Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mending fences


Mending Fences is the fabric line I made this quilt in for Dear Eldest Daughter. It’s cute with the little farms and tractors on it, not to mention the chickens!

Dear Eldest Daughter has her own little barn and is raising 6 hens and a rooster for eggs ( just the hens, not the rooster, everyone knows roosters don’t lay eggs) so the fabric was perfect.IMG_1014

Doesn’t it look perfect on the back of her sofa. I made it so she could cuddle up under it and watch TV in her living room.


The pattern is by Swirly Girls and is called Perfect 10.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pretty Pineapple


Jean was kind enough to bring in her finished Pineapple quilt from the class I taught a few months back and it looks  fabulous. You did an amazing job Jean, and Liz did a phenomenal longarm pattern in variegated threads. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Friday, November 28, 2014

My heart’s a flutter


With my new beginner group, and they are doing AMAZING.

We got off to a rough start….believe it or not, a few of these ladies had never even sewn before, nor knew how to use the machines they were lent by their Moms and Grandmas. We’ve worked through it and look at these first blocks.

Great job Bethany, Kelly, Kaley, Diane and Ashley.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The lights are on but nobody’s home!


Finally finished the last row of my BOM from Quilt Doodle Doodles. The final row for the whole quilt…yippee! I think the little bulbs turned out so cute. The look almost real.


I’m really going to try and get the quilt finished for the holidays and onto my bed for Christmas Eve. You can find the pattern here

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Spooling around with winter approaching

Ug…it’s that time of year again….dreaded winter! I found solace in my new spools though…something to brighten the holiday spirits. Michaels had these little vintage bobbins in their $1.50 bins and I couldn’t resist. A vintage wire basket is the perfect vessel for storing them, a little added greenery and I’m ready for the holidays.
I’m so pissed at winter right now…it’s all I’m putting out for the holidays!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Time on my hands

As if I don’t have enough to do without trying my hand at new stuff…
I need my head read.
Can anyone really have too many fabric covered tape measures… I think not!
These are super easy to make….1 circular retractable tape measure, (2) 3 inch circles, tacky glue, ribbon, and 1/4 inch fancy grosgrain ribbon.
Place a small bead of tacky glue around the outside of the tape measure, centre your fabric on the tape measure and roll the excess fabric over the edge, onto the glue, repeat for other side. Once dry, add a piece of grosgrain ribbon around the tape measure with more tacky glue…this covers the raw edges of your fabric. Remove the plastic pull from the end of your tape measure and thread thru a piece of ribbon….voila…couture tape measures.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Daisy Chain Cottage

By Wendy Sheppard with fabric by Lynette Anderson called Pocketful  of Daisies

I did want to show you the finished quilt that will be offered as a BOM at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. in the new year. I am in the process ( you may remember the houses in an earlier post) of completing the sample for the store.

My pictures did not do the quilt justice so I wanted you to see just how beautiful it is.


These are my 3 little cottages completed and sewn together, picket fences and all. It all looks very complex, however we are breaking down the BOM into nice manageable monthly steps that will be quite do-able.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Super Size Me


This is a new pattern for Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. to showcase the fabric line they got in called Made with Love by Kanvas Studios. The quilt measures approximately 38 X 45 and showcases the fabric in Super Sized Spools.


I quilted it with linear rows of stitching at various increments, no rhyme or reason.


I inset jumbo white rick rack under the binding to add a bit of cutesy flair.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Warming up to you


I’ve been trying to figure out a tea cozy for these teapots for ages and finally got one I’m happy with.

When my youngest daughter got married years ago, the theme of her wedding was “Love is Brewing”.  The table centerpieces were white teapots filled with flowers…..needless to say I overestimated and had an abundance of these teapots remaining.

I’ve tried crocheting those cute little tea cosies….I don’t really do crochet and they took forever. I came across a picture with a teapot wrap and it was love a first sight.


It looks so sweet and was really easy to figure out pattern wise and sew up. Much less time consuming than the crochet ones I was struggling with.

Friday, November 21, 2014

It’s starting to look like winter


Inside and out! It was a great time to finish up my Grab and Go felting project and put it on display. I have a few of these (not completed) stashed away and am trying to get them completed seasonally. I did miss the autumn  one but am pleased that the snowmen are done.


They really do look nice with a candle jar sitting on them or just out on the coffee table. They go together quite quickly when you have a few minutes of downtime as they are all pre-cut and come complete with absolutely everything included, even the needle.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Big Sister’s Birthday Bag

My big sister just turned 65….wow that’s scary considering I’m getting there. I finished off a Beetle Bag for her and popped it in the mail….. it arrived on her birthday, thank you Canada Post!
The Beetle Bag is a catch all carry case typically used for sewing and quilting, but can be used as a carry all cosmetic bag for travelling. I thought she would get good use out of it with her upcoming trip to Cayman.
I added little goodies in the plastic pouches like tweezers, q-tips, travel toothpaste and  travel size bottles.
The fabric is super cute and so appropriate as my sister was a nurse before she retired!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Double the Doggie Do Do




The pattern is called Crazy Dogs, and these little doggies are adorable. Linda made not only one, but two of these quilts as she has twin grandsons. So double the trouble!…the quilts not the twins!


I love how she tried to match the applique dogs to the outer border of the quilt. Awesome job Linda, the boys are going to love them!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The sweetness of a pineapple


I love the concept of this quilt…log cabin blocks, trimmed with a triangle…the contrast makes the blocks just pop.


I added the stacked flying geese to opposite corners and call  it  Cornered in a Log Cabin by Flying Geese.

It will be a new class taught at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. in the new year.

The Bali Pops were a perfect choice for this quilt.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Linda’s done it again


Another beauty from Linda, brought to be long armed…..awesome.

The fabric is called Doodle and the pattern is from Quiltmaker July/August 2014 and called Irish Stars.


Finally, Linda is keeping one for herself…it’s about time!

IMG_0832Isn’t it GORGEOUS!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The start of something good


This was a fun class to reach at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. Throw me a Curve Ball Place mat class. The results were wonderful and I loved everyone’s creative choices for fabrics.


Marlies, Anne, Doreen, Donna, Jean, Elaine, Fran and Kallie were a great group of ladies to teach…so much fun.

The place mats  have lots of techniques and tricks to learn….strips, curves, bias binding and the simplicity of the Bosal Place mat forms.


I try not to have favourites, but I just LOVE Donna’s winter wonderland design….Elaine….yours are pretty awesome too!