Sunday, November 23, 2014

My babies...

thirty years ago.

Happy Birthday Maili.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Finishing bit by bit

I have quite a few projects in plastic boxes and I really want to start new things. Since I am a hand quilter, it takes time but then so does sewing blocks together. I figure if I can just work on things a bit at a time, something will get finished eventually.

I'm going to try to get this quilt put together. Right now it's just in pieces and it's been in pieces for a while. If I get the top all done, at least it can be put in the waiting line of things to be hand quilted.
This was a freebie pattern from the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan quilt store 'The Quilt Patch" called Auntie Alice. It's not big - about a lap quilt size. The pattern called for red but since I am not a red person, I dove into my navy blue scraps. The pattern also didn't dictate that I put darker squares into the 16-patch to make it directional. I just liked that idea. It's nice to be able to take a pattern and make it your own.

 I managed to sew up another block on Quilt Doodle Doodle's BOM. I think I have two more rows to complete and then the whole top will be done. I fell behind because I went to BC for a while and I am thinking of revising one of the rows.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


I don't usually go in for swaps but I have taken part in the last two mug rug swaps that were offered by the Quilting Gallery. They have a new one beginning soon and sign-ups are now until the 26th of November. Go here to sign up if you are so inclined. It's called Happy New Year Mug Rug Swap. The one that just ended was called Neighbours and Friends Mug Rug Swap.

We were to make two mug rugs each. 

The patterns were given to us (it came with the sign-up fee.) We could do what we wanted with regards to fabrics and I decided that they just needed more embroidery.

These two went to my swap partner Janelle, in Australia.

And just this week I received my mug rugs from Janelle.

There was a pattern for a butterfly but neither Janelle nor I used it. She embroidered hers and I appliqued mine - one I cut out of fabric.

Aren't they adorable together? Hand quilted too.

Janelle also sent this Christmas ornament. It has a couple of extra charms on it and will be going on my twig Christmas tree that I put up in my kitchen every year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Enjoy - Part 2

Sorry I didn't get a chance to upload these yesterday. Here's the rest of the quilts. Sit back, grab a tea or a coffee and ENJOY!!

I love nine-patch quilts. They are so versatile and yet so very simple.

Batiks in blue.

Judy and I studied this quilt. She was the one who noticed that it was done a block at a time. It used to be called apartment style quilting because you sew up the square, layer it, quilt it and once all the squares were done, you put it together with sashing strips. Now it's called 'quilt as you go.' It's a lot of work and my friend Marg made one like it years ago and said she would never do another one like it. Years ago (25+ years) some people used wide sashing with batting in it and where four of the blocks came together, there was a poof. The poof should have been quilted down but wasn't and maybe on a bed it looked good but hanging the quilt made the construction stand out and looked a bit faulty.

I went back to take a better shot of this. Using thin sashing strips helped to make this quilt look seamless.

I loved the pattern. It looked like a variation on Jacob's ladder.

Oh look. It's Patric's Teddies. I borrowed the quilt back from Patric in September when I was in BC. I still love this quilt and it was a lot of fun to make.

 I'm sorry I didn't manage to photograph the cards on these. As you can see from the heads, it was a busy section.

 Sorry, I didn't get a photo of the blurb for this one either.

Although you can't really tell, these flowers are 3D.

Since my battery kept dying, I thought I would show part of two blocks so you could see the 3D construction.

There are some quilts we would never do and this one is one that Judy said she would never make. Me? I would never make an English paper-pieced hexagon quilt.

This is a stunning quilt.

A bit of the detail that's in this quilt.

Made by a man and it was machine appliqued - using the hem stitch. It was hard to find those stitches.

Yes, it was for sale.

I love Hawaiian quilts and I love batiks and solids.

I liked this one up close more than in this overall shot. Maybe it was all the fabrics that I liked.

It's nice to find a pattern specifically for some fabrics in one's stash.

I do like the 3D effect that one can get with just fabrics.

Wow, quilted in the ditch. That's a lot of quilting.

Oh look, another one of my quilts.

Simple but effective. Just two blocks repeated.

It's always nice to see hand quilted quilts.

I really like this pattern and it's a great one to use up all those random squares one collected years ago from swaps and from visiting quilt shows (some quilt shows used to give attendees a 'quilter's candy'.)

Judy was impressed that these were made of wool.

Too bad the quilt was so high up. It would have been nice to see the details.

A two-colour quilt.
 Looks like she persevered and it paid off. Hand quilted too.

A very modern feel to this. A great way to show off those fabrics you are finding hard to cut into.

Well, that's it for now.
I hope you liked the show.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


This past weekend I attended the York Heritage Quilters Guild quilt show. The venue was Edwards Gardens in Toronto and it was, once again, a wonderful show. My friend Judy came with me and we were lucky enough not to be rushed, so we took our time and even got to walk through a second time to see if there was anything we missed because the first time through, it was crowded.

This was one of the first quilts you saw as you entered the main room.

Hand appliqued and hand quilted and only $600. Needless to say, it had a SOLD sign on it.

A delicate looking quilt because of the fabrics used.

I love the colours.

This was an interesting quilt so I took a photo of the block.

I wasn't the only one interested in this quilt because another attendee was taking a photo of the block at the same time.

 Love the colours of this quilt and it's simplicity.

Sorry for the blurry pic. I had to take my photos fairly quickly since there were so many people around. 

 I'll never make a hexagon quilt but this was so nice and interesting.

 The hexagons were cut specifically so that the flowers would show up. As you can see, it was beautifully hand quilted.

 Hunter's Star done in several colours.

Finished, and hanging. Ayla's Escape - by me.

The background fabrics are two subtle shades of off white. I really liked this because of all the solid colours.

Although it says that there is thread painting in this quilt, both Judy and I couldn't find any and we did look all over it.

I'll finish up with more photos tomorrow.
My camera battery died and for some reason the back-up battery was dead. I had made sure that it was charged but I guess the battery's life is non-existent.