Saturday, September 29, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
And here are the fruits of my mushroom adventure on Friday evening! I broke in my cute new boots and found some non-poisonous mushrooms! I found several kinds, including these and these, and lots and lots of inedible ones! I think I'll need to take the class a few more times to really trust myself, but it was a good start!
Friday, September 21, 2007
I can finally post real photos of this formerly secret project because it's arrived in Germany. A friend moved to Munich from Vaasa this summer and these little Nordic Cross flags are her belated bon voyage and early birthday gift! (Clockwise from the upper left: Åland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.) Here are a couple closer up:
On the backs you can see a bit of my continued efforts at free-motion quilting. I chose fabrics that had some meanings for us - back in December, I made Olivia the Owl with this friend. The map is good for us both, as are the letters (she taught German here in Vaasa). The fish fabric is on the back of the Norwegian flag, where we traveled together this summer, and was purchased in Sweden, where we both studied! The hedgehog needs no explanation...
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Svampar is the Swedish word for mushrooms! I'm taking a two-evening mushroom course in Swedish this week - here's hoping the language barrier doesn't get me in trouble. (I do know that these (above) are very poisonous.) The season for berry picking is over, but there are still plenty of reasons to venture into the woods before the ground is covered with snow!
I even bought new gummistövlar (below) for our excursion tomorrow! I've been eyeing them for a while and this seemed like the right occasion.
It seems I'm not the only one posting about mushrooms. Kristin LaFlamme has a thing for them, too. (I had to get something quilty in here!)
Ferrum, Virginia, hence the ABC fabric. (Does anyone else remember the Letter People?) I moved to Ferrum from upstate New York just before starting Kindergarten and there were some words and letters I sure didn't understand when my teacher said them - the last letter of Ferrum was a strange one - sounded more like a kind of tree when she said it!
Just one quick one for my 'places-I've-lived' quilt. Vaasa was the shortest place with five letters - there are four more with six letters each, three with seven letters each, and then I need to start tackling long ones like Lyndonville and Washington, DC. Oy. (I'm still having fun, though.)
Monday, September 17, 2007
I'm just bursting with ideas for quilts with letters now!! I was dreaming about them last night. I gave a lecture on geography of the US today and had to rush home to start a new project. I moved a LOT as a kid and seem to have continued as an adult so far. I thought I'd make a quilt for myself with places where I've lived. Stay tuned - it's going to be a long list of places! (And don't worry, I haven't abandoned the fishy letters, either.)
May Britt asked people to post seasonal quilts. After spending so much of the summer near the Arctic Circle, I no longer know what my favorite season is. I will post a photo of fall, though.
This soup is fall to me. I found the recipe on this awesome Estonian food blog. I've made quite a few of her recipes, but I'm not sure if I've linked to her blog before. I made these for a party two weekends ago, this savory pie in July for another party at my place, and this jam for some gifts back in May. Check it out (especially if you love beets and berries like I do!)
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I bought these fabrics at Maine Quilts during the Democratic Convention in 2004, but have never really known what to do with them. I'm not really the patriotic quilt type - maybe it's my dual-citizenship, maybe it's my frustrations with US policy at the moment, but this quilt feels okay. VOTE!
I have to thank Tonya again here for her inspiration!! If you haven't found her tutorials, check them out here!!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I played around with this for inspiration.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
You start quilting: (free-motion stippling, clouds, cursive and even labels on the first try!!)
You bake (these are for her colleagues):
Karin of Marimekko pillow fame is finished with her two-month experience at Wärtsilä in Vaasa and heads back to Germany this weekend to finish up her engineering studies. Maybe she'll be back for a quilt-retreat weekend!
Monday, September 10, 2007
The Name Game
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car),
(no current car - kind of a Madonna/Sting thing)
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie),
(sounds more like my garage band name)
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name),
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal),
Green Hedgehog (image from KMC Cleaning)
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born),
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first),
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink),
The Orange Gin and Tonic
The Turquoise Smoothie
The Red Espresso
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers),
9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy),
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ),
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter),
12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower).
13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree),
Yogurt White Pine
15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”),
The Patchwork Blizzard Tour
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Sticking to the blue theme, I finished up the quilt for my cousin's little one. The second quilt I've made for a baby named Paul this year! I even made a label for this quilt - inspired by the label requirement of the doll quilt swap. (Thanks many times over to Amy for the hedgehog fabric!) The finished quilt is 46"x46".