Monday, October 29, 2012


I can do hexagons in my sleep.  The centre of this quilt is nearly done. I putter on this in the evenings when hubby is home. Just 13 more to go, and then a little appliqué .

Week 41, 42, 43 of the hex-a-thon

and yet another project.  I am loving the rich colours of this quilt. I feel warmer already : )

Have you been to the Bloggers Quilt Festival?  Click here to get there. Scroll down until you see all the quilts. There are almost 400 to see!

Hope your week includes some sewing time. My fingers are itching!

Friday, October 26, 2012


Hello to all of you visiting the Bloggers Quilt Festival, organized by Amy of Amy's Creative Side.
 This time around, I am featuring my "Bird on a Wire" quilt inspired by Quilt Mania magazine.
(for those of you who have seen this, please bear with me)

I hand pieced some of the quilts, then appliqued them down. The rest of the quilt was machine pieced and machine quilted by me.

This was my first attempt at quilting with wavy lines,  and I am happy with the result.

I enjoyed every minute while working on this quilt. It hangs in the nursery that I put together for my grand girls.  It measure 37" square. I think this would best fit into the baby quilt category, or the wall hanging category.

There is a button at the top right of the side bar. To see all the quilts, click on the button and it will take you there. Enjoy the rest of the festival, and thanks for stopping by : )

quilt stats:
37 x 37
hand and machine appliqué
quilted by Carla
baby quilt
wall hanging

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


A little progress has been made on my works in progress.  My monochromatic blocks are growing slowly

I received another block from my Scrappy?sew bee it group. 

........and look what else Janine included. A little sewing kit  : )

She included some goodies inside too. Thank you so much Janine for all your effort !

I made one more block for Nicke, just because I love these large blocks

I am going to spend the day sewing to get ahead on some of my many projects. Come back Friday, when the Bloggers Quilt Festival starts. There will be a link to countless blogs where the inspiration never ends !

linking up today with Freshly Pieced for w.i.p.wednesday

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Another Club meeting has come and gone. This month we featured Coquette, Bungle Jungle, and Sew Stitchy, all by designers for Moda.

Here are pictures of show and tell the ladies brought :

 My daughter and her quilt.......

and her second one ready for quilting

The Bloggers's Quilt Festival starts on the 26th. Stay tuned for lots of inspiration : )

Friday, October 19, 2012


Every once in a while I see something that really creates a spark. This project had me tripping over myself because I couldn't get to my sewing room fast enough!

 I used Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey for Moda because I thought it was the perfect fabric to use for my first fabric BUCKET.

It stands about 12" tall and the base has a diameter of 12". It holds a LOT. I quilted it with wavy lines about every half inch or so. The batting is a fusible fleece.

Here are a few "action" shots

I want one in every colour.

There are just so many uses for this. Perhaps for the next baby shower I attend, I could make one, fill it with baby items, and then it could be a hamper .

I could make a quilt, then make a bucket to match, to give it away in. 
So many possibilities.

The blog that started this creative spark is 1/4" mark. If you have time, go take a look. 

That's it for today. I am off to work on my bucket list........

--linking up with Finish it up Friday

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


This little quilt top is done! It's a pattern from the Moda Bake Shop. The fabric is Bungle Jungle by Tim and Beck for Moda.  I strayed from the pattern a bit by not adding sashing.

Instead, I added a border and extended the frame of the block into the border a few times, as a little design element.

The pattern called for a jellyroll and a charm pack, but I did it out of a layer cake. I'm happy with how it turned out. I haven't decided yet on the quilting, but I'm sure inspiration will strike !

Last night, I spent some time sewing on more hexagons to my quilt top.   Just 28 more hexies to go, and I can applique it down : )    (It's getting harder and harder to get pictures with the shorter days)

All those little pebbles in the cement are giving me an idea for the quilting...........

See you back here Friday for a really fun finish!

edited to link up with "help for Hexaholics" at Sarah's

Saturday, October 13, 2012


An awful lot of playing has been going on here. My sewing table looks like this :

My ironing board is not much better........

........and my design wall is a clutter of projects

If I had more space, I'd just have a bigger mess.  Oh well, by the end of the month, all this will be cleaned up, and I will start a whole bunch of new projects.
Creative? Crazy? I can tell you what my hubby thinks  : /

Have a happy stitchy week-end.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Here goes nothing!  Over at Ellison Lane Quilts,  Jennifer issued a challenge for us to use up those scrap bits by making monochromatic log cabin blocks.  I haven't made many log cabins, but the idea of random piecing really appealed to me, so I jumped in. Last night I made my first 3 blocks and I think I'm hooked.

Other works in progress include  hexagon #38

Nearly finished a baby quilt

On Monday we had Thanksgiving dinner. This is before the demolition...

Technically the turkey is still a work in progress  : )

linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for W.I.P. Wednesday.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


As I've mentioned in a previous post, we have members in our Moda club ranging in age from 18 to 90+. The youngest is my daughter Carli. Back in March, she was on spring break, and needed something to keep her busy.  She fell in love with Modern Affair by Pat Bravo, when it came into the shop, and asked me if she could make a quilt for herself.  Why yes indeed! This is her first quilt, other than a raggy quilt when she was about 10.

(I think the pink/orange fabric may be a Kaffe Fassett ) She did all the cutting and piecing herself.  During the construction of it, she decided to make it longer which meant she didn't have enough length for her border fabric. I showed her how to cut it so the pattern matches and she did a great job. You can't even tell where the join is : ) Pretty great for a first quilt I'd say.

It still needs it's binding, but that might take some "encouragement". I love doing binding so I may end up doing it.

The quilting is an allover free motion design of her choosing.

I think she may have caught the bug because she's now finished her second top! I'm not sure if there's room in my budget for two quilters........

Thanksgiving is always a time to reflect on how blessed we are. 

I am thankful for ,

-God's grace
-a son who will come to the park to take pictures of a quilt with his Mother  : )

Happy day to you.