Thursday, August 28, 2008


I'm working away on the handquilting of a lapsize quilt - I'm getting close to finishing. I'm quite excited about it - it is by far the largest project that I have handquilted.

The 3 pictures here are the other projects I have quilted by hand. The first one was for a fabric challenge with my quilting guild. The paisley fabric was the challenge fabric. I designed this little wallhanging and used it as the background fabric. Technically it is a UFO as it sits in the pile waiting for... a hanging sleeve :)

This second one is a table topper I made as a project with my guild.

This last one hangs in my kitchen. I love the scalloped borders. I want to put a scalloped border on a big quilt someday. I don't think any quilting is visable in any of these pictures - I need to experiment a bit with lighting when taking pictures for this blog.

Have a great long weekend!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

baby quilts

I was away this past week. I took my kids to visit my parents in Kelowna BC. I didn't get much sewing done so I thought I'd post pictures of my first 3 crib quilts.

This first one is my very first quilt. I made it 9 years ago with cardboard templates and I cut the triangles out with scissors. I machine quilted it without a walking foot and the fabric content is questionable. However, I was hooked and have been quilting ever since.

I had a bit more experience when I made this quilt. You might think that I have a family of boys from looking at these quilts but these first 2 quilts are for my first 2 daughters. I never wanted to find out the gender of my babies until they were born - but I did want the crib quilt to be ready.

This quilt I made after my son was born. I had been saving the Noah's ark fabric for awhile and fussy cut the star centres. The animals don't show well in this picture so I've included a close up of one of the blocks.

Crib quilt #4 for my youngest daughter is in my second post so I won't put that picture in again. All
along my DH wanted to know the gender of the babies and so with pregancy #4 he got to have his way :) and I got to make a pretty pink crib quilt at last. And yeah - I mean last!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

fast finish

I finished the kit that I bought on Tuesday. The instant gratification of this little project makes me want to make more cute little things. I'm happy with how it turned out, however, my bird is looking the wrong way. Instead of fusing the bird I needle turn appliqued it and forgot to reverse the pattern peice - opps :)
I think maybe I'll make somthing a similar size with a pumpkin on it for fall. I'm sure Terry Morberg of will come up with another lovely little pattern to make.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

4 year old ideas

So I dropped off my 2 oldest at daycamp today and I asked my 4 year old son what should we do and he suggests... "Let's go to the quilting store" what a great idea!! What a little sweetheart. (he likes going because they have good toys)

Well I found the perfect snowman fabric for a winter project. (not that I'm thinking about winter or anything) I can't get a picture to show the cute little faces on the snowmen - but its perfect. Its from Andover Fabrics.

A cute little summer kit hopped into my arms too (and I never buy kits) - from Applepatch designs. Terry Morberg makes such great patterns. I'll have to whip it up quick 'cause summer won't last much longer.

The other picture is of a UFO I pulled out to work on this weekend. There were 12 blocks initially but it just wasn't what I wanted. I did the applique this spring and put it in instead of 3 of the blocks. It still needs a border. The applique in progress is in my blog header. I was working on it at a lake overlooking the mountains and couldn't resist taking a picture to remember a lovely quiet evening of stitching. My DH was out fishing with the kids.
I just can't get these pictures to go where I want them - arg!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

still learning

Now that I got my first post together I want to figure out how to link to other blogs. I thought I'd post a picture of another table topper I made recently - for Christmas. The free pattern is from Marcie's wonderful blog.

The other picture is of my lastest finish - a crib quilt for my youngest little darling. I haven't finished anything else since then because I am hand quilting a lapsized quilt and its slow going.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

1st Post

I have to confess I have been enjoying other people's quilting blogs for a long long time. So now, even though I really don't have time for it, I think I'm going to start one too. So welcome to my first post!

I think it may take me awhile to figure it all out. I'm going to try to put in a picture - I'll start with this small table topper I made for my Mom recently. The pattern is from the Fall/Winter 2007 issue of Quilt Sampler.