Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Finished Just in Time

I managed to finish two quilts for Christmas.  The binding was on just in time to give these as gifts on Christmas Eve.

The quilt above is from a pattern in Best Fat Quarter Quilts magazine from Quilters Newsletter called "love & kisses".  I quilted it in an allover panto called Henna Flower which was so much fun to stitch and I am thrilled with the finished quilt.  I was almost hesitant to give it away ;)
The next one is another quilt based on a pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. which nicely uses up a jelly roll.  I quilted  an allover panto called Lace which was also great fun to stitch. I used gold thread which I thought was fairly bold but I love the finished look.

Now, with a few more days off work this week, I am happily back to piecing my Dresden plate blocks.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and hope you find lots of time to quilt in 2014.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Another Quilt

Another quilt for my granddaughter
I love the roses in this panto

Off the frame and ready for binding

- I found this quilt pattern on Cluck Cluck Sew.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Quilting progress.....having accepted the fact that I cannot stitch straight lines, I decided to stipple the background around the applique shapes. Now I am happy with this quilt. No binding on yet - that will come later.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

what I'm working on

I have one quilt on the frame and another one in the works on my design wall.

This quilt is on my frame and its not going so well. I thought I would put a cross hatch design in the outer border behind the applique pieces but it has turned out really ugly.  My lines are so wobbly!  What a mess!
I've decided to change the quilting around the applique to something else - not sure what yet.  For now all I see ahead of me is the job of picking out all those stitches.  That's going to take forever.

On my design wall, this little dresden plate project is going very well. 
 Nothing sewn together yet, but I am having a lot of fun making all these little wedges.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Baby Girl

On July 31, 2013 at 8:41 am Sarah and Chris welcomed 6lb 8oz Chelsea Rose into their family.  Jim and I are the very proud grandparents of this lovely baby girl. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Our garden is full of daylilies this summer. 
Here are photos of the ones that were in bloom today.
Silly little Oliver thinks if he hides behind these daylilies we can't see him.

Baby Quilts

I have been busy since my last blog post.  The Jubilee quilt is quilted, washed and given to my daughter.  Also finished are two more little baby quilts ready for binding.  

The nursery for our granddaughter is starting to come together - just 4 weeks to go until she is due to arrive!  A few more things need to be put in place but you can see the pinwheel quilt is already there on the crib waiting for her.   

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ready for Quilting and Binding

Jubilee quilt top is finished and ready to be loaded on to my frame for quilting.  I am going to do a simple panto and, once the binding is on, give it a good run through the washing machine.  For the first time I used spray starch when cutting and piecing this quilt and it kinda feels like a thin sheet of cardboard.....maybe I'll use less starch next time.....or better yet - none at all.  With three extra blocks and some scraps of fabric that were left over I've pieced a center panel for the backing of this quilt.

I've got two baby quilts ready for binding and a third one is a work in progress on my design wall.

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, April 13, 2013

three projects keeping me busy

Right now I am happily working on three quilt projects all at the same time.

The first one is this quilt currently on my design wall.  It is a pattern called "Jubilee" by The Pattern Basket. I love how easy the blocks come together but, unfortunately, it is on hold right now because I ran out of background fabric for the sashing and border.  I am waitng for more to arrive from The Fat Quarter Shop (my favorite online shop).

The second one is this little quilt which I am quilting using my sewing machine's embroidery module.  I have done a couple of quilts this way and I really like being able to set up the embroidery hoop and then go over to my cutting table to work on something else while the machine stitches away.  The pretty little feather wreath pattern is from Diane Gaudynski's "Quilting Whimsy" embroidery collection. 

And the third project is a baby quilt I am making with Paris Flea Market fabric by 3 Sisters.  It is still in its early stages....so far, just the start of star blocks and flying geese. 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Block of the Month

I found a great BOM on Fat Cat Patterns website called Whoo Knows?  What a great quilt design full of fabulous owls....I love it.  Here is my first finished block.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Been working on a baby quilt

For the past few weeks I have been working on a baby quilt for my daughter.  Sarah and her husband, Chris, are expecting their first baby in August .... yes, I am going to be a Grandma!  They gave us these mugs to surprise us with the news.

Here is the little crib size quilt top I just finished.  The fabric is Butterfields by the Pattern Basket
The 3-D pinwheels were such fun to make.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


A difficult but necessary decision was made last night.  Emily was 20 years old and very sick.  She was always a quiet, gentle girl and a dearly loved member of our family.

We will miss you forever. Goodbye Em.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Project

This is the start of my second project for the new year.  From the current McCall's Quilting magazine America Loves Scrap Quilts I am making a quilt called Paper Chain by Deanne Eisenman.  Construction of the blocks is super simple - just squares and rectangles, and I will be able to use up lots of scraps along with a few new fat quarters!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Finished quilts and a new one started

I gave my son and daughter each new quilts for Christmas this year.  It was a bit of a panic to get them done on time.  I was putting on the binding the Saturday before Christmas but was done with two days to spare!  These quilts were my final two finishes for 2012.

My first quilt project of 2013 is this scrappy little quilt I finished piecing today.  I am off work the rest of the week so plan to have this one quilted before I go back next Monday.  I love being able to spend so many uninterrupted days in a row in my sewing room.

I hope you too are having a very quilty start to the new year.