Baby Blanket Cuteness

I just had to do a little post about this adorable little boy…my friend Betsy’s little guy…

Renley...too cute eh!

Renley…too cute eh!

He’s lounging on a blankie I quilted for him. Love the colour combo. He does too!…

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I love the fussy cutting of the animals on the front and the camping/vacation motif on the back. I hope he loves it for years to come!

Wedding Quilt 

Time’s a tickin’… John and I have a dear friend getting married in Eastbourne, UK by the sea on July 4th and I need to finish the quilt I started months ago for their present…

Wanted to do this one for awhile now!

I decided on this lovely Jeni Baker pattern, found here. I’m doing the Twin size as I think it’s nicer to cuddle under than a throw size. It’s and extra row longer and one triangle wider which I think will make it that much bigger. (20 triangles by 13 rows.) It’s going well and I’m currently half done…

   

Pretty Little Mix Eh!

I’m using Anna Maria Hormer fabric from her Field Study Line. I don’t normally press seams open but felt that they will be less bulky when sewing the rows together. It’s a little bit slower but looks nice…

  

I still have lots of triangles to piece. I’m setting them out row by row as I go. I have lots left…

  

Wish me happy sewing…

  

Yes that’s a VCR under the new sewing tv. Lol!!! I have a lot of videos still and I’m not ready to get rid of them yet. I like to watch movies I’ve already seen while sewing because then I don’t really need to pay close attention. 

July Sugar Block Club

We are still on holiday in Jersey now but I thought I better get this post in before July suddenly slips away. It’s time again to show another Sugar Block Club block. I quite enjoyed this one even if I did make a mistake and have to turn four pieces around. It was another fun one and even though it did involve a bit of paper piecing it was super quick and easy…

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I made the flying geese blocks first…

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Next is where I made a “mistake” with the pink triangles. I say “mistake” because it still looked nice and would have been fine but I fancied sticking to the block so that it finished looking of a star…

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This is the altered version below. Notice the changed orientation of the pink triangles…

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The final pieces are done with paper piecing…

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I think it’s very pretty. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of mom’s yet but I’m sure it’s equally as lovely.

Sugar Block Club

I should have posted this in January but was waiting to have some pictures to share. Mom and I are doing the Sugar Block of the month club from Stitchery Dickory Dock

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You sign up for the club and every month you get an email with a new block to make. It seems like the blocks are traditional but Amy Gibson has modernised them for easy sewing and cutting. In the email you will also get a recipe for a tasty treat. (You can still subscribe.) I decided to use my new Amy Butler Alchemy material for this year long sew along…

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When the first email arrived I was excited to start. The January block was introduced as snow blossom…

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I decided which fabrics I wanted to use and lost no time sewing. It came together very swiftly…

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I loved doing this block so much I also did a Christmas version because I need more squares for the retro Christmas sampler quilt that I’ve been doing for about a year or so now…

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There is also a Flickr group for this project so you can check out what everyone else is doing for their monthly block. Check out the group here.

I see that some people have already started on the February block so I better get going! I’ll give you a sneak peak at the pattern though. It’s called North Star…

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I’m not sure which of the Alchemy fabrics I will uses for this block but I will keep you posted. I’m thinking of using 4 different ones for where the blue sits.

I hope to get pics from mom too so that you can see her lovely blocks too!

Generous Mom

My mom is too generous for words! I came home late last night and look at what was sitting beside my bed…

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It’s the complete set of Anna Maria Horner’s new fabric “Field Study” in fat quarters. I saw it recently at Greenwood Quiltery in Guelph and adored the designs. I’m sure I kept going on about it and moaned many times that I should have made the purchase. My mom is tooooooooo sweet. Here are only SOME of my favourites from the collection…

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And here they are in all of their glory…

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Thank you and I love you mom…and not just because you buy me delicious fabric!

Late Weekend Up!

It was a big weekend so blogging about it seemed a bit daunting! That’s why it’s Wednesday night and John keeps asking when he can read an update of the weekend we had together, like he’s already forgotten or something!

First, it’s autumn so what better way than to mix up the hair…

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Hilarious, I had half my class believing that I was “Ms. Quart’s twin from Canada. They are only 8!

We were headed towards Canterbury when I read that the UK’s largest knitting and quilting show was on at Alexander Palace or as the locals say “Ally Pally”. It’s not really a palace but a place to hold events, built in Victorian times…

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Good old John is always game but even I worried when I saw the size of this show!…good thing I was sporting a knitted cowl…

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Upon entering was a cute display of unfinished projects…we all have them right…

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The building itself was a bit run down but had the most beautiful view of the entire London skyline. You had to remember to look up in the building itself because it was gorgeous…

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The show itself was a bit of a mixed bag. It had some interesting booths and then others that were simply horrid. If you’ve ever been to Toronto’s Creative Sewing Festival you will know what I mean. What I did like though was that there were many displays. I thought some of the modern quilt ones were cool as well as the needle point…

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Rowan was there with a very large booth. They had the garments there that mom and I saw at their office when she was here…

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Some of the other booths I thought were nice…

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I didn’t really buy anything but I did get some very cute hand drawn fabric from a French couple. It looked drawn by a child with cute quotes in French…

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I believe we also saw Nicky Epstein at a table with examples from her new book “Knitting in Circles”…

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After the show we went into the neighbouring town to look around and we found a Children’s book shop. I was soooooo excited. Mom would have loved it…

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At home I whipped up a lovely roasted squash, fennel and walnut salad. Soooooooo simple but flavourful. It’s a “keeper” as dad would say…

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Another great weekend but all the more pleasant because it was so unexpected!

Placemat Mania

I have been busy working on the Inlaws placemats…

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Not sure why I didn’t just sew the edges on the wrong sides so that when I turned them to the right side I wouldn’t need a binding buuuuuuuut I think they will look much prettier this way!…

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What do you think of the lavender I chose for the back? I think it works well with the other fabric, although I wish it was a bit darker. You can see I did 3 stripes with the front material at the top on the back. For the quilting I chose to go with a modern straight line about 1/2 inch apart.

Almost done binding one mat by hand (because I think it looks better than trying to sew it on the machine) 3 more to go! I’m sure I’ll get them done by Christmas…right!

Works in Progress

Sew…I’m back at it. I think the Xmas placemats really got me going again. The Lavender came in today from an online store in the UK called Simply Solids. It’s nice that I can get Kona somewhere!

Sew…here we go with the update:

I’m washing the fabric for John’s parent’ placemats but did manage to buy some binding for them.
Now a word on batiks…not my personal favourite but so many shops carry it that it was all I could find near me. How is it that I live in England and can’t find K. Fassette or Amy Butler fabric easily, hmmm a mystery. Anyways, this will go quite well…

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Now for the really fun update, my Ghastlies Halloween quilt. I have always wanted to do a Halloween quilt and when I got the Ghastlies fabric a couple of years ago I knew I wanted to do a non-traditional (meaning not orange and black) one with this fabric…

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I’ve also really loved the Kitchen Window pattern…

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from…

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I always thought it would look awesome with fussy cut pieces in the windows. I’ve also had some pinks that I’ve been saving for the occasion. I really love how it’s turned out so far. I cut all the pieces and organised them into blocks. I cut all the sashing and have begun sewing the blocks together. Loving it!!!…

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This is how they will fit together…

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Ooooooo Mom…

On Sunday we are heading up to the cottage for 3 weeks so I wanted to give a lot of crafty inspiration before I signed off blogging for 3 weeks (no Internet at the cottage).

Sooooooooo my mom blames me for her somewhat recent move into the world of quilting. She would normally be found knitting in the evening but now she has a sewing workshop set up in the dining room. I think she’s going to turn a spare bedroom into a proper sewing room soon! I didn’t think getting into another creative outlet was such a bad thing but as you can see her stash grows, always in a very organized fashion of course…

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She was been going gang busters on different tops and my summer presence has been inspiration to get going on the backs and making the quilt sandwiches with the batting. We got these 2 ready for quilting the other day…presents for babies…

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And it’s back…

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And…

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Now you decide, she’s gone sewing crazy or just really enjoying making quilts…these are the other tops that are done and waiting to be sandwiched…

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This the top with her gorgeous liberty fabric…

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This is a wonderful sampler top that mom started awhile ago when she was taking a set of lessons. What a great way to learn some different techniques. I’m doing the same one but with retro Christmas fabrics. It’s very traditional but beautiful depending on the fabrics chosen…

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This is a neat top for a picnic quilt. Ha ha I finally caught mom in a pic. She’s cutting the cute bandana fabric for the back. Can you spy the ladybug fabric amongst the red…

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I saved my favourites for last. The first is for a queen bed that she will take to a long arm quilter. It’s the beautiful Anna Maria Horner fabric. The colours are stunning. I love the simple modern squares. I can’t wait to do one myself. The second is for their king sized bed. She’s had this fabric awhile now and I’m so happy to see it come together. It’s the Trapezoid pattern from Johanna Masko. I did one of these in a smaller size for 2 friends years ago. Stunning!…

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Oh and the fun doesn’t stop with finished tops. She’s already on to an adorable but scary Halloween quilt. Ultimately, she wants to have a quilt for each season…work in progress…

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I think mom is amazing even if she does blame me for starting quilting because she hated the idea of collecting fabric but come on right! Some fabric is just too beautiful to resist. I think you can see she’s really given in now. She also totally blames online shopping for fabric and the ease of paying with Pay Pal!!! There are truly some delicious fabrics out there so get sewing!

Stayed tuned in mid August when I return. Thank you for reading and keeping up with my adventures!