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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Loved the first issue of the Simply Moderne magazine that I bought 2015 in Birmingham, so I bought the second issue when it came out..only because of the front cover…because I knew that my daughter would love that quilt..it was even perfect with turquoise background ( her fav colour at the moment;) )

So when they moved to the house last year and she talked about making a special room for herself …a makeup and walk in closet room..I immediately thought of this quilt. But things got delayed for them and I had enough on my own plate. So the quilt was set on back burner…until this spring… when I asked Petra if she wanted a quilt for the room ( not at all obvious nowadays 😉 ) and when she said yes I told her I had a quilt in mind but wanted it to be a secret and asked what colours she preferred? And low and behold..she said PINK … huh… how did that happen?  :) But that suited me just fine..I was happy and obviously I had the right pink fabric for the background too…phew… 

So the day of the horrible terror attack in Stockholm I started cutting to keep my mind of worrying over my brother and his family caught up in all that happening. 

Tv was on the whole day…cutting like a fool…and thinking of my lovely daughter in her soon to be makeup room…

Say hello to Elsa… who had come to stay after Mums accident…and is now living with my daughter. She was supervising me in every little detail on this quilt… 😉 while Molly was snoring from the couch 😉 pattern was quite big so it needed to be worked with on the floor. Am starting to feel a bit old… 😉 phew

I decided to cut up my log cabins in quarters and puzzle the stag together …hate waste of fabric… 😉  Love that quote… think I need to work more with what I have …feel such a pleasure when I do just that. 

I did my breaks…sun loving as I am after the winter… enjoyed “fika” in the old church town whenever we could! And went back working on the quilt. I decided on to straight stitch the stag down…to make it more modern…and I also know this quilt won’t need washing that often …

Excited…Molly…obviously not 😉 

But I was…I decided to use three different variegated threads to give the quilt a bit of life. There were only little left on the spools so I spread the different threads evenly on the quilt, so it wouldn’t feel odd if the thread ran out…and I like the effect! Had my mum here with me and she reminded me not to sit too long… 😉 can easily happen when excited. 

Spring got closer and the first flowers started to show, we found new places with flowers me and Molly… and the quilt had to be packed down…because of the move. Here is Molly in her new home that she adapted as hers at once…she even wanted to go to bed in the new flat while we were cleaning out the old one. That’s a good sign :)

Spring continued…my favourite trees started to bloom and I could sit out on my balcony sewing down all the wonderful beads that my lovely friend and clever idea hatcher sent to bling up the quilt! Of course it should have beads and sparkle when in a makeup room :) And this I knew would be loved by my daughter… so a gazillion of beads were added..at least until I had enough of them 😉 

This will be it for tonight… next part will come soon… see you soon :) 

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I’m so happy … I have a finish… a quilt… not big … but it’s a quilt! ❤️
Started this one intended to be a Christmas gift.. but had to focus on making new plans for Christmas…so it had to be put away… and now it’s a happy 2017 gift instead! ❤️️

I have always had a love for Cheri Saffiote Payne patterns…they are very fun to make and with a sense of humour … and best of all … not at all perfect! You can find her patterns here.
Made a revisit to my “old” Stina fabrics and made this version of “Embrace Each Day”.

 

Embrace Each day… it’s something we all need to do every day!


I webbed my pieces and machine appliquéd with a buttonhole stitch…


I used two strands of mouline yarn for the stitchery… ❤️️


Pardon the thread on the flower…? It felt a little bit strange sewing with this colour palette since it’s something I haven’t sewn with for a long time, but once deciding on my focus prints it all felt natural again… ☺️… and with the knowledge that the one I’m gifting it for would love it..it was a lot of fun… ❤️️…and I quite like it…☺️


Love the rectangle start instead of a square…


When deciding on the quilting I wanted to try something new out…just because… ?  I wasn’t sure on how it would turn out but I like it..and will make some more with the same quilting…


I started at the bottom and worked my way around the quilt … I actually was surprised I didn’t got stuck in a corner or something …which I very likely could have ..?


Do like the texture… a bit of traditional quilting and still not…and done by machine… ❤️

Photograph taken outside in -29 C … the winters first really cold day …Happy to have a quilt ready to be gifted to my lovely friend Åsa… ❤️ Happy 2017 ❤️

Pattern: Embrace Each Day

Designer: Cheri Saffiote Payne

Fabrics: From stash

Thread: Gutermann Mara 

Quilting setting: Top stitch needle 80/12, stitch length 3.0, tension 4.6

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