Sunday, July 26, 2020


Some free-motion practice on this quilt that was pieced by another guild member.  I think this may be a free pattern on Bonnie Hunter's blog.

I worked on it with the backing facing up, so much easier to see where I was going !!

Four more blocks finished on the Block of the Week Sew-along with the guild.

...And the lingerng UFO roadblock

I'm determined to get to the applique or as the pattern calls it, "broderie perse"  this summer.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

What's Happening?

Sewing has been happening on and off when the mood hits. It's taken about a year, but this flimsy is nearly done.  The last bit of applique is almost stitched down.  I had no idea where I was going with this when I started making the friendship stars.  All I knew was that I had some extra yellow that needed to be used. No material was bought for this specifically, mostly leftovers and rejects from other projects.  My favourite part is the smaller corner flowers and the chunky border.

I've been off from my part-time job since the middle of March, about 3 months now.  The first month I was sick with a cold and persistent cough, whether it was Covid 19 or not, I'm not sure .   I didn't get tested since at that time they were only testing severe cases.

I quilted and bound this finished top that someone from the Guild peiced. Since I had lots of time I handquilted it with a Baptist Fan design.

Same story for the one below, only I think it was done before the New Year and I forgot to post about it.   This one I practiced some free motion loopy swirls.

Our Guild decided to start an online Block of the Week for the summer.  We are 4 weeks in of 16. They are using Moda's "Be My Neighbor" from a few years ago which is still available for free.

My "keeping it honest" shot of the sewing room ... 2 of the many  projects on the go

The remaining 2 months of  my time off work I've been spending time with the grandkids since the parents are all working full time still

The girls live only a few minutes away so I've been watching them a lot.

Our little man is 90 minutes away so we have only recently had backyard visits.

Last week I actually let my husband cut my hair !!!!  I love my hair quite short and having it tickle my neck and ears was driving me bonkers.

Before and after :

After a long winter,my husband is now usually outside in his happy place (yard, garage, garden)
I take no credit for the yard or garden, Jim does a great job and thankfully loves doing it .. since I am no green-thumb!

Hoping to start work again part-time next week. The number of Covid cases is not too bad here right now, but I have to admit that I'm still a bit nervous about it.

Stay safe and healthy everyone.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020


A stack of black and white fat quarters has been taunting me since last summer.  I had planned on pairing it with some pink, but after using the pink in another project recently .... well, I didn't want anything to do with pink for a while!


I was inspired by Gundrun's Elvira Quilt,  I didn't have the srtipology ruler they were using so I just decided to change it up a bit with some applique and embroidery.  It doesn't really look like all the Elvira quilts, but that was my starting point.

I'm curious to see how the embroidery will hold up in the wash.

Handquilted ....  during this Covid lockdown handquilting has definitely been a stress reliever.

Extra hexie flowers from another project ..... why not ?? 

The binding is some Tula Pink Fabric I found on sale at a store closing last summer.  I've been waiting for a project this might work with.  Love, Love LOVE  me some TULA fabric!

Backed with a super soft pink minky to maximize the coziness factor !!  Yes pink did sneak into this quilt after all :)

Yay, just enough "Je t'aime" material to piece  a bit in.

Timeline:  March - April 2020 (Covid-19 Lockdown)
Size: 42" x  54"  (40" x 52" after washing and drying)

Sunday, April 5, 2020


Inspired by Amy at " A Quilting Sheep", I began making 4-patches with my 1 1/2 in squares, then matching those 2 1/2 inch 4-patches with  2 1/2 inch squares to make double 4-patches. I took it one step further and added 4 1/2 inch squares to make "double-double 4 patches".  

These are 8.5 inches (8 " finished). 

From there I decided how big I wanted this to be.....  64 x 72 it will be!
Ok so that meant I needed 288 of the small four patches,
....288 2.5" squares  and
....144 4.5 " squares.

Exactly what I wanted, an easy scrap project with no triangles and no specific background colour.

I did find it easier to attach row by row rather the constructing each 8.5 inch double-double 4patch separately.

I love to hand quilt and decided to use a clamshell design for the first time.  I made a template from a cereal box for this step.

While handquilting I did notice one little square had a tear in it :(  
Raw edge applique heart to the rescue!!

64" x 72"
Timeline: Jan-April 3, 2020
Handquilted (during the first 3 weeks of Covid Lockdown)


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Corona Finish # 1

Two weeks in.... in the pandemic, in my house.  
 I'm so thankful to have a great husband to self-isolate alongside. 
 Also extremely thankful to have a hobby to keep me occupied.

The top came together quickly with a jellyroll and some turquoise from my stash.

This one may be going to new parents, the mommy being a cat lover, I had to get some kittens in there somewhere!

Free motion quilting on my Janome Memory Craft 9000.

48 x 48

Binding machine stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back.


Thursday, January 30, 2020


Someone in the guild pieced this one, I quilted and bound it.

Organic wavy lines.

A small, 38 x 38 inch baby attempt to use up scraps and set blocks on point for a change.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020


This really should be the year to finish things and not start ANY new projects. But....I do need to make a quilt for a very special June wedding this year.  So, maybe just one or two new projects.

Here goes with the "in progress" list:

                                                   Anthologie Quilt 

 I found the Bari J Quilt-a-long pattern online and couldn't resist.

This one in pretty much done, I still need to do some applique or "broderie perse" on the lower section as the pattern called for.

I'm really looking forward to doing big stitch hand quilting on this one!

Tiny Tuesday Quilt

Most of these blocks are from the So Scrappy RSC19 Sampler page

Trying something different on this one with some fun words in the border.  Borders are not my favourite job so I've decided to procrastinate :)

Barnyard Orphans

I need a plan for these  12 inch orphan blocks from Lori Holts books.


There has been progress, there has also been some seam-ripping happening.  Back on track and hopefully I learned something!

The top 3 rows are sewn together , 4th and 5th together, and 6th and 7th together. The rest of the flowers are just set there.

I decided to remove any flowers with black and am much happier with it now.


Amy, at A Quilting Sheep made a beautiful scrappy 4 patch quilt.  I decided to try, hoping mine will turn out as pretty as hers .  Check out her blog, so full of inspiration.

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