Friday, September 30, 2011


I really love my hubby.  That's him there behind the quilt.   I don't know many men who would let their wives drag them around town to take pictures of a quilt.  This place is called "Saint Andrews on the Square".  It's a beautiful heritage church downtown.  I have wanted to go there all summer because it has the most beautiful gardens.  This quilt, I thought , was a good one to photograph here because of the bright cheerful prints.

See the slight wonkiness to the bricks?  I first saw a quilt like this at Film in the Fridge.  There was no pattern, but I saved it to my desktop and kept thinking and thinking about it.  Finally, when I saw this line of fabric, I knew it was the right one for this quilt.  (I e-mailed Ashley and told her I was trying to figure it out and asked her if it was okay to make one.  She said go for it!)  

There's even a quilt block in the window!  I still need to choose a backing, and write instructions to give to the ladies at the October moda club meeting. 

After we took pictures, I took hubby to lunch, and then to Swiss Pastries for dessert.  I think he was happy.
I know I was!

Have a great week-end.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Occasionally I plan ahead.  This week I decided, why not make a bunch of binding to have ready for future quilts?

It's just one of those tedious jobs that's not really fun, but necessary. Picking different colours and prints did make it fun to do.  Aren't they pretty?  I do love me a stripey binding.

No excuses now, especially for the top they are sitting on.

Now the next time I'm invited to something where they tell you BYOB----I'm ready!
(that is what it stands for, right?)    :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011


So, the little Miss Scarlet came for dinner today.  I can't believe we will celebrate her first birthday in a week.  Here she is with her auntie Carli

Shoveling in the banana .  This girl loves to eat!

Figuring out the spoon.

.........and we're walking!

Grandma's are allowed to brag.

The 3D log cabin blocks so far.  Love em.

That's it for now.  See you Wednesday.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Just a little sneaky peek at what's up on the wall right now.

I will give you a full view as soon as it's all together.  The 3D log cabin blocks are coming along nicely too.

I better get off the computer.  I still have to bake cookies to take to work :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Fall.  What does fall mean to you?  To me, it means so many different things, I have a hard time choosing a favourite. I'm no photographer, but I thought I would share a little eye candy, that to me represents fall.

The abundant harvest.  The ball of yarn looks good enough to eat, but is going to be a warm pair of socks for me.

New fabrics.  Just a bit.  (why not)

Yummy yarn, so I can spend long evenings knitting for loved ones on my Christmas list.

My Sunflowers have finally bloomed!

..........and quilts.  Love the hexie on the house in this quilt.  Thanks Neila for letting me "borrow" your quilt.

I think my most favourite thing is curling up under a quilt, while I sew the binding down.                     

Grace in our hearts, overflows in goodness from our hands.

Happy Wednesday.

Monday, September 19, 2011


I received quite a few comments and e-mails about the little cupcake from the other day.  I  e-mailed Teresa and told her I put it on my blog.  She kindly sent me this picture of a cake she made her mother,  who recently started quilting.  I asked her if I could share it with you, and she said sure!

Look at the detail.

I had her do the cake and cupcakes for my son's wedding.  Then I had her do the cake for little Scarlet's baby shower.  Isn't it cute?


 With 5 more children to marry off, and the potential for countless grandchildren,  I think I will be seeing a lot of Teresa.
Maybe she could do something for you on your next special occasion.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Meeting #1 is over.  After much preparation , it was done all too soon.  I am already sewing for next month.
First up is a full view of the "Countdown to Christmas" quilt that I did.  It would have looked better photographed in the snow, but it's September!  

The back is a cuddly snowman flannel.

The label is a stamp.  That's not just a word, it's my hubby's name.

Leftovers from the big quilt, resulted in these wonky stars.  Always fun to do.

Doris turned "most experienced" today.   I knew she was coming, so I had a little something  made up for her.  How adorable is this?  I got it from   "Sweet Spot Cupcakes".  I think Teresa can create just about anything.

Here's the birthday girl with her treat, and I gave her the mug rug.
Happy birthday Doris.

We had some show and tell which is always great.  This is Marilyn's jellyroll quilt along quilt that we did for the first Moda year.

A "Bliss" jellyroll quilt.

A golf quilt. Very nice.  I am sure the golfer will love it.

I believe there is a new baby down the hall from Roanda who is getting this.

This was such a pretty floral.

Such a fun quilt Brenda.

Doris even brought some show and tell.  She made this out of her door prize fabrics she won.

This string quilt was inspired by our June meeting.  It was also made from door prize fabric. Awesome!

Another Moda quilt called "Blush"  Great job Donna.  So that's where all that border fabric went!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to come out today. See you October 15th.

p.s.  the post I did last wednesday the 14th , I had one of the quilts upside down for the picture. is blind.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


My very first mug rug!  A  "PLUS" quilt has been on my to do list for a long time.  This was a perfect way to try one out.  I will definitely be making a large one.

All quilted and ready to gift to a special someone.
I will be back on Saturday with pictures of our first club meeting.  Hopefully the ladies will bring show and tell.  
Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Wow.  Wednesday already.  I am nearly organized for the club meeting on Saturday.  I need to wash the tea cups and purchase the chocolate--and sample it.  Instructions are almost done!

Occasionally when I have time to look around the blogs that I follow, one in particular makes my heart wrench.  Why is it that some of us have so much, and some so little? I thought, why not give you a glimpse into the lives of some amazing women whom I have grown to admire. The name of the organization is "heartline" and trust me, they really are.  So many young girls in Haiti find themselves pregnant and alone.  That's where heartline comes in.  I will let you read for yourself the  amazing work these ladies do.   Every time I read about these girls, I am so thankful that we have enough. Enough for the mortgage, enough for the bills, enough food, and enough to give some away.
Grab a cuppa  and a tissue , and peek into the lives of these women.  What a challenge.


Monday, September 12, 2011


Truthfully, I am not very good at labelling my quilts.  Once I get the quilt done, I am anxious to get that binding on and be done with it.  There are lots of places on-line where you can order personalized labels in all different styles.  Inspiration struck the other day..........

I have never done rubber stamping, but I got to thinking.  I purchased a small set of alphabet stamps,  and some carpet binding from the shoppe.  Then I played.

I will have to practice so I get the letters even, but can you imagine the possibilities?   Enough info , without too much work.   I am going to look into getting a stamp made with more detail on it, but for now this will work.  I just may label ALL my projects!

Usually, I sew alone, down in my girl cave, but yesterday several ladies got together for a day of sewing.  I had to leave early, but I still accomplished something and it was nice to chat while we sewed. Thank-you to a  certain sales rep who gifted us each a little bundle.

I have a little person in my life who will soon be turning one.  She might need a new dolly with a little quilt.  Have a great day, and I will talk to you Wednesday.

Friday, September 9, 2011


I haven't done  a sneak peek for a while.  All summer I have had the pleasure of sewing without the pressure of a deadline.  Well, next Saturday, the 17th, is our first Moda club meeting for fall.  I am starting again with a Christmas theme so everyone will have lots of time to get it done if they decide to make this quilt in time for someone special.

The fabrics are "Countdown to Christmas" by sweetwater. A fun whimsical quilt.  I will be able to show you the whole thing after the meeting.

These jellyrolls came in to the shoppe last month. The line is "Grace" by 3 sisters .

How about a log cabin quilt?  Oh,  and not just any log cabin........a 3D log cabin!

No funny glasses required!   Stay tuned for more about this quilt.  It uses a jellyroll (or three) plus a ton of scraps.

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Today I thought, why not share a little history with you?

Family heirlooms come in many different forms.  I have several, but the three I'm showing you are in the form of fabric. Quilts are all about history, family, story telling, and memories.
This first quilt was made by my husband's great grandma, on his mother's side.

It was definitely a utilitarian quilt that was put to good use.  There are blocks made from wool and corduroy, as well as cotton. Neta Rosetta Brown lived from 1895-1989.  Grandpa was born in 1918.  He remembers growing up with this quilt.  He told me once that his mother would hoist the quilt frame up to the ceiling at night, and the children could make out the quilting pattern as they lay in their beds.

It's worn and faded, but I love it.

Hubby's great (great) grandparents on his fathers side, had the Copp Woollen Mill in Port Elgin, New Brunswick. This is a wool blanket from that mill.

It has the label still intact.

Mrs. Copp had the means and the access to lovely fabrics.  The crazy quilt, as far as I know, is from her family.  The embroidery is amazing, and the fabrics are as bright as ever.

We don't have initials , but we have a date.

This was for sure made as a show piece.  Something to impress visitors.  The orange border is velvet, and the green ruffle is silk.

My father-in-law gave it to me in 2010.  AND horror of horrors, it was in a plastic bag!

I would have loved to have known this woman, who's great (great) grandson I would one day marry.  We could have spent hours together--------her with her embroidery, and me with my hexagons.  I will always treasure these items, and hopefully so will the next generation........sniff

Happy Wednesday.