This autumn I tried something new for me…pattern testing…EVEN if I didn’t have the time… 😉 Still decided to give it a go because the pattern looked wonderful…I got a picture in my head at once..so why not…

I pattern tested for Tikkilondon a patchwork shop located in Kew Gardens in London…someday I shall go and visit them that’s for sure! Their entrance is to die for…it has an amazing turquoise/aqua colour! Just that…that’s love.

I wanted to use my scraps…again…it’s a never ending story 😉 …but I do love that story…love my scraps! Saw before me a quilt made on a solid background with these beautiful wheels made up in happy scraps :)

Then I realised …I would never ever make the deadline with making a whole quilt…so I changed plans..happy I could do that 😉 so a pillow was now my target…and then the always recurrent problem was (though a sweet one)…what fabrics to use? My trouble this time was what to use as a background.

So I had to do a bit of testing…I dragged out some unfinished quilts …the ones in the same colours…The Birmingham quilt, The Round Peg Square Hole quilt and a very old one Carolina Crossroads … realise I have some quilting to do in my future 😉 

Up on the wall is the the quilt dO wHat YoU LoVe… and soon the pattern will be finished so stay tuned for a little giveaway :)

After discussions with myself, family and friends I decided to go with the soft blue jeans fabric…after all…Molly loves snoozing on the pillows and a darker fabric do help a bit… 😉 and those wheels looked kind of good on the darker fabric…but still think the pink would be gorgeous 😉 

With a bit of stubbornness and excitement I made the deadline …had fun revisiting big stitch quilting…YAY..So happy I could do it again so there will be more of that in the future…am thinking of the Smitten quilt :) maybe it will be too much …but I can try can’t I? Have some wool batting but also bamboo…wonder which one will be easier to hand quilt? Advices…please :)

Finally the finished pillow… it’s huge and pretty perfect I would say…really LOVE it…

Had a fun photo shoot at Öjeby Church … was one of the first chilly days with minus degrees…had some strange looks walking around the church with a pillow 😉 


We had …my pillow and I a pretty nice time…I only wished I had brought a cup of hot tea with me… :)

I’m so happy for this pillow…one more happy finish to add to my new feeling good home:)

Thankyou so much @tikkilondon for letting me test this pretty pattern for you… 

Now back to the final proofreading and the release of my pattern on Craftsy:)

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This quilt have been finished a very long time ago…I have just had a hard time sharing it…it’s a lot of things…and lately it have been my procrastinating of making it as a pattern! But I guess I needed this time to let go of some brain ghosts…pattern is almost done… WOHOOO :) …a bit more testing and proof reading …How hard can some things be…phew!

Think it’s time to finally show it on the blog… so here is my “dO wHat YoU LoVe”…

Snowy

Snowy photo shoot in Church Town in February 2017

With this quilt I wanted to make something for me that gave me a daily reminder that I actually can do what I love…to finally feel and bring back happiness to my sewing. The struggle with my health and the difficulties with sewing have been quite a journey. I won’t go in into details on what have caused all this mess…and have been going on for so many years. All I can say…it have been a journey of many things! Have felt for a long time that I needed to make my own peace and happiness…because not being able or allowing myself to sew…that is no happiness at all. With that said…I can say that this quilt means a lot to me..not just being pretty…because I think it’s that too. :)


Loved sewing on this one adding things I liked

I started on this quilt after Christmas sometime…had no real plan. I had played a lot with scraps and had lots of odd half square triangles in my scrap piles. So hmmm…what to do with them… some became butterflies…( which reminds me that I need to get back to them too) and some became hearts… and it was the sparkle I needed! Yay!

More scraps were added and finally I had a few blocks I felt could be done to something…very low volumes were used for the background…perfect setting for the words I had planned to add. It was a very fun process…so I sewed when headaches hadn’t me decked…some days I couldn’t sew at all…or weeks…had horrible stress to the body…don’t recommend stress to no one! Such a destroyer to life!

With the light returning… (YAY!!! Don’t like winters… no news to you who know me 😉 ) my quilt was finished and I was so happy for this quilt that was ME from first stitch to the last. Then mum got sick, more stress were added and then my move happened..the quilt was packed down …let’s say it wasn’t my priority at that time…then my life started to take a turn for the better…started to sleep a little bit better, could eat more things and with this stress reduced…the headaches eased a bit…That my friends are a lifesaver!! Summer came and I hung this quilt above my bed…Love seeing it every day and read and take in this message for me to live by. 

Took it out photographing once more… wanted to share and write that the long overdue blog post…couldn’t post winter pics could I? 😉 

When looking at this quilt I see that I have come back to things I so loved to make…details, stitchery and bits of fun things added.

Do love the label that I made…so happy to finally feel for something that I have made…makes me proud of how far I have come on my journey. Do feel stronger and can see that I have come further than I was two years ago. Yay to me!

I really wanted to try and make this quilt as a pattern…don’t we all need to be reminded to believe in ourselves and enjoy life…so please… don’t forget yourselves…do wHat You LoVe… life is too short to not to do what your heart desires. Never ever let someone take that away from you. I will for sure do my very best and do what I love..from now on!

Molly the observer in the background… 😉 

Hah…and what happened…Summer did end way to quick..still procrastinated about this pattern making. When autumn arrived I felt…Stina you need to let go of this…it’s time to share what you love and it will make you whole again. And so it will be..pattern is almost finished…I will test Craftsy at a start…I’m just doing this for the fun and my love to share and create. Could it be so that I’m healing?

Well Hallelujah to that :) If not…I have had a better time in a long time…that feels so good 😊 

So see you lovelies…with this picture I’m remembering the only day at the beach this summer..looking at my three brave family members taking a dip in the cold sea (they can be spotted far out as a trio 😉 ) what a lovely day to  💗…dO wHat YoU LoVe… 💗 that’s the way to do it…

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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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