Saturday, 25 March 2023

A little green play

Soscrappy has chosen green for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for the month of March and I was able to play with my green scraps.  First making the fronts and backs for two green bags.

Then I was actually able to finish one of the bags, I might even get the other finished in the next day or two, however not in time to participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this month. Here is the first finished green bag.

These bag instructions are complements of Anne Iback’s Frankenbag Tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you are finding time to play with fabric.

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

Recent graduates

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

Over a couple of Sundays in February and 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 onto the back of their quilts.

Here they are with their beautiful quilts: 


Maryann and Donna


Carolyn and Marilyn

Friends Carolyn and Marilyn have taken Quilting 101 before, as well as spending some friend time together Carolyn was using this time to make a baby quilt for her first grandchild expected in May.

Thank you all for taking Quilting 101, I know we have some new (or renewed) quilters thinking about their next project, Maryann has already picked fabric to start a twin size quilt for her daughter, and all are talking about taking Quilting 201!

The beginning is always today. ~ Mary Shelley

Tuesday, 7 March 2023

OMG Time Flies

Time to post my March One Monthly Goal (OMG), as Elm Street Quilts blog post tells me there are only 11 hours left.  Making a quick decision and having something I would like to get finished soon, my goal for March will be to turn these squares into two pink bags.

February at Soscrappy’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge was the colour pink, so these tops were just finished last month, however I have a few bag tops completed and it’s time to finish them.

Generally I quilt little items on my domestic machine, however I plan to quilt these on my long-arm and then decide on which method I prefer.

Quilting may not solve all your problems,

But then again, neither will housework.

Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Rainbow in the Snow


Last night I finished sewing the binding on my Rainbow Slab quilt, just in time to take part in Elm Street Quilt’s One Monthly Goal (OMG).  It was photographed it outside this morning while it was lightly snowing. 

I found a lovely rainbow print on white for the back of the quilt 

And then shopped my stash to find a fun rainbow print on black for the binding. 

Quilted with the Circuts pantograph by Anne Bright. 

This quilt is loosely based on Cheryl’s pattern for The Missing U in the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison. I used both Cheryl’s slab making technique as well as my Mile a Minute technique to make the slab/blocks.


 Rainbow Slab quilt 2023

The finished quilt measures 80 inches by 80 inches

Started: 2014

Finished:  February 2023

Be everything that you are unapologetically, most of you will find out that you are not just one color,  you are a rainbow. ~  Mridula Singh

Monday, 6 February 2023

A goal for February

I have a quilt which I would like to complete for February, and take part in Elm Street Quilts One Monthy Goal (OMG). My Missing U Rainbow Slab quilt.

This quilt top was completed in December and it now time to quilt and bind it. It is loosely based on Cheryl’s pattern for The Missing U in the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison. 

I found a nice rainbow fabric for the back. 

I have no idea how I’m going to quilt it, so I’ll have to take a look through my pantograph designs and see which one feels right.  Drop by at the end of the month to see what pantograph spoke to me.  I’m also going to have to find the right fabric to bind it with.  It’s a short month, so I’d better get started.


Life is like a rainbow:  You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear

Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Wanderer’s Wife

Participating in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG). I’ve completed my OMG for the month of January, which was to quilt and bind my Wanderer’s Wife quilt. 

Wanderer’s Wife is a pattern by Jen KIngwell, and I started this quilt as a Block of the Month through Out of Hand Quilt shop back in 2013.  I’d have to say putting it together was challenging, however I love it and would gladly do another Jen Kingwell quilt.

It’s a busy quilt and I thought it needed equally busy quilting, do I decided to quilt it with a pantograph called New Delhi #1 by Patricia E. Ritter and used a light turquoise thread. 

I was happy with the binding fabric I found, which blended nicely with the front and the back of the quilt. 


 Wanderer’s Wife quilt 2023

The finished quilt measures 60.5 inches by 69 inches

Started: 2013

Finished:  January 2023


Not all those who wander are lost. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien 

Friday, 6 January 2023

An intention to finish a quilt

For January’s One Monthly Goal (OMG) I hope to quilt and bind my Wanderer’s Wife quilt.  Designed by Jen Kingwell, I started in this quilt in 2013 as a Block of the Month (or week) project through a local quilt shop – Out of Hand

I found a great piece of fabric for the backing, also at Out of Hand. 

Looking forward to getting this scrappy little quilt done, check by at the end of the month to see how I decided to quilt it, I think the quilting will be as busy as the quilt top. 

I don't care how busy I am - I will always make time for what's most important to me. ~ Kevin Hart