Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen

New Look, Blog Stats, January Mosaics, Border Decision


Hello Friends! February is here … when January passed?! Absolutely good time for new begins and looks! I was at the hairdresser and when she had been cutting for a while other hairdresser passed: “great, you make a big change’! Mine: “if we do something, we do it well”! I’m very much like that. But first about the border and binding …

quilt border

Border – Binding 1

Today with rain and poor light inside I settled few possibilities for the narrow border and binding. I have put numbers under the photos, so if you like you can vote for your favourite.

Few explinations: I want to use something from my stash and not to make a frame to pop out but a border to gather the the blocks and colours and to make the edge secure.

I have also one beautiful brown batik (like someone suggested so well) and I tried that – it would be beautiful but I want to save it with my other batiks for something special.

I have also black, big hand written letters on white but forgot to try that. It could work.


Border – Binding 2


Border – Binding 3


Border – Binding 4


Border – Binding 5


Border – Binding 6

Last alternative is with only binding. That could be also orange or white but somehow I like this vintage looking light green with tiny flowers.


Only Binding 7

So, I hope you can help me to decide and continue this quilt! I want to start hand quilting! Don’t hesitate to say your opinion even you disagree with my alternatives. Perhaps you have much better idea! But unfortunately I’m not going for fabric shopping.

Then today’s second subject: January Mosaic. Oh boys! All these blogging years I didn’t make monthly mosaics. I don’t know why, I just didn’t. Too bad, because now it would be really great to see what on earth I have been doing all these months! Now when I finally catched myself from the neck and made one, I hardly find anything to add there!

January 2014 mosaic

January 2014 by Teje

I can’t believe that my January looks so poor! I was wondering what I have been doing and made an other mosaic with few of the other things I have spend my time …

January 2014 mosaic Trikimia

by Trikimia

Third subject today is blog stats. It’s nice to see now and then what happens and if there is someone who likes to read our blogs – right?! I am so happy to see from the stats that I have been doing something that you like!


* Nero’s Post and Patch is now 1 year in this address and total views are 70.150.  Views for 2013 were 63.800 (average per day 175).

* First my blog was 2.5 years HERE and total views till now are 157.000.  Views for 2013 are 52.610 (average per day 144). I’m happy to see that even I haven’t blog there anymore, you still read it and find useful posts and tutorials!

* All views together 227.150!

* Nero’s Post and Patch has now 537 followers (e-mails, Bloglovin, WordPress)!

* These 3.5 years I have written 468 posts and 11.760 comments have been written! Wow, I’m Super happy that you like to share your thoughts with me and so often we have really fun discussions! Thank you!

For all that I think it’s fair to show you me and my new look. It’s nice to see who we are dealing with! I followed my hair dresses words …

my new look

Can you guess how many shoots it took to find one decent photo to use in all the ‘hundred and one’ profils! Now you understand also why I need Nero and Hanna to model for my knittings! Please don’t ask to see my ‘old look’. I took few photos before hair cutting, but …

And to make the change well, I changed the header and background for my blog, too. I like to change things. During the years I have had all kind of hairs and perhaps 5 times really long hair and then everything between that and the ‘school boy’ look.

Many of my glasses you can see HERE. I had a fun eye glass Project with Firmoo and I made quilted pouch with vintage glasses applique – you can see that and my ‘Dream Glasses’ in THIS POST! I still want those glasses!

on the beach

I leave your with this sunny beach view. Someone is preparing his fishing boat. I havE been writing about my Greek views in Trikimias’ blog, but now the blog doesn’t appear. I moved it to a hosting company and need to load all the content again. Something to spend my time next week! I let you know when it’s done and you can come to visit me here in Greece!

Thousands of thanks reading my blog and leaving beautiful and fun comments! Thank you for being so Super all the time I have been blogging! I’m not going anywhere – I love to make little photo stories for you! Sometimes more often, sometimes not so often. Summer may be again very busy, but then Nero will write his stories!

And I shall go to Finland! Yes, two weeks in April and I promise postcards from there! But till then I have a quilt to finish and much more …

Hugs and Kisses!



Author: Teje

I am a Finnish woman living in Crete in Greece. Quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and if there is still time, reading and painting, with happy company of our two sweet dogs and one cat!

50 thoughts on “New Look, Blog Stats, January Mosaics, Border Decision

  1. It looks like you did way more than me in January, Terje. I love the blue and green jewelry . I feel creativity takes a dip in December and January when sit the darkest here – not so in Crete :). Thank you as always for your great pictures.

  2. Teje, love your new do. Congratulations on 1 year anniversary of your blog! And also that your other blog gets visitors still. I like all of your choices for the border and binding and it would be lovely without a border too. My favorite one though is #2 with the orange binding. The sunny beach picture you shared is so pretty, it makes me want to be there. I like the old boat.

  3. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I love your new look, and all the wonderful creative work you do. My vote is for the number one combination. I think the softer looking border/binding combination allow the blocks to really shine. I know whatever you choose will be stunning, though. You have such a wonderful knack for combining fabrics in the most pleasing way.

  4. Oh my goodness! I just now noticed the doggy leg warmers! How sweet. 🙂

  5. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Love all your great photos. I prefer binding number 4.
    Alison x

  6. I love the fruit print!! You look fabulous in your new pictures:)

    • Thank you so much Nina Lise! I like the citrus print but I don’t think it fits here … I think the light green is better not to give too busy look as all the blocks are already so busy. Have a lovely day! x Teje

  7. Great post! I love the new you and the new look blog Teje 🙂 Avis x

    • Thank you so much Avis! Now it’s rainy here and I feel cold with my short hair! But they are so easy and I have more time to sew! Have a lovely day! x Teje

  8. Hello there Teje!
    So much loveliness as always. I like binding no. 4. It picks up colours already in the quilt, but doesn’t interfere with the beautiful patterns. LOVE the hair cut!!!!! 🙂 Ros x

  9. Tout est magnifique felicitation Marie-Claire

  10. Love your new hairdo! And the sunny happy quilt! I think you do a lot! I wouls day, binidng 2 or 4—but really 4, if you put the white as border and let the orange be the binding. Pulls it together and the white give the eye a chance to rest, and therefore enjoy all those fab citruses!

    • Thank you Lizzie! You are righ – white would clear nicely the general look. Citruses have to wait an other inspiration, they are too busy for this. Have a great day! x Teje

  11. So much to take in!! For the quilt, I like them all, but oranges for the border, and green binding would be my choice! Xx

    • Thank you Benta! I like also the orange but perhaps I’m using it too much?! I think I should make a challenge quilt without orange! Have a great day! x Teje

  12. I want to vote for either border 3 or border 7. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the colorful work you do. You inspire me to do things “my way”! Thanks.

    • Thank you Katherine! I’m so happy to hear that! I enjoy creating and planning things on my own way. I hardly ever by Fabrics for some Project – First I get the Materials and then I start to imagine what I could make with them. If I can inspire you and my readers to create their own quilts and other sewings (perhaps starting with my ideas) I am most happy! Happy sewings! x Teje

  13. Border/binding no. 2 gets my vote. And I LOVE your short haircut and dark glasses. You look much younger with the dark rimmed glasses. I got my hair cut short too, at Christmas. so much easier to style each day! Jxo

    • Thank you so much Judith! I’m happy to have again short hair. It’s so easy and ‘fresh’. Doesn’t need any time to fix so lots of Extra sewing time! Have a great day! x Teje

  14. Coolio hair style! Miss H likes 2 the Mother likes 3 and I like 7
    Love Baa. xxx

    • Thank you! That sounds great – I’m happy everyone found something they like – but how I can decide now?! Have a wonderful day! x Teje

  15. Combo solution: solid orange border with green binding. Lots of “citrus” look in color!!!! Love the hair!!!!! Love that quilt!!!! Hugs………………….

  16. I prefer border and binding one. It directs the focus towards your blocks. I love your blog, and have been following for a short while. I wish I had found you sooner. I love all your different hobbies you post! Have a great vacation in April!

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m turning to First option with light green and white. Others are too busy and as you said they would mix the look of the blocks. I’m happy you find me – better later than never! Have a great day! x Teje

  17. I like the orange print actually, but you could even go for no binding at all by doing a facings edge and wrap it completely to the back, let me know if you want more info on that!

    • Thank you Kerry! I think I’ll go with the light green; like the garden continues and then clear white binding to pickup the white pieces. Have a great day! x Teje

  18. Oh I’m not sure I an advise you, I do like number 6, but then I cannot see the whole quilt….maybe the pattern border is to busy though? Pass x

    • Thank you Clare! You are right, my instinct says also that most of these are too busy and perhaps I’ll go with the light green (like the garden continues) and then white binding to clear and give light. x Teje

  19. Fab new haircut Teje, I really love it and it suits you so well. I like the bright green plain border for your quilt…I think that anything too fussy may distract from those gorgeous blocks. Well done you with all your stats, I so love our blogging world. Here’s to blogging friendship xx

    • Thank you Jane! I’m so happy we have shared our stories so long time! It’s always enjoy to visit you and Billy and now also sweet Daisy! x Teje

  20. Kakkos- ja kolmosvaihtoehdot ovat suosikkejani. Voi, miten kauniita tekemäsi korut ovat, tykkään niin noista sinisen sävyistä. Uusi lookisi on aivan ihana, näytät niin pirteälle! Tervetuloa Suomeen, toivottavasti huhtikuussa kelit olisivat jo hieman keväisemmät. Sinä taidatkin saada sitten kaksi kevättä peräkkäin?

    • Kiitos kovasti! Usein saan 2 paasiasitakin mutta tana vuonna taitaa olla yhta aikaa. Kiva kun siellakin tuntuu ehka huhtikuussa jo kevaiselta mutta ei minua saa haittaa. Taalla odottaa sitten taas kuuma kesa. Odotan jo vierailua siella ompeluliikkeessa! x Teje

  21. Love, love, love your new hairdo–as Billy Chrystal would say, “You look maaavalous!” The glasses, too are just right for you. As to the binding–I am going with option #1. I like the others as well, but there is a calmness about the first one that seems just the right thing for your lovely and lively garden. Did the earthquake shake you up any? I was thinking about you when I heard about it as we get a bit of rock and roll her in SoCal and I don’t like it one bit.

    • Thank you Sonja! We didn’t feel the earthquake here in south but we have them often. Usually small quakes. I think I go with the 1 border as my instict says also that the other are too busy. Have a lovely day my friend! Hugs! x Teje

  22. Congratulations on your blog and (of course) on your wonderful new quilt top! Looking forward to see this one finished! Greetings from Spain, Barbora

  23. Lovely new hair style, Teje! It suits you! The quilt is so fresh and colourful, like a bowl of fruit…… fave border/binding is number 3. I am looking forward to seeing it quilted 🙂
    Have a happy (nearly) weekend.
    Helen xx

    • Thank you Helen! I needed summer hair very early! Unfortunately I didn’t have yet time to start quilting – I enjoy that part! Have a lovely weekend! x Teje

  24. Love your new look, Teje. Great style that really suits you.

    Hmmm… maybe I’m too late to weigh in on your quilt, but I really like the orange or solid green for a binding and no sashing. What ever you decide, I know it will be beautiful!

    Thinking now that a good name for your quilt is Teje’s Greek Garden. :o)

    • Thank you Katherine! Not at all too late – I haven’t continued the quilt because I’m this week “in” London. Have a great weekend! x Teje

  25. Hello sweet Teje,

    What a lovely new hair-do – it suits you great! A fresh new look for a fresh new year, I applaud this!
    And a monthly mosaic is such a great idea – I might just steal that 🙂 thank you. dear!

    Have a lovely day!


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