaps she would make a quilt for Nelli or puppy pillows for me!


Our internet line is sleeping now for few days. We change for better line and perhaps get it to work again on Monday. So unfortunately you won’t hear me barking for next few days. I hope to be back very soon and until then we are preparing the TUTORIAL for the Reindeer Fair Isle block. It gives us many great ideas.

Puppy Portraits by Teje

I leave you with my favourite puppy photo. I like those green light so much!

Thank you for reading my story and if you vote, I give you a Biiiiiiiiiig Fuuuuuurry Huuuuuuug! And Hanna will Kiss you!



‘North Star’ changed direction

Hi dear friends! Sun is shining and I’m happy even it’s a cleaning day, but because my ‘North Star’ quilt project found new direction!

North Star quilt project

You remember the reindeer, bird house, grey triangles. They looked nice but I wasn’t very excited to continue. One day I remembered that I have made one grey star and when looking for that I found this blue star, too.

Nort Star quilt project

Because I wanted to make a lightful quilt (inspired by Svetlana’s quilt), I finally left out almost all the grey. The big blue star gave me an idea to add some of that colour. It’s a good, cold, winter blue. Remembering how well Svetlana had used that Ikea’s fabric with written numbers, I started to improvise.


Now this project is going somewhere I like. I made few stars with favourite red scraps and used for the middle square very light blue. I had already made the fair isle star, which I really like. I think I shall make an other one.

fair isle star block

I really like to make blocks using the knitting patterns. The picture won’t be exactly the same as when knitted, but still very nice.

North Star quilt project

The woman looked first like a robot but now when she’s finished and on the design wall with the other blocks, I think she looks cute. Next I shall make her husband.

fair isle woman quilt block

I’m sure that the quilt I have put on the wall in living room (until this is finishes) and Helen’s new book (read about my sweet dreams here) helped me to find my way with this project. I wanted to keep it with less colours and to get a winter/christmas feeling, but still I do need light and happiness. I thought that blue doesn’t fit here but that was exactly what was missing to get a beautiful scandinavian feeling.

sea glass pendants by trikimia

These days I have worked long hours with Trikimia’s (our Sea Glass) etsy shop. Shop is open and I shall list new sea glass jewelries almost every day. If you want something magical for yourself or for a present, have a look!

SHIPPING IS FREE for the November! Link is also up on my sidelist.

Inspired by this quilt project I made this ‘Scandinavian Happiness’ Treasury list. Have a look – I found lots of beautiful things. For example most cute pouch and purse from our friend Mia!

Nort Star by Teje

Let me know if you like a tutorial for reindeer, star and woman/man blocks. I would be happy to do that.

So it was cleaning day today, right? Hmmm … at least downstairs I need to finish. In the evening I’m sitting on the covered red couch watching Downton Abbey with all the sparkling cute lights and hearts on my winter tree!

Have a lovely day! Thank you for reading my stories and writing sweet comments!



Sweet Dreams!

Hi Dear Friends! “Sweet Dreams” – I couldn’t have named this post any other way …

Modern Vintage Gifts

I have been dreaming sweet dreams! ….Hearts….mice…flowers…birds…stars…butterflies…they have filled my dreams these last days and nights!

Modern Vintage Gifts

I’m a big fan of Helen Philipps and I love her beautiful work! Her sweet crafts and adorable photos make me always happy and smiling! I couldn’t believe my luck to win Helen’s new book MODERN VINTAGE GIFTS from her give away! Thank you do much dear Helen! This book is my treasure.


I knew that I will enjoy this book very much and finally make those cute things Helen makes. I thought to start with something that I can finish quickly to have piece of this cuteness. When I read Helen’s blog, I feel always so inspired to sew those beautiful things, and then just can’t make my self to start … now looks like I can’t stop …

fabric hearts

I want to pick more and more fabrics to sew hearts…with little birds … or just with a cute print and colour.


You see that there is already winter feeling in our home. Yesterday I fixed the ‘alternative’ tree and I enjoy so much these little sparkling lights! This time it’s not easy to find flowers but the huge bougainvillea front of our house, has always flowers and gives us beautiful view. As you see the ‘Happy Days’ quilt is on the wall and this time in the living room. I was so wrong when thinking that I couldn’t put happy colours in that space. Still I shall make the ‘North Star’ winter/christmas quilt. ‘Happy Days’ quilt is there until I finish the ‘North Star’. For that quilt I have made only one new block.

star block by teje

Hanna had an idea this morning and she wants to make something small… I shall help her. After the breakfast we looked through the fabrics I bought from Finland and picked some cute creatures.

cute fabrics

Can I resist the hearts? Or the owls and snails? I think it’s better to make few stars for the ‘Norts Star’ quilt before anything else.

vintage hearts

I have been dreaming hearts…really, because this book is not only sewing patterns, it’s a look book. I managed to share my reading for three evenings just before sleeping. Every night my dreams had hearts and other cuties. This book is so beautifully made… handmade illustrations…lovely photos… clear instructions and good tips for each project. Timing was perfect for me – all the projects can be made any time of the year, but all of them can be also seasonal decorations and gifts. As I had planned to make this year a little bit different decoration…for winter not only for christmas…this book will lead me to the cutest winter! I have already decided what to make next… won’t tell you yet.

Modern Vintage Gifts by Helen Philipps

This book is the one you want to have and to give a present! Read and look more photos of the book in Helen’s post. You can order your book from Amazon or from Stitch Craft Create.

For many reasons it’s very difficult for me to get any sewing or quilting books, so I’m really happy for this book! Thank you so much Helen! I hope you know how much I appreciate this! I can assure that this book is worth of my every word!

Modern Vintage Gifts by Helen Philipps

Thank you for stopping by! I go to sew now quickly some stars so I can be soon back with Helen’s book!



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