Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Little been done....

I'm quite sure all of you have heard about the tragedy in Norway; the car bomb blast in the centre of Oslo and the shooting of teenagers at the Labour Party's annual youth camp on an island just outside Oslo. I've been glued to the TV and reading newspapers since it happened Friday 22nd afternoon. It is difficult to take in the scale of what has happened and over the weekend I have felt kind of numb, unable to do much, thinking of the horror stories from some of those who survived. 76 people died and still people missing after the blast in Oslo as well as at the island...
Rose procession at the City Hall/Oslo - said to be 200 000 people in grief and solidarity.

Photo: Scanpix/Aftenposten

It's so touching to see the carpet of flowers outside Oslo Cathedral, Norwegians and people from other countries showing their solidarity and grieving together with us. I didn't know it was going to be that hard for me to be away from Norway, but I wish I could have been there to add flowers too... With 10000 km/6200 miles apart, that's not possible. 
My heart goes out to the Norwegian people; across the miles, you all are in my thoughts! 

Photo: Eirik Helland Urke/Dagbladet

Marked deep into my soul of what has happened, I haven't been able to do much over the weekend. Last week I decided to get a UFO - Easter wall hanging - out from the shelf... I was worried - lol - because it was the umpteenth time I got it out, trying to figure out a solution for the border around the center panel... Since this UFO has been sleeping on the shelf for at least 2 years - or perhaps 3 years - I can't remember exactly, I refused to put it back again! :)
Here's a sneak peak from from the wall hanging's center panel.

 While trying to figure out a border, I worked on a table topper, using the same fabrics. The latter was supposed to be a table runner, but wasn't satisfied after doing the center. Therefore I added fabric to the longest sides and worked it into a table topper. I have left to choose/find backing for both.

I've finished four more mug rugs. Indeed, making mug rugs is addictive! :)

Life goes into normal again and today I started working on something I have wanted to do for a very long time..... More about that in another post! :)



Elzaan said...

Dear Astrid. I am sure your heart is in pieces after Friday's news. My heart goes out to you!
How big is the center piece? I might be able to help - if it is not too big.
Lovely mug rugs. You are on a roll with those!!!

karenfae said...

it is such a terrible waste of life - I can never understand how a person can kill so many for there own sick reason.

QuiltSue said...

I am thinking of all Norwegians at this time, it must be so hard for everyone to believe what has happened.

I love your mug rugs - they are just great

Notjustnat said...

Astrid, I'm so sorry for what happened in Norway. All the young lives loss for no good reason. My heart goes out to everyone in Norway.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I was so sad to hear about the tragic events in Norway...just such a shock!!!
You get the cutest fabric Astrid...just gorgeous!!! Dzintra

PJs Lapperier. said...

Så fina muggmattor du sytt.

Bev C said...

Hello Astrid,

Prayer and Love to all those in Norway. This sea of flowers reminded me of when Princess Diana passed away.
Love your mug mats and good luck with your UFO.
Happy days.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Astrid...I had that fabric inmy cool was that...I bought it a while ago and it fitted perfectly...Happy weekend to you...Dzintra