Friday, April 29, 2011

Oh sew busy….

It is crazy busy in our house these days:

  • one out of town dance competition completed
  • visit from BIL
  • Visit from niece
  • Grandma visiting
  • #1 son moved back home from university
  • deep in the second dance competition, in town
  • weather is miserable with snow showers
  • son gets wisdom teeth out
  • 3rd out of town dance competition next week

are you tired yet, I am exhausted!

Not much sewing being done with this crazy schedule, but I did manage to finally get this quilt finished.



This quilt was started back in the fall, taking inspiration from the falling leaves.  I used up all my brown, green, cheddar and brick red scraps to make the crumb squares.  I played and played with the layout until I came up with this.  I stippled around the cheddar borders, and stitched in the ditch around each block. the larger crumb blocks I stitched crazy straight lines (oops didn’t take a close up of that).  I free motioned a vine of leaves in the brown border.

This project was very liberating and something really outside what I usually do.  I think I will have to make  another one.

Be sure to check out other Friday finishes on Amylouwho’s Sew & Tell.  She has some incredible little finishes featured that are sew cute.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One down, two to go….

… dance competitions I am talking about! 
The girls did fabulous at the first competition in Red Deer.  Both had numbers in the Dance Off Showcase.  So proud of them. This year they are doing a jazz duet together.  Now I am double nervous watching!!
In between dance numbers, back at the hotel, I managed to finish free motioning the borders of this quilt.  It is a little bit of challenge sewing in a hotel room!!! I forgot my long ruler, I improvised with a small mat and brochure to cut the binding fabric.   It worked!  Now to hand sew it down.  
 a few of the costumes all ready to go!!!
Time to get ready for my mother’s arrival.  She will be visiting us for 10 days.  Coming to watch the girls dance and celebrate Easter.  

I hope the sun is shining where ever you are!!!!
Happy Easter

Monday, April 11, 2011

Finish #7 and a break

This is the last of my finishes for awhile. 

You see I am coming up to dance competition season with my girls.  Needless to say there won’t be any stitching time behind the machine happening. However I will be taking my hexies on the road as there is always waiting time.  

We also have family coming from Ontario to watch the girls dance, so we will have a busy hectic household for the next few weeks.

 My last finish: well I can’t show you it entirely or it will ruin the surprise.  Right now it is on it’s way to Australia to my Easter Swap partner, Julie.  I hope it arrives in time for EasterDSCN8345

I will still be around blog land but probably not too active.  Now time to get the guests beds ready!!

Happy Stitching everyone!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Finish #6

Whew I have been busy!

Back on March 26th, Katie and I went to visit Lakeside Quilters in Chestermere, AB.  They were having a community sew day.  Members of their guild and the public were getting together to sew rag quilts for charity.   I think in all they made 7 in one day.  Katie and I managed to finish this small girl’s rag quilt.  One side is denim and the other a whimsical fabric.  This is sure to keep a little one warm in a stroller!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Finish #5

DSCN8389I have been doing so much sewing I am actually emptying thread spools!!!

DD#2 and I worked together on this bag.  She chose the fabrics from my stash and cut the rectangles out on the GO cutter, then stitched them together.  I assembled the bag.   She has already used it twice on sleepovers this past weekend. 

She would love to hear from you over at her blog: kreationsbykatied 

drop in and say hi







Thursday, April 7, 2011

Finish #4

Aren’t these adorable?
It was announced at Guild the other night that one of the hospitals is looking for quilts for the Neonatal unit.  These will be used to cover the isolettes in NICU. They help to keep the light out and can be used to warm the babies too.  I used up some orphan blocks to make these.  There is certain criteria we had to follow to make them.
I hope these will warm the hearts of the families and help the babies grow.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Finish #3

During our retreat to the mountains over spring break, hubby and the girls went skiing one day.  That left me to amuse myself around the resort.  I went for a couple of long walks, read the paper and of course did some stitching.  DSCN8368

Delta Lodge @ Kanananskis


Kanananskis Country


view out our hotel room the first morning


chair in the lodge or  a quilt pattern?


project on the go (more about this in another post)

mountain hexies


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Finish #2



Love working with LazyGirlDesigns.  This one is the wonder wallet.  Her patterns are so easy to follow and straight forward.

I don’t know about you but my wallet was bulging from all the loyalty cards every retailer seems to have these days.  So I have put  this little WonderWallet to my purse to hold all those cards.  I have actually made 4 but 3 disappeared to some friends already.  I am definitely making more of these.


Don’t forget if you have a chance to visit my daughter’s blog kreationsbykatied.

Monday, April 4, 2011

A week of finishes…..

I have been busy sewing lately, but just haven’t been showing much.  So this week I will post a picture a day of some finishes that have been happening around here. Smile
Last week we were on spring break, so hubby, the girls and I escaped to the Kananaskis for three nights in the mountains.  The scenery was gorgeous and the service, food and accommodations were amazing.  It was a welcome break from the usual and hectic routine.
Before we get to a finish, here is what we woke up to on Sunday morning.  It snowed all day Saturday leaving us with 21cm of heavy, wet, record breaking snow.  It truly was beautiful, but I would rather it in December not APRIL.  Lily was out enjoying the snow this morning.!!

Finish #1:
Remember this quilt?  I was having difficulty with the red bobbin thread popping through.  Well I did fiddle with tensions etc. but could never get it just right, so I decided what the heck, leave it as is. Best part it was all made from my stash!

I further embellished it with some blanket stitching on the appliques and some embroidered hearts in the ‘blank’ blocks. 
I just LOVE this one!