A few days ago, one of my bee buddies from the Stash Fabulous Bee wrote and asked me if I'd like to take part in the Around the World Blog Hop, an ongoing chain of blog posts that has certainly gone around the world several times and then some since they started popping up a good while ago. They are fun to read, and it's a good way to meet people and reflect.
Lysa gave me some questions to answer....
What are you currently working on?
I am finishing up a swap project and thinking about what to make for Ali Burdon's Winter Sparkle ATC Swap. And I am moving house, so another ongoing project is cutting out pieces for the stuff I sew "on the other side." We'll be moving the sewing room last, so I am really trying to get everything organized before I get discombobulated.
How does my work differ from others?
I think my work has a feeling of place, and specifically of being in Sweden, with its very special light. I am often affected by the weather and the light as far as what palette I use, and I like to mix fabric genres together, like contemporary prints with one or two civil war prints. I am interested in the trends, but I like to look back in time too. While I think I have a definite style, I am not very concerned with being labelled modern or traditional. I like to think that my fabric choices are a specially curated scrap bag. I would never try to emulate one period of time, but perhaps mix fabric styles in a way that someone who had a lifetime of scraps might do, based on color, scale and balance rather than a precise theme.
Why do you write/create what you do?
I love to sew because I learned it at my mother's elbow. I watched her for hours when she sewed potholder blanks for our family business, and while she appliqued onto the potholders, and then sewed names on free-hand. I love colors and form. I started out painting and making collage, but there is something about planning out a quilt and figuring out the materials that really does it for me. And I love the online community for collaborating and learning. That is why I do so many swaps and bees. As for what I get out of it, it is both relaxing and challenging, and it makes the hours fly the same way music does.
How does your creative process work?
I often have several projects going at once, if not started at the same time. I usually do a preliminary fabric pull, then let it percolate for a few days. I get inspiration from looking at other blogs and Pinterest, and I am also in a Flickr group that takes pictures with certain colors every day. (although I have lapsed while moving the last week or so.) I find that taking photos gives me a new point of view, and it affects the way I sew too. I guess photography is the spontaneous side of me and quilting calls for more planning. But I need one for the other. Also, travel and walking really give me fresh ideas when it comes to the use of color. I love to look at the forest, with its moss and broken tree stumps and then draw a picture later of all the spaces between as a quilt design.
If you'd like to hop along to some other blogs, why not check out Nina With Freckles, a very energetic gal who lives and quilts and crafts in Helsinki, Finland!
And how about Nina at BossyOz, A Swedish gal who quilts in England (she's the one who sent me those fabulous mini quilts I showed in the last post ;)
The two Ninas are in a new quilt bee with me called Scandibee, with quilters mostly located in or from Scandinavia. We are all really excited because it is the most local many of us have sewn together, and it's a chance to get to know people we've seen on Flickr and Instagram for a good while.
I'll be showing more when it starts next winter!