Little Miss Stella… or her full name… Stella Teresia 💗

how mesmerised can a Mormor be…it seems like A LOT! Have now been a grandmother or as we say in Sweden “mormor” for a plus five weeks now…and it’s lovely!

I’m so fortunate to live close, I can walk there and be there quite quick..either to annoyance 😉 or to help out or just to be able to get a bit of a cuddle.

This picture is from when I held her the first time…so precious…what a special moment in life..💗

And Morbror (uncle) Viktor and Stella ..so much love…

Tried really hard to get the quilt finished…but I gave up…no use trying…days were spent visiting Stella instead…but I managed to get the wreath of flowers and hearts on the quilt…

How cute isn’t baby Stella on the quilt…here she is two weeks old.

Next thing happening…we had a party to prepare and focus on…Petra turned 30 so we gathered family and friends (30-35 people) for a happy day. How I love these happy family reunions…so happy my parents could come…dad just had a big surgery but felt well enough to come and my mum had longed for Stella..so it was so nice it could be done.

Dad, Mum and Stella, Daughter Linda and Molly, Petra and Stella and the happy new little family Jimmy, Petra and Stella.

Now everything have slowed down a bit…and I’m back to pick up where I left…to finish some quilts … have some waiting!

Stella’s quilt are now prepped and ready for quilting…her name is also added…and I’m going to try and hand quilt this one…something I haven’t done in years…not sure how it will go…but I will try and as Louise said on Instagram…one stitch at a time…will follow that advice.

Now I hope I won’t forget my blog and post a bit more often…I wish myself good luck 😉… see you all.

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Or so before something special is to happen…yes..I’m going to be a grandma…how special isn’t that! It will be the longest and most nerve wrecking weeks. Phew. What a wait…and I’m not the pregnant one…😉

You who follow me on Instagram already knows this and have seen pictures of the quilt…yes of course it’s going to be a quilt made for my grandchild 😉…what a pleasure and joy …💗 and privilege.

Have had so many ideas and was lost at a moment on what to make..but one day it was there…I draw a quick little sketch so I wouldn’t forget..which I do way too easily. The happy couple had whispered in my ear that it’s a little girl…so this grandmother thought PINK instantly…ha ha…wonder why 😉

So a fabric pull was the first start…

Pinks…but I also wanted to use grey..to please the mother…( who told me…NOT TOO MUCH PINK ..😉) and well I love pink and grey together…

Decided early to work with magic numbers and make a pieced background..so the pieces would match up however I decided to sew them together… my choice was 1, 2, 4, 6 inch finished squares… so it was just to start cutting and let the fabrics do the work…that’s how I love to work…add fabrics and step aside and see and a lot of moving around with fabrics…it’s like painting a picture. And I LOVE seeing how it changes…and what happens if I add that and swap pieces …or….yes you got it…it takes forever..but I wouldn’t want to do it in any other way. It’s what I love.

How big then? Not a clue…but I had Louise’s voice in my head…from some time long ago…never make a baby quilt too small…so I added and added my one million gazillion pieces. And hmmmm…wasn’t this kind of boring…just pink and grey…hmmm…what if I added… GREEN…

Yes..yes…I like it…green as a little border ..pieced in a random way…now I felt excitement…think this is kind of back to my roots in a way…pink and green with a bit of modern touch from the grey. Yum!

The whole quilt is cut from my stash…not a single new fabric bought for this quilt. What a joy..shop from home!

Of course I had a supervisor ..as always…even if Miss Molly was bored from time to time seeing me carry pieces back and forth the design wall and cutting table and not play one bit… very bored I would say some days!

And one day I had all the pieces…and well now the real puzzling started…I have about 6-7 meters between my design wall and sewing machine…so a lot of going back and forth it was… Really need to make myself a little portable design board! Would make life so much easier…don’t know how many times I had to walk back and check where I took the piece from…and they say quilting is not exercising… ha!

Tada! One pieced background done! Phew… I must say I really love the green border. Like how it turned out and it will make perfect backdrop for the applique I’m going to make…

Now did it turn out as I had envisioned…honestly…not quite…but sort of close… 💗

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My son Viktor have this thing with the first day of January…he see it with such positivity…clear days, cold and crisp weather and just fresh…I really need to try and do the same…instead of burying myself and complain over darkness and cold days. So I will try…maybe add more colours and do more with happiness…so bring on HAPPY JANUARY!! :)

Did start a new quilt at the beginning of December and crazy me thought I would had a finish until Christmas…silly me…like there isn’t a million other things to do in December…and I always forget I’m not super woman! 😉

Have had this idea of making long skinny trees for ages …have had them drawn up in sketchbooks, different types…but never gotten to actually make them…so now I decided to get a go…and how fun didn’t I have…I became totally addicted by the trees I made. The only thing I did decide was what colours I would use and what size the quilt needed to be… and to use up some scraps! No block sizes no thoughts on how to sew them, just to go with the flow.

Knew I wanted a happier palette to work with than the common tree colours, so I chose pinks, purples and oranges and low volume for the backgrounds… Was inspired by the colour of the sky on some winter days here… just love when it has this ombré effect…From purple at the bottom to pinks and then to orange. Amazing is what it is.

First trees were made pretty quick once I had decided on the colours…long stems and scrappy fun trees…in happy bright fabrics. Just made the trees up while sewing…skinny here and chunkier there…

Like the non predictable kind of sewing…what becomes …BECOMES… I feel more free …more creative when not ruled by a lot of measurements.

Miss Molly was sick during my sewing (her stomach again) so she snored away while I used the sofa as a fabric storage/organiser of some kind…lol… ( she is now better, but the vet wants to test another kind of allergy food for her)

Added low volume trees with pink and purple backgrounds to get a little bit of interest and to get the winter sky effect that I wanted…

Wasn’t sure of this purple larger tree block but when having it up on the design wall for a few days I realised it was just perfect… needed a bit more colour to the background.

Now to the puzzle game…to get this quilt together…do I need to say that mathematics ain’t my skills…so it’s a brainier for me..phew…lots of mis cut pieces but …well…this doesn’t bother me so much…you can always add a piece to it when you love the scrappy look… PERFECT I WOULD SAY 💗

First section done…and this is about how far I came before Christmas chores and other makings came in between…more of this in another blogpost or two… :)

Can’t wait to get back to my HAPPY TREES again…just need to declutter my sewing area and set my mind on sewing again after happy family gatherings … boardgame playing …good food and chocolate…this is for certain not good for me but decided to treat myself this Christmas…and so I did! See you soon…and Have a Happy January dear friends…💗

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