Saturday, July 9, 2016

Summer!



Two weeks at this island without fabrics, sewingmashine and quilts was.....fantastic!
You may not believe it but it is possible.
 We have enjoyed being with children and grandchildren, swimming in the sea,
 long walks and good food.

Fabulous days!

But now we are back home and great things happens.
After a few hours at home we got a new grandchild!!! 
A boy..our third grandchild!
Happiness!

Well..that means at least one thing..I now have two quilts to make!
One for Aksel born in may and one for Anton.

So..get started!





I've bought loads of fabrics and I always wash them to get rid of some chemicals.
 I put up a clothing line in the garden because it was so nice weather. 


It was beautiful in my garden with all the fabrics blowing in the wind.




The fabrics dried in a few minutes....and then...





....it is possible to iron out in the sun as well!!




Here are some of all new fabrics, ready to be used for new projects.
Quilts for my grandchildren Aksel and Anton. 
But before that, I'll start with a wall piece to be shown at an exhibition later this year.
 I tell you more about that later on.

Enjoy the summer!
Margreth



Saturday, May 28, 2016

A finished quilt!

Hi there!

Finally....my quilt with coltsfoot is finished! It did take a while but what's the hurry? 

Big, important things happen!

Since my last post I've become a grandmother again. A little boy called Aksel.

 Who has the time to sew then?

....but a small quilt to Aksel is in my mind!

Well...here is the quilt inspired during this lovely spring.


It started with a simple sketch and my  longing for spring.





And then.....

A quilt that breathe a freshness with cool blue background 
and the wonderful warm coltsfoot ...one of my favorite flowers!




The quilt measure 28x28 inches and is quilted on mashine.





I've embroidered circles to get an movement and an expressive background.






......an extreme close-up!







The back is pretty exciting too!




Well...I hope you don't have to wait so long for my next blog post ... 
I have ideas and soon the school holidays are here.

 It's hopeful!

See you soon!
Margreth





Sunday, March 20, 2016

While waiting for spring!


Snow falls in large amounts and hides all signs of spring.
Just a little dripping from the ceiling!

It's nice out there in the snow but it is also great to spend time in the studio.
 If spring is absent, it's nice to make something that remind me of spring.....
 and the first lovely flowers. 

Tussilago in Swedish and coltsfoot in English!
One of my favorites!


I sewed the blocks together and this is the result so far!





A small quilt in bright yellow, orange and blue to purple low valume fabrics.
It measures about 30x30 inches.





As usualI I have been working freely and built my quilt from a simple sketch.
My idea to continue this project is to keep working with different stitches
all over the surface to bring something more exciting to the design.

How it will look like is not clear, but I'm working on it!







Something like this?






Well..as I said ...I'm working on it!




...to be continued!

Happy Quilting!
Margreth






Thursday, March 17, 2016

Climb a mountain!


I want to show you how amazing beautiful it is in the Swedish mountains.
 Last week I went with my siblings on skis four days in the mountains.

One of our goals was to climb a mountain called Sylarna in Jämtland.




We had an unbelievable luck with the weather, sun from a clear blue sky and no wind.

 The conditions were fantastic.

So..just go for it!
We first went on skis as far as possible and then changed  to crampons
 to climb the last part.

 It was very exciting and fun!





The reward for all the hard work was breathtaking! 




Outdoor experiences is unbeatable and I have great memories
 from our tour together.






Thank you all siblings and Lajjen for a nice mountain hike!




And now....filled with energi....

..time in the studio to make some quilts!

Margreth

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