Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving Thanks

Thank you to all of you that participated in the Blog Hop Party.  I was overwhelmed by how many of you stopped by my little piece of the blogging world.  

Thank you for your sweet comments about the Hug quilts.  I wish I could be a 'fly (yuck) on the wall' when those kids open their gifts.  I hope it brings them much joy.

I have been terribly busy sewing, decorating and shopping.  Trying to get ready for the holidays without being too overwhelmed.  (is that even possible)

Here is what I have been sewing lately:

14 placemats for a client:  

Impression of meandering left in the snow!  

From the scraps of those 14 placemats came this table runner:

From even more scraps or a bit of poor cutting on my part, came these pillows for me!

I have some more projects finished, but I won't be able to post about them until after the holidays (wink wink)

BTW the winner of my Blog Hop Party giveaway is:

"49 Jessica"
Here's her comment:

I am working on pj's for my sisters and quilted place mats for my mom. Thanks for the giveaway. That pouch is so cute and I love the fabric. 

She also liked me on Facebook and started following me on Instagram.  Jessica I'll be sending you an email (as soon as I finish this post)

For all of the my readers celebrating American Thanksgiving have a wonderful time with your family and friends.
Happy Hanukah to those celebrating around the world.

Happy stitching


P.s. Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hugs completed

 Welcome if you have arrived from the Blogathon Canada or the Blog Hop Party from Quilting Gallery.  click on either to go to lots of blogs and giveaways


Blog Hop Party with Give-AwaysI hope you enjoy visiting my blog.  For last couple of days I have been blogging about the making of these two very special quilts. See more here and here

At last the two memory quilts are completed.  They have actually been delivered and will be given as Christmas gifts.  The mother couldn't have been more happy with the results. I could tell by the tears.  She knows the quilts will continue to bring herself and her children comfort in the coming years.

Hello Lily

(Notice the difference in landscape in just a couple of weeks.)  

If you are visiting from the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop, I hope you are enjoying hopping around, all over the world, checking out amazing blogs, getting tons of inspiration and entering giveaways!

My winner will receive this cute little zippered pouch and these great Moda marble bright charms!

To Enter:

1. Just leave me a comment here about what sewing project you are currently working on.

2. For a second chance like me on my Facebook Page

3. For a third chance follow me on Instagram User name: lalaslovelys

This giveaway is open until November 26th and I will ship internationally

Enjoy your hopping!
P.s. I am also linking this post to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Up Friday

Giveaway is now closed

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hugs almost completed

If you are visiting me from Blogathon Canada, Welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy your visit.

Are you wondering why I have titled these posts "Hugs".  Well, my hope is that these 'memory quilts' that I have made for the children of the father who passed away too soon can bring them a hug when they need it.

I also wanted the mother/wife to have something from this project.  So I made her a pillow with left over shirt squares and a golf shirt. Now she has something to hug too. 

Now on to the basting and quilting of these two quilts.
First up thread choices

The daughter's quilt got the Aurifil grey with wavy lines running diagonal thru the body and feathers along the border all done on my domestic machine.

On the son's quilt I did some straight line quilting again on the diagonal varying the width between lines.  I learned from the fist quilt that the walking foot would sometimes snag going over the ties.  This time I used some quilting tissue over the ties and had no snagging.  (Always learning)

Of course binding had to be made.  I choose a solid black.  Wish I hadn't because I find it hard to see to hand stitch, but I managed to get through it. 

Almost finished showing you all about these quilts.

Tomorrow (Thursday Nov 21st) is the start of the Quilting Gallery's Blog Hop.  Hope you'll check out what my giveaway will be.  
Check back on Friday to see the final quilts revealed. 

Happy Stitching


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hugs continued

Over the course of September and October I worked diligently making these two 'Memory Quilts'.  My vision was coming together. ( See yesterday post)

After all the piecing was done this is what was leftover from the ties:

And from the shirts:

I even had enough strips for piano key borders. 

I mentioned in the first post about these quilts, there was also golf/polo shirts to use as well.  I kept those to use on the back.

One quilt would be going to her son and one to her daughter.    The daughter loved her father's yellow golf shirt the most so I paired it and others with this delicate daisy fabric.  

Her brother's choice of go beige and black golf shirts was paired with a more masculine fabric.

Getting closer to the final quilt
Final layout
Once again I hope I haven't bored you with all these photos of these quilts.  Stay tuned, tomorrow I will show you the final quilts.  


P.S.  the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop starts on Thursday... Giveaways galore will be happening..

Monday, November 18, 2013


Back in June or July I was contacted by a lovely lady (my physio's assistant) to see if I could make her two quilts for Christmas presents.  

Now these two quilts were going to be extra special quilts.  She lost her husband (53yrs old) three years ago and she wanted quilts made for her grown children using his shirts and ties she still had.  

I had to think about this.  I didn't want to screw up someone' s cherished clothing.  Could I work with these items knowing whom they belonged to?  (kids thought it was creepy).  After much consideration  I decided to go for it.  

She brought over a tub of golf shirts, ties and dress shirts.  And there they sat until Sept.  (too many things were happening during the sumer to get started)  The pattern and layout were up to me, she didn't care.  I came up with the idea to include a family picture on the quilt.  (something I have never done before).  
Out came the pattern books and magazines to look for inspiration.   I consulted Bonnie K Hunter's book Scraps and Shirttails.  

And then got down to the task at hand.  Making two quilts using 6 golf shirts, 4 dress shirts and about 10 ties.  
the following pictures take you through their journey. 
ties unstitched
Shirt cutting begins
2.5" strips ready to go; lots to work with
test run of block
3 blocks done, many to go
tie strips; very slippery; used muslin underneath

Tie string block
many tie string blocks
I had to keep reminding myself through this process that these are not my colours.  These are being used for sentimental reasons.  

Whew I think that is enough photos for one post.  Drop back tomorrow for more progress on these quilts. 

Happy stitching


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Using wool

started a new project last night.   I picked the kit up at Quilt Festival. I haven't worked with wool before. I know I can't wear wool, makes me too itchy. So I'll see how this is on my hands. 

Any advice from you when working with wool?
I'm still deciding if I hand stitch or machine stitch. Time might be the deciding factor. 

Happy stitching

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Quilt Festival Classes

One of the highlights of going to Quilt Market and or Festival is to attend classes with very experienced and inspirational quilters.

Unfortunately, due to our late registration, many classes were already full and the selection was a little slim.  

Kim (Chatterbox Quilts) my travel buddy and I managed to get into an Eleanor Burns class.  We also had a chance to meet her at her booth.  She mentioned that her first addition "Quilt in a Day" series of books are now becoming collector items.   I happen to have one of them, which I guess I better hang on to now.

in her booth

Her class was promoting her new book El's Kitchen which has many great patterns in it.  

Kim and I got to be the quilting angels (helpers) in the class and got to hold up her quilts for the class. 

Kim & Eleanor
Baby Lock machines provided

Here is my finished block/mug and goodie rug, all ready for a cup of tea and a scones.  

Stay tuned for more 'sewlibrity' quilter pictures.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Back to reality

While I have been home from the International Quilt Market and Festival since last Friday night, I have had my head down trying to get back to reality.  In other words a mountain of laundry (that took 3 days to conquer) restocking the fridge (two trips to grocery stores) and putting suitcases and purchases away.  

I did manage to buy a 'few' things in Houston and of course they were all quilt related.  

Want to see?

Festival bag, photo paper and rulers


Gadgets, thread and woo lie

Magazines that were handed to me!

Patterns and book

Tea towels to embellish, chenille and rag rug kit

All that fit in my suitcases and no extra charges were incurred!  whew!

More from Market and Festival to come.  Or check out lots of pictures on Instagram...lalaslovelys