Sunday, August 18, 2013

My Version of Square Dance

I've been wanting to make this quilt for a while 
and what better time to start it when one is blue and out of sorts.

Kids are back in their respective places, 
an anniversary has come and gone.
A time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.

I forgot how satisfying it is to cut up fabric into little pieces
and sew them back together into a pattern.

Don't you just love 9 patches?

 Bought this fabric this summer and I love it.

So crisp and clean looking.

When I look back to when I first started quilting my seam intersections have gotten better.

I think it helps when you are careful with your 
cutting, ironing and sewing.
Every step of the process is important.
Of course it helps to chill out with some great music!!
Here are some unexpected off cuts . . . 
 mmm . . . what to do with these??
The beginnings of a quilt.

I thought I should get organized so off to IKEA I went.
I purchased this set of drawers to house desk type stuff.

I was surprised as to how heavy this was (60 lbs).  

Phew . .  3 flights of stairs I must have burnt a few calories don't ya think?

I felt like I had accomplished a great deal in putting this together  . . . 
 . . . drawers actually open and work great!

I also finished reading a book that I picked up from the library.

I enjoy reading James Patterson books.
Good old fashioned who done it without being scarey.

I think I hear the ice cream treats calling my name . . . 

I hope you enjoyed your weekend 
and trust that you have a wonderful week 
(even if it involves going to work)!!


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Hexagons Revisited

I forgot how incredibly relaxing and rewarding working on my hexagons could be.

I've had a little bit of time this weekend to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air while dreaming, reading and working on my hexagons.

 As you can see I have it really good; 
iced coffee and the perfect bag to hold all of my supplies 
made by Jenn at Glinda Quilts.  
If you haven't visited her blog, take a peek around.

 I'm trying to be real random in sewing them together.

I have one row together and a good start on the second.

It's starting to look good.  The blank spots will have a neutral background with embroidery in the center.  Looking forward to getting all of my supplies out to pick out colours.  I haven't embroidered for a while - well actually a few years now.  

I used to be a hard core crossstitcher in my former life!!

It has been busy around here with kids home and two weddings.
Lovin' it though!

I even talked my son into mowing the lawn for me . . . it took all of 5 minutes!!

I am so blessed to have two very wonderful kids 
and I miss them when they aren't around!!
 . . . but am so grateful that they have grown into very independent 
and incredible members of society.

Who could ask for more?

Thought I'd finish with a couple of flower pictures from my summer.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Finally a Friday Finish

It's nice to be able to report a quilting finish . . .

It is very colourful and bold but 'happy'.
I chose to do a scrappy binding - kind of ties everything together.

The size is:  87" x 99"

Pattern is from Quilts and more - Spring 2009 edition.

This is the biggest quilt that I have done from start to finish.

Hope you all have a great weekend!  I know I will with both of my grown children home,
two weddings and three days off work.