Sunday, December 17, 2017

Slow stitching Sunday and a win!

Hi everyone,

I hope your December is going well.

I have been working a bit on my Leo’s Mane quilt.
I’m a bit behind. But that’s okay. I’m going to keep working on it.

I have also been very fortunate to win a new sewing machine at my local quilt guilds Christmas dinner.
This sewing machine was donated to our guild by a local sewing machine shop, 

I am so thankful. This machine is a Janome M100 QDC, Special Canada 150 edition. 

I had purchased a few tickets for this draw, and was so excited that I won. 
I love it!! Thank you so much to Eric Simkins for this wonderful machine. 

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wow! November flew by!,

Hi everyone, 

I’ve been away from the blog this month because I’ve been super busy.
But, I did sneak some sewing in here and there. 

I cleaned my sewing room, and as I was sorting my Scrap bins into colours I came across a bunch of little bags of hst’s, charm pack remnants and such. So instead of moving them to a new location without using them I decided to do something with them. 

I first took a bag of HST’s that needed trimming. I trimmed them to the largest usable size which was 1 1/2 inches. I decided to make some scrappy friendship star blocks. These are 3 1/2 inches.

Then I had some bright HST’s with a white background fabric. So I decided to try making a block with them. These HST’s were also trimmed to 1 1/2 inches. This block is 9 1/2 inches. Cute eh!!

Then I took the left overs from the charm pack and made a placemat. 

And with the itty bitty scraps left over from the placemat, I made a mug rug.

Then, I spent some time making more blocks for the 365 Challenge quilt. 
This is where I’m at so far.

I love having a design wall. 

Then, I had to make a black and white block for the modern quilt group.
This block is 16 1/2 inches.

Then, a friend asked me to make a crib set for her as she is going to have her first grandchild.
She wanted me to use fabric from a Hawthorne Threads. So I ordered it for her and made her a quilt, bumper pads and a fitted sheet.

The deer fabric is exclusive Hawthorne Threads fabric from the Fawn collection.

This quilt didn’t take long as I used a panel.

I used a super soft flannel on the back.

It was the first time I ever made bumper pads and a fitted sheet.

So, as you can see, I’ve done quite a bit of sewing.
Plus I had two sewing sessions at my house where I taught a brand new beginner quilter make her first project. I’ve really enjoyed doing that. 

I hope to do a bit of Christmas sewing now that we are going into December.
Time is running out. I better get on it. Lol!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Works in progress

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well. 
Happy Halloween!
I’m handing out candy this evening to all the wonderful trick or treaters. 

The last few days I’ve sewn some blocks to make a table runner using the November blocks from my guild BOM. 
I have the top completed, and still need to quilt it. 

Here’s another picture.
I have it on my new design wall, which I purchased from Connecting Threads. 
It was on sale, plus I got free shipping. Love that!
You can see my table runner blocks in progress on my design wall. 
This is a collapsible design wall by Cheryl Ann.

I’ve also completed some of the pink blocks the the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017.
I made 9 plus blocks. 

Plus, 4 pink Arkansas crossroads blocks. 

I hope you like my projects.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A small finished table topper and some blocks

Hi everyone, 

I’ve had such a busy month. 
I helped my parents pack their things to move back to their home town. 
They we living in a house that we owned. 
When they decided to move, we stepped into action to put it up for sale. 
Carrying two houses wasn’t for us and we didn’t want to continue renting it. 
It was a lot of work to prep it for sale. 
But it sold very quickly. It was a relief. 
I hardly had any time to sew this month.

I had planned to make a table runner out of the blocks that I used for the my quilt guilds BOM. 
I had it all designed, but I was too tired to make all the blocks it required.
So, I made a mini version. A small 20 inch square table topper.
I really like how it turned out. 
I may still make the full table runner, but this one will do for now.

I also worked on trying to catch up on my Arkansas crossroads blocks that I’m making for the Rainbow Scrap challenge 2017. I just finished my blue blocks. 
I have to make the orange, pink, and cream/white coloured blocks still to be caught up. 
Here are the blocks I’ve made so far.
I’m really loving these blocks together. 
I hope you like my blocks.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A finished table runner, a finished quilt top and progress on Leo's Mane

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all doing well. 
It's been a crazy week for me. But, I did manage to do some sewing.

Yesterday, I finished my red and black table runner that I made using the first two blocks of my Sampler BOM quilt. It turned out really nice. It's a keeper.

I free motion quilted it on my Janome 1600p-db.
This was all from fabrics in my stash, including the backing.

On the weekend, I also finished my Idaho square dance flimsy. 
I really love how this quilt top turned out. 
It's all done from fabrics from my stash also. I busted a lot of tiny scraps with this one. 

I need to find backing fabric for it still and buy some batting to finish it. 

I also continue to work on my Leo's Mane quilt. 
I almost have part two completed. 

This is my current hand piecing project. This one is English paper pieced and I bought the papers from 
Eagles' Wings quilts. This quilt is Cathy's original design. 

I hope you like my projects!! 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Slow stitching Sunday and a mini quilt finish

Hi everyone, 

I hope you had a nice weekend.
I had a great weekend with my family. 
The weather was beautiful and I also got to do some sewing.

Today, is I was able to continue hand sewing on my Leo's Mane quilt project. 
I had completed step 1 in the sew along quite early.
But, since I purchased the pre cut papers from 
Eagles Wings Quilts , I was able to continue on with my progress. 

Here's my progress so far.
I really like how it's coming together so far. 

I also made a mini improv spikes quilt.
I joined the modern quilt group of my local quilt guild. 
They have a separate meeting once a month and have challenges for the group members to try.
I'm a keener. Lol! I went to the meeting on Friday and then came home and started working on a mini quilt. 
I've always loved improv quilts, but never really tried them. 
I was inspired by Deb of A Quilter's table to make improv spikes. 
I finished this quilt Saturday night. 
I really like the way it turned out.
I like the size of this project and may make another one in a similar size. 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Table runner progress

Hi everyone, 

I took my blocks from my quilt guild BOM sew day and made a table runner. 
It's not completely done. I still need to find a backing for it and quilt it.

I hope you like it!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Leo's Mane sew along, part 1 complete

Hi everyone, 

I have joined Catherine, from 
Eagles Wings Quilts in doing her Leo's Mane quilt. 
This quilt is English paper pieced. 
I decided to purchase the cut pieces from her store.
I'm so glad I did. This will save me a ton of time. Because these pieces are tiny. 

I managed to complete step 1 already.
I'm not the best at English paper piecing, but I hope to greatly improve as I work on this quilt. 

I requested a colouring page so that I could decide on how I was going to use my fabric.
 I knew I wanted it to be somewhat scrappy. 
I also decided to have two constant colours, Kona white and Kona black. 
The rest would be made from a rainbow of prints from my stash. 
Here's my colouring page. 
I'm excited to continue to work on this quilt. 
Go check out Catherine's site. 
Maybe you want to make this quilt with your own colours. 

Note: I'm not affiliated with this site, I'm just participating in her quilt along. Which I'm excited about. Ha!

Friday, September 15, 2017

My quilt guild BOM quilt.

Hi Everyone,

I designed the scrappy sampler quilt especially for the Limestone Quilters Guild.
We are doing this quilt as this years BOM.
It's more like a several blocks per month endeavor. LOL!
But, I've had really good feedback from people who are planning to make this quilt.
It's my first time doing a pattern for others, so it's been a bit nerve wracking.

We had our first BOM Sew Day yesterday.
We were nine ladies all together.
I gave demonstrations on how to use the rulers to make the blocks and how to put the blocks together.
We talked about fabric and color selection, fabric placement and value.
I gave tips on getting an accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

It was interesting to share my perspective on sewing a scrappy quilt.
It was fun to share with the ladies and they were very encouraging. Phew! I made it through. 

Because I'm doing these demonstrations, I'm making more blocks.
I don't really want to make this quilt again.
So, I'm going to use my blocks to make table runners.

These are the blocks I demo'd yesterday.

My plan is to make a few more of these blocks to make the table runner.
I've already starting cutting for a few more blocks.
It shouldn't take me long to make them.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A finished scrappy table runner!

Hi everyone, 

I did some quilting and hand stitching binding today.
It allowed me to finish this scrappy table runner.

I started piecing this table runner in June.
It is all hand pieced from a kite shape. 
I did not use English paper pieces. 
Just old fashion tracing of a template, cut it out the pieces with scissors and used a quarter inch seam to piece the shapes together. 

Here's a picture below of some of the piecing I did in Cuba on my holiday. 

I decided to use a large floral print for the backing.

I free motion quilted in on my Janome 1600p-db sewing machine. 
I really love how this table runner turned out. 
This one is mine and I'm keeping it. 
I hope you like it too.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

My Scrappy Sampler quilt is done!!

Hi everyone, 

I have another finished quilt to share with you. 
It's my Scrappy Sampler quilt.

I'm really happy with this quilt. 
This is my original design. I used all fabrics from my stash for the front and the binding.
The backing fabric is a wide backing that I purchased at a local quilt store. 
I quilted it on my Janome 1600p-db sewing machine with an all over swirl design. 
This quilt is a large twin size finishing at 76"x92". 

I'm excited to have it done and to be able to catch-up on some other projects that I've started. 
I hope you like it!! 

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

I made some little things

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all having a good weekend.
I'm working this weekend.
I haven't got any sewing in, but I did forget to post a few little things that I have made.

I recently made a little zippered sewing caddy.
I didn't follow any instructions, but did get a lot of inspiration online from Japanese quilted bag magazines. There are a lot of pictures on pinterest. 

So, I just went for it and made one.

I used those tiny bow tie blocks that I had made a few weeks ago. 
I added some lace ribbon from my stash.
I hand quilted it with some embroidery floss from my stash.
You can see the quilting better on the back.
Everything came from my stash for this make.
The zipper was from a thrift store bag of zippers.
On the one side I have two pockets for thread spools, thimbles and needle packs.
Then, in the center I have a skinny pincushion.
On the right I have a scissor pouch and a felt rectangle for needles.

I really like how it turned out for my first try.
It's mostly sewn by hand, including the zipper. 

Another little project I completed was a patchwork dog softie. 

It was made up of 1.5 inch squares.
These were mostly 30's reproduction scraps of fabric.
I also just used pictures I saw online to make this.

Isn't it cute. It's like an oversized pincushion.
I don't have any little kids around to play with a toy like this.
But, I made it in an afternoon, and it made me happy.
I love it!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Scrappy Medallion Quilt Completed

Hi everyone,

I'm so glad to have finally finished this quilt. 
I even got the hanging sleeve done. 
I love how this quilt turned out. 

This quilt is my original design. I started it in October of 2016. When I started making it I didn't have a plan. I just kept adding rounds and designing them as I went. At some point I made myself a drawing of it on graph paper and continued on with my design as I had drawn it. I'm really proud of how the colours worked together and that I used my fabric scraps to make it.

I quilted it with a swirl design on my Janome 1600p. 
I had some tension issues while quilting. I didn't notice it right away and ended having to remove a lot of the quilting and redo it. That was a pain. But, I got it done.

I used a large scale print on the back. I got the backing for $3.88/meter. 
It was a steal. 

I hope you like it. I'm pretty proud of this quilt.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Hi everyone, 

I've been working a lot of overtime in the last few weeks. I haven't had many days off because of this. I'm not complaining because I need the extra money and I'm fortunate that I can get it. All my shifts have been 12 hour shifts. So, I've only done a little bit of sewing. 

I just couldn't bring myself to work on projects that I considered brain intensive. Plus I just wanted to play with my fabric. I sewed up some tiny 2.5 inch bow tie blocks. These are so cute. I've no plans for these yet. 

I also made a 6.5 inch Arkansas crossroads block, with my red 1.5 inch scraps. 
It's also a super cute block. 
The majority of my sewing has been on scrappy nine patch blocks for Butterfly Threads Scrappy Star Sew-a-long.
I've made all 48 coloured 9 patch blocks from step #1. I didn't use the strip method as I had a huge bag of 2.5 inch squares cut that needed to be used. Sorry, I don't have a picture of these. I need to make the background blocks now. But I haven't started that yet. 
Did I need to start another project? No!!!!! 
There are so many sew alongs this summer. I wish I could participate in them all. I probably have enough fabric. Lol! But I don't have the time. Oh well. I'm hoping to finish one quilt before the end of the month. I have several tops ready for quilting. I just need to chose one. 
I hope you all have a great rest of the week!! Hugs !!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I have the blues....

Hi everyone, 

The blues I have are in the form of quilt blocks! Lol!
Here are the blocks I made so far.
Twelve plus blocks

Twenty four spool blocks. I hope to have 30 blocks by the end of the month. 

I also made some tiny 2 inch 9 patch blocks with crumbs. 

I decided to turn 4 of these blocks into pincushion. I added a 1.5 inch border to these to make these pincushion. I was inspired by Crazy Mom Quilts to make these. 

I filled these with crushed walnut shells. Two were machine quilted and two were hand quilted. 

I hope you like these. 

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