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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Way back in 2009 I dreamt about making a quilt like this one… 

Louise’s amazing churndash quilt (that also was inspired by another quilt in a book she had, we just couldn’t find that book, it would have been fun showing that inspiration quilt too) made in lots of lovely plaids and stripes…it has been on my mind for sooo long… and I told this to Louise and she spent one day looking for her churndash quilt… 😉 a certain someone has a lot of quilts and as it seems a lot of hiding places for them too… 😉 finally she found it and I could take another close look at it and be inspired… yes yes… I want to make one..and NOW!

It has everything I love…  my dream quilt… so said and done ..Louise graciously let me dive into her scraps and start my dream quilt… As organised as Louise is she had already cut strips in gorgeous fabrics…it was like a smorgasbord for quilters… :)


and well how now things happens … my dream quilt took another turn … 😉 making one block after the other picking fabrics that I likedand sewed…how fun wasn’t this…lots of fun… don’t think I have enjoyed sewing blocks like this in a long time… 

Like this quote…need to do that more often..I seem to get stuck in the planning mode way to often…so this was very nice… Just sewing and see what happens…

First day I think I sewed 20 blocks… wow…that’s a lot for me… and as you see…colours aren’t at all like in Louise’s lovely quilt…this quilt had a saying of its own…a bit brighter…greens had to be added …day two I added pinks to it…wasn’t sure if there were supposed to be pinks in the quilt…how silly wasn’t I…of course there had to be pinks in it…lol

Sewed blocks for two more days…but not as many as the first day…think I had 40 blocks when leaving Louise… ( yes I’m back home now) … still packed down in my bag…but will take them up and see what I made and show you later…

I’m really excited about this one…can’t wait to sew..just need to fix some boring things that needs to be done first so I can sew with my heart! 

Went home with a plan…and it will be interesting to see how this quilt will look in the end…all I can say right now…is that I like it very much..even if I doesn’t look at all as the quilt I dreamt about!

Have a few more pics to show from my trip to Louise… so if you’re interested in that..stay tuned ..it will come eventually 😉

See you!

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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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