Sunday, March 22, 2015

Morning Glory, Hello Sunshine or 70's Retro

I recently participated in a 'Pay It Forward' on Facebook and I am a little behind in getting my forwards out. 

Last week I got one of my little gifts made and sent in the mail. 
It was a little table topper.

Wasn't sure what to name it.
I thought of:
'Morning Glory'
'Hello Sunshine'
or even
'The 70's Retro Table Topper'

I love the colours in it.
Again another cheery piece.

For the back I chose to use the same material as was in the center.

I must get cracking on my next 'Pay It Forward' piece.

I have no excuses except that I have been sick with a nasty cold again, no energy and busy at work so coming home to flop seemed to be the thing to do.

Last night the girls went out to celebrate my sister Sheila's 50's birthday at a swanky restaurant. 

What a treat!!

Then we went back to Mom and Dad's place where the guys met us for Raspberry Frozen cake which was very good!

Most everyone contributed with quotes and / or memories 
for my sister. I glued them on fancy paper 
and put them into the jar.

What a fun and neat idea!

There will be lots of reading for Sheila in the next little while.

Well, I have to prepare myself to walk to work tomorrow.
It's been two long weeks since I have because of that nasty cold but it's time to get back into the groove.

Hope everyone has a great week!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Batik Fabric

At the beginning of the year I joined the Batik Lover's Club from Sew Sisters because quite frankly I didn't have enough fabric . . . yeah right! Actually, I have very little in the way of Batiks and thought this would be a good way to up my stash.

Here is the first shipment of gorgeous, deliciously lovely fabric!

I can hardly wait for February, March and the rest of the year's packages to come. 

Have a great weekend everyone and remember to Laugh for no reason!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love is in the Air

I am in love with my latest finish!

Three in a Box

I love everything about this quilt and it really brightens the spare bedroom. Who wouldn't want to sleep under this?

It's been a long journey to get this one finished - as most of mine are . . . I started this a long time ago and I seem to get side tracked all of the time. I'm working on that!

Since today is Valentine's Day I was thinking about the 'loves' in my life . . . so much to be thankful for and to enjoy.  Life is too short to not look and think about the great things in life.

My list includes and is not limited to:

 My Kids




Friends and Family


And so much more. Every day there is something to 'love'. Enjoy the journey and remember to laugh for no reason.

I'm linking up with AmandaJean from Crazy Mom Quilts.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February is a Time for Quilting!

 "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home." 
-  Edith Sitwell


Well, here we are at February already. I wonder where January has gone to? 

I feel like I just floated through January. I had no energy due to a cold and of course still had to carry on with work and life in general and here we are in February!

Just a couple of days ago I decided that I was feeling much better and actually had some energy so out came the sewing machine along with some blocks that hadn't seen the light of day for a very long time. 

I am really enjoying sewing and didn't really realized how much I was missing it. 

I was laying out my quilt blocks and realized that I was needing to complete three more blocks to make it 6 blocks across and 7 down. Next hurdle was to find the pattern. Have you ever done that? Put something away and then have to go hunting for the pattern in order to finish. It seemed to take forever but found it finally and had success in completing the three blocks needed. They go quite fast once you have them cut out and really are slick to make. You just have to make sure that you lay them out right before sewing together or you end up with a different pattern. I know this from experience!!

I really enjoyed making this block and could see making a smaller version as a baby quilt. The pattern is called 'Three in a Box' and was designed by Julie Herman at Jaybird Quilts. The size of the blocks are 12" square when they are sewn up.

I not only got the three blocks completed but was able to get four rows sewn. There isn't a lot that needs to be lined up so fairly easy and has a stunning result.

This is such a fun, colourful quilt. The material that I used has a bit of a texture to it and I love how it all is coming together. 

I've been waiting for a package to come from Sew Sisters. I joined their Batik Lover's Club where I will receive 4 half yards of material each month. I have been waiting patiently okay not so patiently for my package to come. I imagine that the package probably got hung up in Toronto because of the weather they have been having and many flights in and out were cancelled last week.

The other day we had a beautiful sunset. Can you see the mountains 'peaking' through? When I bought this place I didn't think that I had a mountain view so was pleasantly surprised that I can see them even if it is a far way off.

Hope you have a spectacular week! Keep warm, sew to your hearts content, and laugh for no reason!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year

I cannot believe how the time has flown by since my last post! Since then Christmas has come and gone, my children have come and gone, my time off work for the holidays has come and gone and new years has come and gone!! Oh my!
I haven't posted for a while since I haven't had too much to share.
I did finally finish my son's quilt and he was very pleased with his gift on Christmas Day! 
Over the holidays I did have a chance to sew a bit and boy did that ever feel good!!

 Just need a border for this little gem.

 And two more borders for this one
It was so much fun to have my kids home for the holidays. First time in 4, yes 4 years we have all been together for Christmas and what fun we had! Playing games, watching movies and documentaries, listening to Graham's favourite music (classical, no less), eating out at fancy restaurants and enjoying a coffee or two at Phil and Sabastian's. 
 It was just what this old mama's heart needed!! I always have a tough time saying goodbye but deep down inside I wouldn't want them to remain at home forever. 

So have any of you New Year resolutions? I don't usually verbalize mine but generally have things rattling around in my head. This year I plan to declutter my home and get rid of 'stuff' that has been hanging around way too long. I moved into my place 2 and bit years ago and just moved lock, stock and barrel without purging. Tough time in my life and not able to deal with things. Enough, I say it's time to tame the clutter!!
My resolutions for my quilting would include finishing some projects, maybe getting my stash down a bit and cut back on only buying the essentials. 
Already I've blown it by signing up for the block of the month with Sew Sisters to build up my Batik Stash.

In my personal life I plan to 'laugh for no reason' and will be looking for 'joy' in everything. 

Here's to a fabulous 2015!!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Escaping Town and a Quilt Top Finish

Last week the weather has been wretched!! It's been hovering around the - 17 C (1 F)  mark but with the winds it felt more like -22 C (-8F) or so. Trying to stay warm while walking to work has been a challenge. Thankfully we had a bit of a break as the weekend went on and I can report that it is currently a balmy -8 C (17).

Doesn't this picture just make you shiver a little?

Well, that's enough about the weather - not worth talking about.

I had a great weekend and I hope you did too!! 

My weekend started early as I took Friday off work and drove out to Vulcan to visit a friend. I am so fortunate that I have another dear friend who lives in High River which is on the way to Vulcan. So nice that she was free and we were able to have a good but quick visit. I truly have the best friends in the world!!

My friend Wendy got me started in quilting so it's always fun to visit and catch up on the latest projects. We both were working on place mats. I got the binding on one my modern place mats and half of another. Good progress!! 

You can find the post about making the place mats here.

Saturday found us making meat pies at another friend's house. Lots of work but enjoyed the company. Later on in the evening we started to sew again. Had a heck of a time trying to get the borders put on Graham's quilt. We measured, cut, pinned and then found out they were the wrong size. I'm not too sure what was wrong but it was not working well - probably too late and the old brain wasn't working well. Thankfully the next morning all went well and I was able to get the two borders sewn on before leaving for home.

Very happy with the results and that everything fit!!

I do hope that Graham likes his quilt.

Next step is to get some backing and get this quilt quilted up. I am planning to do it myself and have it finished in time for Christmas.

This is the view from my friend's place. You can actually see the mountains peeking through. What a lovely colourful sunset we saw.

Enjoy the coming week!!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Little Offcuts

My Dad was a printer by trade and whenever he cut paper he used to get little offcuts of paper and would often let us kids have them. I always looked forward to grabbing them and using them for all kinds of projects. It's amazing what we came up with using those little pieces of paper.

I was reminded of that today as I pulled out my little fabric offcuts and started playing with them. Wonder what they will turn out to be? Watch for another post to see . . .

Have a beautiful weekend!