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.




3rd Advent – Nelli’s Post

Miauuu dear friends! Happy 3rd Advent! Today it’s me Nelli helping here at Nero’s blog. Welcome everyone!

3rd Advent

We have a new little friend in our Christmas corner!

red reindeer

He’s quite a cute fellow! In fact he should serve toothpicks on the dining table but we thought he belongs to our Christmas corner.


He looks also like a dog on the snow!

Nelli cat

Here I am in my special place. I have my own basket with turquoise quilt front of the big window next to the dining table. This space is ‘out of the wall’ so I have panoramic view. I can see the garden, neighbour and the street. What a place to take care that no strange cat enters my area! Now I have put here Christmas lights but those I’ll show you next time.

Nero and Hanna

This is Nero’s and Hanna’s special place, the front veranda. They really enjoy staying here and looking on the street, up to the mountains and down to the sea. Street is quiet but there may be a cat or a dog and then they have to say a loud word.

Christmas Greetings

First Christmas Greetings arrived! Special, hand painted card, Finnish chocolates, Moomins and a beautiful lace doile. My friend had found this and thought I could make something with it. For sure I shall create something special with this, I love the square patterns, but until then it can decorate the Christmas corner. Moomins and chocolates are of course from Handmade by Mia. Do you read Anna Mouse’s stories in Mia’s blog!!! Thank you dear friends!


Remember to get lot of orange energy!

orange juice

I have done some serious job helping Nero with his blog.

Nelli at the computer

Soon he is moving his blog and that is a big job. I do my best to check that everything goes well. Nero will tell you more about this.

Christmas decoration

Now I thank you for reading my post and for your visit here at Nero’s blog. Hanna sends you kisses and thank you for the awesome comments you wrote for her post about the ‘North Star’ quilt! Nero sends you big hugs! We wish you happy 3rd Advent! Enjoy the Christmas cosyness!



{North Star} Fair Isle Quilt

Vof vof friends! It’s me Hanna and I’m so happy to see you here today!

North Star quilt by Teje

Our Christmas corner looks now so cosy and cute. I think the new quilt, lights and hearts brought The Christmas!

Christmas corner

Imagine how it looks in the evening with the sparkling lights!

Christmas quilt

Reindeer was the first block we made using an old knitting pattern. It was so fun to make, that we made also the fair isle star and then woman and man. Look the links for my tutorials. Our first reindeer became a pillow. If you like to make one, look my Reindeer pillow tutorial.

Reindeer pillow by Teje

‘North Star’ is quilted by hand with straigh lines in red and light blue. As we try not to be perfectionists, we didn’t mark the lines, just followed the seam allowances and the threads of fabric.

North Star quilt by Teje

One night she was quilting the last lines at 5 in the morning…I was very confused why we had to be awake that time, but she said she couldn’t sleep and prefered to stitich on the couch with me than staying in the bed awake. From now on I take care she won’t drink coffee in the evening!

North Star quilt by Teje

Now there is still one thing to do, the hanging sleeve. I’m worried that we get used to those cloth pegs, but I hope we shall find a moment to sew the sleeve. Can you believe now she has gone fishing?! I can’t, but that’s what she told us.


Oh Nero, my dear Nero! He does his best to amuse us!

Nero and Hanna

Look now what he did! He was sitting long time like that, until Teje saw him and took photos. Then the curtain slipped down. He gave us a good, happy laugh!



Name: North Star

Size: 44″ x 45″

Fabrics: quilting cottons, shirt fabrics (she bought those from Finland), Ikea’s text fabric

Quilted: by hand

Design: Teje Karjalainen

North Star quilt top

This quilt top was featured at ‘Sew Cute Tuesday’! Thank you so much Alyce!

I shall join all my favourite linky parties! Buttons are on my sidelist so you can have fun with us! There are parties almost every day to link your quilting and sewing post!

I’m joining also Ellison’s Handmade Holidays give away linky party!

Nero and Hanna

Hey Nero, we should thank now our visitors and say by by … could you get up for a second?

Never mind, enjoy your self and I do it…

North Star quilt by Teje

Thank you so much friends, for visiting my little place and reading my blog! I’m so happy to have so many lovely friends all around the world! Thank you for writing such a sweet comments and always encouraging us! I wish you the most wonderful time and send you lots of kisses and sunshine!

(….hey Teje, is it okey like that… should I say something more?… forgot she’s fishing…)



Nero’s Post {Puppy Portraits} – Voting!

Vof Vof friends! Nero here with my dog gone cute puppies! Oh, I’m so bone happy for my own super quilt! I love each puppy! Voting has began and I shall show you new photos of my for ever favourite quilt so you get really excited and vote my puppies!

Puppy Portraits by Teje

Can you see me there just going out and Hanna on the couch?

We had a great company of puppies at our breakfast table …


One day Hanna had a laundry day and she washed also our puppies.


Hey Tim, you feel better now after having a bath?

Hanna and puppy quilt

I want to show you some detail photos that I didn’t add to my first post (because there was already so many photos).


Every portrait has a ribbon and nail to hang it. Background and backing fabrics are my old duvet cover. It looks like a wall paper so I thought it’s perfect for this project.

dog quilt

In the middle there was a space like waiting for something little extra. I picked solids from the portraits and made tiny squares. Later I thought that they could present ‘negatives’ like we had for photos in old days.


Each puppy is hand quilted around.

puppy quilt

This quilt is a challenge to photograph because it’s quite big. I’m not tall enought to hold it and we tried to hang it on the wardrope. Unfortunately we can’t leave it there – it would be really nice to have my puppies near to our dining table all the time! But the doors are not opening now and soon Teje may want to take something from there.

Puppy Portraits by Teje

There is often too less light or too much light… we’ll try outside …

Dog Gone Cute by Teje

But now I think it’s enough photo shooting and I want my coocies!


Hmmm, I hear something … like someone is eating …


Hey Nero, I smell coocies! Did you eat them all alone?!

Nero and Hanna

Don’t worry Hanna, we have enough coocies for everyone, welcome for coocie party anytime you like! But now let’s go to the Linky party’s voting to Lorna’s blog!

VOTING for “Dog Gone Cute” has began and you have three votes! That’s so great because it’s not possible to choose only one puppy quilt. Voting is easy: just click the heart on the corner of the photo you like. Here is also the link to the voting post. 

If you adore my puppies, please vote – there are fantastic presents and I would love to win some fabrics to give to Teje. Perhaps she would make a quilt for Nelli or puppy pillows for me!


Our internet line is sleeping now for few days. We change for better line and perhaps get it to work again on Monday. So unfortunately you won’t hear me barking for next few days. I hope to be back very soon and until then we are preparing the TUTORIAL for the Reindeer Fair Isle block. It gives us many great ideas.

Puppy Portraits by Teje

I leave you with my favourite puppy photo. I like those green light so much!

Thank you for reading my story and if you vote, I give you a Biiiiiiiiiig Fuuuuuurry Huuuuuuug! And Hanna will Kiss you!



Dog Gone Cute: Nero’s {Puppy Portraits}

Vof vof dear Friends! Nero here and it’s finally show time!!! After a  loooong waiting, my puppy project is finally finished! We just finished the binding and photo shooting.

Nero and puppy quilt

So today is my turn in the ‘Dog Gone Cute’ blog hop. This has been the best ever project and I want to thank Lorna for giving me this opportunity to make my very own puppy quilt! When I saw those puppies in Lorna’s blog ‘Sew Fresh Quilts‘, I said to Teje that if we don’t join this blog hop, we can stop quilting!

We started {Dog Gone Cute}  project during the busiest summer days. I send Teje to work with fabrics and measurments and said, don’t come home without puppy. She did her best cutting with scissors and sewing by hand.



This has been a family project because we all have worked with this best ever quilt! I have picked the puppies and fabrics for them. Hanna chose background fabrics and made stories (she speaks and sings a lot so she was perfect for this job). Nelli helped very well with the quilting and hb found the wadding. Teje did the sewign and stitching stuff.

Hanna and Tim puppy

Now let me introduce my puppies in the order we made them…

1.WILLY is a biologist and photographer. Little flowers, green grass and sunshine make him happy. (hand pieced)

Willy Puppy

2. BRUNO is an ornithologist. He loves forest and could stay days in the woods watching birds. Woodpecker is his favourite. (hand pieced)

Bruno puppy

3. OLIVIA  is a gardener. She grows radishes, carrots and she loves little snails. Soon it’s time for her to collect olives. (hand pieced)

Olivia puppy

4. CECIL is a city girl. She loves shopping, chocolate and sitting in a cafeteria with her friends.  Note the chocolate stain on her picture. (machine pieced)

Cecil puppy

5. AUDREY is a florist and illustrator. She makes beautiful bouquets and pictures with flowers. (machine pieced)

Audrey puppy

6. TIM is a painter and a traveller. He drives around finding beautiful places to paint. (machine pieced)

Tim puppy

Today was the final day to finish my quilt. Binding was still missing. I knew how I want it to be: mixed with all the solids from the quilt. Teje was sewing kilometres to make it long enough … exactly 8 metres and 25 centimetres … a little bit more than we needed …



In the morning I made the bed nicely to be ready for the photo shooting. But it looked like it takes hours to finish the binding … and I fall asleep …

Nero sleeps

While I was sleeping Hanna had put beautiful lights (handmade by friend) … and she was thinking if the quilt will be ever ready …


Hanna was tired and she was dreaming of sleeping under a quilt, soft like a cloud …

Hanna and quilt

And the dream came true… the quilt was there and it was finished!

Nero and quilt

I love my quilt but the weather is still warm so I just tried it but didn’t sleep under it yet.

Puppy Portraits by Teje

Before we went out to take more photos, I remembered some moments when making this quilt …

puppy quilt process

Nelli and quilt

And then we went to the balcony to get some fresh sea air …

Dog Gone Cute blog hop

After quilting so many days it’s time to be more outside. Perhaps we go tomorrow for a pic nic and take my quilt with us.


Our sewing room’s balcony is small so we are very close … anyway Hanna is always very close …


I think it’s time to leave you and go to sleep with my new quilt! I love it and could show your ten (at least) more photos. Okey … only one more …

Puppy Portraits by Teje

Hey Nero, can I sleep next to you today?….


Thank you Lorna for this fantastic blog hop and great, cute pattern! This has been really fun! We have met so many beautiful puppies (furry and fabric) and read so many wonderful stories! There are still many puppy projects coming so look the schedule for all the participators.

Thank you for reading my puppy story!


 {Dog Gone Cute} Blog Hop Schedule

Tuesday, October 6

Karen – Run Sew Fun

Kris – Kris Loves Fabric

Anja – Anja Quilts

Kelly – Quilting It Out

Tish – Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Thursday, October 8

Carol – Just Let Me Quilt

Nina – Inchworming

Doris – The Quilting Queen Online

Brandy – Pampared Pettit

Leena – Creative Instincts

Tuesday, October 13

Ruth – Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner

Tanya – Tanya Quilts in Colorado

Laurel – Quilts by Laurel

Kathy – Kathy’s Quilting Blog

Deb – New Creative State

Thursday, October 15

Anita – Daydreams of Quilts

Gina – Quilts and Cakes

Beth – Words and Stitches

Rachel – Quiltineering

Julie – Mack and Maple

Tuesday, October 20

Cathy – A Quilting Chick

Selina – Selina Quilts

Shauna – Shauna’s World

Gayle – Pedal Sew Linghtly

Kathy – Kayak Quilting

Thursday, October 22

Sandy – Upstairs Hobby Room

Heide – Heide’s Quilty Hugs

Britt-Inger – Hill Valley Quilter

Judy – How ART You?

Louisa – Sewmotion

Tuesday, October 27

Teje – Nero’s Post and Patch <———– Nero and me!

Stephanie – Jak and Will

Valerie – Val’s Quilting Studio

Ellen – Georgia Florida Studio

Cristina – Pretty Little Quilts

Thursday, October 29

Abigail – Cut & Alter

Magdalena – i love neutrals

Jenn – (A)Quarter Inch from the Edge

Anne – Batiks by the Bay

Susie – Susie’s Sunroom

Tracy – Tracy’s Bits N Pieces


Nelli’s Post {Dog Gone Cute}

“Audrey tries acupuncture”

Miauu, miauu, it’s me Nelli. I thought to help my friends Nero and Hanna with their puppy project.

Nelli cat

You have already met Bruno, the grey puppy but today I like to introduce you Audrey …

dog gone cute qal

Audrey is an artist and she loves flowers! She is a brave girl and wanted to try acupucture …

dog gone cute qal

I think this would be more comfy without all those pins. But I do my best to help. I really help here; as we don’t use quilting frame, I hold the quilt tight when Teje is stitching. Nero and Hanna had well deserved nap while I was working …


Nero and Hanna have worked hard with this {Dog Gone Cute} project. They have to be ready 27th of October when they will show their project in Lorna’s blog hop.

white rosies

I can’t show you more about the project so I show you sweet rosies I picked from our little garden and I show you some sweet selfies …

Nelli cat

… me …

Nelli cat

… me …

Nelli cat

… mine …

cat paws

… and me with my lovely view …

Nelli cat

… aaahhh, cat’s life is great!

I heard Nero and Hanna whispering something and I think they are planning to make a cat quilt for me because I have been a good helper with this {Dog Gone Cute} project. I would be the happiest cat if I get my very own kitten quilt! But don’t say anything that I listened secretely.

Nelli cat

This is my other favourite place to lie down. Here I pretend I help with the laundry!

Now I think I shall take off some of those pins so that I can sleep better … oups ment of course to work better!

quilting cat

Before I leave I have to tell you what Nero did this morning. He went for a walk and made poo and then stepped on his poo! Oh those puppy boys! I would never do that. If my litter is not clean I call loudly help! In fact they could put some nice smelling flowers there …

tiny flower

Okey, that’s for today. Thanks a lot for visiting and reading my post! I hope to be a guest writer soon again. Have a good week and don’t step on p…