Thursday, June 10, 2021

Red Sampler

Work is progressing on my version of Bee In My Bonnet's "Red Sampler" and I'm quite pleased with how it is coming along.  The sashings give it an entirely different look.

Some of my days are being spent at our cottage and a lot of sewing has not been done.  You know, those lazy, crazy days of summer!    In between sessions of sitting on the porch and watching the hummingbirds, the otters in the lake, a huge buck deer on the other side of the lake, and one lone baby bunny,  my sister and I have been doing a bit of sorting and purging.  Might as well get that done now so that we have the rest of the summer to sit back and enjoy.  

On our way to our cottage last week, we were looking for the house that had a huge display of iris in their front yard and saw a sign that said "iris for sale".    Brake!  I went and chatted to the elderly man who turns out to be a collector of irises and bought five different kinds from him.  They are all nicely planted now on our hill.  Then, this morning, my hubby went to the recycle depot to drop off yard waste and he came home with a free box of yellow irises.  Win-win!  Those will be planted tonight after supper.   Next year there should be a wonderful display of irises on our hill!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Baby Blankets

June.  Half the year is almost gone by.  I wonder how much will get done this month?

In my aim to clear out some baby fabrics and my smaller pieces of batting scraps, three baby blankets for our local hospital NICU were made.  This time, all for boys.

In a clearing/cleaning out event, these heart blocks were found.    These blocks are probably about ten years old (perhaps even older) and never even made it onto my UFO list.  That is why they were such a surprise to find.  These blocks will find their way into more baby blankets.  These will be for girls, so more girly coloured heart blocks need to be made and these blue/green blocks can be mixed in.
Waiting in the wings are seven more blankets to be made up.  Each tray (on top of the bin) has all the parts for the blanket, except for the batting and some backings (which are ready to be cut up).  In the big bin are all small batting scraps which will be pieced and then all the blankets can be made and passed on.  I'm doing the birthing method so there are no bindings to do.  It is a bit trickier, but it works for me.  I will show how it is done when the next blanket is made.
It truly is interesting what has been found when I've been cleaning/sorting/purging lately.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Red Sampler Sashings

For the sashings in the Bee In My Bonnet Red Sampler quilt-along, this is what I've designed.  Love it!  Very simple, but so effective.  My version of her quilt-along will be so different.

All of the sashings are in this box which is my project to work on at the cottage.  All the pieces have been prepped and the sashings marked for placement .... I'm good to go to spend hours appliqueing!  There is plenty of time to work on them as there are another six weeks of blocks to make.  Since not all the blocks will be made, I can be selective on which blocks to make and include in my quilt. 
Now that this project is waiting stage, my "Prezzies" project was brought out again to work on.  More olive strips were added to the setting triangles (only 7 more to go) and in a few days borders can be added.  This project is getting so close to being finished.  Backing fabric already has been chosen and the batting will be Frankenpieced.   I love it when projects are zooming along!
Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Red Sampler

How many are doing Bee In My Bonnet's Red Sampler Quilt Along?

In the beginning, I wasn't going to, but my red fabrics were calling me!  Make me, make me!  LOL

So, I joined in and started making blocks.

I'm not going to make all the blocks, but will do my own thing and add in some applique to change the look.

This is where I'm at right now and my layout.  Six more weeks of blocks and then that will be it, but then I will be busy with applique in all the beige sashings.  The borders have already been decided how they will look.

So, how many other red quilts are on the go right now?

Four.  That is a nice even number .... wouldn't you say?!  The last three are UFO's.  Work on three UFO's and start a new project.  Why not!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Diamond Star

What joy to have this quilt done!  Perfect timing to enjoy for the summer months.

This photo was taken outside under our blooming crap apple tree.  It looks washed out in the sun, so some photos were taken in the shade.

The backing was a great way to use up fabrics that just needed to go .....
Quilt Details:
Pattern source:  from EQ software (not sure which version)
This star has many names:  Texas Star, Hexagon Stars, Friendship Hexagon, Garden of Flowers, Dolly Madison's Star, Boutonniere.  
Started:  Spring 2009 
Top finished:  Feb. 2021
Quilt finished:  May 2021 (I'm not going to do the math .... I'm not going to do the math .... LOL)
Quilt size:  102-1/4" x 100-1/2" (the quilt has not been washed/dried yet, so there will be shrinkage)
Hand pieced using EPP method.
Machine quilted by:  Kathy Wareham
Quilt machine design:  Edgewood 1 by Christy Dillon of My Creative Stitches
Batting:  80/20 Hobbs cotton/poly

Another quilt done, done, done!  Oh happy days, for sure!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021


That is what this top needs to be called ..... all those blocks look like present boxes with bows and ribbons.

So far, two corners have strips appliqued in the setting triangles.  I'm happy with the look now.

A decision has been made for the outer borders and they will be done soon.

This is a good project to work on at the cottage.

My sister and I made a trip out to the cottage this past weekend and we are now set up for the season.  Our one solar panel is hooked up, water is in the big container and the pump is hooked up.  The propane fridge is working.  We are good to go out and enjoy!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Friday, May 14, 2021

It's a Star Thing

From a recent post where I showed my "Pressed Flowers" quilt, a friend asked (when we video chatted last month and I was sewing on the binding) is this where my adventure with that star started?

Indeed, this was the start of all my quilts and tops with those stars.  I just love, love, love that star.

So, sit back and enjoy all of those stars.  Stars on the brain!  LOL

First off is my "Pressed Flowers"

Next and so on are all my finished quilts.

A quilt for my great nephew who is a star!

How about a vase of star flowers (same star .... just smaller)?
I took a class to make this quilt and the teacher urged us all to make something different and I did with a cross of stars!
This blue/green quilt needed something to give it a zing.  Red stars and circles did the trick.
Stars were used in three places in this quilt.  
Then here are the tops waiting for their turn to be quilted.

Stars in the borders and in the center.
What about all stars in the borders?  Why not!  This is so, so effective!
One star but how it anchors the whole look of this apple core top!
Then we have two UFO's waiting in bins.  Now, I'm surprised by this ..... only two UFO's with stars?

So, this has been quite the journey and knowing myself ...... I'm not done with stars yet!   Will you be surprised if a new project pops up with stars in it?

All my quilts, tops and UFO's have been a labour of love.

What about you?  Have you used an item over and over and over again?

I keep journals of all my finished quilts, tops and UFO's and that is how I was able to assemble all of these photos for this post.    That is something that was done when I first started to quilt and now am so glad that the time was taken to mark down my starts and finishes and everything in between in my journals.

Today is Hubby and my 44th wedding anniversary.   How can that be?  Where has the time gone?  

Life is good!

Cherish your day, cherish your life!