How lucky I was to be invited to be one of the tutors for the inaugral Norsk Quilte Festival in Oslo along with Camille Roskelley, Sue Daley, Jo Morton, Masako Wakayama, Buggy Barn represented by Jennifer Keltner and many wonderful Norwegian designers whose work was very beautiful.
The man hole covers in Oslo are lovely, it shows St. Hallvard who is the patron Saint of Oslo....for some reason it made me think of the Starbucks logo, which when you look at the two together are nothing like the same! I dont drink coffee so its not that go to Starbucks that often, there was just something about the two images that made me think twice.
The colours of the buildings here in Oslo are lovely.
Vince and I walked up to the Ahershus Fortress an imposing medieval castle with a wonderful view across the city and far out into the fiord.
I had three wonderful days of workshops, where I got to meeto so many talented ladies. We had such fun together, on day one we made a start on the Hexagon Sewing bag.
Here we are peering at our accoumplishments for the day.....Mrs Hens Needlecase one of my new designs.
Day three and here are some of my students checking out todays project ' Christmas Friends'.
Here are just 3 of the 30 reindeer blocks that were worked on during the day! I love the cotton batting snowflakes that some of the ladies did instead of Colonial knots. If you dont know how to do a Colonial knot then I have added a little video I will show you how to the end of this post.
At the Norsk Quilte Festival there was a shopping mall where lots of Norwegian shops had booths selling fabrics/patterns and notions.....I may have bought a few things!
There was a lovely exhibition of quilts. This was my favourite quilt, made by Hanne, the blocks in the quilt are from a book by Liz Lois, called Nearly Insane! The blocks are tiny and Hanne has made it so beautifully, visit Hanne's blog to be inspired by her other creations.
This gorgeous quilt is from a Di Ford pattern, its on my 'when I retire' make it list!!
I met up with so many friends, here I am with Jo Morton who was also a tutor here in Oslo.
Here I am with Masako from Crib Quilts whom I get to see along with her lovely daughter Amy in Tokyo every January and my lovely translator Rebecca whom I had met previously 5 years ago when she attended my class here in Oslo (which I just discovered was her first ever class).
While I was having fun with all the ladies in my workshops, Vince borrowed a bike and was enjoying exploring the beautiful countryside around the airport in Oslo. This photo which he took on his phone would make a wonderful jigsaw puzzle. Does anyone know if you can get such things made from your own photos?
As you know I love barns and he saw this lovely one, wonderful colouring.
And beehives.....another of my favourites. Isnt it great how these are on a trailer making them easy to move from one location to the next.
To finish, here are some of us at the 'last breakfast' together hoping to make waffles....no waffle making ingredients only the machine....we decided to form a waffle group (see our secret hand signal) and of course we are all wearing the adorable ring pin cushions which the lovely ladies Jina and Cindy from Riley Blake had made for us all....thanks ladies I really enjoyed your company and being a part of the waffle group!
Well its time for me to finish for today, I have lots more pictures to show you from my visit to Norway....back soon....