Friday, January 24, 2014

Tessellating Crosses

Last weekend was spent at a lodge outside of Caresland
with a group of sewing friends our annual January quilting retreat.

I think this has been my fourth year in a row that I have been able to go.

It's a lodge that is right on the Bow River and is in an idyllic setting.

The sad thing is that the current owners are not 
continuing with the running of the lodge themselves 
so it looks like this will be the last year.

There are other events planned with the some of the same group 
so that's good news.

Just last night I finished the center of my tessellating crosses quilt
that was started at the retreat.

I'm thinking of framing it with a very thin red, a wider cream 
and then perhaps a darker brown border.

I'm very happy with the fabric that I chose for this pattern as I think it suits it well.

What's not to love with a pink and brown combination?

Almost like a valentine theme?
mmm . . . crosses remind me of the ultimate sacrifice of love.

At this point in time, I'm not sure who it will be for.
I am trying to get a few lap size quilts done up this year.
I think they are just right size if you need a gift 
for someone going through a tough time 
or just nice to have on hand.  

We'll just have to see where this takes me. 

From my window tonight I can see this beautiful sunset.

Beautiful mountains peaking through.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Motivation . . .

. . . to clean my sewing room!!

Just came back from a quilting retreat 
and before putting everything away it looked like it was time 
to straighten up and reorganize.

It really wasn't this bad until I started pulling all my fabric out to organize.

And here is the finished . . .

I've decided that I need to go on a fabric diet.
I found fabric I forgot that I had and my mind was swirling 
with projects or ideas to use it up.

Wonder how long my fabric diet will last?

In a few days I'll show you what I worked on at the retreat.

'Til later . . .


Sunday, January 12, 2014

What Could be Better . . .

. . . than to spend your day with one of your kids?

Yesterday Elyse and I spent the day at the Farmer's Market.
So fun to look at all of the beautiful fruits and veggies for sale.
Not to mention the yummy lunch!!

On our way to the Market, we happened to drive right by the Quilt shop.

Imagine that??!!
So of course we had to pop in there
 to see what was new and what was on sale.
I think what I liked the most was to see fabric through my daughter's eyes.

Well, needless to say we came home with some awesome fabric.

She's a very creative one herself who takes beautiful photos and loves to write
so it was fitting that this one was made for her.

I think she even has a typewriter in her belongings 
like one of the ones pictured above.
She needed pillowcases to go with her quilt that I had made her last year.

In fact you can check out her latest posting of 
gorgeous photography and musings of an Afternoon in the UK.

Hope you have had a good weekend and that your week is spectacular!!



Saturday, January 4, 2014


Remember when we went from 1999 to 2000 . . .
 . . . well, I can't believe that it is now 2014!!

Wow!! Where did the time go??

Last year I did a blessing jar 
but this year I was given 
this gorgeous Calendar / Diary from my daughter.
I'm don't journal much so have decided 
that I am going to write down a quote a day that resonates with me.
Some will be serious and some not.

The quote I chose for Jan 1 was this:

"Leave the broken, irreversible past in God's hands,
and step out into the invincible future with Him."
- - Oswald Chambers

So I am moving forward!!

The last couple of days, I have had a chance to play with some fabric.
I'm not going to lie, it felt really good.

Top completed!

I'm calling it my 'Mod Sunburst'.