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

Read all the post in my new blog.  Thank you!




Little Triangles

Happy New Year dear friends!


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


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…


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

little scrap triangles

So I did, and started to make the puzzle.


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.

little triangles

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.


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.

triangle blocks

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.

scandic scene

‘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.


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: 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.





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…


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!

applique mug

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.


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.

hand sewing

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.


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?


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 …

quilty 365

‘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….


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


  • 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!

rotary candle holder

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

quilty 365

Remember that soon I start to post in the new address:

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!



{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…)



Fair Isle Man and Woman – Tutorial

Hello dear friends! I’m so happy that you like my North Star quilt project and the Fair Isle blocks I have made. They are fun and easy to make.

Fairl Isle man and woman - Tutorial

So lets go to see how I made this happy couple! First I draw the picture and used few colours to help you to see how pieces have different sizes. Each square = 1″ finished size. We use 1/4″ seam allowance, so for example for 1″ square we shall cut 1.5″ square etc.




Red shirt:

1 x [5.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [7.5″x 1.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 8 x 1.5″x 1.5″]

Light grey head and trousers:

2 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 3.5″], 3 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Dark grey boots:

2 x [3.5″x 1.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 2.5″]

White background:

2 x [4.5″x 4.5″], 2 x [7.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 3.5″], 3 x [3.5″x 1.5″],

2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 6 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 10 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Finished block size is about 16.5″x 13.5″.


Photo above shows you the pieces.

! I have one correction that I noticed later: two squares on up corners are too big in this photo (they have to be 4.5″x 4.5″ as in the cutting list).

Sew in sections. Start sewing the small pieces together and then continue connecting them with the next pieces etc. It’s like making a log cabin blocks.



Press the seams (the more often the better) but at least when connecting the sections.






Red shirt:

1 x [4.5″x 3.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 8 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Light grey head and skirt:

1 x [8.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [4.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″]

Dark grey skirt and boots:

1 x [8.5″x 1.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 1.5″]

White background:

2 x [4.5″x 4.5″], 2 x [8.5″x 2.5″], 4 x [2.5″x 2.5″], 1 x [3.5″x 2.5″], 2 x [2.5″x 1.5″], 16 x [1.5″x 1.5″]

Finished blog size is about 16.5″ x 12.5″


Here you see all the pieces. I have already started to sew from the boots. Sew again in sections as with the Fair Isle man.

Fair Isle woman

I hope this tutorial is clear and easy. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer. When you make your Fair Isle blocks, you will see that this is not the only way to share the picture to sections.

Fairl Isle man and woman - Tutorial

Thank you for reading! Have fun sewing this couple and I hope this gives you inspiration to create also other Fair Isle blocks!




Blogger’s Quilt Festival: {Paper Dolls}

Hi and welcome to Greece! For my second entry to this season’s ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’, I’m happy to show you for the first time ‘Paper Dolls’! This was a secret project I made at the end of this summer.
'Paper Dolls' quilt by Teje
small quilt
I wish I could show you more fun photos but there was a reason why I wanted to deliver this quilt as as soon as possible.
This project looks easier than it was. Beginning idea was totally different but when I saw the paper dolls in my stash I thought this would be perfect project to use them. I’m happy that my ‘customer’ gave me free hands and she liked the paper doll fabric, too.
fabrics for girl quilt
I tried to mix the first idea with bento boxes with those ‘girls and cloths’ … but it didn’t work. It looked too busy and I was worried that the paper dolls will disappear if the pattern is too mixed.
quilt process
One advice I got was that the girl who will get this, loves pink. Me too! But it appeared that my pink stash is getting poor. And have you noticed that the pink has to be the right one. I wanted warm and sweet look. To get further, I made the blocks with cloths using my typical happy colours. I left most of the greens out, because they didn’t fit.
 quilt blocks
Usually yellow is not my colour … but it starts to be! When I add some yellow, I was happier. It gave the warm, sweet look I was searching. And white of course … to give light and to ‘clean’ the colours!
design wall
The final layout came like this: I placed first those four girls (most beautiful blond hair in the middle because I like to think she’s the one who gets this quilt). Because the fabric didn’t have more different girls, I made two same size blocks with the whole outfit and placed them in the opposite corners. Then I placed the cloths somehow symmetric and between them puppy, flowers and the pink heart.
quilt basting
I was reliefed when the top was finished. Sometimes the project you consider easy, can be very tricky. To make the block sizes to match together, to decide what colours to use for the sashings and to find out how to place the blocks, was a challenge with this quilt.
Name: ‘Paper Dolls’
Size: 42″ x 60″ (107 cm x 152 cm)
Design: Teje Karjalainen
Pieced: by machine
Quilted: by hand (Perle cotton no 8)
Category:  Small Quilts
quilt for girl
I needed someone/-thing to hold the quilt. Nero and Hanna did they best but still two stones were needed.
quilt for a girl
 Here is the schedule for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival:
23.10. – 29.10. linky is open and nominate for ‘Viewer’s Choise’
29.10. – 5.11.    vote for favourites in each category
You can nominate your favourite (3) quilts here: ‘Nominations for Viewer’s Choise’
Copy the url address from the post where your favourite quilt is and add it there.
‘Paper Dolls’ quilt is in the ‘Small Quilts’ category.
‘NERO’S GARDEN’ (animals from Nero’s garden) – spring 2011
‘ORANGE STONES’ – autumn 2011
‘MY DREAM QUILT’ – spring 2012
‘BUTTERFLIES’ (applique) – autumn 2012
‘BABY STARS’ – spring 2013
‘HAPPY DAYS’ – spring 2013
‘FANTASY FOREST’ 1. prize in ‘Forest QAL’ (paper pieced) – autumn 2013
‘KIDS GAME’ 2013 – autumn 2013
‘TURN THE TIME’ – autumn 2014
‘MILKY HEARTS’ – spring 2015
Paper Dolls by Teje
Now cute puppies are waiting for me … you can see few of them on the left on my design wall. Today we make the binding with Nero and Tuesday is our blog hop day! Hope to see you then again!
Paper Dolls quilt by Teje
Thank you very much for your visit! Also I want to thank Amy for organizing this fantastic quilt festival!
Have a great week visiting wonderful blogs, talented quilters and enjoying fantastic quilts!


PS. I’m terrible sorry that by mistake I pushed by ‘publish’ too early. Should have pushed ‘save draft’! So if you received unfinished post, I’m really sorry!