Friday, January 8, 2016

A new project

I told you in my last post that I've got an idea...a new quilt! 

Those of you who followed me over the years know that I have a special relationship with Coltsfoot (Tussilago). Do you remember these quilts?



Tussilago





Baskets - with Tussilago!




Red cotteges - with Tussilago!!



... and these spring flowers have appeared on several quilts now and then!



Detail from Red cottages


Well...now this new projekt!

I started up with a simple sketch. Thinking about colors..yellow of course...but how
 about the background?



I'm not the one who plan too much .... I'm restless and want to try how the pattern
 and design will turn out. Can it be sewn? Some templates need to be made.
 What fabrics will be fine? Lucky me to have a huge collection of fabrics!



This is my first block coming up......





....and a finished block.




I sewed a few blocks and started to put them up on my design wall.

Hmmm.....
 It's a start but I have some ideas to improve the design.

 Right now it is too flat and boring for my taste.
...tomorrow I try my ideas......




.....to be continued!

Happy Quilting!
Margreth


Thursday, January 7, 2016

My first finish...



My first finish is a pillow! It isn't quilted, but stitched.

Well... I like to do some different kinds of handicrafts sometimes
 and embroidery is lots of fun.







The fishes are stitched in chain stitch tightly together and in colors to match our red sofa.

It's sewn on linen that I dyed myself in a gray color.








When you finish a project, you are well worth a cup of coffee, a magazine and a cozy 

moment on the sofa. Sweet....




 In the afternoon, I began to draw a pattern and sewed a block to see how it looks
 and whether the technique works.

I will continue tomorrow ... maybe it will be ok?

I show you tomorrow!

Happy Quilting!
Margreth

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Happy New Year!




I wish you all the best in 2016. 
Thanks to all of you who have visit my blog. And thanks for your kind comments.
 I hope that 2016 will be the year when creativity will flow and many fabulous quilts
 will be sewn all over the world. 
More quilts and fewer wars, it would be a dream.

And.... I'm sure more love in the world will make a difference.





The days before Christmas there was a package in my mailbox.
 I want to start the year with some inspiring new fabrics. I don't know yet what will become of them but it's great just to watch and combine them with other fabrics.


 A good start ..

I hope to see a lot of you during 2016!

Happy Quilting!
Margreth 


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Finish nr 2


Finally my quilt Leaves is finished. It took a while!
It started about seven years ago!!
It was my 50 th birthday and my dear friends took me to an artist in Uppsala.
We had a weekend learning how to work with glass.

This is one of my pieces I made that weekend.






 It is this stylized leaves that inspired me to start thinking of sewing a quilt.
 It has been a long process but now my quilt finally is finished.







The Quilt measures 37x57 inches. 
 I decided not to buy any new fabrics for this project.
 My layer of fabric is large.... very large! 

Some of the fabrics are from my mum and dad's old shirts, it feels good.








Unfortunately, the images are not of the best quality. 
The light was too bad .... autumn darkness makes photography a challenge.





Well..I hope you got a decent picture of the quilt. 
It has been a fun project to implement. 
 I developed the pattern by starting from a sketch and then build the block.
 I've used one template and otherwise built blocks in a free manner.
Namely sewing, cutting, sewing!!
A way to work that I really love!

And now....scary...I have no idea for my next quilt!
But you never know when inspiration strikes. I am an optimist!

Happy Quilting!
Margreth














Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Still here!

Hi there!

Days..weeks...months..time flies! 
But it's always time that I fill with stuff that matter to me.
So here I am..after a summer to remember. 
Many happy memories to  cherish.

 Time with family and my dearest grandchild, Selma.
A lot of time in the garden. 
Time by the sea and in the mountins.

 Oops!
In the mountins I met this cute one!






But how about sewing then?
No....I have never ever spent so little time sewing!
I think!!!!


So you can imagine that I'm very eager to sew
 and create something new.

Well..I have done some stichery.
 I saw a pillow in a store and figured out that it couldn't be that hard to make myself.
But .....it has been a long journey.

A lot of fish to be done!




I sew chain stitch, tight, tight and I try to use the embroidery thread that I already have in my collection.
No buying this time! 




A fun project to be finished in a near future.





I also quilted my latest quilt...Leaves.

Made by mashine and in a circular movement and shape.




 I hope to show you the finished quilt soon!

See you around!
Margreth










Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sunny days!

I promised to tell you what I do sunny days!
To work in the studio isn't my first choise 
when the sky is blue.
 Unfortunal too many days has been rainy here 
in Sweden so far.
But anyway...there has been a lot of days in the garden, digging, planting and making some "garden stuff"
 of willow.


Such as...




A ball made of shaped willow.
 Flowers climb on it in the garden.
 In the pot there's another way to support a climbing plant.





I planted this flowers but the wind was though for them.
So I made these creations to give them support.





One day me and a lovely friend made this  
poppy capsule of wire. 

The idea is for it to rust beautifully
 and a plant climb up the capsule.
We'll see the result later this summer.


Some more things that makes life wonderful!








Two days in the mountins with the family....lovely days! 

And look....did you know there's a wine called Patchwork.
 I had to tast it! No sensation but totaly ok!

Have a nice summer!
Margreth

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Finished top!

Sometimes it's good when it's a rainy day or days! 
I'm the kind of person who nearly always choose to be outdoor when the sun is shining.
This week the rain poured down for two days....so what to do?

Absolutely no gardening!...

...but I've had two days in the studio. It has been a long time since last time.
I started a quilt with leaves several months ago and there it was...unfinished!

I think I nearly forgot how fun sewing is!!!!!

Well, after two days indoor the top is finished!

Time did fly...




This is a quilt made in soft colors and it it measures 37x58 inches.
 Maybe it'll be some sort of border or completion, but I have to do some thinking about that for a while .... until the next rainy day.





Here are some details and a view from my coffe corner in the garden.


Well...this is what I've done  rainy days....but what happens the sunny ones?

I'll tell you next post.

Happy Quilting!
Margreth


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Finished Quilt!

I've done it!

After at least a year Curvy Ladies is finally finished.
 It has been a long process working on the design,seeing the quilt
 slowly emerging from concept to completion.

I know that the idea of this quilt came when Catwalk with the tiny models was finished.
You can see that quilt at my Gallery.
I thought....Curvy  ladies are so much more natural.

So...here it is!





The quilt is 37 x 46,5 inches, 94 x 118 cm.
 I've used both regular quilt fabrics and fabrics that I printed and painted myself. 
It's quilted on the mashine and with cotton batting in between the layers.

 


This was a scary part of the work......
 I dripped and poured paint over the top and hoped that it would succeed.

It did!!!





The shadows behind the women are sewn with a dark thread
 and with tiny, tiny movements all over the surface.




The quilting patterns are leaves pendant along a winding stem
 and some parts are quilted in a tightly lined pattern. 
This to achieve a contrast and a more exciting surface of the quilt.









This woman is in a position to show that she is a person of courage and self-esteem.

I like that!



This is the back of the quilt and a detail of the quilting.






Well....I hope you've enjoyed looking at my latest quilt!

Happy Quilting!
Margreth