Friday, December 30, 2011

Getting close to the New Year

Well just got back from out of town needed some backing fabric for the red and white quilt, fusible web to cut into strips to fuse batting pieces together, and I bought myself a sewing machine tote with wheels have wanted one in awhile and they were half price will try it a out for the spring retreat. The last block for the CW Anniversary quilt will be released tomorrow so I should get both quilt tops put together then to decide on the borders I have some ideas, will post pics when I get them done.
I'm in a group
and they are having a New Years Day quilt marathon so I'm ready should be a productive day we did it last year so we want to beat last years minutes, there is quite a few joining in when ever they can.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

13th finish

This is the quilt tops I started at the fall retreat 2 tops with 1 jellyroll and yardage not fond of the big blocks but needed to get these done, decided to make it reversible, thinking of just having it out and if any company comments on it well Merry Christmas and out the door it will go.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

OMG it's been awhile

Been awhile from my last post well the count down to Christmas. Made some butter tarts this morning shortbread done yesterday, gifts bought and sent, only Randy??? Need to make poppycock yet but the stores here have ran out of unsalted peanuts will try again on mon. guess everyone is baking.
Going to be a quiet Christmas, nobody coming home this year, might just roast a chicken.
On the sewing front I went to pickup Dec. bom and they had the next 2 months ready so got them and they are completed, the big blocks that I started at the retreat are now assembled and loaded on the frame, this one will be reversible(called Serendipity from the Missouri quilt co. 2 quilts with 1 jellyroll and yardage) not to crazy about them but they are done, will just meander this and get it over with. Ordered a fat quarter bundle of Barbra Brackman's new line called 1862 Battle Hymn, yummy don't know what I'm going to do with it yet-- sure I'll think of something.
Civil War Anniversary BOW quilts almost done need to make todays release then 2 more, borders to think about yet, have the backing for both quilt tops.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Red and White Monkey Wrench top

Just finished this quick and easy quilt top in red and white will be a great one to hang in July for Canada Day seeing our colours are red and white. I finished the latest released blocks for the CW Anniversary quilts, and seeing there were 7 I got to attach another row to the tops only 7 more blocks to go and I will have 2 quilts, because I'm doing a scrappy and a blue & brown, still waiting for fabric for the blue and brown it's coming from Australia for the sashing, don't know what I'm going to do for borders yet, maybe mitered corners for the blue and brown using up the left over fabric from the fussy cut sashing fabric, still have lots of time yet.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rememberance Day

Got the best birthday present this morning a phone call from Shawn he is in the Navy and on a NATO tour I'm so proud of him and his shipmates, give thanks to all the fallen soldiers that have made the sacrifice.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

First snow

Well we got some snow over night not much but too soon for me, yesterday I started cutting fabric I've had for awhile and decided to do a quilt that is an easy one all the same block just swapping light and dark using the monkey wrench block and using reds and cream to beige. I wish the quilt fairy would come at night and do the cutting for me think this is my least favorite part of quilting. Today seemed to go by so fast so no sewing, or cutting think I'm about half way.
There is a dead line for sending parcels to Shawn's ship next tuesday and I wanted to make Poppycock for him, done now I need to get to his mil's and pickup her goodies and get it mailed tomorrow so it gets to the Island. Might get to sew some tomorrow hopefully it doesn't snow overnight
The pic is from my backyard looks like a black and white photo but I never changed it to that this is what I took off the camera.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Playing with new BOM

Got caught up with the Wildflower Rapsody bom next one not til end of month, also got the latest release of the CW quilt

Thursday, October 27, 2011

11th finish my screwed up Jellyroll and snow on the moutain

Finished this jellyroll quilt I messed up at the retreat somehow I cut it wrong so Jan suggested sashing and I found this fabric in my stash when I got home it's together and no border for this one just meandered, added binding had just enough so it's complete. The next project from the retreat is an idea from the Missouri Quilt Co. you get 2 quilt tops out of a jellyroll and charm pack got one part done at the retreat need to work on the second think this one will be reversible.
What a beauty of a day sun shinning got the pump out of the pond, and when the clouds started to lift I saw the fresh snow, hope it stays up there for awhile

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Civil War Chronicals complete

Just finished the binding and washed -- this is #10

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Found sashing fabric for CW quilt

Been looking for this fabric and seeing it's an older collection is hard to find well looks like I found some in Australia, thought I would have to leave some blocks out of the blue and brown quilt, need the fabric for the sashing.
Got the backing made up for the top that at the retreat cut something wrong as the blocks were not square maybe too much visiting and not concentrating, was going to scrap them when Jan said put sashing between them so when I got home I found fabric in my stash that worked. It's all loaded on the frame ready to be quilted.
Got CW Chronicles back from longarmer today so now for binding.
This morning I finished the rag quilt I started at the retreat had to go back to quilt store out of town as I need more flannel for the backing squares.
Bought some plain beige material for another quilt I started at retreat it's going on point and the left overs are going into the backing so it will be reversible.
These last 3 quilt tops are not what I usually make but I thought I would step out of my box and try big blocks well it's not me I like sampler quilts. But I have to get them done or they will be put on the shelf and never completed.
Can't start anything new til these are done, Jan the lady who owns the quilt store and hosts the retreat has a BOM called Wildflower Rapsody and of course I had to sign up, so that's another project to work on over the winter.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Gardom Lake

Here is a pic of the lake at the retreat no pics of projects yet been busy

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Back from retreat

Another awesome time with some really nice ladies, think I visited more this time around was my 4th time and there are regular ladies that come so I guess I felt more relaxed. This time my projects were pre-cuts ---charms, jellyrolls The one jellyroll project I really screwed it up, my cutting was way off then when I squared the blocks up they never matched so ended up adding sashing I can live with it, Had 2 Antique Fair charm packs and it ended up wallhanging size. Almost got the rag quilt completed need more fabric backing material. Then another jellyroll and charm pack combined need more fabric to add sashing.
Jan who hosts the retreat and owns the Quilt store has a BOM so I decided to do it. I guess in all I did get alot done. When I get around to taking some pics I will post.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gardom Lake here I come--Retreat time

Tomorrow I'll be leaving for the retreat yahoo, I'm packed just not loaded into the car can do that in the am, made a batch of blueberry and a batch of cranberry nut scones for a snack. Need to stop at the quilt store for a 12" ruler and some flannel for the rag quilt(back) and some plain white cotton, I know Jan will have fabric there she brings bolts from her store and alot of other quilty things. :) Fall is really setting in my burning bush is so vibrant, love the fall colours will post when I get back.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Nine Patch Delight finished

What a beautiful day today sun shinning it will be cool tonight probably frost, that's ok love the sun.
Made the latest released CWAnniversary block what a dandy, lots of Y-seams if I hadn't already cut the templates for the second block I would have appliqued it.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Got a finish today

Nine Patch Delight is in the wash and it's a biggie 88x107 and flannel backing so that much more heavier wasn't planning on flannel. Randy was waiting in the truck and I spotted some wide fabric told the lady how much and went hunting for this line of fabric I need for my next project can't let the man wait! I didn't realize the wide fabric was flannel til I loaded it on the frame first time I ever used flannel for a backing might use it more, was cheaper than cotton.
This quilt is #8 finish for this year. My friend came over yesterday and her one brother passed away and her other brother was in an ATV accident so I sent her home with a "Hug" quilt so one quilt leaves and another replaces.
Checked my complete list and I haven't had a finish since Aug. usually don't sew that much in the summer too much to do outside
Tomorrow I think I will clean my sewing machine get some projects organized and make a list of things to bring to retreat next thurs. don't think I will be sewing til then.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Doing the Happy Dance

Yahoo just confirmed I'm going to the Gardom Lake retreat, thanks to all that crossed their fingers for me. Now to organize what I'm bringing, 9 more sleeps

Monday, October 3, 2011

Might be doing the happy dance

I don't know if I posted that I missed out on the retreat that I usually go to Oct 13-16 phoned to late they were booked, well today hubby had a test to be done at the hospital out of town and I'm starting a new project with a Jellyroll and yardage and needed the yardage and when I was in the quilt store Kathy one of the ladies that hosts the retreat said there might be a chance of me going as a couple ladies might bow out so anybody that reads this keep your fingers crossed.
This white cat has been hanging around she is friendly to me but my dog and cat don't care for her this mama deer also checked her out to cute

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Order #11

This is the latest release for the CW Anniversary block applique (not my favorite) but it's done not the greatest but I can live with it.
When I was attaching the sashing on the blue and brown I thought I had just enough even had to piece some sashing together and was looking at the strips left and counted and I'm short 6 strips and I've surfed the net looking for more and nothing so the blue and brown might end up 7x7 instead of 7x8 blocks. The fabric I'm looking for is an old collection called Vicksburg by Marcus Brothers The scrappy one will have all the blocks.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Beauty is the name of the 3rd block I've made for the Pony Club quilt, it's a beauty alright, there were so many Y-seams, this quilt has alot of Y-seam blocks now I figure I will be a pro at this or I will be bald and vow to never make another block with a Y-seam. To top this off my block ended up 8" instead of 8.5" so I added a strip around block to make up the difference. My quilt, my block!
I'm just using my stash for this quilt so no need to buy.
The latest release of the Civil War Anniversary block was released this morning and the block is applique and was a block I made in my Dear Jane quilt, I've cut out the pieces and will start hand stitching this afternoon. The weather is cool and raining so good day to sit in my chair and sew.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Farmer's Wife Pony Club

Finally received my book made 2 blocks there are 90-- 8" finished blocks

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What's happing?

We have had a bear hanging around he got the plastic garbage can that was in the shop full of squirrel food, don't know were he left the can no trace anywhere.He also got the neighbours garbage, so that's why he has been hanging around When Sadie is barking like crazy it usually means the bear is around.

The bear has been back he was in the carport and he is a good size.

Got to talk to Shawn (son) this morning he is on deployment on the waters off of Lybia, they are on shore for a few days near Greece. He sounded good and was nice to hear his voice.

I'm ticked was making the latest block of the CWAnniversary (blue&brown one) and was attaching another row and sashing and thinking there is 2 more rows left look at my sashing and dosen't look like enough to me but in my mind I had just enough when I was cutting even had to piece a couple of the sashing strips so I count and sure enough I'm short 6 I've been surfing the net looking for more fabric and nothing, so I guess my top will be 7 X 7 blocks instead of 7 X 8. The scrappy one will have all the released blocks.

Think Randy has to go to camp for a couple of days so I should have my own mini retreat starting tomorrowDon't know what to play with, need backing for the 9-patch delight top, so that's a no go.

My Pony Club book has still not arrived was sent 3 weeks ago today slow mail Sure I will come up with something I did print out the BunnyHill BOM which I think is going to be the last one she is not having one next year, there is applique do I need a challenge Time will tell.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Civil War Journals

Found a pic of the 3rd quilt in the series 0f 5 being released in 2012 as a BOM this one is called Civil War Journals focuses on the civil war children's point of view, this one is not as big as the other two-- 84" x 102" I found a quilt store that you can buy the kit as I don't care for the BOM's cause I don't like waiting for the next block and I figured it was cheaper to buy the kit then pay a monthly fee per block + shipping.

Confederate Rose 2nd version

I decided to do the version that Barbra said was in Blockbase well it looks like a different block so I'm keeping it for one of the 4 extra blocks needed for this quilt, I also made a Dresdan plate, thinking of a signature block for the last one so I can add some info.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Confederate Rose

Caught up with the latest release of the CW Anniversary quilt, another Y-seam block yuk, but I did it. That's it for sewing I was to late to sign up for the fall quilt retreat that I usually go to was full already and it dosen't start til Oct. 13th. To bad I so enjoy them.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wow it's September already

Where has the time gone, been buzy outside seeing the weather has been awesome so not much in the sewing dept. I did get caught up with the latest CE Anniversary blocks this morningI must show a pic of my cactus that has been sitting in a south facing window for years and it bloomed only lasted for 4 days then withered

Kaslo Hotel remodeled went for a nice lunch out on the patio.
Randy with the lake in the background what we saw while on the patio


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

MIA been awhile

Where has the summer gone, Autumn has gone home that was the fastest month holiday, we had so much fun even though the weather wasn't the nicest, we are now getting nice hot weather, canned yellow beans think the next picking can go to the neighbors, cucumbers not doing to great because of the weather things might change seeing it's getting hotter. I bought some small cukes and made a gallon jar of refrigerator bread and butter pickles.
My niece had her baby so I need a quick quilt to I bought 2 baby panels (couldn't decide on which one) quilted them up and just attached the binding this am. Also got caught up with the CWAnniversary blocks.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Autumn with her apron

Here is Autumn with her apron that she made all be herself from cutting out the pattern to sewing the binding etc.

Been busy

Autumn granddaught has been here for over 2 weeks now so been busy with her, did get the last 4 blocks for the CWAnniversary blocks caught-up and we made an apron each she was so proud of herself.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Eventide is complete

Eventide is my 5th finish for this year and it's going to Randy's aunt as a housewarming gift, she is moving from her large house to a condo.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Halfway on the Civil War Anniversary quilt

It's been awhile, I did get to play in my sewing room and got both CWA quilt tops caught-up with sashing and cornerstones I found a pic that says to me "civil war" so I printed them on fabric thinking I will do all 4 corners with it, as for the blue and brown don't have a clue what I'm going to do for the 4 extra blocks. Using fabric from my stash for the both.
Randy might be going to camp tomorrow til Thurs this means no interuptions Yahoo.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

CW Tribute

4th finish CW Tribute 1st in the series of 5 the second one is at the longarmer told her no rush this one was 112 x 108 huge and heavy, also finish the latest release of the CW Anniversary quilt #23 Illinoise Roads was a quick one it took longer to decide on fabric than it was to do them

Monday, May 30, 2011

# 22 Blockade

Caught up again. Going to Vancouver tomorrow with Shawn and Deanne sister not doing well again will take the bus back yuk. Other than the 2 blocks I haven't been sewing much did get the backing for 2 quilt tops done Eventide is loaded and ready for me to quilt it just not into it right now. That will pass I'm sure just need to see my sister.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


#21 block never loaded so here it is

# 21 Underground Railway

Just finished the latest release, on another quilt group quiltingaroundth­eworld.­com should check it out, made a mystery wallhanging, finally got the top done, next I need to piece backing fabric for Eventide top and get the CW Chronicals backing pieced too, and now I have another top(mystery) to make backing for, how does this happen?????

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

# 20 New England

Finished the last released CWAnniversary blocks, also started to attach some sashing and cornerstones need to decide what I'm going to do for the 4 extra blocks which I'll need for this top ---4 different or 4 the same???

Monday, May 9, 2011

18 Union Square & 19 Missouri Star

Randy away overnight so figured I'd get some extra sewing done, took Sadie for a walk early so she wouldn't bug me and who comes into my sewing room is Sadie doing the something is in the yard that's not suppost to be there action so out I go to see whats up she is barking at the park and snorting around the pond so I do a walkabout in the park I see nothing thought maybe a bear came through, she is sniffing around the pond and I don't see anything so I sat on the deck to see if she would calm down when I see a splash in the pond go look and there is a muskrat swimming around I scouped him up with the fish net and took him down to the river he swam down river a bit then climbed on shore hope he doesn't come back, do they eat fish cause if so my fish might be gone will look later.
I did get the last 2 blocks for the CWAnniversary done but it's such a nice day my 1 day quilt retreat is going to be short want to clean the flowerbed behind the pond.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

9-Patch Delight

Haven't posted in a bit been busy playing outside got the grass thatched and on Mon. got the fertilizer put on, expanded the flowerbed off the deck. Cleaned up some of the other flowerbeds too. Well today is a cloudy and drizzling rain so was a good day to play in my sewing room, got this 9-Patch Delight quilt top completed. So now I have 2 quilts to quilt, the only other project I want to do is make a wallhanging out of the Quilting Diva fabric.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

# 17 Comfort Quilt

Caught up with Civil War top, been playing with a quilt called 9-Patch Delight got the centre together and now 2 sides of the border need pieced and attached think I need 26 more 9-patch blocks left to make for the top and bottom borders, I cut this down and it still is going to be big hope it will fit my frame. I try to make tops that I can quilt as it gets so expensive to get them done professionally Cinder the cat was trying to help me lay out the blocks ya right

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Quilting Diva

Got my Diva fabric today want to fussy cut and then frame them with strips of bright fabric, just love her.
Yesterday I started a new project called 9 Patch Delight I have 20 lg 9-patches done 3 lg. alternating blocks finished and 3 more cut and ready to piece need 12 of these, then lots of 5" 9-patches for the border.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

# 16 White House

Finished the newest release called White House had to do a bit of fussy cutting for this one.
Got Eventide loaded on the frame need to find some backing fabric for it.
Woke up to snow this morning the wert stuff hope this will make the other snow melt faster.