Norway: Teaching

I found a minute this morning in the midst of insane Market prep [ can't imagine that you all don't get tired of us all complaining about market prep!- so sorry about that :-)], to start going through all my fun photos from my time in Norway and England at the end of last month. Although it was barely over 2 weeks ago, it feels like its been forever since I was there. Another world I guess.

I had the honor of travelling to Oslo and Sarpsborg, Norway to lecture and teach classes at the annual Norwegian Quilt Association Meeting. The ladies were delightful and well versed in English [thank goodness] and received me with such graciousness that I am finding myself wanting to go back again soon!

I lectured and presented quilts and also taught several classes, including Jelly Girl, Papillion, Jelly & Jam and Jelly Stars. Do you notice a theme? Yes, the focus of the entire meeting was, you guessed it, Jelly Rolls. We sure did have a wonderful time with those little rolls!

Below are just a couple simple shots from my classes and several other projects that I spotted from the vendors at the show that were made from our patterns or fabrics.  

More scenery photos to come in a few….

Sarpsorg collage

Can you see the stitching around the blocks? All done on a Bernina Embroidery machine!!


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  1. Jance | 9th Apr 13

    Beautiful! Is that quilting done by hand? Love those colors.

  2. Nicola | 10th Apr 13

    I have just finished quilting a Jelly Girl: such a lovely pattern, would love to make another. And I can quite understand why you wantbt go back to Norway. I travelled there as a student and was absolutely smitten: beautiful country and the loveliest people!! xx

  3. mari elena | 10th Apr 13

    Oh wow what a beautiful quilting, you are soo lucky

  4. | 10th Apr 13

    WOW!!!! NEXT time you go, IF you need someone to carry your luggage, call ME!!!!! joe

  5. Josefina | 10th Apr 13

    What beautiful dresden plates, and the quilting is perfect for the quilt. I have always wondered if one quilts over the dresden plate or not. Would it look terrible if it was quilted? You are so lucky to be given the opportunity to travel overseas to teach and share quilting. Oh and its okay to moan and groan about the quilt market, that’s what the blog is for. I don’t mind it at all. I am looking forward to the scenic photos from your trip.

  6. Helen LeBrett | 10th Apr 13

    Love the pictures, especially the quilting around the dresden plates! And someday I’d love to be at market, but it’s okay to moan: I’m sure there’s a terrific amount of work that goes into getting ready!!! GOOD LUCK and have a great week!! Hugs, Helen in Healdsburg

  7. Joanna | 10th Apr 13

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Jance submitted a comment on Norway: Teaching

    The quilting was all done on a regular Bernina and the dealer was showing how to do it. It was quite lovely!

  8. Joanna | 10th Apr 13

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Nicola submitted a comment on Norway: Teaching

    Cant wait to see your Jelly Girl and you are absolutely right about Norway and the Norwegians. Lovely all around.


  9. Joanna | 10th Apr 13

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Josefina submitted a comment on Norway: Teaching

    Yes, that quilt was absolutely lovely. I think it might look stange to have the Dresdens completely quilted over but each blade could definitely be outlined?

    Thanks for listening to the Market complaining :-)….

    More photos soon!


  10. Joanna | 10th Apr 13

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Helen LeBrett submitted a comment on Norway: Teaching

    Thanks Helen-

    And especially thanks for giving me a bit of permission to complain about Market… at least just a bit!


  11. Sharon | 12th Apr 13

    Are you going to publish a book showing how to use jelly rolls in quilt design?

  12. Joanna | 12th Apr 13

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Sharon submitted a comment on Norway: Teaching

    We have dozens of patterns to teach folks to use jelly rolls! Our books are more general interest.

    Thanks so much,

  13. Eva Hveding | 15th Apr 13

    Hi Joanna,
    Marit who made this beautiful Dresden quilt is our blogger, Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff. Marit have made the quilt on Husqvarna Viking Embroidery machin, Disigner Diamond de luxe!
    So its not made on Bernina.
    Best regards Eva

  14. Joanna | 15th Apr 13

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Eva Hveding submitted a comment on Norway: Teaching

    So sorry for the error!


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