Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Carpenter's Star Wall Hanging

It's finally on the wall!!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hexies While I Recover

Doing some paper piecing while I recover from surgery. These are Kaffe Fasset Collective prints I've been collecting.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

So Bright - Improv Quilt Top is Done!

This one is bright!!!
But I had a lot of fun making it. I loved creating all these fun shapes that the back is also going to be Improv!

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Dock Color Palette

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Quilting by the Lake

We were up at the cottage and I got to spend some time on my Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt. 
It was so amazing to be able to just sit by the lake and sew. I wish I could do it all day everyday!  

Monday, 14 September 2015

Loving my New Workspace

I have been in love with that Ikea Cart and Chair for a very long time and now I finally have it! Yaay! I'm really enjoying my new workspace. Makes me so happy! 

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Improv Quilt Just Gets Bigger!

I think I'm moving out of my bright phase so I'm trying to use up all the bright fabric I have! :)
I'm quite enjoying improv. It's addictive. 

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Whirl Mini Quilt

Made this for the TMQG Not Really President's Challenge.
We each picked up a magazine from the stack that the presidents brought in and tore off page 25.
Our challenge was to make a mini quilt inspired by the page.

I don't have the page any more but it has a lot of browns and blues and I don't normally work with those colours. Then I realized that Carolyn Friedlander's Doe would fit the bill. Also included the yellow fabric from her Botanics line.

So I decided to make my Whirl Quilt block in a mini. I designed this one as a paper piecing pattern since each flying geese block would be 3" X 1.5" and I have trouble keeping those geese straight with a 6" block!

The mini quilt is a 12" square.
I didn't quite finish it before the deadline and didn't make it to that meeting so it was never entered into the challenge. But I now have a little table topper in my living room. :)

Monday, 17 August 2015

Sketching Quilting Stitches

I need to get quilting!
Right now this is how I'm planning to quilt Prince Charming. 
Will use white for the negative spaces and I might match the colors for the coral and lime.

I did the sketch in Inkscape with my Wacom Intuos. It's a great way to figure the quilting out! Of course you won't get the actual scale but the design can be easily worked out.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

London Calling

Judy brought these back for me from Spring Market earlier this year.
They're gorgeous aren't they?

This is London Calling from Robert Kaufman

Think I'll make a Plus Quilt with these. :)

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Mug Rug

This was an improv block I turned into a mug rug. I like the quilting on this. I think I'm going to use those wavy lines when I quilt my Improv Quilt.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Animal Maze for Jadyn

Finished Animal Maze for my nephew Jadyn.
He is using it and seems to enjoy it. My brother says he is working through the maze so that makes me happy. :)

Monday, 13 July 2015

Basting Animal Maze

Perks to working at a quilt store! I can baste on tables! 
This is Animal Maze for my little nephew. 
I love mazes and think it's nice to combine a maze into an I Spy kind of quilt. 
I designed this. First on graph paper - then on the an excel sheet so I could keep track of what I was cutting and what colors I was using. I did have a hard time figuring out the color of the maze. I wanted it to stand out and there are so many colors in this quilt! Decided on Kona Chinese Red. 
All kinds of fun is to be had with this one! :) 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Lesson in Garment Sewing

 Arianne (on the left) gave Emily and me a garment sewing lesson!
We both brought in a shirt and Arianne drew up a pattern and taught us how to make it!
I haven't finished mine yet but Emily got hers done and it looked good!
Sewing garments is fairly complicated and laborious.
I think I might just stick to quilting for now! ;)

Monday, 8 June 2015

Some Christmas Gift Sewing!

Carrying on with my paper pieced compass blocks for Christmas Table Toppers. I like this one but wish I had used the red in the centre instead of the green. 

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Stash Love

Brought these lovelies home yesterday. They've been in the hold drawer at work for a while now. 
Some of these are going into a quilt I'm making for my little nephew.

These are Ann Kelle's Urban Zoologie. So Cute!

These lovely bikes are from Micheal Miller Fabrics. 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Scrabble Star Progress

I've got all my Scrabble Star blocks quilted. Not to put them together!
Go here to see more about this quilt: Scrabble Star

Monday, 30 March 2015

Improv Quilt - WIP

Spent last Saturday sewing with Sarah (in the picture). I was working on another project but asked her to hold this one up for the picture. I usually have to ask the husband but I think I need some new quilt models. :)

I think I'm moving out of my bright color phase now. Moving towards softer colors and a lot of blues, aquas, and teals. We'll see where that goes! 

Monday, 16 March 2015

Thursday, 12 March 2015

So Early for Christmas 2015!

Finished my Carpenter's Star Wall Hanging! :) And it's only March! 
Yes I started this quilt in December 2013 but hey! It's done now!!! 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Quilt Store visit in Leesburg Virginia

We visited family over Christmas and this very nice quilt store/sewing studio in the historic downtown of Leesburg. It's a beautiful, well curated store and they have a whole bunch of classes for quilting, knitting, sewing and crafting. 

I bought a fat quarter bundle of Elizabeth Olwen's Wildwood. Was happy to buy something from a Toronto based designer! :)

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

TMQG Feb Meeting

I'm so glad I joined the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild this year! I've been wanting to for about 2 years now and this year I decided I would do it! I enjoy going to the meetings and getting to know other quilters and talking about quilting. It's wonderful!

See more about the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild and if you're in Toronto you should definitely check us out! 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Flirt is Done!

I started this quilt top a couple of  years ago. 
Finished quilting it a year ago.
And finally finished the binding! 

Saturday, 7 March 2015

QAYG Selvage Block

I made a selvage block a little while ago. You can see it here: Some Selvage Fun
I wanted to make some more. I guess this is also called a String Block?
Anyway - here's how I made these.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

March Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes

Finish In the Pipeline Quilt Top

Read more about it here: In the Pipeline

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Soft Hexies - Quilt Top Finish!

The top is done! 
Now to hand quilt this one!
Linking to:

 My Quilt Infatuation

Monday, 23 February 2015

Improv Quilt - WiP

Nice to have lots of color on a beautiful snowy day!

Linking up to:

Sew Cute Tuesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Eastern Sunrise Quilt top is Finished!

I am so excited to see my Eastern Sunrise Quilt Top finished! 
It's been a while since I first sketched out this pattern. And it's great that I got to take pictures of it in the snow! 

Thanks to A Lovely Year of Finishes - this top is done! Woo hoo! 

The top measures 56" X 64" approximately. 
Paper Pieced
My pattern. You can download for free here: Eastern Sunrise Paper Piecing Pattern

Linking up to:

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Improv Piecing - This is Fun!

I'm really enjoying improv piecing - I love not knowing what is going to happen with the piece and seeing it come together is really fun!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Improv Piecing with Scraps

I was working on my Eastern Sunrise Quilt Top and sewed up some of the scraps. I think it's nice to have an improv scrap project as you work on your main one. You get scraps sewn up then and there without storing bins of them for later, all the colors work together lready, and you have interesting shapes that also work together. 

Saturday, 7 February 2015


Sunday, 1 February 2015

February Goal for a Lovely Year of Finishes

Complete Eastern Sunrise Quilt Top!

It's time! I have to finish Eastern Sunrise. 
This month I'm going to finish the top!