Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen


{Bird House} and voting time

Hello friends! Just when I had finished the big project ‘Puppy Portraits‘ and didn’t know what to do (?), I find chaos on my table. Starting two new projects and thinking more about the ‘house block’ has kept me very busy and my table full. Plus all the cleaning and fixing the home (you believe this, right?).

bird house by Teje

When I was sketching the ‘Hobby House’ block, I turned out bird house, too.


In the morning, before continuing the sketches for my new project, I made one bird house. I used the same measurements as before (see them here). There are two options for the roof so take care what measurements you use.

bird house block

This time I chose different grey shades. And because this is not going to the solid project, I used grey with snow for the roof. Sew the block in sections.

house block

This is very easy block, if you concentrate. If you make this and plan other projects in your mind, you may need the ripper …


At the end everything ok…

house block by Teje

Now we need still the entrance. Find something to draw the circle. Why I have hansaplast in my sewing room? With that I cover the metal button on my jeans (inside).


Cut the circle and place it on the house. You can use applique or raw edge aplique. I sew it around with sik sak.

bird house

bird house block by teje

Alyce from ‘Blossom Heart Quilts’ has wrote great book to help you to design your own quilt blocks. There was a blog hop with talented quilters and an exciting challenge for us to create blocks by our inspiring image/photo. This week we can link our blocks and if we have made something with them. Join the fun!

house blocks by teje

I’m so excited about my new quilt project! There was very much thinking before it ended up to be a quilt project. I can’t wait to continue it and to show you soon what I’m doing. And why I’m making this quilt which may not look very much ‘me’). My brand new bird house will be in that new quilt and here is a small sneaky peaky …

quilt blocks

Other great news today are that the voting has started at ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’! You have three votes and voting is open until 5.11.2015. I know it’s difficult to choose three favourites because there are really too many fantastic quilts! I thought that I have now seen all the entries, but every time I visit there, my eyes pick new, beautiful quilts! Have a look and vote your favourites! {Bunny’s Friends} is in the ‘Viewer’s Choise’!

Thank you so much for your awesome, sweet comments on my quilts! You inspire and motivate me so much! So I’m off to sew so I can soon show you more …




{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!


Design wall on Tuesday

Hi dear Friends! Thank you so much for your lovely comments! Today my design wall looks like this …

Scandinavian quilt project

You can imagine how much I want to continue, but have use my iron today for cloths instead of patches. Wish me good luck to finish quickly those 3 loundry mountains to continue with this Scandinavian quilt.

I’m linking at my favourite linky parties – buttons on my sidelist.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!



New Scandinavian quilt project

Hi Dear Friends! I have a NEW quilt in process! After making some space to my sewing room, I’m feeling a little bit better while starting again from “a clean table”.

my sewing room

Before starting I had to shower my NEW Fabrics. But before braking these cute bundles, I took few last shoots …

new fabrics

Fabric details:

Solids: ‘Scandinavia’ from Oakshott Fabrics (give away win from Leanne ‘She can Quilt’)

Prints: ‘Notting Hill’ from ring a roses by Gunther (give away win from Annett at ‘Knetty Craft’)

Light demin: present from Judith at ‘Just Jude’


And then off we go to the shower! And after that out for a sunbath …


Oakshott Fabrics are woven with two different colours of threads and look how the colour change when are wet!


I’m so happy that I got these two fabric bundles in same time – thank you again! Oakshott solids are gorgeus but I didn’t have any idea what Special I could make with them. I haven’t used much solids yet and also these beautiful light colours are different than my usual palet. When I looked these bundles together I realized that they match perfectly!


Once again seems to be that everything happens for some meaning … in a mood I am now, I couldn’t work with energy, bright, happy fabrics, so this calm, lightful, almost low volume collection is just what I need now. When looking for something else to add to this quilt, my eye picked the Honeycomb bundle that I had purchased while ago. I chose colours to match and left out orange/red/pink.

I had in my mind to use some low volumes for the background and made last evening test blocks …

retangle triangles

Looking for ideas from my Pinterest Board: ‘Quilt Inspiration’, I started to lean to triangles (once again, it’s my favourite quilting shape). As I don’t want to make a repeating pattern but some how different kind/size blocks, I thought these retangle triangles would be great. And I do like them a lot, but I didn’t enjoy making them.

retangle triangles

Other question is if I like the low volume for background? When leaving it like this at night, I wasn’t excited at all. Then at night I was thinking, once again, white is missing! Could you make a Scandinavian quilt without snow?! So in the morning I felt better because I knew how to continue: follow my instinct! When ever I don’t do that, it’s a big mistake!

triangle blocks

So white is on the table! From the prints I cut as big squares as possible by the meaning to get the most of these Special Fabrics. I shall make different kind of triangle blocks in different sizes. Most likely I shall use also those low volumes.

triangle blocks

Some names in my mind: Scandic Scene, Scandinavian Days, Scandinavian Scale

And just for fun …

fishing boat

I’m linking at ‘Pet Project Show’ at Julie’s blog: ‘Pind Doxies’!

Thank you for your visit and wonderful comments!



Happy Friday

Hi dear friends! Looks like happy days continue as today we meet at Penny’s ‘Happy Friday’! Come and join the fun sharing your happy moments! Penny made me think what made me happy this week …

Paint Splash

Quite many things make me happy every day, even ‘everyday’ it’s so easy to forget those things. Often they are something we see so often that we don’t see them anymore.


Last time you where thinking what Nero and Hanna saw on the other side of the wall. It was in fact our terace and they can see to the sea (above) and to the ‘White Mountains’ (below) …


… but you can guess that they don’t look the sea or mountains but the cats, dogs and any one, any where around!


Today on my way to meet my sweet golden friend, I realized that where ever I go, I can see mountains or the sea! White mountains are now so gorgeus when the sun makes the snow shine!


Nero and Hanna make me happy. Every morning Hanna gives me very gentle kiss before I get up from the bed. Then she goes the stairs down singing and seems to be so happy to start a NEW day! They get piece of bread in the morning. Nero takes his bread and runs and jumps (always) to the living room to eat it.


Nelli still finds NEW thing in this House and makes me smile. I think she’s most happy in the evening when I go to the bedroom, finally settling in one place and she can watch tv for a while with me.


Colours and colourful things make me happy and these triangle mugs – you understand that I had to take them – how often you see mugs with quilt pattern (at least here, not often)!


This ‘piece’ was supposed to be a part of one project with the paper pieced paint tubes, but that didn’t happen, so I made it mini quilt for my new sewing room. ‘Paint Splash’ and bright Kona solids make me happy.


For me this photo has almost too delicious colours. I can’t explain how much I enjoy those happy colours mixed together … I think I need to print this to put it on the wall. I wish I had time to make a happy painting!

Thank you for joining my Happy Friday! Now click the button below to visit Penny’s linky party! planet-penny-happy-friday

Thank you also very much for your sweet Happy Birthday wishes! I hope to finish the jewelry studio / library room, to be even more happy today!