Category Archives: Quilting

New Year & New Fantastic Sewing Adventures!

January 15, 2013, Posted in Home Dec, Inspiration, Quilting, SewFun! Blog, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I hope you have had time to relax and enjoy time with your friends and family. During the holidays I have been sewing new curtains for my kitchen, and for for my sons kitchen too! Here you can see my new red curtains for my kitchen.

The Husqvarna Viking team have been working with a surprise for some time, and you will enjoy it a lot, I am sure!

A NEW fresh wonderful and ”Sew Much Better” Husqvarna Viking homepage!

Among the new great features you will find:

  • The perfect match tool! All you have to do, select: Your area of sewing interest + your sewing level + what kind of sewing you wish to do = the perfect Sewing Machine for you!
  • There will be a new superb overview of all the Husqvarna Viking accessories. It’s really great as the accessories, will help you to get the very best sewing result effortlessly.
  • A support area where you will be able to download the Husqvarna Viking PDF manuals, I know you have been asking for it!
  • Much more inspiration! With for example a User Gallery which allows you to upload and share your own sewing creations and get inspiration and ideas from other Husqvarna Viking family members.


 I will be ”off duty” this year and will be sewing in China, working on some secret projects, to learn more, and to bring in more of the contemporary art in my work.  I will spend time to explore at lot of creative sewing. If you want to see some work of my tutor Linda Kemshall please click here. Here is a wonderful quilt that she has been making: “Storm at Sea” a combination of piecing and painting with free motion quilting and fabric pastel highlights. (



Sew Fun! Blog is changing to “Joy of sewing!” Blog

While I’m working on my “secret” projects you have to stay tuned with the Blog. With the new Husqvarna Viking website the blog will be renamed to “Joy of Sewing!” Blog and it will be written by my colleague Carina Thavelin.

She will take you behind the scenes of what we are working on in the office, and share tips and hints of sewing with her own personal touch. The new blog pages will still give you many possibilities to get sewing inspiration and a lot more. So make sure to change your bookmarks and follow Carina while I’m in China.

If your country has not yet released the new website when you read this blog post, it will before end of March. So please hold on a little while and you’ll see something new really soon…

Before I leave you I have myself nominated the most crazy thing I have sewn, to share with you!

A coffee filter!

I was desperate one morning, I had run out of coffee filters and I am a coffee addict.

By the way: Sweden is the second most coffee drinking people in the World and the stores in Sweden are not open 24-7. I did come up with the idea to sew one by using tear-away stabiliser on my overlock machine. Why not? Here it is!


Have a Happy Sewing Year 2013!

Thank you and ”sew” long Lena.


October 24, 2012, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration, Overlock, Quilting, SewFun! Blog, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

As I was working on my dress, and have not yet been able to locate stores that has got all the items I would like to use, I did come up with other solutions. Thought you might want to see what I did. Instead of the lace for the edge around the v-neck and sleeves, I used a matching solid blue stretch fabric. Cut a long strip and ironed it lengthwise to be used as a piping. To help me keeping it perfectly on the width of 4mm, I did use the basting stitch (6 mm long straight stitch) to run on the folded edge 4mm from the edge. Then it was easy to sew along that line stitching it in place on the dress.  I recommend using the Husqvarna Viking® Interchangeable Dual Feed Foot, when you are sewing on several layers of stretch fabric. 

Next thing was to stitch it along the edge, following the 15mm (5/8th) seam allowance. Iron again and finally I top stitched below the piping with a twin needle (2mm). Of course using the Twin Needle Safety in the Set Menu to make sure I do not accidentally hit any other stitch and prevent me from breaking my needle.

  I have finished the dress and the wallhanging. Here they are!

I have cut another dress in black with white dots. A Burda Magazine that I did bring here had a nice pattern.

Happy Sewing!


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“Sew” much more time to sew!

October 16, 2012, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Overlock, Quilting by  Lena Kantis

First project has now been started! I did only bring two summer dresses to China, as I planned for cold weather. I am not used to have warm temperatures in October. Here is still summer! Anyhow that is why I decided to sew a dress to wear now.My new cutting table is one of the kitchen counters which has got perfect height.

I love the fabric, and of course I have washed it before I get started. Sewing most of the dress on my Husqvarna Viking® overlock machine does make this a quick project.

 I did have one nearly finished halloween project too, a very small wall hanging. I will only add the backside fabric and quilt stitch it. The black fabric for the little quilt is now in the washing machine. I will get that done tomorrow!

If you are looking for making some small Halloween projects, why not embroider the new Inspira®
#116 Halloween Item# 620118196″, on a towel, tablecloth or sew a little mini bag that can be used when the kids are out to have fun with “trick or treat”. They are adorable!

Happy Sewing!



February 11, 2011, Posted in Embroidery, Quilting by  Lena Kantis

Tjoho! is my unordinary way of saying; Good Morning when I meet people in the morning! It is fun, and everybody is looking happy when I cheer in the morning.

This week has been hectic; you can not imagine all things we are working on. We have had visitors from several countries, as we all work as a team, to get our products to be the best, and implement suggestions that we gather from you and our fellow sewers.

As a special treat, I am happy to share a fantastic quilt that has been designed and created by my colleague in the United Kingdom, Jamie Warren. I think this “Texture Hoop Quilt”, looks fabulous, and he has done such a great job with creating the border around the quilt to become perfect in size.

The Husqvarna Viking Design Collection #220 “Textured Quilting” has been used in only a few colors which do make this a master piece. I can only hope that he will share more projects when I see him again in the beginning of March.

Now I have packed my suitcase, and I am heading for Norway and will be in a fantastic city by the name of Bergen, this weekend. I am going to be part of a big customer event in a quilting shop. I will try to take some pictures for you.

Next week I will do my best to be part of making a small video on how to work with one of our new Husqvarna Viking Design collections. We have bought a better camera and plan to make more videos so it will be even more easy to use our products. Hope you will be back to see it.

Until next week,

Happy Sewing!

PS If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week please send an email to:

Majestic Bedcover!

October 23, 2009, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, Quilting, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

One of my many ongoing projects is a bedcover that I am sewing in off-white satin, using the biggest embroidery hoop the HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER™ Majestic Hoop. The size is 360x350mm/ 14.2” x 13,8”. I started to create these blocks at a quilt show in Gothenburg a couple of months ago. It was attracting a lot of people to see what I was doing.

The Design Collection “Majestic Yarn quilting”, #209 is what I selected for the embroideries. It is fabulous as it has got many possibilities and you can sew them with embroidery thread or sew the designs with the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Yarn Couching Feet set. The design collection also includes designs for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Do All Quilters Hoop 150x150mm/ 6”x6”. What to choose is often the trickiest part!

I will use my new overlock machine, the HUSQVARNA VIKING® HUSKYLOCK™ s25, with the large extension table and the large sewing area to piece the blocks together. After calculations I found that I need 20 blocks. I also plan to add a border around the edges that I will create in a new software module; the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Quilt Design Creator.

Come back next week and let me show you!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).


    Lena Kantis
    I have my office in Sweden, but I do also travel worldwide to teach and to share the Joy of Sewing. The Sew Fun! blog, is sharing all the latest HUSQVARNA VIKING® news, regarding all our sewing products. Lot of inspiration, videos, and pictures for you to get inspired by! Happy Sewing!

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