Last spring I received an email from Britt-Inger Jönsson who introduced herself as the chair of the board of the Swedish National Quilting Guild, 2,000 members strong.
That’s Britt-Inger in a top she made with KFC fabrics. She said that quilting is not a large traditional craft in Sweden, but they have a very active guild. In Swedish, the guild is called Rikstäcket, which translates to National Quilt. It started way back in 1983.
They have a print magazine that is published four times a year and is distributed to their members. They also have a website: https://www.rikstacket.se, which Britt-Inger also manages. They have a Facebook group with quilters from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. As part of their Facebook group, they also do quilt alongs. And last spring, my Frankenbag was one of the suggested projects.
A good number of the bags made by members of the guild have appeared here on my blog.
After a couple of emails back and forth, Britt-Inger asked me if I would be interested in doing an interview with her and asked if I would be ok with her translating my tutorial into Swedish. Of course I said yes! My interview and tutorial would be included in an upcoming guild magazine. So we scheduled some time to talk over zoom and had a wonderful conversation, and a couple months later I received a copy of the magazine in my mail box.
I sat right down and went through the magazine. There are a lot of patterns and projects and other really wonderful stuff in there, and I really wish I could read Swedish!
And then I came to the part Britt-Inger had written up from our conversation. It’s pretty amazing! There was a full two-page spread with a lot of photos.
I used Google Translate on that headline and I think it’s essentially “small scraps become colorful quilt tops.” Maybe someone from the guild will provide a better translation.
Here’s a closer look at those pages.
And a closer look at my colorful projects!
And there were two more full pages for the Frankenbag tutorial.
Experiences like this really illustrate how wonderful the Internet can be! Throughout the pandemic I’ve met (virtually) and heard from so many amazing people who, like me, are finding inspiration with beautiful fabrics and the work of others. Being connected with so many people through my blog has helped me deal with the isolation and boredom that is a part of our lives now.
I’ve been saving this Frankenbag to share with you because it was submitted by one of the Swedish Quilt Guild members. It was made by Wendy Jansson from Östhammar, Sweden. I love her bright and bold colors are graphic piecing. The wavy quilting is pretty cool too!
I just want to thank you for the fantastic turtorial for making frankenbags. I saw you first on Pinterest and then our quilt guild here in Sweden did an article about making these bags. I had such fun making this and I am sure I will be making more. The turtorial is informative, clear and very fun. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
Wendy wrote, “I just want to thank you for the fantastic tutorial for making Frankenbags. I saw you first on Pinterest and then our quilt guild here in Sweden did an article about making these bags. I had such fun making this and I am sure I will be making more. The tutorial is informative, clear and very fun. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.”
And Birthe Aust sent me photos of another bag she made. Birthe is from Denmark. I wonder if she’s familiar with the Swedish Quilting Guild.
She has made a good number of Frankenbags! And I love all of them. I love that photo in the center. The reds she’s used are so fantastic! Another nice one from Birthe!
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends yesterday. We were all vaccinated and boosted. We’ve had Thanksgiving together for quite a few years now. My friend who hosts makes the turkey and stuffing, and the rest of us bring all the other side dishes. I’m always responsible for the mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and the gravy. I make really good gravy!
Of course we skipped last year. I think the meal we came up with yesterday was one of the best Thanksgiving meals I’ve ever had! It was so nice to be with friends again!
It was such a beautiful day too. My friend who hosted purchased a 15 acre piece of property down near Salem, Oregon, a few months ago. This was the first time I had seen her place. We had a nice walk around her property while our many dogs ran an played and took a dip in the creek. We always have dinner, then take the dogs out for a run while we digest. And then we’re ready for pie when we get back!
I had today off of work and I made a last minute decision to make the drive up to Olympia, Washington, to take a sheep herding lesson and it was a good decision! The weather was perfect and it felt really good to spend a few hours outside with dogs and sheep.
Take a look at this beauty!
Rico did a really good job at his lesson and I’m pretty sure his brain hurt a little by the time we were done. He really had to do a lot of thinking out there.
And before we jumped in the car for the nearly 2.5 hour drive home we got a good field run in. Look how gorgeous it was!
I am so fortunate to live in such a gorgeous part of the world!
Happy weekend everyone!