Thursday, November 6, 2014

Three flannel finishes

I was approached last October by a friend that had recently lost her father to cancer.  She wondered if I would be able to make quilts from his shirts for her sons.
On every special occasion over the years she would buy him an Eddie Bauer flannel shirt.

In June she came with a bin of more than 20 shirts,.   There was a great assortment of colours, solids, plaids and checks.  They were all size XL tall.  There is a lot of useable fabric in an XL shirt.

First up came the deconstruction of the shirts.  Cuffs and collars removed, plackets torn off, leaving lots of fabric.

Then came the cutting of squares.  I chose to cut 6" and 12" squares maximizing every bit of shirt.  I was just going with squares randomly placed.  I used the 6" squares on the front and 12" for the back.  So it was like getting two quilts in one.  I even used strips of shirts for the bindings.

Progress was slow over the summer with other pressing project deadlines, vacation, start of school etc.  But I did manage to complete them by the middle of Sept.


She is thrilled with the quilts and has saved them for the grandsons Christmas present.  There is even a picture of the boys and Opa on the label.   

Ok say I said there are three finishes.    Here is the third.  After these two quilts were done I still had squares and shirts pieces left over.  Further cutting into 4.5" squares (this time using my Accuquilt Go). I knew the squares wouldn't like up row by row, but I was ok with that.  Sadly not quite squares enough for back this time.  This quilt was going to be for Oma.  I chose a bright cheery pink with tiny floral for the back.  Kind of a'His and Hers' quilt.

More on how I finished these quilts in my next post.

I am so glad to be finished these quilts to work on some of my own projects.

Are you happy or sad to be finished a project?

Happy Stitching

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's been awhile

Where has the time gone?  I hope to get back to blogging more. 
I've got lots to show and news to share. 

Here are two fall tea towels I made for Thanksgiving a couple weeks ago. 
Happy stitching


Thursday, July 3, 2014

More finishes to share

again my apologies for my lack of blogging.  spring is always a hectic time of year in our house hold.  Lots of celebrations in a short amount of time.

Mother's Day
Father's Day
Son's Birthday
Daugher's birthday
Jr High Graduations ceremonies
Year End Dance Recital
Visitors (oldest daughter was home)
Start of Gardening Season

See, it was a busy time.  

Now that school is finished, activities are winding down and garden established I have found a bit more time for sewing. 

Here are a few recently completed projects:

Notebook cover and pouch for a teacher gift

 Cupcake banner/bunting for my nephew's girl friend's booth at a Farmer's Market. 

A pillow for me,  just because

Nested Churndash table topper or wallhanging for a good friend.  
Lily always has to get in on the action. 

These spools of thread will go in my friend's new sewing studio.  (I am terribly jealous of her set up!)

I have a few new projects started.  Which I will share later.

Hope you are getting some stitching time in this summer.

Happy Stitching, 


p.s. linking up to CrazyMomQuilts Finish it up Friday

Friday, June 6, 2014

A finish to share

This quilt was made for a young man as he finishes up 7 years of studying.  He, like this quilt made a few mistakes along the way, but we both got it done.  Congratulations Ryan!

Fabric pull

Lily always has to help out.

completed top

Thanks to Andrea at Urban Quiltworks for letting me use her machine. 

 Love the red flannel backing

The happy recipient.  And look he coordinates with the quilt. 

Happy Stitching and have a great weekend


and also to Whoop Whoop Friday @ Confession of a Fabricholic

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Hello all,
What can I say I have been very busy the last couple of months.   Here's what I've been  up to: 

1 trip to Florida for spring break

3 dance competitions (2 out of town)

attended the Red Deer Quilt Show

Walk in the woods for Mother's Day

22nd Birthday celebration

Stitching day with my friend Kim from Chatterbox Quilts

Trip to NYC with a high school BFF

Stop over in my home town to visit family 

Grade 9 graduation festivities

Gardens to look after

Also included would be the everyday things which are boring like cooking, cleaning, laundry etc. 
I am also trying to get back on track with my fitness.  All these things take time. 

I have done some sewing in fits and spurts.  I actually have a finish to show post.

Have you been keeping busy this spring.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Thank you

Thank you to all who entered my giveaway sponsored by

Random Number Generator chose comment 


Snowy South western Ontario. My favorite flowers are my roses, hybrid teas. I hope they survived the winter. Thanks for a chance to win.

I have sent you an email. 

I too hope her roses survived this rotten winter. 

My tulips are slowing try to grow outside.  In the meantime I'll have to enjoy the grocery store indoor kind.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter

I hope that everyone of you has a happy and blessed Easter Weekend.    I finished this table runner for a friend/client just in time for it to grace her beautiful large dining room table. 

Poor Lily had to go to the Vet yesterday for some skin irritations.  The Vet tech had fun decking her out in Bunny Ears.
Happy Easter!

Thanks to all that have entered the giveaway for the Basic Rain FQ bundle.   

Have a great weekend with your family and friends. I hope you can squeeze in some stitching too.

Happy Stitching


Monday, April 14, 2014

April showers in the fabric way

Wouldn't it be lovely if April Showers came in the form of fabric showers rather than rain (or if you are in Alberta, snow)? 
Pretty colourful Fat Quarters falling from the sky ever so gently.  Dreamy
Or perhaps in your corner of the world you are tired of April Showers or dreary fall days and need some brightening up of your day. I think I have just the thing. 

I have been asked to host a giveaway from a fantastic quilting shop.  

Sew Sisters is a Canadian quilt shop dedicated to all things quilting. 

For the past decade they have offered Canadian quilters great quality fabric, notions, books, kits and patterns, both in our store in Toronto and online. 

At Sew Sisters we believe you should buy fabric, not postage! So we offer terrific shipping rates on orders within Canada.  They will also ship internationally too.  They also host weekly giveaways on Facebook

Look what will be raining down in the giveaway.
Timeless Treasures Basic Rain 
10 FQ bundle  You can see more of it here

The colours remind me of my garden when it blooms with blue delphiniums, red petunias, yellow daisies, pink cosmos, purple irises and blue skies
My garden last June

If you would like this wonderful bright bundle to rain on you just leave me a comment of where you are from and your favourite flower.
If you are a follower or want to be leave a second comment for a second chance.

Giveaway open until Saturday April 19th
International comments welcome

Happy stitching or gardening if you are so lucky to be out doing such.


Giveaway is now closed

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Has it really been almost another month between blog posts?  Where does the time go?

I have been busy sewing and running the house!  I made a few quick projects.  

A new pencil box pouch for my daughter.

 A huge box pouch for my toiletries

A welcome spring front door hanger

And also this springy table runner

Can you tell we are just itching to have some spring like weather around here.

I did manage to get some much needed vitamin D with a quick trip to Florida to visit family and Mickey Mouse over spring break.

stay tuned for a sponsored giveaway coming this way soon. 

Happy Stitching