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.

12 comments:

  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!

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

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  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" !

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  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.

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  5. Those little birds are just plain adorable!

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  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.

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  7. They look fun!

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

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  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!

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  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".

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

    Kimberly :-)

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

    Pomona x

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  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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