Monday, July 18, 2011

Just for fun.

Lucky for me, I always have some inspiring books on hand from the library. This weekend, I took a little break from quilt making to sew something to hang in my sewing space.  You will likely recognize my project, as it comes from the pages of Scandinavian Stitches, a delightful and creative book by the talented, Kajsa Wikman. 

I love the whimsy of this applique design, all that free motion machine embroidery was a lovely change from all the  precision sewing I usually do.  Sometimes I can be so caught up in accuracy when I sew - striving for perfection - so this project felt free-spirited and fun for me.  

This little wall hanging was all about having fun and it's probably the number one reason why I like it (and I got to use some pretty scraps to make it ;o).

Such a simple, gratifying project has stirred my creative juices and made my sewing space even more welcoming. I even have a few little sketches of my own that I'm now thinking I'd like to translate into fabric art.  Just for fun.


  1. Striving for perfection? Since I started quilting I've forgotten what that's like! Most days my cuts are wildly inaccurate!

    Love the wall-hanging!

  2. Lovely! Kajsa’s patterns and ideas are so wonderful, and your translation of her birds is so sweet!

  3. My friend Nancy has Kajsa's book - she's made several things from it, and we've both made Tomte dolls!

    I love the look of that kind of embroidery, but I just can't bring myself to do it unless I use matching thread so my stitches are almost invisible - I'm a nervous wreck if my stitches are going to be visible and or a design detail! Yours looks fantastic - I wish I could "just do it" !

  4. Your wall hanging caught DH's eye as he walked past the computer. He thinks it's really neat and I agree. It does look like it was fun to create.

  5. Those little birds are just plain adorable!

  6. I love going on tangents like these. I always seem to be in a big mess when the mood hits me. I love yours. Very fun, happy and artsy.

  7. They look fun!

    I'm just thinking of trying some free motion embroidery...thought it would be a nice change too :o)

  8. How fun Katherine, I love the way it turned out. I'm sure there is a message in this experience - maybe that perfection can sometimes take the fun out of things? Or that just "winging it" (bird pun) can be a delight as well as produce great results? M-S had just sent me a post on perfection being the thief of "good enough" and your story reminds me of that idea (although your results are certainly more than "good enough"). ;-)

    Perhaps having your birds on the wall of your creating room will be a fun reminder that sometimes it really is important to just wing it!

  9. You stopped to do something as wonderful as the birds? This is so good and whimsical that maybe you should include it in your work as a "normal".

  10. That is just the cutest!
    So fun and colorful for your work space.

    Kimberly :-)

  11. It's a beautiful wallhanging - I love it!

    Pomona x

  12. isn't that a GREAT book??? i made a few simple projects from it. i didn't make the birds mini yet, but i hope to someday. they are so fun!


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