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 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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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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to finally get my acts together and drive down to Östersund and visit Louise… all I can say is that I didn’t remember how far it was… 😉 phew… it took me 9 hours… 

Have feared driving because of my headaches… now it was time to test myself and just do it! And I did it!! Yay to me! 

Beautiful art by @parscaeli

Of course I got tense and got headaches but that was minor to my happiness of being with my beautiful friend Louise…

Had a lot to catch up on… sharing this and that under some quilts in her lovely garden watching her husband and son build on their new patio… 

Found some quilts that I have made at the house… that’s happiness…

Love her warm cosy friendly home filled with lovely quilts everywhere… this one brought lovely memories from a trip we made to Trondheim and took a class with Gail Pan and Leanne Beasley… how fun wasn’t that! Isn’t it gorgeous!

A work in progress… some Splendid Sampler blocks added with added blocks of her own ..and it’s a pink burst of joy!

Ain’t this one just it… a typical Louise quilt in her pinks and blues with a splash of yellow!

We also managed some sewing the first days… in between catching up, rest and the busy life in the Short family with visitors, visiting and sleeping over grand children and Louise’s care of her parents… this family does everything with the heart and fills me with such peace and love

July Scandibee blocks made by both me and Louise for May Kristin in Norway (@krispquilt) ….Lots of Flying Geese in a lovely colour way in greys and aqua.

Thanks for being all this to me Louise…

More to come in another blogpost … see you!

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