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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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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