Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen


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{Fabric Forest} quilt top

Hello friends! Today is  time for a ‘Quilty 365’ linkyup.

Nero and Fabric Forest

Read all my post in my new blog HERE. Lots of photos about my day with the dogs in the garden with this quilt top.

TEJE

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Mugs – Quilty 365

Hi dear friends! Hoping that you’ll have lovely, relaxing holidays and time for sewing,  I’ll show you what I have started…

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Mugs! Who wouldn’t love mugs! I collect them and feel that it’s high time to get new mugs. Would you like to get a new mug every day?! And to design it by yourself!

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There are several things that made me start this project. First, I didn’t have any hand sewing project going on. No quilt top for hand quilting and my hexies just don’t inspire me at all now.

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As the mugs had stuck to my head, I had to try if I like to make them or should I forget the whole thing. I gathered my things in a box with the little heart suitcase which is usually for my hexy project.

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How I started? First I draw and cut some tamplates and even the frame to help me fussy cut the fabric. Later I saw that the templated is not necessary because the mug shape is very easy. I cut them with scissors and straight edges are easy to turn and press the seam allowance with your finger/nail. Then I just pin the mug on my background fabric and sew it around.

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I haven’t done much applique except the raw edge applique with the sewing machine (which I love), so these simple mugs are perfect for a start. But how to make the ears? Those I couldn’t imagine to applique. I tried ribbon and it works well. But I don’t want shiny ribbons and I picked all the mat clour ribbons from my stash. Or should I add some bling bling?

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Knowing that I like to continue this, I fixed a box to keep all I need. Even the little blue ‘tray’ fits on the box – it doesn’t close now but I’m not planning to travel anywhere. The little red suitcase doesn’t work because now I need threads in many colours. Finally I found perfect use for my two little tin boxes …

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‘Pretty Thing’s will hold my threads and ‘Make a Wish’ will hide my pins and is also thread catcher. Hmmm, where I can put my pins and needle…I have to make a little pin cushion….

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… unfortunately I haven’t finished the christmas cleaning so pin cushion has to wait a little bit.

INSPIRATION AND INFO:

  • When I saw Marle’s mugs, I was sold! She has made many things with mugs, for example place mats, using Marimekko fabrics and grey background. They look fantastic!
  • Maryse, who always inspires me with her gorgeus quilts, has started a project ‘Quilty 365’. She picked red background!
  • Audrey is the one who started the project ‘Quilty 365’. She is making one applique circle each day for one year! Her idea is to pick each day fabric that feels right at that moment. Audrey is hosting also a link up, where you can share your process. Look here what others have already done. Not everyone is making circles.

My thoughts: First I was ready to start to make the circles. Then thinking a little bit more, I stepped back. I know that I’m not able to make this every day. The circles need template and for ex. folio paper or basting to turn the seam allowance. Maryse shows well how she’s doing this.

I really liked Marle’s mugs and wanted to make some, so I thought to mix these two ideas. Marle has pieced her mugs and paper pieced the ears.

I started my mug-project 18.12.2015, but I let myself to have a free program. Sometimes I may sew several mugs per day and then perhaps none for a while. Even the idea of ‘Quilty 365’ is fantastic, I’m not going to make 365 mugs, that would be too much even for a mug lover…or perhaps shouldn’t say anything if I end up with 563 mugs!

rotary candle holder

Yesterday I took down the box with Christmas decorations and found my dear Moose rotary candle holder. They are so funny when running around!

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Remember that soon I start to post in the new address: http://www.nerospostbox.wordpress.com.

I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for your company this year and for writing the sweetest, friendly comments! I’m looking for to start the new sewing year with you sharing our ideas, inspiration and passion for creating!

TEJE


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{Solid Sampler} HRT Harlequin Block

Hi friends! Today I start my new quilt block series with solids: {Solid Sampler}. This will be blocks made with solids, new and old, traditional and modern, what ever comes to my mind. If I know the name for the block I use that other wise I give it ‘my’ name. I show you how I make the blocks or I link to the tutorials that inspired me.

hrt harlekin block by tejesarita

My first block is HRT (half retangle triangle) Harlequin block. For me this shape reminds me always Harlequin so I call it that.

I cut half retangle triangles so that the short side is 3.5 ” and the long side is 6.5 “. You can use the [30 degrees] line on your ruler. For me works well to cut one triangle like that and then the rest of the triangles I cut using the first one as a template. I don’t like to turn around my big ruler and try to find the right angle. Also my table is usually too full to have good space, as you can see …

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So I put the ready triangle on my next fabric and then cut the second using the ruler.

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I always iron my fabrics before cutting! Except this time… after these three I ironed them and all my solids!

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Cut your half retangle triangles and then arrange them as you like. Sew them as shown below …

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And then it’s time to play!

solid blocks by tejesarita

solid blocks by tejesarita

solid blocks by tejesarita

And then play some more …

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Then trim your pieces and sew them together. I shall use white around the blocks, but not just yet, because with the white I shall bring the different kind of blocks to the same size.

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{solid sampler} hrt harlekin

Sometimes we just need to do something else than the current project to clear our thoughts for a moment. At least me, when I’m working with a new quilt, my mind is there day and night. That’s why Saturday evening I decided to make one great block I had in my mind. I didn’t make that block because when playing with the pieces I saw this ‘harlekin’ and thought to stay with this. I don’t call this ‘project’ because I shall make these blocks now and then between my projects without any target but I think I shall make this small wall quilt for my sewing studio. You can imagine how difficult it is now to stop making solid blocks!

I hope you enjoyed your visit and this colourful block! Take care and see you soon …

TEJE


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Happy Friday

Hi dear friends! Looks like happy days continue as today we meet at Penny’s ‘Happy Friday’! Come and join the fun sharing your happy moments! Penny made me think what made me happy this week …

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Quite many things make me happy every day, even ‘everyday’ it’s so easy to forget those things. Often they are something we see so often that we don’t see them anymore.

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Last time you where thinking what Nero and Hanna saw on the other side of the wall. It was in fact our terace and they can see to the sea (above) and to the ‘White Mountains’ (below) …

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… but you can guess that they don’t look the sea or mountains but the cats, dogs and any one, any where around!

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Today on my way to meet my sweet golden friend, I realized that where ever I go, I can see mountains or the sea! White mountains are now so gorgeus when the sun makes the snow shine!

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Nero and Hanna make me happy. Every morning Hanna gives me very gentle kiss before I get up from the bed. Then she goes the stairs down singing and seems to be so happy to start a NEW day! They get piece of bread in the morning. Nero takes his bread and runs and jumps (always) to the living room to eat it.

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Nelli still finds NEW thing in this House and makes me smile. I think she’s most happy in the evening when I go to the bedroom, finally settling in one place and she can watch tv for a while with me.

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Colours and colourful things make me happy and these triangle mugs – you understand that I had to take them – how often you see mugs with quilt pattern (at least here, not often)!

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This ‘piece’ was supposed to be a part of one project with the paper pieced paint tubes, but that didn’t happen, so I made it mini quilt for my new sewing room. ‘Paint Splash’ and bright Kona solids make me happy.

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For me this photo has almost too delicious colours. I can’t explain how much I enjoy those happy colours mixed together … I think I need to print this to put it on the wall. I wish I had time to make a happy painting!

Thank you for joining my Happy Friday! Now click the button below to visit Penny’s linky party! planet-penny-happy-friday

Thank you also very much for your sweet Happy Birthday wishes! I hope to finish the jewelry studio / library room, to be even more happy today!

TEJE 


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Mug rugs and Pot holders

Hi dear friends! This post bagan from a kitchen ‘cheer-up’. I was really depressed with the kitchen and thought it’s time to make NEW happy pot holders. I save too much my dear Fabrics and thought to use this time some Fabrics I really like.

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I cut pieces from those pink and Red Fabrics and then chose something to match around. This happened wednesday evening. Next day I was supposed to take photos before placing them on the Brown kitchen wall. That next morning I was happy to find that Gnome Angel featured my mug rug tutorial! She is hosting mug rug swap and has gathered some ideas and tutorials for mug rugs. Read here the post about the ‘Festive Mug Rug Swap’!

mug rug coaster

These are in fact coasters as they are smaller than mug rugs. I made this tutorial to show in a Mini Project all the steps to make a quilt. There is a patchwork piece. It’s hand quilted with wadding. And there is normal quilt binding. Read here the tutorial.

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Then I saw that Ruth from ‘Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner’ had included my little forest in her inspiration mosaic. Thank you so much Ruth for linking to my blog and for reminding me about this Mini quilt!

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I made this one winter to find the winter and Christmas feeling. That’s not so easy here in the sunny and warm weather. It was on the wall in the kitchen until summer came! Now I’m happy to see it again on my sewing table as a mug rug.

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For my newer readers I thought to show the mini quilts/mug rugs I made one Christmas …

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You can make patchwork pictures or use raw edge applique, which is really easy and fun method. Draw by yourself or use coocie cutters to draw the shapes. If you have Baby GO! cutter, it’s great, too. I used that for the birds.

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PS. I was happy to receive an email from you about the butterflies – thank you Lisa! Here are some links where you see how I made the butterflies and the butterfly wall quilt which I entered to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival few years ago:

There is really endless list of ideas how to make mug rugs, potholders, coasters, place mats and Mini quilts. One great is to make paper pieced block. Make a picture or letter – I love letters and I’m so happy to have Kristy’s patterns for letters! They are available in her Craftsy store!

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If you are in hurry, beginner in sewing or just want to show well the beautiful fabric, make a mug rug with one fabric …

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Simple patcwork block with your/hers/his favourite colours …

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Mug rug or pot holder is very good little Project to try different technics like raw edge applique, hand quilting, embroidery …

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They are also great little things to  use scraps and up-cycled Fabrics.

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bird mug rug

So about my new pot holders, they are not in the kitchen yet, no need to cheer up this kitchen because I start to pack again! I hope to have a big Christmas tree this year!

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I already decided to join the mug rug swap, but have to leave it now. If you have time and like to join for this fun and International swap, read the details HERE!

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Ha haa, catched you Hanna! This weekend hb is going to pick olives and I think I shall sew with full speed … cant’ even think how many/less days there are until Christmas! One last photo for mug rugs or pot holders…

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Don’t stress too much and enjoy your Christmas and holiday sewings! Thank you for stopping by and thank you so much for your sweet comments on my ‘Paint’ project! You know what – ‘Hawthorne Threads’ has a give away for the ‘Paint’ Fabrics! Join their news letter!

PS. Welcome to follow ‘nerospost’ at Instagram! I don’t have yet button for the instagram, but I’m there having lots of fun with quilter and blogger friends!

By by for now – hope to see you soon!

TEJE


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Crochet Lace & Paints

Hello friends – so great to see you! Lots of lots of lots of things are going on here again. Sewing is not thrown on the side but at the moment it’s storm of ideas in my mind. Instead of sewing I have made little crocheting in short spare moments …

Crochet Grandmother's Lace

This book has been on my self some years and now and then I find inspiration from it. This spring I want to try some new crochet ideas …

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… I like to crochet neck-lace … there you see it’s ment to be lace! Yarn is lovely cotton for summer in red, white, turquoise and blue … for now – I’m sure you guess that I shall look for more colours.

red crochet lace

Can you explain why I feel and say always that I don’t like red and I’m not ‘red person’ and still I really enjoy workind with red?!

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This book doesn’t have explinations but only illustrated patterns, which works well for me. Many of the patterns look first really complicated, but after studying them for a while, most of them are quite simple.

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Not to become monotony,  I crocheted one new stone. This is totally improvised from my mind at the moment I made it. I started with a circle,  made five petals and then net around them. I would like to learn to crochet more complicated patterns on the stones.

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This is my latest try. I hadn’t paid any attention on this pattern until one day having my coffee and just leafing this book ‘to pass the time’. I realized that it’s very simple, looks fun and is easy to make different variations.

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Lots of ideas for this … adding something else … if I ever have time to try all my ideas.

colours

This week has been very much about colours and paints. I just love to look colour-maps and make plans for different ideas! I would be grazy happy to paint with these colours …

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Could you ever be on blue mood if you had an orange kitchen?! Unfortunately even me I wouldn’t dare to paint kitchen orange … too bad. We are not painting our kitchen … and not with orange … and not with the colours below, but there will be turquoise!

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And there will be even brighter turquoise … just a little bit …

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I’m sorry that the colours doesn’t show here as bright as they are. If you can’t wait to see our paintings finished, guess if I can! and I don’t have time to paint – or to wash my car …

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I almost deleted this photo and just then thought to ask you what you think I saw through my dusty window on my way home. I’m anxious to hear what you see here!

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I hope you have a lovely weekend with wonderful weather, so you can enjoy and perhaps make even some springly things outside! I shall go to play with Nero and Hanna – a little bit in the garden and then for a walk with ‘London’, my golden friend. I like to call her ‘kultainen’ (golden in Finnish) because it means ‘darling and sweet’.

Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comments!

Take care and be creative!

TEJE


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CLOTH PEGS BASKET – TUTORIAL

Hi Dear Friends! I know that you call them cloth pegs but don’t you like the Finnish name: ‘Laundry Boys’! And if the ‘boys’ have a fun bag – laundry day is going to be pure enjoy!

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This ‘LAUNDRY BOYS’ fabric basket is now in England with my SISTER and I think she is hoping even more than usually to have lots of sunny days to hang her laundry outside! She wished something to carry the ‘laundry boys’ on hew arm when hanging the cloths out, so I made this for her Christmas package.

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First I had many patchwork ideas in my mind – using one funny fabric with cloths! My sister’s style is more modern than mine, so I tried to step out from my scrap box and I chose for the base this white-grey fabric which has modern buildings on it. It’s from Ikea and more firm than normal cotton. It was a good choise because now it looks like the laundry rope is hanging from the walls between the houses.

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When I start to make any fabric basket I think just about what size I want (height and the bottom width) and then I start with the bottom piece. Now I made oval using a plate to make the edges round. Then I took the measurement around the bottom and started to make the main piece (making it a little bit longer and trimming it later).

I quilted the bottom and the main piece with wadding, following the Lines of the buildings on the fabric + straight Lines. My wadding was quite fat and it gave beautiful puffy look for the dresses – Like the wind is swinging them on the Air!

I cut the ‘dress’ pieces just squares and ironed them with fusible Web. After that it was easy to cut the dress shapes from the fabric. I wanted to add some colour and made one orange sun. Also here I used fusible web and then drew the shape of the sun (I could saw it through the fabric).

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I stitched the sun with simple stitching few times around. For the dresses I used sik sak to make sure they stay nice even after washing. I made laundry rope with a thin, satin ribbon and cloths pegs with tiny pieces from the same ribbon. Bird is from one Ikea’s fabric and I stitched it simply few times around.

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When the main piece was finished, I pinned it with the bottom to be able to trim the main piece as long it needs to be. Then I took the pins away, cut the main pieces for the right size and then sew it with the bottom. I made the lining with cotton fabric. Binding is double folded and I sew it frist on the outside (catching now the main basket with the lining). Then I turned it inside and sew so that the stitiching shows on the right side just next to the binding.

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The strap has piece of wadding inside and it’s quilted with straight Lines. In these photos the strap is still with pins because I was thinking few options how to catch it. Finally I simply sew it on the basket. You could also make button holes on the two edges of the strap and then two big buttons on both sides of the basket. Like that you can use the basket also for something else without strap.

If you like to see more details how to make any size fabric basket, click HERE to see the tutorial I made for the ‘Quilt Story’s’ Holiday Series! Those baskets are around and have little scrap trees on them.

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If I may say, I was very happy how this ‘LAUNDY BOYS’ basket ended up! I do enjoy making things with pictures and little stories!

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I hope you have lots of sunshine to hang your laundry outside! For me it is a little bit challenge this time of the year. I dry laundry only outside and often we have rainy days and even sun is shining, the humidity is high and the days are still short. But every day is longer and lighter … there it is coming … the Spring!

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Today I had a big surprise in the post Office …. something that I had given up for waiting … {tools or toys} and you will see them soon! And I didn’t buy flowers but something else as cute as sweet peas!

Thank you so much for visiting me today! I shall join all my favourite link parties – how great after the brake during the holidays! All the buttons are on my sidelist and there is a new party for Wednesdays! Thank you also for your lovely messages!

Before I leave you I would like you to visit Cath. She wrote about very Special quilts and made also two most beautiful Special quilts. It is very touching story and something that I didn’t know before. Cath’s beautiful and colourful blog is ‘Wombat Quilts’!

Hugs!

TEJE