Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Quilt and Show

I've been working on this Kansas Troubles fabric quilt for the quilt shop sample. I picked this pattern simply because I've always wanted to try the ocean waves pattern and I thought this was the perfect fabric. With all those half square triangles on the bias, I would not recommend this pattern for a beginner. The border was something new for me as well, it was a new method I had never tried. Not sure I would do it again.

Other than working extra long days in the office (I won't go into the long boring details) I went to a quilt show in Victoria BC. I was meeting my aunt at the show and due to cell phone battery problems I couldn't reach her. It took us a while to finally meet up but all turned out well in the end. Here are a few pictures I took.

I especially love the displays they had set up with antique quilts, sewing machines and various sewing notions. It was very well done, I could have looked at these displays for hours.

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Thanks for dropping by, I hope you come back again soon. Happy Stitching to you.

Monday, March 23, 2009


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I'm really enjoying the Bunnyhill basket BOM done in redwork. When I first saw the applique version I was very excited and finished the first applique block in a couple of days. And then Darlene showed her version done in redwork, I was hooked...Thanks Darlene for sharing your version....I love stitching and redwork is so relaxing. The applique is not going to happen, I have one block that will be a pillow or something.

I hope you had a good National Quilting Day, I spent the day working but I'll make up for it soon.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Happy Everything

This week I received a surprise package in the mail. My daughter went out the front door and yelled "Mom you have a big box at the door". Woohoo for me? The box was from my dear friend Darlene, she called it a "Happy Everything" package....how fun is that. We've done a few block swaps and have become good friends. What a spoiled girl I am, there was a gorgeous hand made basket (this will become my stitching basket). There is marking pencil, glue pen, thimble charm, stitchery patterns and 2 wool projects for stitching. Oops...I just realized I didn't get a picture of the wooden block, it's say's "I love to Quilt". My daughter immediately found the prefect spot for it and I forgot grab it for the picture. We both had a big laugh with the cupcake pincushion. We had the same idea with the box and surprisingly we both used a different pattern for the cupcakes. Thank you Darlene, I love it all!!
A little better view with the Easter stitcheries and other happy stuff to fondle. The stitcheries are so darn cute with the basket of eggs and bunnies.
One of the wool projects is a pincushion and the other is a sewing case, they both have all the wool needed to make the project. My daughter saw the sewing case and loved it, she asked me to make it for her.....take your hands off....it's mine I told her.
A bit more progress on the redwork baskets, I still need to add the borders. This is a very small quilt. I'm not sure what I will do with it yet.
I went to a guild trunk show last night and Lauren was was the entertainment, she had some funny story's to tell. She brought a big selection of quilts from her 30 years of quilting. She has a couple of fun wonky house quilts. The fabric combination are not what I would think to put together. She has an incredible sense for putting brights and weird fabrics together. Thanks Lauren for a great show.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


My little redwork baskets are all stitched and ready to be sewn in to something. I've made a few blocks to go with the baskets. Next time you'll see the completed project. I've also been working on some blocks for a store sample, the 36 blocks are done and I've almost got them sewn into a top. I fell in love with the fabrics by Kansas Troubles and Jenny owner of Quilted Bear ordered some bolts for me, she even let me pick which bolts I wanted.

It took me a while to settle on what Lily will become. I was thinking about a stitching bag or a pillow maybe. Here she is all finished and ready to be hanging on a wall somewhere.

Have a good day and I hope you spend time playing with fabric.

Monday, March 9, 2009

This and That

I promised to show a couple of things I made at my retreat a week ago....has it been that long already. I don't know where the week has gone or what I did for a whole week. Anyway, I found these little cupcake boxes that holds one cupcake, it fits the cupcake pincushion I made at the retreat. I used this pattern to make my cupcakes, they look so sweet tucked in the little box.
I also made this cosmetic bag which I think will be a gift for my daughter. She'll love the bright and funky colours. I believe it's a Amy Butlter pattern and there are 3 sizes you can make.
I finished block 3 of Gail Pan's Christmas Wish BOM. The link to her site is in my side bar, she if offering these cute little wreath blocks each month for free. I love how they are turning out.
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And a sneak peek at something I started last week. I won't tell you what I'm making just yet...teehee.

We have more snow today, I thought spring was just around the corner (and so did the crocus's that were popping up) because we had so much sun last week and then surprise more snow, at least 3 or 4 inches so far. I'm hoping for spring to come soon.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Watermelon Friends

I'm still pooped after my retreat weekend, trying to get caught up with a few things around the house. The treat was incredible, being at a fancy hotel is so worth the extra cost. The Harrison Hot Springs Resort has natural hot springs and the hotel sit on a gorgeous lake with snow capped mountains all around, such beautiful surroundings. It's the only hotel I've seen people walking through the lobby in robes all hours of the day. The hotel supplies robes and the guests walk outside for a warm dip, we went every night before bed and sometimes we even went back and did more sewing after our dip in the hot water. The day before we arrived there was a big snowfall, I was a little worried we wouldn't get to go with all the snow but the next day the roads were clear and dry. It was a fun and relaxing.

Here is my finish for the weekend, I had some of the blocks done ahead of time but still needed to make about 35 more at the retreat. I'm so happy with how it turned out. I also managed to sqeeze in a couple of small projects, a toiletry bag and cupcake pincushions which I'll have to show another day since I didn't take pictures of these yet. I brought along another quilt to work on but that didn't even come out of the bag. Oh well...it will remain a UFO for a little longer.