Tuesday, November 12, 2019


The Advent Calendars are done well before the deadline!!

The first one was inspired by a pin on Pinterest which led me HERE.  My measurement are different but the basic idea is the same. 

Mine finishes up at 17" x 27".  

The pockets were made by cutting 5 strips at 5" x 17.5",  sewing each into a tube and sewing it in place along the bottom onto the bottom section.

The numbers were stenciled on with fabric marker.

This one goes to my grandson, Hudson.


The next one was made from a panel.  I thought it would be easier but it was actually more finicky for me.  However, it is cute so I'm happy with it.  This one is for my granddaughter Ivy.

Two years ago I made one for my older granddaugther Livia, you can read more about it HERE

Friday, October 18, 2019

Moving Along the W I Ps

The sewing room is resembling a tornado zone, I really need to start finishing a few things so I will at least FEEL a bit more organized, but who am I kidding. 

I was unsure whether or not to join the quilt guild this year since I was out of town during the first meeting.   I did join this month and so glad I did.  One of the things I love is bringing home a flimsy made by another member  and doing the quilting and binding.   Then another quilt ready for the outreach team to distribute.

The flimsy I picked was cheerful and bright, just the prescription for our increasingly dark days.

My fmq needed some practice so I did a flower in the centre of each block.  In the sashing I just did a single line hand stitched with perle cotton.  My first block with fmq was not so great, so I re-did it....I really do need to work at it more than once or twice a year.

Next up is are the Tiny Tuesday  blocks, 4.5 inches. These will be a while.  Most of these are from Angela at soscrappy

The Hexies are still on the 5 year plan :)  All laid out on the bed, I feel like I'm maybe 3/4 of the way done.  I'm thinking of a bit of a plain border on this.  Anyway 158 done, about 50 to go!

On the design wall:

The X-Plus quilt has been quilted finally!!!!  By hand, not very dense, just diagonal lines.
The binding is machine sewn to the front, soon to be hand sewn on the back.
All she needs is a name.

There are more:

Anthologie Quilt
2 Advent Calendars
Scrappy baby quilt

I'll save those for another post.....I need to get stitching!

LINKING UP WITH;  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hudson: Year #1

A  t-shirt/onesie quilt  to commemorate my great grandson's first year.
They are a 2 hour drive from us, in Toronto....but are moving at least 30 minutes closer and we are so excited because that will mean I can hop in the car and visit way more often without the stress of Toronto traffic....Yaaaay!!

I used 5 and 10 inch blocks.

I ran out of the yellow for the inner border so improvised with some white mixed in on either side.

The backing and binding are from an Ikea duvet cover.  I love using duvet covers for backings..so you'll see the other side of the duvet cover on one of my next quilts soon :)

Gifted !!  I love it when you can tell they love the quilt ...success :))

The birthday boy .... "why does Beppe have a silly fox face on her head?"

One of my favourite garden shots captured among the quilt photos.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019



# FAMILY was a special project for my neice Melanie and her family.   Some of the fabric was used to decorate the hall for their wedding ... not quite sure how long ago that was :)   Anyway, after the reception was finishing up I decided to gather up what fabric I could and use it in a future quilt for the family.

Most of the blocks are 12 inch and from Lori Holt's "Spelling Bee" and " Farmgirl Vintage,"  with a few 6 inch blocks as well:

Hand quilted with regular quilting thread and perle cotton.

 Binding time:

....and finally gifted.  

Timeline: March 2014 - April 2019
Blocks: Most are from Lori Holt's books

Linking up with: OH SCRAP

Saturday, July 27, 2019


It started as a frugal plan to do some scrapbusting with a future boy quilt in mind.  Lots of 9 patches were made in green and blue.

Tiring of that....  some alternate blocks for a change of scenery at the sewing machine.   So hourglass blocks were made:


Also I added  4 1/2 inch squares of some yardage.

Then to personalize it:

Some monkeys at the wheel:

And some frogs:

... and of course a name:

Hand quilted overlapping circles with a light grey quilting thread in the centre and red perle cotton in the outer areas.

Backed with a repurposed flannel sheet.

Named,washed and ready for gifting.

This one's for  my nieces son who recently became a big brother. 

Timeline:  September 2018- July  2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

"Have Faith"  Donation Quilt

I found the HAVE FAITH Quilt Block online a while ago and finally finished 20 blocks.  Not quite big enough, I added a scrappy 3 inch border.

  This was offered as a free pattern with the request that you donate the finished quilts to a charity.  Last night I passed it on to my local guild (LFQG) and they'll find a good home for it.

This is a fun, simple 12 block (finished)....yes, yes it did take 9 months to finish but that was just all my other quilty projects fighting for attention...you all know how that goes!!

The finished ..washed and wrinkly ... quilt:

The "not-so-fancy" design wall:

Spray basting:

Hand quilted with organic lines:

Trimmed and ready for a navy blue binding:  

Full circle back to the first picture, but rotated:

Timeline: Sept. 2018 - May 2019
Quilting: handquilting (1 month)
54 x 66 before shrinkage