Sunday, January 30, 2011

A sweet finish


Red heartRed heartThis little table runner is completed.  I wish I could say the same for the quilt, but I am still waiting on my batting.   Oh well at least my table looks good! (I have since added a large red pillar candle in the center). Wish I had some red dishes or place mats to complete the look…umm something to think about for next year!.Red heartRed heart

Right now I am working on a string quilt for a little girl, (pictures to follow, don’t want her mama to see it quite yet). I completed the top this morning (Sunday) but again waiting on the batting.  I am going to have so many hours behind the machine when the batting does come in!

I went to guild last Wednesday and showed off a few of my projects to them. Everyone was so pleased and ooohed and awwwed over them. That made me feel good. The program coordinator saw my Hexies and wants me to give a demo in February.  I am not sure if I am ready for this or not?  I have learned by watching videos and searching blogs for tutorials. Who knows if I am doing it right or not?

What are you working on?

Have a great Sunday. 

P.S. We are back to winter, at least 8”of snow fell in the last 36 hrs. and it is down to –20*C again. On Thursday it was 13*C breaking a 77yr old record!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

One pile of hexies!

It has been awhile since I joined everyone over at One Flower Wednesday.  It is not for lack of progress with my hexies, just lack of time to post about them.

Finally I gathered them all together to see how my garden is growing, of course Lily has to get in on the display too. 





DSCN8083I continue to play with the layout of this quilt top.   Random or coloured rows?  White garden path between the flowers or flowers next to each other? Help me to decide DSCN8087please!

there are 42 hexies here. DSCN8090

Happy sewing


Advice needed please

 I am trying to get through a few UFO’s this winter before the busy(ier) dance season of my girls starts in April with multiple dance competitions out of town. 

Some of the reasons these UFO’s aren’t completed is because I am questioning what to do next, how to finish them, quilt them, back them etc.  So for my next couple of blog entries I will be asking your advice.

I started this one back in the fall. Blogged about here. I had taken inspiration from all the falling leaves at the time.  If I took inspiration now it would be an all white quilt! I didn’t follow any pattern, just made it up as I went along, using only stash fabrics.

I have since assembled the top and added a border with crumb corner stones.  Do you think I need to add another border?


DSCN8080As soon as something is laid on the floor Lily is there to check it out, like an inspector.  I don’t know how she can hear a quilt being laid out when she is a whole floor away? Yet she can’t come in from outside when we call her.

Happy Sewing!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Seeing Red

I am seeing red, and pink and white all over my cutting counter.
DSCN8077While resting from my root canal on Friday (still have a sore mouth), I started playing with red, white and pink fabrics to make something for Valentine’s Day. I continued on Saturday and this is what i made:
DSCN8074I was happy to have used everything from my stash. Of course I still have to quilt them, but I am waiting for my batting to arrive from Connecting Threads. They are having a great sale on batting right now. At least it is great for uDSCN8076s Canadians and their shipping is reasonable. 
Do you think I should put more hearts on the blank rectangles or not?

Off to make some yummy lemon blueberry muffins and do laundry.  Call me weird but I only do laundry on Mondays. If it is not in the laundry room Sunday night it doesn’t get done!!

p.s. the batting didn't arrive until Feb 12th, needless to say the quilt didn't get completed for Valentines, or the SoScrappy colour challenge but I will get it done. The table runner was completed and enjoyed all month long.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Home from my first root canal and a little sore to say the least.  Come on pain killers kick in! Time for a nap since I was in the chair at 7:00am

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

mmmm mmmmm Good

Last night after returning from taking D#2 to soccer practice I came home to a house smelling like chocolate. Smile D#1 with no school (exam break) and no dance, decided to bake: 

  • Chocolate lovers cookies
  • Chocolate banana brownies
  • Chocolate surprise cupcakes

Now which would you choose, the fruit in the basket or the chocolate goodness?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

#2 for a Special Lady

Have you ever had someone in your life, that is not a family member, but has influenced you and guided you and helped you in so many ways?  Well I have! This lady lived two doors down from us, in a different neighbourhood from where we are now. I first met her in 1993-4 when they moved in. We bonded with both of them right away.  They were in their 60’s then and recently retired.  They have 7 kids, 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren now.  Through the years she taught me so much about gardening, sewing, canning etc. It was like having Martha Stewart close by.  She adored my babies and spoiled them with tea parties and cookies. He too was great at help with household advice and lending of tools etc.  In essence they were our family, our surrogate parents/grandparents since ours all lived 3000km away.  We still see them on occasion, but not nearly enough. Yesterday was her 79th birthday.  She also has to have surgery on Monday. I thought a quilt might help her speed up her recovery and because she is so deserving of it.  She is always giving. (Still spoils our kids with birthday gifts and Christmas bags). I surprised her at the restaurant she was having dinner at last night and gave her this quilt.  I hope it brightens her days of recovery.
Have a great day everyone!

Friday, January 14, 2011

It’s Pretty…

It’s pretty darn cold here:  This morning it was –25*C and with the wind chill that makes it –35*C.  but life must go on so you bundle up really well, hope the garage door opens and the van starts.

This is also pretty:
Made and sold for a sweet baby girl.  I love this one and it sure does brighten up this gloomy winter day.  Backed with flannel to make it extra cozy. I free motioned the flowers in the border and stippled the rest, bound it with a cute polka dot.  It is also my first finish for 2011! (need to make a new tab, category etc)
I am off to finish another quilt for a friend that is going in for surgery!  It is these nasty winter days that I enjoy curling up in a chair and sewing on a binding!
Since most of North America has some form of the frozen white stuff….keep warm and keep quilting, that will warm your heart!
Have a great weekend all!

Friday, January 7, 2011

You have to read this article...

This article will surely bring a smile to your face:  (thanks Peg)

Athough I only have a corner of our basement, I have always dreamed of having my own quilt/sewing studio with a door and lots of storage.  

More of an update on life and the new year next week.  let's just say I had a fabulous day of sewing today. 
Have a great weekend!