Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A teacher gift

Hi everyone!!
 I hope you have all had a great day.
I made a bag today for my daughters teacher.
It was a last minute gift, as today was the last day of school.
Here it is.
I put a large pocket on the one side.
This pocket is big enough to put a large magazine.
The other side was left without pockets.
I put a zipper in the bag.
This is the first time I have done this.
It's not perfect, but it was good enough for today.
I added some pockets inside.
I tried using cotton webbing for the handles.
They look okay, but I don't think I will use it again for this type of bag.

My daughters teacher loved it.
So that was great.

I also got some great mail today.
The mail strike is over and I should be getting a few more packages in the mail soon.

This order came from Crazy Quilt Girl Fabric Shop.
I love this fabric.
Clermont Farms has some gorgeous prints.
I would love to get more of this fabric.

I will be away for the weekend.
My brothers getting married in Northern Ontario.
It will be fun to see all the family.

Edited to add:
Hey, I found more Baby GO! Cutter giveaways.
Here are the links.

Craft Buds - ends July 4th

Quilting Along The Gorge - ends July 10th

Have a great weekend.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Sneak Peak!!!

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend.

I spent some time with the kids and did a lot of housework.

I did do a bit of sewing.
I'm only going to show a sneak peak, because this is a gift.
I don't want to spoil the surprise.

Also, on Sunday I went to the beach with the kids.
Here are my two youngest running out in the cold water.

These two had so much fun at the beach.
We were at Sand Banks Provincial Park just outside of Picton, Ontario.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Grade 8 graduation night!!!

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all well.

Tonight I attended my DS2's grade 8 graduation.
He is growing so fast.

He looked so great all dressed up in a suit.

He is just 13, but soon to be 14.
I can't believe he will be in high school next year.
Where has the time gone.

He likes to pose for the camera.
Here's a few more shots.

I'm so proud of him.
He is such a great kid.

Congratulations Brad!!!


Monday, June 20, 2011

Scrappy modern baby rail fence quilt!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a great day today!

It was Father's day, and I spent a great day with my husband and my kids.
It was just beautiful outside.
This evening I finished working on one of my scrap busting projects.
My small 3.5 inch blocks turned into a simple baby rail fence quilt.
I decided to keep the border simple.
I'm really happy that I made this all from my scraps and stash.

I don't know when it will be quilted, but at least it's a finished top.
Have a great day.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Have you ever just wanted to sew......

but not think?

Well, that's how I have been feeling lately.
I just needed to sew to keep my mind busy, 
but didn't want to have to think too much while I was doing it.

Before I went up to Northern Ontario for a funeral,
I bought the newest copy of American Patchwork and Quilting, the August 2011 issue.
I was immediately interested in the cover quilt. 
You see, I had seen it before.
I've been following Kathie's blog for quite some time now.
She is a scrappy quilter, just like me.
Sew, I just love all the projects that she has been doing.

When, I got home, I decided to take my 1.5 inch strips that I had cut from my scraps and started making some of these blocks.
I had cut all my strips with my GO! Cutter 1.5 inch strip die.
That made my work much easier.
I have 52 blocks made already.
These were are a lot of fun to make.
They are so easy, and I used up a bunch of ugly fabric that I've had in my stash forever.
Since they are cut up so small, you don't really notice them.
I ran out of cut strips in the country, reproduction style fabric.
I still have full scrap bins though.
So, I just have to cut more.
I need 240 blocks for this quilt.

Then, as I was looking at my 1.5 inch strip bin,
I noticed I had a lot of modern, contemporary fabric still in there.
I wanted to use some of these up.
The problem was that they were shorter strips.
I also didn't have as much variety.
Sew, I decided to make little 3.5 inch rail fence blocks.
I used white as my center strip, then my scraps for either side of the white.
This is what I have completed so far.

I have 35 little 3.5 inch modern rail fence blocks.
Aren't they cute?
I think this would make a cute little scrappy baby quilt.

As I was trimming these little blocks, I had bits that were left.
So, I trimmed these bits.
Look at what I have.
These are 1.5 inch strips.

I thought I could use these to make little 3.5 inch 9-patch blocks.
I could  use them in the border of the baby rail fence quilt.
Hmmm.......I'm on a roll, I think!!!

I just love scrap busting.
I hate throwing fabric out.
Sew, this project will fulfill the need to use those scraps,
have hours of mindless sewing,
and make some quilts in the process.
Oh, I's cheap too, since I already have the fabric.

I don't have a timeline for this project either.
Sew, I'll finish, when I finish.
No pressure.


Friday, June 10, 2011

A new baby in the family, and a trip home!!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, my niece had a beautiful baby boy.
So now I'm a great aunt.
Isn't that exciting!!!

He is so beautiful!!!

Also, I had to drive back to my home town this week,
because we had a sudden death in the family.
It's always hard when you lose someone you care about.

But, one good thing was that I was able to see my parents.
I hadn't seen them in about 8 months.
They live about 8 hours away.

I took some pictures of my parents garden.
They live in Northern Ontario, so their growing season is a bit later then ours.

I always find it so restful to go there.
They have such a beautiful home and gardens.

It's been a week of mixed emotions, with some really sad times and really happy times.
But, I keep moving on through my days, and hopefully will have some quilty projects to share with you soon.


Monday, June 6, 2011

I'm done the quilting!!!

Hi everyone,

I finally finished quilting my Carpenter's Star quilt today.
Here it is!

The quilting is not perfect, but it's as close to perfect as I could get it with the tools I had.
And, not hand quilting it. (I didn't have time for that.)

I'm very happy with it.
I love it, actually.
I would keep it, if it didn't have so much white in it.
It would never stay white at my house.

Now, I just have to put the binding on it.
Yeah! I'm almost done.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Beautiful quilts by Lyne Lusk

Hi everyone,

Last night I went to our last guild meeting of the season.
We had a wonderful guest speaker.
Her name is Lyne Lusk.
She brought a beautiful collection of quilts to share with us.
I thought I would share them with you. 
Here they are.

This first one is made up of 3 inch finished 9 patch blocks and snowball blocks.
Isn't it gorgeous?
Here's another gorgeous one.
I love the border.
This one is made up of 1 inch strips. Love it!!!
I love the star quilt. It's such a great quilt to use up scraps.
And look at this one. Love it!!!

The one below is my favorite. 
But I'm sure you figured that out since red is my favorite color.
The one below was made with shirting for the background fabric.
I thought it was so cute. 

The one below is just stunning.
I just love all the applique.
Look at those daisies. Wow!!!

Well, as you can see, it was a fun night.
These quilts were just stunning.
I hope you enjoyed the show.