10/22/2012

My Wicked day






It´s my  wicked day and time for the witch  to fly


Booo



We don´t have Halloween in Sweden, the commercial interests couldn´t get  the Swedes to be influenced to feast Halloween. You could see some pumpkins for sale in the shops, but not so much more. No spiders, no skeletons and no ghosts and not even one witch.
At first I  hadn´t any idea what to sew, and I  started to blame myself being so hasty to hop in something that I  couldn´t maybe  manage to get something out of it. 

But as I love challenges, I thought  there must be some solutions to my problems and I must find some idea of what to create.

I started to google in order  to find some Halloween posters to get inspirations to create my wicked projects.
And what I found were Halloween witches that seemed to be   some kindreds and look alike to our Påskkäringar,  Easter bitches. 


Påskkärring is very much part of the old Easter traditions even into Christian times and some traditions are still practiced.

Påskkärring is a witch with a hideous face and a large nose, dressed in head cloth and a wide robe, flying through the air on a broomstick. The stick should be used with the broom in front (often wrongly depicted). With her on the broomstick is a black cat (always a symbol of bad luck and sometimes a transformation of the devil) and a coffee-pot (coffee grains were used to predict the future or cast evil spells).

All påskkärringar (plural form) gather on the hill Blåkulla for a "congress" during the  Easter where they meet with the devil. The major travelling days are Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. Many claims have been made as to where in Sweden this Blåkulla is located. A recent claim is on Blå Jungfrun, a small island i between the Öland island and the mainland.

I then got the fantastic idea to transform a Swedish påskkärring to an American Halloween witch with a Swedish touch.
I started to sketch and draw my witch and I have had so fun making my wicked lady with the necessary attributes, but I found it difficult to  give her a large nose and  grim face, my witch is maybe to pretty but I think she is cool.

I started with a grey background fabric  of 12,5 inches square,

My  witch is enjoying her journey through the blowing  winds lazy  resting on the broomstick,  as it was a flying carpet with her head on  a big fat cat as her pillow. Her companions are a black raven sitting on her knee and a big spider on her breast. And don´t you love her sexy  stockings and her boots.

 The landscape is Swedish with a church tower embellished with a golden cock, here is the Swedish touch to the Halloween.
Dont you think she is a very cool and wicked lady??
I had so fun making the witch and I hope that you will enjoy my wicked wall quilt and my story of the Swedish påskkärring.
I hope  that I have given you  some good and hearty laughters.


A great thanks for Madame Samm and Wendy Witch for organizing and doing this fantastic blog hop

This was my wicked project and be more wicked and visit the other wicked ladies today


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113 kommentarer:

  1. Wonderfull witch, hope she finds her way to Blåkulla....
    and don't fall off her brum.. :-)
    Have a wicked bloghop...and just enjoy...
    regards Ingrid

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  2. i love your wirch and cat on a broom

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  3. Wonderfull....
    Loved the sharing of the Easter Bitch!

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  4. I absolutely love your mini! I love the detail from her red nails, to the quilting of the shingles/roof tiles, to of course her hose! I love the story too! Fantastic work! You are very talented!!

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  5. Really enjoyed reading about the Swedish witches thank you and your finished wall hanging is wonderfully wicked.

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  6. I love her stockings also! She looks like she is totally enjoying her broomstick ride. Very cute!

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  7. What a wonderful story. Your witch is so cute! Thank you for sharing.

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  8. She's a wonderful witch! Thanks for sharing the info about the Easter witches too. That's the marvelous thing about quilters on the internet - I'm always learning something new!

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  9. This is really so awesome!! I hope you make top 2!!

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  10. Thank you for sharing the story about your Easter witch and your witch is so neat! Love the fish net stockings!

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  11. Thank you for sharing the story behind the holiday. Your creativity is stunning and you came up with such a delightfully 'wicked' witch for us today. Yes, I like the fish net stockings too!! Brilliant!

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  12. Oh she is just fabulous - love everything about your quilt - the moon, the clock tower, the witch - just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Great Work with so many details...
    and thanks for the story.

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  14. wow so much detail in those blocks, they are really cute! thanks for sharing

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  15. Definitely wicked to put a pin-up witch on that broomstick! She seems very relaxed, but that maybe because she has been travelling a long way to get to the retreat.....I love this one and I really enjoyed reading about a Swedish tradition!

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  16. You are right your witch is pretty! I love your wallhanging and especially loved hearing the story behind it.

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  17. What a Great Block. I enjoyed details of the cat and the stockings. Maybe her name is "Wickedly Pippy" Thank You For Sharing. You might be the forrunner bringing Halloween to Sweden!

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  18. Love your wicked witch. Halloween is commercialized very much in the US. I'm sure you checked Wikipedia for a good description. Children go house to house, knocking on doors and when you open they say, "Trick or Treat." You put some candy in them, the idea being that if you don't they'll play a trick on you. It's fun for the little ones whose parents accompany them with flashlights. Sometimes a few families will go together. My husband enjoys seeing the small ones, but for me it was always a nightmare as a teacher, having to deal with children sneaking candy during class. With the increased emphasis on nutrition due to the obesity problem in our country, it's a conundrum. Teenagers and adults also enjoy dressing up and going to parties and sometimes get carried away with celebrations. I hope that gives you an idea what it is like. Thanks for sharing your exquisite work.

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  19. What a nicest block and love the story.thanks for sharing

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  20. Så läcker hon är!

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  21. Your project is wonderful and so creative. Thank you for sharing your wickedness today!

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  22. Oh my ... you did a wonderful job. I love your witch !!

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  23. That is really cute. Nice job. I missed out on the Halloween hop. Maybe next year.

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  24. Very wicked, indeed. Excellent witchiness. Thanks for the lesson on your culture. It was great.

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  25. OHHHH Britt-INger...this is absolutely eerie...magical, whimsical and adorable..you were certainly in our top picks today...no disappointment here...love this

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  26. Fabulous! I love your block! The witch is wonderful - I like the bird on her knee!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  27. so, so glad you stuck with it. She is wonderful down to the last detail. Yes her stockings are great. Thanks also for the story/history, great start to my day. Take care.

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  28. I love your witch and the history behind her. It's one of the big perks of blogging, learning thru others eyes! You have done a beautiful job with your quilting. What a treasure.

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  29. Love it! What a great job and interesting story.

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  30. It turned out quite lovely!

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  31. You are so creative and this looks like a good beginning for a childrens story , the little quilt is amazing!

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  32. LOL...those are just adorable pieces

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  33. Hi!!! It is too cute!!! It does make me laugh!!! Love it!!! Very WICKED!!!

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  34. Sounds just like stories of witches here in Cajun country! Your witch is perfect.

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  35. Loving those sexy stockings, great job, thanks for sharing today!!

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  36. Wickedly wonderful! Love how she is resting on her broom stick! Enjoyed learning about Swedish Easter. Thanks!

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  37. I just love what you did with your Swedish Witch..... :) thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  38. Very cute. Love the sleeping witch.

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  39. Fantastic! I love your witch!

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  40. I love your witch, and thank you so much for sharing your tradition!

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  41. Love your Svenska witch!! When I got married someone gave me a "kitchen witch" as a good luck charm for my kitchen - they told me it was Swedish - I thought they were crazy because I had never seen one before! Now I wonder if it wasn't an Easter "bitch"? You did a wonderful job on your block - thanks for sharing!

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  42. Love your block and appreciate your sharing the history of witches from your country. Thank you for sharing.

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  43. What a great witch! Thank you so much for the little lesson about your traditions! There are certainly a lot of elements we have taken from that for our Halloween witches. You did a wonderful job!

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  44. I love your witch and the story behind it! blessings, marlene

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  45. Oh the the story and the witch! Wow!!

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  46. Very WICKED block. Thanks for participating...Come see me tomorrow on KwiltyPleasures.

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  47. We hosted an exchange student for a year who was from Stockholm, so it is very interesting to learn about your culture. Love your witch!

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  48. Absolutely awesome mini!! Love the stockings and the spider...so perfectly placed. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing in the hop!!

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  49. I love your wallhanging. The witch is great. ANd I enjoyed hearing your story which I had never heard before. It was the perfect block for Halloween.

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  50. Britt_Iinger, I love your story, thanks for sharing this. Your Halloween quilt is superb! I like your witch on her broom with cats very much! Thanks for showing!

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  51. I enjoyed reading of your traditions in Sweden. I always find them so interesting. I love learning of how other countries celebrate the holidays! Your little witch and cat are wonderful! She is rather pretty though! Must be the use of todays makeup! LOL! Great job!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  52. Ooooo, very spooky creations! I love your witch!

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  53. What a great story! I love your wicked witch!

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  54. Vilken härlig Halloween häxa du har gjort, nu ska jag in och titta på de andra också! Kram

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  55. Thank you for sharing this wicked lovely with us. Are you going to share the pattern at some time. I love the story. Safe tripping the witch :)

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  56. I like your witch, she looks very comfortable on her broom :-)

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  57. I love your witch. That is a cute project!

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  58. Takk for participating in the Wicked hop!

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  59. So so cute. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  60. So very interesting... and I am glad you rose to the challenge! Well done. Thanks for the story and background for your block.

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  61. Vilken underbar häxa!! Such a wonderful witch!
    Gun, Sweden

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  62. Love the witch and her kitty pillow! Thanks for sharing and for hopping with us :o)

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  63. Riktigt fin lösning på utmaningen. Kul att du använde dej av vår svenska variant, påskkärringen.Bra jobbat, kram till dej.

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  64. Britt, I love your witch. Thanks for sharing your block and the history of your Easter tradition.

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  65. Great witch block and story...thanks so much for sharing!

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  66. I love your wicked witch!! And thanks for sharing the Swedish witch story!!! Loved it!!!

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  67. Oooh, you did a wonderful job on your witch! I love all the details on this mini quilt.

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  68. Wow-this is wonderful!

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  69. Rosemary B here:
    Thank you for telling us such a lovely story of how it is in Sweden! I loved it! I feel smarter now :-)
    Your creation is absolutely beautiful and amazing.
    Here some people go crazy with Halloween, I mean really crazy with the front of the house completely full of crazy decorations and lights, Google it and you will find some examples,
    Well, I really love your attempt at this, yOu are so creative, Thank you so much for sharing

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  70. SO neat!! Thanks for sharing!! :-)

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  71. Very nice, Thanks for sharing

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  72. Really interesting about your Easter traditions and lack of Halloween! Love your little quilt!

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  73. Very nicely done. Love the witch, love the stitching, love the story, great details. Absolutely wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  74. wow! you are so creative! I can see how it started with one idea then just kept growing...I seem to remember you doing the same thing on an earlier blog hop too!

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  75. Anonym24.10.12

    So very clever!

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  76. She looks amazing!!! Beautiful quilting job!

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  77. I love your block...it is beautiful. I also must say that I also enjoyed reading your story. Thank you so much for sharing with us all.

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  78. Oh, Britt-Inger, I loved the story. Thank you so much for sharing it. That must be where we get the witch from in our Halloween. So many Swedes came here in the early 1800's, they just brought this with them. And of course, your wicked witch-----love, love, love it!!

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  79. Cute block; I love the witch!

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  80. Den här kommentaren har tagits bort av skribenten.

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  81. You did a wonderful job and I loved you wicked witch. Thanks for joining in even though you don't have Halloween .

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  82. It is interesting to realize that what occurs as our holidays are not celebrated elsewhere...I love your spirit of adventure! Thanks for jumping in!

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  83. Your witch is beautiful and the detail is great. You have given halloween a whimsical look and that is great. Good for you to undertake this task and thanks for sharing.

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  84. Your witch is wonderful & fun to see.
    Well done.
    cheers
    maggie

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  85. I LOVE your witch block. Do you think you could write up a pattern so that we could ALL have a pretty witch? I like the Easter witch story.

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  86. That's some witch. Looks like it was fun to make!

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  87. You did a nice interpretation of the halloween theme! thanks for sharing.

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  88. Your witch is cute but I really like the raven!

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  89. Your block is great! I just love it!

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  90. What a creative mini.

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  91. Amazing block! I think that it was just plain darling that you decided to have your witch and her cat lying back and enjoying the ride!! Adorable.  Great houses! Loved the crow/raven on top of your witch and the spider as a brooch. Wonderful quilt stitching. You do marvelous work. Thanks for your story, too; so interesting. Hmmmm, Easter?? That is a new one for me.

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  92. Vilken ljuvlig madame:-))
    Verkligen kul och fantasirik.
    Kram Gudrun

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  93. Wicked work thanks for sharing!

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  94. You are very creative. I love your witch. I think you captured the spirit of Hallowe'en perfectly.

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  95. What a wonderful little quilt!!!

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  96. Your witch looks very glamorous. A lovely block.

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  97. Great job! This Swedish witch would fit right in at Halloween!

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  98. Your witch is a devilish diva!
    Such a delight, thank you for sharing :)

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  99. Since my husband's family is Swedish, I found this very interesting. Great witch.

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  100. You certainly gave me laughs! I had to read Easter Bitches more than once to make sure I had read it right! Love your blocks! Thanks so much for sharing with us all!

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  101. This is pretty neat! I like the crow on her knee.

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  102. I love your block. So very cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  103. Vilken härlig käring. Och docka.Du gör alltid så läckra saker i underbara färger.
    Elisabet i Järfälla

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  104. Anonym28.10.12

    Så helt underbart! Kram My

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  105. Clever, creative and so interesting! I think your Swedish witch is wonderful (love all the details you added... like her stockings... wow!).

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  106. Cute witch! Thanks for sharing.

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  107. What a darling lackadaisical witch! Fun blocks -- great job!! :)

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  108. Anonym30.10.12

    Cute but way too many blogs for this blog hop. I prefer smaller blog hops.

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