Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sportlov Sussi-- Sweet Skating Sue Swap

Yay!  I finished one of my favorite mini-quilts to date:  Sweet Skating Sue!  I am starting to really love the technique of paper piecing!  I had a feeling it could be my form of crossword......

Sportlov Sussi

I am participating in the Quilting Gallery's Sweet Skating Sue Mini Quilt Swap (try saying that three times fast!) using the pattern Jennifer Offenstein came up with at Sewhooked.

We don't usually have frozen lakes till after Christmas in Sweden, so I started thinking about the colors we have when those dark short days start to get better.  Fantastical pinks and half purples, weak yellows, and dozens of different greys.

I changed the pattern a little to add a fringe to the Sue's hood, and I narrowed the neck a little too.  I used text for the background.  I admit, I was thinking about the Joni Mitchell song, I Wish I Had a River (to Skate Away On) when I made this.  So often when I am outside in the winter, my mind is full of thoughts.  The text print stands for letters and history and thoughts, and letting go of them to just be with the skates (or skis, or forest, as it may be.)  That is the best part of winter for me!

Fringed hood, detail of quilting

Detail of the wonky log cabin border and some of my winter white on white stash:
Winter whites

Her sewing skates.....

Sew skating

And the girl herself, wearing her favorite winter coat!

Icicles and SueI called her Sportlov Sussi in Swedish, which means literally, Sport Break Suzy, or Winter Break Suzy.  Kids do get a spring break here, but there is usually lots of good snow left for skiing, and lots of frozen lakes for skating, and ice fishing.  Many families make a day of winter sport, followed by barbecuing outdoors on the ice.  We usually like to get outside one way or another, as it's cold, but sunny enough to get a little sunburn, or at least close your eyes and sit in a sun chair on the ice!

This is going to a very creative quilter in the US (Surprise!!!) 
I hope she loves it :D

A Little List of Works in Progress

I've been busy lately, and here's what I have to show for it! First up, log cabins for Ellison Lane's Scrappy Stash Sew Along. I found it so inspiring to dig into my stash and make these fun blocks, I'm going to make a larger quilt with these. Here's some of what I have so far:

I have a way to go before I'm done!


I have also been working on a quilt using a Tula Pink pattern called Beanstalks.
This one looks a little wavy at the moment, but I have gotten help through the Tula Pink flickr group, so I think I can save it!

Beanstalks in progress

Beanstalks in progress 2

Wavy Gravy 1

So that's what's up, and I hope to have better pictures of that Beanstalks soon!

Now I'm going to post these at Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday, and join in looking at what others are up to!