Thursday 30 November 2023

Espresso Bean Quilt

Participating in Stories from the Sewing Room’s One Monthly Goal (OMG), I’m happy that my November goal to quilt and bind this cozy flannelette quilt  is complete.

 This quilt was from a kit called Espresso Bean, from The Quilt Patch pattern company, what an enjoyable quilt to work on, especially in the cool Autumn days.

Quilted with the Popcorn pantograph by Willow Leaf Designs.

I found a lovely grey plaid flannelette for the back.

My husband really likes this one, so I might just wrap it up and put it under the Christmas tree.  It would be nice to cuddle with while watching TV.  It sure was cozy to sit under while hand sewing the binding.


 Espresso Bean Quilt 2023

The finished quilts measures 76 inches by 76 inches

Finished:  November 2023

Sunday 5 November 2023

Flannelette quilt OMG

My One Monthly Goal for November is to quilt and bind this flannelette quilt.  I first saw this quilt in all browns at the Heritage Park quilt show (in Calgary), it was a kit and pattern by The Quilt Patch (a store that no longer exists).  I was delighted when they offered to make me a kit in the grey/blue colours.  

Of course this kit had been sitting on the shelf for a few years, and I recently decided to finish the top, and then found a suitable flannelette for the back.

Looking forward to finishing this warm cuddler for the winter months.

Participating in One Monthly Goal with Stories from the Sewing Room. Check by at the end of the month to see if I was able to complete my goal.

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Monday 30 October 2023

Little Christmas Quilts

Very happy to have completed my One Monthly Goal for October, which was to quilt and bind these two little Christmas quilts. Check out Stories from the Sewing Room blog to see what others have completed this October.

Many of the fabrics came from a bag of Christmas fabric scraps that were given to me. The sashing and borders I found in my stash.  The block is one of my favourites called Mile a Minute, and if you like it you can check out my Mile a Minute tutorial which starts here.

I used flannel from my stash for the backs, to make them cozy for winter.

The pantograph is called Christmas Holly by Patricia Ritter, and they are quilted with a gold thread.

These little quilts along with many other quilty items will accompany me to a Christmas craft fair which I will be taking part in near the end of November. 


 Christmas Crib Quilts 2023

The finished quilts measures 46 inches by 39 inches

Started: 2021

Finished:  October 2023

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Wednesday 11 October 2023

Quilting 101 Graduates

Congratulations to my recent graduates of quilting 101 at Out of Hand Quilting and Fabric in Calgary.

For Quilting 101 we spend an evening learning about the parts of a quilt and picking fabric, and then return for two full days of assembling our quilt. Generally we get our quilt between 90 and 95% finished in class. 

This particular class had some who were new to quilting, and some returning to quilting after a break and some who could quilt however they wanted to learn - or felt they may have missed - some quilting basics.  It was an exhausting couple of days of intensive learning and sewing, however I think we’ve got some new enthusiasts.

Here they are with their lovely quilts - 


Callum and Kablusiak


Lori and Carol


Missing from our photos is Helen, who was not able to attend the second day, however will attend a future Finishing School at Out of Hand to catch up. Thanks to all of you for taking my class.  I’m always amazed and inspired by the fabric choices and colour selection.

A master is a beginner who kept beginning. ~ By Mastin Kipp

Friday 6 October 2023

Baby Christmas

have two crib size Christmas quilts that I would like to complete as my October goal for Stories from the Sewing Room’s One Monthly Goal party.

A couple of years ago while shopping at the Ujamaa Grandma sale in Calgary, I picked up a bunch of fabric to add to my stash and was given a bag full of scraps, which included many Christmas prints.  Out of these prints I made enough mile a minute blocks to make these two little quilt tops.  If you are interested in the mile a minute block you can see my tutorial here.

Recently I acquired some lovely flannels which will make for cozy backs on these quilts.

It is my goal to quilt and bind these two by the end of October, so please check back to see how I’ve done.

The perfect antidote to dark, cold and creepy is light, warm and cozy. ~ Candice Olson

Saturday 30 September 2023

Pot holders complete

September goal completed, my One Monthly Goal (OMG) was to finish a bunch of pot-holders that were at various stages of being complete.

Each month I like to work in a colour to be part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and I try to get a set of pot-holders done, sometimes it works and others it doesn’t, however as with most of us, I get things started. That is why I enjoy taking part in the One Monthly Goal which now is being hosted by Stories from the Sewing Room.

A few more pictures by colour.

These pot-holders are from a pattern by Patchwork Pottery.

Thanks for dropping by, now to check my sewing/quilting room to see what I would like to finish for next month.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. ~ Mark Twain

Tuesday 5 September 2023

Phew, I’m back

Fall is close at hand and it’s time for some goals and finishing many well begun projects. I do have a goal for September and that is to finish all the leaf potholders, that are somewhere on the path to being complete, by the end of this month.  Here are pictures of the leaves to be finished.

I’d like to move these from the unfinished pile to the complete and looking for new homes pile.  I’m also happy to be participating in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG), helping me to be accountable and complete projects.

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf. ~ Rabindranath Tagore