Sunday, December 21, 2014

Finished Object :: Moroccan Tile Quilt

Moroccan Tile Quilt
When we were in Denmark, I finished the Moroccan Tile Quilt! I hadn't planned on taking it to Denmark, but then I had showed the quilt top to my parents via Skype and they both liked it. So (dagnammit!) I just had to give it to them as an anniversary present for their 40th wedding anniversary. I guess I'll just have to make one for myself at some point.

Moroccan Tile Quilt
I had questions for my mum about the quilting capabilities of her sewing machine but obviously I couldn't ask her, because it was a surprise that we were in Denmark at that point! But I managed with a bit of help from one of my IG friends (thank you, Sarah!) and I finished the quilt the evening before we picked them up at the airport. Nothing like last minute sewing, eh? :-)

Moroccan Tile Quilt
The fabric on the back is Ludovika from IKEA. So pretty. I think it goes really well with the quilt top. It's a contrast, but not too crazy.

Moroccan Tile Quilt
The border is this fabric I bought in Denmark with teeny tiny flowers. I may have bought some extra for me. Because pretty. :-)

Moroccan Tile Quilt

Moroccan Tile Quilt
I didn't stick completely to the pattern I used: the Moroccan Tile Quilt from Fabulously Fast Quilts* by Amy Smart. And the main part of the quilt is a bit smaller than the pattern because I somehow made an error with some of the seam allowances. But hey-ho.

Moroccan Tile Quilt
I am really happy with the quilt. It is the first in two ways: the first proper large quilt I have made. And it is the first quilt pattern I have followed. Much has been learned in the process!

Moroccan Tile Quilt

Moroccan Tile Quilt


*Amazon UK affiliate link, yo.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Classes and clubs discount reminder

Stitchy Souvenirs embroidery clubs
I just wanted to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to save 10% on the new classes and clubs for next year. Use this code at checkout: VATMESS. This applies to the following in my shop:

Stitchy Souvenirs Club 12 months
Stitchy Souvenirs Club 6 months

Giant Blackwork Cushion Class
Giant Blackwork Mini Quilt Class

Light & Colour Photo Editing Class You can read a bit more about it here - including a review of the class.

Alphabet Motif Club.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Some things that inspired me this week - December 19

English sunrise
How to care for introverts. If you have an introvert in your life, for example a child or partner, you need to read this. It may just make life easier for both of you. :-)

Speaking of introverts, I am reading Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking* at the moment. It is really interesting.

Some really (really) impressive doodles.

Vegan recipe for iskonfekt a treat I loved when I was little (and older too), but haven't had since I became vegan. Can't wait to make these! (In Danish)

Speaking of vegan treats - how about these cornflakes and chocolate treats? (In Danish)

Are you on Ello? I'm carinascraftblog overthere. Not sure what to make of it yet. I guess it would help if I actually followed people.. Do say hello 'ello if you use it!

How to make last names plural. Hint: it's not difficult. ;-)

I donated to the Wikipedia Foundation. I use Wikipedia ALL THE TIME. It was about time I made a contribution. I don't want to see ads on Wikipedia. Help keep it free and ad free by donating too.

This Cheesy Chickpea Omelet sounds delicious. Minus the mushrooms. I believe that mushrooms, like bananas, are evil. ;-)


*Amazon UK affiliate link, yo.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Starry sky in Århus

Århus julelys på Strøget
When we were in Denmark last month I was happy that we just manged to go and check out the traditional 'starry sky' Christmas decoration in the main shopping (and pedestrian) street. It's about half a mile of street covered with these lights. Some of them twinkle and it's quite lovely on a dark winter afternoon and evening. It gets dark early in Denmark!

Århus julelys på Strøget

Århus julelys på Strøget

Århus julelys på Strøget
One of the department stores is always decorated with these big hearts. In a way, I don't really like them, but they are very festive and it would be strange if they weren't there.

Århus julelys på Strøget
Not actually Christmas lights, but I like the glow of the neon sign on this sewing machine shop. It has been there for decades. In a pretty prime location, so I guess sewing machine sales are fairly steady. ;-)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What happens in Alphabet Motif Club...

Alphabet Motif Club - bunting project
You know what, that VATMESS things has really zapped a lot of energy lately. I feel like I've not really made anything creative and can someone please tell me where my Christmas cheer is? Humbug.

But I *have* made something creative. Although, I guess the reason I don't categorise it as such is because it's 'for work'. The last project for the Alphabet Motif Club. Wow, the past three months have just whooshed by! There is only one week left of the club - no prizes for guessing which two letters will be sent out next Monday. ;-)

So to celebrate that I actually have made something creative, you can save 10% off the Alphabet Motif Club until December 21 as well if you want to just make into the club. Use the same code: VATMESS.

I'm really happy with that bunting. I wanted to make it a little bit different and I think it works well to 'frame' the letters with pretty fabrics. Pretty fabrics make everything better, right? :-)


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Languages I can read: Danish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch.
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