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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020






I am now on my last row of the Tannenbaum quilt. The applique has gone easier than I thought, especially since the applique pieces were already cut out. After this I will be matching up the lines in the background fabric which I am a bit nervous about. I am dedicated to having this done by Christmas.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tannenbaum Stars



I spent my Friday Night Sew-In working on my Tannenbaum quilt creating a row of stars. I am on the second to last row of the tree but then I will need to do the applique. 



I am really hoping to have this done by Christmas. It has been a while since I have sewn such tiny pieces but I am enjoying the challenge it brings me. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

There is a Silver Lining



I am so happy that my Silver Lining quilt top is completed. I finished it last week and now it is at the quilter's. It was a huge relief to have this off my shoulders and now I can work on some of my Christmas quilts and other quilts I want to get done.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Cat not included - Friday Night Sew In




 For my Friday night Sew In I finished sewing together all of my sashing strips for my Silver Lining quilt. Next is to put together the corner blocks and then I can sew it all together. My ever helpful cat decided to pose for this photo, and after it was taken destroy the layout. It did get cleaned up faster with her help since it was in a big pile!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Silver Lining



I have all of my rows sewn together now and I have started sewing the sashing sections together. This is a quilt that I wanted to give up on a few times. I am so happy that I chose to stick it out as I can see the finish line in the near distance.


Linking to Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Silver Lining, Botanica Park


For my Friday Night Sew In I finished my last block for my Silver Lining quilt.  





I laid out the quilt and I am so happy with it. I need to complete the four corners but I wanted to see the balance in the quilt before I picked out fabric for them. Next step is to complete the sashing for the blocks.






 I also completed the flying geese for Block 6 of my Botanica Park quilt.  It feels good to have these projects well on their way.


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Friday, July 31, 2020

Dresden Plate Quilt

Well, my namesake quilt was finally finished in May. The Dresden Plate blocks is one of the first blocks I learned to make when I started quilting. It has been 10 years in the making. I belonged to a group called Bee Beautiful in 2010 and when it was my month I chose the Dresden Plate and beautiful Art Gallery fabrics by Patricia Bravo. The group was wonderful and I learned so much each month with all of the different blocks, many which I had never tried before. I am so happy that it is completed. It was quilted by Tammy Spencer.

I had this cute backing which reminded me of Dresden Plates and the binding was bought by my daughter last year as a Mother's Day gift. She knew I was working on a few rainbow quilts and decided to have binding to match. She also got me another one, with reds and darker stripes.

I am so grateful to all the women and my daughter who helped make this quilt a reality.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Friday Night Sew In - Botanica Park

For Friday Night Sew In I worked on Month 4 of my Botanica Park quilt. It took some time to square up all of the 80 half square triangles but now that that is done I get to start sewing them together. I have bought projects I have not ended up enjoying but this one I really like. It has been great that every month is so different that you don't get bored working on the quilt.

I realized that I had never posted about my June Friday Night Sew In. I worked on the binding for my husband's wall hanging quilt.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Christmas in July

I completed another block section for my Tannenbaum Tree Quilt. I decided to leave the applique rows until the end. It has been enjoying working on it one section at a time. It has been a while since I worked with smaller pieces and luckily so far there has not been too much too unsew.

Hopefully, it will be done by Christmastime.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Wisley Gardens

This wall hanging quilt was made as a gift for my husband. The pattern is Wisley Gardens by Sue Beevers. I got it as a quilt kit in November at my LQS and took it with me on a retreat the first week of March before everything shut down. It was a great one to take to the retreat as I had everything cut before hand and then was able to sew and get the top complete. The pattern was well written and made it easy to put together. It was meant to be for my husband's work office. He moved into a new office last year and mentioned that he had a bare wall and did not know what to put up. When I saw this quilt I knew it would be perfect for his space. Now he has been working from home for the past four months and it might become a home office quilt. I am glad that I was able to make something for him. He has always been my biggest supporter of my quilting and everything else I choose to do.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Spring Table runner

I completed a Table runner last week for my mother's birthday. It is always nice to have a smaller project to complete.

I also got Month 2 done of  Botanica Park. It has been relaxing to work on this quilt.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Good signs - Botanica Park

These are good signs. Empty boxes means projects have been completed. That also means I can start a new project since I have space for one.

I got this Block of the Month on Friday from Quilt Thyme. It was one I had admired for a while and when I found out they had some extra kits I decided to take the plunge. It will be the first quilt for my bed.

The first month is now done. I really love the colours and tulips are my favourite. I can't wait to start on the second block.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching - Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

For my Slow Sunday Stitching I decided to work on my son's birth notice, and let's just say he is well past his first decade. I made ones for all of my nieces and nephews but somehow never finished them for my own children, so today seemed like a good time to work on it.

I also started getting my binding ready for my Dresden Plate quilt. My daughter had bought me the binding fabric last year for Mother's Day because she knew stripes make good bindings.  I am very fortunate to have two wonderful children.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Silver Lining

I have one third of my main blocks done now for my Silver Lining quilt which is for my sister and brother in law's 25th anniversary this fall. These are fast and fun to put together. I am enjoying the muted colour scheme as I usually go for bright and bold a lot. I am going to spend the next few days getting more of these done.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Stolen Kisses - Cat Approved

My Stolen Kisses quilt is all finished. The pattern is Stolen Kisses by BasicGrey. While this quilt was frustrating at times, I am pleased with the end result.


It is also cat approved which makes it even better. I set it on the chair a few days ago and I have not gotten it back since. This is a quilt for me, and I can't wait until I get a chance to actually use it.

The beautiful quilting was done by Tammy Spencer. I love the feathers and the addition of the hearts.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Friday Night Sew In - LBQ Mystery Quilt 2020

I spent my Friday Night Sew In working on my Laundry Basket Quilts - Mystery Quilt 2020. I really liked it when it started last month but I was not sure if I had all of the fabrics needed to make it. I had put it in my want to, but then when the quilt design was revealed one of the options Edyta Sitar showed was in pinks and reds, and I have a lot of those left over from the quilt I made for my parents, so I decided to get started on it right away. My daughter has become my fabric concierge and she picks out for me what pinks and reds should go together. I am so happy that I got to start this quilt.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Nancy Drew - Get A Clue

Hurray! My Nancy Drew Get a Clue quilt is finished. I had bought a layer cake years ago of the fabric and tried to find a pattern that would work well as I did not want to cut up the the prints. I ended up modifying the Briar Rose pattern by England Street quilts.  I had some leftover squares so I pieced a nine patch on the back.

I asked the quilter Tammy Spencer if she could put in a magnifying glass, and question mark in the design.  She did a fabulous job at incorporating them into the quilt.

I read all of the Nancy Drew books as a kid and played a lot of the video games with my children. This quilt will be a keepsake for me.

Linking to Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop and TGIFF.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday

This morning I put the binding on my Nancy Drew Get a Clue quilt and this afternoon and tonight I will be working on hand stitching the binding. I am so happy to have it almost finally done. My daughter has been hand sewing a character from the Animal Crossing.

Linking to Slow Stitching Sunday.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Silver Lining

For my Friday Night Sew In, I worked on my Silver Lining quilt. It is going to be a quilt for my sister and brother in law who will be married 25 years in September. I am using a combination of patterns and the Stiletto fabric from Basic Grey. It is coming together smoothly which does not always happen.

Happy International Quilt Day!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Merry and Bright

I have had this fabric, Merry and Bright for along time. It originally came as a kit but I decided I no longer liked the pattern. 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. Quilting has definitely been helping through these self distancing times.

Linking to Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Friday Night Sew In

My daughter and I shared the Friday Night Sew In. She worked on an art quilt and I worked on the fourth block in my Tannenbaum quilt. It was a great night together. We put on Murdoch mysteries and spent some time sorting fabric. She is my go to person when I need advice on quilting. Hope you are able to have some quilting time this weekend.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

One Sock

I finished the first of a new sock for myself. Now that I have the understanding of the basic sock pattern I like trying out new patterns to it. For the first time I decided to try a different coloured toe. I like how it turned out. This one came together quickly. For some reason I always find the second one harder to start but I have started the second one and it came together more easily than before.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Tannenbaum Block 3

I got my third Tannenbaum block done. I am very happy as I checked all the measurements and it is the size it is suppose to be even with all the seams. The pattern is very well written and easy to follow. On to Block 4!

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Friday, January 31, 2020


For Christmas,  I had ordered myself  Tannenbaum, a beautiful pattern and its pre-cut fabric quilt kit from Laundry Basket Quilts. Unfortunately there was an issue with the shipping and I received it a month after Christmas on January 25. It came in a beautiful box and each block was was put in its own baggie.

 I have never ordered a pre-cut kit. It feel like a huge indulgence. I was excited to start on it right away and I got a couple of the blocks done.

I have started working on the third block now. It is fun just sewing and not having to worry about anything else.