Friday, June 29, 2012


My little tumbler quilt is all done. This took 3 charm packs of Lucy's Crab Shack to make a crib size quilt.

I absolutely love this line of fabric. This little quilty measures 34 x 50.

I debated whether to cut the edges straight or leave them angled. Just to give it that little bit of something extra, I left them angled. Binding it took a lot longer than normal! I am happy with the finished result though.

Because I liked this quilt so much, I made another one.

This one measures 4 1/2" x 5 1/8"

There is a spot for this one on my nursery quilt. More on that later   : )

Have a great long week-end. I am really hoping for sun!

edited to link up with Lily's quilts Fresh Sewing Day

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


.........sunshine + hexies + me.

The sun shone long enough on the week-end for me to actually sit outside for a bit. I took advantage, and got some work done on my two hexagon projects.

Eight out of sixty-eight so far. These hexagons are big so they work up rather quick.

These ones, not so much

# 23


#24 is still under consideration.  I can't believe we are half way through this year!
I'm currently quilting my tumbler quilt, so hope to show you that in the next few days.

Happy stitching.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Yesterday I finished up the binding on my jellyroll quilt. This is a fun boyish quilt that I made last month. The piecing usually goes much faster than the quilting. (full picture here)

I quilted straight lines on either side of the seams and inside each of the little squares to make them stand out a bit more.

I think it looks right at home here in the nursery.

quilt stats:

1 Jelly Jive pattern
1 "Meadow Friends" jellyroll by Deb Strain
approximately 50" x 60"

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


As if one hex-a-long wasn't enough, I decided to join another.  Katy, from I'm a Ginger Monkey, decided to turn her amazing hexagon quilt into a quilt-a-long.  I'm a bit of an addict, so I thought, "What's one more? "

Here are some of my fabric choices along with a picture of the quilt layout. I love the colour choices, so am following that pretty close.

I will be digging through my stash today to see what else I can use.  Love. my. stash.

The hexagons are 1 1/2". I've never made them that big, but probably every size smaller. This should work up pretty quick don't you think?

Pure eye candy.

The fabric requirements are here if you care to join in.
Happy stitching.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

SUNDAY MORNING....... the Church. We have a beautiful old Church building here in town. While I was piecing "Sunday Morning", it occurred to me that this might be a good location to photograph it. It wasn't raining, but the WIND!

After wrestling with it for a few minutes, I decided to stand on a corner of it. This presented a new problem---I created a sail!  I nearly had lift-off a couple of times, but I was not letting go of that quilt!

It was a little quieter in the doorway, so Hubby snapped a pic there.

It blew off right after I snapped this one.

Isn't the quilting gorgeous? Linda quilted it with giant daisies all over.

I absolutely LOVE this quilt.  Katja has more books coming in soon.

You may want to add this book to your library. It's a wonderful resource for using up those scraps.
Happy stitching.

edited to join the linky party with Amanda

Friday, June 15, 2012


We have had some nasty weather here so I have been waiting it out in my sewing room. This week I worked on several different projects. Nothing got finished, but I made progress on several things.

I started a quilt with Lucy's Crab Shack.

I worked on the nursery quilt. I have some quilts and birds on the clothesline now.

While digging through a bin of kids fabrics, I found this half pieced top. All the fabrics were with it, so I added a few more random width strips and finished it up. I started this quilt over a year ago after seeing one on film in the fridge. I think I will use it to practise my free motion quilting. Perhaps a different fill in each row?

and lastly, I have had this little lamp for about 10 years. I wouldn't part with it because I loved the shape. It's solid wood. The shade was rotten but I kept it, thinking one day I would paint the base, and buy a new shade. Well, a piece of "good fortune" by Kate Spain and a little paint, and voila. I think this just upped the cuteness factor of the nursery by a bit : )

I do have something else to show you, but that will have to wait for Sunday.
Have a great week-end.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


If you follow a number of blogs, you have probably noticed people making blocks for different groups they have joined. Recently I joined an on-line quilting bee called Scrappy?Sew be it. Also, I received an invitation to join HEAL at Do.Good Stitches.  This particular group makes blocks for one member each month. That person will then make the blocks into a quilt, and donate it to hospice.
These are my first two blocks for the group.

Melissa asked for star blocks in all solids. I got a wonderful roll of springy solids from Katja's and got to work. She also asked for the seams to be pressed open. This I had never done before. I had a little trouble lining up my seams, but it came together alright.
These two 12 inch blocks will be whisked off to the states, where they will be lovingly sewn into a quilt to comfort someone in Hospice. I am so pleased to be part of something like this.

Also this past week-end was my daughters grad. I will show you just one picture of her and her friend, before leaving for their photo shoot : )

okay, and one with two of her brothers   ( I think her hair had come unglued)

okay and one with.............just kidding   ; )

Saturday, June 9, 2012


After moving my sewing room, I discovered I had a few "misplaced" things.  I knew where a handful of my hexagons were, but where were all the others? I finally found them under the bed, in my storage bin. I'm more organized than I thought : )   I think I'll leave them on the wall so I know exactly where they are.

Still not sure where this is going, but I have half a year to decide that. I have done 22 plus a couple of regular ones as fillers.

I do love this birdie.

Between Grad photos/rehearsals, hair and nail appointments for darling daughter, and blubbering like an idiot, I will be working away on my jellyroll quilt. 

Even straight line quilting can be challenging when there is lots to stuff through the hole. I'm nearly half done now.

Have a happy week-end.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Today I have a few smallish things to show you. Progress on the nursery quilt is being made. I have a couple of little "quiltlets" underway.

Hexagons are always a favourite. These ones are 1/2"

Of course there has to be a nine patch quilt

I'm not sure yet how I will attach these to the main quilt-----whether to fuse or turn the edges under and appliqué them down

A few birdies and socks ready to go on the clothesline. (these will be fused)

Still plugging away on my hexagons. #22

and this is a sneak peak of Annika's block I did for her. It will be on it's way to Sweden this afternoon : )

That's it for today. My daughter graduates this week-end so things may be a bit quiet here.
Have a fabulous wednesday.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


I got the nursery painted, so I started pulling fabrics for a new little quilt. First though, I finished Janie's quilt. I did squiggly lines around each block, and some pebbles in the centres.

Free motion doesn't usually go well for me, but I am happy with this one. It needs to be able to stand up to lots of washing. I think I like the back as much as the front. This is Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey for Moda. The little girls on the swings are too cute.

Now for the nursery quilt. Quilt Mania has done it again with this adorable birdie wall hanging.

The nursery is the same soft grey as my sewing room. I plan to have pops of orange and teal (no pink) so I dug through my stash and came up with these.  I had forgotten about this plaid.  THIS, I tell my hubby, is why I have a stash. It's perfect.

My little quilt will have some laundry hanging,

and it HAS to have a little hexie quilt

as well as some pieced "quilts".

I can't wait to get started on it. I haven't been this excited about a project since, well....... last week!

Have a great week-end.