Sunday, September 26, 2010


I've just done a post at The Great Hexagon Quilt-along. Go here to read all about it.

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A little bit ....

Is it not amazing how a little bit of applique ..... ..... goes a very long way ....
.... to changing the whole look of a hanging?
Have a great day!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Reveal ...

This is what Miss Hank would not let me show you. She finally moved off the tray! :o) Stars, stars and more stars. I'm doing these by the English Paper Piecing method and it is working like a charm for me. My scrap bins got raided to make these stars. Bonus. This is the layout for this hanging. I love that striped blue fabric for my sashings. It came from a thrift store shirt and has some poly in it. It works for me in this hanging.
I have a lunch date today ...... it is my birthday and DH is taking me to lunch. :o)
Have a great day!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

An old UFO

Well, today I tried to show you an old project ... but Miss Hank won't let me reveal it. When she doesn't want to move, she doesn't want to move .... .... even after getting up off my chair and walking around with Hank on top of the tray, she still didn't jump off. I'm saying to my DH "she won't budge" as he snapped photos.
Oh well .... perhaps next time!
Have a great day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Quilts by the Bay

I'm back from my trip to North Bay, Ontario. While there, I attended the Quilts on the Bay quilt show .... everytime I visit their shows, that guild just amazes me with their quilts. These are some of my favourites ... there were more, but my camera died on me and these are all I could take. Enjoy!

Stack and whack blocks that were trimmed into circles.
I can see myself making this heart quilt with all my thrift store shirts that have been collecting in a bin. The embroidery in this hanging was done by this quilter's aunt 50 yrs. ago. Lovely!

Something with a soft touch.

This lamb quilt was sweet and then when you look closer there are little blocks that have been cross-stitched.

Beautiful applique ...

... and I do love that border!

I've seen this pattern before, but I do like the variegated colour of leaves in the border.

A calender year of Sunbonnet Sue.

Then there was a slew of these woven ribbon log cabin quilts. Very eye catching.

I hope you enjoyed the show!
When we move to North Bay, perhaps some of my quilts will be hanging in one of their quilt shows?
Have a great day!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Just Blessings

Back in the spring, I purchased this pattern that Robyn Falloon designed. Fell in love with it and just had to have it. Made 2 blocks right away to see if my fabric choices would work .... they did and then put it away so that I could finish up some other tops.

Brought this project out recently and made some more blocks. Not happy about that star. Searched around and found another star pattern.

Yumm .... love this look now!!! The large star was reduced by 30% and will be used in the corners of each block.

And with the addition of leaves ..... oh yes, this one is calling my name.

My quilt will be set on point instead of horizontal as per the original pattern and there will be no sashing.

I've been auditioning different fabrics for the setting triangles and still haven't found anything that I like yet. Perhaps, I'll just settle for plain old white and let the blocks float. Mmm .... that might be interesting.

In the morning, I'm off to take the train to North Bay. My sister and I will be making relish and there is a quilt show up there this weekend. I so enjoyed their last show that I attended and am looking forward to the beauties they will have on display this year.

Have a great day!

BTW ... for those in Canada and U.S.A. interested in this pattern, it can be purchased from this Canadian store.

Monday, September 6, 2010

A few cool ones

We've been having a few cool days lately and I have taken advantage of it and have been back to doing some hand quilting.

Often times, when I get to the sandwiching stage, there is no complete plan of the design I want to hand quilt or the design gets changed as I go along. I let my quilt talk to me and tell me what it wants and any markings that were there are ignored. Changing plans after sandwiching becomes hard to deal with.

As you see below, the cross hatch stitching was definitely a go and those lines were marked before this quilt was sandwiched. The areas around the flowers were left unmarked as there was no plan yet for that area.

When the quilt is in my hoop, it is nice and taut; but out of the hoop, it relaxes and and the areas that have been quilted bunches up making any more marking almost impossible or lopsided. In the past I've always put a book or something solid that will fit underneath the hoop and mark in areas on the quilt as I go. It was always a hassle and wobbly. Enter my lovely DH. He cut out a piece of wood that will fit inside my hoop.
It fits nice and snug.

Which then allows me to start marking as much as I want. Once all the marking is done for this area, the board is removed and I'm ready to start hand quilting.

This might sound silly to some of you; but for me it works like a charm.
Have a great day!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Red and blue all over

Here are more of my crazy blocks .... love, love, love these colours together and those scrap bins are going down, down, down. This will be for a bunk bed or lap quilt .... not sure which yet. All I know is, these are fun to make.
Have a great weekend!