Thursday, December 31, 2009

One last finish...

I made one last project for 2009 - another Phoebe Bag from artsy-crafty-babe, Rebeka Lambert. I made it for a friend for a trade. And I got a guitar! Yup, pretty good trade, eh? I LOVE the barter system. Anyway, she asked for brown and cream and I decided to put a cute little flower on it.Happy New Year Everyone! I'm hoping to bring in 2010 at my sewing machine. No exciting plans but I'm secretly excited to just spend some time sewing. We spent the afternoon X-Country skiing around our field. A perfect day!

Look for a 2010 Giveaway soon!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Santa Baby

Santa baby, slip a Camper under the tree,
for me,
been an awful good girl
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.
Santa baby, a Nicey Jane FQ Bundle too,
in 'Cool'
I'll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all the fabric I need,
Think of this obsession to feed.
Next year I could be just as good,
If you'll check off my Christmas list.
Santa baby, I wanna a Meadowsweet too
And really that's not too few,
Been an angel all year,
Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa honey, there's one thing I really do need,
The deed,
To the Fat Quarter Shop,
Santa honey, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Monday, December 7, 2009

And the winner is...

Sandra from Thistle Cove Farms! Congrats! I'll be in touch soon to get your address so I can pop it in the mail and maybe Canada Post will deliver it before Christmas (but I wouldn't count on it!)

Thank you to everyone who entered. Hope you were lucky on Give-away Day. I was...I won a beautiful tote from Miss Print! Thank you!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Give-Away Day

This Give-away is now closed. Thank you to all that entered. The winner will be announced soon.

2009 has been the year of the Doll Quilt for me. I made my first in January for my daughter's Cabbage Patch doll. Since then I've participated in a bunch of swaps. I LOVE Doll Quilts. So I thought I'd keep it going right through the holiday season by giving away....a Doll Quilt!I whipped this up last night and I still haven't decided if I want it crisp or if I should wash it and make in nice and crinkly. So I reserve the right to wash it before I mail it. If you are absolutely opposed to this please let me know in your comment. And I'll throw in a couple of Fat Quarters too.

Leave a comment for an entry to win. Please tell me where you are from and what you want for Christmas. Or just say hi! I'll give followers a second entry so please let me know in a separate comment if you are a follower of if you become one.
I'm happy to ship anywhere in this beautiful world of ours. Winner will be drawn December 6 by that fancy random number generator thingy. Good Luck!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Birthday Bag

My husband was away for work last night, so I stayed up late making this bag for my cousin's birthday. It isn't really a practical gift since she has a 7 month old and has to bring diapers (and wipes, diaper cream, arrowroot crackers, fishy crackers, 6 cars, 2 books, well, you get the idea) everywhere she goes. But I didn't feel like making a practical gift, I'm always practical...I used a great pattern from Rebeka Lambert, artsy-crafty babe, that I found at Sew, Mama, Sew. I haven't made too many bags in my life, so I was pretty happy with how this came together. Fabric is Flights of Fancy by Paula Prass.There are a few puckers around the inside of the bag, but since the outside is flat, I can live with a few puckers. It is homemade, after all.

And what does our black lab, Trooper, have to do with pretty hand bags??? Nothing, but I couldn't resist adding a photo. We love that dog!
Sew, Mama, Sew announced their Give-away Day for December 2. Any ideas what I should give away? Fabric? Something homemade? I'd love some ideas! Something easy, but also something that people will want....

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Very Late Present...

My friend's little guy, Kai, turned 3 in September. SEPTEMBER! Yikes! And I just finished his birthday present. Oops. Where does the time go???
Anyway, I used the free pattern from Kellie at Don't Look Now. I love her patterns and quilts. The backing and binding is Bot Camp by Michael Miller that I got on a smoking deal from here.
I thought that this could be a place mat or a wall hanging. I'll let Kai decide.

Friday, November 20, 2009

FMF Freaks Giveaway!

Run, don't walk, run! Over to FMF Freaks for a fabulous giveaway. And don't forget to sign the petition while you are there. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to buy FMF at reasonable prices?Here's my FMF stash that I bought recently on etsy. LOVE those I just have to be brave enough to cut into it...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Friendship Bag Swap

I participated in the Quilting Gallery's Friendship Bag Swap a while back and received an absolutely lovely bag from Kris at Quilted Simple. I adore the fabrics, the colours, and the fact that she made it just for me!She included some fabulous goodies too. Charm squares by Robyn Pandolph which are so soft and sweet they will be perfect for a baby quilt. And a sweet cat applique- my daugter has claimed the lovely pink sequins for herself. And some pins. A girl can never have enough pins.

Thanks so much Kris. I'm really looking forward to reading Kris' blog...she lives on 20 acres and grows most of her own food. I'm so inspired....

Monday, November 9, 2009

Heather Ross Studio Sale

I got my package from Heather Ross ages ago. I was so excited to get something from Heather herself I forgot to take pictures. Here's what she sent...I think some of the Munki shirts may get sent as presents to some of my friends who have had babies recently. There seems to be a ton of new babies in our world these days. And isn't that wonderful???
And some yummy fabrics for me! I'm so excited to have a wee bit of gnomes and mushrooms!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Placemat Swap

I participated in the Placemat Swap over on flickr last month. Cheryl, my partner, asked for white and bright, and we decided to make 2 placemats. Now that I know that she has received them, I can show you what I came up with:

I used some of my favourite fabrics and scraps.And even tried my machine binding again. It really helped that the binding and the backing are the same fabric - it hides most of the oops!
Here is a close-up!Enjoy Cheryl!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


I saw this and had to make one of my own.
It was wonderful to dig into my orange scraps (although I don't have too many of them - I really need to use more orange in my quilts) and make these fun pumpkins.I finished it too late for Canadian Thanksgiving, but we will be able to enjoy it the week before Halloween. I'm so happy with how this turned out, I really think I need some trees for Christmas.Between this table runner and my placemats for the placemat swap, I'm practicing my machine binding. It isn't pretty, but I am getting better. And it sure beats doing it by hand!
Happy Sunday everyone!

Friday, October 23, 2009

In love...

I'm in love with my online quilting bees! They make me try things that I never would have the guts to try on my own.
Happy Friday everyone!
(And don't worry, Tacha, your hexes made it safely out of the leaves. Getting them out of my daughter's hands may be another story...)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Back Home...

Just got home from a wonderful family holiday in Calgary. Spent Thanksgiving at my sisters and did all the big-city things that small town people do. We shopped. We saw the Wiggles. We visited the Science Centre.

However, nine hours one way is way too long in the car with a husband, a 3 year-old, a 17-month-old and a dog. And I didn't even get to stop at the Quilt Shop in Jasper since the kids were sleeping. Darn.

But I did get some good mail while I was away. Yes, I decided to jump on the FMF band wagon. How could I resist? Really...
And I got my last block for my bee inspired VQB. Beautiful. I can't wait to get this quilt together.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bloggers Fall Quilt Festival

Here is my entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Sorry to all of you who have seen too much of this quilt in the past few months, but it really is my pride and joy, so I'm showing it off again. I made this mini quilt for Hayley at Lulabell for DQS7. She asked for bright colours, birds, animals or flowers. Hayley is an amazing quilter and does lots of work in the Don't Look Now style, so I wanted to make something beautiful for her. I dug into my scrap bin for some of my favourite fabrics, made some log cabins, and worked on my raw edge applique and free-motion quilting.
My husband didn't want me to give it away. But I was so happy to send it to Hayley and I'm thrilled that she likes it. And thank you to Hayey at Lulabell for the gorgeous photos!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

WIP Wednesday

As I've said before, I'm feeling a wee bit overwhelmed by all the projects I have on the go. To keep me accountable, I've decided to join the wonderful world of WIP Wednesdays to keep me on track. Sorry in advance for the horrible photos. My basement is dark. I dream of a day-light sewing studio!
So here she nine-patch from CrazyMomQuilts 1st round quilt along. I finally got the sashing cut and pinned...I hate cutting sashing along the length of fabric. It makes me nervous.
And I know why I don't like cutting sashing. I always make a mistake! Can you see my oops?Now I just have to decide if I want to just add a long sashing strip to the right side (then both sides would be a wee bit different) or cut off the sashing strips on the left and add long sashing to both sides. Hmmm...I know what I should do but as always that is more work!
Finally, I got an invoice from this amazing designer from her Studio Sale. And she also emailed to say that it wouldn't fit in an envelope (Yay!). I am so excited to get my goodies in the mail!

Monday, September 21, 2009


My DQS7 Quilt arrived! And it is beautiful.Thank you to Susi in Germany for this gorgeous little bird and trees. It's even hand-quilted. Love it!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A few finishes...

After my last post about all the WIP's I have, I finally have a couple of finishes to show.
First is my DQS7 quilt for my partner. I even made my first hanging sleeve. It was easier than I thought. Just have to make a label and collect some goodies to send.
Second, my Good Ol' Summertime Mini Quilt Swap. This little mermaid is swimming off to my partner tomorrow as soon as I make a label. And finally, my wonky stars for Rachel for our Stash Busting Bee International. They were a blast to make and a great use of little scraps of favourite fabrics. I like the 6.5" size much better than the 12.5". I'll have to add it to the list of must makes...

So the list from last post now looks like this:

Not too bad considering my husband was away for a week and I've had a house FULL of visitors. I'm going to keep working on those WIPs though. NO NEW PROJECTS :(

How many of you do the 'WIP Wednesdays' posts? What else do you do to motivate you to get those projects finished? How many WIP are you comfortable having on the go? How many do you actually have? I'm interested to know...

Happy Sewing!