Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen

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My sewing room and stash

Hi dear friends! Welcome to visit my sewing room! Step in and have a chair! Please take cup of coffee with apple pie and I’ll show you my stuff!

sewing room

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Welcome to my sewing room!

Hi Dear Friends! I’m happy to welcome you to my NEW sewing room! Just wish I could offer you apple pie with coffee!

Teje's sewing room

When you come to my sewing room, this is the First sight you have from the door. Room is not big but everything is now in order and it’s quite practical to work. I did a lot of thinking in the beginning and ended up to put the table in the middle. I have always my sewing machine on the leftside and the cutting place on the right, so like this the electricity cable comes easily from the back wall.

Teje's sewing room

There is very narrow window and the door to the balcony. I thought that how ever I put my table, I can’t see much out, so I prefer to have the wardrope behind me and the open selves front of me. Also I can have drawers on the back wall as the wall on the right side doesn’t has space for them. If I’m here, Hanna is here!

Teje's sewing room

On the wall are now my two challenge quilts. My First quilting challenge was ‘Nero’s Garden’ (free pieced animals from our garden and neighbourhood) on the right. The latest challenging quilt project was ‘Fantasy Forest’ (paper pieced forest animals) on the left side. They don’t really match together but ‘Nero’s Garden’ was long time in the store so I like to see it for a while. Then I will put there ‘Happy Days’ quilt.

Sorry but you are still on the door … please step in!

Teje's sewing room

From the balcony door you see all this … I have fixed my table with an old table from our taverna, old drawers also from our taverna and the white board on them. I like to have white table to see well the colours. Material is slippery, so Fabrics move easily on it and it’s easy to clean. The drawer is filled with my painting stuff.

Teje's sewing room

Around my sewing machine I have most needed little things, on the opposite selves quilting Fabrics, quilting books, boxes for selvages, bindings, 3,5″ Project etc. Some yarns that are the latest projects (and didn’t fit in the big drawer in the other room). Behind the pillows on the right, there is my ‘GO Baby’ cutter machine. I wish I had more often time to make projects with that. The door is my inspiration board. There I have my Quilter’s Calendar and Moomins Calendar + inspiration pictures.

Teje's sewng room

On the table I have the most needed tools: rulers, bobbins, scissors, cutters, pins and wonder clips … and one BOX with mixed stuff (should clear up that BOX). Mostly I use these big spools of cotton thread. I keep my other threads in the white drawer on the left side from the sewing machine, near but safe from dust and light.

Teje's sewing room

There are also the ribbons, zippers, buttons, other small supplies, stamping things and some leathers. When we moved in, I was really happy to see these drawers in the wardrope; I knew they will be very practical and I like the white material. My Perle 8 threads for quilting are in chocolate tins. Perfect size for the little balls and easy to take with me if I stitch some where else.


Scrap BOX which happens to fit over the BOX with ready cut men’s shirts. I fact I don’t have a lot of scraps because I use them all the time. Also I consider as a scrap only very small pieces. Some Special scraps are in an other BOX,  stripes and whites are also separate.


My quilting Fabrics are in plastic storage boxes by colour (mainly). I used to have them just folded, as big as possible to avoid much ironing. You have seen that many quilters fold them so that you can see all the Fabrics by one look. I just fixed my Fabrics like that and it’s absolutely the best way. I have lots of small pieces and so many sizes of Fabrics that I didn’t fold them for exact size, just so that they fit nicely in the BOX.

quilting fabrics

Now I have fixed the colours but need to fix still the other boxes: white/low volume, MIX, other (linen etc.), Special and solids.

quilting fabrics

Then finally we turn back to the door. This is perfect design wall as there is no space for any furniture and it’s easy to use and look from my chair. I have coverd the boards with fleece. Even I have the door open in summer, Fabrics don’t fly away because they will be behind the door.

Teje's sewing room

Next to the design wall I have a Board with Special cards and little things from friends. On the stool some quilts are waiting for a label to go to the shop. On the design wall there is my latest project: ‘Milky Hearts’ in aqua. And then there was the ‘Milky Hearts’ in pink …

design wall

And what about the wardrope? It’s filled with … you guessed right … with fabrics, other materials, waddings,  and finished things for the shop. Only small difficulty is the ironing Board. If I want something from the wardrope, I have to move it. but I didn’t find any solution for this (yet). After the busy summer I may think again and do some changes … but I think my room works well now concidering how much I have managed to fit in the small room. I’m very happy with my new sewing space and enjoy being there. It looks normally very much like this except the table which is often over loaded with Projects and Materials. Now just finishing the ‘Milky Hearts’, I collected those materials to be ready for the new ones.

Teje's sewing room

As you can see two baby quilts are still waiting to be quilted. I find it hard now to share my time and to decide which works should be done first etc. I’m thinking that hand quilting can be done also later in the shop so perhaps you will find me there stitching those quilts.

Thank you for your visit! I’m so happy you came to see where I sew now! So I shall then drink the coffee on my own … without apple pie … hope you enjoyed your visit and come back soon!

I’m linking: ‘Tuesday Archives’ at Val’s Quilting Studio, ‘Fabric Tuesday’ at Quilt Story, ‘Sew Cute Tuesday’ at Blossom Heart Quilts, ‘Linky Tuesday’ at Freemotion by the River, ‘Let’s be Social’ at Sew Fresh Quilts, ‘Needle and Thread Thursday’ at My Quilt Infatuation



Dala Horse

Hello dear friends! I’m so happy to finally show you something made with fabric! I guess it has been about one month since I sew something. I had decided to make first Dala horse, when ever I’m able to sew again.

Dala Horse

During the crazy busy moving time I followed Julianna’s “last minute Christmas Sampler QAL” and all the beautiful blocks you made. There was no chance to join you, but I saved all the patterns and promised to myself that I shall make them later. Julianna makes fantastic patterns and she was one of the pattern makers and hosters of the ‘Forest’ QAL which I joined last year and finally won the first prize with my ‘Fantasy Forest’ quilt!  Julianna’s blog is ‘Jednoiglec’.

new sewing room

My sewing room is now almost ready. Only need to fix still the ‘design wall’, to hang some quilts and the pin board. But I’m able to sew and so I started with foundation Paper piecing. It took a while to make the printer to believe that I really need these printed right now and not next week and then I was able to start …

dala horses

… still needed few hours to find my precious dala horses. Fortunately those two boxes with decorations were still in the corner of the dining room and easy to reach. I love those traditional Swedish wooden horses! If you like to learn a little about them, you can read about their history, see photos and little video how they are made, for example in this site: ‘The Swedish Wooden Horse’.

paper piecing

Foundation paper piecing needs concentrating. I did this between many other works and then ripped also many times. That’s not fun with the paper. And even when I thought I have all the pieces finished, I saw that there was some pieces missing and again ripping.

paper piecing

You see how the bag leg is; and I thought that the pieces are ready and I was ready to finish the block. Finally I did it. I feel my skills were a little bit rusty, because even I tried to be very careful, still the pieces don’t match perfectly.

paper pieced horse

You know how I usually love to MIX lots of colours and I wanted to add here some green, but then decided to stay with red and blue. This is going to be a pillow so I added frames to get the size I need (about 16.5 ” x 16.5″).

paper pieced dala horse

Yesterday evening I started to quilt this by hand. First some stitching around the horse and frame. And now I shall go to continue. That I shall show you next time because now there is a chance that I’ll be out of electricity, so it’s better I’ll send this right now.

Next time more about ‘NEW year’ stuff etc. Hope to see you soon!



Nero: My Sewing Room

Vof vof girls and boys! I hope you are fine and having a great time! Because I was helping to quilt the baby quilt, I thought that at the same time I could give you a tour around our sewing room. The view from the window is not the best, but who looks outside when sewing – at least there comes lots of light!

 sewing room

Here you have the general view from the room we are now sewing and storing all our materials + many other things. See the new ironboard cover – turquoise! It’s not made by me because I was too busy to sew funnier things.

Teje's sewing room

From the door: on the right side there is small office section. Computer works I do usually outside or on the dining table (note: my plates are on the kitchen floor). After the ‘office’, there are big selves for many things. At the end, under the window there are boxes with fabrics, baskets with yarns. On the left side there are unfortunately lots of other things in the boxes, bed covers, towels, table cloths, paintings etc. If I just had that space to put a comfortable arm chair to have a nap when Teje is sewing!

Teje's sewing room

My table has two parts. There is a lacquered board over two selves. That self on the left has boxes filled with ribbons …. hmmmm I can’t even remember what all supplies there are … The self with drawers is full of my painting stuff. There is oil paints, akrylics, water colours, pastels, brushes + knives …. oh I want to painting! On the left I have a table (from our old taverna) and under that there is a big storage box for my finished sewings. Now that’s almost empty because they went already to the shop – but that’s an other story.

hat, moose, helmet

My dear moose is always in my sewing room – where ever that is. It is a ‘glove puppet’! Now fortunately we received our big wardrope to put all the jackets, hats etc. This small fleece with cats is Special to me because when my sister was here, we bought together same small blankets. Now when we sew on a cold winter day, we keep them on our lap – she in England and I’m here in Greece. Those cat figure inspires me to make a quilt, because they are simple and fun.

Teje's sewing room

Here you see better those white boxes on the open self. They are from ice cream! We used to have restaurants. I wish I had kept more of them because they are so practical. My pin cushion has liquorice on it and it’s now in the small box because I noticed that’ it’s much easier to use like that. On the table, in the smaller white box there are the most important tools: scissors, cutters, markers, ripper and the needle-case in use. On the tray: scraps from the ‘going on’ project (I use all the time trays). Behind the sewing machine is small case for bobbins.

Teje's sewing room

In those wardrobes are stored so many things – mostly something I don’t need now, so I was able to hang there fleece blanket to use as a design wall. Still it’s easy to take down, if I need to open the doors (which I have to do now and then because my waddings are there). Smaller pieces of wadding are in the big basket behind the last table.

My best, good and favourite Quilting Fabrics are in those clear boxes. They are sorted out by colours: blue/turquoise, red/orange/yellow, green/brown, solids and one box for mixed that has more special prints. But I need more boxes. These are now too full and I want to have each colour separate … or should I organize them in some other way? Solid box is full and I’m just waiting to get few new colours…

On the big self there are boxes with threads, up on the self there are tins with buttons etc.

Teje's sewing room

There are my quilting and other craft books (not so many), magazines (‘Maalais Unelma’, ‘Koti ja Keittio’, ‘Country Living’, ‘Novita’). There is my Accu Go Baby! cutter, hexagon-Project tupperware, red bag to go to the shop. Blue, big boxes has home decor Fabrics, canvas type Fabrics etc. On the floor I have rug made by my mother!

So that’s all around in my sewing room. I’m very happy with this room full of sunlight! Walls are still empty because it’s not sure yet how long time we stay in this house. But at the moment I feel good and creative in this room and I’m so happy for the good light and that we can all be together here …

Nero and Hanna

This photo of me and Hanna is taken in the evening so you see we have good light even after the sunset.

Would you like to see about the quilting? In the evening, relaxing moment …

Teje's quilting room

From the beginning …

basting a quilt

Quilting by hand … tools you need …

quilting by hand

Half of the diagonal Lines are now quilted so soon this quilt is finished and I can start new one!

quilting by hand

Thank you for visiting my sewing space! I hope you enjoyed the tour! Thank you also for all the fabulous messages you write to me! I send you big, furry hugs!



Nero’s Post: She’s in trouble …

Vof vof! Great to see you friends! Yes we have a problem here … she has … she has no idea what to do with her new fabrics! She likes :PAYG (=plan as you go) and there she is now, without any plan … going who knows where …

Fancy Free

At least she has done some cutting and loves her new ‘Hex N More’ Ruler!


She waited these fabrics like the moon to rise and now she’s not even sure about the colours?! I said she should have picked the other bundle with greens but did she listen to me? She cut the jewel with her own way because didn’t like to cut all the strip so wide. She has cut now one jewel, one half hexy and several triangles from each fabric.


This ruler is fantastic. Super easy to use with great tutorial and Info coming with it. It can be used for so many different shapes and sizes. Absolutely worth of every penny.


Then began the problem … how to fix them. Oh boy, you can’t believe how hard that can be. There should never be too many possibilities! It was hours like this: could it be like this … or this … no, not those colours together … that print is too busy here etc. etc.


… and where shall we put the white … there has to be white! If you are in trouble with your plan, take a photo. After changing hundreds of times those patches, she was somehow happy with these …


… and seeing this photo, she thought that there could be white around the jewel-triangles … yes, perhaps … I think I’m done with this and like to out to chase that cat on the tree! Wow, in the morning I chased one cat all around the garden and then she jumped on the fence where I couldn’t reach and was teasing  me from there. Of course I had to say loudly that this is my area and she doesn’t have any business here.


By the way, do you see that she finally sew one block – great job for today! I do hope she can finish few more until it’s bed time. I realized that last time we forgot to show you our new design wall. Hey, it’s very simple but on it we can design, so it is design wall …

design wall with fleece

It is a fleece blanket (Ikea) on the wood stick which is tight with fabric ribbons to two hooks which you can put over the door. We have stuffed these closets whit things that we don’t usually need so we don’t need to open these door often. Only of course just after fixing this thing, we had to search something form the last closet.


And here is our sewing room … and me …


We are now happy with Hanna because we can come to this room, too. When we had the sewing attic, only Nelli was able to go up there.


Hanna likes to be under the table …


There are lots of things stored in this room … not everything is related to sewing or our materials. Mainly the right side is sewing stuff, far on the left are yarns and then on the left side it’s just ‘stuff’. Soon we get bigger table and that will help a lot … I’m not sure if there is space for ironing then.

selvage jewel

I think this is quilter’s jewel! Could the selvage be more sweet! If I would tell some of those doggies who pass my gate, that I love those little stitches on the edge, I’m sure they would think I’m form an other planet! But, really, aren’t they the cutest ever!

Design Wall by Teje

Oh, too silly talk, better make some coffee. Soon the neighbours wake up from their siesta sleep and I can go out to bark  those those cats and dogs who walk on the street. Did you pick the little bear? I’ll so you soon where he is dancing.

By, by for now! Thanks for being my friend and reading my stories! Hugs and Kisses!


PS. Should I start Instagram with my name or my blog’s name?