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The brown truck just dropped this off

Scandinavian Needlecraft

I have always loved this style of craftsmanship!  And this book, by Clare Youngs and published by CICO books in 2010,  does not disappoint. From the projects to the instructions and from the aesthetics to the photography – it’s an all around keeper:)


Nico’s ABC’s (or Max’s or Sarah’s…..)

I started this quilt before the twins were born and actually managed to finish it when they were about 4 or 5 months old.

I love this quilt, and apparently, so does Max! He always crawls over to it and 'pets' the Zebra!

I used a few different methods of applique on this one. Some is freezer paper that was sewn down with the shapes and then removed from the back afterwards. Some was done with freezer paper templates that were removed prior to sewing. And yet some more was done with fusible web. It all depended on what the design called for…

Here is the whole quilt:

Some close ups of the applique:

This one was tough to get 'back together again' after all the pieces were prepared.

Can you say tiny circles??

Hand stitched the face – but loved the ease of straight line sewing on the one!

Oh, and all the letters have an appliqued upper case and an embroidered lower case.

The Doll had lots of little pieces…

Max's Favorite!

I quilted this 'block by block' which is why the quilting doesn't always line up, but I still love it! The back of the quilt is made up of big blocks. I chose the colors depending on the color of the letter on the front, except the Zebra, that one is black.

Sorry I don't have better pics of the back, but it was already hung!

No podcast – but some goodness at least

Sorry no podcast this weekend, I have been a crazy lady trying to go through all our stuff (ok I started with MY craft stuff) but it’s taking forever and then the babies nap (which is very good) but they use the ipod to listen to stimulating music (??) on the ipod I use to record… so no luck Charlie.

My first foray into the world of Flickr mosaics.  These are currently in my favorites and aren’t they just awesome? 

I can’t make the @#$@#$$@#  stupid underlining stop!!


1. green rabbit and carrot – pincushion, 2. Russian Doll Cushion, 3. 4.5 inch owl prototype, 4. blue ninepatch baby quilt full view, 5. retro 50s doll quilt, 6. stichettes-1, 7. ami_bird03, 8. hexapplique-1, 9. Ocean Wall Hanging – crab!

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I love this embroidery of the alphabet.  I made it while I was pregnant and it hangs on (one of) the babies nursery doors.  I used crayons to color in the images and then stitched away…  Ahhh – back when I wasn’t so exhausted after dinner and had a little something left in the way of energy.

Alphabet3 Alphabet2  Alphabet1