February 14 ~ Quilt of the Day

on February 14 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 65 Comments

Carpe Diem Mini Art Quilt
By Kajsa, syko

Kajsa’s art quilt measures 7.5″ by 10″. The cage and text is done freehand by machine and the white fabric is from an old linen tablecloth. Kajsa enjoys using vintage linens and writes, “I like the structure of it, and I love to reuse whenever it is possible. I have even used the mended parts of old tea towels as a base for small art quilts, beautiful work of women from a time when everyday items were cherished! Who would mend a tea towel today?”

She adds, “My name is Kajsa Wikman, I am a mother of two and I run a small business called syko (based in Turku, Finland). I sell my creations in my etsy shop http://syko.etsy.com. I have gone through a long process of allowing myself to change careers to become a full-time crafter, a long-time dream. The bird quilts (I made a few in the same spirit) are reflections of this. But I guess most of us need to remind ourselves every now and then to seize the day.”

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65 Responses to February 14 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. mj says:

    She always does such creative mini-quilts!

  2. emily says:

    Really cool. I’m not very into quilts myself, but this spin off really speaks to me.

  3. alicia says:

    So fun!

  4. Stacey says:

    I love the white on white.

  5. Lauri says:

    Love, love, LOVE this one!

  6. Liz says:

    This quilt is so cute.

  7. Glaucia says:

    Wow.. another beautiful mini- quilt to fall in love with!

  8. Ruth says:

    It’s stunning, but all Kajsa’s work is. I’ve been reading her blog for a while and it’s always full of wonderful crafting.

  9. Christine says:

    I love this!!

  10. I love all her work. Glad to see her featured!

  11. Sandy says:

    love it!!!

  12. Kieny says:

    Love it! Would love to try something like this one day.

  13. Violet says:

    Really beautiful! She must have some talent to write freehand with the machine!!

  14. Katie says:

    Love the vintage choice!

  15. Gina says:

    So beautiful!

  16. kim says:

    So sweet….

  17. Sara says:

    This is really great!!! And perfect for today.

  18. Jennifer says:

    I love this piece!

  19. Jody says:

    Oh my gosh, this is one of my favorite things EVER. It’s wonderful. I can’t wait to spend some time looking at more of her work.

  20. mikawendy says:

    Tooo cute!

  21. Carol says:

    I love the quilting on this one! Tells the whole story.

  22. Carrie says:

    Very sweet bird. I like the interview with her, esp. her appreciation for vintage textiles.

  23. Allison says:

    This is such an adorable quilt! i love the idea of making small pieces, this is so great!

  24. Jen says:

    Just delightful!

    “…I guess most of us need to remind ourselves every now and then to seize the day.” Very True!

  25. Marina says:

    Absolutely remarkable. Wish this one was in the shop!

  26. Cassie Ogle says:

    I think this is my favorite quilt posted so far! Love it!!

  27. Marcia says:

    This is a beautiful piece! I do so love that you work with things that had a former life and give them a new one-I tend to do that a lot, too. So happy that you are successful in being a fulltime crafter-you encourage me!

  28. Rose L says:

    What a cute quilt! The bird is adorable.

  29. Deb says:

    Different whimsical quilt – love the little red birdie.

  30. LadySnow says:

    Very cute!

  31. Leah H says:

    Wow! So many beautiful quilts

  32. Gretchen says:

    i can’t believe she sewed the cage by machine!

  33. erin says:

    Not only talented, but also a smart woman!

  34. Carrie says:

    So cute! Love the little birdie and the newsprint fabric. And the freehand stitching…Wow…I’ve tried that before and it’s not easy to do! Very impressive.

  35. Brandy says:

    What a great quilt! I love to see how the art form of quilting has changed.

  36. renee says:

    that is soooo cool! i love the written fabric and love love love how the quilting looks like the path of a bird flying. Love this one!

  37. Sarah says:

    I love the little birdy!!

  38. Tanya says:

    Kajsa’s blog is inspirational, I check it frequently. I am so glad that you featured some of her work here. She is extremely talented!

  39. heide says:

    So sweet!

  40. Lil' d says:

    Just beautiful.

  41. Jen says:

    Love all the mixing of techniques…embroidery, quilting, etc. so neat.

  42. ainhoa says:

    Lovely red bird!

  43. Kathleen says:

    Oh how lovely! One of my favourites so far!!

  44. Your work is wonderful. I checked your blog also. thanks for sharing.

  45. Marcia says:

    This is such a creative little quilt. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing.

  46. Jeanne says:

    It’s delightful! I love that bird – and to think that you did so much of it freehand. That’s a gift!

  47. Julia D says:

    So fantastic!! And do check out her blog: such fun & wonderful work!!

  48. Alisha says:

    So creative and so talented!

  49. Jill says:

    This is really beautiful. I love it.

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  51. Elizabeth says:

    I had experimented in the past with freehand writing, but this little quilt is fabulous. I suppose it takes a lot of practice to write with your machine ;o)
    Great quilt!

  52. Annika says:

    This is absolutely stunning. So inspiring!

  53. nikkapotamus says:

    Thank you for sharing with us. I love your bird quilts. So sweet. I also love the fabric in the bottom left corner of Carpe Diem. Collecting fabric with text is a hobby of mine, but I never know how to use it in a quilt.

  54. Leah says:

    This is absolutely lovely!

  55. amelia says:

    what a cute little bird! its always refreshing for me to be reminded that quilting doesn’t have to be just straight lines…

  56. nicolette says:

    I’m totally in love with Kajsa’s work! Wonderful to see it on your blog today!

  57. Michelle says:

    Love the little bird!

  58. Amy says:

    Wow — Beautiful quilt! I love art quilts, and your’s is simply wonderful — I may have to try one like it!

  59. trishia says:

    “The cage and text is done freehand by machine” WOW! Talk about talent! I think if I tried to freehand anything with my machine, it would turn into a mess of crooked lines that resembled… well, a mess of crooked lines. Gorgeous- love her idea here with the free bird.

  60. Ellen says:

    Quilting gone “green”…everyday I am being inspired to think outside the box…Thanks!

  61. Michele says:

    Beautiful…I love the items in her shop!

  62. Amy W says:

    WOW! I’m amzed that the cage and words are done freehand by machine. Adorable!

  63. Missy says:

    I love the idea of using vintage linens and the birdie is too adorable.

  64. Regina says:

    So simple and so elegant! I love it! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  65. sandra says:

    I love(!!) this one!

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