Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen


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{Gone Fishing} baby quilt

Hi dear friends! Time to start in the new address. This year’s first post in the new blog address is {Gone Fishing} Baby Quilt! 

Gone fishing baby quilt by Teje

Welcome to read all this post in my blog’s new address: www.nerospostbox.wordpress.com!

TEJE


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Little Triangles

Happy New Year dear friends!

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One day I took my scrap boxes and started to separate…

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Sadly the result was very poor. The box was full, but when sorted out, decent size scraps were so less. Most were crumbs and chips…but some of them started to speak to me…

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Little triangles screamed: We may be small but we can do it! Take your white scraps and you’ll see!

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So I did, and started to make the puzzle.

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I was happy to find an important project, because these last days I couldn’t start anything. I have so many ideas going on in my mind but when I thought to start, they seemed to be purposeless.

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These, ‘useless’ littlest chips pushed me to start and I hope they lead me to improvising new year. This time I trim with scissors.

I have made extra design board. It’s a small board which I covered with piece of fleece. It can be on my sewing table, lean against the wall or I may hang it on the wall. If you don’t have space for design wall you can still make small design board. Use any board, wood or even carton. Or tape a piece of fleece or wadding on the door. Try, it makes big difference to see your design on the wall/board and not on the table.

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Some of these little blocks are now on the board and some on the table…and there are still many little triangles waiting for white scraps.

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Jayne at ‘Twiggy and Opal’ inspired me finally to start something with the littlest.  I admire her beautiful, unique work and fun writing. Thank you Jayne! I have also an other project going on, where I used idea from Jayne’s blocks…those half retangle blocks.

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‘Scandic Scene’ is again on the design wall and in my thoughts. I have some ideas how to continue and hope to finish soon this quilt top to start the quilting.

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Time to say Farewell 2015 and Welcome 2016! I think this is a good moment to move to a new address and to start a new chapter in ‘Nero’s Post and Patch: http://www.nerospostbox.wordpress.com. I was happy to see in the stats that many old posts are visited often again so I’m sure we shall meet now and then also here in my ‘old’ blog.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

TEJE, NERO, HANNA, NELLI

 


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Mugs – Quilty 365

Hi dear friends! Hoping that you’ll have lovely, relaxing holidays and time for sewing,  I’ll show you what I have started…

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Mugs! Who wouldn’t love mugs! I collect them and feel that it’s high time to get new mugs. Would you like to get a new mug every day?! And to design it by yourself!

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There are several things that made me start this project. First, I didn’t have any hand sewing project going on. No quilt top for hand quilting and my hexies just don’t inspire me at all now.

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As the mugs had stuck to my head, I had to try if I like to make them or should I forget the whole thing. I gathered my things in a box with the little heart suitcase which is usually for my hexy project.

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How I started? First I draw and cut some tamplates and even the frame to help me fussy cut the fabric. Later I saw that the templated is not necessary because the mug shape is very easy. I cut them with scissors and straight edges are easy to turn and press the seam allowance with your finger/nail. Then I just pin the mug on my background fabric and sew it around.

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I haven’t done much applique except the raw edge applique with the sewing machine (which I love), so these simple mugs are perfect for a start. But how to make the ears? Those I couldn’t imagine to applique. I tried ribbon and it works well. But I don’t want shiny ribbons and I picked all the mat clour ribbons from my stash. Or should I add some bling bling?

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Knowing that I like to continue this, I fixed a box to keep all I need. Even the little blue ‘tray’ fits on the box – it doesn’t close now but I’m not planning to travel anywhere. The little red suitcase doesn’t work because now I need threads in many colours. Finally I found perfect use for my two little tin boxes …

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‘Pretty Thing’s will hold my threads and ‘Make a Wish’ will hide my pins and is also thread catcher. Hmmm, where I can put my pins and needle…I have to make a little pin cushion….

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… unfortunately I haven’t finished the christmas cleaning so pin cushion has to wait a little bit.

INSPIRATION AND INFO:

  • When I saw Marle’s mugs, I was sold! She has made many things with mugs, for example place mats, using Marimekko fabrics and grey background. They look fantastic!
  • Maryse, who always inspires me with her gorgeus quilts, has started a project ‘Quilty 365’. She picked red background!
  • Audrey is the one who started the project ‘Quilty 365’. She is making one applique circle each day for one year! Her idea is to pick each day fabric that feels right at that moment. Audrey is hosting also a link up, where you can share your process. Look here what others have already done. Not everyone is making circles.

My thoughts: First I was ready to start to make the circles. Then thinking a little bit more, I stepped back. I know that I’m not able to make this every day. The circles need template and for ex. folio paper or basting to turn the seam allowance. Maryse shows well how she’s doing this.

I really liked Marle’s mugs and wanted to make some, so I thought to mix these two ideas. Marle has pieced her mugs and paper pieced the ears.

I started my mug-project 18.12.2015, but I let myself to have a free program. Sometimes I may sew several mugs per day and then perhaps none for a while. Even the idea of ‘Quilty 365’ is fantastic, I’m not going to make 365 mugs, that would be too much even for a mug lover…or perhaps shouldn’t say anything if I end up with 563 mugs!

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Yesterday I took down the box with Christmas decorations and found my dear Moose rotary candle holder. They are so funny when running around!

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Remember that soon I start to post in the new address: http://www.nerospostbox.wordpress.com.

I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for your company this year and for writing the sweetest, friendly comments! I’m looking for to start the new sewing year with you sharing our ideas, inspiration and passion for creating!

TEJE


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{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!

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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QUILT DETAILS:

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

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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!

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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…

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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…)

HANNA 


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North Star quilt top

Happy December my Friends! Καλο μηνα! Today I took photos outside and few from my north Star quilt, too. Weather is really beautiful and we had a lovely morning walk with Hanna. North wind is quite cold so even my furry friends love to stay out, I couldn’t stitch there.

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I need to improvise new photo shooting places in our home. In the garden there is no place for laundry line. That’s unfortune because in our earlier garden I loved to take quilt top photos so that sun shined through the fabrics and background was green grass and perhaps Nero or his red ball.

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I tight a rope to the big balcony and this time it works but bigger quilt top wouldn’t fly on the sky like this. My North Star wall quilt is going to be about 52″x 50″.

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I’m happy the sky was playing with me showing those beautiful shades of blue and grey … colours from my scandinavian style quilt.

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Last days it has been in the morning full sunshine and then rain in the afternoon. Today it’s really sunny … at least until now. View next to my quilt …

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For the quilting I picked red and light blue threads …

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Believe me, I didn’t count the threads! I quilt by hand as usually and now I stitch straight, vertical lines. I try not to be perfect…just because. This quilt is going to be a wall quilt for our living room, so I don’t mind if my stitched lines look handmade. Also I leave out the white thread because it wouldn’t show much.

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Hanna was with me … and Nero was with me …

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Nelli was sniffing in the garden …she can be so funny in her seriousliness.

NelliThe inspiration to start my Christmas quilt became from Svetlana http://www.sotakhandmade.blogspot.com. My Finnish friend Anneli http://www.chromatobalomata.wordpress.com (sorry something strange with the links) has already finished her Christmas quilt inspired by my earlier post! Have a look, it’s beautiful!

I need still one evening for the quilting and then have to decide about the binding.

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My thougts have been ‘smoking’! Soon I shall reach the space limit in my blog and have to decide how to continue. I shall write about this more soon, but if you have any good ideas, I woul love to hear.

Thank you for rreading my blog! You and your lovely comments are very important to me! I wish you lovely December!

TEJE