Girl's tunic

I finished a tunic for Frida last night. I actually started it Saturday, when I met up with two good friends for an afternoon of sewing. Surprisingly, I didn’t get any sewing done that day, because we spent hours chatting away. I did look at loads of patterns, though, and when I left in the evening, I had this one traced and cut. The fabric is from Stof og Stil, and the pattern is the Danish SYmagasin from March 2010. The style is very similar to the Forest Dress that I made last year, and Frida loves that dress. This one however is gathered instead of pleated, and it has ties in the front instead of buttons in the back. And it’s a tunic, not a dress – but that could easily be changed, if you want to. I love this one – pattern, fabric, the lot. If I were to make it again, I would make the ties slightly narrower  - tying a bow with these is just a bit tricky, but it’ll be ok.

Girl's tunic - tie detail

Of course it has my label in the back, but I also like the fact that the label holds down the facing a little bit more than the edge stitch would. This picture below also gives you a better view of the pattern of the beautiful fabric. I just might have to get me some more of that…

Girl's tunic -  label


So, I know you have seen lots of beautiful quilts out there, but this one is my first real quilt. I made small quilts before – you’ve seen them here and here. I have been working on this one whenever I had the chance (and the energy) the last three weeks. We do have some busy days at the moment, so finding the time has been the hardest bit, but hey, it’s finished.

Scandinavian style quilt

I have the funniest little patchwork-lover in Frida. She loves everything I make in this style – I made her a hexagon patchwork pillow (also found here), and it is a clear favourite of hers. Then I made the pillows for the couch – immediate favourites. And now this quilt. Same story. She wants me to make her a twirly patchwork dress, so maybe that will be a summer project. Funny Frida.

I have been home sick for a few days, so today I took 5 minutes to take a few pictures of it – instead of cuddling up under it. I would have taken it outside to hang for you to see it clearly, but since this below is the current state of the great outdoors this spring, you will be seeing pictures from inside instead.

The state of the great outside

The quilt is 165 x 195 cm, and it’s made using 135 squares. I backed it with linen, and quilted it diagonally. I have used all kinds of fabric that I had in my stash already – Liberty, Kaffe Fassett, and several other things. I would be able to make quite a pile of these using my stash only – can you believe that? I used 505 fabric glue to assemble the layers before quilting – I read that people have different opinions on whether to use pins or glue, but the glue worked fine for me, I think.

Scandinavian style quilt

The binding is made in a floral fabric from Stof & Stil.

Binding

As mentioned, I backed the quilt with linen, and since I couldn’t get the linen wide enough for the quilt, I came up with the idea of adding a row of squares on the back as well, which I think works quite well as an extra detail.

Back of the quilt

I looked to YouTube for some help with the binding. There are lots of good tutorials on binding and mitered corners, and I actually used a combination of a few. This one is long and pedagogic (and there even is a part 1 as well), but I like the way she joins the ends after having attached it all the way around. This one is thorough but quick, but try searching and you will find a 100 more that could probably just as well be used.

Mitered corners

I considered describing my quilt making process in detail, but then I thought that so many bloggers have already done that so well. Therefore, this below is just a few pictures from the creative process. If you do want to ask me anything about techniques or something else, please feel free. :)

Steps from the process


Instagram faves

I am. Sharing my everyday life in little squares, when I feel I have something to share.

I like having these little looks into other people’s lives, and seeing things through the lens of their phone. And I like that people share in very different ways. For some, it’s close to professional quality photos, while others can be about an early morning atmosphere more than a pretty picture. Anyway, I like sharing, and if you do, you should join me – my username is connectingthedotsdk.

If you are new to Instagram, it may be a good idea to take a look at this little guide to Instaquette – The dos and donts of Instagram. There are several nice guides out there – and it makes sense to check back with them once in a while to check if you have fallen into any traps. I do.

One of the things I have been sharing lately, is this project I finished this evening, just before I put the girls to bed.

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I really like the way it turned out, and I can’t even show you now, because it’s dark, and impossible to get a nice shot. You may have to wait until the weekend, but let’s see about the light in the next few afternoons. For now, this little taste will have to do.


Never did show you how we spent our last summer vacation, did I? Now I can’t wait for summer to arrive – totally had enough of winter. Our plan is to head for the Skerry west of Sweden (sorry, it’s in Danish, but check out the pictures anyway, it’s amazing…).

It’s March 1st tomorrow, and we will have to do with the pictures from last year for a while still, so here they are:

In NemoReading on the front deckAfter bathingA quiet moment with a bookDinnerRonja rowing in LundeborgBirkholmRonja at the beachSistersOut for a rideMandala colouringAnna anchored outside FemøSunset

The rest of the pictures are right here. Summer, sun, sea, sand, swimming. Can’t wait!


Yesterday and today, we have celebrated Fastelavn (Shrovetide) across Denmark. I have mentioned this in here several times before, but in brief it’s a yearly occasion when primarily children dress up in costumes, and get together to “tilt at the cat in the barrel”, or basically they take turns to hit a suspended barrel filled with sweets and other goodies with clubs. And no, there’s not an actual cat in there.

Indian

I made the children’s costumes myself, and I wanted to show you – I think they turned out pretty good. Ronja was an American Indian (still not quite sure what to call this, to be politically correct), and Frida was a vampire princess – their own choices.

I made Ronja’s costume very much inspired by this tutorial. The fabric is faux suede, and besides this I used ribbon, feathers, and wooden beads for decoration. Mads made her a bow and arrow, which we embellished with feathers and a bead, tied on with a strip of faux suede. I made her a necklace with leather cord, to which I attached a small medallion, made with a small round Hama bead design, a piece of the feather trim I got for Frida’s dress, and two pieces of faux suede sewn together and used as backing. I glued it all together with a glue gun. I used strips of faux suede to tie in Ronja’s hair, and made an arm decoration and covers for her boots to make them look right. The face paint was pretty straight forward, but I did sponge gold coloured face paint onto her face, to give her a bit of a golden skin-feel. I don’t think I ever got around to telling you about my face painting craze, really – it escalated last year, and I love creating these small short-lived designs. Also, I am lucky enough to have girls that want me to paint them. Mads gave me a gift card for a face painting course for Christmas, which I am looking so much forward to using!

VampirePrincess

For Frida’s costume I decided to make a black tulle skirt. It was created from one of the many tutorials on how to do no-sew tulle skirts – I looked at this one. I didn’t have enough silk ribbon to add that to the skirt as well the way it has been done in the tutorial – otherwise I would have. Actually, my mom did most of the skirt, since I was running short on time, and she was visiting, but we both enjoyed the cooperation. For the corset, I found a pattern in one of my sewing magazines, SYmagasin 11/2011. It was for a dress, but I only used the top, and my mom and I worked together to create a pattern for the fabric that goes over the top of the tulle skirt. It doesn-t show so well in the pictures, but it has points in a shape that’s similar to the edge of a Batman-cape, and this part I attached to the corset. I added a feather trim that I found in STOF 2000 to the straps – the fabric is from there as well – and the ties are plain black silk ribbon. For embellishments I created a necklace from black silk ribbon with red rhinestones and tied it in a bow on the back of her neck. Frida’s pig tails are sprayed with a ton of hairspray and tied with black tulle and silk ribbon. I used the main fabric to create her diadem and glued on white rhinestones, added cardboard on the back side to give it hold, and Mads helped me spray paint a hairband black to glue it on to.

Frida’s face paint was a result of her wanting to be scary, but not too scary, and we agreed on the spiderweb combined with black and white flowers. I think she was worried that her friends wouldn’t want to play with her if she was too scary, but that seemed to work out alright.  :)

The girls both enjoyed Fastelavn this year, and Frida even won a prize for best costume among the 4 to 6 year olds. She didn’t quite get what was going on until afterwards, but the prize was a gift card for the cinema, so I think we will get a nice outing out of it. I must say, I was a proud mother, because I did spend quite some time creating that costume – as well as Ronja’s, by the way. You can see more pictures in my Flickr if you’re interested.