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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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Idaho Square Dance quilt progress

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all having a great weekend. 
I had a chance last night after work to lay out all my blocks for my Idaho Square Dance quilt designed by Bonnie K. Hunter.
I still have the corner units to make and the border.
But, I will be able to start sewing these blocks together as soon as I get the chance.
This is going to be a beautiful lap quilt.
I wanted to make it bigger, but I decided against it as I have other quilts I really want to make too. So, a lap quilt it will remain. This pattern is from Bonnie's latest book Addicted to Scraps. I love all of Bonnie's patterns and I really want to make several of the quilts from this book. I just love her scrappy style. 

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hand stitching kites

Hi everyone,

It's been another busy week for me. 
I haven't had time to do much sewing, but I continue to work on stuff a little bit at a time.
I'm almost done all the blocks for my Idaho square dance quilt. I will try to get a picture of the progress soon. 
I've also prepped some blue spool blocks for sewing as part of my July Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 

I have continued to work on my scrappy star blocks made from the kite shape. This is going to be a table runner for my formal dining table. I wanted something that reflected my scrappy style. I'm hand piecing these blocks. I'm not using papers or anything like that. I'm using a template that I trace around to cut all the pieces with scissors. Then I eyeball a 1/4 inch seam allowance as I hand stitch them together. It's very soothing to sew this way, and it's portable too. I just carry a ziplock bag with my supplies wherever I go. 

This is what I have sewn together so far. 

It has not been ironed yet, so it looks lumpy. But it's going to be gorgeous when it's all done. I haven't decided how long I'm going to make it yet. It will have at least 4 full stars, but I might make it five long. I'm not sure yet. 
I hope you like my scrappy start of my table runner. 

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Monday, July 3, 2017

What I have been working on....

Hi everyone, 

It's been super busy for me the last week. My mother-in-law moved in with us this week. It was a last minutes decision that was made on June 22. We had to pack and clean out her apartment, sell a bunch of stuff and get her set up at our house. She has not been well for a while now. So, I had a feeling this was going to happen soon. 

In between all this activity, I did give myself some me time to sew. A lot of the sewing was done at 4:00 am, because I couldn't sleep. I would get a bunch of sewing in before anyone else got up. It was a great stress reliever and allowed me to keep going during the day. 

First, I worked on my mini 3.5 inch spool blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017. My goal for this project is to make 30 each month. But, I fell behind on some colours. But, I managed to make 30 yellow ones and 34 green ones. 

I also made some yellow plus blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017. 

This weekend I decided to pull out a UFO to work on as well. I chose the Idaho Square Dance quilt by Bonnie K. Hunter. 
I had all the Idaho square dance blocks done. So I worked on the log cabin blocks. I got all those done. I just need to make the pieced setting triangle to make the centre of the quilt. 

I would have liked to lay these blocks out on the floor to take a picture. But my puppy thought it was a game and kept spreading the blocks everywhere. Oh well, next time. 

Well that's it for now. 


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Yellow blocks, phone stand and some hand stitching!

Hi everyone,

I have had a very interesting month so far.
I've had lots of stuff going on.

First off, I did finish my yellow Arkansas Crossroads blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017. I love making these blocks. They are easy to make, and I love finding the scraps to put them together.

Then, I decided I needed to have an iphone/ipad mini stand. So, I looked online at all the tutorials out there. I didn't want mine to be exactly like these tutorials. I just wanted to have an idea of what worked. I made up my own pattern. I wanted something that could be made quickly and with strips of fabric. This is what I came up with.

I made the big grey one first. This was my first prototype. It worked okay. I found that the ledge to hold the iPad wasn't long enough. The iPad would slip sometimes. This one was made with scraps of twill fabric so I didn't use any interfacing. Because this one is so large I used some left over batting scraps to stuff it, as well as crushed walnut shells. 
The second one I made was the little orange one. I used quilting cotton on this one, without interfacing. I made the ledge longer. This was better. I filled it only with crushed walnut shells. This was also better. But, it needed interfacing as the crushed walnut shells discolored the fabric and it was also too small for my iPhone SE, which is the same size as an iPhone 5s. It would slide to the side all the time.

So, finally I got it right. The middle one is made of quilting cotton that has been backed with a light interfacing. It has the longer ledge. It is filled with only crushed walnut shells which gives it nice weight to hold a phone or iPad mini. It can hold my husbands Samsung s7 phone well without worrying it will fall over. 

After trying all these out, I realized that the larger size would be perfect for a standard iPad, as long as it was filled completely with crushed walnut shells, or some weighted pellets. It needs the longer ledge to work properly. But other than that its good. 

Then, I was a lucky winner in a challenge by Lorna of  Sew Fresh Quilts to make quilts for Canada's big bee. I made this quilt to donate to the Ronald MacDonald House. She sent me this wonderful charm pack by Robert Kaufman. I haven't made anything with it yet, but I will. It's beautiful fabric. Thanks so much Lorna!!!

Laurel Canyon by Studio RK
Laurel Canyon by Studio RK, Complete Collection

Then, I went on vacation with my husband to Cuba for a week. We had a wonderful vacation. I love going to Cuba. The people there are so friendly, and the beaches are amazing. I brought some hand stitching with me. It was so interesting to sew there. The people of Cuba have not had access to many fabrics. They don't quilt much or at all. I would be sewing while sitting in the lobby bar of the resort and the servers would all stop to ask what I was doing. I would show them the hand stitching and pictures on my phone of some of the quilts that I have made. They were all amazed.

This is the hand stitching I've been doing.
I'm making these with a kite shape. I'm turning them into triangles, then diamonds, then stars.
I love how these are coming along. 

Well, I think that's enough for one post. LOL!!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Millefiori rosette #1 finished table top quilt

Hi everyone, 

I hope you are all doing well.

Today I finished my Millefiori Rosette #1 table top quilt.
Here it is.
I had fun doing the quilting on this one. 
I really love how this table topper turned out.
All the fabric for this quilt came from older stash. The fabric for the top is all Art Gallery Fabrics from early collections that I've had in my stash for years. I used a dark grey fabric for the binding. And for the backing, I used a Tanya Whelan fabric from the Grand revival collection called Darla. This is also an older collection. 
I really like this backing!
I hope you like it! 
Now this project is off my UFO list.

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