Can’t help it…love swapping blocks with my friends… this time a basket swap with Louise. Sent my starter blocks to Louise earlier this year and just briefly mentioned this in a catching up post a while ago…not quite ok ..right :) thought so…it deserves a blog post of its own!

Here is my two blocks sent to Louise… with a note for her to use the colours I like :) sort of the ones used in the blocks… :) no other rules. 

Will redo the handles on my blocks…do them properly and applique them by hand… hadn’t expected that clever Louise would add her touch to the blocks she sent …this is what she sent me … :)

How brilliant wasn’t her idea…little appliquéd flowers in one of the baskets…wow…gorgeous idea…fell in love with it instantly ! So of course the handles needs to be hand sewn instead of machine appliqued… 😉

Isn’t they just marvellous…my four blocks to the left ( top two made for me by Louise) and Louises starter blocks to the right (top and bottom)…those she sent for me so I would know what to sew for her. This will be such an “easy” quilt to sew… hardly knows which ones are mine or hers… 😉 ( in fact when sewing yesterday I had to go back and see what Louise had posted on her Instagram feed to see which ones she owned…lol )

Yesterday’s sewing was so much fun..I really love to applique…but with everything that have been happening…I just put it aside…and well…yesterday’s sewing was like finding one more puzzle piece to add to my life puzzle. So happy :)

Appliquéd one little flower …. no plan whatever…found a little flower I liked and added the purple piece as background and a little stem…a bit quirky and that’s how I like it…

And I also made one without a flower..but added a bit of interest to the basket instead… liked that..so Louise…go ahead..do your magic on my next blocks… :)

And here are Louise’s blocks so far together … I really LOVE them… can’t wait to see how our quilts will turn out..it’s so exciting and can’t wait to see how next blocks will look like… Had a bit of trouble sending them off… they wanted to stay here 😉

Fun fun fun… :) 

And Louise is this months Queen Bee so I sent her blocks along with the baskets…

A classic and traditional Crown and Thorne block… will look amazing in just blue and white! 

Now to something new… pattern testing… :)

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When I moved to my smaller flat it became more obvious than before to have my place and most of all my sewing STUFF better organised … than ever! Anyone recognising this delicate problem??  😉 Ha ha…I’m certain we all struggle with this. 

I had to get rid of both my dining table and my sewing table… so new ideas had to be hatched…IKEA my number one go to where you can find both practical and affordable furniture with clever functions was my solution.
Fabric storage I already had solved (read some of it… 😉 ) when moving from the house…but still needed to figure out on how to save more space, so we raised Viktors bed and put it on top of my fabric drawers…so he now sleeps on my gold…aka my fabrics :) that are neatly folded in the MALM drawers. 
I really like this…Its perfectly visual…I can see every fabric instantly and have my stash sorted in colours, solids and special fabrics…like Kaffe Fassett and my Birmingham loots 😉 

Might do the same with my bed…but for now I have projects, scraps and unwashed fabrics stored in sealed plastic boxes under my bed. Since I have a wider bed than Viktor it becomes a space under the bed thats not used clever at all…a black spot. With bed rollers on wheels I can use the whole space. And I also doesn’t need to build steps for Molly to come up in the bed… 😉 no space saver for sure!!

Way back in time I used my wonderful cupboard to store fabrics in…in the other flat I used it for books and stuff I didn’t know where to put 😉 does that happen to you? Sigh!! Knew I had to come up with a different solution in this flat…I thought of bookshelves near the ceiling… still pondering over that…might do this later on. 

I had a corner that wasn’t used especially clever… the modem was on the floor and a lot of cables that weren’t looking good… did find the BILLY book shelf on IKEA… a neat and just perfect size to squeeze into that corner…  perfect for all my quilting books!

Molly supervising my book organising…

And with this relocation I got a lot of shelves and compartments empty in my cupboard! Hallelujah moment! And even happier I got when I found plastic boxes that just fit the space perfect. These boxes now stores my precut strips!! Wohoo!

Don’t worry …those boxes will soon be filled…no problem…I promise… 😉



Love this little corner of my flat… 

Sewing table is a LINNMON tabletop with adjustable GERTON legs …and as storage underneath I have an ALEX drawer on wheels which I can draw out and use as my ironing station. Have plans to make an ironing board on top of the ALEX drawer..think it will be perfect.  Have to find a better chair..but for now a stool and my meditation pillow let’s me sit high enough to have my shoulders down.  Wish I could sink my machine into the sewing table…that would be a dream come true…but for now this will have to do.

Cutting table is also a LINNMON tabletop with OLOV adjustable legs…its lifesaving for me to have the table in the right height..need to save my neck and shoulders… I also found a clever note/storage board SKÅDIS  which now stores my cutting tools, scissors and rulers…and stuff 😉 

And a little peek into my tiny kitchen… love the coziness of it…

I also made a small designwall to have right at the cutting table..works great when designing blocks. My bigger design wall I have in Viktors room (a big thankyou to him for allowing that) … works great to have it a bit away from sewing table… I can also see it from the kitchen…so when a block is placed wrong I easily can go and change it!

So now it’s just to start sewing!! Phew!! Still have not solved my problems with sewing, but I’m getting there day by day… it’s time for me to be whole again and have all the fun I deserve…long for that. Feel that the move to this flat have made me good. Feel more at home here…So friends…sew and be happy…let no one take that away from you. Happy sewing! :)

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I love walking around at Louise’s house…Where I find beauty everywhere…she has quilts all around the house… some of them new some of them good old favourites… 

A basket quilt in happy Me and My sister fabrics…a Leanne House quilt in pretty pinks and greens …a pink star quilt and a dreamy shirt quilt in pinks and blues…

A quilt made by me made from a pattern by Cheri Saffiote Payne … I have a pink one at home made by Louise …that’s sisters love. We know what we like :)
Doll quilts rolled up for Olivia to use..or just to be pretty, a fun cat quilt and a Noah’s arc stitchery quilt from a pattern by Lynette Andersson and little mini spool blocks soon to be a quilt.

And I also got to see Louise’s finished Plus block quilt that Louise, Marica and I swapped blocks with each other two years ago..or maybe it’s even longer than that… which reminds me…I have my quilt to finish… 😉

It’s a masterpiece if I might say :) … love the variety in the blocks…and wow…all the friendship blocks shared :) …seeing a block made by a friend and remembering which ones we made…that’s something special. You can read about the swap over here and also a tutorial on how to make the blocks here

Sadly my visit came to an end but I’m so happy I made this trip it made me realise I can do things again even if it made me tired…it gave me freedom and happiness. Thankyou Louise for having me a whole week!! And John too 😉 … promise it won’t be four years until the next time! 

See you… I now have some charged batteries! :)

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