Wednesday, October 30, 2019

An original

It seems that comments are not coming to my email again.  Can I remember how that got fixed last time?  To all of you who left comments on my last few posts, that is the reason why your comment wasn't replied to.

Nan V left a comment about this quilt.  Do I remember the pattern?  Yes, it is my own pattern that was designed because I so wanted colours of autumn on a tree branch that was not yellow or green.  Perhaps one day this pattern might be written up for sale ..... some day, one day ......
Then, another request for the pattern for this quilt.  Sorry, but this is another one of my designs.  Two requests within days of each other.  Is that a sign that I need to really think about selling my patterns?
We've been busy ..... with this feline cat.  Her name is Revvy.  We are just babysitting her for a month while her owner is away on business.  We've forgotten what it is like to have a cat in the house and are enjoying her a lot, but not enough to want another cat again.  It broke our hearts when our two girls passed on and we just don't want to go through that again.  Plus, we are getting older.  That is something to think about also.
My studio and house had to be cat-proofed.  She gets into everything.  A major cleanup had to happen in my studio.  She seems to like pins for some odd reason .....  Anyway, the cleanup was good to have happen.  

A bit of quilting on a secret project has been going on.  Reveal will be in a few months' time.  Be patient.

Hubby got the snow blower working.  We are expecting about a foot of snow on Friday, so we needed to get that machine up and running.  A new pair of winter boots were bought this week.  I'm ready!

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Pumpkin time!

Finally, my newest pumpkin quilt:  "A Taste of Autumn".  So perfect for this time of year and I'm so thrilled with it!

Quilt Details:
Block size:  10" x 12" finished
Quilt Size:  57-1/4" x 78-3/4" (top size before quilting, washing and drying: 60-1/4" x 81-3/4")
Top Started:  Nov. 2018
Top Finished:  Nov. 2018
Quilt Finished:  Sept. 2019
Pattern Source:  based on quilt by Thimblecreek Quilts called "Rotogravure"
Batting:  Hobbs polyester
Machine quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

This quilt was made as a sew-along with my friend, Mary, from Toronto.  When I showed her my finished quilt, she laughed because that was the quilt that was on their bed.

To go along with my new pumpkin quilt, here are my other autumn quilts. 

It is our Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.  Time to celebrate all that we are thankful for with family and friends.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Ribbons again and quilt storage!

Yep, it happened again.  Our Quilts by the Bay-North Bay (Ontario, Canada) had another quilt show and I won three ribbons for hand quilting in the Viewer's Choice section.

First is for my bed quilt.  This quilt is fading in places and it has a patch from when our Miss Hank cat tore a piece of the fabric.  Still, she is a beauty and viewer's thought she deserved first place.  Thank you!

Second is for my Kentucky Flowerpot wall hanging in the middle.

Third is for my Xmas yo-yo tree wall hanging.
It is time now to consider doing some more hand quilting as I have run out of quilts to enter for the next show in three years.  Got to keep that craft alive and show my work again.

Nothing was entered into the Judged section of the show ..... because I was a judge!  Never in the world did I ever think that is something that would happen in my life.  It was interesting to judge, but due to my mishap at the cottage, it was very difficult and painful for me to stand and bend.  Who knows if quilt judging is something that I will ever do again?   Tick that off my bucket list, although it was never on it!  🐱🐱

Quilt storage!  This cabinet is finally finished and now it stands back in the corner, but this time we can see it better.  Brown to white truly transformed this cabinet.  During the sanding process, it was discovered that the inside was just stained.  No varnish, no protective coating for my quilts.  So glad that was caught and now my quilts are protected from any wood resin.  Two coats of paint and three coats of Varethane. 
Autumn and fall colours are in full force up here in the great white north.  Next post will show my autumn quilts that are hanging in our home.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Just a hexie tote bag!

Here is my tote bag that I finally finished a few days before our quilt show.  This bag was included in our silent auction part of the show.

It would have been finished sooner, except I had a slight accident at our cottage and hurt myself and moving around and wanting to do anything was just put on the back burner.  That accident is a long story, but a paddle boat, a dock and I had a fight and I lost!  A trip to emerg. to make sure that nothing was broken but I was left badly bruised, banged up and a tad scared of what had happened.  You know the saying about older folks being wiser ..... nope, that bit escaped me at that moment in time!  LOL  It is easy to laugh about it now, but things could have been much worse.  Anyway, my body is on the mend and time and taking things easy will help to heal me.

Anyway, this hexie project travelled with me on vacation to Costa Rica where I enjoyed sipping on rum drinks by the pool while sewing those hexies.  Yes, it already has a travelling history!
A slight problem while assembling.  You can use a bag that has a twisted strap, can't you?  Drats.  That bag went flying into a corner, I was so ticked off with myself!  But finally, that strap was unripped and sewn on correctly and then it all came together finally.
This bag was donated to our quilt show's (held this past weekend) silent auction and the final bid was $65.00 Canadian.  I met the lady who bought it and thanked her for winning her bid.  She thanked me for making it and she knew when she saw my name that she had to have it.  That is a lovely compliment, indeed!

The bag was made using three challenge fabrics (donated by Northcott) and other complimentary fabrics could be used to complete our items.  Monies raised from the silent auction go to our local hospital.
Anyway, more about our quilt show will be on another post.  A few ribbons that my quilts won will be talked about too. 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

An old fashion garden!

That is the title of my hexie wallhanging.   I kept looking at it hanging on the wall and thought "what should it be called"?  It has the look of something old fashion from a long time ago period.  Bingo.

The sign just above the quilt was made by my niece.  I think carbon paper was used tracing the words/quilt block onto the wood and then she painted it afterwards.  I love it and how perfect to display with my quilts that were started and completed by moi!
Here are some close-ups.

Hand quilting (shown in shadow from the hall light).

Quilt details:
Leftover hexagons from another quilt.
Embroidery source:  "Beautiful Botanicals" by Deborah Kemball
The sheets that are in the book are huge and I just laid my top on top of the sheet and traced using Crayola Washable Markers.  It was easy to see through the fabric to do the tracing.  After washing, all the markings came out.
Size:  40" x 47" (before washing and drying:  40-1/2" x 48")  After washing, the wall hanging was blocked (using pins) onto a styrofoam board and left to dry.
DMC embroidery threads were used.
Started:  July 2010
Finished:  September 2019

What a treasure to finally have this UFO done!  A lot of work and a lot of hours went into the making of the quilt.

DONE.  A lovely word!

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Binding and more binding!

My hexagon wall hanging is all finished now.  Just need to cut the correct size rod and I can show you the final quilt hanging.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of my progress this week.

Binding got cut out and sewn onto the quilt.  Look at all that hand quilting!  Oh my!  My hands hurt like heck, but it was so worth it!  There are a few more smaller tops that will be brought out and basted for more hand quilting as I quite enjoyed the process.  I tried a massage gizmo that will be great for my hands after each session of hand quilting.  The before and after was amazing and with that gizmo, I feel confident of doing more hand quilting.
Once the binding was on, I couldn't stop myself until it was all done.  Sleeve and label went on next.
Next up in the binding cue is this Xmas quilt!  Love it!  There will be photos of three finished quilts to show you soon.
To round out my week, these items are all due for a couple coats of Varethane.  Chairs and cabinets.  The quilt rack you see will get transformed to white.  Just waiting for another nice day to spray paint.
We have had a few cool mornings and our daytime temps are in the mid-teen's.  Our gas fireplace has come on to give us a bit of heat in the morning.  Autumn is making it's presence known once again.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A little bit of this and that!

I'm hand quilting again after quite a hiatus.  My hands and fingers can't work like they used to, so in between sessions of hand quilting, other things were happening.

My lovely hexie wall hanging is the chosen project.  With all that embroidery, there was no way this was going to be machine quilted.  It would not have done justice to all that hand work.
After an hour here and there during the week, the centre is almost done.
In between sessions, binding got sewn onto this Xmas quilt.
Seriously .... that seam had to happen right in the corner!  LOL  Oh well, it was easy to fix and continue on. 
 Viola ... the centre is completed.  Now, onto the borders! 
Also, during the week, binding, sleeve and label were completed on this quilt.  Photos will be coming as soon as the leaves on the trees on our hill change colour .... and that should be happening within the next two weeks.   Sorry, but you will just have to wait until then.  I know, I know, I shouldn't tease you all! 
So, that was my week!

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Not done with apple cores

You know, after making three apple core quilts, I thought that was it.  I was done with making them.  I was apple cored out!  Or so I thought.
So, what happened?  Well ...... do you remember reading about my friend Karin working on apple cores in the garage?  She rescued them from a friend's garbage and was determined to do something with them.  Well, that rescue didn't last long.  She up and gifted them to me!  LOL  Then, the friend (Cathy, Cathy, Cathy) found more apple cores in her studio and sent them up to Karin and Karin dropped them off to me.  So, I now have enough apple cores to make a small wall hanging.
That is what I've been working on lately.  It was a great project for the cottage to help keep me busy while sitting on the porch.

Now, I don't like freezer paper or glue.  All the cores were done using those methods.  What I did was remove everything and washed the apple cores to get rid of the glue and the markings.  One of you ladies used a permanent marker!  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  In order to get rid of the markings, a smaller template and papers were made to fit inside the markings.  Once they are sewn in place, those markings will not be seen.
So, that is how apple cores are once again in my life!

What else am I working on?

A bit of hand quilting in the evenings on this wall hanging.
More hexies have been made for the third section on this project but I hit a bit of snag for the applique and have to do a bit of math before assembling.  For now, this project is on hold.
One more row was sewn together on this project.   There is a need for me to get these blocks into a top.   I can't believe how hard it is to capture a good photo of this project.  Everything turns out hazy/blurry.
So, now you know what is keeping me busy.

Have a great day!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Displaying my quilts

This cabinet finally got its' quilts for display!  I keep going into the bedroom off my studio and drool over my latest transformation.  I'm so happy with it and there is lots more space to hold many more quilts.  The top shelf holds my wall hangings that have been rolled up onto a pool noodle.  The bottom cabinet holds storage bins but will eventually hold quilts in there too.
The angel and doll were part of an exchange.  The angel is from Iceland and the doll is from Australia.
Waiting in the wings is another cabinet that has started the transformation.  In another week or so, depending on the weather, this cabinet too will display quilts.
Yep, happy summer days!

Have a great stitching day!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Darn ... not my quilt!

I just have to share this quilt with you!  It belongs to my friend Darlene (quilting in the garage owner).   We have both been working on hand projects and this is what she has been working on this past winter and summer.

Oh, and did I mention that is is hand quilted too!  She is using perle cotton and big stitching and  cotton batting with no scrim. 

Beautiful work, Darlene!  Perfect for your cottage to snuggle under when that lake breeze is a bit cool.

Darlene thought of me and how I am always on the lookout for nice spots to take quilt photos and her cottage has a lot of nice areas.

We are both working on a secret project and later in the year, we can both reveal our project.  More on that later. 

What are you stitching today?

Have a great day!

Monday, August 19, 2019


Another quilt done .... yippee!!

My husband has been working hard on our terraced hill flower beds since we moved here seven years ago.  I drool over fabulous photos shown on blogs and on Pinterest and often wish that I had someplace nice too.  Well .... duh .... I do have a fabulous spot up the hill in our backyard now.
DH is holding the quilt.  Thanks Hon!
How about in the tree?  Oh yes!  I'm so glad that I persevered and put the applique in those setting triangle spaces.  The pattern did not have them, but the top just didn't look finished to me.

DH has often said that I should put a bigger quilt on this wall in our living room.  I always said 'no' too big would not look nice.  So, instead over the years only smaller wall hangings were hung there.  One day, I decided to take his advise and put up bigger quilts and they do look ok after all. 😻😻
Quilt Details:
Name of Quilt:  "Wildflowers"
Pattern Source:  "American Wildflowers" quilt by Audrey Hiers, McCall's Quilting Mar/Apr. 2015
Block size:  10"
Started:  March 2017
Top Finished:  July 2017
Quilt Finished:  August 2019
Quilt Size:  72" x 87" (top size before quilting, washing and drying:  73" x 89")
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 cotton/polyester
Machine Quilted by:  Kat's Quilts

What else am I up to these days?  More spray painting.  This cabinet is about to get changed over to white.  A lot of sanding has been going on.  This is the time of year that is perfect to do these jobs and I'm taking advantage of the weather while I can.
There are other things that are being worked on, but that will be for another day.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A little bit of this and that!

Where is the summer going?  Already August and I have noticed a few trees around the neighbourhood starting to take on a tinge of colour.

I've been back and forth to the cottage for most of the summer.  Another week and my sister will be back to work and I can do more things around the home and in my studio.

Handwork has been my companion this summer.  Pick up and go, go, go.

Hexie handwork.  A ufo from November 2018.  Time to pick this up again and continue the work.
Two sections are now done and two more to go.  I figured out what will be the applique and more will be revealed later.
 This cabinet is now done and ready for quilts.  Three coats of Varethane inside.
These are just some of the quilts to go in the cabinet.  It will be so nice to get my ironing station back up and running again.  I can get 18 quilts in the upper section.  Yeah!
More spray painting (done outside) has been done.  These chairs will replace ones at our cottage.  I brought one chair in to see if my husband could replace the seats.  He could but it would be a lot of work and since he has not been feeling well (vertigo spells and low blood pressure), I opted instead to go to a charity store and buy two chairs instead.  Sanding and spray painting and a couple coats of Varethane and these chairs will stand up to the weather on our cottage porch.  The discarded chair was put to the curb for garbage pick up and our neighbour called and asked if she could have the chair to put on her veranda for holding a plant.  Yes!  My garbage, her treasure.  Gotta love that!  My husband did say there was one more chair and she wants that one too. LOL
So, these are my summer projects so far!

Have a great stitching time.

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