After about 10 months or so…anyway a very long time…and a loooong wait
Krista Hennebury came for a visit and to teach her two day class
“Improve Under the Influence” to us.. Have I longed or have I longed … 😉
 
Thanks to Instagram and a comment that I would love taking her class
ended up with her coming here..totally fantastic!!!!
In Öjeby Church town
 
I live in a small town called Öjebyn,
situated where PiteÄ first was formed (urban formation 1621)
but after a big fire and the land elevation they moved PiteÄ to the coast.
 
Öjebyn isn't big at all, I think around 5-6000 people live here…
We have our medevial old church town with cottages
from around early 1800, maybe earlier.
The cottages grew up around the church (first church was built around 1400)
and were used for overnight stays by mostly farmers,
that had a long distance to church and probably tough roads to travel.
These church weekends were a big happening
with the market, church and the court… And just to meet up with others.

And we also have “Pitepalt”, its a Swedish dish,
very local and are named from the town PiteÄ.
Palt is made from raw potatoes, wheat and barley flour,
salt and filled or not filled with chopped pork.
Then rolled into balls and boiled and is served with lingonberries and butter…
And a glas of milk to that… :)

After picking up Krista and Louise at the airport we headed for the
PALTZERIA…the only one in the world… To eat Palt….
Krista and her first Pitepalt

And I must say ..I think she must have been a PiteĂ„ citizen in her former life…
Two flat ones went down..and that is good..or maybe she was starving 😉
for Louise I wasn't worried…know she loves Palt!!

After that a walk around the church town …
We had beautiful sunny autumn weather…
So happy it didn't rain!
After that a quick visit at my home, out to the cabin with our things…
Met up with Marica and then a quick trip into PiteÄ
to mostly leave Molly at my daughters place…
And then back to the cabin…
Our cabin for three nights
We had a nice dinner with wine in our cosy cabin charing this and that…
How perfect wasn't it to practice to speak English
and we also had some fun trying to learn Krista som Swedish… :)
And we had gifts…it was like Christmas!!
Krista brought gifts and we had some…
maybe you can spy Kristas gifts for us…gorgeous double scissor keepers on the table…
So exited over our gifts…will show mine later…and we were so happy
to be able to surprise Krista with a little quilt
We had a lovely first evening that we ended with
to talk about our fabric choices for next days class!
 

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Fun fun fun!!
Think I liven up when it comes to sew for others…
It’s something special…
In progress
This time we Marica, Louise and I decided to sew a Quilt to Krista Hennebury
as a thankyou for coming to the North of Sweden…
and dare to stay with us in a cabin by the Pite Älv (Pite River)…
Louise’s specialty… Scrappy …no waste!
And since Krista sewed some blocks for me to use in my plus friends quilt…
Of course she needed one for herself..but a mini one…
And Marica being the “black sheep” sewing an odd block… 😉 think it’s brilliant…
So I sewed up a block to test and loved it …
Knew it would look perfect!!
We sewed ten blocks each
and I signed up to finished the quilt…
I even found a little poppy print to add as her blog is called
Poppyprintcreates…
All I can say is that this was very fun to make…
Will make a little tutorial for this one soon…
so stay tuned!!
Thought a long time on how to quilt it, but one morning it came to me …
that I needed to quilt the river as a memory for our cabin stay…
so I kind of planned the river…
laid out some threads just to see if it would work…
and yes… It worked!
Eyeballed my “river” and sewed…
Worked fine…but when sewing on the bias like this…
beware of stretching the quilt…
I got one wobbly side…just a little…
but that could be fixed with a little thread run in the seam allowance…
And also I also pinned the quilt to my design wall when a little damp after wash…
Continued the quilting with straight stitching…
Added a black and white binding to the quilt…
Must say I love this little quilt, think I need to make myself one too..
i think we did pretty good , don’t you think?
Sewing with friends are so much fun..
Now to to finish the large plus friends quilt… ;0)
Here you can see the river floating…
Now we were ready for Kristas arrival!
Gifts, the cabin, the food
A loooong wait but finally time had come…

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At RikstÀckets yearly meeting last year my friends Marica and Louise
And I decided on a swap with blocks..
The plus block!
 
And haven't this been a fun swap or what …
Have enjoyed making them and receiving them…
We decided to sew four blocks each…representing the colours we wanted…
and then send to next in turn to sew …this way we always had some blocks to sew on!
This is how my first round looked like…
My blocks and my the blocks my friends did sew for me…
And I changed what I did sew from one colour to another…
or a dark or a light and sent away, depending on what I thought I needed for my quilt…
Here is a light round…
And here is a blue round…
 
And a pink and green …
I now have lost count on how many rounds we have sent and sewn…
we had so much fun we almost didn't want to stop..
 
And I even had a surprise mailing…
From Krista Hennebury, author of the book “Make it Take it”…
She sent these blocks as a thankyou for setting up a contact with RikstÀcket,
that led to that she is now one of the teachers at this years yearly meeting in Upplands VĂ€sby…
Hope she will learn us Swedes to go more modern!!
 
Have now sewn the blocks together with a rectangle..
I so love the black blocks Marica did sew!!
 
And for the moment I have the top in two pieces..
Just waiting to be quilted!!
My Plus Friends Quilt!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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