Friday, September 8, 2017

A House Warming Gift

A simple, but fun and bright quilt using 2.5 inch squares and 6.5 inch squares.  I saw a similar one on pinterest (which I would love to link up to here but I can't find)  and fell in love with it, so made one to gift away.

This was a great project to use up some of my 2.5 inch squares as well as a variety of my leftover whites and off-whites.

My brother and sister-in-law have lots of grandchildren, so I figure this will come in handy at their house when family is over.  They just finished building a new home .... voila, a house warming gift.

I had hoped to hand quilt this one, but went with machine quilting....some free motion and some straight lines with the walking foot. The reason I couldn't hand quilt is that I used an Egyptian cotton sheet for the backing and it was very hard to push a needle though it.  The backing does feel lovely and smooth though!

54" x 66" (before shrinkage)

Linking up to:

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Finish !!!!

I'm amazed how lovely this quilt turned out, having used tons of not so pretty, little 1.5 inch squares.

While working on the nine patches, I kept thinking Britt would really like these colours.  So it has now been finished and gifted as a wedding present to Britt and Nick.

I stitched in the ditch in the main part of the quilt and hand quilted straight 

lines in the border.

I went with a white backing in keeping with the clean, bright feel of the front.

The extra wide white material was my one and only purchase, still trying to use what I have.

Just scraped by with my last bit of this for my binding... about 12" left of my binding leftover.  I used to cut binding strips at 2.5" but wasn't happy with the result.  Now I cut them at 2.25" with a much cleaner looking finish.

71.5" x 61" before washing

90-3" plus blocks

89-3" scrappy 9-patch blocks

A photo of the newlyweds, I couldn't resist:

Friday, May 12, 2017

My First Leaders and Enders Project

Well the top is done,  now trying to decide on a backing.   I wanted to do a Minky backing, but I'm pretty sure Minky only comes 60 inches wide .... about 10" too short for this job.

Since this picture, I've added a 4 inch white border all around to give it a more modern feel.

There's a fair amount of "ugly" scraps in those 9-patches, but the overall effect is not nearly so ugly :)

Friday, February 24, 2017


54" X 66"

Another shot at reducing my stash  ... this time it was hard to finish.  Difficult to find the eagerness to sew when the colours are not that cheerful.  Now that it's done, I do like it.  It will be a charity quilt next Christmas for a senior's gift drive  in our area.

Machine quilted with straight lines.

The backing from extra stars and bits.

Ready for it's first washing:)

I've started a leader and enders project of nine patch crosses, scrappy nine patches and quarter-square triangles:

These BOM's from last year are on the design wall .... I'm waiting for inspiration to hit me with a great idea of how to finish them off into a lovely quilt.  

Saturday, February 11, 2017

First Try at Triangles

Such a glamorous shot, taken in the basement with the sheets drying.    Cold, dark and wet outside, so the basement will do for now.

Made from stash, except for the backing.

Quilted with wavy organic lines using my walking foot.

Backed with some extra wide flannel.

39" x 47"

The wavy quilting is far from perfect, but I'm ok with it.  I'm sure whichever little boy ends up cuddling under it won't even notice!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

STARSTRUCK : quilted and binding on :)

This top was done in October, 

I quilted by machine in the ditch around the squares  and then hand quilted around each star as well as hand quilting a circle in the centre of each star.

Washed and wrinkly cozy in all the pics. As usual, so eager to get it in the laundry that I forgot to take some pictures when it was still nice and flat !!

A reader suggested the orange binding ... I wasn't sure, but I LOVE it !!! Thanks Tammy Stack for the nudge to go bold.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


 After much procrastination .... My first attempt at a t-shirt quilt, finally done !!

I was worried about ruining Britt's WE DAY shirts, worried about colours matching, had trouble finding the border material....

I backed it with grey minky , with that and the stabilizer it made for a very warm and heavy quilt.   The backing was Britt's favourite part of the quilt and she hinted at all future quilts having a minky backing :)

It was a bit of a beast to quilt with all that weight, so I kept it simple with organic lines, using invisible thread on the top and grey on the back.

I had 3 little orphan blocks that were trying to make their way onto the quilt, but only one made the cut.

Brittnei: Here's hoping this quilt will keep reminding you of all the good memories and great freinds from your time spent with the WE DAY TEAM  , and also provide warmth and coziness as you build a future with Nick.    Last but not least, may it always remind you how much your grandma loves you.