Tuesday, 3 May 2022

A quilting retreat with some friends

So happy to get away last weekend with three quilting friends, it was productive and rejuvenating.  Sewing/quilting is my happy place and it’s so nice to be able to take a weekend away from all the obligations of everyday life.

Here we are with a glimpse of our sewing tables in the background. 

Carolyn, Edith Mary-Ann & Alison (clockwise)

I took my Featherweight so was only able to work on projects that needed straight stitching.  I was able to work on everything that I brought along to sew on.

The first project I pulled out of the bag was this little improve curved pieced quilt.  I took an online class with Cindy Grisdela and absolutely loved it.  All the blocks were completed, and I just needed to sew the top together.  This quilt has a sea theme.  Next step will be quilting. 

My second project was putting these mini log cabin bookmark tops together, again the little blocks were sewn and just needed to be assembled into the bookmark shapes.  Now that I’m home I’ll layer them and add ribbons. 

The purple leaf potholders needed the stems to be sewn and added.  Now I just need to embellish them with buttons. Pattern by Patchwork Pottery

Next it was time to hem these dish towels, I believe this fabric has been in my stash for about 40 years (or more), would that put it at vintage?  Hemmed and ready to use, I think my daughter has claimed them. 

I made a good attempt at completing this cushion top called Stellar Pillow from all the leftover bits from the Gravity quilt by Jaybird Quilts.  I was short a couple of dark green at the bottom and quickly added the last three rows when I got home. 

Finished up a guitar theme pillow case which my bass playing son promptly claimed. 

I needed to make the yo-yos for the delphinium on this little wall hanging (desinged by my frined Terry Morberg) which still needs some leaves and a bit of embellishing with buttons and beads. 

An finally I pieced the top for a Frankenbag with the left-over bits of fabric from my Gypsy/Wanderer Wife quilt top. I did come home and sew another side.  Looking forward to completing a bag and deciding if I like the process and want to make more.

And that was it from a most welcomed (and needed) weekend of sewing, good company, music, wine and home-cooked meals.


We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

A goal complete

Participating in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG) I was hoping to complete the backing for my husband’s Skull, or Day of the dead quilt.  I’m happy to say that I did it!

I think I counted 1008 three and a half inch squares in this mosaic. 

Pacing myself with a bit of sewing every evening I got it done with a couple of days to spare, good thing because I’ll be going to be away for a quilting weekend with three quilting friends and I wanted to have the back finished and this blog post done before we left. 

I might consider quilting and binding this for next month’s OMG, I’ll decide in the next few days. I know Richard would be very happy to see his quilt finished.  The mosaic skull quilt back was his idea, I would have done something much simpler.

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. ~ Farrah Gray

Saturday, 16 April 2022

Pink leaf potholders

Playing with the colour pink this month for the RainbowScrap Challenge, this week I made a set of pink leaf potholders. 

I have another set well begun, and hope to get them done by the end of the month as well.  I still have a couple of Saturdays for pink posts. 

I’m also making headway with the backing for my husband’sskull quilt, little by little every day, trying to keep on track. 

The best way to get things done, is simply to begin.

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Pink April

Angela at Socrappy has chosen pink as April’s colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  So I made a few High Five blocks using my pink scraps. 

High five is a pattern from the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.  I like so many quilts in that book and thought high five would lend itself nicely to quilting through the rainbow.

I counted all the blocks that I have made and I think I need another 104 of these small blocks to have enough for the size quilt I want to make.  I also tallied how many blocks I have in each colour, so I can focus on colours I could use more of.

I still have more pink projects to play with until the end of this month, check back to see if I actually get to them.

Pink is a beautiful color, because it is one of the colors that the sun makes at twilight and in the dawns. ~ C. Joybell C.

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

April’s Goal

I have at least One Monthly Goal (OMG) for April and that is to piece the back of my husband’s Skull quilt.

I had completed the top last April and was ready to piece the left over bits of skull fabric together to make a quilt back, when he suggested that I make a skull mosaic.  I thought this was a good idea, however it involved a lot of cutting, calculating and making a graph of what it would look like.  Slowly I worked away on this project and finally I got tired of all the little three and a half inch squares taking up a section of my sewing table. 

I’ve laid it out and I’m ready to sew.  Check back at the end of the month to see how I’ve done. 

You might want to check other finishing projects at ElmStreet Quilts One Monthly Goal, or join us with a project that needs finishing.

The moment you put a deadline on your dream, it becomes a goal. ~ Harsha Bhogle

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Quilting 101

A big welcome to the world of quilting to my latest graduates of Quilting 101!

Over a couple of Saturdays in March I taught the Quilting 101 (beginning quilting) class at Out of Hand, a local quilting store.  Learning a lot of quilting lingo we covered everything from fabric selection right up to binding and after two intensive days of learning and sewing these ladies had a crib size quilt about 95 to 100% finished.  Most were at the point of hand-sewing the binding on to the back of their quilts.

Here they are with their beautiful quilts: 

Lana and Cheryl


Doris and Linda

Doris has taken beginner quilting before and decided to take the class again to complete another little quilt. An excellent idea, as she had two days of dedicated time without interruptions to complete her second quilt.

Thank you all for taking Quilting 101, I hope we have some new (or renewed) quilters thinking about their next project.

 The expert in anything was once a beginner. ~ Anonymous

Saturday, 26 March 2022


I’m back.  Life got busy with Christmas and who knows what else and I was distracted from blogging.  Fortunately I did find time for sewing and playing with fabric, I also taught a quilt class, more on that in my next blog post.

I was happy to get some mini log cabin bookmarks done, in yellows and golds, so that I could take part in Soscrappy’s Rainbow ScrapChallenge this month. 

I’m sneaking these in before the end of the month, and looking forward to April and a new rainbow color to play with.

Starting back gently, not too many words.

Books are a uniquely portable magic. ~ Stephen King