Friday, May 31, 2013

Quilting Together

I mentioned in my last post that I was planning to spend the day sewing with some friends. We had a great day, Kaaren from the Painted Quilt and Debra (no blog) spent the day at Debra's home sewing chatting, laughing and lunching! It's been way too long, and am hoping to do it again soon.

It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and Deb had the back door open beside the table where we were sewing, which looked out onto this view of the bay at low tide. I should have taken another picture later in the day which showed the view at high tide! Oh well, maybe I'll think of that next time!

Debra and Kaaren were working on a nautical quilt that Kaaren recently designed. You can see more details on her blog, and get in on a fun contest to name her new quilt!

This is Deb, appliquéing a light house block.

And this is Kaaren, working on the some of the pieced blocks! Kaaren provided lunch for us today, a wonderful meat pie that she shares the recipe for here. Sadly we had it all eaten by the time I remembered to take a picture. Let me just say, it was yummy and I'm planning to make it for hubby sometime very soon!

After lunch another quilting friend of Deb's who does a lot of her hand quilting, dropped by to bring her this quilt that she had just finished quilting for her. Isn't it beautiful! Deb has always been a bit "red" challenged, but I think she may be finally coming around to my way of thinking! She has a quilt shop in her home where she sells the quilts that she makes herself. We had a tour of the shop, it just opened for the season last week and she has almost 40 quilts on display, ready for sale! It's a very impressive little shop!

And finally another little peek of the quilt that Kaaren has designed. Be sure to check it out on her blog!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This and That!

Sadly, I haven't had a lot of time for much quilt related sewing. I have done a bit of this....

Been designing lots of fun ideas! And a bit more of this.....

At the end of the day, when I'm just sitting back to relax and watching a little of the tube with my honey, I really enjoy having some hand work nearby! 

I have a couple of questions that I was hoping some of you might be able to help me with! #1, I have a Mac desk top computer and I didn't realize when I bought it that I wouldn't be able to run my EQ program on it. My daughter tells me that I can buy a program called Boot Camp that will allow me to do this. So my question is, have any of you tried this, and how do you like it? #2, I am getting way too many comments on the blog from people from who knows where, trying to sell who knows what! When I started the blog, I had a security word thingie on there, but it really was a pain and so I removed it! And so my second question is, is there anything else I can do about it? I thank you in advance for any help you can give me!

I'm off for the day, to do a little sewing with some friends, Kaaren, Debra (no blog) and Nora (no blog). It's been wayyyyyy too long since I've had a friend day! I heard a little rumour that Kaaren was providing lunch for all of us. Definitely looking forward to that! I've got my camera packed and ready to go and I'll hopefully have some fun pics to share with you later! 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Long Weekend!

Today is a holiday here in Canada! Gotta love a three day weekend! I spent most of the day on Saturday playing with this little mini charm pack! They are so much fun to work with! This one in particular became this little pile of blocks in no time at all. Now to decide on a finish!


On Saturday night hubby and I went to see the new Star Trek movie, in 3D! Awesome movie! This was the first time hubby had been to a 3D movie, and we both loved it! I'm assuming I wasn't the only one in the theatre jumping out of her seat every time a space ship or debris flew past her head!

Yesterday morning, I got up early to stitch a bit before we went to church and then into my mom's for lunch. Had a nice visit with her, then home to have a little snooze. And an ice cream date in the evening!

Today, there will be some more sewing on the agenda! Hoping to get a walk in sometime today too! It's been quite cool here over the past few days, but for me, I don't mind as it keeps the black flies at bay for a few more days!

I wanted to thank those of you that commented on my last post about quilt related work. Great advice! I'm still making decisions, trying to figure which would work best for me!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Quilt Work

I would like some advice! I am a quilter, love everything about it and for at least 20 years I've wanted to have a career in the quilting industry. But I've never taken the plunge. I'm 49 years old and if I want to do this, I feel that it should be soon!

But of course, I'm nervous. About leaving the security of the job I have now, to take the risk! I have a good job, but it's not my dream job, that's for sure.

I've been thinking of starting a line of patterns which requires lots of time, which it seems right now is in short supply. I have notebook after notebook filled with designs but not enough time to go anywhere with them. I had thought I might be able to pull this off and still keep my day job, but the more I think of it, the less I think that would work. I feel as though whatever I do needs my full and undivided attention. And it's been my dream for years to own my own shop! Now if I only I could make a decision!!

Has anyone out there struggled with these same decisions? Can you give a girl some advice?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Just wanted to take a couple of minutes to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all of my fellow bloggers and quilters. And of course to my own mom, who has been a wonderful friend as well as mother to me!

Being a mother has been one of the best parts of my life! Thank you to Keith and Bobbie-Jo for all of the wonderful mom moments over the years! And now I am blessed with two more, Keith's wife Jacquelyn and Bee's boyfriend, Matt. Love you all so much!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fabric Exchange X2 and a PDF

I love adding new fabrics to my stash and this week, I added two new bundles. I took part in the charm exchange over at the Small Quilts board. They arrived in the mail on Monday and I've been laying them out, matching pairs, and just enjoying the beauty of them ever since! They are beautiful! I was so pleased with the variety!

And then on Thursday night we did a 6" red square exchange at our guild. We're going to continue this exchange for a few months, with each month exchanging a different colour. Next month is blue! Red is my favourite so you know I'm loving these ones!

So, that's 60 new fabrics to add to my stash! Now all I need is a bit of time to sew. That's gonna be hard to come by this week. I'm involved in my first live theatre performance this coming weekend and the rest of the week, outside of work, is completely devoted to that. 

For those that are participating in my Mystery Quilt, I've had some requests for a PDF file to make things easier to print. So for step 5, you can find the printable instructions here. I haven't had time to do the previous steps but hopefully over the next couple of weeks I'll be able to do that. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Nine Patch Exchange

Our local guild did a nine patch exchange last year and this past week we held the reveal of the beautiful quilts. I thought you might enjoy seeing them all!

This one is Lisa's, and it was actually revealed a couple of months ago as it's now been delivered to family members who received it as a gift.


Dorothy's, 1 of 3 

Dorothy's, 2 of 3

Dorothy's, 3 of 3

Deanna's, 1 of 3

Deanna's, 2 of 3

 Deanna's, 3 of 3


Dianne's, 1 of 2

Dianne's, 2 of 2


Marie's, thank you Marie for the pictures!

And lastly mine, how pathetic that's it's not even all together! 

We had a great time doing this exchange and the quilts are all so beautiful! There are a couple missing and we'll see them later, but all in all it was a great reveal! There were no rules, other than size of the blocks and light and dark placement. What a great way to get another quilt to add to our collections!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Mystery Quilt, Step#5

Darlene’s Mystery Quilt Step #5

Printable instructions here.

This month we have a border made from 48 blocks. Log cabin blocks, which are one of my very favorite blocks. The blocks are 5” finished, 5 1/2” before sewn in, all strips are 1 1/2”. I prefer to chain stitch my log cabin blocks, but if you prefer to do them another way, do whatever works for you.

Pressing with log cabin blocks is the preference of the quilter. Some people prefer to press each step, some prefer not to press anything until the block is complete. If you prefer not to press, make sure that each segment is opened fully when you lay it in place on the strip that you’re stitching it onto. Whether you press or not, make sure that all of the seam allowances are pressed or finger pressed away from the red centre or towards the centre. Either way works, but just stay consistent with whichever direction you choose.

For the centre of the blocks, I used red, which is the traditional colour for a log cabin centre. So to create the scrappy look, I chose several of my reds for the centre squares.   So, these instructions will be for 4 reds. From each red, cut one strip, 1 1/2” x 20”.

For the lights, again, you should have several for a good variety, I used 12-15 different lights. You need a minimum of 15 - 1 1/2” strips. To make more variety in the placements of the lights for each block, you can cut some of the strips into halves.

For the darks, I used again around 12-15 different darks. You will need a minimum of 18 - 1 1/2” strips. Again, you could cut some of them into halves.


Using the red strips that you cut for the block centres, pair them with an equal amount of light strips and stitch down the length of each pair. Do not press. 

Counter cut these strip sets into 48 - 1 1/2” segments.

Open one of the centre segments that you just cut and place it right side down onto a light strip ( right side up ). Use the picture here for placement. When you've reached the end of the light strip, start with another, preferably from a different fabric for more variety. Depending on the length of your light strips, you may have to do this several times until you've stitched on all of the segments. 

Stitch in place, then continue chain stitching the remainder of the centre sections onto light strips, making sure to butt the next segments flush up against the previous one that you stitched on. This creates less cutting for you later. ( It doesn't show up in the picture here, but there is a light strip under this that this unit it being stitched to)

At this point, you have to cut again. You can cut with your rotary cutter or your scissors, whichever you prefer. If you’ve chained stitched your centre sections close enough together in the previous step, you should only have to make one cut between the segments here.  (Again, it doesn't show up well, but off to the right side you can just barely see the bottom light strip that you're cutting the same size as the red and light section)

Now you’ve completed the first and second light logs, from here we move onto the first of the dark logs. Choose one of the dark strips, position the centre/light segments onto the dark strip using the picture here for placement. The last log that was stitched on is always positioned along the top, (the picture here shows this log just starting under the feed dogs) Stitch in place, again, being sure to butt the segments flush against one another. This isn't a great picture, but I added it to show you see the first centre segment just behind the presser foot, and then the next one butted flush against it. Continue with all of the segments, again using as many dark strips that are needed.

Cut, seperating the blocks.

Repeat the stitching again, with another dark log for each block. Again, the last log stitched on, in this case it would be the first dark log, is always positioned along the top of the segment as you it place the segment onto the next strip. 

Cut, seperating the blocks.

At this point, you’ve completed one set of logs all around (two lights and two darks). 

Move onto the next set of logs, starting again, with light logs making this the third light log stitched on.

Cut, and repeat with light again, this makes 4 light logs stitched on. 
Repeat the cutting process and then move on to the next dark logs (3 dark logs stitched on) Cut. 

Repeat with another dark log (4 dark longs stitched on).This completes the blocks. Press. I apologize for this next picture. I didn't realize that I missed the finished block until after I had them all sewn into the quilt.

Arrange your blocks around the quilt with 12 blocks on either side of the quilt, and 12 on each end. 

Stitch each of the 12 blocks into 4 long borders. Stitch one border onto either side of the quilt, press the seam allowance towards the border. Repeat, stitching the remaining two borders onto the top and bottom of the quilt. Press towards the border. 

Step 5, complete. The quilt at this point should measure 60 1/2” x 70 1/2”.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Little Flag Waving!!

Thought I would share this little quilt with you today. I made it years ago, and it's been hanging just inside my back door ever since. I love it! It was my first attempt at machine stipple quilting, so don't look too closely at that part of it.

I've always loved Americana themed quilts, always admired that so many American quilters proudly use their country's flag in their work, so I decided I would do the same. I'm a proud Canadian and wanted to get a little flag waving in! Here in Canada we have a beautiful flag especially with all that red and ya know, red is my favourite colour.

Do you have a patriotic quilt hanging in your home? I would love to see it! Make a post and send me the link. If you don't have one, Canada Day is two months from today, you've got lots of time to get one made in time to show off your patriotism!