Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Last week I played around with more arrows.  I'm going to be teaching a class on them so I needed a smallish sample. This one is made using the new Cotton and Steel fabrics

Just up the road from me is Mandy and her big red barn. It was perfect for a backdrop.

Isn't this wagon great?

thanks Mandy for letting me come and photograph my quilt top

The quilting has begun, but it's taking a while

I'll post a picture when it's all finished   : )
As usual, thanks so much for stopping by

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Friday, August 15, 2014


My apologies to Kim in advance for this post.  Kim tends to get a little weak in the knees whenever I post about hexies           : )

I'm stitching away on my favourite pastime ........

.........but I've got a ways to go yet

Happy Friday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Wow. Half way through August already. I've been loving these long hot days and hope for more of the same in September  : )

This month Mary asked for these little blocks made from half square triangles. She loves gingham so I dumped out my scrap baskets and found a few bits. She asked for a light pink solid background and I found this Bella solid in "soft pink".

 I have started adding to these blocks for the do.good stitches group.....

....the flying geese units complete them

and I am still sewing up some pretties with these Cotton and Steel fabrics

More on that in the next post.
I am off to work on this fine day  : )

Friday, August 8, 2014


How is it that having done a bazillion hexagons over the last 13 years, I can't find my 1" paper pieces?  I can't believe it. I re-used the ones I just took out of these hexies, but that's all I could find.
Some of the prints in the new Cotton and Steel are just perfect for hexagons so I guess I will have to buy more papers

This week I made another pair of Quick Change trousers and another hat for a double baby shower. The little boy got the pants and hat

I gifted the quilt that I've had for (quite) a while to the baby girl and the new mamma loved it   : )

It's my turn again to receive blocks for the Heal group. These have arrived so far and I plan on adding to them with some flying geese units. I think this next quilt will be awesome!

Have yourself a lovely week end and thanks so much for all the nice comments on my last post.

Monday, August 4, 2014


Finally, this top is done! Back in May it was my turn to receive blocks from the Mid Century Modern group I am in. I asked them for arrow blocks using my tutorial. If they wanted, they could send a feather block instead.  I arranged and re-arranged and fretted over the layout of this quilt. I asked certain family members their opinion so many times, that they started to hide when they heard me calling their names........

Anyway, this is the layout I decided on

I was a bit concerned while filling in the background with low volume fabrics that it might be too busy. I nearly scrapped the whole thing, but my daughter said "Mom just keep going!"

Now that it's together I'm quite pleased with it and really glad I did      : )

Some of the ladies sent me signature blocks and I found a way to include them

Carla sent me this little arrow and I just had to include it too

I did a google search of Navajo rugs and this pattern was in one so I made a block using half square triangles just to give it a little something extra

I haven't a clue how I am going to quilt this, but for now I'm going to work on something more mindless----like hexagons  : )

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


Last week my daughter in law became an aunty. Her brother and his wife had their first child. Little Hudson Theo weighed in at 7 lb. 15 oz.

The quick change pants by Anna Maria Horner is my go to pattern when I want a quick gift

and the little Flour Sack hat is my favourite baby hat to knit

and the back of the pants

so stinkin' cute

The pants are fully reversible too

I hope to meet the little man very soon.  
Enjoy your week-end

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Monday, July 28, 2014


These hexies were on my list for the third quarter of the finish along. After some thought I decided to turn them into an Open Wide zipper pouch after Linda assured me I could make one. I'm not a fan of sewing in zippers......

So, the hexies went from this

to this

After cutting the hexagon piece in half it was a little shy of the measurements given in the tutorial, but I forged ahead

Instead of the usual square sewn onto the end of the zipper, I used a left over hexie. I thought it was a nice touch   : )

This little pouch is perfect for my sock knitting.  I may even gift it right along with the socks !

This is my second finish for the third quarter.  A finish is a finish no matter how small.......

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p.s.  the winner of the jellyroll is Deanna!  I have e-mailed you