Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sweden Here We Come!!!

Well, we've just returned from a fantastic trip to Sweden and are still on Cloud Nine after a great holiday! We loaded up our two dogs, canoe and camping supplies and headed out into the great blue yonder!! We had no definite destination in mind, only that our travels would involve Sweden, a remote setting somewhere by a lake, a few good books for my husband and some prepped quilt work for myself!! The makings of a wonderful vacation!! After arriving in Småland, we paddled out to a remote island on pristine Möcklen Lake near the town of Älmhult. There, we set up camp and ended up doing some day-trips in the canoe, as well as just relaxing around camp. We were also graced with the presence of a nearby eagle's nest, where we could watch the parents feeding fresh fish to their young. Absolutely incredible!

The above picture depicts our crossing of the Øresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden. Also, our shiny new canoe!!!

Did someone ever say that quilting and the great outdoors don't mix??!!! Well, here I am, just loving to stitch in this natural environment! Listening to the wind in the trees, the song of the birds and the water lapping against the stones on the beach was wonderful. And at the same time being able to express my creativity...well, it's pure solace for the soul. Life just doesn't get too much better!!!

Here I am working on G8, the Dear Jane block called Justin's Comet. It's block number two on my second Jane Stickle quilt, which I am calling "Jane Meets Kaffe"! On this block, I'm using a pinky/red Kaffe Fassett fabric for the pattern, with Kona Snow cotton as the background. It was fun to piece! I also finished sewing several "Siggies" for the European Swap I'm involved with. I embroidered some designs on them and just have to sign them now.

I wish everyone a very happy summer and hope that your holidays are truly memorable! Happy Quilting to you all!!


May Britt said...

what a great vacation. Nothing better than stitching out in the woods on a sunny day. I always have a little project with me on trips like this.

Guðrún said...

I always have something to sew when I go camping. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Fiber Happy said...

You DJ 2 made with Kaffe fabrics sounds wonderful. I'll check back for photos of finished blocks. You've set my mind to thinking about a different fabric style for my own. I'll be camping next month in the UP of Michigan and will also have some stitching and watercolors along. Thanks for the inspiration!

karenfae said...

love the photo's of your camping trip, it looks like you had an ideal setting for peace and quite.

Minka said...

Maybe if I took my sewing along, I could get into camping! Looks like fun! I love the photo of the dogs in the canoe!

Diane said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. All the blocks are cute and I hope to have them up as I complete them.

Your dogs are adorable. I love animals and have two little dogs of my own.

The pictures of your vacation are lovely.

Leanne said...

What a lovely vacation nothing better than stitching and stitching in the sun. Love your dogs.... we have 2 Jack Russells the combination of them a canoe and water would be a disaster.