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Friday, 9 March 2018

A little of this, a little of that

Finished my bee blocks, yeah. Then left them at Martin's so did not get them sent on time, boo. I think I used the last of my white on white, must remember to buy more, yeah, fabric shopping!
I was requested to make baby quilts for twin boys. When I was cleaning up for Christmas I found this Hungry Caterpillar fabric, it is perfect! I am using the tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew. Love her patterns!
Worked a little on my Christmas Stars, may even get this finished this year, ha.
Started a new BOM, 6Kopfe, 12 Blocke or 6 Heads, 12 Blocks. Some of the Blogs don't translate into English however the tutorials for making the blocks are full of pictures. Fabulous quilty pictures.
When I said I cleaned up for Christmas I really meant i tossed bits of fabric into any available space. No organization. I am now spending all my time looking everywhere for...for everything. Very frustrating. Not sure it is frustrating enough to really clean up and organize however. If I sew all my stash I should find everything eventually. Right?

Monday, 19 February 2018

February Finish

I have a new niece. Actually it is a new 1st cousin twice removed. (I think). I am sending her the 30's 16 square.
And because I am behind this is her big brothers quilt. But they are both done! 
This was an idea I saw somewhere and it has been in my mind forever. I bought the fabric years ago and put it on the shelf. This was the perfect opportunity to use it.

I made 28 hour glass blocks and found 28 different "I Spy" fabrics. Some are more child like than others. I needed one more hourglass for the layout, which I did not have. I thought about piecing the fabric to get enough but in the end decided to use the remainder as two stripes down the middle. I think it looks great!
From my stash - abacus and hourglass - minus 12 metres!! From stash!!

On a side note we never - hardly ever - get snow so this was very special. The power went out and I was this close to sending Martin out to make coffee on the barbecue. He is so lucky the power came on when it did. The quilt is draped over the small tree that fell over during the night.

Monday, 15 January 2018


I started this quilt for my son in law when he graduated from the CA program. That was a few years ago now, oops. The quilt was finished 2017 and gifted, finally in 2018. This feels really good!
This may have been one of the largest quilts I have quilted. I thought of doing something extraordinary but stuck with what I knew and what I could finish.

Blue and Orange for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Team. 
This will be the first of the boys birthday quilts.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Best of 2017

What a fun way to sum up the year! I made 12 baby quilts, 3 lap quilts and 1 queen size quilt.

Most views - HoHoHo

Most comments - Strawberry Fields
Favourite Finish - An Oldie
Tutorial - 12 inch Rolling Stone
Favourte - Green Slab Charity Quilt
Linking up to Best of 2017.

2018 Goals

2017 was a good year. I did less sewing and more gardening and family time. I like my life as is and the balance worked well. With all that contentment I am becoming complacent (read lazy). This years number one goal is to get healthy and fit! No excuses! I have a plan! Walk 10,000 steps a day and make my own food. My Get Fit at 60. I will post my progress here to keep me accountable.

1. Birthday quilts - I have 7 birthday quilts I would like to gift this year: one is finished; 4 are tops and backs; and 2 tops to complete.

2. Decrease my stash - I have bought fabric this year, but I feel I was quite circumspect and did not go crazy, however, I feel I still have a ton of fabric. How does that happen?

3. Start and finish a wedding quilt - I have some blocks and some artwork that the wedding guests drew, i have a sort of plan, just need to sew it together.

4. Finish more WIPs.

 Quilting Jet Girl  Linking up with Yvonne.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Christmas Panel Baby Quilt

I call these my two year old quilts. They sometimes do not get finished until the child is three but pretty close. I like to give them at the beginning of December so they have all of December to cuddle with their special blanket.
 This panel is fabulous and I love the backing. Flannel makes it extra cozy.
25 more sleeps!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Strawberry Field completed

Not sure when I started this quilt but looking back through my blog I mentioned it in January 2015. A three years old WIP, not too bad.
My friend and past co worker just completed her PhD. I am so proud of her. Working full time, raising an infant to a toddler, and completing her theses.
I threw this quilt in the corner as I could not wrap my head around it, it said challenging, I thought they were kidding. When I brought it out again it was doable. I never think I am gaining skills as a quilter but I guess I am. I usually pick patterns or blocks that are easy and doable as quilting is my relaxing time. I do not wish to struggle.

Love this material.