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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFaktisk var dette tæppe årets allerførste færdige projekt, da jeg brugte tre aftener af den første uge på at sy den ombukkede kant ned i hånden. Jeg har altid beundret den finish, det giver et tæppe, at der er sådan en usynlig søm på den ombukkede kant, men hold da helt fast, hvor tager det også lang tid at sy i hånden.

This blanket was actually the first finished project of 2013, as I spent 3 evenings during the first week to sew down the binding by hand. I have always admired the finished look bindings give blankets, especially if they are sewn down “invisible”, but oh my, it does take quite some time to do it by hand.

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Jeg startede tæppet som et sy-sammen med Ulla. Vi byttede også lidt stof, så nogle af felterne kommer fra hendes lager. Andre er ældre sager fra lageret eller souvenirs fra rejser (jeg er vel ikke den eneste, der køber patchwork stof som souvenirs?) og så er der en del, som er købt specielt til tæppet i min yndlingsstofpusher Speich Design, bl.a. det dejlige stof med køretøjer til bagsiden og de gode striber til kanten.

I started the blanket as part of a sew-along with Ulla. We also swapped a bit of fabric, so some of the blocks have origins in her stash. Other parts are oldies from my own stash, or souvenirs from travels (I am not alone in buying patchwork fabric as holiday souvenirs, am I?), and then there are quite a bit, which were bought especially for this blanket, among these the lovely piece with vehicles for the back and the stripes for the binding.

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Ulla blev færdig temmelig lang tid før mig, og hun spillede også en ret stor rolle i færdiggørelsen af dette tæppe. Hun så nemlig mine overvejelser om, hvordan jeg skulle klare at quilte det (det er temmelig stort og min symaskine er temmelig lille). Jeg, MM og tæppet blev derfor inviteret på lege-besøg, hvor hendes DM og min MM legede med børnelegetøj, mens jeg lånte Ullas voksenlegetøj (jeg MÅ have en ny symaskine snart).

Ulla finished her blanket a long time before I finished mine, and she actually also played a major part in the finish of this one. She read my lamentations on how on earth I’d be able to quilt this beast (it’s rather big and my sewing machin is rather small). I, MM and the blanket were invited for a play-date, where her DM and my MM played with children toys, while I played with Ulla’s crafty toys (I really got to get a new machine SOON).

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Tæppet består af 35 blokke på 25x25cm, i en forskudt orientering. Der er quiltet rammer rundt om blokkene og inde i blokkene, så de følger mønsterstoffet. MM er meget glad for det og stolt over, at det er hans tæppe. Det bliver forhåbentlig ved med at kunne bruges en del år endnu, men under alle omstændigheder er jeg vildt stolt over at have færdiggjort (med en del hjælp) mit allerførste store quiltede, patchworktæppe. Tak for legen, Ulla!

The blanket consists of 35 blocks of 25x25cm in a brickwork orientation. I have quilted frames around the “picture” parts and also inside them. MM is very happy with it and quite proud of the fact that it is his blanket. I just hope he keeps on liking it and that it will be used for many years to come. But nomatter what, I’m just unreasonably proud of having finished (with quite a bit of help) my very first big quilted, patchwork blanket. Thanks for the help and the fun, Ulla.

Jeg er lidt bagefter den kære Strikkeforsker i vores “I Spy” sy sammen. Men det gode ved sådanne fællesskabprojekter (såsom broderede julekalender, for nu at nævne en anden) er, at det er vældig motiverende at se andres projekter, for så får man skub i sine egne.

I’m a wee bit behind the wonderful Strikkeforsker in our informal “I Spy” sew along. But the good thing with such alongs is that it is very motivating to see other’s projects. It makes me pull my stuff together and get on with my own.

Weekenden har stået i syningens tegn. Først fik jeg syet de sidste bukser til MM færdig (mere om dem i en anden post) og derefter fik jeg skåret alle stykkerne til MMs tæppe (LBs tæppe er stadig kun en overside). Søndag syede jeg så alle stykkerne sammen. Det er blevet godt stort og bør kunne holde i mange år, hvis ellers drengen bliver ved med at synes, at motiverne er seje nok. Der er en skøn blanding af superhelte, køretøjer og dyr, og et par enkelte andre blokke for moderens fornøjelse og farvesans.

This weekend has been about the sewing. First I managed to finish the two pairs of pants for MM, which have been lying around (more about them in another post), and then I got all the pieces cut for MM’s blanket (LB’s blanket is still only a top). Sunday I then sewed all the pieces together. The top is rather big and should keep him happy for many years, that is, if the boy don’t grow tired of the fabrics. There is a happy mix of super heroes, vehicles and animals, and a couple of random blocks to amuse the mother and her sense of colour.

Jeg er rigtig glad for, at jeg valgte at ramme alle motivstofferne ind i blåt. Det giver et dejlig roligt samlet indtryk og et håb om længere holdbarhed. Jeg overvejer, om der skal en blå kant på hele vejen rundt, men er ikke sikker endnu, det er ligesom rimelig stort i forvejen (125 cm x 175 cm). På den anden side ville det give en flot finish. Jeg har planer om at quilte “rammer” rundt om motivstofferne, men først skal jeg have lavet bagsider til begge tæpper.

I am really happy with my decision to frame the “pictures” in the blue fabric. It gives the top a really nice and calm expression and a hope of a longer time pleasing the lad. I am considering to add a frame of blue around the whole top, but am not certain yet, as the top is rather big as it is (125 cm x 175 cm). On the other hand, it would give a lovely finish. I am planning to quilt “frames” around the printed fabrics, but first I need to make backings for both blankets.

Ulla og jeg har fostret en lille sy-sammen. Vi har nemlig begge planer om at lave en “I spy” quilt til børneværelset, og så kunne vi jo passende se, om ikke også andre kunne tænke sig at sy med rundt omkring i blogland. Hvis I har lyst til at sy med, så smid en kommentar, så holder jeg styr på tropperne. Deadline er ikke et ord, vi bryder os om, men mon ikke, de er færdige i løbet af efteråret. Jeg sigter i hvert fald efter, at tæppet er færdigt inden november.

Ulla and I have made plans for a little sew-along. Both of us wanted to make an “I spy” for our kids, so we thought why not see if there are others, who would like to sew along with us here in the land of the blogs. If you would like to join us, leave a comment on this post, and I will keep track of the troops. Deadline isn’t a word used frequently by either of us with regard to craft, but a goal is probably to have them finished sometime during the fall. My own semi-official mission is to finish the quilt by November.

Min, eller rettere MMs, version af “I spy” kommer til at have en masse maskiner, superhelte, rumraketter og andet godt ifølge den herboende næsten-4-årige. Så vil jeg så prøve at sørge for, at det hele kommer til at se ud på en måde, der også kunne passe ham, når han er blevet lidt ældre. Ellers må lillebror jo arve til den tid. I hvert fald har jeg skrabet en masse godt stof sammen og regner med at klippe løs i løbet af denne weekend.

Billedet er et nærbillede af LBs “I spy” tæppe med dyretema. Eller rettere topstykket af tæppet, for der er stadig ikke gjort noget ved hverken mellemlæg eller bagstykke. Akkeja, det bliver så nok heller ikke i denne weekend, men mon ikke det kommer.

My, or rather MM’s, version of “I spy” will feature machines, super heroes, space crafts, and other good things to talk about according to the recident almost-4-year-old. My task is then to try to assure that the final look is calm enough to last him a bit longer than the current machine-obsessed age. If not, I guess the little brother will have a new old quilt at that time. In any case, I’ve collected a good pile of fabric and have plans to cut it during this weekend.

The picture is a close up of LB’s “I spy” quilt with an animal theme. Or rather, it’s a close up of the quilt top, since I’ve still not managed to figure out what to do for a backing. Oh well, I guess it won’t be this weekend either, but somehow, sometime it will get done.

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