Wednesday, 11 January 2017

All the Quilty Things

The time between Christmas and early January tend to be quiet (and oh so cold!) here, so I have found lots of time to finish some really fun projects.
I love to make bags, they are so much faster than making a full quilt and so rewarding in the end!

I bought this amazing print at Katja's last year and it took some time to find just the right bag to use it on, but I settled on this Noodlebhead Super Tote pattern
We are headed to New York for a week's vacation in March so I was really motivated to get to it.


I love how it turned out and don't want to use it now in case it gets dirty!


A few of my quilt friends have bags like this, and it's a shape and size I don't have. It is like a gorgeous grocery bag that is big and open and great for toting show & tell items and UFO's to our sew days. It is from a recent magazine that I can't put a name to at the moment.


The bag above was made from the left over FQ's from making these two lovely hexie pillows. It's a Tula Pink fabric I just love.


These two bags are the two sizes of the Retreat bag, a free pattern download at Emmaline Bags.
I highly recommend her pattern and her amazing bag hardware. They have added some great finishing touches to my bags. 
The bag above is Tula Pink and Kaffe Fassett fabric.
The larger one below is two Kaffe fabrics.
All bold, bright and beautiful, exactly how I like it.



And two more Tula hexie pillows. To hubby's dismay, all four pillows now live on our bed.

I have one more bag all cut out to make, then it is time to get to some UFO's. I hope I can get as many done this year as last.

Have a great quilty day!

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Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year!


And Merry Christmas

I am back after another extended absence, but life comes first, right?

I have been busy so I will be back with all the quilty things I have been up to, but today is all about all the Christmas gifts.

 It really was all about the mittens!



 Mittens for a young college friend, and a second pair I didn't get photographed went to her brother's girlfriend.


In the end I made three pairs of these cute owl mitts




Two pairs of Bella mitts for my two besties.


Hedgehog mitts for Thistle's "mom"




 These two quilts were made for my daughters from the one super large quilt pattern "Knick Knack" by Buggybarn


My oldest and her BF sporting their new hats. The BF has a young daughter who ended up with the dog quilt on her bed. 


Four pairs of these socks were made, I finally have a pair for me on the needles!


 Super Fun "rock 'em" socks in the Hat Trick Canuck colourway for my hockey loving sister.



A cute poncho for the young lady with the dog quilt on her bed. The purple is much more vibrant in person.


And the adult version for my younger daughter.

I am kicking off the New Year with the motto:

I choose happiness and health!
On that note I will sign off as my trainer will be here any minute to kick off the healthy part!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Never not Quilting (or knitting)


I am always working away at one project or another, but at this time of the  year, there are more than I few I can't share yet!


I bought some fun cotton/linen fabrics while I was at Knit City last month, and got to making up these knitting project bags. Already filled with "me" projects for when my Christmas projects are all completed. 


I better pick up the pace if I plan to finish this project in my lifetime. Five blocks a year isn't going to work!


I picked up more Tula Pink on my summer vacation. Pillow top kit from Expressions in Fibre in Sechelt BC


There was enough to make two pillow tops, plus I bought a green/blue TP FQ bundle and more of that yummy BG fabic to make a few more. 


I made up some receiving blankets and a raggy quilt for our newest tiny Syrian/Canadian babe



And my Weasley jumpers on the library tree!


The tree won Best Theme Tree and was live auctioned at the Gala on Saturday night, but I haven't heard yet what is was sold for or who now owns it.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Eight is Enough

I finally finished eight tiny Weasley sweaters for the library to hang on their Harry Potter themed tree at the Festival of Trees in a few weeks. I wanted to do a few more but in the end eight was enough.


Our guild hung the annual show in the art gallery at the library last week and once again it looks wonderful. The following two shots are of our Boreal forest themed project. At the end of the month all these wall hangings will be donated and hang in the library's children's area. 






This Stellar Jay was made by Sarah from a photograph and it is totally amazing! The wings and tail are 3D.



I am so totally pleased to have my Hex-a-thon quilt finally finished and quilted so beautifully by Carole. I am pretty proud of all that hand piecing. 



My Oh Canada top is all pieced and I cannot wait to see it quilted in the New Year. It started out as one of my UFO challenges and quickly became a full sized quilt. It is totally from scraps and my stash, but amazingly enough, my scrap bins did not appear any emptier!

I can't wait to start celebrating Canada's 150th birthday next year!

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Work in Progress Wednesday

Once again life trumps blog......but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on "stuff"!


Here are my mini Weasley sweaters. I am hoping to make 8-12 all together and will donate them to our local library to help decorate their entry in the Festival of Trees. I can generally complete one per evening, but Ron's initial didn't quite get completed last night. I had to add something to relate their size to, they are pretty tiny!


Also recently completed this fun hat, I love colourwork!


THIS long time (4 years I think) WIP, is nearing completion! I just got it back from my lovely quilter Carole on Saturday. Just needs it's binding and label to be ready to hang in our quilt show next month.
This is from Katja's original Block-Athon before her book was published. It isn't even on her site anymore! The blocks are English Paper Pieced by Hand.


As well, this lovely loon just needs it's label stitched down. It will also hang in the quilt show as part of our guild's boreal forest project. After the show they will be donated to the library's children's section. The pattern was taken from a portion of "A Day at the Lake" applique quilt. Also a pattern I don't think is available any more.


And my most active WIP at the moment is my "Oh Canada" quilt. My goal is the have it all pieced by year's end. Have not yet decided whether I will quilt is myself as I think it is going to be quite large.
This is just a sampling of the 15 of the blocks made so far. Need 9 more and a few more colour ways.

 Sorry the photo is not better quality but it was a dull grey morning this morning. 

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Friday Finishes

Celebrating 5 years of blogging, 250th post and 20 page views short of 60,000!
Thank you to all my readers, faithful long timers and newbies!

I have been wanting to share this finish with you since April when I finished the top at retreat.


Bella Luna is a kit I bought at Satin Moon in Victoria a few years ago, I had it all cut out and then got bogged down by all the work of the curves. Once I picked it back up, figured out the recipient, it was full steam ahead, I had a deadline now.



My wonderful friend Carole did an amazing job of quilting it, this Elder Moon is a scaled down version of a print I have by Roy Henry Vicars.




The recipient was quite surprised,


and moved to tears, as I predicted she would be.


This is my sister, Theresa, really happy she had a big birthday this year!!


I know I have shown this one before, but it is now in the hands of the newlyweds, awaiting some cooler weather so they can snuggle under it.


What's Up?
A free pattern from somewhere I can't remember!!

This was just finished this week and as soon as I can find a box it is on it's way to Utah for a new great-nephew, whose birth is any minute now!!

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Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Life Happens.......

Sometimes when life happens, blogging does not, but here I am back in the saddle and sewing room, ready for fall. 

Not much quilting happened this summer but I have been knitting......a lot.
It is all Christmas knitting so this is the only thing I can show you. It is for a 5 year who doesn't read my blog so I am sure I am safe! LOL




The colour is true in this shot

My sewing room just became a dumping ground over the summer but last week I managed to dig it out and get to some projects that were in pieces


A really old UFO, Quilt Diva , she is now all fused and sandwiched and ready to quilt.


This loon is part of our Boreal forest guild project to be donated and hung in the children's section at our public library. This is not an original design but it is from another old UFO that I can't find a link to. The mottled camo looking fabric is the one provided for everyone to use a bit of in their projects. Best get on this as it is to hang in our show first, end of next month!


I picked this Homecoming kit up while travelling earlier this spring. I love it and want it to hang in our show also, but it may not happen until next year! 


I made a few slab blocks last year and a few more earlier this year, but seeing as it is Canada's 150th next year I was compelled to make some of these blocks up..........am I approaching a theme here??
It is a great way to use up some scraps.
The slab tutorial and the pattern are both from Cheryl Arkinson and Sunday Morning quilts.
I hope to be back on Friday with some completed projects!

Hey Liz, this blog's for you!

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