Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter!

I enjoyed my extra day off yesterday, finished up the blocks for my Trip Around the World and was able to get them all sewn together. Now to decide on a border.

Last night, we attended an Easter cantata at a neighbouring community church. Always a blessing!

Today, I'm sewing. I finished up step 4 of the mystery quilt this morning, thought you might like a little sneaky peeky.

And tomorrow, our potluck Easter breakfast at church, then our service, and on to a potluck lunch at my mom's with all of the kids. Really looking forward to that!

Easter blessings to you and yours!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy Mail

I received some goodness in the mail this week. I won a kit from Buttermilk Basin back in January and it finally arrived today! Phew, talk about snail mail. But it was worth the wait!

Beautiful wool and pattern for an Easter project. And everything I need for an appliqu├ęd bunny tea towel too! Oh, and a bit of chocolate that didn't last long enough for the picture!

Thanks Stacey for the goodies!

Saturday, March 23, 2013


I had a birthday this week! Turned 49! And I got spoiled by my family and friends! lol I'm not complaining though, I'm feeling very blessed!

It started Thursday with an evening out with my quilt girls at Pizza Delight. What beautiful quilting gifts they gave me, oh my! And what a time we had, actually a table nearby made a comment about how many drinks we had had, but we were only drinking water!!!! And then the next day, a cake at work, flowers delivered from a past co-worker, lunch with my mom and aunt. Then chinese buffet with my hubby and kids later. All in all, it was lovely!

Like I said, beautiful gifts. Thought you'd enjoy seeing all of the quilty things and apparently there are more to come. Love it!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Good Day!

Yesterday was a good day, an excellent day actually! For those of you that don't know, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer two years ago in January and in February had my right kidney removed. I was lucky that all cancer was contained inside the kidney and didn't have to have any treatments. Yesterday, I had an appointment with my surgeon and all test results were "boring". That's what I wanted to hear! He even gave me the option of a one year checkup from now on rather than 6 months but I opted for the 6 months for one more year. I guess he must feel that all is good!

And of course, with the surgeon being in the valley, I had to make a trip to the fabric store too! I had my sister and my mom with me, and we picked up my niece along the way! We had a great day! These goodies came home with me, and my sister brought home a few more goodies for me, that I'll receive shortly for a birthday gift!! Woohoo, lucky me!

A quick stop on the way down the valley to see my girl too! Last night I was exhausted, but not from the emotional stress. Just simply from all of the crazy laughter going on in the vehicle! Oh my, needless to say, it was a really good day!

And this morning, this is what I see out my back door.  A few more inches of snow on this first day of spring! Oh well, it won't last long. A little poor man's fertilizer to help things green up!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sunday Stitching!

The kids were here for lunch after church yesterday. I love it when they're all here at the same time. I guess that makes it sound like a big crowd, but it's not really. We have two of our own, with two significant others, that makes six of us. We had a good visit. And I enjoyed some hand stitching too!

A friend from our guild gave me some scraps from a project she was working on (thanks Nora), they were tiny, the biggest pieces were 2"x3" but they were such pretty fabrics, I wanted to do something with them. I don't know what line of fabrics they are from, but I'll ask and get back to you on that one.

I had recently ordered a package of 3/4" size hexie papers, so decided on a small hexie quilt. You can see from the 12" board that they're laying on how small the quilt is. I had to add six from other fabrics, but I thought that was pretty good considering. So the hexies are all made, and I've started stitching them together. Now to keep them laying there without someone bumping them before I'm done.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

International Quilter's Day

A day all for us! So of course, what else would I have done today but quilt! lol It was a beautiful day here today, I had planned to get a walk in, but got so caught up in the sewing that I missed that chance! I've been cutting and sewing the last of the strips for my scrappy Trip Around The World Blocks.

I need 64 blocks, and as of today, I have 40 all done. So another 24 to go. I have all of the strips sewn for those 24, and hopefully tomorrow, I'll get them pressed and counter cut. Then later this week, hopefully I can say they're all done!

My mom is going to hand quilt this one, and she's waiting patiently to get it in her frames!

And now to finish the day off, a little movie time with my hubby and some hexie sewing! Happy International Quilter's Day to you all!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Legacy

If you've read the info about me in the sidebar, you know I come from a long line of quilters. This week, we said goodbye to my dear Aunt Lennie, who was my Dad's sister. I loved her so much. And she was a wonderful quilter, stitcher and crafter!

Several years ago one evening while she and my family were visiting with my parents, she brought out a bag and told me that she had decided that I should have this. "This" was the most beautiful Double Wedding Ring quilt. She made it 1939-1940 as her own wedding quilt. It's in immaculate condition! I was thrilled to receive it! The pieces are so tiny, I added a shot with a penny for perspective and a close up for detail

I don't use it much, occasionally on the spare bed when I have company but for the most part, I'm afraid to damage it! She and I definitely shared a love of quilting and I'll always cherish the times that we spent visiting together, doing hand work.

Now, I'm not the only niece in the family. There are several others. One in particular that I'm very close to tends to think that I'm a bit spoiled. lol Yes, I guess I am one very lucky girl to own this beauty!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mystery Quilt, Step #3

Darlene’s Mystery Quilt Step #3

So let me just start by saying that I know some of you do not care for doing applique work. And so I think that if you really hate it, and don’t want to do it, that you should just leave this border plain fabric and have some beautiful extensive quilting put in later. I’d much rather you do that, than quit now and leave it unfinished. So, it’s absolutely up to you whether you do the applique or not. No pressure! 

And with that being said, here we go.

From a light fabric for the applique background (this could also be done with 4 different fabrics) cut:
  2 - 6 1/2” x 34 1/2”  and  2 - 6 1/2” x 38 1/2” 

For each of the morning star corner blocks cut:
  1 - 3 1/2” square of a dark for the centre
  4 - 2” squares of light for the background
  4 - 2 3/8” squares of light for the background
  4 - 2 3/8” squares of dark for the points

Choose fabrics for the applique feathers. I used a variety of greens, and I used a total of 6 - 2 1/4” strips (cut from the width of the fabric) to cut the feathers from. 

For the small outside borders cut:
  5 strips, 2 1/2” wide by the width of the fabric
Prepare the fabrics for whichever type of applique you choose to do. I did machine applique and used Steam a Seam 2 for the fusible web. Prepare the templates that I’ve provided at the bottom of the post. You can click on the link to bring up the page that is printable. Trace the templates onto the prepared fabric. You’ll need 8 of the end feathers, and 88 of the vine feathers ( 44 traced from the front and 44 flipped and traced from the reverse).

I also cut 1 strip approximately 1 1/2” wide. After I had prepared that one strip with the fusible web, I cut 2 strips from it, 1/8” wide x 21 1/2” long and 2 strips, 1/8” wide x 25 1/2” long. 

 Applique Instructions:

These instructions are basically for machine applique. If you prefer to use hand applique, use whatever techniques you prefer. 

Prepare the background fabrics for the applique. Fold the background pieces in two down the centre. Press to make a base line. 

Open that up, and fold in two the opposite way. Press. Now you have the centre marked on your border. 

Find the centre of one of the 1/8” x 21 1/2” strips that you’ve prepared. Match that with the centre on one of the shorter of the background pieces. Position the strip down the press line that you made earlier. Don’t press at this point. 

Using the first picture at the top of the post as a guide, position the feathers, five sets and one end feather on each side of the centre. The feathers don’t fit perfectly together. I wanted them to be a bit primitive and to lay a bit more casually and not perfectly aligned. Once you’re happy with the placement, press. Repeat this process with the other three borders, with 6 sets of feathers and one end feather on each side of the centre with the longer borders. Do whatever applique technique you prefer.

Morning star corner block:

Using a pencil, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the 4 - 2 3/8” light squares. (The next three pictures are from the same technique in Step #2, so the fabric cuts are not what you'll be working with in Step #3)

With right sides together, position a light square onto a dark square being careful to match up all four edges. Stitch (using the drawn line as a guide) 1/4” on either side of the line. You can chain stitch these to speed up the process.

Now using your rotary cutter or scissors, whichever works best for you, cut directly on the drawn line. Now you have two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric. 

Pin two of the half square triangle units together, with the triangles positioned so that the lights form a Vee in the centre of the unit. Stitch. This makes a flying geese unit. 

Press the seam allowance open this time. 

Repeat this process with the others units, resulting in four sets.

Pin one of these units with the point of the Vee pointing inward, to the 3 1/2” centre square. Stitch. Press the seam allowances toward the flying geese unit. Repeat on the opposite side of the square with another unit. Set aside.

On each end of the other two flying geese units, sew one of the 2” background squares. Press the seam allowances toward the geese. 

Pin these onto either side of the centre square unit. Press the seam allowances toward the geese units.

Repeat three more times, for a total of four blocks.

Stitch one of the morning star blocks to either end of the longer appliqued borders. 

At this point, you’ll attach the new borders to your quilt.
Pin and stitch the shorter appliqued borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press the seam allowance toward the new border.

Pin the longer borders, with morning stars attached, to either side of your quilt. Stitch in place. Press seam allowances toward the new border. 

Outside Border:
Stitch the 5 strips together end to end. Press the seam allowances open. From this long pieced strip cut: 4 strips, 50 1/2” long 

Pin and stitch 2 of the strips to either side of the quilt. Press towards the small border. Repeat with the last two strips on the top and bottom of the quilt. 

There you go, Step 3. Hope it goes well for you!

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Temecula Finished Flimsy

I'm finished! And I love it! Love the darker muted colours of this one. I chose the sashings and corner squares rather than the setting that Temecula had suggested and I love how it turned out. Now to get it quilted and on the back of my love seat! Can't wait to see it in place!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

5 x 5

I spent the afternoon sewing with my quilting friends. I worked on these, the 5 rows of 5 blocks for the Temecula little quilt that they've offered recently on their blog.

I'm really pleased with the blocks, but I think I'm gonna change the setting up a bit. I'll hopefully have time to get it finished over the next few days.