lørdag, april 10, 2021

Long time, no post

I've done a lot of sewing since my last blog post. I'll try to catch up in the next couple of days.

After finishing CouchPeanut's quilt I found an old machine sewn top in my UFO (unfinished objects) chest. It has a distinctly masculine expression that made it the perfect quilt for hubby :) I asked Brenda Sanders to longarm quilt this top too and she took these beautiful pictures of the finished work.

Hubby's quilt Hubby's quilt Detail of Hubby's quilt 

The top has a lot of memories since most of the fabrics are from longs warn out shirts, curtains and portières from the old half-timbered and thatched roofed farm house we lived in from 1978 to 1991. I half expect to see CouchPeanut race by the quilt at her bright red tricycle :)

lørdag, maj 30, 2020

To Do's

I'm working on UFO's and my To Do list. It's a shortcut to feeling good actually. Logic being:it doesn't take as long to finished a 2/3 done project as it does to start a new. Lolz

So I have made labels for all the quilts I've made this year. My BowTie serie are completed..... unless I come up with yet a nother way to deconstruct the BowTie block.

BowTie I, 2020
BowTie II, 2020
BowTie III, 2020

They're all hand sewn (English paper piecing technique) and hand quilted. I like the English paper technique because it makes it possible to have full control over the design before I start sewing.the patches together.
When I sew "the american way" like I did the CouchPeanut quilt, I often pin at least a portion of it at my design wall with the seam allowance hidden. It is surprising how much difference that little seam makes, especially if the block design has tips that are supposed to meet accurately like the star tips in the eight pointed star block.

onsdag, maj 27, 2020


Label for CouchPeanut quilt

I ended up writing the label with a permanent pen. I made a label with common sewing thread and tiny, tiny chain stitches, but I like the permanent pen better. The text stand sharply and clearly defined. I've washed and ironed it to make sure it doesn't run. Better safe than sorry. Lolz.

torsdag, maj 21, 2020


CouchPeanut with quilt.

CouchPeanut finally done
The quilt came back from Brenda Sanders Wednesday. Beautifully quilted. I sat down asap and started the final border and late Thursday afternoon, the quilt was all done. All I need now is to make a label. That's a project in itself. Printed in a jet ink printer, drawn with a permanent pen or embroidered? And the text? Short and facts only or poetic with a flower border? Choices, choices.... always choices. Lolz

After that I have only one last thing to do: write the text to Brenda. I have been procrastinating far too long, but it's really hard to write..... 

fredag, maj 15, 2020

Daisy quilts for me

Due to the corona virus I can't drive up to Brenda Sander and talk to her about how the star top is to be quilted, but we have had a good talk via good old fashioned email. That part worked well, but I'm sad that I can't see how she's quilting it with her longarm, aka Daisy.

I think Brenda knew my longing even I haven't told her and yesterday she send me 3 photos of my quilt on her longarm. She's the best!!

Daisy (and Brenda) Quilts for me 1

Daisy (and Brenda) Quilts for me 1

Daisy (and Brenda) Quilts for me 3

Photos: Brenda Sanders

mandag, maj 11, 2020

It is easy to make promises - it is hard work to keep them (quote Boris Johnson)

Brenda Sanders asked me for some information to add to her blog when she's ready to post my quilt on her blog (DaisyQuiltsForYou). She's interested in "the quilt makers journey when making the quilt and her quilting story." It's exactly what I like to read in other quilters blogs, so what could I do, but promise to deliver. So here I am, working my way down memory lane.

To write about the "CoutchPeanut" quilt is quite easy. I started this English part of my blog writing about that when I brought it back to live in February this year. The posts from February 23rd to April 28th are all about my thoughts and choices around that quilt. So that part is already done, but to write a long quilt life down in a short text seems like a mission impossible.
The hardest thing is to try to gather hundreds if not thousands of memories into one consistent narrative. Maybe a list is a way to start?
  • How it all started: The course "Women's pictures. Sew, weave and crochet your life". 1985-1987
    New couse in 1987- 1992: Quilting, a Mental Health Craft.
    My first quilt (and how it later was saved - and still not finished)
    Course taught by Lis Ahrenkiel (my Hawaii quilt - which is finished)
    Publikums prisen 1988: The Fat Grey (quote: Charlotte Yde, who I admire immensely. Both as a teacher and as an artist)
  • Techniq skills and the social aspect was the most important aspects
    More UFO's than finished quilts
  • Nordborg gruppen:
    Teaching (material)
    Danmarkstæppet, Nordisk Quilte Træf , Oslo 1994 (article in Kludemagasinet 2010/2, by Lisbeth Borggren: "Focus på Danmark)
    Editing Kludemagasinet (Grete Lindgaard, Bitten Carl and me)
    Nordborg træffet (block bingo)
    Quilt for Town Hall, Nordborg kommune
    Weekends in summer cottages
  • QuiltCon's (foreign teachers: Michael James, Jinny Beier (signed book), Mary Coyne Penders, Dorle Stern-Straeter, .....)
  • Lectures with Charlotte Yde: Tradition og fornyelse. (slide show with traditional quilts and modern quilts)
  • Photo collection
  • Books

tirsdag, april 28, 2020

My ironing board

When posting about my quilt being posted, I posted a picture of the package placed on my ironing board.

Baby’s in the box

It's heavy, not adjustable (height), rather wobbly and has it's very own special sound when used. But it's a very special to me. I belonged to my late mother and I remember it's sound from my early childhood. I know I could have a far better lightweight, adjustable and wider one, but I can't bear to replace it. This summer, I stripped it from all the strange layers of old towels that had been covering it and making it "soft" under the final metallic cover.

Naked  ironing board

I'm sure it's made by a woodworker in the town, where my mother lived when she married. It's clearly handmade. I know my attachment to it is sentimental and in now way rational, but I find i so beautiful. I even considered to keep it naked as decoration, but decided against it and dressed it up again and am using it for it's original purpose.
....... someone seems to have forgotten an iron on it. Auch!