I can not describe the feeling of happiness when finally being able to start a creative process…? a relief and big big sigh of “let go” can finally leave me.

With many months of disbelief in myself, a feeling of will this ever be good, a roller coaster with emotions and sickness… I can now say I am on to something ( cross my fingers and hope I’m not too quick here) at least something have happened. Feel more at ease, not loosing weight anymore…which means I can eat ( still on my strict diet), have filled up my levels of vitamins and minerals, getting support for my stressed adrenals..and lots more. Still have a hopeless thyroid… But can’t have everything…Sleep is better…instead of just a couple of hours ..it have now doubled! ☺️ hmmm..still have a lot to work on there..but crossing fingers… ☺️ lets hope I’m on my road to recovery and not sidetracked all the time!

Sewed I said!!

Yes yes yes…I’m making BLUEBERRIES!!!

 

This Summer/Autumn I found a closeby place with blueberries when walking Molly, picked for breakfast ( both Molly and me…she LOVES blueberries ? ) and we have enjoyed lots. Blueberries have always been my favourite, no allergies there..thank goodness…

So when I saw a picture of the Australian Homespun Magazine and a quilt made by Sarah Fielke… I just saw blueberries …no apples…but BLUEBERRIES… ☺️

Started sewing at once…and I’m in LOVE..they are the cutest ever! 

Haven’t come that far…and for now I’m just sewing for fun!! Have no plan what so ever…do we need that? NOPE!!

And what was it that got me into all this sewing….it was my SCRAPS! One day I just picked one box of colours…happened to be a blue one… So from now on…do not EVER underestimate the POWER OF SCRAPS! They got me playing.


And more scrappy happenings happened…  But more of this another time… Now I do need to try and find out if I can post my blogpost from the WordPress app… More fingers crossed!!

See you all lovelies! 

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Had no intention of making such a long pause from my blogging, I think I said somewhere in a recent blogpost that I would try and blog more… 😉
Well, now that didn't happen so bare with me!
 
Lots of personal things have happened, big time stuff for me, and hard time too. Still tough and will be for a while, but after this shit …I hope I'm in for some good times!
 
You who have read my blog for a looooong time know I struggle with health issues, and what can I say …I still do…I still struggle…I search…and haven't been well yet.
 
I have now found out that I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis, and it's an autoimmune disease that attacks my own thyroid, and if not treated as it should it soon comes new autoimmune diseases… And so it have…it now attacks my stomach as well…So the uphills have been no fun…
 
So I started to sew (read try) to keep mind occupied. Thought I was going crazy! I started to sew on my Road To Recovery:) there were bumps daily in my life…some huge ones..some smaller ups and downs… Days better…days worse… It was still bumps…
 
So I just sewed together pieces from scraps, cut out a bump and appliquéd it…
 
But not even that did go as I wanted, was even hard to pick up sewing. Slow mind, always tired, pains, the stress, the always there mad heartbeats and heart dunks driving me crazy. And the non existing sleep..two hours a night ain't good and this have been going on for quite a while… Was diagnosed with thyroid problems 2011…just recently I found out myself about the Hashimotos … Thank goodness I am stubborn!
 
Let's say that during all this my relationship with my partner suffered, and he couldn't understand all this, did not want either, and who can blame him ..I didn't either.
 
This spring it ended up with a separation and I have now moved to my own place.
A happy place of my own…will show pics later…
Have now lived here for about two months and I love my place but know I can't stay here forever which breaks my heart …it's too expensive.
 
With the move I also decided to do something about my diseases… Can't wait for something to happen..and Docs to rule my life…so I have contacted a Functional Medicine Nutritionist …and we have now started the treatment.
 
Will be an interesting journey..I hope..have had setbacks already since my body is so sensitive to changes it reacts to everything…but I hope that with a bit of positivity and some sunshine I will improve this summer!
 
Hashimotos really sucks!
 
Need to learn to love myself again and do the things I love… Will try my best every day… And even challenge myself with some sewing… Got a tip yesterday from The Healing Hashimotos Summit…and the speaker Stacey Robbins .. To do 100 days of Gong … This is an explanation from her blog:
 

A Gong in Chinese is a designated amount of time that you allot to perform a specific task daily. For example, knowing that it takes at least 90 days for a particular good habit to “burn into” your nervous system, the 100 Day Gong is the most appropriate length to practice. This means that we pick a particular practice (or set of practices) and designate them as our Gong and we diligently practice them every day for 100 days without fail. This means that if you miss a day, even if its day 99, you start over. Not only does this build resolve, it forces us to wake up and pay attention to our day-to-day routines. It is incredibly painful when you miss day 46, for instance, and have to start over. At first you try to make excuses to yourself about how it was OK and how you’ll just keep going, but then, a deal is a deal…you start over. Next round, you pay attention! It is a wonderful way of not only building focus and determination, but also to ensure that you train regularly. It is a dedicated act of self-love that snaps you out of your daily trance and brings the light of awareness to your consciousness. The more we practice, the more we wake up and the better off we are.

 
And a thought got into me..maybe I can do something sewing related for five minutes per day …or maybe do that mindfulness more frequent … In some way I will try! :)
 
Have a lot of bumps to sew! As I said didn't come far..and this is how far I have gotten until this day..it's a work in progress and have no idea whatsoever on what will become of this..
It's just a Road to Recovery… :)
 
 
 

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Totally forgot about this…
So sorry…
But here comes some notes of how I made it…
it’s an easy one so a lot of instructions won’t be needed!!! 😉
 
When designing this quilt in my head I just had a thought of how it would look..
and since I let my loved Scandibee members do the job and sew the blocks for me…
I let them decide… And I had no control.. 😉
 
The quilt has 5 x 7 blocks..that makes 35 in all…
It gave me the size I wanted on the quilt…
but please make it your own and make it the size that suites you…
 
Each block is 12 1/2″
 
I assigned my Scandibee members to make one coloured block
in their favourite colour and one low volume block…
 
My first made up blocks…
One coloured and one low volume
Just sew different width of strips together to create a 12 1/2 x 12 1/2″ block…
One thing to think of is …don’t use the smallest strips at the top and at the bottom of the square…
This gives room for cutting down to the right size if needed…
 
I put my ruler on top of my block to visualise the next strip, think it made it easier to cut the next strip.
(Because I always measure wrong…)
Use scraps or not… 😉 sew and make blocks…
You will need 18 coloured blocks and 17 low volumes blocks… (Or the opposite… 35 in all)
square them up to 12 1/2 x 12 1/2″
 
Think there can be many ways to use these blocks..mine is just one way
…maybe you will figure out another way..
 
I decided on cutting mine in different sizes…
 
First strip 3 1/2″
Second strip 3″
Third strip 2 1/2″
Fourth strip 2″
Fifth strip 1 1/2″
 
And now for the fun part…the lay out…
I wanted to keep mine in colour…
so I just mixed my green (for example) blocks
with each other so it would get a scrappy look…
And did the same with all the low volume blocks…
How to make block one, lay out
One coloured 3 1/2″ strip, one 3″ low volume strip, one 2 1/2″ coloured strip,
one 2″ low volume strip and one 1 1/2″ coloured strip.
Sew strips together to build a block…
Size 10 x 12 1/2″
 
Make block two :
One low volume 3 1/2″ strip, one 3″ coloured strip, one 2 1/2″ low volume strip,
one 2″ coloured strip and one 1 1/2″ low volume strip.
Sew together …size 10 x 12 1/2″
Now sew the blocks together…
Block one, block two, block one, block two and block one into rows
Start next row with block two…and so on…
 
Make rows and sew them together…
 
My quilt still needed a little bit of extra width so I added a low volume scrappy strip
to one side… Think it was about 4″ wide…;)
 
Hope this makes sense…am a little bit tired today…Shout out if I’m too unclear!
 
It was such a fun quilt to make..and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do…I now have a wonderful friendship quilt that I will treasure for years…it’s already well used!!
Still need to do that label though… 😉
 
Good luck…
 
See you
 

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