Saturday, 6 August 2022

A Jumper

And now for something completely different, I’m going to try clothing.  I used to sew clothing, however it’s been years.  Recently I saw this cute jumper made up in a fabric store and loved the design, so I bought some fabric, black linen with a stripe, and I’m going to attempt clothing again. 

My one monthly goal (OMG) for the month of August is to complete this jumper, it’s been so long since I’ve sewn clothing that I have no idea if this is doable.  How long will it take, what issues might I run in to?  I’m going to give it a try as I think this might be a nice addition to my Fall wardrobe.

Taking part in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal, with a few others.

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.

Saturday, 30 July 2022

A Splash of Lime

Completed in time to take part in Elm Street Quilt’s onemonthly goal (OMG). 

I wanted a little contrast for all the dark blue and settled on lime, and then the name A Splash of Lime came to me, and with it the thought to use the Drip pantograph by Beany Girl Quilts. 

The blocks are a cross between a mile a minute block, check out my tutorial, and a slab (quilt block) conceived by Cheryl Arkison.  I started making them last July for a dark blue Rainbow Scrap Challenge month.

Lime and blue back. 

I remembered to make a label for this quilt. 

I’m glad to be back to completing quilts, it seems I’ve taken a few months off.  I hope to complete another quilt for August, so I will have a look at what’s waiting in the ‘to be quilted’ pile. 


A Splash of Lime quilt 2022

The finished quilt measures 49 inches by 72 inches

Started: July 2021

Finished: July 2022


If life gives you limes, make margaritas. ~ Jimmy Buffett

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Time to finish

I’m going to try and finish a quilt this month (it’s been a while) and participate in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG).

This quilt has been on my mind for a few weeks and I recently picked up some backing fabric when Out of Hand (a local quilt shop) was having a sale.

I’m calling this A Splash of Lime.  The blocks are a cross between a mile a minute block, check out my tutorial, and a slab (quilt block) conceived by Cheryl Arkison.

I was looking for something royal/lime for the back and found these two fabrics.  There wasn’t enough of the royal, so I bought lime to bring it up to the yardage I needed. 

Next step, prewash and sew the backing together, then quilt and bind by the end of the month, wish me luck and drop by at the end of the month to see how I quilted it – I have an idea.

Oh, by the way, today is my birthday, just thought I’d sneak that in here.

You don’t need to take all of the steps, only the next one.

Saturday, 2 July 2022

Purple High Five Blocks

The colour of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is purple, so I began playing with my purple scraps.  First project was to make some High Five blocks. 

I have nearly enough blocks for a twin quilt top, I did another tally and readjustment on the finish size that I want my High Five quilt to be and counted my blocks.  Looks like I need another 58, I’m getting close.  I also know which colours I could use more of.

I’ve got a couple of other purple project plans for July, hopefully there will be a couple more posts before the end of the month, I feel I’m off to a good start.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe

Saturday, 25 June 2022

Mini log cabin bookmarks

Finished up a bunch of mini log cabin bookmarks in royal blue and lime green today, so that I can participate in Soscrappy’s RainbowScrap Challenge

I was working on these last week (and wanted to post) however I ran out of the metallic thread, and had to wait until today to get more thread. 

I sell these little bookmarks at a craft fair in the Christmas season and it seems that this combination is a big hit, as they always sell out. 

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. ~ Joseph Addison

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