Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen


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!

wonky stars

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 …


I had a little helper to pick pinks …


I think she wanted to learn to sew.

hexagons in trikimia

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.


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?!


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

quilting in trikimia

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.




Hexagon Flower Baby Toy -Tutorial

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

hexagon flower

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.

happy fabrics

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!

what you need to make hexagons

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.

paper piecing hexagons

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.

paper piecing hexagons

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.



paper pieced hexagon

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!

hexagon tutorial by teje

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.

paper pieced hexagons

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

hexagon flower

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

hexagon flower

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.

hexagon flower project

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.



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.

hexagon flower

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.

flower fabric toy

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!


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


‘Hexy Cubes’ quilt top

Hello dear friends! I hope you are fine! Sometimes we end up with totally different project that the one we start. I’m sure that happens to you, too.

Hexagon Cubes quilt top

Saturday I started to plan something with Paper pieces …


It didn’t lead yet where I had planned. If I manage to continue that idea, I let you know. Piecing those little half of half triangles was very unpleasant, so I thought to try First with triangles.


I was happy to be able to use again my NEW Hex N More ruler! This quilt had a name before I started even later I chose an other name. I want to keep the First name for the other Project where I ‘need’ it more. But that’s why I started to pick greens and blues.

hexagons with triangles

First I throw the triangles randomly to my design wall (sorry, no photo of that) but very soon I saw there secondary pattern which I really liked: cubes. Long time I have wanted to make a quilt with cubes but didn’t have any idea on Saturday morning that it was going to be The Day.


It’s all about colours and how you look! It’s not easy to explain how to look but try to see the cubes. Dark blue is the inside of the cube, green is left side and turquoise/blue is right side. Cubes are in Lines and the light turquoise is the shadow of the cube.


If you turn it and look from the other side, the green is inside, turquoise is front/left side and blue is right side. Now there is also white cube which has light turquoise ‘bottom’ or shadow. Fun or what?!

hexagon cube

I like the blue to be inside of the cube, so I turned my blocks like this. It’s fun how many shapes there can be found with triangles …


… diamond, jewel, hexagon, cube …

hexagon cubes

This Project went on again by sections as the ‘Pic Nic on The Beach’ but of course this was much more simple. First I just made some parts and then started to measure how big I want this quilt to be and then added more triangles and white.

This is a baby quilt and measures about 32″ x 42″ with the border.

hexagon cubes quilt top

There are lots of pattern like this with many shapes and secondary patterns on. This is my first make and I love it! In the beginning I wasn’t sure about the colour combination, but now I really like it.

blue green quilt top

We used to Live more close to the airport … but not under the ‘highway’! Now they often pass over our heads …

air plane

… I don’t mind if they don’t make too much noise … it’s nice to think WHO comes, WHO goes, where they go … what hopes they have for their holidays … what memories they Carry home from their holidays … do they come back to stay … as I did!

baby quilt top by Teje

Now have to decide how to quilt this one but First have to find space to baste it.

I’m joining my favourite linky parties – all the buttons are on my sidelist, just click on them to visit the blogs!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comments! I wish you great week!



Nero: Quilt top with ‘Fancy Free’!

Vof vof friends! Autumn is here and I feel so good! I like to play all the time and … to eat goodies!

triangle quilt top

Last week we were just the girls and me and most of the days we were sewing. This Project didn’t start easily but when it found the way it was easy and fun.

Hex N More quilt top

These Fabrics are the ‘Fancy Free’ by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake Designs and I chose them with my gift card from ‘Fat Quarter Shop’. Pattern became as I worked. For the first time I used Julie’s fantastic ruler ‘Hex N More’ – bought from ‘Fat Quarter Shop’.

quilt top with triangles

This was the last minute to take photos out, because after that the weather changed. Now we have had two days clouds, strong wind and even some rain. First few drops after about 6 months we had just the day these fabrics arrived. I were so happy for the fabrics and the rain that thought to name this quilt: ‘Singing in the Rain’!

quilt with Fancy Free

This quilt should be like this but there was no space to take photos like this and my design wall is too small. How great that I made the ‘design wall’ because without that it wouldn’t have been possible to plan this layout.

About the name … those triangles and buntings look like a party … in a barn … or a pic nic in the country side … any suggestions for the name?

quilt with triangles

One of us had a great shopping day … white fabric, buttons … smoked  pig’s ears (for me and Hanna) and something for her lunch …

lunch with country living

After so much sewing I had to take a nap …


I know you always wonder why we dogs like to sleep upsidedown … why you quilt and don’t chase cats … it’s just what we like! (and it stretch well our back and body). But about this quilt, here are some last shoots about the process …


This was really ‘fixing the puzzle’. First I made some areas and then started to figure out how to connect them. Add some white for filling …


Most of it clicked together fantastic because made with this ruler. Different shapes and even sizes matched together great because all the angles are the same.



Some where it was easier to add bigger piece and then cut it right size when it was placed next to the other parts. You see that below the pink and orange are not correct diamonds. First I had cut them ‘half hexagons’ but they didn’t look good, so I cut away one triangle from each and used some of the rest pieces like this. I love those little diamonds, they are look like ice creams to me!


Only few spots were difficult and there is only one y-seam. I have used to put pins like the last on right, but now I saw that sometimes it’s better to have them other way. But be careful not to sew over them!


Adding the last triangle rows. Perhaps I still add very thin border around, but I’m not sure yet.


There is one spot I wish I had thought better … can’t see it now …


… because everything is in angle, also the seam which continues the white diagonal strip on the right (down), should be diagonal and not vertical … that bothers me a lot … and yes, I know there is small piece missing on the edge … I shall fix it.

Fancy Free with Hex-N-More

Now the size is 70″ x 52″ (175 x 132 cm). Should I add small border or only the binding?


I have put this now on the side for a while and start to make a baby quilt. Yesterday went with testing blocks and now I have made my mind for the pattern. Can’t wait to start … still have to decide what fabrics to pick. That pattern is easy piecy – relaxing project after this puzzle-challenge.

triangle quilt

What name: Farmhouse Party, Singing in the Rain, Pic Nic in the Park, Fancy Free Festival, Festive Farmhouse … add your’s in the comment, please!

Thank you for visiting me and for your sweet and lovely comments! I’m always happy to read your thoughts and to hear what you are doing! I run now to cut strips …



Nero: White was missing!

Vof vof! White makes the magic, at least here. She forgot to put white on her palet! All that drama last time … perhaps I have lost it … if I can’t create nice quilt anymore … and all that just because the white was missing!

Hex N More quilt project by Teje

This was on the wall yesterday evening, when we decided it was bed time. It may change still, like it often happens, but she’s quite happy and perhaps she just continues and doesn’t change much.

making diamonds

She’s not using the easy way … no, she wants to plan with fabrics and patches and make the whole design piece by piece. It’s fun but takes time. We had lunch brake and cooked …



After eating, I’m always so happy and full of energy to play …



And then with full speed to hexagons … piece by piece to make pairs …


Then figuring out what shape they should be to fill the place on the wall …



Cutting some pieces more to get big triangle …


… idea for a christmas table runner …

big triangle with hexagons


Now we shall make more jewel-triangles … but hey, guess what I saw …



Can you believe that there she/he is sitting next to my ball in no hurry to go any where …


I’m getting tired to chase them … just kidding! At this moment for some strange reason I just looked and didn’t say anything … perhaps I tried to find out how we can continue because the design wall is full. I have to make it bigger.



And then I think we shall make more little triangles … if your favourite fabric is coming to an end, it may be worth of using a moment to plan how to get most of it …



So here we are now … running well and enjoying each step …  this looks like a party to me!

quilt with Hex N More ruler


Have a great weekend! I hope you have sun and fun!

Hugs from NERO!


Needle and Thread with Beads and Hexies

Vof vof dear friends! I think it’s time for me to say something. It’s me Nero, and I have missed you! As I saw needle and thread, I thought it will be Nero’s  “Needle and Thread Thursday” post! I start upsidedown, from the silent moment today …

paper pieced hexagons

When I don’t know what to do and have only short time, I pick my hexie box and fix some flowers. I try to make them ‘mixed’ so that the result would look random but still the flowers could be found. I’m not sure yet if I make also ‘half flowers’ and single hexies between the flowers. I was thinking to make single hexies with solids.

quiet sewing afternoon

There I am very helpful, you see. I’m on the right and Hanna is the lazy one on the left. Nelli is sleeping on a chair at the end of the table. PS. I’m not smoking, it’s my thread-catcher the turquoise ceramic,

This is the first day we can enjoy ourselves like this outside and also first day after many, many months, that we got a little bit rain! I can’t remember when it was raining last time but it must have been some where at the end of the March. It didn’t rain enough, only few drops in my garden, but in town they got real rain.

hexies in the garden

This is ‘Woodie’ my friend who likes to sit and watch the garden day and night. I prefer to sleep in my bed at night. He looks a little bit grumpy so I prefer to see his funny ears and wrinkled neck. Oh, those hexagon flowers doesn’t look so many … have to cut cute squares to make more.

bracelets with beads

When I saw this, I thought ‘hey it’s needle and thread’ – I want to have fun with Kelly! She is hosting one of our favourite linky parties every Thursday: ‘Needle and Thread Thursday’! This counts, right? Sewing beads with needle and thread to make bracelets! Kelly’s blog is ‘My Quilt Infatuation’ and it’s worth of following! Kelly makes so beautifu (and colourful) quilts, other sewings too and fantastic patterns!

Bracelets by Trikimia


It took a while to find a good way to sew the beads but now it’s easy peacy.

making bracelets

Lunch brake on the veranta with beads, needle and thread. This needs lots of patient but is really fun. Can’t wait to create other ‘patterns’!

Bracelet by Trikimia

This is at the moment my favourite … and the other one with small difference …

Bracelets by Trikimia

Now in the new house, I have to learn where and how to take photos. Have to fix and decorate few places for photo shooting. And perhaps start to make more trips around to take photos.

Bracelets by Trikimia

Until then, my ‘laundry’ table is useful …

Bracelets by Trikimia

These are now very colourful – you know that we love colours! There will be also bracelets with less colours and other styles – just need to ‘get rid of the summer’ and calm down from other works. We are so looking for to begin autumn and start seriously to create with all our materials – sea glass, beads and of course FABRICS!


So, I’m out of new photos … and shall leave you with ‘me’ … my ‘selfie’. Just today Teje took photo of her new glasses and thought ‘no selfie yet’ and here I have my own ‘selfie’ photo! Like to see the glasses?

new glasses

You know she likes to use white with bright colours, so now once she has also white in her glasses! … and now I have to show ‘me’ again to finish this post …

Nero and his suitcase

Just thought to mention that I haven’t unpacked yet my suitcase … took some tennis balls and other toys but there are still things I need to find place where to put them.

So let’s go to party then! I’m linking at ‘Needle and Thread Thursday’ with Kelly! Come along!

My Quilt Infatuation

Thank you so much, girls and guys for stopping by! Next week we shall continue with flying geese and who knows what else.  I was told to clean my ..ψψψ.. from the garden… (it’s not all mine!)

Hugs and Kisses!!! Hope to meet you soon again!!!

PS. Could you help me to choose NEW Smart phone? My cell phone is 98 years old, so you understand I can’t know what I should take care when choosing the NEW one. Thank you! Would be nice to find turquoise (the colours is the most important, right?)!

PS. I have found several, wonderful NEW blogs and thought to say that it’s nice/important to have the /Bloglovin’s follow button’ to make following easy for your readers!



Nero’s Post: Blog Hop & Moving

Vof vof friends – it’s Nero here! I’m so happy to see you! Could you help me to let me know what’s ‘moving’? We are moving and I haven’t done that before so I’m a little bit worried what will happen? I got this suitcase and was told to pack my stuff?! There are now my toys and coocies, balls, my own first aid bag, brush, comb and nail cutter, my socks, leash and collars, I threw there also this little quilt I saw – I don’t think Teje would like to forget that. I was told that soon I shall sleep in a new bed in different house … I guess that’s ok, if Hanna, Nelli and my family are there with me.

Nero's suitcase

Our dear Finnish friend, Mia invited us to join a Blog Hop. Mia is very talented fiber artist and she make beautiful and cute felted itemes, bags, pouches etc. with cute creations on them. Her lovely blog is ‘HANDMADE BY MIA’. Thank you so much Mia for your invitation! Now I leave Teje to tell you what she is doing …

1) What am I working on?

Til now I have been working mostly with quilting and sewing: quilts, pillows, bags, pouches etc. Also knitting and crochet: scrafs, jackets, shawls and lately also bracelets etc. This year I have started to make more jewelries with sea glass, gemstones and beads.

I’m running two etsy Shops: ‘TEJESARITA’ for my patterns & sewings and ‘TRIKIMIA’ for our sea glass and other jewelries & decorations.

This spring and summer has been super busy because we have been fixing a shop in town for TRIKIMIA. It will be a workshop where we sell our handmade jewelries, gifts, decoration and some other seasonal things. That’s why my etsy-shops are also at the moment a little bit empty, because many things went to the ‘live’ shop. In spring there was suddenly very serious illness in our family which stopped our life for a while. Plus all that, summer is also busy time in our Holiday Apartments in ‘MAHERIDA’.

quilts by Teje

Quilt washing before packing: Fantasy Forest, Finnish Forest, Hanna’s Garden

Quilts I make are my designs. I haven’t done any quilt by pattern but of course I get lots of inspiration and ideas from other quilters. Also amazing quilter WHO share their knoledge and tutorials helper me to learn quilting ‘by myshelf’. Designing quilts, pillows, bags etc. is always fun!

Shoulder Bag by Tejesarita

Shoulder Bag with knotted adjustable strap


Project bags with 'Heaven & Helsinki' fabric

Project bags with ‘Heaven & Helsinki’ fabric

Bracelets with Coral, Lava and Gem Stones

Bracelets with Coral, Lava and Gem Stones

2) How does my work differ from others its genre?

This is difficult. I’m not sure if my work differs as there are so many very talented people who also make colourful and happy things. I love happy colours and that shows in my work. Often I try to make things ‘different’, but that’s quite difficult because … you know how many quilts has been sewn, how many bags has been designed … it’s just that if we didn’t see them, we can still enjoy the ‘aha’ experience when ‘inventing the wheel’!

'My Dream Quilt'

‘My Dream Quilt’

Because I don’t have acces to quilt shops and shipping from US is an issue, I need to be even more creative. When I made this colour-wheele quilt, my fabric stash was very poor (still is, if you ask my opinion – compearing to some gorgeus fabric cabinets we see in some blogs) and I used what ever fabrics I found – always cotton to suit together but also re-cycled fabrics. Generally my store is very big because I save all kind of materials.

Sun umbreallas quilt

My husband is still sad about loosing some of his favourite shirts, but I declare that I use only shirts that he doesn’t use. They may have had an ‘accident’, wrong size or he just prefers to use other shirts. Here are two quilts made for our siesta nap. Nero and Hanna joined the ‘Pets on Quilts’ last year showing them.

'Stars' and 'Swirls' with men's shirts

‘Stars’ and ‘Swirls’ with men’s shirts

Here are few of the ‘story pillow’ I have made. This is something I really love to do – to make patchwork pictures with a little story in my mind! Idea for the first story pillow came from a rescue cat ‘Stavros’ who moved to Finland and needed of course a suitcase with him.

'Travelling Cat' pillow

‘Travelling Cat’ pillow

‘Jumping Dog’ is Nero with his for ever favourite toy: Ball! Travelling Dog could be for two amazing dogs, Hani and Obi,  that we had the joy to hold for a while before they moved also to Finland.

Story pillows

‘Story Pillows’ by Teje

3) Why do I write/create what I do?

Simply, because I enjoy it so much – that’s me – if I don’t create, think about ideas, find inspiration, make plans, see colours, I’m not well. Other important thing to me are books – I have been reading always. Especially when I was young I wrote many kind of notebooks (enjoyed even making the school notes). For example I made big book with all the dog breeds. I collected photos of them and then wrote pages about each breed what ever info I found from the books.

I’m really happy I made the decision to start this blog. If you like to hear about the name, it was the helpful idea that made me start. One day I was swimming (then I often get good ideas) and the name came to my mind. I thought that if there was not enough to write about my sewings etc. Nero could help me writing  about other things in garden etc. Now you see that Nero hasn’t had the word often, because of you, my fantastic readers: I have been so inspired to make lots of things all the time and always excited to share them with you!

Nero and Hanna (and Nelli-cat of course even she is shy to appear often) are very important part of my blog and they are always ready to help and play! When ever we have a give away, Nero picks the winners and Hanna is the secretary.

Nero and Hanna helps with the give away

Nero and Hanna helps with the give away

Even I’m very busy with all kind of works, I try to find some moments to make something just for fun. With no hurry to finish, without certain plan, something to do where ever I am … this time it’s a project with paper pieced hexagons. I’m waiting some solids to add between the flowers.  This may become a table runner.

paper pieced hexagons

Did you pick any fur under the woods? Nero and Hanna like to stay in the shadow under the table …


4) How does my writing/creative process work?

Quite spontanly! I have way too many ideas all the time running in my mind. When I start new project, I may have some plans but often they change a lot during the process. My inspiration comes often from the colours! I use a lot of time just to pick the right scraps so that I’m happy with the colour combination. Then some other time it just happens in a minute like the ‘square in square’ block below. I had the pink square front of me and for some strange reason I had to add that lime corner. Then there were few solid strips … and it was done! So my ideas come often also from the scraps and their shapes.

Very seldom I plan all my work before I start – or my writing. I know for me it works best that way, when I just start and follow my instinct. During my days, I think a lot what to show and tell to you – about something I see, what I make or what my puppies do. When it’s time to write to my blog, I usually start to pick photos and the story appears around them.

quilt blocks

‘Make My Day’ in proces

This blog hop is to find and get to know new bloggers and their blogs. I have to say that it was difficult to choose who to invite to continue this blog hop.  I’m lucky to have so many talented blogger friends with beautiful works and exciting blogs.

Today I like to intoruduce to you three very talented ladies:

Katherine from Canada and her blog: ‘SEW ME SOMETHING GOOD’. I love Katherine’s works and when I read her post and see what she has made, I say in my mind: ‘Yes! This is again so great idea! Gorgeus colours’! She really has fantastic ideas and uses beautiful, happy colours! She has a great eye for colours! Better you look by yourself – quilts with sunshine orange, purple, pink colours – pouches with adorable paper pieced details etc.

Dorien from Holland and her blog: ‘JUST-DO’. Dorien is a unique talent for crochet and knitting but she makes also many other things. For example I never forget one gorgeus coat she made. Also she shares in her blog bags, quilts, pillows etc. what she sews – always beautiful – even her sweet dog, Fleur, has the most beautiful patchwork bed! Dorien makes also wonderful crochet and knitting patterns.

Christine from Australia and her blog: ‘CHRISW DESIGNS’. Christine is a specialist for bags! She makes any kind of gorgeus bags! She creates fantastic details and uses always beautiful fabrics with lovely colours and prints. She is famous for her fantastic patterns! It’s always fun to help her finding names for new bag designs! Every Tuesday we can all join her party and share our bag projects.


So I think it’s time for me to check the garden not to forget any of my precious balls around and then continue the packing. Still need to pack my food, bowls, dessert sticks … and all the Nelli’s stuff (she is doesn’t show any interest for Packing) … of this moving is hard business! Did I forget something …

Nero's vintage suitcase


Thank you again Mia for inviting me! This was fun and also great opportunity to tell you why I have been so quiet lately. We are now in the last days of the moving, so next week we are out of the internet. That’s why I also send this post a little bit earlier. Next Blog Hop Day is Monday 18. of August – be sure to visit then Katherine, Dorien and Christine!

Hugs and kisses!

Nero, Hanna, Nelli & Teje