Monday, November 16, 2015


With two new grandsons in the past three months, I realized that I needed to make two more stockings before the big day.  So.........avoiding everything on my design wall, I did just that.
I went to my go to stocking pattern by Imagine Gnats.  I made mine a bit smaller tho

After piecing the feathers for this baby's quilt, I had oodles of fabric left over so I made his stocking from that.

The little bug bias tape was perfect for the hang tab.  Nothing girlie about THIS stocking

and just look at this backing.  I found this on my travels and new it would come in handy for one of my axe wielding, plaid flannel wearing boys!  I wish I would have bought more. Why didn't I buy more ???

I did the same thing for the other baby's stocking.

These are all Art Gallery fabrics except for the backing.  It is a Dear Stella print

details : )

both of the stockings have polka dot lining----for the win

and as if on cue, it snowed.  May as well roll with the punches and use it for a photo op : )

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Where do I start?  Some days are overwhelming when I walk into my room to sew.  Perhaps if it wasn't so messy......
I've not done too much other than work and spend time with the new babies.  Cuddles are very important : )

This is my design wall currently. My millefiori has been stalled for months.  Just a few more pieces and #3 will be done, but I just can't get with it

The blocks on the left have come in the mail and I am to make a quilt for charity. Unfortunately our group dissolved, so I don't think I will be getting any more blocks. Oh well, they are easy ones to make so I will get it done.  One day.

Patchwork City are fun blocks too.  Choosing colours each month has been great.  I need to keep one step ahead of everyone that is doing this as a block of the month through the shoppe. This is now sold out so the pressure is on  : )

Then there are the feathers.  I think 5 is it.  I'm deciding on a setting and it looks like I will have some improv piecing to do.  There is another baby shower this Saturday.  Think I'll be ready?

and because Christmas is just around the corner, I am making a scarf for a stocking stuffer.  This yarn is baby Alpaca and wool.  I really like this plum colour

The pattern is by Churchmouse Yarns and is called the Walking Rib Muffler.

I shouldn't be bored anyways

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Monday, November 2, 2015


Yesterday was so much fun.  I had the privilege of hosting another baby shower for my newest grandson. My daughter in laws and my daughter helped me pull it together. I decided the theme would be hunting seeing as though my son really likes that.  We had fun putting the table decor together.

One of my daughter in laws is very talented at putting together little displays.   Those are deer droppings in the bowl : )    She included the reversible flannel pants I made and hung a hat from the antlers. All the ladies thought it was lovely.

I first made a tiny pair of socks out of a variegated skein I had in my stash.  The pair didn't really match when I was done, but I knew once the hat was finished,  it would make sense

Cute just the same. The pattern for the socks is from Churchmouse yarns.  The hat worked up fairly quick

I found a bag of handmade buttons at a thrift store and knew they would come in handy sometime.

Then this flannel came into the shoppe where I work and oh I just had to have some!  I made a pair of reversible pants using the Quick Change Trousers pattern by Anna Maria Horner.  They turned out so cute and are so very soft.  The hat was a perfect match which was kind of a fluke.  Lastly I found a little pair of Camo boots.  I'm not sure who loved it more.......Mom or Dad : )

The little knits are a perfect fit.  Happy Gramma

There was music!  My other little grandson loves to hear his daddy play guitar

there was food of course

excuse the plastic wrap

..........and just one more of my daughter having a little snuggle.
It was a lovely day and we are truly blessed with these little boys

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Sunday, October 25, 2015


Fall is here, and along with that comes Quilt Market, and along with THAT comes the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side.  This is a virtual Quilt show and always inspires me.

This time around I am entering the quilt I made for my son's wedding this past spring.

I loved making this quilt.  I had a Moda jellyroll of Persimmon and the blocks used every bit of the strip.  I saw the 'anvil' block on a Navajo blanket and made my own version for this quilt.  The arrows added to the western theme plus made a nice border to hang down the edge of the bed.

I personalized it with their initials.

The quilt was a hit and is being used now that the chilly weather is here.
I'm entering this in the Original Design category.
Follow the links to see more one of a kind quilts.  You can vote for the viewers choice in each category too if you like.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015


These socks have been on my needles since last winter.  I think I was procrasti-knitting  : )

Anyway............they are finally finished so I have one stocking stuffer at least

I entered a knitters fibre swap and got a package all the way from Japan!  I am really happy with the yarns I was sent. Lots of knitting in my future with these pretties

My little grandson arrived ahead of schedule by 2 weeks.  I met him just a few hours after he was born.  The next day before we went out for another visit, I knit up this super soft chunky blanket.
One can't arrive empty handed ya know

The yarn is Bernat Mega Bulky in the colour linen.  I cast on 30 stitches on 19mm needles and just did some simple stocking stitch with some garter stitch thrown in. I went through 2 balls in a couple of hours and was done!

The best finish of all is this:

Here is the little sweet pea.  He is THE cutest thing! My son and his wife are just in awe of him.
Now I really must get those feather blocks sewn so I can get his quilt finished !

If you need me, I'll be knitting some teeny tiny things : )

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WIP Wednesday

The last of the Thanksgiving leftovers have been eaten and it's time to get back at the sewing.

These will be the last of my blocks for the Humility group of do.good stitches, because I'm letting go of a couple of groups to allow more time for other sewing commitments.

Simple friendship star blocks

this star block for Mary in the Mid Century Modern group was fun to do. Her quilt will be amazing
I included some of our Canadian chocolate : )

and because baby is due the end of the month, I thought I had better get busy making more feather blocks.  Now I have three.

My brain is trying to come up with some kind of a setting for these.  I am thinking five blocks kind of floating ? .........

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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 ?

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