Saturday, November 15, 2014

Blogging Around the World

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.

  A Bit of Lavender Sunset, 22.36 

Flipping Grandmother with (Great) Grandpa Trout .

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?  

Pojagi Inspired

Jan's Block Plan 1  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.

I think the colors where I live Do affect me :)

 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!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Looking Back At Summer

The above are pics of the mini quilt I sent to Nina of Tubbycrafts, in Germany, way back in July.  I took one block from Jen Kingwell's Green Tea and Sweet Beans pattern and I added a churn dash around the outside.   Lovely to see a bit of summer right now, when it is getting so dark outside!  I also sent her a little sewing kit, of a pincushion, scissor fob and needlebook, using the same fabrics.  These were part of the second Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap.

Can't get enough of these! Thanks Susan @canadianabroad for such a gorgeous pattern in  @lovequiltingmag This is my second set!

And then, I received a lovely package from Nina in England.  She sent me these sweet hedgie and mail minis, and a really cool Totoro window decal!  I love Totoro....

I love how she made an extra envelope for the quilt label!

Back of the mini quilt sent from Nina!

And another little surprise were these old fashioned sewing labels, that say Merry Christmas (God Jul) in Swedish.  You see, Nina is a Swede living in England, that was a really cool surprise.  I just love it when secret swaps turn out that way!  Christmas is coming soon enough but I don't know if I dare use them yet!
Wow! Priceless Swedish Christmas tape!  Thank you @bossyoz. (Merry Christmas, it says in Swedish)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Moving, and Some Pictures

Hi Gals, have you seen the Palette Builder over at Play Crafts blog?  I've been trying it out a few times, and it is really fun!  You take a picture of yours, and upload it into the program, and then a palette is generated for you, complete with optional Kona Colors and Auriful Colors.  We are going to be moving soon and I've been looking at winter pictures from living in the country here.

Take a look:

This is the original picture  mosaic.....

Inspiration for Geese in the Forest 

...and here it is using the Palette Builder 2.1 with added color matches.  Fun, eh?

I don't really know where to start to try to catch up with all I've been up to here.  I've been under the weather for awhile, and then I wasn't.  It is always a hump from the end of summer to fall, and then fall flies away on me!

I sewed plenty of swap blocks

Kaleidoscope Blocks for Cara, Stash Fabulous Bee
Spider web Stars for Linda!  #stashfabulousbee
Spider Web Stars Blocks for Linda, Stash Fabulous Bee

Tallahassee in Hara (3)
Tallahassee Blocks for Allison, Stash Fabulous Bee

I've been trying out Liberty Lawns and Blueberry at Home's hand screened cottons...

Fun Sized, Pillow Cover
Elizabeth Hartman's Hazel Hedgehog and Fancy Fox for Cinda, Birthday Bandy Swap

 And flannel...

Sneak peek for Farah, Birthday Bandy Swap   

 and Turning Leaves... 

Turning Leaves pillow for Mariana!  @cosertejercrear ♥♥♥♥
Turning Leaves Pillow Cover for Mariana, Birthday Bandy Swap     
Summer Quilt from Brioni's book!
Quilt made with precuts, using Brioni Greenberg's book
I even started and finished a quilt for us this summer.  I had fun adding a secret  message to the quilting.  Nobody has found it yet, but I think they know!

We'll be moving from the countryside to town in the next few weeks. I am stocking up on forest and mountain views, birdsong, and thinking back to the snowy times we've spent here. I'm also really looking forward to living in town, being able to buy vegetables every day, and take walks and bike rides along the Great Lake (Storsjön) on the special trails they have winding all the way through. It's just 35 Km (22 miles) away, but it will still be a change. Now that the decision has landed, I'll try to keep you posted!

Happy Sewing!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Moral Support for Aneela


I don't know how to cure cancer, but I sure would if I did!  Just over a month ago,  Aneela Hoey announced on Instagram that she is going to have surgery for breast cancer.  Chelsea over at Pins and Bobbins has started an initiative to sew up a quilt for Aneela, using only the fabrics she has designed, and white.  The blocks are super quick to sew up!  Good thing, because I didn't read about it till a few days ago.  Chelsea's collecting 100 standard or 400 mini blocks for the quilt.
Here are the links needed if you want to send some support her way:

To read more about the quilt Chelsea is making, go on over to Pins and Bobbins  and there you will see her tutorial on how to make the X and O half sized blocks.

You can also use the original Canoe Ridge Creations tutorial to make a full sized block-- which just happens to be easy to do with a layer cake and mini charms.


The Fabric Stash has donated beautiful Aneela Hoey fabric for the backing of the quilt and they also have a bonus code till 21 July of hoeyfan20

Any extra blocks will be used in a quilt for Chelsea's local oncology patients.
Thanks for the help!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Not for Lack of Sewing......

I've been sewing up a storm again, and I'm behind on show and tell!

Here's a little taste of what's been going on....

My block for Jan in the Stash Fabulous Bee 

This is the block I made for Jan for her month in the Stash Fabulous Bee. It's an Improv Plus Block. It's my first block to ever draft first and then sew... tricky but so rewarding!

Jan's Block Plan 1

And below are the blocks I made for Lysa for the same bee, different month:

Feathers for Lysa!!

From  chaos  comes Feathers!  

I think it's fabulous to be exposed to new patterns and approaches to quilting when you're in a good bee.  Different color palettes and different ways of describing the blocks are just so inspiring!
I like all the blocks we've had so far so much that I am thinking about making a separate sampler with all of them.

I've also been sewing up some minis for another swap, the Birthday Bandy Swap:

Mailing Station - adapted (made smaller) from a pattern by Ayumi Mills
Mailing Station for Joey, based on a pattern by Ayumi Mills

Sin título
Birthday Banner for Amanda, based on another of Ayumi's patterns

Sneak Peak for Kelli, from a pattern that's getting popular these days...;)
And that's all to show for today! I hope you are all having a fab weekend! Thanks to everyone who sent me some degrees! It's been up to 80 F lately, and that's not too shabby here :) 


Thursday, July 3, 2014

I had to chuckle...

... when I opened up my luggage back in February, after going home for my grandmother's funeral.  
Among the pictures and sewing notions and her measuring tape that I brought back, were a few kitchen towels she had used for many years.  I brought back a pair I had sent her, bought at IKEA.  

Those are on the top of this pile.  Hers is the one with the pretty red rick-rack sewn on.  She really like to embellish fabric in a simple way.  I'd say she had Zakka style.  

I also brought back a new kitchen towel, from my sister in Brooklyn.

The first thing I did, before I even unpacked my bags, was to look for something to use for sewing on a loop.  I found some twill tape right away.

All better!  Then, I went to hang up the towels I had brought back from my grandmother's kitchen and look what I found:

Grandmother had Taken Away the hanging loops!  Possibly the first thing she did after thanking me.....

I just had to chuckle!

I have been slowly mixing in some of her sewing things with mine.

Her pincushion, which still has some threaded needles of hers, mixed with my flower head pins:  

And her trims themselves....

I sewed a batch of large rick rack onto a tablecloth last night to make a simple curtain for our dining area.  I like to think she'd be happy I'm using what I brought back, rather than letting it sit.  She really knew how to make simple fixes with embellishments too.

I have most of the towels packed away though.  They still smell like her kitchen always did, and that's a comfort to me.

Hugs from Sweden!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer in Sweden

THIS is what we've been waiting for!  After a month of near freezing temperatures, it's finally summer here in Jämtland county Sweden.  We've been out working on the lawn, drinking coffee on the stoop, and staying up far too late with the long sunlight.  I've been sewing plenty too, but that's to show another day......

I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer/edge of winter!