Saturday, January 20, 2018

My First Quilty Finish for 2018!

My normal routine has been upset lately so I haven't been sewing very much.  My 90 year old Dad fell and broke his hip which required surgery and a hospital stay so I have been spending time with him and also making sure that my 86 year old mother gets back and forth to be with him.  A lot of uncertainty right now so it's one day at a time and keeping positive.  Sewing helps me do that!

I made four of the Preppy the Whale blocks by Elizabeth Hartman .  Two pink and two blue.  I like oversized designs so I enlisted the help of a very talented quilty friend who enlarged the whale pattern for me.  I had already used one of the whales, a pink one, to make this baby quilt for my great niece.

 and I used one of the blue ones to make a quilt for a special little baby boy who shall remain nameless as I want it to be a surprise.  Think I will make matching pillowcases with the remaining two whale blocks. This little quilt is my first finish for 2018. I don't have a name for it yet.  

43" x 48" 

The grey strips and border squares are from the scrap bin
quilted on my Pfaff QE 4.0 in free motion  and also using a preprogrammed serpentine stitch in every alternate grey strip with Aurifil 50# 

And the back.....This is called Hook Line and Sinker from the Dark and Stormy collection from Dear Stella fabrics with the addition of Kona Bahama Blue, which was also used for the binding
Sooo cute!  

I hope you get some time today to do something you love. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Gift updates

The Happy Couple, my awesome nephew Adam and his beautiful wife, Emily, in Calgary, Alberta, posing with their wedding quilt that I made for them.  I am so happy with how this quilt turned out and so happy with how much it is loved. They are off on their honeymoon today.  

apparently Cody the Cat loves the wedding quilt too!

another secret gift revealed....made for my new great niece so that her Nana could fill it with lots of wonderful gifts on her first Christmas.  

Happy New Year! 🎆

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Bring it on, 2018!

As promised, here are the last photos of my 2017 projects.  I am very lucky to be able to sew whenever I want .  Life is good!

Here are two cushions I made a few days ago.  A gift for an admirer of bears and foxes.  They measure 14" x 20".  I made the black piping for the edges. It adds a lovely finishing touch.

A cute Dear Stella fabric on the back

A tree skirt for my brother and his wife.  I used a 10 degree wedge ruler to cut the 36 wedges from 24" strip sets and then sewed them together to make a circle. easy peasy.  Then I quilted in the ditch (not my fave), added binding and done.  A fun, quick project.  I have requests for two more for next year.

A stocking for a baby's first Christmas. 

and the back...

And I made a tuffet!  I used some special batiks that my sister brought me from Malaysia several years ago.  I won't say it was easy but I am happy with the result.  I plan on making another one.  

some paperpiecing fun

Pattern by Tartan Kiwi

Pattern by Quiet Play

My plan for 2018 is to get a few of my older pieced tops quilted, but I said that was on the top of my 2017 list and it did not happen so I am only a little bit hopeful.  

Merry Christmas to you and yours and all my best in 2018. 🎄 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

What's Happening!

2017 is ending soon and I am feeling very pleased with myself.  Not pleased about my horrible blogging lately but very pleased that I made a plan for myself at the beginning of the year and I stuck to it.  I learned how to prioritize better and mostly I learned how to say NO.   I am going into next year minus that horrible feeling of being overwhelmed by projects.  Hope you knocked things of your list too.  It feels so good!

I have a few things to share with you. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have already seen the following projects.

First up, a baby quilt for a new great niece born in late November. 
I used Preppy the Whale pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. A friend of mine enlarged the whale pattern for me.   All Kona solids.   

free motion quilted on my Pfaff PowerQuilter 16.0 using Aurifil 50# thread in three different greys.

The back..  Daddy is a photographer so  I could not resist this paper pieced camera pattern by Whims and Fancies.  I used a gradated grey stripe fabric for the binding. 

The camera block became the label for the quilt.  
Next up, a few Necessary Clutch Wallets.

A table runner and matching cushions for charity. Made from a 5"charm square pack and two 2 1/2" mini charm square packs.  

A few bibs for babies

A removable pouch for my Sew Together Bag

A hooded bath towel for baby

A Santa Pillow - "Jolly Old Saint Nick" by Art to Heart

that's enough for now.  I have lots more to show you, after all it has been two months since my last post,  but I think I will continue in another post.  Take care and I hope you have all your Christmas sewing and baking done and ready to go. 🎄 

Friday, October 20, 2017


My three talented quilting friends, Lesley ,SheilaKaren and I, aka,The Nova Scotia Quilting Bloggers Quartet, recently participated in the 10th Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst last weekend. (No, we don't sing, we just make quilts!)
l-r  Karen, Lesley, Me, Sheila

We set up our little quilt show in the main lobby of Amherst Town Hall and spent two days talking everything quilty to visitors.

We had a great time, spending quality time together for a few days.  We won't see each again until next June probably.
 Our little group likes to do quilty challenges. One time we made cushions using curved piecing.  Another time we made a project that incorporated an embroidered motif.  And of course, our awesome round robin quilts. I couldn't get a good shot of our Round Robin quilts because we had to hang them in a very narrow space.  I think our little quilt show was quite the satisfying challenge for us. We all enjoyed and there may be some talk of doing it again sometime. 

Fabric Seascape by Sheila  

More of Sheila's original fabric stitcheries 

I hope you had time today to create.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Quilt For Me!

I make a lot of quilts for family and friends. I love being on the giving end.  Each quilt I make has a lot of special thought and love sewn in.  But just recently I was on the receiving end of a very thoughtful, loving quilt.  I still can't believe it.  My amazing friends got together and made me a quilt to celebrate my upcoming 65th birthday which happens on November 1.  The instigator, Karen Roy of KaHolly, contacted my friends several months ago to contribute a signed block and then she sewed it all up into a top. Check out Karen's latest blog post to find out how I was surprised with this wonderful gift.

photo courtesy of KaHolly Quilts

Karen Roy also did the spectacular free motion machine quilting on this awesome quilt.  Her quilting just gives me shivers of delight.  Here are a few close-ups.

And...the awesome is this!!  Karen Chase of Sugar Free Quilted Designs designed and sewed up the lettering for the backing.  I love it so much!  

And Karen Roy designed the label block with a wonderful inscription as well as the names of all those who contributed blocks.  

A great big thank you goes out to all involved in giving me the best birthday gift I could ever imagine. I have already slept beneath my new quilt and it is soft and cuddly and very warm.   I feel a huge quilty hug!  💖

Sunday, October 8, 2017

What's Happening!

It's Finished!  The wedding quilt for my nephew and his new bride is totally finished and will soon be on its way from me in Nova Scotia to them in Alberta.  I quilted it in free motion on my Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0 using Aurifil 50# white thread.  In the negative space between the columns of colour, I quilted a continuous feather, 90" in height to be exact x 4.  In the outer edge spaces I quilted loop de loops with hearts.  In some of the hearts I quilted the newlyweds initials. 

And here's the back with all the best wishes and signatures by the wedding guests.

This is the bottom row before quilting so you can see some of the best wishes.

Don't the quilt colours match the wedding in the Rockies perfectly! Almost like it was planned! 

It was a fantastic wedding and I enjoyed my ten days in Alberta so much.  Spent quality time with family, visited Calgary and Edmonton and Canmore, visited 9 quilt shops and bought something in each one.  What a great time I had.  

Now I am on to making baby quilts and accessories.  One new great-niece and another great-soon to be determined on the way next month.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family. 

from Pinterest