Monday, November 24, 2014


While in Victoria recently I found this great shop tucked inside a little old house. Everything Old is a treasure trove of a bit of everything you can imagine. If they don't have it, they can likely get it  : )

The reason I went was because I had seen this collection on Instagram

My daughter has wanted an old camera for a long time. I told her if I ever saw one (within budget) I would grab it for her

We settled on this beauty

It's from the Eastman Kodak Company 1903-1912  complete with red bellows

all the little levers and buttons work

She thought it was pretty cool and plans on taking it to a camera shop to see if there might be a way of getting film for it

I picked up a few of these old printing blocks just because

This dress form caught my eye

You actually unhinge this in the front, put it on, press the wire to your shape, then take it off.
What a riot!

Everything Old is right by the ferry on the Victoria side. If you ever have a sailing wait, that is a great place to kill some time  : )

Now back to some sewing.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


My little ice cream quilt has been gifted and was well received by the recipient. Apparently her daughter really liked it too  : )

Now it's on to another swap quilt

This one started with a picture in my head.  An old stone wall with a painted door

It's not a door unless it opens, so some iron hardware was added

out from the cracks in the wall sprang some little tiny flowers---as tiny flowers often do

and then someone leaned a bicycle against the wall. Perhaps to visit whoever lives behind the door.......

A little embroidery and some top stitching to finish this off and then I will show you the whole thing.

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Monday, November 17, 2014


Not sure if you remember these little blocks.

It started with a quilt I saw in this book 'Imagine Quilts'

I played around with the size of block so I could use a charm pack of low volume prints that I had.
Also, the smallest of scraps were put to use here

Now I need to decide on some sashing. Well would you look at that! There is a blazing oops in one of the rows. Good thing they aren't sewn together yet   : )

Have yourself a lovely week end

Friday, November 14, 2014


Three out of four groups have been taken care of so far this month. I need a certain solid to finish up the last one.

for the Humility circle of do.good stitches we did Churndash blocks.  I call these 'red and butter'

For the Joy circle of do.good stitches we made Friendship star blocks in wintery colours

and for Elizabeth in my Mid Century Modern group she asked for a Pineapple block.  This block isn't for the 'rushed' sewer   : )

foundation paper piecing makes it nice and straight

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Monday, November 10, 2014


This past week I worked on two projects so I would be able to link up with the Choose Your Own Block-Along with Cindy.  First up are these scrappy blocks.  Last time I showed you these they looked like this

and now.........

they are coming along nicely

If I did 25 blocks, my quilt would measure 70" square. That's some serious scrap busting   : )

Also I worked on my City Sampler blocks

I turned the page to work on the next one and discovered I was finished with that chapter. The next chapter deals with stripes so I think I will get lots of practice with my 1/4".......

What about you?  Do you have a project you are working on and need some encouragement? Why not link up  : )

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Saturday, November 8, 2014


  Thanks to everyone who entered the give-away for the book 'The New Hexagon".  The first name the random number generator picked was Sharon. Amazingly enough, she won over at Linda's blog too.  Can you believe that?  She graciously told me I could choose another name and that was .......

Alcea Rosea 31

I have sent you an e-mail  and you will soon be making a pile of hexies all your own  : )

I replied to everyone that I could. If you didn't hear back from me, you are a no-reply blogger. I tried--I really did   : )

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Business first: If you haven't yet entered my give-away you can do that here

Thank you to everyone who voted for my quilt. It made it into the viewers choice. Now it's voting time : )  If you care to cast a vote in the 'original design ' category, you can do that here

Last week I showed you a block for a quilt I was making for a swap.  I got the little quilt finished up.

I think it turned out pretty cute

These were foundation paper pieced.  The pattern was found here

This little one came about because about 100 years ago, I bought a piece of fabric with cherries on it because one day I might need it.  It took longer to find the fabric than it did to piece the ice cream cone.  Trust me

One little swap project down,  two to go : )
Thanks so much for stopping by

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