Thursday, May 18, 2017

A pincushion and needle case

Hi everyone, 

I hope you are well. I wanted to share the swap items I sent to Bea of Beaquilter . She is the one who organized this swap. Thanks so much Bea!  

Here's the pincushion I made for her.
I added some hand stitching to this one. I really like the effect it makes. It's filled with crushed walnut shells. 
I also made her a needle case and handmade card.
I enjoyed making these! 
I hope you like them too!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A plus quilt for baby.... in progress

Hi everyone,

I designed a little baby quilt to use some of the RSC2017 plus blocks I've been making. 

This baby quilt I'm donating to a young woman who is expecting her first child. This girl is 17 years old and was kicked out of her home when her parents found out she was pregnant. None of her family would take her in. One of my coworkers has a daughter in the same class, and offered to take her in. She's been with my coworkers family for six months now and is doing really well. When I heard this story it saddened me so much. I'm glad she is in a safe place now, with a good family to take care of her. I wanted to do my part and make a quilt for her baby. I had a teen pregnancy too. I ended up getting married at 18 years old. I had met the most amazing man, and I'm still married to him today, 21 years later. But it was hard, and a lot of people judged me harshly. I remember all those things that happened. I was fortunate to have family support. Even though they were not impressed with me, they still stood by me. 
I could not imagine being abandoned by my family. It would be devastating for this girl, at a time when she must feel like her life is falling apart. Making a quilt for her is my gift to help her in these challenging times. Many of my coworkers have donated items like cribs, clothing, strollers, and diapers. I'm always so impressed with the generosity of the people I work with. 

I would have gotten this quilt top done today, but my iron died. Ughhhhh! I'll have to go buy a new one tomorrow. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

RSC 2017, week #19 - green

Hi everyone,

I did make some progress on my green blocks.

Here's what I got done this week.

I made 13 green, 3 1/2 inch spool blocks. My goal is to have 30 made.

I also made 6, 6 1/2 inch plus blocks. I using these on more than one project. So, more of these are going to be made too.
I'm having fun with these blocks. I hope you had time to sew on your green blocks too.

I'm linking to So Scrappy!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A few placemats

Hi everyone, 

Today I made a few placemats as a gift for my Mom for Mother's Day. 
She loves placemats and uses them all the time. I've made her some before, but that was quite a few years ago. I had looked on Pinterest for ideas and chose to do them as courthouse steps blocks. I used 2 inch strips to make these, and batting scraps. 

The backing fabric is one that my Mom had given to me a few years ago. I thought it was perfect for these. I knew that she would like the back as much as the front.
These two placemats were part of the package I'd put together for her for Mother's Day. 
I'm working all weekend 12 hour shifts. So, I gave it to her this evening. 

She loved it! She always loves the things I make for her. She has them displayed all over the house. Lol! My dad really loved these placemats too. My Mom reminded him that these were part of her gift. Haha! They are so cute. I told them, I would make a few more to add to their set. My Dad was happy to hear that. Lol! 
It's a simple gift, but I know they appreciate it! 

My daughter took me out for dinner tonight to celebrate Mother's Day. And my oldest son was able to join us when he got off work. That was so nice. My two boys got themselves an apartment and are moving out at the beginning of June. I'm happy for them, but I'm sad too that I won't see them everyday. You know, even if they've been doing there own things and weren't spending much time at home, it was nice to just hear them come in the door. They would sit with me a few minutes and talk about their day. Or just run in to pick something up and be off again. But I knew they were okay and it made me feel good. Now they want to be on their own. It's hard for me to let them go, even though I know it's the right time, and good for them to learn about life. Oh well, kids grow up so fast. By the end of August I won't have any kids at home as my daughter will be going away to university. I guess I'll have to quilt a lot to get over missing them. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

RSC 2017, week 18, multi-coloured block catch-up

Hi everyone, 

Since I didn't have a chance to make any multi coloured fabric blocks in April, I took this first week in May to catch-up. 

I made these four blocks to add to my collection. 
I really love how these Arkansas Crossroads blocks turned out. They almost have a watercolour quilt effect. 

When I was looking for multi coloured fabric, I dug deep into my big scrap bin that hadn't been sorted yet. I found this little sandwich bag of older Art Gallery Fabric scraps. Leftovers from this quilt. 

These scraps were already cut to 2 1/2 inch strips. So I used these in the above blocks and to make plus blocks. 

Then, I took the smaller pieces and made my 3.5 inch spool blocks. 

I had cut some spool blocks out of aqua/teal fabric that were never sewn together. So I finished those too. 
I have started cutting out some of the green blocks too. I should have some to share next week. I'm just glad I'm caught up with these. Honestly, it was quite therapeutic to just sew blocks for fun. No pressure, no deadline. Love the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Go visit the others participating in this challenge here.

 I almost forgot to share my April quilting spending totals. I did really well. I spent $42.89! 
That's hardly anything at all. 3 fat quarters, a half metre cut and a new rotary cutting blade. My total quilting spending for the year is now $338.29! I removed the cost of my $400.00 sewing machine that I got for my birthday. The sewing machine is a long term investment, while the others are items that will be used up. Not bad though, I'm happy with my progress. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My Scrappy Sampler Quilt is a flimsy!

I'm so glad to finally share this finished quilt top. Considering I designed this in March of this year and I have a top done is pretty good for me. I have about 20 quilt designs that I've never made into quilts yet. 
This quilt is bigger than I have thought it would be. I really like the size. I love big quilts. It's definitely a bed quilt and will make a great twin size quilt with lots of overhang for today's thick mattresses. 
Here's a photo that I took in the morning with more daylight. 

I've been working night shifts this week. I don't work nights very often as I'm usually able to find someone to switch with. But not this week. It a lot more effort for me to get it done, since I was so tired. I was in a time crunch to finish this for Wednesday's guild meeting. I'm introducing this quilt as next years BOM. I won't have it quilted by Wednesday, but that's okay. 

I hope you like it. 
I've put in a lot of hours on this one, from making the design to writing instructions. Wow it's a lot of work! 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sampler quilt progress

Hi everyone, 

I managed to get two borders on my Sampler quilt the last few days. 
There are a lot of pieces. But I love the look of it. 
I'm working on the side borders now too. It's going to be a nice twin size quilt when it's done. I can't wait to have it finished. 
I have so many projects and other things going on right now. I've been busy.  
I decided not to do two versions for our guild BOM. It's just too much. I think this pattern is very nice and will do the trick. I'm excited to have made that decision. I know that it's the right one. 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Napanee Heritage Quilt Show

Hi everyone, 

On Saturday, I attended the Napanee Heritage Quilt Guild Show with my daughter. 
We had a great time! 
I took a few photos. I wish I had taken more. But you know how it is, I get distracted by all the beautiful quilts and forget to take a picture. Lol!

My favourite quilt of the show was this 365 Challenge Quilt. 
The piecing was amazing and the quilting was perfect. It was not overly quilted. Which I loved. 

I loved this fancy forest quilt. It was adorable!!

This Cosmos quilt was beautiful and so well quilted!!

This wall hanging was gorgeous!! I really loved it! It's called the Dance of the Dragonflies. 

The next few quilts are scrappy quilts that were in the community quilts section. This group makes donation quilts for various organizations!! I really loved these. 

The squares in this quilt top are 2.5 inches. Crazy awesome string quilt. 
Hope you like the photos I shared! 










Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Canada's Big Bee quilt is done

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well! 
I worked a lot last week. 
I was off work yesterday and managed to finish this donation quilt. 
I quilted it with a simple meander. The binding is scrappy. 
The backing came from my old stash. It's a super soft robot print. Perfect for a little boy. 
I really loved making this quilt. It's going to a Ronald McDonald House for a child who is going through treatment at one of the Sick Kids Hospital in Canada. 

I think this is such a worthy cause. I've had two family members use these services. So it's very close to my heart. I hope the child that receives this quilt loves it. 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Blackbird Gathering, a finished quilt

I finally finished this quilt. 
I free motion quilted it with my Janome 1600p-db. It worked like a charm. I also made a matching mini table topper quilt with the leftover strips. It's super cute. 
Here they are together!
I'm glad to have this off my list of UFO's.

Again, this was all made from cotton and wool from my stash. Yeah!!!
 I hope you like it!!

 Linking to:
Can I get a Whoop Whoop!
Let's Be Social!
Finish it up Friday!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday

I will be working on my Millefiori Rosette #1 this evening. I have prepped many of the remaining blocks. This is where I finished off last week. 
This rosette is all made with older fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics. I've had the fat quarters in my stash a while. I thought these were great for fussy cutting. I love how they look together. 

I hope you like it. 


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Canada's Big Quilt Bee

Hi everyone, 

I've finally finish the quilt top that I made for Canada's Big Quilt Bee. They are collecting 1000 quilts to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. It will be given to a sick child that is at one of the Sick Kids hospitals in Canada. 

They had wanted slab block quilts. But you know me, I can't just follow instructions. Lol!  

Lorna from  Sew Fresh Quilts had come to our guild and given a trunk show. Well, I bought six of her patterns. I pulled these out and chose three blocks that I thought would work well. 

As you can see they are super cute. The beaver, the bird and the raccoon are all patterns by Sew Fresh Quilts. 

Then I wanted to add the bounding bunny block by Sally Trude from the blog, The objects of design. This is also such a cute block.  

I had to cut one of my slab blocks to make space for the beaver block. But I think the quilt top turned out super cute. 

I need to make a backing for it now and quilt it. 

I hope you like it!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A gift for my Mom

Hi everyone, 

I made a quilted table topper for my Mom's birthday today. She loves bright colours and flowers. So, I fussy cut a large flower print and made a shadow box block with them.
 I initially quilted it with organic lines and it looked awful. I took all the quilting out, which took forever. Then, I quilted it with a tight pattern. I needed to do this because you could see all the spots from the old quilting. 
I was really nervous about the colours of this table topper. But when I gave it to my Mom, she loved it. I was relieved. 
I used a large Kaffe Fassett print as the backing. I hope you like it. 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Scrappy Sampler quilt progress

Hi everyone, 

I've got the centre of my sampler quilt done. Woohoo!

I'm really loving how it looks. 
What do you think?


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Slow stitching and RSC block ideas

Hi everyone,

I've been working this weekend.
It's interfering with my quilting. LOL!
Oh well, I can't buy fabric if I don't work. LOL!

Anyways, I have had time to do some slow stitching in the evening after work.
I picked up my Millefiori rosette #1 and I'm doing the final round.

Don't look too closely at the stitching on this EPP project. I'm terrible at EPP. I don't know why. But it's just not my thing. I will finish this round and make it into a wall hanging and that will be the end of this project. I love hand piecing better than EPP. I'm just better at it. 

Also, I worked on my sampler quilt the last few weeks, and some of the blocks that I made would be good for the RSC challenge. These are 12 inch blocks and look great all scrappy.
I think I will add these to my must make RSC blocks for next year.
I might even make some this year and catch up with the colours we've already covered.
What do you think? I used the Essential triangle tool by Bonnie K. Hunter to make all the HST's and flying geese. It's so much easier. These were all made from 2 1/2 inch strips. 

Anyways, I didn't do my spending report for March yet.
March was my birthday month. I turned 40 this year. AHHHHHH!
Okay, I'm getting up there. But I'm actually quite happy to be 40. I'm coming into my own, more or less. And I'm in a good place right now.

So, since it was my birthday month, I did spend more than I should have. 
I hope this is not a trend though. LOL! Because, I'm supposed to be good this year. LOL!
I don't know if this program is working, or if I'm just spending as much as I normally do.
Oh Well!
So, I bought a new to me sewing machine for $400. It was a steal and I couldn't pass it up.
That's my big birthday gift to myself. And I did do some fabric shopping. I spent a total of $192.50 on fabric. I bought 9 fat quarters, a 1 gallon scrap bag, and 11 meters of yardage. I also purchased the Essential Triangle tool by Bonnie K. Hunter and the EZ dresden ruler.  

So, my total spending for quilting stuff so far this year is .........$695.40
Ouch!! That does include a sewing machine though. Ughhhhh!
Okay, I need to get back on track. LOL!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sampler quilt....

Hi everyone, 

I've been working on a sampler quilt the last few weeks. This quilt is my own design. It uses traditional blocks, done scrappy. 

Why am I making it?
Well, I volunteered to do my quilt guilds BOM for next year. I wanted to make a sampler that could be done out of scraps.  My style is scrappy. I thought I'd share my techniques for making all kinds of fabrics work together in one quilt. So this quilt is being made ahead to encourage members to want to join in. 

The funny thing is that I second guessed myself on this design. So, I submitted a second layout that was more symmetrical, thinking that we could chose one to make. But it was a split decision, and I couldn't chose so I'm doing two options using the same blocks. 
 I'm a sucker for punishment. Lol!
Not only is this the first time I'm doing a BOM, it's my first time writing a pattern for others to make. And now I'm doing two!!!! What did I get myself into. Lol! 

So this is version #1. 
Hope you like it so far. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

RSC 2017 - Week #11 - red

Hi everyone, 

I've had a pretty good week. 
I did manage to get some red blocks made. 
I made 12 plus blocks. 

I also made some blocks designed by Sew Fresh Quilts. 
I made a raccoon 
And a Canadian beaver. 
These definitely take more time to make, but they are super cute. I have a special project planned for these. 
I also bought a used Janome 1600p-db sewing machine. I only paid $400, which is a steal. I'm so excited about it.  
I played around with free motion quilting on it. I had to work at getting the tension right. But I managed to do it. I love being able to make manual adjustments. 
I quilted this mini quilt with it. 
This mini is 8.5 inches square. 
I love how it turned out.  
I hope you all had a chance to get some sewing in this week. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

RSC2017 week #10 - red

Hi everyone, 

I hope you are having a good weekend. Today I managed to make four of my variation of the Arkansas Crossroads block. Thanks so much Marcia for letting me know the name of this block, 
I'm really loving these together. They look so great!! 

I hope you are enjoying making blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017. I know I am.