Monday, September 15, 2014


This past month at the Modern Quilt Group I attend, we were issued a challenge.  It was 'Modern Fall'.  We could make anything we wanted.  I started with a fat quarter bundle of Shot cottons in plum and mustard and envisioned flying geese.

When I saw this block on Flickr, I was inspired to make it,  and turn it into a pillow

It's a quilt as you go tutorial that can be found at 'Let's Eat Grandpa' .  Everything in me wants to put a comma in there   : )

My first triangle ended up being a bit wonky but I decided to just leave it and make them all slightly crooked

I did straight line quilting in two different patterns which was easy and fun. For some reason the batting bearded through which is made more noticeable on the solid fabrics

The pillow ended up about 17 1/2" square

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Friday, September 12, 2014


Friday again. Time is certainly zipping by now that summer is fading. This past week I decided to get a jump on Christmas and made these stockings

I loosely followed this tutorial. So loosely in fact,  that they aren't even the same size...........

The fabrics are Cotton & Steel which will be coming to Katja's shoppe this month. Yay!

The big green button was one I had, and the metal one I found at Michaels.

I am rather fond of it  : )

Have you started your Christmas sewing yet?

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Monday, September 8, 2014


Archery is done. After hours and hours (days)  of straight line quilting, it's finished.

The other day hubby and I were out looking for a place to take a photo, when one of my boys called. He was way up in the hills with a flat tire.  May as well turn a negative situation into a positive one!
The scenery really lent itself to the quilt I think

Behind the arrows, I quilted a large arc to simulate a bow. The idea was to make it look like they had just been shot.  Then some swirly swishy lines.  In hind sight, I should have just done straight lines all the way across.  Oh well, live and learn          : )

quilt stats:
designed, pieced and quilted by me
fabrics are Cotton and Steel
approx. 42 x 50

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


Last month marked 15 years that Katja's Quilt Shoppe has been open. I've been there for 12 of them.
That hardly seems possible.  As part of the celebration, Katja issued her customers a challenge based on a theme.

There were three things our challenge had to include:
1. the theme of the challenge was time, and our project had to portray that
2. we had to include a piece of the calendar fabric she gave us
3. there had to be an english paper pieced component to it

The idea that came to mind first was the desire to slow down time. Taking time to just enjoy the simple act of having  coffee with a friend -- something I seldom do

I pictured an old whitewashed brick wall, with vintage coffee advertisements on it. Looking things up on pinterest was fun!  I had no idea there was a Bliss coffee. Seeing that's my hubby's name, I had to include it. The pictures were printed out using 'Printed Treasures'

I quilted words in some of the bricks- 'offer your heart'   'a sip'   and 'linger'

my favourite flavour  : )

Who knew there was red rose coffee!

The challenge fabric didn't really work with my quilt, so I made it a little napkin under the mug

and for the english paper pieced element I did diamonds reflecting the window (with little windows -ha!)

It was fun to just play around with this quilt

For now, it will hang in my kitchen as a reminder to sit and enjoy my coffee rather than drink it on the run.

quilt stats:
original design
inspired by my love of coffee
39" x 45"

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Monday, September 1, 2014


Last year there was a quick jellyroll pattern called Jelly Roll Jam and now there is another free pattern called Jelly Roll Jam 2.  After seeing several of them made up, I decided to make one myself using a mix of Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink,  and even a batik! The plumb 'grunge' fabric is an accent and the binding. It seemed to be the perfect colour.

What a fast and fun little quilt to sew!

for the quilting I did free motion 'chrysanthemums' to give it texture

The backing is a Kaffe Fassett print with giant cabbage roses all over.  It's gorgeous.

Even though these are quite grown up prints, I'm thinking a plumb coloured knitted hat may be in order to make this a nice little shower gift.  There is sure to be a baby girl sooner or later    : )

quilt stats:
36 x 38
pieced and quilted by me
pattern JellyRoll Jam 2

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Friday, August 29, 2014


This month I sort of did things backwards. Usually I get my bee blocks done early on, then it's play time!  This time however, I procrastinated until the end.  The blocks were easy so maybe that's why.

Nicke asked for these Greek Cross blocks for our do.good stitches group. They were fun to make so I made her an extra one. Besides, things look better in three's  : )

I mention this group quite a bit here on the blog. In case you are wondering what it's all about, this next picture sums it all up.  We make quilts for Hospice

used with permission

Look at that sweet sweet face. That's why I love doing it. This is the quilt that I put together.
Emily just finished this quilt that we all made blocks for too

Another group in the do.good stitches bee that I am part of is the Humility group. We make quilts for the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota

this month I made these two letters for the quilt Brittney is putting together

Now more than ever, I want to make a quilt with words.
Have a great week end.  Mine will be full of sewing  : )

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


About four years ago, I saw a little eye spy quilt that I really liked.  It was made of little squares. Because I 'think' in hexagons, I have thought about it every so often and wondered what it would look like done up. Last week I found a little bag of hexies already basted while looking for something else, so I decided it was now or never   : )

It didn't take long to whipstitch them all together and then appliqué them down to a background. For the quilting I traced around some pot lids and decided to quilt in the areas where the circles overlap.

Some seriously cute prints here. That puppy in the teacup and the VW van?  Oh my goodness!

The backing is an Aneela Hoey print from my stash, and the striped bias binding finishes the rounded corners nicely.

I toyed with the idea of doing more quilting in the circles but I thought it might become more about the quilting than the hexies.
Anyway, it is what it is ...........and that is finished.

quilt stats :
29 x 42
1" hexagons
hand pieced / machine quilted by me

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