Thursday, 6 May 2021

Finishing goals for May

To participate in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG) linkup, I would like to quilt and bind this Baby Rainbow Mile a Minute quilt. 

Alison Glass' Spectrum Feathers fabric is a perfect compliment for the back of this rainbow quilt.

As a bonus I would like to piece the top of another rainbow project that I have on the go - these quarter log cabins.  

Let’s see if I can do it!

There are two fatal errors that keep great projects from coming to life:
1) Not finishing
2) Not starting
Buddha Gautama

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Skull Top Complete

I’ve accomplished my April goal to complete the top of Richard’s Skull quilt. 

I was having a bit of trouble getting this picture, trying to avoid my shadow and dealing with a slight breeze. Here's a close up so you can enjoy some of the fabrics.

I thought I might continue and piece all the leftover bits of the skull fabric together for a backing, and then my husband got the idea that I should make them into the shape of a skull, so it’s going to be a little more work than expected.  I liked his idea and drew up a picture on some graph paper of a pixelated skull and have begun cutting.

Reaching my goal allows me to participate in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal, and in the next few days I'll be posting my goal for May.

A goal should scare you a little & excite you A LOT. ~ Joe Vitale

Monday, 5 April 2021

Skulls a Quarantine Quilt

The fabric for this quilt has been sitting, prepped and ready to begin for a few months, looking at me every time I enter my studio, so it’s time to take it to the next step. 

My goal for the month of April will be to complete the top of this quilt for my husband.  He likes skulls, so whenever we are in a quilting store he is looking for and collecting skulls, sugar skulls and day of the dead fabric.  He has collected quite a stash and I think it’s time I started this quilt before his skulls take over my quilting room. 

Wanting to feature the fabric, I picked (with his approval) the Aussie shadow quilt pattern found Quiltmania: The Quilt magazine No, 60.  I used two blocks of most fabrics and three blocks of some of the favourites.  This is going to end up being a near queen sized quilt.

Check back at the end of the month to see if I have completed my One Monthly Goal (OMG), taking part in Elm Street Quilts OMG linkup. 

Thinking and talking about death need not be morbid; they may be quite the opposite. Ignorance and fear of death overshadow life, while knowing and accepting death erases this shadow. ~ Lily Pincus

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Finished Object

My goal for March was to quilt and bind this scrappy quilt called UFO Complete.  UFO stands for UnFinished Object in quilter lingo

This quilt pattern can be found in the book Simple Strategies for Block-Swap Quilts by Lynn Roddy Brown. I was inspired by my friend Doreen’s version which I quilted for her in 2015 and blogged here

This quilt has a little story, as most of them do.  Each year I cull my stash and send fabric to Ujamaa Grandma’s annual fabric sale. So one year as I was collecting fabrics to deliver to them I decided to cut a strip of each fabric before I let them go.  I cut these strips big enough for the components of the blocks in this quilt, and that was the beginning.  Piecing this quilt was an excellent leader/ender project and slowly it came together.

Quilted with the Double Plume pantograph b by Keryn Emmerson, and a Honey Gold Glide thread. 

I had one larger piece of suitable backing fabric in my stash and was able to find a couple of complimentary fabrics to make the back big enough. 


Happily March’s goal is complete so that I can take part in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal.  And now it’s time to find a project to finish for April.

If you are interested in spending an hour (or any portion thereof) on handwork, join me on Thursdays @ 12:30 pm MST for Finishing School, which I run through Mount Royal University Library’s Maker Studio.  Here is a link to register (free) - Finishing School  I like to refer to it as Stitch and Bitch, however since we are an academic institution, we call it Finishing School.


Unfinished Object Complete 2021

The finished quilt measures 86 inches by 63 inches.

Started: May 2019.

Finished: March 2021


Glory always awaits you at the finish line.

Friday, 5 March 2021

UFO Revisited

The project that I’ve selected to complete for March’s OneMonthly Goal (OMG) is a quilt called UFO Complete. 

The top was pieced in December, and as I was looking for a quilt to finish this month as I searched through my large pieces of fabric to find suitable backings for any of my quilt tops waiting to be quilted.  I’m happy with a piece I found in my stash, that I thought would be appropriate for UFO Complete, not quite big enough, however I also found a couple of complimentary pieces to expand the size. 

Come back at the end of March to see if I’ve completed quilting and binding UFO Complete and check out my back art.

Good things come to those who believe,

Better things come to those who are Patient and

the best things come to those who Don't give up.

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Yellow Leaves

Today is the last day for the colour yellow with the RainbowScrap Challenge.  The only thing that I’ve found time to do in yellow this month are these scrappy leaf potholders. 

You will find the leaf potholder pattern at Patchwork Pottery

Last year I made a set in all colours of the rainbow to be ready for a Christmas Artisan sale at my place of work.  When Christmas came we were locked down, however I was able to take part in a Virtual Marketplace for our city on Facebook.  My potholders sold out, and I got some orders for after Christmas as well.  This year I hope to make more than one set in all the colours while participating in Soscrappy’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge, a nice way to try and keep my multiplying scraps in control.

Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees. ~ Rumi

Friday, 26 February 2021

Quilty Stars

Quilting and binding the ‘Quilty Stars’ quilt was my goal for the month of February while participating in Elm Street Quilts One MonthlyGoal (OMG) and I did it. 

This quilt was started and the top completed in the Summerof 2019 as part of a quilted along with Quilty Love.  

I found a backing fabric that I liked, and buying all that the store had, realized that some back art, was required to get the length that I needed. 

In keeping with the star theme, Quilty Stars is quilted with the Shooting Stars pantograph by Sue Schmieden, and I found a nice white on white with stars for the binding. 

Finishing it off with a quilt label, Quilty Stars is complete and ready for sale. 


Quilty Stars in blue and white 2021

The finished quilt measures 90 inches by 90 inches.

Started: August 2019.

Finished: February 2021

 Let’s dance beneath the stars and forget the world.