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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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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