Friday, October 9, 2015


After 11 years of sewing on a little Kenmore with a 6" opening, I got a new machine.  I didn't want one that had a multitude of stitches that I will never use, but it HAD to have a large throat.  I decided on an Elna eXcellence 730.  Wow.  I'm still figuring things out, but I'm super happy with it so far.
The other day I decided to do some quilting with it, so I gathered three little quilt tops that needed finishing and got to work.

This first one is from Erin's book Sweet Tweets.  I used the squiggly stitch and my walking foot.  I specifically asked if the machine had this stitch and was told 'yes'.  Sold!
I really like the look of this quilting and it's fast : )

Next up is a foundation paper pieced quilt from back in the day.  This is a free pattern on Badskirt's blog. I just did a simple outline for this one, and now it's done and ready to be sent off to a swap partner

When I made these foundation paper pieced horseshoes, I had in mind to do pebble quilting in the background right from the start. I do like the way it turned out. Love love love the texture : )

So there you have it. Three finishes. Three mini quilts.  Three things off the sewing table.

Three new starts ?

linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts 
My Quilt Infatuation

Monday, October 5, 2015


Here we are at month number 3 in the Patchwork City block of the month at Katja's Quilt Shoppe.

For whatever reason these few blocks caused me some trouble.

This one needed ALL the stitch rippers..........and chocolate  : )

the other two went together alright

Then there was this one.  I cut the large triangle the wrong size twice!  I blame the fact I was sewing in a dimly lit hotel room while my hubby recovered from eye surgery. After all that, the cat is upside down. I'm leaving it

By now, we are getting quite a nice pile of black and white scraps. This will allow for lots of choices if you want to change things up a bit

Here they are all together.  I am loving that plum colour.
Hopefully I can get the next month's together with no mistakes : )

Enjoy your week

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


It's true.  Christmas will be here before we know it.  The weather here is gorgeous and it's hard to imagine that it will soon be -20 !

The other day I started this little Cardinal wall hanging. Not for any particular reason other than I thought it was cute

I'm thinking that I may send it away to one of my swap partners : )

When all the pieces are fused, I may try some thread sketching like I learned making this quilt
for the blog hop.

Speaking of blog hops, I have some winners to announce ! Thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by and leave a comment

The winners of the Good Neighbours charm pack is #195  Bee
and the winner of the pin cushion and some charms is  #29  Esther Dunn

The winners of the Sweet Tweets e-book is #35 Brenda
and the hard copy goes to ......... #74 Claire

Congratulations ladies ! I will forward your info to the powers that be  : )

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


*******Giveaway is now closed

Chirp chirp!  Today it's my stop on the Sweet Tweets blog hop talking about Erin's darling book Sweet Tweets Simple Stitches, Whimsical Birds.  There are so many cute projects in the book all enhanced by 'sketching' with thread : something I have never done. Each of the projects is small and very do-able. Erin's little birds have long captured my heart, so it was pretty exciting to be able to stitch a little sample for her blog hop : )

Flipping through the book the one that really caught my eye was the 'three little birds' quilt because of the hexagons-no surprise there.  Love me some hexies : )

I got to work immediately because I had quite a few to prepare

I hand appliqued them down to the linen and then set about sketching the tree with thread.  I was pretty nervous about it, but once I got going, it was lots of fun.

Then came the birds.  Those little things are tiny !

In the end, I think it turned out pretty cute. I haven't got to the quilting yet (sorry Erin!)

Would you like to try your hand at one of the projects?  You can leave a comment on this post for a chance to win an e-copy, and Katja's Quilt Shop where I work, has offered a hard copy to one of you.
Two chances : )

Visit the other blogs who are participating for a chance to win,  and to see more projects from the book

   Sweet Tweets Blog Hop

Tuesday, Sept.8 - Erin (intro post) Why Not Sew?  
Wednesday, Sept.9 - Heidi Fabric Mutt
Thursday, Sept.10 - Debbie A Quilter's Table
Friday, Sept.11 - No Post
Saturday, Sept.12 - Jacque Brown Dog Prims
Monday, Sept.14 - Amy nanaCompany
Tuesday, Sept.15 - Svetlana s.o.t.a.k handmade
Wednesday, Sept.16 - Renee Sewn With Grace
Thursday, Sept.17 - Martingale Stitch This! The Martingale Blog
Friday, Sept.18 - Heather Vintage Grey Handmade
Saturday, Sept.19 - Clara and Jennie Clover & Violet
Monday, Sept.21 - Amanda Jean Crazy Mom Quilts
Tuesday, Sept.22 - Cindy Live a Colorful Life
Wednesday, Sept.23 - Carla Grace and Favour (you are here )
Thursday, Sept.24 - Mary Molly Flanders
Friday, Sept.25 - No Post
Saturday, Sept.26 - Erin, Big Giveaway Post!!! Why Not Sew?

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Happy Sunday morning!  I don't usually post on a Sunday, but I got these baskets sewn together yesterday and wanted to show you : )
These came to me last May from two groups that I'm in. The mid century Modern group, and the great Canadian scrap busting group.  I asked for bright funky baskets and that's what I got !

I layed them out on my floor and trimmed them to all the same size. I had to add a strip to a few of them, but that just adds to the fun !

there's even a basket from selvedges

Not quite sure if I will do a border or not, but I do have some signature blocks that I want to include
I'm happy these are together and not still getting buried in my sewing room : )

Enjoy your day


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Later this month I'm going to be involved in a blog hop for the book Sweet Tweets by Erin of
Why Not Sew. Her little quilts are just so cute!  Stay tuned for that......

I started a project from her book and of course it has hexies : )

......and I have finally started the baby quilt for my next wee grand babe due in October

this is a pattern by Anne Sullivan of play-crafts called Contour Feather

so far, so good

I'm not sure how many feathers I will make, or how to even set them, but I'm pretty happy with this first one.

Enjoy the rest of your week,

linking up with freshly pieced
sew fresh quilts

Saturday, September 12, 2015


This morning I was up before the chickens, so I sewed a couple of bee blocks.  I got a bit behind last month, but I think I am nearly caught up--------with blocks anyway!

Mary asked for a basket block like the ones I got.  She loves 'kitchy' things so I dove into a scrap basket and found this cute strawberry print.

Then there are the do.good stitches blocks where I usually end up learning something new--like patience : /

we were asked to assemble these half rectangle triangles randomly.  These were fun

and these giant leaf blocks were a quick sew

someone needs to cut the grass.......
and when I just can't think about sewing, I knit.  The next grand baby is due the end of October, so I think he/she might need a little pumpkin hat

I have hung onto these little overalls for about 20 years.  It will be nice if someone can finally wear them again : )

Happy stitching!  Enjoy your week end