Sunday, March 31, 2013

3 tops done in one retreat!!

above is some of the projects I had brought with me
We stayed in that house seven of us with lots of room on Pigeon Lake, there is a snow angel there by the tree, I had to make one..
That pile of the first picture became this a UFO completed. This is a block swap I was in I think it was 2010 on Quilt with us these are the blocks I got back so then I had to think of what fabric to put with them and how to lay them out. so this is number one Tadaaaaa
Number 2 treat myself for finishing a UFO I brought a kit I had purchased from Fon`s and Porter. It was interesting when I first opened it cause the pinwheel fabric is printed…it is a panel. I had to fussy cut so I did and pieced and on the bewitching hour, I got the top done. I have not put the boarders on as yet I have enough extra fabric to add another row I would like it a little bigger. I am hoping to squeeze 2 rows out of the fabric. This is made all with Jo Morton fabrics.
Then I pieced together a quillow for a friend that had been promised 2 years ago…I forgot to take a picture of the quilt inside but did got the finished quillow pieced.
Then I came home and had brought this quilt with me to do but didn`t get it done. Sunday I got it all together made a major booo booo had to rip some rows and got it done yesterday…
The blocks I had bought at the guild boutique one of the quilt show for a dollar each I was thinking of a yellow quilt and this is what I came up with I only had the little blocks and added the HST around them. All the fabrics were just from my stash for all 3 quilts and quillow.
I am going to another retreat this weekend I hope I have the same progress.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Applique away!

My fingers are busy with applique I have one side done just have the little peep holes to put into the bows top part to make them look like bows.
Getting ready for more applique this is a UFO I started I think last year. Have now decided which fabric for the celtic part. This was a free Fons and Porter pattern, it was the only pattern that got me to like that new Stonehedge fabric.
I will have more to show hopefully in the coming weeks will be going to a couple of retreats. Spoiled myself a little 4 quilting retreats in the span of 2 months…what was I thinking!! Great to celebrate winter and before the spring weather comes where quilting will have to be put aside and get out there and garden.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I am a picker

This gem brightened up my day (car troubles again) but when we were going to get the money out of the bank, she was sitting on the side of the road
perfect beside my chair to put my quilty things in wouldn`t you say? like thread, pincushion, projects of embroidery. I know I will find a new shade for her in the thrift shop.
i love when spring is in the air and people want to chuck it out, I get to redesign my house.
No RM it is not coming to your house…LOL

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


i was going to piece a border on this after I had taken the original boarders off, then came up with a plan
I found this gorgeous applique swag on another quilt in the book in the last post and had to use it.
Well I think it totally dressed the quilt up. What a difference!

 I had a sew day yesterday at Irene`s in her new studio BrambleBerry Studio`s. I was able to get 2 sides glue basted for applique.
We had a wonderful time 2 ladies, Irene and myself  and we are booked for April and May sessions too. Ladies stopped by to visit Irene`s studio, we had a delicious lunch of squash soup and salad with cheese and crackers.
I am posting a link on the side to her studio, Irene is a designer and teacher and represents Northcott as a designer of patterns for their fabrics. (which we were lucky to be there when she received her shipment of gorgeous new flannels)
 Hopefully when you visit her site you will see patterns and classes that will suit your needs.
Next time I will remember to bring my camera, I had worked a night shift and pretty well had to make sure I could remember what I needed for the sewday! next time there will be more people there.

Monday, March 4, 2013

It pays

to keep signing out one of your guilds library books for 2 years. I keep signing this book out every time I go to guild for one thing I love the cover quilt, and the quilts inside I would make every one of them they are all very special quilts. Plus no one ever has asked for it to be reserved for them
but then I got a plan, do you remember this quilt? Well I took the boarder off and now I sewed it back on
i decided I am going to swag it, there is an old pattern for swag and bowtie, this is the start
I think it is going to add a wonderful dimension to this quilt wait till you see what is going between the swags it will just look so antique, just what I wanted.
I got my beautiful blocks back from my winter swap blocks, they are lovely but it was disappointing, a couple of people that signed up didn't`t send their`s in, did not contact the coordinator and left everyone hanging, too bad for Lee it was her first attempt at coordinating one. I hope this does not deter her from doing another one. I know life happens but courtesy to communicate is part of swap protocol. I have to think now how to lay these out so that I can have a winter lap quilt.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

It`s Rose Marie`s fault

this is one of the beautiful gifts she had for us in a gorgeous gift bag Rose Marie posted the bag all the gifts came in. Thank goodness cause I was so excited I didn`t. It is a perfect Walmart bag for when we go shopping in August.  Rose Marie also gave us the first edition of 100 Blocks by Quiltmaker, to me this is the best edition great blocks to work on. We all loved this cute scrappy sock pattern that will be a good one to work on too, wouldn`t ya know it this was in our bag too
Go back to Rose Marie`s blog today she has posted more and you will have a great quilt show and be very jealous of what we got to explore everyday
I used my dishcloth and loved the size of it for doing dishes
so then I had to try to make one of my own…not as nice I have to wait till Mary (no blog) comes back from London England to show me the finishing. but if you look at my edges something is still not right...or maybe fly back to North Bay...hummmmm...I have a plan (that is for RM)
Knitting is instant gratification perfect for an applique quilter, look I made a slipper too, my DH loved it so I am giving him this pair and then I will make a pair a little smaller for me
I am not feeling well right now (don`t worry just a bug) but as you can see I have something to occupy my brain. I am digging in the scraps so that I can get more baskets ready to applique. Dig a little and then lay back under that quilt, dig a little and then lay back
Rose Marie also made this wonderful beef goulash dish and I remember making it many many years ago, as you can see I have another craving, another easy dish that I an slow cook and dump on a plate when we get hungry.
I just dumped it all in there,  now to wait till it cooks I hope I can smell it!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Memories with

My wonderful quilting buddies
I got to visit Rose Marie and Mary (no blog) last weekend I slept under my favorite of her quilts. It was like being in my own quilting resort you can see more pictures in Rose Marie`s blog
She tried to convince me that she could put the quilt on the bed above for our next visit, ain`t happening. It is lovely but it is not my Kojles that Rose Marie hand stitch and quilted
Look at her spectacular School house quilt, we had all started it but Rose Marie is almost at the finishing point. She designed her block (you can click there and see how)so that the windows on the side had curtains, every block is perfect. A perfect theme quilt to have displayed while we were there. We first saw a quilt like this at the Kingston Quilt show a couple of years ago  I bought 40 dollars worth of tickets and did not win, Rose Marie got us together and Mary and I have to complete ours still
We found strange tracks in the snow, don`t let this picture fool you it was deep, found a couple of bottles of Skinny Girls in there, it was the perfect fridge
Giles would always clean up after us after working in the kitchen for each meal, see how happy he is!! no matter how many dishes we left behind. Thanks Giles!!
Mary`s spot, Rose Marie had the other chair, I had the lazyboy and oh boy did I utilize that chair you will see a picture on Rose Marie`s blog, I couldn`t take a picture of myself
This bag is why I gained almost 3lbs I am sure Mary brought it full of delicious variants of chocolates, at arms length!!
Sunday we prepped this meal for Giles it was is 64th, he had no idea what was happening until the last load of friends and family was coming to the door, it was a surprise! I had to be surly and kick him out of the kitchen cause he was wondering why we were making so much food…
Look at the wonderful cake from Dairy Queen, we all love icecream
Birthday Boy blowing out the candles…It was great fun
Thank you to Rose Marie and Giles for the most fabulous time! will be back soon enough!!