Life took a turn none of us in my family thought would come… In March my mum got both a cerebral and a heart infarct, looking back with all the circumstances happening..happy ones and a bit of luck and a strong mother it have gone beyond good.  After a week they sent her home, the medical staff amazed and they couldn’t believe the happy outcome, they didn’t think she would make it when she came in. So today we are all so grateful for having her back…up and about …almost as she was before the strokes.

Mum stayed with me for weeks getting back to health, alternating between my brother and me while they made changes to their home … so it would be easier for her.  It was so great seeing her progress from day to day… from not being able to write to do crosswords easily…no balance to walk the stairs…it was amazing. Couldn’t be happier than this.

In all this I’m so grateful for my family, we stood strong and united and all gathered supporting each other…thankful for my family, and the strength we all could give.

At Easter, next accident happened..my sweet black lab Molly hurt herself on something and needed surgery… once again we were lucky that we were on our way home from Arjeplog and happily the vet was available on the way home… distances are our nemesis up here in the north of Sweden. Beware of ugly pics! 

After all that it was about to move place for me …I finally found a smaller flat… and I’m so happy that the move was the easiest one could have…just next door…I could move in my socks… 😉

Mum helped me pack and it gave her practise using her hands and arms..

The move went so smooth and I am now in my new flat… have been here a month and it have been a struggle with an inflammation in my neck and a total melt down with horrible headaches day and night … stress…yes for sure! Can’t handle stress anymore so it have just been to drop everything and just be…including having to see boxes of unpacked stuff!

Did sew before the move, knowing I wouldn’t have my sewing room in order for a while… so I’m happy I managed that!


Scandibee blocks made for Marica, Helene and Jackie…

Think I had my birthday too… 😉


Got beautiful gifts from friends and family, but all got forgotten with mums accident… you know who you are and you all know I LOVED every one of the gifts. So thankyou!


Started on new quilts and had the intention of making my own patterns…so that’s still to come..just need to get myself back on track…and I will… that I promise ! Temperature quilt, Do what you love, Basket blocks in a swap with Louise and my tulip quilt.


Started a quilt for my daughter Petra to have in her new makeup room… this quilt is now finished and shall have a blogpost of its own.


And hip hip hooray…Viktor turned 18 now in June…how now that even happened I don’t know…think it was just a while ago he was counting birthday wishes from different countries on my blog … 😉

That was an update from me with what’s been happening here in Stina land… back soon and big hugs to my readers out there!


See you soon…

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November…
Not my favourite month
It's getting colder and darker…and to top that …snow…
A little is just fine to keep it lighter… But not a metre of snow please…
 
Do try to find beauty in nature at my walks with Molly and am happy to find it…
This is my thinking spot…
First ice and snow…
It's something special about sunsets… :)
 
On the sewing front it have been full focus on the Scandibee blocks…
 
This month it was my friend Maricas turn to be Queen Bee…
and she chose a lovely block made from a tutorial by Clover & Violet…
 
Loved that she have used low volumes with black and grey stars…
think this quilt will be fantastic!
 
Yesterday I finished the pincushion that is a part of the
Secret Christmas Swap in Scandibee this year
But more on that later… :)
 
 
 

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So better get my acts together and make a blogpost then…
Well you that follow me on Instagram already knows this… 😉
I designed a Button Quilt earlier this year… Yes I did… :) I call it…
Små och Stora Knappar
(Small and Big Buttons)
and it all started with me making Button Up for Louise as a gift ….
You can see that quilt HERE
And then a friend of mine made that quilt…and it spread…
and all of a sudden more wanted to make that quilt…
so I contacted Allison and asked if I could have a Button Up class here in Sweden…
And she was so so sweet and said no problem…
I even asked if I could make it my own and change sizes and layout…and yes…
No problem… So how great wasn’t that… :)

Lots of tea needed… mug rug given to me by Synnove…
So now a very tough job started for me… If I had realised how it would affect me…
I would have thought this through more than a couple of times…
Don’t read me wrong here…
I enjoyed every single day and how the quilt turned out and all the fun too…
But I guess I wasn’t completely prepared of how stressed I would become…
but I did it… :)
See.. my socks match this time… 😉
Back to the designing part…
I didn’t want to make the same quilt one more time…
and come up with the idea of having buttons thrown out on a piece of cloth…
So I started to make buttons in different sizes…
And believe me…this was so much fun… the quilt came together very quickly!!

Used a ruler and maskingtape to get the lines straight for quilting…
The quilt have four different sizes from Giant to Mini buttons…
Think this is a lovely idea…
because now you can make so many different kind of things
with the buttons…pillows …wall hangings… And quilts of course… 😉

 Couldn’t decide on thread color… but son said use the pink… thanks… 😉

Added some wavy lines… 

Love the thread color…
I used solids for the buttons in lots of different reds, pinks, purple, orange and yellow…

DOTS!!

and of course I used low volume for background… 😉
but this time I used a white and black scale to keep it more graphic.

 Had a very good helper…NOT!!!

I really love how this quilt turned out…it’s such a colourful and happy quilt…

Ikea print for backing…
Have more photos to show…and I will also try and take a picture of it outside…
And I will also show pictures from class day…
And I am hoping that I can be able to share some finished quilts once they are finished…
I know some are!!
Some might have posted on Instagram using the hashtag
#smaochstoraknappar
Follow there and see progress…
See you…

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