Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen


{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 …

solid blocks

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

half retangle triangle

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


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

sewing half retangle triangles

And then it’s time to play!

solid blocks by tejesarita

solid blocks by tejesarita

solid blocks by tejesarita

And then play some more …

triangle blocks

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.

hrt blocks

{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 …




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!


Paper pieced letters – Fabrics – Sea Glass

Hello dear friends! I hope you have had great time with the ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’! After many days apart from my sewing machine, I catched myself yesterday from the neck and climbed to attic. Where to start if there is nothing waiting on the table? Letters – yes – paper pieced letters!

paper pieced letters

These letters are great project to do just when I don’t know what to do! But I allow myself to make only one letter per time …

foundation pieced letter

… otherwise I couldn’t stop and would make only letters! and I do need to go for a walk with my letters and puppies … around the garden …

slippers with letters

For once I was lucky to find easily just perfect slippers from the local ‘Halkiadaki’ super market! They are so fun – with my blue jeans the blue pops up, with my lime green shawl that colour … I don’t have anything orange?!

The other thing for today is that I received again fabrics – yes, I can’t stop fabrics arriving here! And look what came this time …

fabric tree

These are the most beautiful Kona solids – my first ever – and I love them and can’t wait to find an idea, good enough, to use them! I appreciate these fabrics ‘for twice’ as they came from Joanna from ‘Shape Moth’. Some fabrics that I won from the Forest QAL were missing and Joanna was so sweet that she picked these from her own stash and sent them to me. Thank you Joanna – you don’t know how happy I am! I guess it’s difficult to believe, but I don’t have solids at all (except a little bit orange and green from the local shop).

blue fabric and sea glass

Hey, you don’t get off so easily … I took lots of photos to find some nice, so I need to show at least few more … by the way the sea glass is from our Sea Glass Studio ‘TRIKIMIA’.

solids and sea glass

I take lots of photos … for the ‘Fantasy Forest’ I have took till now about 350 shoots and still I’m not totally happy. I guess I need to go for an other place.

fabrics and sea glass

But what you think if I take those forest animals to the sancy beach? Perhaps we have to make a trip to the woods …

… honestly I didn’t plan this ‘donkey’s bridge’ but yesterday evening I got lost in the woods … seriously …

scrap trees

I felt so ‘improvising creator’ with my beloved scraps …


Now I would love to dive in to my scraps again but I have to dive in the kitchen sink and wash the plates. Fortunately Nero is next to me and happy to help me.


LETTERS: Patterns are made by Kristy from ‘Quite Play’ and they are available in her Craftsy Store.

Kristy hasmade a beautiful mini quilt with letters !

Carla from ‘Grace and Favour’ has made amazing hexagon letters!

QUILT ALONG WITH LETTERS: ‘Blossom Heart Quilts’ has a QAL with letters ‘Easy as ABC’!

‘3patchcrafts’ has made sweet sheeps! How about counting paper pieced sheeps till falling asleep! Patterns are in Craftsy.

‘Sew mama sew’ has great page for tutorials! Paper piecing and many other patterns.

Kona solids and sea glass

Yes … the plates … thank you so much for stopping by! I love to read your lovely comments and thoughts! Sorry  if I don’t have always time to answer, but I do my best! Often the comment thread  continues and it’s great to keep in touch with sewing friends! So please tell me what you have been doing – have you really started to sew for Christmas? I’m still wearing flip flops and t-shirt … sorry!




Hello dear friends! Small quilt ‘Happy Days’ is ready and I love it! It is happy and joyful!

'Happy Days' wall quilt

Today was one perfect day for a photo shoot in the garden. Nero and Hanna were all the day outside and I joined them with my coffee brake.

patchwork mugs

I think this is my favourite photo today! ‘I didn’t have anything for my coffee’ (you know: I don’t have anything to wear) – so few days ago I thought to buy ‘chicken’ and ‘cow’ mugs I had seen in the local super market. But then I saw these and really liked them … untill I realized they have patchwork on them … then I fell in love with them!


Every month I used to get one lovely magazine from Finland – ‘Country Dreams’ – but now they don’t publish it anymore. I was sad to hear that and it was difficult to decide what other magazine could replace that. I chose this one ‘Home and Kitchen’. I really like it – they show wonderful homes, ideas to decorate, some recipies etc. and one trip somewhere – this time to Bali.


Coffee brake needs also Nero’s biscuit box, cheece sandwich, all on Marimekko’s tray … and half shadow! Sun was really hot on my back! and yesterday evening I had to wear my ‘down coat’. We have been this winter so lucky with the weather and we didn’t need to use very much the heating. Totally the opposite to the last winter which was really cold, rainy and endless. Do you notice Hanna’s ‘beach-towel’?


She loves to have sun bath!


This time I made the quilting by machine. I managed but it’s not perfect. Because I have to use the normal foot it’s difficult and I have to ‘feed’ the quilt all the time with a pin. I quilted horizontal, straight lines almost randomly. I don’t know why these lines and shadows bring to my mind trails for ski.


I can’t wait to get this quilt on the wall to watch it well. I shall hang it so that I can see it from my bed. When having my afternoon nap, I always enjoy watching the opposite stonewall and till now this ‘Patient’ quilt …

mini quilt

In the afternoon the sun comes from this side and it shines through the side of the curtain. Here I’m going to put my new ‘Happy Days’ quilt! Still I have to make the hanging sleeve. I made triangle corners but this is too big quilt for them … so other system is needed. On the outside wall two nails (my ‘show room’) were exactly on the right place to hang the quilt for a while …

'Happy Days' quilt

They just say it the news that rain and cold is coming to us … but today we had summer …


I’m joining many great linky parties with ‘Happy Days’: ‘Little Quilt Monday’, ‘Fabric Tuesday’, ‘Linky Tuesday’, ‘Sew Cute Tuesday’, ‘Made by Me Wednesday’, ‘Really Random Thursday’, ‘Friday Felicities’


My tape measure is now too far so I’ll give you the quilt details in an other future post. Colourful fabrics are Kona solids and they were enjoy to work with! My only problem and worry is the washing. Normally I wash every quilt after finishing and also I pre-wash all the fabrics. Now I didn’t wash the colour-patches … after your great advices I’m now a little bit prepared, I found colour-catchers! I hope they work well!


I guess you have seen enough (for this time) … I have more photos and shall take more … bright blue sky, fresh greens, yellow flowers and this quilt … what else it needs … aah, yes of course Nero …


Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments and eyeglass stories! I have enjoyed reading them! Nero would need sun glasses not to have closed eyes in our photos! Just one last one and then I leave you … with Happy Day wishes and hugs!


small quilt



Hi friends! I have a song in my mind … but first things first … I have finished the quilt top with solid triangles … the one I didn’t know to choose the arrangement …

quilt with triangles

It has been over the fence on my attic now few days and anytime I watch it, I Smile! It chose the name by itself “Happy Days”! Those words went around in my mind … then came the song …

triangle blocks

… sunday, monday Happy Days … tuesday, wednesday Happy Days … thursday, friday Happy Days …

solid triangles

… do you know what was the most difficult part … to arrange the colours … there is still some repeating but I am relly, really happy with this …


You have to remember The Cunningham family and Fonzie! Usually I don’t google much but now I thought to see if I find something … there it is THE SONG! …. FIRST EPISODE! … that was so fun and I had a good laugh! I want so see more of them! There are lots of links and videos – enjoy!

'Happy Days' quilt

Today was a happy day … after rainy days, sun was shining and we were out with Nero and Hanna. They enjoyed so much and Nero was sitting on his guarding hill!


Hanna was searching something else …


I can’t believe that this is my first time making a quilt with solids?! Now I’m really hooked – I neede more more more solid bundles! This bundle is Kona solids and I bought it from ‘Fluffy Sheep Quilting’.

Happy Days quilt

You can see HERE how I started to arrange these triangles. I liked the pinwheeles very much but for some reason they were ‘too much in order’ now. I wanted something more random … like messy but of course still some order … I don’t think I could make something without some kind of order.


I have tried to find out how to quilt this sweet baby … I think perhaps I shall stitch straight horizontal lines following the seam allowances. And perhaps using only white … and then the next question is the binding … could that be also white?

Cretan boats

Yesterday I were in the harbour – after ages! We were eating in a fish restaurant …nam nam! As you can see it was rainy day and this was the only photo I took, because when we left it was raining too much. This photo features well how the ancient and modern as the old and new appears every where in Greece!

small quilt with solids and white

If you need a happy moment hop to see those Happy Days!

I’m linking at ‘WIP wednesday‘, ‘Made By Me wednesday’,‘Really Random Thursday’, ‘Friday Felicities’, ‘Show Off Friday’

Thank you so much for your visit and all your sweet messages! I have been so happy to read how you like the ‘Baby Stars’ quilt and those blue, green turquoise colours!

Sunny wishes and see you soon again!