Thursday, 6 September 2012

Farmers' and Crafters' Market, and finally a quilt top

Last Saturday was the first weekend of September, and time for the 20th annual Maa Elää event in Järvenpää. It is a bigger than usual Farmers' and Crafters' market and harvest fair with nearly 200 stalls instead of the under 10 on a normal Saturday. There is often also an exhibition of old tractors or lorries. The first one is a grey Fordson from the very early '50s. See how small it is!
This red beauty is a Valmet, made in Finland.
The green one is Zetor from Czechoslovakia. The blue one in the background is another Fordson, in case you are interested.
The scent of the apples was delicious. I must start cooking my apples now too, but our eating apples are almost no longer good. They can't be stored, cooked or baked, just eaten fresh. These stalls were on the market place.
The rows of stalls reached all the way to the end of the pedestrian area. New harvest: honey and garlic, separately and together.

Autumn's flowers

more of them

Autumn wreaths made of birch twigs or willow, and hand made jewelry.

Hand knitted wool socks in every size and colour. There were stalls with beautiful handicrafts, but the best ones were hidden behind buyers' backs so no pictures of linen dresses, more hand made jewelry or gorgeous knitted scarves and hats.

 The day was chilly but luckily there was no rain.

My craft room has finally something to show. I have added a white border and a multicolour piano key border to my Helping Hands quilt top. Choosing a backing is the next step.



  1. Harvest time is a favorite time. I'd love to browse the stalls. Garlic Honey...interesting. I just love your quilt. It's really modern and I love those solids with the scarf fabric.

  2. Thank you for sharing the pictures of the market. Looks like a fun day. Wonderful quilt, happy colors.

  3. Must have been a great Autumn show of goods. I love the colours of Autumn. Lovely new quilt with fresh,plain fabrics,Ulla! Looking forward to seeing the quilting:-) Have a happy weekend.

  4. Your quilt is very nice it is fun to go on markets. I will show the tractors to my husband.

  5. I love the autumn markets. The flowers at yours are so pretty. Amazing what you've done with the scarf fabrics, love those blocks!

  6. Such a pretty and bright quilt. Love the tractor comparisons. Fun fair!

  7. Love the colors of the harvest market. I can almost smell it too. Never seen so many hand knitted socks together.
    Your quolt top is beatiful. The best border for this quilt!

  8. I know about looking at the tractors. Each country seems to have their own.
    Lovely stalls all thoes socks!!
    The quilt is lovely. I really like the black sashing with the whit border. Zing!!

  9. I love the way you have used all the striped fabric and the piano key border matches it really well. Also loved to see the photos of your local market.
    Hugs, Jan Mac

  10. A lovely quilt - it reminds me of the colours of liquorice allsorts. Love the piano key edging too.
    What a great market to visit - lots of interesting things to look at. I really liked the stall with all the knitted socks hanging up. :)

  11. That is lovely work Ulla. I think the Egyptian fabric works really well in that setting.

    The market looked like a lot of fun. The wreaths looked especially nice. My grandmother who was in the land army in the war probably drove something like those smaller tractors. She never has learned to drive a car though. In her youth she went everywhere on horseback.

  12. We love old tractors, Ulla. You have some very unusual ones here! The market looks wondeful - harvest is the best time! I would love to try garlic honey, too!

  13. What a beautiful quilt. It is so colourful. What are the dimensions? Will you hand quilt it or machine quilt? Thanks for the market photos. I love markets and fall fairs.


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