Friday, May 10, 2024



My St. Louis 16 Patch Quilt was inspired my Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric addict. She gives a free tutorial called Meet me in St Louis .  I believe I made it one row bigger/longer that hers.

I used a fat quarter bundle ... but I can't remember the name of it.   Precuts appeal to me because I really dislike cutting from large pieces  of fabric.  However I'm not always thrilled with the variety in the precuts.


Free motion quilted on my Janome that machine!

A pretty quick finish,, actually done last year but never got around to posting.

This one will likely go in the donation pile.

64 x 80

Most of today was spent putting these finished blocks into a topper:

So far it's 60 x 60.  It calls for a 5 inch border to make it 70 x 70.   Borders are not my best friend but I'm thinking to donate this one and the larger size will be good for an older child.

The pattern is KALEIDOSCOPE by Vanessa Goertzen for Lella Boutique.  I bought the pattern at least 5 years ago during a July shop hop after seeing it done up as a display.  LOL, can't believe I finally made it!

The main fabric is a Jelly Roll ... Bountiful Blooms by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics.

Linking up with Cynthia at Oh Scrap!

Monday, March 25, 2024

Elori's Birthday Quilt


Happy 3rd Birthday Sweet Elori!!

Every little girl needs a new quilt for her big girl bed and every quilting grandma is more than happy to sew one up .... stitched with lots of prayers, hugs and love.

Trying it out here for size at my house and yes there is another quilt peeking out underneath.

The pattern is a free one from Cluck Cluck sew.  That was my starting point, from there I added some rainbows and appliqued her name.  The boho rainbows were from a free colouring page online as were the letters.

I had planned on using this Lori Holt block at the top corner as the sun, but it didn't survive the cut!  It'll show up in a future quilt with large flowers.

The backing is minky, I know the kids all love the do I!!

The hearts are machine quilted, free motion and the background is hand quilted.  I just can't resist adding some hand quilting even if my hands pay for it later!

So glad I added this fabric for a bit of pop.  I had a 1 yard cut of it and was determined to fit it in. Pretty sure it's a Free Spirit fabric.

 I love this checked fabric, it goes well with the pinkish corals and golds.   I love it so much I used it for the binding.

Party day was a, cousins, food.

Now I can publish the post without any one seeing the quilt too early. 

 I love making quilts for my grandkids.  Some Christmas quilts may or may not be on the go already!

For now I'm just having fun making Zinnia blocks from Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage 2 Book.  They are just so darn cute, I can't stop making them.

I finally used up the rest of my Itty Bitty Houses.  This may end up as a wall hanging. 

Linking up with Cynthia at OH SCRAP

Sunday, December 31, 2023


 Eight finishes, not a bad tally.  I imagine next year's total will be higher since I have more free days with my granddaughter  now in school . 

 The first five are hand quilted ...the last three machine quilted on my almost new Janome 6650.

The FIRST finish is from Lori Holt's book, SCRAPPINESS IS HAPPINESS.  

 A quick, easy one using charms. My favourite thing about this one is the hand quilting.

SECOND in line was COUNTRY BOY for my great nephew.  So fun playing with Lori Holt blocks.

THIRD was a TINY TUESDAY.... long time coming.



Sixth was SUMMER NIGHTS, a fun sew along from AUNT EM'S QUILTS.

Seventh was Sew Ho Ho (  VINTAGE CHRISTMAS by LORI HOLT).

My favourite of the may have to stay up for the whole winter, lol.

Eighth and last was "Positively".

This year has brought some changes, age can do that.  My husband's knee issues are worsening and my hands are worsening. However in the bigger picture we are doing well and adapting, still keeping busy.

The other big change is a quieter house since the nearby grandkids are now all in school, we sure do miss having them here regularly a few days a week. We'll make up for it with sleepovers!

Happy New Year and Quilt on in '24!!!!

Linking up with Angela at SCRAP HAPPY SATURDAY

Sunday, December 24, 2023


 Last Finish of 2023

There's many WIP's lingering in the sewing room, but my final 2023 finish is new project started a few weeks ago.  As a fellow quilter posted recently....can you say SQUIRREL ?  Sometimes you just need something easy and fun.  

This was a free pattern from Emily Dennis of  QUILTY LOVE called Scrap Stash Plus Quilt.   

The original plan was to only use plus blocks of all colours...use up those scraps.  

Well you know how plans go... I didn't like it so I eliminated the pink and bright green.  

Then I decided to stick to more black, blue, green and yellow.  Looking better, but it's been so dark and gloomy outside lately, my quilty soul needed to lighten it up...making for a much quicker finish which is always a winner!

Free motion quilting, still getting acquainted with my new/used machine and loving it.  Can I just say again how much I miss the big stitch hand quilting.  My hands don't miss it  but my heart does.   ....enough whining.  

The black striped binding really makes the quilt for me. I love it and wish I had a huge stash of it, but there's only enough for one more  medium sized quilt.  

The backing:

42 x 60 {40 x 57 after washing and drying}

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Yayyyy!  Done in plenty of time to enjoy before and during Christmas.

The pattern is from Lori Holt's VINTAGE CHRISTMAS, with a few changes.

42 Blocks.

Most are from "Vintage Christmas"

The reindeer was a free applique block I found online. He was just so adorable I had to include him in the fun.

The 2 hexagon flower blocks are from a project that got derailed.  I try to use a few whenever I can.

I used 2 snowmen instead of one...You can never have too many of them in a Christmas quilt :)

These 6 inch blocks were fun to make, some definitely were challenging with all the teeny tiny pieces (toy soldiers, I'm talking about you boys!). 

 Picking out fabrics usually took me longer than making the block.

I Stitched in the ditch with my walking foot between blocks and sashing, hand quilted in the sashing and free motion quilted mostly in the blocks and border.

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Friday, October 27, 2023

Vintage Christmas Progress

Yayyyyyyy, we have a top/flimsy!!

For years now I've wanted to make a Christmas quilt but other projects seemed more pressing (no pun intended, lol ).

It appears I've become a collector of Lori Holt Books and I'm happy to keep that trend going.  Her Vintage Christmas Book was the latest purchase and put to good use.  


There are so many options in the book for Christmas quilts so I know there will be more in my future.  This time I did 6 inch blocks, most are in the book but I did add a few others.

All set up for business.

That train is so stinkin' cute ....I couldn't resist a closeup.

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