Monday, March 11, 2013

Scandinavian Inspiration

One January night I was up in the wee hours of the morning sketching out an Idea that had me at "hello".  I wasn't trying.  I had other plans for my next online class.  And, I could tell this idea would deserve grand efforts, all my attention.  It was just one of those moments when the heart pours out of the fingers, the vision is born, and you can't, don't even want to, resist.

folk Scandinavian, from StorybookWoods
The Idea became a framework - miniature pictures, small geometric piecing, intricate sashing, a pointy frame - when after QuiltCon I redrew the entire quilt.  I threw out regular gridwork and traditionally placed sashing.  The quilt went through the blender.  Now blocks are a smorgesboard of sizes, sashing falls here and there for movement, layers of interest.  The border is broken up and resized in a decidedly unpredictable way.

modern Scandinavian, paper art by Fideli Sundqvist
My next class will run August-October this fall.  We'll need all 3 months to make this quilt, and we'll draw on a range of intermediate techniques including applique and machine paper piecing.  It's about the details, careful fabric choices, sweet/unexpected motifs, enjoying the process and creating something rather amazing in the end. The result will be fully machine-washable, finishing as a small or large throw or a twin bed quilt. 

Of course... more to come!

Scandinavian Inspiration
Scandinavian Winter by Jargon, palettes by Design Seedstriangle wall paper, birds

Today I want to share with you the images inspiring this quilt.  Early on "Scandinavian" folk motifs captured my imagination.  I started a Scandinavian Pinterest Board to collect a cash of Scandinavian folk images or color stories that represent the mood I hope to achieve.  The quilt incorporates many traditional elements like the dala horse, birds and flowers, while the quilt's unusual layout and playful scale pay homage to the modern Scandinavian aesthetic we all know and love (think Ikea!).

Scandinavian Inspiration
Retro Cushion, interior, Jane Foster flower, dala horse, retro kitchen print

I've started making individual blocks, which I'll be sharing here and there.  Let's hope that my actual quilt holds a candle to that first vision.  Sometimes a good idea is a lot to live up to.

24 comments:

  1. Hooray, a new class! And a Scandinavian quilt, I love it! I got to go on a trip to Sweden in college and I love everything about that country. So excited to hear more about the class and the quilt, but you know I'll be signing up!

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  2. Sign me up right now! Very exciting!

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  3. What a tease :) I just love your classes....sign me up too!!!

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  4. yay! sign me up! can't wait!

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  5. Very exciting! Can't wait for more.

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  6. You are on a roll. Keep up the magic.

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I'm going to forge ahead with faith!

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  7. I'll be there come he'll or high water! Hehehe! Seriously I'll be there. I had so much fun and learned a lot from Curves Camp even though I didn't get a chance to work on all the projects. Can't wait!

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  8. i am intrigued! can't wait to see and hear more about it. :)

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  9. It surely will be lovely. I do like Scandinavian art, from the old folk art till the modern style. And do I spot an House Doctor photo? Love their style. Groetjes, Gerda

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  10. Yay! I am so glad you are figuring this all out and it is coming together! Can't wait to hear more...I'm sure it will be absolutely spectacular!

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  11. oh Rachel! you are such a tease and I cannot wait. I just finished my first paper pieceing block. Takes patience and lots of work.
    Cat
    from curves camp

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  12. I'm in! I might not be ready for intermediate techniques but I'll give em a crack. I don't want to miss out on your class.

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  13. Sounds intriguing. Can't wait to hear more!

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  14. Oh my goodness...a Scandi quilt? I'm intrigued, intimidated and so very very tempted. Really looking forward to your updates.

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  15. Looking forward to seeing your new creation ~ love Scandinavian art.

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  16. Oh you kill me, such a tease! I can't wait to see what are you working on, I'm sure I'll love it, but I love everything you create!!!!

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  17. Sign me up! I'm so loving my hand-stitched medallion quilt, and I love all things Scandinavian.

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  18. I'll have to find your pinterest board. Have fun!

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    1. Haha, thanks Jenelle! Pinterest image boards are such useful brainstorming tools!

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  19. There is gorgeous inspiration Rachel, thanks for sharing!

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