Firstly, rhododendrons don’t grow in Ontario–well, I think there are some in the botanical garden in Hamilton, but not in my part.  So while I could have switched to peonies, or roses, I decided to go with the season of making and baking–Christmas.  Classic red and green, yellow green, and periwinkle blue. In case you […]

As an engineer and being a bit geeky (I was geeky before geeky was cool, you know), I jumped at the chance to pattern test the Helix quilt pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts. Extremely well written pattern and I made 4 of the 4-inch blocks using some of my favourite green scraps for the base […]

Once I start quilting a quilt, I like to leave my machine set up for it, so other projects go on hold.  Unfortunately these days the Singer 301, used mainly for piecing (also excels at bagmaking with the direct-drive motor) is under my work laptop, so it has been sleeping,  but some diligent effort brought […]

That is, another work-in-progress has been unearthed.  Inspired by some instagram shares from others, I dug out the instructions for the Coming Home quilt (pattern by Sarah Fielke) and figured out what to cut out.  I had finished the second border but because I hadn’t decided on the third, I waffled on the colours to […]

Thankfully, my tomatoes survived the cool nights last weekend. Enough that this Scotia has set some fruit. I have several heritage varieties and one or two standard, all grown from seed. This is Indian River, I’ve never seen a double flower on a tomato like this. Allium is finishing and the columbine are adding some […]

I usually pick out the binding fabrics after I’ve done the quilting. Sometimes I use the leftovers from the backing. More often I find something in my stash that compliments the front. Scrappy bindings are good because I don’t need to use 3/4 of a yard. For the tulip applique quilt, the pink and red […]

Here we are at Tuesday again!  I worked on my tulip applique quilt project some more.  I know what I want to do for the white panels, so next to decide if I do the green panels next or save them for last. I marked the lines with my curved ruler and then used the […]

Actually, I’d rather have housework magic, like the broom in Fantasia. But I did manage to get the fourth corner quilted on my tulip applique quilt. The feathers have flattened it out which is why I plan to do something looser on the rest of the border. Trust me, the quilting will look better than […]

Late last night, I scrunched the laptop out of the way again and finished the webbing of my Frozen Grassy Creek top. While I was stitching, I received an email from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs that I had won three patterns by participating in the Morewood Mystery quilt parade. My twin size top is […]

I know it doesn’t look that much different,but this is the third corner of ny tulip applique quilt which means just one more. I don’t want to overquilt this, so the rest of the border will get a loopy flower meander. I think that will make the feathers more interesting than doing the whole border. […]