October 05, 2013

(Big) City Girl - representing Ålesund, Norway

Welcome to my corner of the world! The city I am representing today is small, just like my country. You may not have heard of it, but when you see these photos of my city (Ålesund, Norway) you will see it is well worth a visit!

The city is located on the west coast of Norway and has beautiful architecture! The city burned down in 1904 and was rebuilt all in the Art Nouveau style - so cool! I don't live there anymore, but my mother does so some times I get to visit.
Ålesund Architecture Mosaic

Just look at these amazing details!
Ålesund Details Mosaic

And as you can see, the details are quite organic and not easy to translate to quilting patterns:) But I have tried and made a loose interpretation of one of the sunflower designs - looking something like this:
Art Nouveau Sunflower V2

TUTORIAL - Art Nouveau Sunflower

Materials needed:
Printout of Template Page 1 and Template Page 2
Background fabric 9.5"x12.5"
Scraps of fabric for large petals (A), small petals (B), center (C), stem (D) and leaves (E)
Double sided fusible interfacing

Step 1: Trace pattern pieces on fusible web, fuse to chosen fabric pieces, cut out shapes and peel off backing paper.


Step 2: Make a crease down the center of the background piece (fold long sides together).

Step 3: Place stem (D) onto crease, bottom of stem should be about 1.5" from bottom. Fuse in place.

Step 4: Place large petals (A) in a circle, centered at top of the stem. Fuse in place.

Step 5: Place small petals (B) on top of large petals (middle of small petal will cover space between large petals). Fuse in place.

Step 6: Place center (C) and fuse in place.

Step 7: Place leaves (E) as desired and fuse in place.

Step 8: Stitch as you prefer around applique pieces and enjoy!
Art Nouveau Sunflower V1

A big thank you to Aylin and Amy for hosting this Quilt Along. If you want to join this QAL you can read all about it here. It's very low key, so if you want to make one of our blocks or design one of your own showing off a place you love, please do join!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. I'd love to visit this city! It is so picturesque!

  2. Your flower is lovely. And the city is wonderful.

  3. This Sounds like a very interesting City, thanks for this beautiful Block!

  4. The city looks beautiful, and the flowers very pretty; hope all is good with you xxx

  5. Looks stunning, you are right to be proud of it! :o)

  6. oh so pretty :-) Thanks for sharing.

  7. It's been so long Marit - hope all is okay with you. This is such a pretty block!

  8. Very nice photos!
    And great block tutorial!
    I will definitely make this one :-)

  9. What a beautiful city! Love all of the photographs of the city and the design details! Great block design and you did a beautiful job in translating a detail into that great flower block! I can't wait to make it!! Thank you!

  10. what a beautiful city and what a beautiful block. Just lovely, Marit x

  11. Does this mean you are back blogging now Marit? :) Your block is so pretty.

  12. Love this block! Looking forward very much to making it!

  13. I love your sunflower! Your photos make me want to go travelling.

  14. Hi to all of Marit's blogfriends from her mother - the city is really just as pretty as she says. The scenery in the region is even prettier :-)

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  16. Beautiful block, Marit! And the photos of the town are delightful with all the architectural detail! I deleted my last comment. I had asked where the templates were for the block but I found the embedded links so now I have them. Can't wait to make this one! Thanks so much!

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