My husband loves fishing.   And it is his birthday today.  And like most men he is impossible to buy for (mainly because if he wants something he buys it himself).  So my daughter suggested that I make him a quilt for his birthday (win, more sewing!).  But at this point it’s already February 1. […]

Another stash addition to report this week. #sorrynotsorry I popped into the Fabricland in Ajax only to discover that they are closing and had started their clearance sales. On the $5/metre table, I scooped up these two quilting cottons. I’m always looking for good modern red prints, and the Ardently Austin by Riley Blake was […]

Leftovers placemat 2

While I had the tutorial open for a zippered pillow back (covered zip tutorial from Adrienne at On The Windy Side), i thought I would make the back for my leftovers Christmas cushion (on my Finish a long list for this quarter).  I didn’t have enough of one Christmas fabric so I used the two […]

You may remember my dilemma in my colour choices while making this quilt.   I really wanted a bright fall theme for this quilt,  but using the values only for placement resulted in orange and blue 4 patches.  This meant that the flow of the pattern was lost in the dramatic colour contrast. Here is […]

Welcome friends to celebrate our finishes! And what better way to keep warm in our cold Canadian winter than with a quilt? But never fear, we welcome all finishes here, be them tote bags, pillows, garments, hats, socks…you get the picture I think. Today I have a fun finish to share, from my latest swap […]

border-auditions

Despite my pledges to work down the backlog of projects, I also love the challenge of making swap items and making new quilty friends. The #pinkswap2017 is based on instagram, and has a diligent swap host mama, so i knew this would be a fun one.   It was easy to pick a pattern based […]

quilting progress

I’ve been really enjoying the quilting on this Starlight, Stardark quilt top. I treated it like a sampler quilt, quilting each block individually and with different motifs. I tried some new free motion quilting techniques, and practiced some feathers. I used a pattern to make this butterfly. I even did some straightline quilting–which I use […]

I would bet that you know already that sewing over pins can lead to broken pins. But have you ever thought about what it does to your needle? If I am having problems with tension, the first thing I do is re-thread my bobbin and top thread. The second thing I do is replace my […]

I might be almost done with my aqua scraps. These blocks come together quickly, making them a perfect choice for this charity event to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. I have six of the aqua blocks, and one of the red. I was playing with layouts, and I think I’ll add some more colours–not a complete […]

Not that I have been frugal or anything, but I have tried to slow down my stash additions to more closely align with quilt productions rates (not quite there yet). Of course the best way to get what I wanted under the Christmas tree was to order it myself, and one of the pre-Christmas sales […]