Sunday, October 30, 2016

Slow Stitching Sunday - Autumn Binding

As I look out my windows and see the beautiful autumn colours, I am working on binding my Autumn Moons quilt. I have so enjoyed working on this quilt. I am going on a quilt retreat in a couple of weeks and as I started to get my projects ready, I realized how hard it was to go back to a project I had started some time ago. I know there was a reason I had stopped, a fabric I needed or something that was not working out and needed to be changed. It felt hard to get back into that mindset again, as though I was picking up a book I had not read in a long time. I so enjoyed my Autumn Moon quilt, because I did not let it sit and I worked out any issues I had with it right away. I know it will become one of my favourite quilts for that reason. I feel as though there is a life lesson in there for me as well.

Linking to Slow Stitching Sunday.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Halloween Totems - Friday Night Sew-In

I had a good sewing evening last night. I worked on my Halloween Totems quilt. The pattern is from M-R Charbonneau of Quilt Matters and is called Modern Totems. It calls for one charm pack and background fabric. I had some charm squares left over, as well as some scrap fabric from when I participated in a Halloween block exchange years ago and thought this would be the perfect pattern to use some of them up. The quilt reminds me of the art I did when I was a kid where you would colour a page with crayons, then put black over and then draw designs into it so that you saw all the colours come through. It was one of my favourite things to do.

Linking to Friday Night Sew-In.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving! I had a wonderful weekend with family and hoped you did too. This year on Thanksgiving, I am very grateful that I get to pull together fabric to make a quilt for my parents.

Next year will be their 50th anniversary and I am going to be making a special quilt for them.

I am also very grateful to my wonderful son who helped me make a quilt for his Cub Scout leader. I saw her last week at my Quilt Guild meeting where we had a trunk show from the extremely talented and very creative Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts. His Leader  told me that he was the inspiration for her to start quilting.

I am so grateful for my amazing husband. He managed to get me to a quilt store this weekend with enough time for me to look around before it closed. He has always been so supportive.

Finally, I am beyond grateful for my incredibly talented daughter. She pushes me, she encourages me, and she is very inspirational. I am so happy that I get to share the love of quilting with her.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Stash - Northern Lights

After I finished the quilt for my niece, I knew it was also time to make one for my other niece ; her sister. She had not been at the family gatherings in a while so I was thrilled to see her in the Summer and got to ask her what colours she liked. She told me that she liked green, but now she liked blue and purple better. As soon as she said this I instantly knew what quilt I was going to make her - Northern Lights by Jaybird Quilts. I have made this quilt once before for my son's Scout Leader and I have always wanted to make it again using the colours on the pattern- blue, green and purple but I was never quite sure who to make it for.

I got lucky because this week Sew Sisters has a sale on their Kona Cottons, and I had a gift certificate from there from my Mother-In-Law. They had all of the colours but one for the quilt, so I selected something else. It was shipped so quickly that I already have it, and can't wait to work on it. If I can be patient I may bring it for my retreat next month, but I have to say it is hard to resist new fabric.