Saturday, July 28, 2012

Baby Charlotte

While at the cottage this past week, baby Charlotte (my 3 month old grand-niece) and her mom came for a visit.  I wonder if I can make a quilter out of her one day?  She sure seemed fascinated by her quilt.  There is a way to go yet before she can snuggle into her quilt!

 This is what her quilt-to-be looks like:
 This is my favourite character:
 The back shows more of my hand quilting:
We had a few cool mornings and I was able to get a lot more hand quilting done than first anticipated.

I did work on some UFO's too!!!  :o)

Have a great day!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Another UFO or two

Since it has been too hot to do any kind of hand quilting (unfortunately, we do not have a/c with our new place),

it was time to find another UFO where I could do some hand work.

This project was started way back in October 2010 .... yes, I do keep track in a journal of all projects that get started ..... and it was time to take this one off the shelf and continue with it.  These hexagons are huge (see my ruler with the hexagon sitting on top) and are being done using the EPP (English Paper Piecing) method.
 This is the layout:
I have not abandoned this project:
I can work on 2 projects at the same time, can't I?  Anyway, there are 7 more prepped blocks to be sewn together.  A couple of good evening projects to keep me busy.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Getting my borders on!

Those who have been reading my blog for a while now know that I procrastinate when it comes to getting borders onto my quilts.  That is truly one process that I don't like at all.  Anyway, that is a personal goal for me to overcome and this top will be the first of many. 

One border is on:
Next border ... this striped brown fabric.  How much do I love this striped fabric?  So much so, that I went out and bought more of it.  This fabric was first used in this quilt and since my top has pinwheels .... well .... what better fabric to use?
Ta da ..... borders are on and this top will be ready for quilting ..... at some point.  Just one more top to add to the battered old trunk where it will wait its' turn for quilting.
It was from this magazine cover that I got inspired to make this top.  I saw it advertised in another magazine, clipped the photo out and put it in my one-day wish pile to do.  Yeah, I can cross that one off my list.  :o)

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Got the hang of it

DH and I decided it was time to change the quilt in our foyer.  It was so much easier this time and we know what to do now.  The urge to change the quilt was just too strong and so we did it!  :o)

So, down came my Lone Star quilt .....

 ..... and up went my Trip Around the World quilt:
Have a great day, eh!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Unpacked ...

... and ready to play!  :o)

It feels so good to have all the necessary boxes unpacked and sorted.  There are still some boxes but they are for the garage and DH can have the honour of putting that away.  My stuff is done!  :o)  The next thing to do is start hanging up pictures and paintings on the walls and put up curtains.  Then it will definitely feel like home.

For now, I'm just enjoying myself doing a bit of sewing at my sewing machine and what better project to work on than an UFO. 

My pinwheel project was started before we moved from Toronto and I just needed some mindless sewing to do.   All the blocks were done and just waiting to be assembled into rows.  Let the pinning and sewing begin!

Two rows done .... yeah!
All 9 rows done ... double yeah!!  The rows need to be sewn together and borders put on.  Hopefully, this will be done soon.  You know me and borders!!  This is my design wall in my new studio.  It is tall enough at 92" in height and my projects will fit very well now.
This chair is just outside the doorway into my studio beckoning you to enter and enjoy.  I'm still tweaking my studio and photos will have to wait for another day.
The girls are still fighting for dominance over the house.  Miss Ashes (the one standing up) is the aggressive one and she wants to be the queen. 
After a bit of mock fighting, peace is once again restored and all is well.
Have a great day, eh!

Thursday, July 5, 2012


When I'm hand quilting a big quilt (queen size) and it is taking too long, I do like to put the quilt on my bed to see how it will look once finished.
I just love to run my hands over the parts that have been quilted.
 This photo shows how much has already been quilted and what is still left to do.
 A close-up of my hand quilting.
Oh yes, I'm inspired once again to get on with it and do more hand quilting.  I have been doing a bit every day for the last week and it is starting to show a difference.  Any time spent on this quilt is good time.

Have a great day, eh!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

O' Canada .....

Happy Birthday, Canada!!!