Saturday, July 16, 2016

New Sampler!

Hi, Mom made me another sampler she does BOM at her local quilt stores one in Leamington called a Stitch in Time this year she picked red, white and black and this was my Christmas present. We didn't get to see each other for Christmas but we celebrated Christmas in July.

Mom got 8 of the blocks done and then I did the last 4 the patterns were perfect.

 I did the last on the right and those flying geese. Honestly each of the patterns were very precise the pieces fit together like a puzzle.
 My job now was to decide how to finish the quilt. I had picked out this fabric before Christmas specifically for this quilt from The Quilt Store  when they had their last 50 percent off before Christmas.
 I had also bought this book at a guild quilt show one of the members boutiques. I had a plan.
 This was the first block, I was very happy with the results I ran up to show my husband he liked it too. Poor guy just had his other knee operated on and had a tough time with the anesthetic so progress has been slower, but this gave him incentive to come down the stairs to see the rest of the idea I had decided for the next sampler layout! LOL
 This was one of the side blocks thought that was pretty cool too...

Now I was excited! I got the top done I started this Thursday night and got up this morning to sew the 2 halves together the center is now completed. I only have the borders to put on.

I think Mom would be very happy her sampler gift did not sit in a box but got done right away.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Field of Dreams

 the title of this one love the baptist fan quilting that Tella did on this! it was perfect for this quit.

These are strips that I had done a swap with in Irene Dewars group a while ago and we used the Bonnie Hunter pattern of Many trips around the world
 I found the border fabric from a place in a small town in Ontario called Dutton.

 The John Deer Fabric I had for a while it was first going to be a one block wonder and then it was going to be a quillow for my dad, then it became the backing for this quilt, the baptist fan really makes this look like furrows in the fields
 So here Buddy and I are modelling hair not combed but out and about enjoying this breezy day.

 I wanted to show you one of my buds coming out on one of my oakleaf hydrangeas, I have 4 different varieties. This year they are blooming last year they did not so happy.
 My Roses are climbing and blooming they are sturdy they have been cut down to nothing and come back every faithful
 then these 2 are really favorites of mine low maintenance, barely and sun and yet they give so much!
 I thought this one was a goner a couple of years ago but it decided that it liked it here after all.. they are not honeysuckle but not sure of the name of them...

which btw all I smell is honeysuckle in the back yard with them blooming  now as well will show pictures next time
 I thought you would like to see this painted fern up close is it not beautiful love it and the texture the colors give
So this is the pile of quilts that I have had done in the last month there are 8 there! in different stages of binding.

Whew I can`t wait to get back to fun sewing!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

quilting and gardening (picture heavy)

 Well I have been garbage picking again, my neighbour round the corner had these solid oak stairs in the garbage. We scooped these up and now I have a tier for my plants that i will stagger on, thinking different herbs and crawling stuff.
My wonderful neighbour helped me carry it believe me it was not easy it weighed a ton!
 here is some garden shots been keeping up with the weeds and love how it is turning out. I had not been able to work in the garden for 2 years problems with standing too long on my feet if at all prohibited it. I am making up for it this year. Feels good to be healthy
 This is my Japanese Peonies tree it is almost 20 years old. This year there was lots of dead that I had to cut off but also there were many shoots coming from the ground. It seems it was rejuvenating itself as well
 I love big hostas and was able to get some at the end of season for a more reasonable price, again patience pays off love how they really make a garden. also seperated a couple of my peonies (favorites of course) and they are happy where they are.
 Because of neglect these bushes grew 2wice as tall, so I have cut them down to half of what they were was a little worried but they are filling in nicely, this was alot of work but again worth it.
It opened up the yard and the hosta underneath are also thanking me for airing them out.
 are you getting the impression yet that I love hostas LOL. This is the walk leading to the back yard the morning sun is welcoming
 and these are my absolute favorite love how they are so curly next year they will be much bigger I really thinned out one plant to make it go a long way they are along the drive in between hydrangeas that are trying to recover I am not going to show you those yet.
 This is the other side of the house I love the painted ferns that have planted themselves there and are flourishing and these wonderful plants here tha are so happy they are so full of flowers with minimal care and sun and they give me the greatest of displays
 Now for the best part of my days I have been getting some quilt tops done by a new and wonderful friend she is so fun to talk to and has the same exuberance and energy I do about quilting and I think in life in general. She has done a fabulous job on the quilts I have been sending her way and with great flourish. Introducing Tella`s lovely quilting her business is called Lucey Longarmer, if you want anything done by her leave me a message I will give her your contact information

This was the Border Creek Mystery from Quilts at the Creek
I was going to do a Baptist Fan but then Tella had done another quilt for me with this paisley and I loved it so asked for it on this quilt as well doesn`t it look amazing! Just picked it up yesterday!
 here is the back hope you can see the quilting it is wonderful and it doesn`t take way from all that piecing in this lovely pattern that Sherry developed.
I cut a strip off each of some fat quarters to piece this quilt together to try to make it as scrappy as possible thought I would be able to put a dent in the Fat Quarters, I realize i have a long way to go.
 This monster was one Mom and I made together she did the blocks and go the panel this was through her local quilt shop then I designed a layout for the blocks and panel. Well I was not sure how to quilt this but Tella has this wonderful Peacock design that we decided on and it looks fantastic!

So in between gardening and sewing backings and getting binding on it has been extremely busy around here.
 Here is a close up of the peacock panto I think it was the perfect choice.

The design of this quilt was as you go so I just made it all kinda as I went along...not to bad eh?
 This is one of my favorite quilts it is a combination of 2 swaps the nine patch is one and then there is the blocks as the other what a great challenge it was to decide on a design to put these all together the fabrics were just in my stash

Tella again picked a great pattern we actually used a fabulous maple leaf panto that was perfect for the fall feel of this quilt
I have another done in the same panto I will show later the binding has to be put on.
as you can see on these quilts the binding is done as well
 My husband helped me lay these quilts out and he thought he should take a picture with me in all my glory so here I am in my jammies with Buddy on our friendship quilt
 This is the backing I used the Row by Row licence plate fabric I thought it was appropriate since all these blocks were also from around the world. I think you can see the quilting in this as well.
 Sometimes when you try new things they are not what you expect. I tried the computerized quilting where the computer sizes the panto and quilts the quilt. This technique did not thrill me as much I found that the panto looked disproportioned, stretched, unnatural. Something I tried but not sure I would do again.
This was the stack and whack I did many years ago as you can see it is bound as well
You might see more of the quilting in this picture if my model would move out of the way. He was so funny every quilt we laid out he laid on to be in the sun.

Well I hope your days are as full as mine and that you are enjoying every one of them. I will have lots more to post in between keeping up with the everyday events.

Enjoy each moment because each moment goes so fast.

I will be linking with Needle and Thread today

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Doing more

than I  can keep up with right now, with gardening, quilt shows, visiting friends, finishing some tops yes I am still binding and backing sewing.

I have joined another swap and have made 25 4 1/2in baskets will get 25 different ones back!!

 Also went to a mini quilt auction and look what I got isn`t she lovely? what is wonderful about this wee quilt is 3 wonderful quilters have put their hands on it.
The Yorkshire Rose had blocks that members had made long ago and they had members buy the blocks for 5 dollars when they finished the blocks and returned them for the auction they got their 5 dollars back
Karen`s mom, did the finishing touches like the embroidery, Karen machine quilted it and the appliquer is a no blogger but had been a member of the Yorkshire Guild for many years and has been known for her applique quilts.
 Then there is my wonderful Red Bud Tree, I so look forward to spring and watching it pop into splendor. This was a sapling from my mothers yard. It now bring shade to our rooms on the east side when the sum comes up and also to our patio, the leaves get huge!
 I have also been making some wonderful Rhubarb desserts it is really happy in its new place and I gave it lots of good compost last fall.
 This was a swap that I had  been in many years ago I go the quilt together. There are actually 2 swaps in there the blocks and then the nine patches. I am so happy to finally get it quilted. Tella is a fabulous LAQ and she did a great design of Maple Leaf`s which to me is appropriate.
I laughed at her comment and also stated not to take office but she says some of the fabrics were very ugly like my strip fabric but when in this quilt they all just blended so well together.
 She has done 2 other tops for me that I will have to post but I had this one in hand when I had the camera. Look at this quilting it is just so perfect.

Oh I was talking about the piecing see the corners of the quilt. I had changed them on the night I was to do my trunk show (was flimsy at that time)
I had pumpkins there and never liked it. Then I decided to go with more nine patches These are from projects that I have been finishing and it looks so much better
 Hopefully you can see the view from here. Tella also said that she was amazed on how square it was well you know how it is when you do a swap not all blocks are the same. These were there was no finagling. and using this kind of sashing also helps with squaring the quilt.

The borders if you look closely is all about fall. it was a stippy fabric (still have lots) so I fussy cut it to go around the border.

So now to pick a binding see the back these are the license plates from last years Row by Row how appropriate since these blocks came from all over the world.
Well back to work my LAQ wants to see them bound they do look better when they are!
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Thursday, April 14, 2016


I am thinking of doing this wonderful challenge Blue By You by some of the Ontario guilds for the next Quilts at the Creek Show in July anyone can participate and last years challenge was a great success.
This 2015 mystery quilt that was done by many Canadians, Designer was Sherri Hisey for a quilt show we had at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto last year. it was called Pioneer Spirit you could make is as scrappy as you wanted since it was to be part of the pioneer days so I did. 
you can see many of them and how everyone made their own rendition.…/quilts-at-creek-pione…

This pattern is still for the 2015 challenge if you want to make it. Free.

I didn`t get mine done in time but I am hoping to this year. It is a great show and you see quilts from all over the world not just Ontario.

I know I don`t have blue quilt and am not sure if I want to go modern or traditional...hmmm...thinking. I will have to start pulling fabrics and then look at some patterns, I am not a designer but love to put a new twist on a design...lets see what happens.

This was my late version of the mystery from last year though.  It is currently at Whirls and Swirls for quilting going to get the baptiste fan on it.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Seasonal Celebrations

 We are so lucky as quilters no matter what the weather is like outside we can change it in our studios, quilt rooms, basements and dinning rooms. by selecting fabrics on what we think the season should be.

It was blowing snow here yesterday so I picked this pattern for the fabrics that I would like to make up into a quilt, by pulling from my stash.
 Even viewing the selvage you can see the wonderful hints of spring  I hope you can see the names of the fabrics. If you click on the picture it should get bigger to see
 My husband came downstairs and saw the fabrics laid out and asked what I was doing. I said going to whip up a top, I have been doing a lot of applique I need something quick and feeling accomplished.
With all the fabric cut and a couple of blocks started I set off for my afternoon shift feeling like spring in our cold wintery day.

How do you celebrate your secret seasons.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

no fun, fun, no fun, fun

 This quilt I bought from a store that was closing on the west end of Toronto a couple of years ago. The top and binding were together. I loved the fussy cutting of the blocks and it is a perfect Lazy Boy size.

I took it to Whirls and Swirls in Oshawa a new LAQ store and machine quilted it. I had fun doing it, This was the first one I did there and I don`t think I posted a full picture of it.

 This is the fabric on the back of it. This was fun Love the kitty with the glasses which was appropriate for today`s weather. as you can see below I have rhubarb coming up already! isn`t that green gorgeous.
 My husband had surgery on his right knee and so it has been a different life for me here I have had to be the chauffeur and grocery shopper, and physio dictator and all around good sport. DH has been a very very good patient though I have no complaints. He is doing what is supposed to do and improving everyday.
It has cut into my sewing time though so I will have to make up for it later. I have been appliqueing my baskets and I have only 70 left to do! from 300! I am awesome...this is fun!
 There is still a little more to post that is fun, buying fabric! In keeping my DH from Cabin fever I have been driving him to the country and we have stopped at a couple of shops and in doing so I have bought from the 1/2 price shelf some backing and just fun fabrics. Wait till you see what I have done I can`t show you now cause the quilts are now waiting to get quilted at the shop.
I have 3 there and will bring 3 more to Whirls and swirls. They have edge to edge with batting free for the month of March.
 so you can see I have some border fabric and some backing fabric, which is now the not so fun part sewing the backings and borders....I am sorry but to me this is just so boring, so so boring not fun at all big huge pieces. All my fault because most of the quilts are over 100in square...ugh.
 then I saw this at Log Cabin Yardage I think I need to do a stack and whack the Sarah`s roses one. I made it once from the Lake house Hydrangea fabric my mother has that one. I want to make it with this fabric is it not fantastic. This is only a small part of it. there is so much to see.
back to loving another fabric the background and border, got this at Log Cabin Yardage too. The blocks are from a FQ set I got in the mail 10 for 20 dollars a while back from a store up north.
I think this is very modern don`t you? This is going to get quilted too, ugh more backing to piece. I am my worst own enemy I know I could use the wide backs but I get more variety from the fabric that I choose. I like to make my backs as interesting as my fronts