No news is good news?

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Nothing much has happened in the Infinity area, sort of creative slump and waiting for new fabrics to maybe making the juices flow? Throw a bad cold into that and you get zilch sewing. I do have some ideas, but so far they haven’t worked out. The only good thing was yesterdays mail that brought some of the new Northcott Artisan Spirit collection named Sandscapes. And look – aren’t they just drop dead gorgeous? sandscape1 sandscape2I ordered four more from another place and hopefully they will arrive at the beginning of the week. I think I want to use them in the outer border and have been playing with making my own triangle template (printed in Photoshop and glued to mylar template plastic) but I’m not sure they get 100% accurate that way… And the acrylic triangular rulers I got (only 3) aren’t the right angle…This need some more work and testing. Meanwhile I will try to wrap my head around making some 1/ compass needles, to see if they might work in the corners of the top. But right now I need to blow my nose and get a cup of honey/lemon water.

Happy Valentines Day – if you are celebrating it.

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Look what I found when I emptied a wardrobe in what will become John’s guy-cave: flossIt’s not any ol’ floss, but from Clara Waever. So what is the big deal, you might ask. Well, back in the late 70th and early 80th I worked in an operation ward at Huddinge Hospital and quite a few of my fellow girls was so into embroidery. Especially big cross stitching ones from – yeah right – Clara Waever (a Danish designer). Admittedly they where beautiful and even though I can do most textile/fiber crafts, embroidery was never my thing. But after being “bullied” I relented and did a small (like 25X25xm) one with one single pink rose on it. I do believe that my mom still has it ;o

What the flosses above was ment for I have no clue, couldn’t find the pattern or any piece of fabric. And that’s a good thing, cause I’m still not into embroidery LOL. But I have wound them upon small plastic floss cards and they now reside with my Cosmos floss. Who knows, one of these days they might come in handy?

Twinkle II

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Ever tried to rip out an invisible appliqué stitch (No 51 on the Janome 7700) made with clear monofilament thread? In not, don’t. It is was close to sewing hell as you can get. But I managed to get out like ten of the stars and could start over again, this time with a very narrow zig-zack which is way more easy to rip out if in need.

So yesterday I finished the second part of the stars an only now when I view the pic I see that one part has less stars that the other. Well – h-k if I’m going to rip out all these stars…I have decided to call it creative independence along with the tiny fraying along the edges of the stars, which seem unavoidable no matter what fusable I use. Truly think it has something with the sizes of the start and the sharp angles.

Well this is what it look so far, as most of the times not the best picture. two-forthBelieve it or not but in this quite large house, there is no free walls to hold a top – except for the boiler room ;o And the lighting is good in there too, so I might try to tape it to the wall when the third alignment is done.

Have a lovely Friday. Here it’s some minus C degrees and lot’s of snow and there is a sprinkle of more in the air.

Don’t eat them

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Yesterday my new scallop ruler from Quick point that I ordered from Sewingmachine plus in California. Here I must state that I find it totally strange that some US web stores don’t ship internationally, giving custom and shipping costs as a reason. Then (fortunately) there are the majority who does and why this differs I don’t get. I mean – USPS costs is the same for all and it is up to me as a customer if I find these charges acceptable or not. And customs forms? Don’t take that much intelligence and time to fill them out…..

So the 2in scallop ruler and it’s pusher sat in my mail box yesterday and I have tried it out with good result: scallops1This is just a try out with fabrics I doubt very much I’m going to do anything substantial with and I didn’t take much care with seamallownaces. But the overall design is great, so great that I start tow toy with the idea of using round the edges of Infinity. That is if I ever manage to figure out how to make them even and how to work the corners. That will come with a ton of ??? Before that – the stars!! I’m putting them of… think I will get the fusibles I got from Beth a try and see what happen to the fraying.

Slippery ice outside, our paved walkway is way beyond dangerous. Have a lovely and creative weekend :)

 

Needles and pins

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Well, I have been absent but here I am. I have been spending the last week with appliquéing the compass needles to the background at that wasn’t easy. There is no other way (as far as I know) to get the needle blocks to the background but stiching the entire block to the top. And lordy me – dark fabric on dark fabric with black silk thread, thin as a strand of hair….not easy at all. Had three lamps pointed at the work and still hart near impossible to see what I was doing which lead to some ripping out and sewing again… But this is what it looks like now
4-starsSo now it’s back to working on the smaller stars. Haven’t figured that out just yet.

Happy (me) New Year

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imagesI must say that my American GFs are the best there is. Last week came a package from Beth with three (3) different fusible and one tear away to try out, a new magazine (Quilting Arts) that was so inspiring and put some new ideas in my head. Also (much needed) more of the Infinity background fabric and – som lovely ornamental silver on white. Ahh, I might use that for the snowdrops…Snowdrops? Well, yes, that idea I got.
Untitled-2And yesterday the doorbell rang while I was making dinner and outside was the UPS guy with a package from Trish told me. I decided to save opening it until today and lory me, that was full of loving, caring goodies, this is just a few of them:

trishA true Wolfie mug rug (how very innovative and artistic), a portable OTT Light, a hand knitted soft and lovely scarf, ideal for the Swedish winter. And what I think is a key “chain” since it is bit too small to be a collar for Diego ;) which is exactly what I need to find my keys in the black handbag.

Tonight our best friends will come over for cooking and celebrating NY, they will make th first course and appetizers while I do the main dish and dessert. Wonderful!

Hope everyone will have  fun and safe New Year, see you in 2015!

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You won’t flipping believe it, but when I finally mustered up the courage and will power to start stitching down the stars, the monofilament thread refused to cooperate when threading. After gazillion of tries I finally understood that the threader had broken (have happened once before) and trust me, to try to thread that monofilament by hand is absolutely impossible. Took out the Janome 6600 (yes I still have it) to compare the threaders, I couldn’t find the 7700 one….How on earth is that possible? I do not have that large sewing area and – it wasn’t in the waste basked, I emptied it.

So now I have to find some dealer (preferably in Europe) and order a new one. Or two. found it at GUR in GB, ordered two to be on the safe side. Now the stars have to wait, hopefully until next week.

Soon roadtrip to the archipelago for family get together.

 

Silly things

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Sometimes the most silly things can make you smile. Like making an ironing bracelet from old kiddie beads:bild 1-4You know – when the iron is on you wear the bracelet, when the cord is removed from the socket you take it of. Most ingenious idea, think I got it from The Pickles group on yahoo way back in time.

Did iron down the first bend of stars last night, will start sewing them today.

What to do?

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I know, I’m very much ahead of me, but I like to plan. Since I have two almost whole jelly rolls (Nortcott Artisan Spirit “Shimmer”) artisan-spirit-JR
which will not be used in Infinity, I wonder – what to do with them?

Come on, hit me with ideas on gorgeous quilt patterns that will do these fabric strips justice :)

The sun shines, it’s a couple of centigrades below freezing and the summer tires are still on the car ;o. I have a lot to say about that, but will refrain for the public good. the winter tires are on :)

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