Board Member Introduction ~ Kajsa from syko

on March 22 | in Contributors | by | with 41 Comments

Our new board members have been hard at work for weeks. They’re busy planning a very full and fun April Quilting Month! First up in our introductions we want to share our interview with new board member Kajsa from syko. We have been fans of Kajsa’s work for years here at Sew,Mama,Sew!, in awe of her mini art quilts, her amazing examples of appliqué and quilting and now her fabric design too. Kajsa will share some raw-edge appliqué tips next month and we can’t wait!

SMS: How long have you been sewing? When did you fall in love with quilting?
Kajsa: I joined my mum to a quilting class when I was 16 and I have been in love since that! It got really serious a couple of years ago when I started working full-time with my little craft business!

SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing? What are your favorite things to make?
Kajsa: I love the element of surprise, you never know exactly how the finished product is going to turn out. Playing with and combining fabrics is a great joy! I like making things with a lot of detail, like small appliquéd art quilts.

SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
Kajsa: If anyone knows where to get more time I’m all ears! I do work “full-time” with my craft business, but with two kids there is never enough hours in a day. My best tip- when the kids are away at school I just work and have thought myself to leave the dishes and other household things behind. Determination is the word!

SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
Kajsa: DIY! I make all my patterns myself these days, I used to think that I wasn’t up to it, but it is amazing what you can do if you just go for it! + I could not live without fusible webbing, the stuff I use for raw edge appliqué (see my post on the subject the 14th!).

Bunny patchwork cushion.

SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately? Why?
Kajsa: I made this cushion for Spring and I like it because it has many of the things I love: patchwork, applique, linen fabric and a recycled backing. Something old, something new and a whimsical playful touch!

Cushion back made from a shirt.

SMS: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Kajsa: I’m a mother of two and I reside in Helsinki, Finland!

More of me:
My blog ~ http://syko.typepad.com
My Flickr ~ http://www.flickr.com/photos/sykossa/
My shop ~ http://syko.etsy.com

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41 Responses to Board Member Introduction ~ Kajsa from syko

  1. Kajsa says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your lovely comments about my work here and on my blog! I have just started sketching on an appliqué project for you! ♥ Kajsa

  2. tscd says:

    Looking forward to that applique post!

  3. Renee says:

    I love all that green in your bunny pillow. Both the color and the earth friendly kind of green.

  4. Sharon says:

    I love the way the pillow is sweet but has a modern touch at the same time.

  5. alisha says:

    Can’t wait to see the post on raw-edge applique on the 14th. I’ve been wanting to give it a try.

  6. M. Malik says:

    Fab! Hurray!

  7. Amanda says:

    Refreshing!

    Love the repurposing aspect of Kajsa’s work as well.

    I have a new bookmarked blog to follow. :0)

  8. Ramona says:

    I really enjoyed checking out your blog. And that bunny pillow… to cute.

  9. Erin Compton says:

    Love the combinations of green. So fresh! *running off eagerly to add her blog to my following list*

  10. WhitneyG says:

    I love that second pillow- simple and very cool!

  11. Andrea says:

    what a gorgeous hoppy springy cushion!

  12. Lisa Eichholtz says:

    Love the pillows. Can’t wait to see what projects you bring us during Quilting Month!

  13. pikkuZAKKA says:

    Thank you for lovely interview ! I’ve been fan of Syko creations for some time now and I really like Kajsa’s way to do business as well. Lovely new spring items in her selection …

  14. Erin says:

    I love how creative your work is. I am really looking forward to this coming month at SMS!

  15. amy says:

    I just visited Kajsa’s site and her work is amazing. Thanks for the introduction!

  16. Lina says:

    That bunny cushion is adorable! I don’t usually go for quilted items but that one caught my eye.

  17. Kjirsten says:

    Adorable!
    <3
    Kjirsten
    http://sewgraciouslyblessed.blogspot.com

  18. upstatelisa says:

    So whimsical with wonderful color!

  19. How Awesome! I’ve been a huge fan for years, and I’m tickled that I can now find your work on SMS. Congratulations – can’t wait to see what you come up with next. You’re such an inspiration!

  20. Elaine says:

    I love her blog!

    Very cute things!

    Pretty colors and love the pillows!

    :) Elaine

  21. susieeemac says:

    Your pillows are lovely! I especially like the green colors in your bunny one.

  22. Kelli says:

    The pillow is just precious and I wish I had two just like it. I’ve got the perfect place for them…
    My wheels are spinning now…I’m off to write some ideas down before they’re gone. THANKS!!

  23. kathy h. says:

    I’ve been to Helsinki. Love your work.

  24. c.michele says:

    The bunny pillow is adorable!

  25. Sandra says:

    Lovely work and congratulations to the new board member.

  26. Christine says:

    That bunny pillow is awesome! I think if I saw that in a friend’s house I would be tempted to “borrow” it. *laugh*

  27. Christine says:

    Welcome Kajsa! Your mini quilts and appliqued quilts are wonderful. I love the bunny pillow, also.

  28. A quilting queen! Syko was one of my first favourited Etsy Shops. I’d never have the patience for quilting, so I love to enjoy other peoples! Kajsa does some great arty stuff with her kids too and I emphasise with the ‘time’ issue! A great addition to the board and much admired!

  29. Manechka says:

    I am in love with the bunny pillow! very creative and warm :) Just the right thing for spring!

  30. Debbie O says:

    I just visited Kajsa’s blog and web site her fabrics are wonderful and so are her designs. They make me smile. I am looking forward to following her!

  31. ~Helena~ says:

    Howdy. great pillow, love the mini quilts.

  32. Cheryl says:

    What a great addition to the Board!

  33. Ellen says:

    Just checked out Kajsa’s blog. Absolutely beautiful. So fresh and full of beauty. I’ll be reading and watching for more.

  34. jacquie says:

    i love kajsa’s work and her blog. such fun and whimsy in all of her work. welcome!

  35. Wendy says:

    The bunny pillow is great. Can’t wait to see what Kajsa has to show us next month!

  36. D'Anna says:

    Love her site! Thank you!

    I said a big Thank You for your site on my blog today!
    For those of us living oversees w/limited English lang helps – all you do is a big creative encouragement!
    Thank you!

  37. StudioCherie says:

    That bunny cushion is sweet.

  38. Amber says:

    I love her blog and all her creations – they are just amazing and so cute!

  39. jm says:

    I love Syko! Welcome!

  40. Nancy says:

    I’ve only been following Kajsa’s fun & fascinating blog for a few months, but I love her perspetive and am excited to learn more from her.

  41. Christina says:

    Your pillows are beautiful.

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