Time to catch up for the month of Dec. It's always harder when everything I'm making is a gift and I can't show for fear of giving it away. I almost finished the Wish Quilt, it didn't get quilted in time and I wasn't about to stress about it. There's always next year!
I did finish this little Cheri Payne pattern. I had so much fun making the trees, I made a smaller 12" hanging to fit the frame stands, that one was given as a gift and then I had to make one for myself as well as the bigger version.
Close up of the applique.
I stitched a few ornaments for friends, gave these with a bag of cookies.
Went to the Christmas Vintage Market, Totally forgot what I came home with, Should have bought the Noel sign...now regretting I didn't.
Baked a lot of cookies, ginger snaps are my favourite.
Sweet little gift from my friend Linda.
Love my little wool table mat from my friend Gillian.
Hope your Christmas was filled with love, laughter, family and friends.
This isn't a secret project but one that I started a few years ago. I've brought out the Wish quilt AGAIN!. Maybe I can finally get it finished. This stitched block isn't officially part of the Wish quilt but it will be part of my version. The Wish Quilt is a free pattern from Red Brolly.
I made this into a 6" star block, I changed the stitchery in this block.
This little wallhanging is the first of two secret projects. I've given this to my Secret Sister, I should make a second one for me. Soon I can reveal the other project.
I love this time of year when the leaves change to fall colours and the pumpkins come out. Here is a little fall decorating around my house. The Boo blocks I bought at Folktales in Lynden, Wash. This shop is a must see if you are in the area.
The pumpkin and crow quilt is from Need'l Love book called Autumn Threads. It's on the front cover.
I made the witch a few years ago, it's from a pattern by Threads That Bind. A friend gave me the framed picture of the witches boots, she did the drawing. I love them both together.
The borders are added, quilted and ready for gift giving. It's a queen size quilt and will be a gift for my daughter, haven't decided if it will be Christmas gift or birthday. The free pattern is from Moda and they've included 3 sizes using pre-cuts. This was a very quick quilt to make and I'm happy with how it turned out.
The second little quilt in the Simple Whatnots club, I've sewed the flying geese on the sides, just not in this picture.
A little fall decorating, my favourite time of year. This is hanging just inside the front door.
This quilt went together very fast using a layercake. The pattern is free and called Moda Love. I'm going to add a small inner border and then a 4" outer border. My oldest daughter will love this quilt.
The Countryside Quilt Show was a big success. More people came to see the quilts than we ever imagined. Our little group of 27 members showed over 400 quilts of our work. There is a VIDEO if you want to see a portion of the show. The bed turning had a big turn out for each time slot we offered, You'll see the bed turning in the video.
Time for some fall decorating. I love this little wool wallhanging from my secret sister at Countryside Quilters. I might see how this looks on my old widow display.
I finished the first little quilt in the Simple Whatnots club by Kim Diehl. This one is called Hopscotch and also has a pieced version if you don't like applique. I signed up for the club at Little Quilts Shop, I like how they offered a starter kit up front and then get the patterns each month. This allows me to add a few fabrics from my stash and is budget friendly.
I can't believe how much canning I'm doing. Three of us are working together to get all this canning done. We've finished tomatoes, peaches, cherries, pickles, peach chutney, cucumber relish, salsa, pepper jelly and beets. The peach chutney and tomatoes are shown in this picture. The weather has been great and we are able to do most of the canning outside. One more day of canning and that's it, we are done for the year. Back to quilting soon.
If you are local, the quilt group I belong to Countryside Quilters is having it's first quilt show.
Sat, Sept 20th from 10am to 4pm.
Location Willoughby Reformed Church, 20525 - 72nd Ave, Langley BC
It looks like we will have over 400 quilts to show.
This quilt has been a flimsie for longer than I'd like to think about. It's Sept already and fall is just around the corner. I'm so happy to have this one quilted, bound and washed. I did free motion quilting and found the black on black the most difficult, it's not easy to see the black thread on black fabric.
I've finished a couple quilts which I forgot to post here, too busy posting on Instagram and neglecting my poor blog. This quilt is called Ruby from a BOM a couple years ago, all finished and washed, I think it looks fresh and pretty.
This is a gift for a birthday coming up soon. My vision was for it to give a beach or ocean feel, I love the soft blue tones in this quilt.
This antique grandmothers flower garden was made by my husband's great grandma Emma. She would have made this about the 1930's when she organized the quilting group in her home town. I love the red flowers scattered around.
I've been working on the Primitive Gatherings sew along. The wool applique center is the first part and the pieced border is the second part. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for this project.
Found this little antique quilt at the local Vintage Market. It's worn and tattered and has vintage buttons and lace sewn on by the person I bought it from. I love the pink fabric in this quilt.
You can find me on Instagram to see more pictures.
The local quilt shop where I work has a new name "Stitch and Bobbin" and a new owner "Stephanie". I'm beyond excited and I get to keep my job! This is so exciting, I'm looking forward to what changes are yet to come.
I finished this little quilt from the book Simply Fat Quarters. The blocks are very easy and the fabrics make a nice statement in the kitchen.
I've also been busy doing a bit of painting, I wish I took a before picture. The paint is called Cottage Paint and doesn't need sanding or any kind of prep before painting. This piece still needs a light coat of wax.
It seems blogging has been sporadic for me. I've been using Instagram much more lately, simply because it's EASY. There is also a button on my sidebar, so I'll see you here and over there!
The quilt I've been working on is from one of Kim Diehl's books (I love all her books), off hand I'm not sure which one this pattern is from. I love how Kim combines her fabric choices, hopefully I've accomplished something similar in this quilt. Cats and quilts just seem to go together, Boo is showing his approval.
I was undecided about the orange border but I think it's growing on me now. Just need to figure out how to quilt this one.
Not much to share this week. I finished this blue bird stitchery potholder. I wanted it to look almost vintage and I think it does kinda look from the 50's. I made it like a oven mitt where your hand can go inside. Probably won't use it right away, just use it for decoration for a little while. The embroidery was a free pattern I found on Pinterest and I made up the ovenmitt pattern.
Pulled these out and working on what I should do with them. I little quilt most likely. They are all trimmed and ready to go.
I've quilted the Pam Buda sew along quilt from last fall. Just working on the binding. These blocks are all HST's. So easy and fun.
I can't believe I got these blocks finished. I'm going to add a border to have it big enough for my queen bed. After all that work, I'm putting this on my bed. This was in the Feb 2014 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.
It's been a long time working on these blocks. I loved every minute, almost sad I won't be working on the bunnies, baskets, flowers and pretty things. It's the French General fabrics that really make this quilt. The borders still need to go on and then how to quilt this one. I've never hand quilted but looking at this quilt gives me the urge to start. Haven't made up my mind.
I'm making progress on the newest (to me) Bunnyhill BOM called Woodland Christmas. I've really been enjoying these blocks and doing the back basting method of applique. This is a BOM at the quilt shop where I work but not for long. The shop is going to close by the end of June. I'm so sad to loose such a wonderful local shop, we don't have many left in our area anymore. Visit this post to get a glimpse of Creative Edge in North Vancouver.
This block is missing a few details, raccoon needs his eyes, the tree farm sign stitched and the bears tail.
The little hedge hogs were a bit fiddly and so many windows to stitch. The doors are missing the knobs.
I'm so thrilled the group that has been working on this BOM with me still wants to meet after the shop closes. We'll have to switch between houses to make this happen. I really want to keep this group together, we've had so much fun together.
I participated in Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap recently. This is the pink and brown doll quilt I received from Mary G. She did a lovely big stitch quilting, I love how it looks and the pink and brown is one of my favourite combinations.
This is the doll quilt I sent Mary C., it was fun to participate in this swap. It wasn't the usual one on one swap but instead it was a surprise who I would be getting a quilt from. I love doing these swaps! Thanks Lori for organizing.