Friday, January 8, 2021

Pinwheels and Rails



I am so thrilled that the Pinwheels and Rails quilt is finished.  It is a bed size quilt for my daughter. She looked at some patterns and then designed this quilt. She decided to have the border of the pinwheels go the opposite way of the rail fences so that it mimicked a rail fence quilt which I really liked. She made the decisions on all of the borders. The outer border fabric was bought at our quilt guild. Someone was selling off metres of fabric and my daughter picked it out a few years ago. I was having a tough time deciding on the fabric for the last border and then she remembered this fabric and it fit perfectly. Our cats really like this quilt and have claimed it as theirs which my daughter does not mind since they share it with her!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Kitchen Sewing


One of my first projects for 2021 was completed on the weekend. My mother asked me to make her a cover for her Kitchenaid stand mixer. She wanted the same fabric that I had used as the backing for the tablerunner I had made for her in the Spring. I used a tutorial from Sew Can She.  I was able to get more of the fabric from my LQS. There were some difficulties with getting it done. I had some thread that kept constantly breaking as I was sewing it. This project I am very happy to have finished and I am hoping it is a good start to 2021.

Monday, January 4, 2021

One Word - 2021

Balance Word Art Vector Images (over 240) 


I have decided that my One Word for 2021 is going to be Balance. I know that this is going to be a difficult word for this year, and I have no expectations that the teeter-totter of life will be balanced everyday but I do want to be more aware of how much time I focus on things and other people versus focusing on things that will enable me to be better with my family, my work and my creative endeavours.


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Silver Lining



The Silver Lining quilt is complete and I am so thrilled. It was started in March just before everything shut down and it got caught up in all of the stress and anxiety of the year. This is a gift for my sister-in-law and brother-in law's 25th anniversary. They live far away so I need to organize a way to mail it to them. I hoped I would be able to give it them at Christmas but it was not to be. I have tried to find a silver lining for 2020 and for me it would be my remarkable husband and children. We all got along over our months at home alone together and supported each other throughout the good and bad days.   Here is hoping to a safe and healthy 2021 where we will be able to be together with friends and family again.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020



I am so happy that I was able to get my Tannenbaum quilt finished before Christmas.  I learned a lot from making it and I know it will be a keepsake that I put up each year. Christmas may have been quiet for many people this year, but I hope it was still a good one for you.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Merry and Bright



My Merry and Bright quilt is finished. I had it quilted in the Spring but then set it aside to work on some other projects. I put the binding on it in the Fall. I had bought this fabric years ago as a kit to make another quilt pattern based on one block. I ended up making that block in an exchange and realized while I liked the look of it I did not really enjoy making it. A few years ago at a retreat I attended, someone was making the Charm Big Star pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company using Christmas fabrics. I really liked it and decided to make a version for myself. The fabric showcases a lot of snowflakes so I wanted to find a snowflake pattern that I could use as the focus block. I found wonderful snowflake paper piecing patterns from Canuck Quilter Designs. I was also able to find a fabulous flannel red snowflake fabric for the binding.  I am thrilled that this quilt is done. It will be wonderful to cuddle under it and watch a movie or read a book. 

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Monday, December 7, 2020




I got the quilt top done last Monday. I am thrilled with it. The directions were easy to follow and the colours are gorgeous. I was nervous about using the lined backing but I do like the look of it.  I was also a bit nervous about the appliqué but having it already cut out made it so much easier. I do have some projects that need appliqué and I am anxious to get started on them after the holidays. I took this to a new quilter to me on Wednesday and I picked it up on Saturday. She did beautiful work. Now, I need to hurry and get the binding sewn on. I would love to have this up before Christmas.