Monday, October 10, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving! I had a wonderful weekend with family and hoped you did too. This year on Thanksgiving, I am very grateful that I get to pull together fabric to make a quilt for my parents.

Next year will be their 50th anniversary and I am going to be making a special quilt for them.

I am also very grateful to my wonderful son who helped me make a quilt for his Cub Scout leader. I saw her last week at my Quilt Guild meeting where we had a trunk show from the extremely talented and very creative Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts. His Leader  told me that he was the inspiration for her to start quilting.

I am so grateful for my amazing husband. He managed to get me to a quilt store this weekend with enough time for me to look around before it closed. He has always been so supportive.

Finally, I am beyond grateful for my incredibly talented daughter. She pushes me, she encourages me, and she is very inspirational. I am so happy that I get to share the love of quilting with her.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Stash - Northern Lights

After I finished the quilt for my niece, I knew it was also time to make one for my other niece ; her sister. She had not been at the family gatherings in a while so I was thrilled to see her in the Summer and got to ask her what colours she liked. She told me that she liked green, but now she liked blue and purple better. As soon as she said this I instantly knew what quilt I was going to make her - Northern Lights by Jaybird Quilts. I have made this quilt once before for my son's Scout Leader and I have always wanted to make it again using the colours on the pattern- blue, green and purple but I was never quite sure who to make it for.

I got lucky because this week Sew Sisters has a sale on their Kona Cottons, and I had a gift certificate from there from my Mother-In-Law. They had all of the colours but one for the quilt, so I selected something else. It was shipped so quickly that I already have it, and can't wait to work on it. If I can be patient I may bring it for my retreat next month, but I have to say it is hard to resist new fabric.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Do As I Say .... Not As I Do

I got the sashing done between the blocks for my Nine Patch and I am thrilled. I have gotten farther on this then I have in years. I am trying to figure out the rest of the quilt now so I gave it a break for a couple of days. Yesterday I had to go in to my LQS to confirm an upcoming retreat that I will be attending. In their bargain bin section, there were some great pink and black fat quarters.

I have been working on my pink and black quilt for a while now, and these were great to add for the quilt. When I got home, I could not resist trying one of them out as a block. The fabric is rows of variegated pink and I was not sure how it would look. Well, I really like how the Churn Dash is looking.

Looks like I have gotten myself back up to working on 3 projects, after I tried so hard to stick to 1! Well as they say, Do As I Say, Not As I Do!

Linking to WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Picnic

My entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival is my Picnic quilt. It is a pattern from Scrap-Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett. It was made for my niece who graduated from High School and has gone off to University.

It was a fun quilt to make. When I asked my niece what her favourite colours are she told me Blue and Orange. I have never worked with that combination before, but as I started coming through my stash I realized that I had lots of those colours together. At some point I will make another quilt using the leftover pieces.

When I was at my LQS I found the perfect background and in the sale section too! I love the flowers with the orange and yellow centres. 

I gave the quilt to my niece in the summer and she was so happy; much more than I ever expected. Quilting gives me so much. It provides stress-release, a chance to add some beauty to this world and I way to show my love for the people who mean so much to me.

The quilt is 48 X 60 and I am entering it in the Small Quilt Category.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Taking an Artistic Break

My Kaleidoscope quilt is coming along, but I need to fix a couple of things on it, so I decided to set it aside until I have a bit more time to focus on it. To keep me busy in the meantime, I brought out an oldie but a goodie, my nine patch squares. It was started many years ago as a quilt along with Crazy Mom Quilts. It has gone through my variations, before coming back around to the original quilt along. I realized that I did not need the quilt to be so big, so when I worked out the dimensions I realized that I only needed 6 more nine patches. I got those done last weekend, played around with the design and have started sewing the sashing together. This is one I will be very happy to have finished.

Linking to WIP Wednesday and Linky Tuesday.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Putting It All Together

I joined up with the Friday Night Sew-In and spent my time starting to sew my rows for Kaleidoscope quilt together. I had some issues with the blocks because I was using two different patterns at the same time and some of the measurements were not right. I planned out a new design using my EQ6 and I like it even better! I can't wait until all the rows are done!