I can’t believe it!

I can’t believe that January is almost over! Where did this month

go? While I am wondering where January went, here are some

of my completed customers’ quilts.


Cathy made this quilt for her son. Wow! I hope he likes it;  if he

doesn’t, I will take it.


A flannel moose

This whole quilt is flannel. It is going to be really

warm and snuggly.

And I love the moose, how Canadian is that?


The border print is so much fun as well and fits the

theme of the quilt perfectly.


Here are what some of the other blocks look like. Because

of Canada’s 150th birthday this year, I am already

seeing lots of Canadiana quilts coming in.


The backing of the quilt, flannel, of course.  Cathy

chose “Maple Leaves” for the overall design for this

quilt. And a dark brown polyester thread was chosen for

the top and the backing.


My color choices for the BOM.

I decided to join a BOM, over at Quilt Art Designs. Janeen

is designing paper piecing patterns depicting baby animals.

One look at her site made me fall in love with her patterns and

my daughter has already told me that she wants the completed


The colors above are the fabrics I chose for the 1st block.


My new labelling system

I had a brain storm and came up with the idea of putting

all my fabrics in  ziploc bags. I numbered the bags so I

would be able to pick which color I needed quickly.

So far, it has worked like a charm and I can put

all the fabrics away, by color, pretty quickly as well.


Here you can see that the grey is in bag # 10.


When the pieces are all sewn together, I usually trim

off the excess fabric and place them in a larger bag

for all the completed pieces.


When all the pieces are completed, I can start sewing

it altogether. I love paper piecing because it reminds me

of doing puzzles, only with fabric. While I am sewing

all the pieces together, I can’t wait to see what the

finished product will look like.


Here is block # 1- a Koala Bear. He is sleeping in the branches

in a tree somewhere. I think he is really cute.


I can’t believe that I also managed to quilt one of my own

quilts!! Yeah!! There was a twinge of guilt while I was

quilting but I got over it quickly.


The idea for this wallhanging came from a picture I

found on the Internet. I know there is alot of concern

about copyright but I am not going to sell the  pattern

I made, nor the finished product, so I think I am ok.

I love the colors and the lines in this piece.


Some of the fabrics in this wallhanging were painted by

moi. It was so much fun that I think I have to do it again.


More close up of the quilting on the wallhanging. I

used a glue stick to fold down the edges of the roofs.

When I was quilting it, I didn’t like the thickness  of

the roof fabrics so I will not be using glue next time.

It did gum up my needle a little as well so that won’t

be happening again.

Have a great week and check out

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A Rough Day

This past week has been one of those weeks;  whatever can go wrong,

has gone wrong. To summarize, my rocker switch finally died 2

weeks ago and instead of ordering the part when I noticed it, I thought

that I would wait. Not quite sure for what but anyhow, I did. The

switch arrived fairly quickly but still I lost several days of

quilting. At this time of the year, that is not good.

And last night, our dishwasher finally decided to spill its guts

all over the basement floor. Yup!! That did not make me a

happy camper.  All is well now so on to better and more

exciting things, like quilts.


Mary Ellen sent me this quilt, way back in May or April. She wanted

alot of curved cross hatching. I really love it when a customer tells me

exactly what they want; then I don’t have to fret about whether or not

they will like what I choose to quilt on their quilt.


On the Dresden Plate petals, Mary Ellen wanted the infinity symbol, kind

of like a large number 8.  And feathers in the outer border area. I love

feathers, so this was not a problem.


Lots of curved cross hatching. That can be a nightmare when only using

rulers to stitch them in. I have done them before so it does get easier.


I used a white cotton thread for the top and the backing. It is really

thick in comparison to using polyester thread. I quilted in straight

lines on the red outer border so that it helped the border stand out

a little more as well.


The backing was white, sorry about the lighting. The quilting really

stands out on a solid backing.


I can’t remember who made this quilt but the owner decided

that straight lines would add some more dimension to it and I



Polyester thread was used for top and the backing. I really love

straight line stitching right now .

Carol made this quilt for a charity draw.

It is amazing how much a Log Cabin

can change in relation to how the blocks are laid out.


Carol’s Quilt

Again, straight lines were chosen, even though this is a very

traditional block and quilt.


Cream was the choice of thread color  and it works well with

all the different colors in the quilt top itself.


Here  is a close up of the block and the quilting on it. Again, the

quilting brings the blocks to life and adds so much dimension and



The backing

I love the straight lines and the backing looks so different from the



A close up of the backing for you.


Dorothy’s quilt?

Again, I am unsure of the owner of this quilt. It has been

several months since I completed this one.


Flirtatous is the name of the panto used for the quilting.

And a light tan polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.


The backing looks like wood; really cool, if you ask me.


A close up of the backing; I’m wondering  if this is cotton

or flannel.


Have a great week and I hope your week is better than mine.

TinkerBell and pets..

What does TinkerBell and pets have in common?

Not much but in this post, they are two quilts that I have recently

finished for customers.


Nicole  finished this quilt for someone she knows who

loves pets and is also getting married. Isn’t this just the greatest

quilt for the newlyweds?


Nicole wanted a panto or all over design for the quilt but didn’t

want any stitching on the lettering.  So, I placed tape on the back

of my table so that I wouldn’t quilt over the lettering. Then, I proceeded

to quilt along as usual.   When I had quilted up to the tape, I moved

to the front of the machine and filled in the area as best as I could.

Then I proceeded to the other side of the lettering and kept going.

I matched thread color to the color of the quilt top. There are only

3 color so it didn’t take that much time to change threads.


The backing

The backing was made up of a brown color.  You can see some of the

lettering from the front showing up on the back.

Next up is TinkerBell. How can you not love this quilt too?


This darling was made for a special little lady too, by Bernice.

It is interesting to note that the panel is made up of cotton and

the borders are flannel.  I thought that it might stretch like crazy

but it was fine.

Flirtatous was the panto that we used and we used a light blue thread on the top.

I thought that it would detract from the top but it blended in well.


TinkerBell’s borders

These borders really add a blast of fun to the whole quilt top.


The backing was a hot pink and I used a hot pink polyester thread

for the backing as well.


The backing

The stitching shows up well on the back too.

Have a great week.

Block 1 is completed.

Hi there,
The first block, of 16, is now completed. My goal is to complete one block per week. I am being unrealistic, I think, but one can dream. Light green and pink were used instead of the tradtional dark green and red.  Wanting to use the fabric in my stash was the reason for this color choice.  It looks kind of like “Spring” to me.

Block 1 completed

Block 1 completed

I also managed to complete a quilt for a customer. She wanted an allover meandering leaf pattern on the top. I love scrappy quilts so the pattern fits perfectly.

Customer's Quilt

Customer’s Quilt

Besides that, I managed to finish 3 flannel-fleece twin size quilts for the group heading up north, to an Indian Reserve.  Warm, cozy and flannel quilts would be a great gift for someone living in such  a cold climate.

Until next time,