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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When I moved to my smaller flat it became more obvious than before to have my place and most of all my sewing STUFF better organised … than ever! Anyone recognising this delicate problem??  😉 Ha ha…I’m certain we all struggle with this. 

I had to get rid of both my dining table and my sewing table… so new ideas had to be hatched…IKEA my number one go to where you can find both practical and affordable furniture with clever functions was my solution.
Fabric storage I already had solved (read some of it… 😉 ) when moving from the house…but still needed to figure out on how to save more space, so we raised Viktors bed and put it on top of my fabric drawers…so he now sleeps on my gold…aka my fabrics :) that are neatly folded in the MALM drawers. 
I really like this…Its perfectly visual…I can see every fabric instantly and have my stash sorted in colours, solids and special fabrics…like Kaffe Fassett and my Birmingham loots 😉 

Might do the same with my bed…but for now I have projects, scraps and unwashed fabrics stored in sealed plastic boxes under my bed. Since I have a wider bed than Viktor it becomes a space under the bed thats not used clever at all…a black spot. With bed rollers on wheels I can use the whole space. And I also doesn’t need to build steps for Molly to come up in the bed… 😉 no space saver for sure!!

Way back in time I used my wonderful cupboard to store fabrics in…in the other flat I used it for books and stuff I didn’t know where to put 😉 does that happen to you? Sigh!! Knew I had to come up with a different solution in this flat…I thought of bookshelves near the ceiling… still pondering over that…might do this later on. 

I had a corner that wasn’t used especially clever… the modem was on the floor and a lot of cables that weren’t looking good… did find the BILLY book shelf on IKEA… a neat and just perfect size to squeeze into that corner…  perfect for all my quilting books!

Molly supervising my book organising…

And with this relocation I got a lot of shelves and compartments empty in my cupboard! Hallelujah moment! And even happier I got when I found plastic boxes that just fit the space perfect. These boxes now stores my precut strips!! Wohoo!

Don’t worry …those boxes will soon be filled…no problem…I promise… 😉



Love this little corner of my flat… 

Sewing table is a LINNMON tabletop with adjustable GERTON legs …and as storage underneath I have an ALEX drawer on wheels which I can draw out and use as my ironing station. Have plans to make an ironing board on top of the ALEX drawer..think it will be perfect.  Have to find a better chair..but for now a stool and my meditation pillow let’s me sit high enough to have my shoulders down.  Wish I could sink my machine into the sewing table…that would be a dream come true…but for now this will have to do.

Cutting table is also a LINNMON tabletop with OLOV adjustable legs…its lifesaving for me to have the table in the right height..need to save my neck and shoulders… I also found a clever note/storage board SKÅDIS  which now stores my cutting tools, scissors and rulers…and stuff 😉 

And a little peek into my tiny kitchen… love the coziness of it…

I also made a small designwall to have right at the cutting table..works great when designing blocks. My bigger design wall I have in Viktors room (a big thankyou to him for allowing that) … works great to have it a bit away from sewing table… I can also see it from the kitchen…so when a block is placed wrong I easily can go and change it!

So now it’s just to start sewing!! Phew!! Still have not solved my problems with sewing, but I’m getting there day by day… it’s time for me to be whole again and have all the fun I deserve…long for that. Feel that the move to this flat have made me good. Feel more at home here…So friends…sew and be happy…let no one take that away from you. Happy sewing! :)

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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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