Nero's Post and Patch

by Teje Karjalainen


Design wall on Thursday

Hi dear Friends! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! I’m so happy you like and follow my scandinavian Project. This morning my design wall looks like this …

scandinavian quilt project

I like to see in the mornings the light-shapes that still closed shutters create. Do you think I could quilt snow on this quilt?

Here is a small trick now as the quilt will be bigger than my design wall. The upper part which is now ready, is half under the lower part. I started to think even myself, how this looks so strange in this photo?!

scandinavian quilt on design wall

I had made stright decision not to add any orange/yellow/Red to this quilt. Then finally the black cloud over my head turned to grey and I was ready to make sun to my quilt. But it was not ment to happen as I hadn’t washed those colours. So this will be pale, winter scene without sun and perhaps it will snow over this quilt.

new fabrics

Yesterday the cloud was finally white again … I received the ‘sky’ for my Hillside Houses quilt. Most likely that has to wait until autumn but I enjoy having it in my mind. Also those solids are for those houses.

blue sky white clouds

Today finally sky is blue again and clouds are white. Last days weather was strange here. We had thunder and even rain with African dust, so you can imagine how the Windows look now …


Sunset from my bed, through my african dusty window.

Thank you for stopping by! I have enjoyed catching up with you and hope to see you soon! As you may have wondered, I took ten days off to make a quilt … that’s what quilter does when there is nothing else she can do. Thanks to You, quilting and my fabric stash: I’m ready to start all over again.

I have been nominated by several friends with ‘One Lovely Blog’ award and I’m preparing ‘my list’s’ with something else.

Have a wonderful day!



Design wall on Tuesday

Hi dear Friends! Thank you so much for your lovely comments! Today my design wall looks like this …

Scandinavian quilt project

You can imagine how much I want to continue, but have use my iron today for cloths instead of patches. Wish me good luck to finish quickly those 3 loundry mountains to continue with this Scandinavian quilt.

I’m linking at my favourite linky parties – buttons on my sidelist.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!



New Scandinavian quilt project

Hi Dear Friends! I have a NEW quilt in process! After making some space to my sewing room, I’m feeling a little bit better while starting again from “a clean table”.

my sewing room

Before starting I had to shower my NEW Fabrics. But before braking these cute bundles, I took few last shoots …

new fabrics

Fabric details:

Solids: ‘Scandinavia’ from Oakshott Fabrics (give away win from Leanne ‘She can Quilt’)

Prints: ‘Notting Hill’ from ring a roses by Gunther (give away win from Annett at ‘Knetty Craft’)

Light demin: present from Judith at ‘Just Jude’


And then off we go to the shower! And after that out for a sunbath …


Oakshott Fabrics are woven with two different colours of threads and look how the colour change when are wet!


I’m so happy that I got these two fabric bundles in same time – thank you again! Oakshott solids are gorgeus but I didn’t have any idea what Special I could make with them. I haven’t used much solids yet and also these beautiful light colours are different than my usual palet. When I looked these bundles together I realized that they match perfectly!


Once again seems to be that everything happens for some meaning … in a mood I am now, I couldn’t work with energy, bright, happy fabrics, so this calm, lightful, almost low volume collection is just what I need now. When looking for something else to add to this quilt, my eye picked the Honeycomb bundle that I had purchased while ago. I chose colours to match and left out orange/red/pink.

I had in my mind to use some low volumes for the background and made last evening test blocks …

retangle triangles

Looking for ideas from my Pinterest Board: ‘Quilt Inspiration’, I started to lean to triangles (once again, it’s my favourite quilting shape). As I don’t want to make a repeating pattern but some how different kind/size blocks, I thought these retangle triangles would be great. And I do like them a lot, but I didn’t enjoy making them.

retangle triangles

Other question is if I like the low volume for background? When leaving it like this at night, I wasn’t excited at all. Then at night I was thinking, once again, white is missing! Could you make a Scandinavian quilt without snow?! So in the morning I felt better because I knew how to continue: follow my instinct! When ever I don’t do that, it’s a big mistake!

triangle blocks

So white is on the table! From the prints I cut as big squares as possible by the meaning to get the most of these Special Fabrics. I shall make different kind of triangle blocks in different sizes. Most likely I shall use also those low volumes.

triangle blocks

Some names in my mind: Scandic Scene, Scandinavian Days, Scandinavian Scale

And just for fun …

fishing boat

I’m linking at ‘Pet Project Show’ at Julie’s blog: ‘Pind Doxies’!

Thank you for your visit and wonderful comments!



Blogger’s Quilt Festival: ‘Milky Hearts’

Hi! Welcome to Blogger’s Quilt Festival! This fantastic semi-annual quilt show is organized by Amy and is very important event to us quilters. This year I’m joining at the last minute with ‘Milky Hearts’.
Milky Hearts by Teje
‘Milky Hearts’ in aqua was an unfinished mini quilt on my design wall from the March. It was enjoy to watch it there but the plan was to make it pillow …
Milky Hearts pillow
… and pillow it bacame late last night … with a simple envelope backing …
pillow back
Usually my furry friends, Nero or Hanna, present my quilts in this festival and I thought now it’s Nelli’s turn to do the job …
But she didn’t have any interest so I guess I have to do this on my own.
Milky Hearts by Teje
I found my inspiration from the hearts and my Special quilt book. You can read about the process and my inspiration in THIS POST. There is also link for the ‘heart’ tutorial and explination for the milky name.
 Milky Hearts
I have to have at least one photo with blue sky even today there were milky wisps of clouds. Before heading to the garden I had a nice work on this balcony …
… sneaky peaky for my new project! But lets to the garden. We have a new, cute little garden and it starts to be ready for summer joy … sitting there hand quilting … sounds fun!
Milky Hearts pillow by Teje
Hmm, looks so much Finnish garden!
little rosies
Name: ‘Milky Hearts’
Design: by me
Pieced: by machine
Quilted: by hand
Size: 16″ x 16″ (40 x 40 cm)
Category: Mini Quilts
 If not bright blue sky today, some blue we need as we are in GREECE!
greek ship
When shooting this ship, I just had to take one very, very rare selfie …
So if I mixed you now enough, lets get back to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. Click the button below and step to the unique quilt show where your can see most beautiful and inspiring quilts and meet amazing quilters from all over the world! There are many categories and each has separate post, so take care not to miss anything. I have found so many dear friends from this quilt festival  and always get lots of ideas and inspiration!
Milky Hearts pillow
‘NERO’S GARDEN’ (animals from Nero’s garden) – spring 2011
‘ORANGE STONES’ – autumn 2011
‘MY DREAM QUILT’ – spring 2012
 ‘BUTTERFLIES’ (applique) – autumn 2012
‘BABY STARS’ – spring 2013
‘HAPPY DAYS’ – spring 2013
‘FANTASY FOREST’ 1. prize in ‘Forest QAL’ (paper pieced) – autumn 2013
‘KIDS GAME’ 2013 – autumn 2013
‘TURN THE TIME’ – autumn 2014
Milky Hearts pillow by Teje
Thank you very much for stopping by ! I hope you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you soon again! Enjoy the festival and good luck!


Nero’s Post: Happy May!

Vof vof friends! Happy May from all of us here! A little bit late but I haven’t seen my secretary much lately. Can’t understand how she’s always so busy.


Today we had a great, short time in the garden … it’s now so perfect, sun is shining, everything is bright green …


We thought that the birds and hard rain took all the seeds, but finally we have lot of beautiful grass in our little garden. There was no lemons for a long time but now looks like I can pick few …


I’m so looking for less busy days to put our garden in nice order, fix lovely place to sit, some planting perhaps …


I find always some wild flowers … I didn’t eat them but the green next to the flowers …


The smallest can be the sweetest.


Hanna was of course with us … waiting to go for her morning walk …


Hanna is my sweet pumpkin!


I guess you would like to see if there is any projects going on? Is there ever time without any Project?

sea pottery boats

This is jewelry Project?! For me they look sailing boats.


There is a bag Project in the sewing room …


This is going to be a happy, little bag! Hope to see it finished soon. But I know that now the painting Project takes First place. It’s a table for the shop. Aa, and the little suitcase needs to be painted and the wooden hanger and WHO knows what else?!

I hope to catch my secretary soon again to write to you. Until then I send you big furry hugs and kisses!

Thank you for reading my post!



Different Sunday on our shop’s street

Hello dear friends! Today is a bautiful, sunny Sunday and something special happened on the street where our shop is.


‘Beba’ had a bath! And believe me, she enjoyed it! and I enjoyed so much watching her!


‘Beba’ is the most sweet dog who lives on our shop’s street. She is not a ‘street dog’ even she lives on the street. She has been on this street 8 years and every one loves and takes care of her.


‘Beba’ is a famous model; so many people stop to take photos of her.

Beba's bath

I am so happy that our neighbours gave today good, nice bath to Beba. I could have never guessed that she stays so well and enjoys the bath so much!


I met Beba first time one year ago. Then she was taking care and feeding a little kitten. They still live together and very often we can see the cat ‘Pupulina’ sleeping on Beba’s back (which is wide enough).


Sorry about this bad photo but it’s only I found now from the last year where Beba is with the kitten. You can see also how the street looks in winter.

See Beba and Pupulina sleeping together in my Instagram album.


Beba's bath

Almost finished and she looks happy.


Still taking care of her eyes and ears …

Beba's bath

She was on the leash while having the bath and later she wanted to go for a walk. We guessed that she likes to go to show herself and beautyness to the dogs in the cafeteria on the corner.


Have a great day, sweet Beba! When you come back I shall brush you well!



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