Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rough Draft

I still want to make at least two more place names, but I couldn't wait and had to see how they all look together! I think Stockholm, Glasgow, and Elmira are my favorites so far. It's interesting to look at them in black and white, as well; Hebron disappears altogether. I've learned a lot with this project!

Saturday, February 26, 2011


I still need to sew a little blue around the edges, but I think I just have two more cities to make before I start figuring out the layout!

7 Socks

I had great plans to work on several quilting projects this week, but got very distracted when two Valentine's Day packages arrived for me full of yarn! Rather than knitting socks, I should be working on scarves and shawls! I haven't abandoned my quilting altogether, though, and have sewn the bindings on the FISH quilt and the zigzag quilt, but will wait for a sunny day to photograph them in all their glory outside! In the meantime, I'm hoping to get the last place names finished in the next day or two.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Great Fabrics

I still need to sew the binding on these two quilts, but in the meantime, I thought I'd show the fabrics I've used on the backs. The hippo fabric was purchased at IKEA in Helsinki a couple of summers ago (I have quite a bit of it left), and the fish fabric was purchased in Sweden four years ago this month (but was produced in the UK). They're both cute, aren't they? I really have a crush on the fabric I used for the binding on the hippo/zigzag quilt - I had just enough, but wish I'd bought yards of it!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Last weekend I finally visited the new(ish) Saltkaret observation tower near Vaasa. I thought I'd share a few winter photos; the second is looking out over the archipelago towards Sweden.

On the craft front, I've started quilting the zigzag quilt and continue to work on the fan shawl. I now have 18 of the 28 fans finished. I plan to get back to the place names on the weekend!

Monday, February 07, 2011


I'm hoping to have a queen-size quilt when I'm finished with all these place names. Last night I laid out the names I've finished in the past week. I love the way they look together! Next up - two places starting with S...

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Smaller Font

The P here is 5" tall; after the 7" monster Washington, DC letters, I thought I needed a smaller font! The fabrics here are very similar to one of my favorites so far. Just a few more places left to make!

12-letter Word and another UFO

I finished up this baby quilt top last night and realized I never even posted a photo of it when I started. I'm pretty sure it was in September 2010 - it's the leftover fabric from this (still just a top, too). Again, I used this great no-triangle zigzag tutorial.

I've also managed another place name - 12 letters is too many for one city!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Eye Test

While this may look like a colorblindness test at the eye doctor, it's actually another addition to the place name quilt. I wanted this one to be fun, especially after the browns of the last two.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


I finished another place name this evening!! I'm not thrilled with the v, but there's not enough fabric left to fix it! It feels good to be sewing again - and to work on this particular project! (Where, pray tell, is Lyndonville? I learned to ride a bike in Lyndonville.) Up next? My 7-letter birthplace or the 12-letter city where my brother currently lives (and where I lived when I was his age).