So..are you surprised…two posts with just a few days in between… 😉 … I am!

Have been sick all week in a cold that my dear son gave to me…but hope it will pass soon…so to amuse myself I have been going nuts on Instagram and it’s hopeless feed with posting new and old post at no chronological order… with that I just realised..I need to blog more… so here I am.

May (and April too) … ahh …those gorgeous months we had with wonderful summer temps and the melting snow … and to prove that..this is a picture of that much loved son …sunbathing in the middle of April…see no leaves on the trees 😊 and still snow on the rooftops…

The quilting was slow and with that said…I finished my quilt Happy Trees …the very very last days of April… so…I had to add a April label to my quilt. Ha…how stupid of me to think I was going to be finished in March… really silly.

You who read part one…knew we went to Arjeplog to catch the last snow to photograph the quilt…and of course a visit…

Happy dogs..especially Molly I think..here she could run free…Elsa and Maya were not that happy being run over by monster Molly… phew

It was a lovely day with my so much loved sun…and Petra took lots of great photos of my quilt.

I freehand quilted the arcs on this quilt…and I think it turned out much more beautiful than I had imagined… I wanted it to look like snow piles..and I think it does!

Did not put a binding on this one…I kind of have fallen in love with the airy look the face technique gives…I highly recommend to try it… there are several tutorials to search for on the internet.

My happy face of having a happy quilt finished…and one that I made from my own ideas from start to finish… have had lots of wishes to make this one as a pattern…maybe I will…but it will be a booklet…huh…since there are not one block alike and a gazillion of other pieces…maybe I’m crazy enough to give it a try.

Last snow and standing by the lake next to mum and dads place with one of the many mountains in the background that my brother happily climbs up and down with his family in the challenge Top of Arjeplog.

See you soon… it’s kind of a promise…😉

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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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