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.




Wrist Warmers Tutorial and My View

Hi friends! This was my small knitting project in Finland. Christmas is getting closer but there is time to knit these easy wrist warmers.

wrist warmers

I remember someone saying ‘but who use wrist warmers?!’ I used to think that, too. Now wrist warmers really are in fashion! And if you wear a poncho or something with shorter sleeves, they are very good. I hope you don’t need them for painful wrists as I do.

Nalle yarn from Novita

When I saw this Novita’s Nalle yarn in delicious ‘Ice Cream’ colour, I knew it’s just perfect for wrist warmers. The yarn suggests no 3 needles and fortunately I found them from my mothers needle box.

ice cream wrist warmers

So lets start!

We need about 100 g yarn and 5 sock needles no 3

  • make 12 loops to each of the 4 needles
  • knit: 1 knit, 1 purl about 33 rows
  • start to increase loops: do this using only knit stitches (no purls), have one centre stitch and make the increase stitches on both sides of that, increase every second row 2 new stitches until you have done 14 new stitches
  • finish these stitches, knit around and when you reach the finished stitches, make new stitches so that you have 14 loops in one needle and 12 loops in other three needles
  • continue to knit 1 knit, 1 purl about 6 rows and finish the stitches
  • pass the yarn ends through the knitting with a big needle and your wrist warmers are ready!


These colours are so sweet and Nalle yarn has also many other beautiful colours. I have also the multicolour and I shall use it for other pair of wrist warmers but with different pattern.

Speaking about colours, I was really happy to read yesterday Debbie’s post. Pantone has announced new colours for the 2016, this time 2 colours, and they are my favourites! In fact you can pick them in this yarn. They are Rose Quartz and Serenity, lovely pastel pink and blue. Blue in my view yesterday was much stronger!

sea view

It’s so breathtaking blue! Days are still gorgeus but at night it’s chilly and I need my wrist warmers.

zorba's mountain

In the morning I took photo of a little secret thing and sun had just reached the mountains. On those mountains, there is the cave, where Zorbas was living and the movie ‘Zorba the Greek’ with Anthony Queen, was filmed!


I hope you have time to have a walk, look around, shoot a photo, pick a flower or make a snowball… because there is always something beautiful to see!

If you are looking for more easy, knitting ideas, look my Cowl Cape tutorial.

wrist warmers

Thank you so much for visiting and reading my blog! Thank you also for your sweet comments on my “North Star’ quilt! I hope to bind it this weekend. Your company and support is very important to me!



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.



Nero’s Post: new puppy Cecil

Vof vof friends! Oh my boneness how hot it is! Do you have already great, cool autumn weather? I think these days we have the most hot weather in whole summer! What one dog can do then? Turn on the air condition and sew a puppy of course!

Dog Gone Cute QAL

If you read my blog, you know that I’m joining the ‘Dog Gone Cute’ blog hop! I’m so excited!

Sew Fresh Quilts
‘Dog Gone Cute’ quilt along has just began and Lorna has posted instructions for the first and second puppy. I know you can’t wait to start this so click HERE to jump to Lorna’s blog and start sewing puppies! (or click the icon above, which you find also on my sidelist).
We made this new puppy together with Teje at home. So we cut the pieces easily with the rotary cutter on the cutting mat – so much easier than with scissors. And we sew with sewing machine – so much quicker than sewing by hand. But it was really fun and interesting for her to make some puppies doing everything by hand.
Even she sew now with machine, she was too busy to concentrate well and the ripper appeared few times… and the seam allowances were what ever! Oh this became a little bit wonky puppy.
Lorna’s patterns are very clear and easy to follow. You can see on the photo above how everything is made with squares and retangles. Like in any patchwork, quilting or sewing – just take care that your seam allowance is same and straight all the time.
Dog Gone Cute QAL
With little inprovising this one became a cute little lady. May I introduce ‘Cecil’! You know that for my puppies, we pick the fabrics with Hanna. I knew that Cecil lives in a city but I couldn’t decide what to put around.
eggs and salad
So I had a lunch brake. Oh I like eggs and what better pair than a salad (in fact I’m not a huge fan of salads). I cut some bread slides to dry – they are great for puppies! I know one puppy who hides them in the couch!
I went to the garden …
What you think about my paprika tree? It’s fun how they look like flowers!
Hanna was with me of course …
Hey Nero, I see something …
Yee, what you see? a nice flower or what …
… lets get back to my puppies …
Dog Gone Cute QAL
Finally I decided to use the purple fabric from the ‘Paint’ collection, but now I’m not sure if I’m happy with this. I really like the first one with yellow and orange flower fabrics. I guess it’s better to make a new puppy to use those fabrics. Anyway I like Cecil and I hope you like her, too.
Thanks for following my {Dog Gone Cute} quilt project! I hope to have soon new puppy to show!



Nero’s Post: Winner and the Question!

Vof vof my friends! Sorry I’m late with the announcement, but this was a big job for me and Hanna to do on our own. We did our best and now we have the winner … but First things First … I have to check that everything is ok on the road …


Hanna says she’s ready to start …


We had a good plan … we took two empty doggy bisquit boxes and made them small pieces …


Hanna is really good in this, in no time she had made lots of small pieces. But then I realized something … if you ask me to play ball, I’m the best! But, sorry guys, I couldn’t write so many names on the papers. I can hardly write one name and there were almost 100 fun and unique comments from you!


So we had to make a new plan … and we lied down for a while to think …


Hanna said that we have to count, can we count? Of course we can count and so we went on with the plan B …


I saved one big piece and then we started …


Under the rose tree we looked First if the winning Number has one or two numbers and it has two! and we continued …


… we got the five …


… and we got the six … that makes fiftysix … and as many times I counted I got the same result, so you just have to believe me … hmmm, now only I should get the name on this Paper somehow …


If I ask politely perhaps the lady from the next door can help me …


… as you see somehow the name appeared on the Paper and Hanna as a secretary may show it. The lucky winner is Jody! Congratulations Jody!!! Jody writes at ‘The Vanilla Year’. Isn’t that the cutest name! I’m sure you love her blog and all the doggies there, beautiful quilts and who knows where vanilla is hidden!


I asked you if you would give up quilting or make-up. I could have never guessed that you all took the time to answer and also your answers were surprise. No one would give up quilting!

How I came to this question: my friend said to me something and when I wrote the give away post I got an idea to ask this. I thought it’s almost impossible to choose but I was wrong. Seems to be that already many quilters have given up make-up … to have more time for quilting and more money for Fabrics!!!

Was said in the comments:

Moomins don’t were make-up, why us.

Give up make-up, but wouldn’t leave the House.

Give up make-up except the days when not quilting.

What to do without Fabrics? Play with make-up?

Give up make-up, more many for quilting.

Give up make-up, more quilting time.

I was even asked about tips to add make-up! Those I would need myself too. I have used make-up all my life and at least always at work. But lately my usual make-up doesn’t work anymore and I feel less is better. If you have good tips or even tutorials, please tell! Other wise I guess I need to do some googeling (this was a note from Teje).


Hanna doesn’t need any blush on her cheeks or mascara on her eye lashes, she gets more and more white hairs, but she is so beautiful! I go back to my favourite place … to look what happens on the road.


Thank you so much for joining my give away and for the fantastic and funny comments! In that post there are some funny things about Teje, too.  I leave you with a sneaky peaky from Teje’s work table … I don’t think she’s making stuffed wine leaves …

Perle cottons

Hugs and kisses!



Hanna’s Post: Look what I found!

Vof vof friends, it’s me Hanna! I found something really cool so I want to tell this on my own!

Hanna and old glass bottle

I go for a walk every morning. One morning there was a little dog on the street. That dog I haven’t seen before. She was hiding me under the litter bin. I passed her far away not to scare her. I walked till down the street (with a great sea view and fresh air!) smelling carefully all the bushes and the street side. Then I turned back and saw that the little dog left from the place she was and followed one woman to a near house.

Hanna and Nero

So of course I went to smell the place where the little dog had lain. And what I see on the grass next to the litter bin?! This glass bottle! I hardly noticed it, because it was on the grass. It has small broken ‘corner’ on the bottom, but I don’t mind. I guess someone who threw it away, left it next to the litter bin so someone else can find it! Hb said immidiately that it’s perfect to make a lamp as there is already the hole!

very old glass

This glass bottle is very old and looks amazing! It has bubbles and the colour is beautiful!

old glass bottles

Funny thing is that the very same morning I had put the big, old glass bottle I have, on the table to take it to the shop. And then I found a pair for it! They look beautiful!

Nero and Hanna

Nero was happy for my find and gave me a kiss! See the lemon? There are new lemons in my tree.

Nero and Hanna

So now the bottles are on the way to the shop. I think they will be nice there with the sea glass pendants.

shop desk

The day before I took out my hexies … at the end couldn’t concentrate on them … I can’t stop myself fixing the shop … but at least one update photo for you. Looks like I need to do some basting and first cut some happy fabrics. And the cucamber? I just had to add it to my ‘still life’. I have the best neighbours on the shop street. One neighbour brings to me cheesepies or even cucambers! One neighbour brought me these gorgeus flowers! It’s amazing what colours and details nature creates!


Now it’s time for my morning walk … who knows what there maybe waiting for me?!

Hanna with her glass bottle

Thank you for reading my little story! I wish you wonderful day and I hope you find something very nice today … nice thougt, fabric, idea, inspiration … you never know what the day ‘brings’!

And hey – our give away is still open, if you didn’t enter yet! Click HERE and you’ll pop to that post. Read the comments – they are the best ever! We asked if you would give up quilting or make up?!?!

Hugs from HANNA


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!