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Hi everyone! Hopefully you don’t have stress with your Christmas schedule and preparations! I haven’t done any so I thought I could share my earlier Christmas makings because there is still one week to bake coocies, make decorations, sew something …

Christmas decoration

Last two Christmases I have made many needle felted decorations with dog hairs. When I brush Nero and Hanna, I collect the ‘wool’ from the brush. You can make also yarn from that and my mom used to do that. I makes the most warm yarn! But to these balls now …

needle felted balls

You know my sweet Golden Retriewer friend London. When I have been taken care of her, I kept some wool to make Christmas decoration to her mom. I made something very simple and natural. Few branches from cypress, ribbon cutted from fleece, paper ‘ribbon’  and paper cord … two woollen balls … almost like snow balls …

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I add also very thin metal wire for hanging and if you like you can add beads etc. for extra festive look. Next photos show one that I have made with Nero’s wool and the materials you need (needle for needle felting and those very light balls). You can make also hearts, wreaths etc.

needle felted Christmas decoration

needle felting with dog's wool

Crochet snowflakes are different project – great one – for those you can find good tutorial from Lucy at ‘attic 24′.

Last year I made little, white Christmas tree which became very famous and loved. It is really cute and easy to make. You can read all the post where I show how I made it HERE.

small white Christmas tree

This year I have been sewing a lot, but not Christmassy things. Last year I made lots of mini-mini quilts, mug rugs, Christmas mats and tutorial how to make them.

Christmas mug rugs

One small decoration I made suddenly and with a moment’s inspiration, was this felted cover for candle glass. HERE you can see how easy it is to make.

felt cover for candle glass

And then lets start to bake … oh I can smell Christmas … my ‘must’ bakings are Ginger Coocies and Christmas Stars. I do hope I shall make them also this Christmas!

ginger coocies

Here you can see the recipe for Christmas coocies and here how to make Christmas Stars.

Christmas baking

Oh how I wish I had now those stars with my afternoon coffee! I have bought all the things I need to make them, so perhaps I shall have tomorrow baking day instead of cleaning!

Every Friday I’m happy to join linky parties at ‘Natural Suburbia’ with Linda , ‘Felicity Quilts’ with Felicity and at ‘Wisdom begins with wonder’ with Andrea! Thank you ladies for hosting lovely parties!

my sweet puppy

When I was looking for these Christmas photos I ran to one with Hanna. I just have show you her sweet face and with this Hanna’s relaxing moment, I wish you wonderful week and do try to relax even I know you are very busy! Thank you so much for visiting my little blog and for leaving always so appreciated and enjoyable comments! See you soon!

TEJE & HANNA

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Hello hello hello!!! Welcome to windy Friday on Nero’s Post and Patch! I’m happy you came because I just have to show you something I made yesterday and to tell you exiting news!

Yesterday I sold some crafts … got some new custom orders … didn’t have time to sew … and in the evening I just had to try if this idea can work. I think it works! It’s always nice to hear how people find their ideas … mine came from here: Emma’s cute jewellery at ‘Silverpebble’!

This is a double pinwheel made with knitting decorated with a little tussel and I love it … them, of course it can’t be just one alone … look also what Nelli has done to My wine barrel cover!

pinwheels with knitting

And my exiting news …

‘Fluffy Sheep Quilting’ – doesn’t that sound wonderful and inspiring?!  I have showed to you some beautiful fabrics from Cindy’s shop ‘FLUFFY SHEEP QUILTING’! Cindy writes a lovely blog ‘Fluffy Sheep Quilting’ and also she write a newsletter every month to tell us about new fabrics and she has there great tutorials! Next newsletter is coming really SOON and there is also my TUTORIAL!

fabrics from 'Fluffy Sheep Quilting'

Here is just a tiny tiny idea for you what I have made. I know you will love it! To get Cindy’s newsletter go to ‘FLUFFY SHEEP QUILTING’ homepage and submit your e-mail address. You will enjoy every letter because there is always great tutorials! From Cindy’s blog you can find all the newsletters.

I have had such a great time with this project! Cindy is so sweet and helpful friend. She gave me fabrics for this project and I really enjoyed making this tutorial for her!  I’m a big fan of her shop and soon she is going to have something I absolutely want … Helsinki … ?! can you guess?

I want to thank my dear friend Avis from ‘Oh Sew Tempting’, for checking my tutorial!

This month’s other tutorial is made by Katherine from ‘Sew Me Something Good’! I know that you will love it, too!

Thank you for your visit and always sweet comments! I’m on my way to continue these … to Christmas decorations and hopefully I get very soon ‘back bar pins’ to make brooches. I wish you wonderful weekend and now I shall give the word to Hanna …

Hi! I just wanted to mention that we have had very much conversation about the word GAB! In fact it’s me who talks a lot. Nero is good in writing to his blog but I do the talking. Ask anyone who knows me. I sing, too, but only in the shower (where I like to sleep, it’s my own, safe-corner)! Happy weekend from me too and kiss kiss kiss!

TEJE & HANNA

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Hello and Happy weekend to you! Now I can say that we have autumn and I love it! Early in the morning I woke up for the sound of the rain. Now it’s half cloudy half sunny, beautiful gentle and quiet day! Believe it or not, I’m still wearing shorts and sleevles! Yesterday I sat outside from the morning to finish the lavender sachets…

lavender sachet

First I had made simple patchwork squares and then I made some stitching on the backside. Crochet flowers I had made earlier when I thought I shall make a lamp shade with white linen and sew the flowers over it. I don’t see that’s going to happen so ‘the light switched on’ and I add the flowers to these lavender sachets! They are even made with the same ‘Perle’ n:o 8 cotton thread as I made the stitching.

Because I like these to be also decoration and like a small cushions, I filled them with pillow filling and add three spoons Cretan lavender. Closing is sewn by hand, so it’s easy to open if someone likes to fill them again or wash them.

lavender sachet

If you like to see some other crochet flowers I have made, click HERE. I still have the flower curtain in the bathroom, because I haven’t had time to make something nice enough to change it. And HERE are some other crochet flowers on Foxy’s pullover.

lavender sachet

lavender sachet

I made these lavender sachets especially for my ETSY SHOP, because soon we all are thinking about presents! Who can believe that before we even realize, it’s Christmas time?! These are so perfect gifts for everyone – beautiful, small, useful, easy to send, suitable for any age … quite cute!

etsy gift wrapp

All the items I send from my shop are gift wrapped. I enjoy making packets and gifts! As I make fabric things, I like to use fabric also on the packets. Colours and materials may vary depending my ideas! There is also a small gift card where you can write your wishes and messages.

lavender pouches

Can you pick the little bird on the stone? I used the other half of my day for photographing and writing the listings. At the end I liked mostly the olden wood base … it is the cover from the wine barrel. I like so much those old barrels and their shabby grey colour! I’m lucky to have several old barrels in my garden. That furry ball is all that there is left from the Artichoke!

lavender sachets

And now some other news:

Laura’s Blog Hop has began and there are already several guest post for that! It’s all about English Paper Piecing and travel photos – you remember! Click HERE to visit Laura’s blog and the site where you find the list for all the blogs participating! Today I saw for example beautiful Donkey cushion made by Erin at ‘Missy Mac Creations’!

‘Quilting Gallery’ has a weekly contest – as I think many of you know. This week the theme was ‘Made to little ones’ so I thought I just have to join with the ‘Baby Stars’ quilt! and I did … so please … if you like that quilt … could you please stop by and vote! There is a small change to win FABRIC! Voting is HERE - after all the quilt photos, you find the voting list and you can see also all the votes that every quilt already has. Thank you so much – I do appreciate if you have a moment for this!

patchwork stars

I want to say big thank you for all my blog friends and readers! You are so amazing and important to me! Thousands of thanks again!!! My dear blog friend Carla from ‘Grace and Favour’, sent me an e-mail yesterday to tell me that she saw my ‘Baby Stars’ quilt and voted it! Thank you so much Carla for taking the time to vote and tell me about that! Without you I might have forgot all the thing because I had so many things and projects in my mind!

I think there are enough = too many links already for your weekend, so I leave you to enjoy them and have a wonderful weekend!

TEJE

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Autumn … new beginning …

Hello my dear friends! I hope you are all fine – I have missed you! First I want to thank you so much for your touching words about Foxy! She was a special and sweet little girl and she’ll be always with us in our hearts!

I have tried to find out ‘how and what’ to write after the last post. I can’t find a good way so I just tell you this and that with some photos. Last two weeks has been unbelievable busy. There has been so much things, happenings, feelings … like a storm has passed! Now I’m thinking did all this really happen only in two weeks!

I had a great plan to show you some sneakies before … for example ‘Something blue’! I started to make a bag … but never had time to finish it and still only the front piece is ready …

My hb had a terrible stomach illness and few nights we didn’t sleep much. Unfortunately also two friends catched it.

We had many dear friends with us – greek and finnish – some of them we hadn’t seen for a long time and there was not enough time to speak all the news. With some friends we found some moments to sit and talk …

I wasn’t sure if I can find something I like to wear, so I started to make linen flowers … just a dream to make a cloth ! … when ? …

When I thought I’m shopping shoes with my friend … I was making this for Foxy …

I had lots of plans for decorations … I managed to make some small gifts …

… for our wedding !!!!

Mr. and Mrs.!!! We had a small wedding among few friends and dinner at our garden … after being together 20 years!

… so you can understand that all the feelings has been around here these last two weeks … hapiness and sadness, laugh and tears, meeting again and missing again, surprises and frustrations, exitment and exhaustion, sunshine and clouds …

Today is a lovely, calm autumn day … clouds, soft cool wind, quiet sunday … good day to think … to put everything in order in my mind … and to have a moment to realize that I am very happy and lucky wife!

TEJE

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Hello my Dear Friends!

felt cover for candle glass

Today I show you how I made this easy cube from felt. This is very easy and quick project! Don’t worry, you don’t need to felt. This material is not wool but something synthetic and you can buy ready sheets in many colours. I happened to have dark brown and it’s good colour because I got the idea from here …

First I cut 4 squares 4″ x 4″ and then I drew stars and hearts on them …

When you start to cut the figures, you may need small scissors to make the first hole.

After cutting the pieces decorate them by stitching or something else – use your imagination!

When you have the four ‘walls’ finished, sew them together keeping the shape of cube. If you like you can add also bottom to make a box.

I wish I had this material also in white because it would be so beautiful with red stitching and some red wooden beads! Go to see also what my dear Finnish friend Mia has made for her candle glasses! Oh, so beautiful – at ‘HandmadebyMia’!

And here it is ready with the candle glass! I think it’s quite nice! That photo which gave me this idea is from the Country Homes & Interiors. Last week I was lucky to get all these great magazines !

If you like to get new recipes for your Christmas baking, you find my Finnish Christmas coocies from this post, Christmas Stars from here and Finnish cinnamon buns from here! I have add also buttons to my side list for a while. Have fun and enjoy!

Finnish Christmas coocies

Have you ever done paper stars? I haven’t but I like them very much and always wanted to try. Now I found very good tutorial! It’s super simple and easy to follow! Visit ‘Annakata’ to read her tutorial!

I wish you wonderful week with your last Christmas preparations! Enjoy and have fun - no stress!

Thank you for your visit and your sweet comments! See you soon!

TEJE

Christmas wishes from fabric

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Hello and welcome! I hope you are fine and not too busy with all the Christmas things! Once again it is beautiful, sunny day with bright blue sky, but from the weekend we are going to have a cold winter!

quilt blocks with fish

I have put aside all the Christmas sewings and I continue to make fish blocks to my dream quilt. Some change has happened and I think I will fix the blocks like this. I like the repeating pattern and to get nice colour change in the edges, I made every second row to swim to the right and every second to the left ( up and down).

This quilt takes much more time than the earlier quilt with hexagons which I made suprisingly quickly. I have made lots of blocks for this but I think I need still quite many. I am hoping to quilt this during the Christmas … we’ll see it that happens.

In the beginning I made also white fishes, but now I’m not sure if I use them with this quilt. Perhaps I make a pillow with them.

If you are sewing, quilting and like to make ornaments with fabric, you should visit this lovely blog ‘No Chicken Spring’! Debbie has made  some really beautiful ornaments using an old quilt! Her idea is fantastic and the result just adorable! I made some experiment with my materials but that didn’t work as I wanted. Next year I will make ornaments like Debbie!

Yesterday I was so happy to receive a letter from my artist friend from Finland! And what I found … an amazing potholder!

Hanna as a sweet girl, was smelling the rosies but Nero were more interested about the potholder. Perhaps he smelled the cocker spaniel, my friend has. That ‘spot’ down left is from Nero’s wet nose.

I love this potholder which I will hang to my kitchen and it will never touch a pot! This is also so great idea – wonderful linen fabric, lovely lace and so cute sheep with her baby!

Do you love to knit scarfs, shawls shawlettes … perhaps you love also mouses?! If so – you need to visit this lovely blog ‘Flowermouse Design! This link goes to the post with scarfs and shawls, but look more around – you will find inspiration!

I have been writing comments like grazy these few last evenings – hoping to win fabris! I wish you Good Luck, if you have done the same! There is still time to enter to the give aways – buttons are up on my sidelist and in my previous post.

I want to thank you for your visits and your sweet and unique comments! You are just so amazing and supporting! Yesterday site views of Nero’s Post reached an unbelievable number 40.000! That looks so wonderful because it means that we have managed with Nero, to give you enjoyable moments! I thank you from my heart and send kisses to all of you and Nero send his big, furry hugs!

Yours TEJE & NERO

PS. I’m not very good in the a kitchen, but this turkey with potatoes and carrots I want to make!!!

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HAPPY DECEMBER!

This is the Christmas month – wow! Can you believe that Christmas is already behind the corner and the next month is also next year?!

I had a ‘half idea’ in my mind for something and yesterday when knitting a sock I had some materials front of me to find a way to carry out the small Christmas tree.

Today we had a beautiful, sunny day and I was enjoying my tree-project outside! I like to share with you how I made this tree and what materials you can use.

My idea began from fleece stripes. They were left overs from my latest quilt and I almost throw them away! But at last minute I saw how cute they were and luckily kept them.

For the base of the tree I was thinking to use the conical base from yarn. But just when I was starting I saw the paper tree that I made last year from an old book and didn’t want to keep anymore. So that was the perfect base! Look HERE how to make a paper tree. You can make the base also very easily with paper board.

Here you see what you need – quite simple. I didn’t even use any clue. Fleece is an easy material because it stays well where you put it. But if you think you like to touch and move your tree often, it’s better you use clue to make it more strong and steady.

I catched the beginning like this with a paper clip and then started to roll the fleece stripe over the base. I hade two stripes (2 x 130 cm) and when I continued with the second stripe, I catched it again like this …

When I had covered all the base I closed the top with few stitches …

For the decoration I found felted balls I made last year. I sew them only with some simple stitches, because I may need them again for some other project.

For the decoration – use your imagination! What about pearls, special efect yarn, tiny tassels, tiny felted stars … I think I need to make more trees!

Small white Christmas tree

I want you to see also THESE TREES! This is my next tree-project! So adorable and easy to make! They are made with felt pieces but don’t worry you don’t need to felt. Just use that lovely – too small pullover you washed wrongly and felted – and you will have a beautiful and unique decoration!

I’m linking at ‘My Creative Space’, ‘Fiber Arts Friday’, ‘Creative Friday’, ‘Fibers on Friday’ , ‘Finished it Friday’ and ‘Link Your Stuff’!

Have fun and enjoy this creative season! Thank you for your visit and your always sweet, encouraging comments!

TEJE

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… I guess I did, even I had planned something else …

Many days I had a pillow in my mind. With a pocket. But where were my pockets? Finally I found them and started to puzzle with the fabics.

First I coloured my canvas and still didn’t know what else to ‘paint’ there …

Some stitching for sure … some raw edge applique which I love to do! You see I found my small coocie cutters, too (I had lost the smallest)! I tell you later where they were.

And in the middle … what … it needs something.

Nelli: No, not that stupid ribbon! You have to think something better!

… she was right and later I found the tree and we were both happy with that!

So now I guess you can see that this one just didn’t like to fit in the measurements of a pillow but to be a small wall quilt with free size! I gave up and let it be a Christmas wall quilt.

The truth is that I hadn’t planned to make any Christmas quilt, not big, not small.  28.11 – 2.12 there is a Christmas Quilt Show at Sewcalgal - so now I can join it!

This is quite small quilt – 19,5″ x 18,5″ (49 x 47 cm), but still looks fun folded like a big quilt!

And the pocket, you ask … the pocket is really important when waiting the Christmas …

There is hidden the small suprise, present, sweet … perhaps for each day in December till Santa Claus finally arrives!

Often my works find they way during the process and I don’t know in the beginning how they exactly will be … all the time new ideas … sometimes not enough and sometimes too many.

Could you believe that yesterday I had to take out my Christmas decorations?! I had lost the smallest coocie moulds and just couldn’t remember where I had used them last time. I missed them from the day I started those small Christmas quilts! And then one evening I knew where they are …

Last year I made these crochet decorations …

We have had many rainy and really cold days (for this time of the year) and also internet had now and then problems. Today it’s better and Nero and the girls were so happy to run and play outside!

Thank you for your visit and I hope you don’t feel too cold! I’m so happy to hear from you and always enjoy reading your sweet comments – thank you for taking the moment for writing!

TEJE

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Hello my Dear Friends! I’m happy to see you and hope you are fine!

I have made my first Christmas sewing – a small Christmas mat! This kind of tiny quilts are so fun to make! I want to show you how I made this because this is just the perfect project even you haven’t done any other patchwork yet!

SMALL CHRISTMAS MAT

First I make the base and here it is about 16 x 16 cm.

Then I cut from the border fabric 5 cm stripes and sew them around the center piece.

Then I cut the horse and the star. You can draw them by yourself or using the coocie bolds. Cut the backing fabric and fleece for wadding. (You can use any wadding you like).

If you like to add a label or perhaps one more star on the back side, do it now. Remember to mark where you are going to stitch/quilt not to stitch over the label.

Now the ‘quilt sandwich’ is ready. There is the backing fabric, then the wadding and on the top the patchwork piece like this …

Put pins around your work to keep all the pieces together. Now I sew the star and the snow. I use mostly white thread, so first I sew everywhere I need white thread.

Use quite small zik-zak for the star and sew some free lines for the snow.

Now I change to red thread and sew the horse.

Then I trim the edges staight and cut about 8 cm wide stripe for the binding. I fold and iron it.

In this work I pin the binding on the right side, raw edges together like this …

If you like to see more detail photos how to sew the binding, look my BABY QUILT 2. TUTORIAL. Notice that there I have sewn the binding first to the back side and then hand stitched it on the front side!

After sewing the binding on the rigth side, it looks like this. Then I turn it to the back side, pin and sew around. I stitched also one line around the green border.

I’m really fond of this cute tiny quilt! It has Christmas feeling but can be used also any time of the year.

Hmmm … where to use this? Here are my thoughts : mug rug for a coffee/tea cup or for a Christmas drink. This would be beautiful with the glass of ‘glogi’ = hot, spicy wine-juice drink which is so lovely during the Christmas time! A small mat for a side table, for a candle or for a tv-control. Wall decoration – add small ribbon with the safety pin on the back side for hanging. Christmas card and potholder. I would be happy to hear if you find more ways to use tiny quilts!

It’s too months till the Christmas – enough time to make lots of wonderful decorations and presents!

Thank you for your visit, I’m so happy you stopped by! I hope I gave you inspiration to start your Christmas preparations and hopefully I woked your interest if you haven’t  made patchwork yet! I am more than happy to answer if you have any questions about this small Christmas mat tutorial!

TEJE

Hey ! Could we have those bisquits now! Pleeeease!

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Hello my sweet friends and readers! I hope you are fine and enjoying your summer – hopefully with sunshine and lovely weather! Today my post is full of  HOT SUMMER and SUNSHINE and lots of photos!

A while ago I wanted to make a sun with some triangles I had already cut and made squares.

As known, numbers are not my friends and I don’t like measuring, so I thought it goes better if I sew first the patches around the centre and then count the piece for the centre. Like this …

Now it is easy to cut the right size pieces for the center and the corners.

The SUNSTAR is ready and it’s time to continue with the borders. I used different orange and red colours to have the feeling of hot sun and summer!

When I was taking these photos, I had just got a lovely present! This amazing beautiful jewellery is from our dear friends from Athens who visited us here in Crete. Thank you again – this is my favourite!

Here you see that I have cut a circle for the center of the sun. But – before sewing and quilting this, we need to prepare the backing. Now it’s also good moment to make the label. I sew these three patches to the back fabric. I wrote with a pen the text and stitched the letters by hand.

Now we can put the quilt top and the backing together. With this quilt I didn’t use wadding because I didn’t want it too fat. I wanted this quilt to be a wall hanging but also possible to be used as a table cloth. So I have put only a small amount wadding to the center to make the round quilting more visible.

This is one of my favourite parts – stitching and quilting ! Now you can use all your imagination!

After the stitching, it’s time to make the binding. It is going to be the frame for the wall hanging quilt. For these strong colours I wanted strong binding, too and even I’m not fan of black, I felt that it was good colour for this.

I had some black/white Marimekko’s firm fabric and chose it for the binging. My dear aunt and friend has inspired and helpped me to start patchworks and quilting. From her I have learnt to begin the binding from the back side. So first I sew the binding to the back side (right side of the binding against the right side of the backing) and then I turn it to the front side. Like this you can have the stitching more easily good on the front side.

I try to collect selvages because I have seen so great patchworks made with them. My dear blog friend Riel makes amazing quilts using selvages! Marimekko’s fabrics has lovely names – this one is ‘Orchestra’.

When making the binding, it’s good to think how you want to hang your wall quilt. I have learnt two ways. The other one is to leave the binding open from two up corners for the wood, like this …

The other good way is to make triangles in the up corners. This is good for small wall hangings but if you make bigger it’s better to use other method. I saw this idea for the corners somewhere in the internet – but I’m so sorry, can’t find it now. Please excuse me not linking to the lady who showed this great way to hang a quilt!

I have made two almost similar quilts. The stitching is a little bit different. The other one has flyied to my sister to remind her about summer and hot sun during the English rainy winter and the other one flyied to dear friend to an other Mediterranean country to remind about the Greek summer.

I enter this ‘SUMMER’ quilt in the ‘Summer Fair’ Quilt & Recipe Show that ‘Gen X Quilters’ is hosting. Visit to see all the other entries – beautiful quilts and delicious recipies!

I hope you had time and patience to read all this long post! My computer has fever after being so busy! I enjoyed and had fun making these quilts and I’m sure there is going to be more – already I have lots of ideas! I hope that these photos helpped if you haven’t done something like this before and gave you inspiration to start!

Thank you for your visit and for all the lovely messages I get from you!  I send you lots of SUNSHINE and I hope you have a looooong summer with great weather!!!

TEJE

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