Saturday, August 9, 2014

Astrids quilt


Astrid's quilt is finished. 
She is already four months and my brother's grandchild. 
 We now have four grandchildren in the family and just as many quilts are sewn.
 A very enjoyable task for me! .... 
This time I've chosen a bright color scale that is a little for the girls!
 Maybe not quite ok in a perspective where we want to erase the typical girl and boy roles. But the colors are nice together. :) 




Astrids name in cross stitch. Cute name!






A flower...





Two flowers....






...then a leaf. 






The quilt is machine quilted with leaves and circles.





....the back..


And then.....







Astrids quilt is 29x35 inch and made of two different blocks.
You see which!

And a big, varm hug to Johan, Maja and Astrid!

Happy Quilting!
Margreth


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summertime!

Oh yes ... I'm here Louise!
 It's been a while and I do everything except sewing. 
How did  it come to be this way? 
Probably because it's so much fun to do :)
Such as.....





...scraping and painting our summer house....
...swimming in the sea.





.....be with family and friends 
......knit... 
.....wag my toes...





It's summer and what a lovely one!!!!
And .. I do have a quilt going on that soon will be ready ... when the heat wave is over, I sew ... I promise!

Happy summer!
Margreth



Sunday, May 11, 2014

I'm here!!!

Well .. I'm here!

It really was a long time since I wrote a blog entry. What can you possibly do that is more important or enjoyable?
There have been some truly exciting weeks and the studio has been empty.
First of all.....I, my sister and six women had four days in the mountains. Four fantastic days on skis ..... snowy ... windy .... sunny ..... both fantastic and exciting. I met six women I had never met before ... it's a bit special in a situation where you have to stick together in the group, cook and sleep together.
But everything went well and became
 an unforgettable ski trip.





A few days later we went to the summer house on the west coast. There it was as if summer has already arrived. I swam in the sea and lying on sun-warmed rocks.
 Talk about contrasts!!!!
 Ten glorious days with the family.

....and now...back in town..

...... I've opened the door to the studio and started to sew Astrid's quilt.
 A little ''Spring Girl'' is born and need a quilt!





I had no clear picture of pattern or colors ... so I started with a nine block and then continued with another block . 
One thing led to another and the colors start to fall into place. We'll see how it develops ........

Nice to be a quilter again!

Happy Quilting!
Margreth


Sunday, April 6, 2014

A hot trend!

A couple of weeks ago I was in Stockholm and garden fair. There, you could see several trends and one of them was .... growing in what you have in cupboards and storage.
There were grown in tin cans, tires, oil drums and various tubs...just name it!




I found it very inspiring so when I was back home, I was looking out for cans, newspaper and glue. 
Then I dressed the cans with photos in a collage and covered everything with glue.
 I got cans looking pretty neat and absolutely 
with a personal touch.




Some plants, twigs and strings ..... does the trick!



...but can you grow in cars?? 




Obviously......isn't it cool?

Happy Quilting!
Margreth









Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sew corner!

Last weekend I was in Stockholm visiting Vårsalongen på Liljewalchs art museum. An inspiring exhibition that showed a variety of art and expression forms. I was struck by the textile works that were represented more than I had expected. There were embroidered, crocheted, applications and paintings on fabric.

The most impressive work of art was.....! 

''My previous sewing corner''




I could hardly believe my eyes when I discovered that everything ... absolutely everything was covered with embroidery. 
Chair, table, sewing machine, thread roller, shoes, and even the electric plug ..... absolutely fantastic and fun!







It is also a wonderfully well-made pattern .. completely in very tiny cross stitch.




 A masterpiece in my eyes!

The artist is Ulla-Stina Wikander who is engaged in dressing  ordinary things with cross stitch embroidery .

Margreth


Sunday, March 16, 2014

A tiny bit spring!

Now I can imagine that spring is coming!

I made a wreath of rice, decorated my home with spring bulbs.
.My flowers are planted in fresh soil and I'm drinking coffee in edge of the forest while the sun is warming my face.

Great feeling! 








 But then what happens in the studio?
 Not much. 

I seem to do everything but sew ... tightening up required!

.......But still...

    



I made photocopies of my blocks and draw from them the shadows and echoes around the ladies.
 It is just a beginning..... I think I need a pretty
 powerful effect, perhaps in color? 

I'll see .....




Happy Quilting!
Margreth

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A glimpse of..



The weekend has been full of different things. 
Skiing in the snow storm to train a little extra before TjejVasan in Mora next weekend.
 It was an uphill battle, I say. :)
The snow is melting and it's far too early if you are a skier.

 There have been a few hours in the studio too. 
Now that Elizes quilt is finished it's time to continue with my curvy, lush ladies.
 




Here's how it looks when the shape of the woman is cut
 and marks made to match when sewing together.
 Not so easy but it works! 
One of the pictures shows when the neck comes into place.






I have painted some fabric pieces that work 
very well with other fabrics ... they do the trick.




There is still much to sew ..... some women ...... backgrounds .... decorations etc..

 .....it's so very exciting and fun to see how 
the quilt is emerging bit by bit.





Well....this was a glimpse from my weekend and
progress in the studio.

See you!
Margreth







Sunday, February 9, 2014

Finish nr 1

Elizes quilt is finished ! :)
 A thumbler quilt in a color scale that I haven't done before. But I like the cold scale with a touch of blueberry and milk.






I have sewn her name and birth year with cross stitch.
 It went easy on a checked fabric.






 This is the finished quilt!


  

Some details!







Making a nice back is a challenge .. but it's good to use the small pieces of fabric lying around.
...and that's a lot of them. :)







Happy Quilting!
Margreth