Saturday, August 28, 2010

"A Blessed Day" Wall Hanging quilt

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all doing well. I finished the binding on my little Christmas wall hanging. I decided to call it "A Blessed Day", seeing that we were so blessed to have Mary give birth to baby Jesus and that Joseph was there to support and love them through it all. I still need to put a hanger on the back of it, so that it hangs properly. I just did some simple machine quilting. I only have my old machine and my walking foot to work with. I didn't really want to hand quilt it. Thanks for the comments about the border. I decided that a simple dark blue border would tie everything together nicely. This quilt is 15 inches square. Such a great size for a wall hanging. Well, I hope you like it!!!



Friday, August 27, 2010

Cement leaves tutorial from Paulette at Sweet P Quilting

Hi everyone, I just had to share the link to Paulette's wonderful tutorial on how to make cement leaves. It is such a great idea for those of you who love to decorate in the garden. You can make a wonderful fountain like the one she made, some stepping stones....really the possibilities are endless. So with permission from Paulette, I'm sharing one of her wonderful pictures and the link to her tutorial. Go check it out. It's great!!!



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vintage love......

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well. I'm still working on my little Christmas wall hanging. I hope to have more to share tomorrow.

Tonight I wanted to share a few vintage notions that I have collected during my garage sale ventures this summer. This is just a small little grouping. I have A LOT of vintage notions. I will share more at a later date. I don't want to show them all at once. You just don't get to appreciate them as much that way. Here they are....I hope you like them.

I am also participating in the Pincushion Pass. I had made a pincushion a while ago for Krista and gave a sneak peak here. But then I thought it needed a bit more work. So, I ended up making a whole new one. A better one, in my opinion. So here is another sneak peak. It's going out in the mail tomorrow. Sorry Krista, for sending it this late. I will send it Express.



Sunday, August 22, 2010

An Accuquilt GO!! giveaway at Sweet P Quilting and some progress....

There is another wonderful giveaway going on at Sweet P Quilting for the amazing Accuquilt GO! Cutter. I would just love to win one of these. It would really make making quilts so much faster. You know how little time we all have to quilt. So go check out her tutorial and giveaway!!!

I also have been working on that little project I gave you a sneak peak the other day. Right now it's just a 12.5 inch unfinished block. I'm not sure what to do for a border. Maybe I should trim it a little smaller, than put a border. It's just going to be a little wall hanging. I hand blanket stitched around all the pieces, than added a bit more stitching. I made this from one of my original drawings. I also have a second one on the go. But I will machine stitch all the pieces and see how that turns out.

Let me know what you think I should do for the border. I need some suggestions.

 Hey! Maybe this will end up a little pattern for me to never know ;). So keep coming back to check!!



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A sneak peak and some yummy fabric!!!

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well. I've been working on some sketches lately. Trying to see if I could come up with something good enough to make into a pattern. The other day when I was at work on my break. I was finishing up my Tim Hortons coffee and started using the coffee cup as a circle template to draw on scrap pieces of paper.

I drew so many little designs in these circles. It's like I was inspired all of a sudden and the images that I was seeing in my head were actually getting drawn on paper. You know how it is sometimes you imagine stuff that would look great, but you can't seem to get it right on paper. Happens to me most times. Well, this time I was doing a really good job. I was so proud of myself. Needless to say the scraps of paper with the drawings came home with me.

I've been working at them here and there seeing what I could make with them. A few of the designs are  inspired by Christmas. I've started to put one of the designs together on fabric. I'm very excited about how it looks. So I thought I would share a sneak peak. I have just started, so there are still a lot of details missing in the pic. I hope you like it!!

On the fabric front, Alison from the Sew Modern Bee had sent some wonderful red fabric to make her blocks and I just loved it. I wanted to know who had designed it so that I could get some. She offered to do a swap with me. I had some Mermaid fabric that she wanted, so we did a swap. My piece of fabric was bigger then hers, so I told her to just throw in a few scraps (which I love) in to make it even. Well, I was so surprised today when I received the package. She sent me so many scraps. It was like hitting the jackpot. I love them all. Now I feel guilty 'cause she sent so much more that I did. Hmmmm....I think I can even it out with some fabric she would like. Well, that was a wonderful experience. I think I might just do it again. 



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Check this out!!!

Project Modern

The Modern Quilt Guild is goind to be hosting Project Modern Challenge on their blog, starting Sept. 1, 2010. There are going to be lots of prizes including a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP Sewing Machine. Isn't that exciting. You should go check it out. Just click on the button.

You have to go to Sew Many Ways blog to enter the Accuquilt Go! Cutter giveaway. It's just to great to not try to win. So go check it out!!!!

Also, I have been at the cottage again with the kids. We are still enjoying ourselves. I came back home today because I work night shift tonight and tomorrow. I have been working on some projects but I don't have any pics right now. But here is one of the kids at the cottage.



Thursday, August 12, 2010

A little gift from me to you!

Well, I finally took the plunge and designed a little stitchery pattern for all of you. I made a little wall hanging with the one that I made. It's just a little fall design. It can be used on a pillow, a journal cover, or a wall hanging. I'm sure some of you can make it more fancy than mine. I may add more details to mine yet, but that's all I've done up to now. I did mine in blackwork. I really like it that way. But it would look great in color too I think.
So, I made my first PDF file. It's not perfect. I'm sure I will get better as I make more. If you have any questions feel free to email me. I will do my best to answer any of your questions. The file is free to download. This stitchery is to be used for your own personal use or to make a gift. Please do not use it on items to sell. Here is the link below.

I hope you all like it. If you do make something with it, please send me your photos so that I can see it.



Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August Bee Sew Modern Blocks

Hi everyone, I finished my August Bee Sew Modern Blocks. These were quick and easy to make. Alison asked for three simple pinwheel blocks. She had already cut the fabric, so all we had to do was sew. It was very nice. She is going to be making a version of this quilt, but larger. I can't wait to see it all done. Here are my blocks.
Well, I just finished working my second night shift this morning. I'm still really tired. The humidity was so bad the last two nights. It made for two very long shifts. I'm off the next two days, but I'm heading back to the cottage. I don't plan to do too much more than just relax. I'm exhausted. I hope you all have a great couple of days.



Saturday, August 7, 2010

Between Charming Friends quilt top done

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a good day. The weather was gorgeous today. I went for a nice walk early this morning and it was so relaxing and cool.

I also finished my Between Charming Friend quilt top. It was supposed to be done a few weeks ago, but I just didn't have the time. I really like how it turned out though. The fabric is "Make Life...." by Sweetwater for Moda. I really love this collection. It's really modern and sweet. Now I just have to baste, quilt and bind.

I also have my second block for the Gifts of Grace BOM done too. I really like this one too. So sweet.

Here is another picture from the cottage we rented.
 This is late in the evening. Such a nice view of the lake.

Have a good night!



Friday, August 6, 2010

A little break from the cottage and some pics!

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.
I have been at the cottage all week with my inlaws and the family.
We rented a little cottage just 20 minutes from home for the whole month of August.
My inlaws are staying there the whole month,
but we will be going back and forth since my husband and I have to work.
The cottage is tiny. It is ment for a family of 4, but we have been 7 people and 3 dogs.
A bit crowded!
But we have been managing.
We've had lots of fun fishing and playing games.
 My husband brought his guitar and we sang
while roasting wieners and marshmellows over the fire. 
Even though I grew up in in North Ontario where the mosquitoes are plenty,
still struggle with them. They drive me crazy!!!
I've been using a lot of bug spray. 
I'm home for the weekend with the hubby and the kids.
 It's nice to be back to my central air and the comforts of home.
Ahhhhh!! I love to be home!!!!

I also wanted to share my July block for the Sew Modern Bee. Nicole wanted blocks with circles and she sent the cutest fabric. I decided to do some fussy cutting around the cute little prints. I used fusible web to adhere the circles to the background then hand stitched around each circle with a blanket stitch using embroidery floss. I really like this block. I hope Nicole likes it too.

I have a few more projects to share, but I will wait until tomorrow. I need to take more pictures. I'll be around until Tuesday. So I hope to share a bit more in the next couple of days, before I go back to the cottage.