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Welcome to my world where I try to figure out what I'm going to do next! These days, it is mostly quilting, but you never know what it might be... come find out with me!

Sunday, July 27, 2014


also known as Sunny Day!  we are having a beautiful weekend, and today we have a local street music festival to go to.  Should be lots of fun! But before that, here's what I've been working on this week.

I finished off the quilting on the last of the 3 donation quilt tops.  While I decided to do simple allover quilting in the  middle, I could not bring myself to continue it out into the final border, so that got a swirl treatment!


It was fun to do, but then in my book, what quilting isn't fun???

border closeup

Talk about fun - did you see the quilting that Amy at Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures posted earlier this week?  Zen quilting!  Inspired by a zentangle, she figured out how to quilt it using her long arm rulers, then posted a video.  I was so enthralled, that as soon as I finished the above quilting, I had to give it a try!
I found a piece of hand dyed fabric I had dyed ages ago, drew my square - 9", divided vertically, horizontally and diagonally into triangles, grabbed my ruler, and off I went!  It really was quite easy - you get into a real zen like flow.  I know, I should have used a higher contrast thread, but I'm all for the texture and not for the thread, but I just love how it has turned out!

Solar Flare


Then I wondered, what would it look like if I quilted around a square and not a triangle?  This time I did use a higher contrast thread

square spiral
6" square

Cool, what??!!  No idea yet what I'll do with these, but they were so fun and easy I know they'll be appearing again.  SO many shapes to try the technique out in...

Hope you are having a wonderful summer weekend.

Happy quilting!

p.s. - it is Sunday - don't forget to check out this week's Sew Canadian summer studio tour!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday

except this is more of a show it Wednesday, as I finished this one up on Monday, but it is what I've been working on!
I was trying to decide whether my Modern Quilt Guild - VMQG - Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels piece was going to be a wall hanging or become a pillow.  The pillow won out, although I need to get a much bigger pillow form - it currently has a 16" one, needs a 20".  It has an invisible zipper to make the change over easy.

the orange peel quilting was inspired by one of the fabrics in the pack

pillow 2
sloppy corners will disappear with a bigger form - I hope!

Happy quilting! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Finished the feathers

although with my relaxed style of feathers, this was no real hardship! I stitched the spine first to make sure I was smooth around the corners, then just started feathering.

glowing star
Feathered border
feather border
Detail shots

feather detail feather closeup
So, what comes next?  The third one, although it is getting a real quick allover pattern.

Linking up to Amy's Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventure - Feathers Week 2

and WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network

Happy quilting!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

on to the next one

After all the straight line quilting of the last two quilts, (here and here) I needed some feathers!

Angle shot

This is another little tabletopper that will be donated to our charity fundraising efforts at our quilt show in October.


stitched in ditch all seams then started with a square feather wreath in the middle
feather plumes in various shapes and configurations followed


I've finished the centre medallion, now to feather the borders.
y&b 1 

I'm linking up to Amy's Freemotion Quilting Adventures - her theme this month is feathers, which works for me!  Lots of eyecandy going on over there!  This little quilt will probably appear again once the borders are finished this week.

Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend,
Happy quilting! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Production rate has dropped off

But that's okay - through the week there is no way I can maintain the same level of output as I achieved last weekend, but I am happy to report I did finish the quilting in the purple sections of this table-topper.


I wanted to do as much of it as possible with my rulers, just so that I could become really comfortable with them.  In truth, I can do the straight lines around the edges faster without the rulers, but that's not giving myself the practice with them that I was looking for!

curved crosshatching and straight lines done with long arm rulers on my domestic machine

I think I'm getting there!  Now to decide what - if anything - I quilt in the yellow border - any suggestions?

I think I need to do something with feathers now!

Happy quilting!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

the spark

cleaning up my sewing room was the spark I needed to get back in there and start creating!  In the last two days I've:

made a skirt
simple A-line skirt - I've had this fabric in my stash for a couple of years,
made 8 napkins

Christmas fabric I won at retreat
quilted a baby quilt

baby quilt in progress
for my grandson
baby quilt quilting finished
trimming and binding left
sandwiched 3 table toppers

pieced by someone else - these will all be donations
half done the quilting of one of them
yellow & purple stars
practicing with my rulers


What was the impetus for finally cleaning up my space so I could actually be this productive???  Wish I could say it was just time to do it, but chances are I wouldn't have done it on my own, 'coz I am just unbelievably lazy when it comes to cleaning up!  

So, Mad about Patchwork, a wonderful modern Canadian fabric shop, is hosting Sew Canadian a blog hop that will be taking you into the sewing space of various Canadian quilters, and I was asked to participate!  No way I was taking pictures of how my studio was looking!
Every Sunday in July and August, starting tomorrow, July 6, Mad About Patchwork will be posting about two Canadian bloggers' studios.  You get to see where some of your favourite bloggers create, and there will also be a linky party where you can show off your sewing space, too!  

Here's who is participating and when they will be featured:
July 6th – Patti @Retired to Quilt and Krista @Poppyprint
July 13th – Dominique @The Running Thimble and Cinzia @Deux Petites Souris
July 20th – Anita @Daydreams of Quilts and Lorna @Sew Fresh Quilts
July 27th – Shena @Apple Pie Patchwork and Katherine @Sew Me Something Good
August 3rd – Felicity @Felicity Quilts and Josee @The Charming Needle
August 10th – Janet @What Comes Next and M-R @Quilt Matters
August 17th – Erica @Happy Fabric and Jacqui @Treadle Quilts
August 24th – Leanne @She Can Quilt and Jaclyn @Jaclyn Quilts
August 31st – Pam @Mad About Patchwork and Laura @Waffle Kisses

Can't wait to go check out everyone's space, and maybe get some new ideas that will have me spending more time keeping my area neat and tidy!

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!





- whatever the day brings


Happy quilting!