Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen


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Blogger’s Quilt Festival: {Bunny’s Friends}

Once upon a time there was a little Bunny …
Bunny's Friends by Teje
Hello and welcome to Greece! I’m so happy to join once again ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’, hosted and organized by amazing Amy! Thank you Amy for this fantastic quilt show!
In summer I was happy and honoured to make a special custom order quilt. I was asked to make a wall quilt for a new born baby girl. Then I met Bunny at Kristy’s blog ‘Quiet Play’ and asked if she could help me to create a cute baby quilt.
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Bunny took the lead on this project and asked her little friend Dragonfly to help her.
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They worked until late during those hot summer nights to get the quilt done in time.
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Bunny and Dragonfly gathered more friends, they made stars and heart. Dragonfly had her little tools with her …
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Read all the Bunny’s story:  
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QUILT DETAILS:
Name: ‘Bunny’s Friends’
Size: 38″ x 37″ (95 cm x 94 cm)
Design: Teje Karjalainen
Pieced: by machine
Quilted: by hand (Perle cotton no 8)
Paper piecing patterns: Kristy ‘Quiet Play’
Category: Scrappy Quilts
Here is the schedule for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival:
23.10. – 29.10. linky is open and nominate for ‘Viewer’s Choise’
29.10. – 5.11.   vote for favourites in each category
You can nominate your favourite (3) quilts here: ‘Nominations for Viewer’s Choise’
Copy the url address from the post where your favourite quilt is and add it there.
‘Bunny’s Friends’ is in Scrappy Quilt category.
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Bunny and her friends in sunshine and wind …
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Thank you wind for showing the pink backing …
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In the shadow …
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In my sewing room …
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It was nice to have this happy quilt in my sewing room for few days. I have now turned everything upside down and around in my sewing room. Great to have (almost) everything organized again. I shall give you a tour soon.
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Bunny chose pink backing and Dragonfly stitched waves, hearts and stars and flew with her nail and thread around Bunny’s friends.
Dear Bunny, I miss you and your friends! Please come back soon!
Bunny's Friends by Teje
MY OTHER ENTRY:
MY EARLIER ENTRIES:
‘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’ – spring 2015
baby quilt by Teje
Thank you for your visit! I hope you enjoyed your short stay in Greece! I’m from Finland but I have lived over twenty years in Crete. Blue sky, turquoise sea, beautiful colours and sunshine are my everyday inspiration!
Blogger’s Quilt Festival is waiting for you! Talented quilters from all over the world present their amazing quilts! It’s the best place to meet quilter friends, make new friends, find ideas and inspiration and enjoy what we love – QUILTS!
Have a wonderful weekend and quilt filled week!

TEJE

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{Bunny’s Friends} Part 4

Once upon a time there was a little bunny. She knew that special job was waiting for her and she gathered some friends to help her …

Bunny's Friends by Teje Karjalainen

First there was a little, cute, pink Bunny …

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Little Bunny wanted to have friends to help her and she asked Dragonfly to make her bird to sing and donkey to laugh …

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Bunny asked her to make some stars, flower, heart … and lots of happy quilting …

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Dragonfly had chosen sweet, pink fabric for the backside …

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Dragonfly sewed a sleeve and wrote a card …

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… and then she stepped back to see what she had been sewing during those hot summer nights …

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Then Bunny and her friends were waiting …

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They were waiting many days …

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Dragonfly flew home … but she left her little tools … so perhaps one day she comes back to make her magic again …

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After many moons …

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… in one sunny, windy summer day … little baby girl was born …

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Bunny and her friends were so happy and excited! Bunny knew that she will tell the best stories, Bird will sing the happiest songs and Donkey will say the funniest jokes to keep the little baby girl always happy in her fairyroom.Bunny's Friends baby quilt by Teje

QUILT DETAILS:

Name: Bunny’s Friends

Size: 38″ x 37″ (about 95 x 94 cm)

Design: Teje Karjalainen

Quilted: by hand with Perle cotton no 8

Made: July 2015

Paper piecing patterns: Kristy “Quiet Play”

Thank you for reading Bunny’s story and for your wonderful, sweet comments! 

TEJE


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{Bunny’s Friends} Part 2

Once upon a time there was a Bunny. She was a happy, pink Bunny but she missed something …

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Bunny said to the little Dragonfly ‘please make me a friend! I have a job to do and need a friend to help me.’

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Dragonfly sat to think what to do. Then she remembered Kristy’s Bird and thought to make a bird who could help Bunny.

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She picked her blue fabrics, papers and tools and started to make a bird …

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Dragonfly sew until late during those hot summer nights to finish the little bird.

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She thought this little Bird will be a great singer … she needs one star!

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Dragonfly picked her cutest scraps. She put some white around and sew with her tiny sewing machine …

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Then she stitched and stitched … around, up and down, here and there …

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… to be continued …

TEJE


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{Bunny’s Friends} Part 1

Once upon a time, there was a pink bunny …

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Sugar scraps, tiny threads and paper clips, of those she was made …

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Little Dragonfly chose her fabrics carefully and her small sewing machine made srrrrr srrrrr until late during those hot summer evenings.

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bunny pattern by quiet play

Little bunny got long ears …

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… she got fluffy tail …

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… she became the cutes, little bunny …

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But she missed something …

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… to be continued …

PS. paper piecing pattern is from ‘Quiet Play’. Kristy celebrates with -30% until 16th of August 2015!

TEJE


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Sewing here and there…

Hi dear friends! I haven’t forgot you even I don’t show up often lately. Summer is always busy and also tired time with the hot weather. High humidity doesn’t help. But sewing helps always!

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I have really fun project going on in my sewing studio at home! Unfortunately it is still secret so I have to keep myself not showing much …

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I had a little helper to pick pinks …

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I think she wanted to learn to sew.

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In the shop hexy project continues. I decided that this is going to be a big pillow. I have nice, big goose-feather pillow and this will make lovely new cover for it … to use in the winter when quilting front of tv. So i started to connect the hexagon flowers. Now I’m not sure if I like the way I arranged them… perhaps I should have gone with colours in order … it’s always so difficult to decide.

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My computer was in well needed service and when I opened it for the first time, this happy, cute fellow was there to welcome me! and then this … do you think Nero and Hanna and Nelli would accept bunny friend?!

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Is it easy to keep a bunny? I really would love to have a bunny friend!

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Baby quilt with economy blocks is finally quilted and binded and sent to new home. Hanna will show this quilt an other time. She took lots of cute photos just when sun was setting and Nero joined, too.

Thank you for stoppind by! Is it summer and holidays or winter on the other side of the world… any way I hope you have wonderful time and enjoy yourself with sewing or other things! I make today cutting plans for a new quilt, like the one above but in turquoise, green and blue.

TEJE


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Hexagon Flower Baby Toy -Tutorial

Hi Dear Friends! I’m happy to show you today a little happy project!

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I have often very cute, little visitor in the shop. He loves colours and you can guess that there are lots of colours in my shop for him to watch. I wanted to make a little, colourful, soft gift for him … something he could hold in his little hands.

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I was thinking what I could sew by hand in the shop. Thinking of one hexagon pincushion, made with triangles, I started to pick colourful fabrics. But then the ‘light switched on’ – hexagons! I have my hexagon Project-BOX in the shop … why not make something with hexagons!

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This is so perfect small project for summer! you don’t need sewing machine or any cutting tools. All you need is fabric, scissors, thread, needle and paper (templates for hexagons). Filling can be the same as there is in the pillows or even cotton. I added the ‘beep beep’ inside because I knew the little boy would be happy for that.

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So to be able to do this in the shop, I just took the Fabrics with me. I cut the squares with scissors and then started to baste. I wasn’t sure what fabrics I shall use so I just basted several hexagons to start.

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If you Paper piece hexagons for the First time, you can use Paper clips or pins to hold the fabric and template together as you baste them. After a while you notice that you don’t need them. I baste on my knee. I press the fold by nail and then as I baste with the thread I fold the next edge etc.

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This is easy and so much fun! If the first and second feels difficult, don’t give up, because you will see that you love your little hexagons!

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You noticed that at the end I used almost only solids. For the first time I made hexagons with solids and now I don’t want to stop! I had a plan to use my solids for the ‘Hillside Houses’ quilt (button on my sidelist) but now it looks like I shall make lots of hexagons with my solids and perhaps have to find new solids for the quilt. Anyway that quilt project has to wait until autumn.

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To make the stuffed flower, you sew the hexagons together.

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You can make the back side with other hexagon flower or with one fabric. I chose to use my special kitten fabric.

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It’s easier to make both sides with hexagons but may take a little bit more time. Because I used one fabric, I had to make template which I made with the finished hexagon flower.

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Only thing I sew with the machine, was the piece of binding. You can sew also this by hand but by machine it will be more steady. This piece is about 2,5″ x 10″. It’s folded double and then I folded the both edges towards the center. Then I stitced both edges.

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Sew your hexagon flower and the backside together except small place from where you can turn your flower right side out. Take the papers away, turn it right side out, add the filling and the stripe. If you like to add ‘beep beep’ put it in the filling. Then sew to close the flower.

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I sew two hexagons on the stripe and add also there a little bit filling. This can be like a leave for the flower. I thought it can be nice for the little hands to hold this fabric toy.

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If you like to get more Information about Paper piecing, look the ‘Paper Piecing’ page up on my blog. I have gathered there lots of useful links about English and foundation Paper piecing.

If you have any questions, I’m very happy to answer and help you.

Thank you for visiting and reading my blog! I hope you enjoyed this flower and tutorial!

TEJE

PS. Aren’t we lucky to be happy with few scraps!


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Dala Horse Pillow

Hi friends! As I really like horses and Dala horses, I made the Paper pieced Dala Horse. Before Christmas Julianna from “jednoigleg” had a ‘last minute Christmas Sampler’ QAL. She shared beautiful Paper piecing patterns and I promised to myself that I shall make the horse for the First Project in my NEW sewing room.

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I love little dala horses. I don’t know from wehre the white wooden horse on the right is. Blue and Red dala horses I have bought from the airport. Old days I had to take several flights to go to Finland and when I was waiting in transit, I often bought small, cute thing – souvenir for that trip. These horse I have bought from Kopenhagen even they are Swedish tradition.

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I should never think that some Paper piecing pattern is easy – then the troubles began and I make mistakes. But I managed to finish my scandinavian horse.

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Few pics from the process …

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This time I didn’t find inspiration for the quilting. Just couldn’t ‘see it’. So I just stitch some Lines following the horse and the borders. Then some stitching for few details and that’s it.

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If you like to make this horse or other great patterns from this QAL, you find them HERE. Thank you Julianna for sharing these patterns!

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I’m happy to join this week my favourite linky parties from the blogs: Quilt Story, Blossom Heart Quilts, Freemotion by the River, Sew Fresh Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation – all the buttons are on my sidelist.

Thank you for your visit and lovely comments! Sorry but have to run now to bracelet work …

TEJE