Thursday, November 29, 2012


This is what's currently on my design wall. I am enjoying putting this together, now that I have the measurements figured out : )

Another squishy envelope arrived from Australia. Thanks Jess

Here's what I have received so far all together.  It's shaping up to be a lovely scrappy quilt.

Hubby and I took a quick road trip and I found this gift/antique store. I think my nursery is now complete as it has a new "flat screen".

Happy stitching today : )

Monday, November 26, 2012


It seems like forever since I have started a knitting project. I was floating around the internet the other day, and I stumbled across this little pattern.

The Sophia Cowl. It was the nudge I needed to get busy. I took a  road trip and found just the yarn the pattern called for. This will be perfect for little Scarlet this winter. It's loaded with seed stitch, which is my favourite texture in knitting. If I hurry, maybe I can make a matching one for her mamma because there are instructions for an adult version too.  ( It's a free download )

Speaking of yarn, look what else I found.

A little perspective......

I'm not sure what I will do with these. I was thinking teeny tiny socks - one in every colour.
Stinkin adorable.

Friday, November 23, 2012


There are lots of triangle quilts floating around blogland and on Flickr. My favourite being one I saw at Blue Elephant Stitches. Last week I gave you a little peek, and yesterday I finished it up. Fabrics are Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey for Moda. I used 1 charm pack, a tri-recs ruler, and some Bella white.

The print triangles were placed randomly. I think I only had 4 charms left over.

In case there was any doubt that this is a triangle quilt, I reinforced the fact with the quilting.
It took forever : )

The backing was a leftover piece from last year. I thought it was perfect.

It's small, 31" square, but will cover an infant carseat nicely.
Have a great week end!

On the suggestion of Shannon, I am linking up with the 2012 Christmas Quilt Show. Hop on over and take a look at all the entries. There are prizes for just leaving a comment  : )

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Is it too early for shortbread ?  I think not.  Yesterday my little grand girls came over for the day. I had already planned on making shortbread, so it was fun to have the extra "help".  Last week I had made Scarlet a little mugrug out of some Blitzen scraps. She really likes snowmen.

His arms were a bit thin, so I thought he needed mittens. ( this little guy was inspired by one I saw over at during quiet time)

When the shortbread was done, we had to try it out.

Mmmm, Mmmm. My little helper did a great job : )

linking up today with Tuesday at the table

Monday, November 19, 2012


That's it for another meeting. The following are a few pics of the show and tell brought by the ladies.

Lots of inspiration to carry us through another month.
Have a great week.

Friday, November 16, 2012


My November on-line quilting bee blocks are done. First up are my blocks for the Scrappy? Sew bee it group. Rosa asked for log cabin blocks in neutrals, with a bright solid centre.

 She is hoping to make a quilt like this one. I love these blocks.   Must. Make. More.

These are my blocks for the Heal@do.good stitches group. Manda asked for blocks done in Pantone, with yellow star points.  She provided this link for inspiration.

The fabric on the right looks orange, but is actually a rich red.

My hexagons for the hex-a-thon at Katja's

I also received a block this week from Australia! Thanks Debra.

..........and how about a sneak peek ?

Instructions are written, sewing obligations are done for November. I think I will treat myself to a tall 180* no whip Mocha on my way to work   : )

Happy Friday.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


DONE!  It's such a great feeling to create something from seemingly useless bits.  About a month ago,  Jennifer issued a challenge on her blog. I really liked the idea of using some of my scraps, seeing as though they were everywhere at the time!  I organized them a bit according to colour, and got to work.

We were to make scrappy monochromatic log cabin blocks measuring 8 1/2" unfinished.

Once I got started, I had so much fun. Some nights it was hard to stop!

We needed a minimum of 30 blocks so that's all I did.  If I had more time to devote to this, it would have been much bigger.

Seeing as though I was on a scrappy kick, I fused two leftover pieces of batting together, and the backing was a flannel from my stash. Woo Whoo!

The binding (also stash) is an orange called 'fizz'. I treated this quilt to some straight line quilting at random widths.

Yes, that's snow on the table.  It looks like summer, but it was -7 when I took these pictures.

I'm quite happy with my little quilty. It measures 40 x 48 and as of today, I have a few less scraps  : )

Linking up with Ellison Lane quilts 

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Lots of quilting has been going on over here. My monochromatic quilt is nearly done.  Just a bit more quilting,

and then the binding.

Thanks so much to everyone who voted for my "Bird on a Wire" quilt over at the bloggers Quilt Festival. It got a first place in the baby quilt category. I won the new Free Motion Quilting book by Natalia Bonner.  Congratulations to ALL the winners and to everyone who entered quilts.

Have a great week end.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


The colours of fall have always been a favourite of mine. Whether I'm buying clothes or yarn for socks,  I usually gravitate toward the rich fall colours.  Amy of During Quiet Time had done a version of a chevron quilt. I was instantly inspired!

I used three different lines in this quilt. Juggling Summer by Zen Chic , Cuzco by Kate Spain, and Mod Century by Jenn Ski, plus a few scraps thrown into the mix.

After these photos were taken, I added one more row to finish off the pattern. I wanted to get a few pictures taken before all the leaves were gone. (crazy I know)

This is the finished top. It measures 48 x 64

Now to try and quilt it !

Also, voting has started over at the bloggers Quilt Festival.   If you have time, head on over and have a look, and perhaps vote for a certain baby quilt ?   ......................  : )

linking up with work in progress wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, November 5, 2012


Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment . I left the give-away open until bedtime, then I let the random number generator do it's thing.  The winner of the book is.................

     Sophie of Fading Grace who by the way, has a lovely blog that I discovered recently. I have sent you an e-mail Sophie : )

I will be back in a couple of days with a finished top to show you.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Back in the spring, there was a buzz all over blogland about a new book called Sunday Morning Quilts. I was already a follower of Amanda Jeans blog, so when her and Cheryl's book came out, I snatched one up as fast as I could.

I immediately set to work on one of the projects that I fell in love with--Sunday Morning.

and then I did my own version of  'up up and away'

I haven't tackled the fabric boxes yet, but I plan to. Anyway, it's such a great book, that I think YOU should have one too : )

So, in celebration of my 200th post, I'm giving away a copy of Sunday Morning Quilts. Just leave a comment on this post. I'll leave it open until Sunday night, and announce the winner Monday morning.

In the meantime, I have some serious sewing to do!

**Please make sure that I have a way of contacting you if I draw your name**