Thursday, December 6, 2018

Yup I'm Here

**If you're looking for TBT aka Throwback Thursday, thank goodness for Andrée, who is hosting this month at Quilting and Learning - What a Combo! while I am still in a bit of recuperating mode...

My friend Helen, of Midget Gem Quilts told me to take care of myself after the wedding, that she found it "a bit flat". She was right. I was unprepared for how much of an emotional rollercoaster it would be, all rooted in supreme happiness for my 'baby', but poignancy and joy had a tug-of-war in my heart. There was some stress as well, with out of town family in town, some in our house, some not, but the entire wedding weekend went off without a glitch. It was perfection. Magical. Beautiful. Splendour abounded, and a splendid event from the rehearsal to the final goodbyes on Tuesday to departing family.
See what I mean about the Cinderella marries her Prince, Beauty and the Beast, "Tale as old as time; true as it can be..." ambiance? Ahhh....

Saturday, November 24, 2018

DrEAMi! #22

This month was another squirrel month! How about you?
This green bird feeder is the best deterrent to squirrels stealing all the bird food. Kind of like Island Batik challenges and their deadlines making me put on blinders and NOT follow the squirrels!! Do you see how she puts her paw on the step where the birds perch? That closes the little window to getting at the bird seed inside the house. Amazing, and the only one that has effectively prevented squirrels from pigging out.

I need to tell you a white squirrel invaded my sewing room this past month...

Thursday, November 22, 2018

I Like/Love #22

Here is my list of likes/loves/gratitude for November.

1. I like Traverse City.
The big fat fluffy flakes of snow falling DID show up!

It's one of those eclectic smaller cities with a personality all its own. I took Dayna up there, as you know, for a mama/daughter weekend before her wedding. It is located in prime cherry-growing country so I treated myself to tasting some cherry wines, and bringing home some dark chocolate-covered cherries and cherry turtles - yum! MacGyver got some cherry BBQ sauce.
Ah Lake Michigan...but this is just a dot of its grandeur, Grand Traverse Bay looking northeast

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bijoux et Bisous Finish

Yay me! This was my November OMG and it is done and dusted...with snow!
Can you spot the butterfly I FMQ-ed in the approximate centre? More as to its significance later.
This is my RSC2018 quilt. That little cutie with her Detroit Lions toque and Canada Olympic mittens behind the quilt is the recipient of the quilt, my daughter Dayna. I took her up to Traverse City, Michigan, for a mama/daughter weekend away. We had fun. This little lake was the view from our Air BnB suite.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November Blogger Bundle & Giveaway

Yes! A big secret I've held onto (see Dayna? I can...) for most of this year can finally be let out of ....
the bag!😝

Welcome to everyone, new readers and regular ones.

Many months ago Bernie of Needle & Foot emailed me asking if I'd like to be the November Blogger Bundle chooser-upper. Pinch me? I was and am excited and so honoured that she asked me! It's another one of those things I've seen other bloggers do; the first one was Alyssa at Pile o' Fabric, and I thought, wow, I want to be her one day...well, I guess that day is today!

Without further ado, here are the fabrics I put together. It was such a fun process.
Beauties, right?!
This last Blogger Bundle for Needle & Foot for 2018 is extra-special: Bernie, in her generosity and inclusive nature, had the idea to have two giveaways, and asked if I'd be willing to send a bundle to one of my Canadian readers, while she would hold a giveaway for American readers. Anyone who's hung around my blog for any length of time knows how much I value inclusiveness, so I absolutely love this aspect of this month's Blogger Bundle. Would you like to open up that bundle?

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November OMG and RSC Flimsy

Well, I didn't wait to hear from anyone in the post where I showed this possible layout on the design wall to be honest, and I sewed up the proposed layout for my RSC2018 quilt top!
I love it, and am glad I did this little-bit-unconventional layout.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Throwback Thursday #11 Falling Leaves

Welcome to the eleventh edition of TBT here at mmm! quilts, where we document and talk about our pre-blogging days quilty makes. A big thank you to Andrée of Quilting & Learning - What a Combo, who hosted October's linky and who will also host December's, giving me a break from all the celebrating going on at the end of this month when Dayna gets married, eeek!!
Remember to hashtag on Instagram #throwbackthursdayquilts

This month's quilt is one I named Falling Leaves. Very original. LOL However the design is original.


It actually began my fascination with layers, or superimposed images, in quilting. I made it 15 years ago for a challenge with the guild I was in at the time. Spoiler: I didn't win.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fallen Sky

If I were a James Bond aficionado, I guess I would have changed the name of my quilt to Skyfall. But I'm not, and he doesn't put me in mind of a piece of sky, which this quilt, along with the gemstone turquoise, both do. Funnily enough, when searching the gemstone for quilt name ideas, I came across a few references to a piece of the sky fallen to earth, but this one, "carved from an azure heaven and slipped to earth," I particularly love, as it's so eloquent.


This is the October challenge for us ambassadors for Island Batik. We were to make a quilt using a paper-piecing technique, either English paper-piecing or foundation paper-piecing. This one is made using the latter. All the fabrics (except the backing) were supplied by Island Batik. All of the threads except the purple was supplied by Aurifil, and the batting is Hobbs Batting, though I purchased it myself!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

DrEAMi! #21

I know it sounds cliché but where did this month go? And do not, I repeat, do NOT tell me how many, or should I type few, days there are before Christmas! While I should be focusing on my Island Batik project of the month (super excited to reveal this) and various Christmas gifts, I of course got waylaid by a pesky idea that scrabbled around, and kept popping up, nut in its mouth, willing me to come play. Yep, I got sucked in by a squirrel this month.
Actually a few...

Thursday, October 25, 2018

I Like/Love #21

This month's I Like/Love post kind of sneaked up on me. October doesn't end until next week, but next Thursday is November 1, so here we are, and here are my 10+ likes for the month.

1. I got to see this in the piecing stage and it was breathtaking then. I got to see it in the finished stage, and she quilted it to life! No surprise; Judy is an incredibly talented quilter.
She entered this into the quilt show in Payson, AZ, and won an Honourable Mention ribbon.🙌 Well-done my friend!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

It's Easy Being Green!

Forest or sage green is the RSC colour of the month for Angela's soscrappy challenge. I do love forest green, such an intense colour with depths of mystery and beauty both. I have quite a bit of scraps of it too; didn't have to cut any 2.5" squares to get 32 for my two blocks. I did have to cut 3" squares for the HSTs.

Both forest and sage feature in these. It's looking like that around me now, the grass is an incredible emerald green, the English oak and another mystery tree, maybe a beech, a rich forest green, the original mystery tree I asked about turning a yellow-green and yellow, and the black walnuts a medium green. Lots of green shades for sure! I laid all 20 blocks out on the design wall and played around a little to see if I need to add more or how to set them...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Q4FAL - My List

It never ceases to amaze me how fast a quarter goes by... (and don't tell me, although someone did but I've forgotten; menopause foggy brain can be good at times) how many or rather, how few, weeks there are until Christmas.

How did I do from Q3? Like a quilt retreat, I never get as much done as I plan to! Here's the collage of projects on the list that were completed; note that the Twinkle Sprinkles, the stars quilt, got finished a few days after the Q3 deadline, drat, but I'm including it in the collage because it's kind of in no-man's-land, between the two quarters.


Not bad. 70% if you count the stars one that was a few days past the deadline.
So a few of the Q3 projects are being moved to Q4 list and I'm adding in a couple more. I'm trying to leave room to play as well, to allow myself to chase a few squirrels, especially the green and red ones of the Christmas kind!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Twinkle Sprinkles September Starstruck Challenge

Nearly two weeks late, my quilt for the Island Batik Starstruck Challenge is finally done! Island Batik provided me with these luscious fabrics, Aurifil provided the white thread, and Hobbs Batting the cotton/wool batting. I am a lucky girl indeed.

The September challenge asked us to make a quilt using stars of any kind. My favourite block! The hard part of the challenge for me was narrowing it down to which star block, and what setting, and then, of course, which fabrics to use. Oh the woes of being an Island Batik ambassador.
Isn't that monthly logo just so perfect? I could have happily made a quilt exactly like that. But no, I had bought Cindy's pattern (Stitchin' at Home) which is a wonderful stars pattern, so off I went.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

UFO Busting #33.5

Welcome to Tish's UFO Busting party! While she is busting up UFOs and stompin' all over them, eating pie, and doing some shopping with blogger friends in Ohio, I am hosting the party for her this week.

Welcome!  Tish and I go a ways back... to a certain New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop 2015, during which we further bonded over books and pibbles. We've gotten up to all kinds of quilty fun over the past 3.5 years, some of it finished, some not. One of our sew-together projects that we both have not finished is the Sewcial Bee Sampler Quilt Along, though she is further along now than I am. Anja joined us, and since she has been in India, I haven't bothered to even try to catch up with Tish...Anja's my excuse ha! Let's take a look at what has been occupying 99% of my quilting time this week...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Free Motion Motif Tutorial

As promised, here is a quick tutorial for a fast, fun and easy all-over meander. It's easy to do on either a domestic or a longarm. I first saw it in a long-ago issue of American Patchwork & Quilting on a quilt, back when "Quilt as desired" was all you'd get for quilting suggestions, and maybe, just maybe, you could figure out some of the motif from photos.

As Angela says, "Let's get started!" (btw did you see her new QAL, 'Glorious Dawn'? So pretty in any one of the three colourways... on bluprint? (affiliate link) You can watch for free during their 'Get Started With Bluprint' Event, on now through Oct. 12. I'm finding I watch more because I signed up for the year subscription, and I'm not worrying so much if I'm sewing while 'watching', something I never do because I can't do both of those things well at the same time. However, now I listen and look up once in awhile, and if it's something I'm really interested in, right within the app it remembers where you'd left off, just like Netflix, so, when I am not sewing, I can go back, rewind a bit and pay proper attention!

Okay, tutorial for this FMQ meander which I used on my Throwback Thursday quilt post, Sunny Days:

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Throwback Thursday #10 Sunny Days

Since I am feeling a little down with the departure of sweet Brady and his mom, (ya she spells it that way) yesterday afternoon, I thought this would be an à propos post. First of all, please note that Andrée has graciously offered to host a couple of TBT's this last half of the year, and so October and December, the linky will be on her blog, Quilting & Learning - what a combo. Thanks so much, Andrée! If you are at all into the Fab Four, aka The Beatles, you might want to hop over and check out her post today. 😁

Here's my Sunny Days quilt, a quilt that was originally intended for Baby Brady, before we knew he'd be a he!
A couple of firsts happened with this quilt.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

DrEAMi! #20

Twenty parties. Twenty celebrations of chasing shiny baubles that distract us from our quilty path. Such fun we have had! And continue to have. In case this is your first time to the party, it's a DrEAMi! (Drop Everything And Make it!) party where we celebrate GETTING distracted, and show off what we've just had to make.
Have you stored some of the squirrelly nuts or nuggets away that we've seen over the past 20 posts for future chasing? I know I have. I know our squirrels have been doing it too...

What is a picture of our SUV doing as the lead photo? Look closely. At the wheel. Not the tire, the wheel. Notice anything odd? Something green? Looks a bit like a tennis ball? Yup. Not a tennis ball, though nearly as big. It's a black walnut. They're encased in those chartreuse, similar to a very thick orange peel, coverings, inside of which is the walnut. My daughter Brianne, who is here visiting us with her son, our grandson, Brady, noticed that our squirrels have been storing nuts (and even a small green tomato off my plant!) in rather ingenious places! This is one of the best ones yet.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

I Like/Love #20 and Giveaway Winners

First of all, thank you to all who left such kind, thoughtful comments on my blog-iversary post for the giveaway. Here are the winners of the five prizes as chosen by Rafflecopter:
1. Five times 2 = 10 2.5" strips of Alpine Jingle by Island Batik: Nancy A. in America
2. Fifth published pattern of mine in Modern Patchwork magazine Sept/Oct issue: Miriam in America
3. 5-item bundle of Captiva plus pattern: Michele T. in Canada
4. Five fat quarters of Wonderlust by Benartex: Dione in Australia
5. 1.25 total yards of Acorn Park by Connecting Threads: Kathy E. in America
Winners have been emailed for addresses!

Second of all, I suddenly have become a no-reply-blogger on blogger blogs with embedded comments. I have spent a couple of hours trying to fix, using the link on my own blog, here, using more recent 'fixes', and even though my profile is blogger, not Google+, and I have checked the 'show my email' box in my profile, I am still a no-reply. If anyone out there know what has happened, and perhaps how to fix it, please let me know in the comments box. I seem to be okay on my phone however. So bizarre. All right grumpiness out, on with the good. I also tried the sign out on my iPhone, went on the laptop, signed out, then signed back in on the laptop. Nope. My comment disappears into the ether; the Google box stays grey.

1. I love dogs, big dogs especially. Pibbles and Rotties are two of the top big breeds I love. Ergo, I love this photo, taken by Lindsay who writes a terrific food blog, Pinch of Yum:
She actually saw that a few weeks ago, in St. Paul, MN. Bahaha! I like that she has recently become the mama of a baby girl.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Two Take-Along Bags

Check! Another one of this quarter's goals have been accomplished. My list is here.

First though, if you haven't visited my Happy 5th Blog-iversary post where there is not one but five giveaways up for grabs, be sure to do so. You have until midnight tomorrow night to enter.

Both daughters requested I make them another makeup bag using Lazy Girl Designs Take-Along bag. When I was finishing up Dayna's, I did a mental count and I do believe these two are number 7 and 8 using this pattern!

Here is Brianne's:

And here is Dayna's:


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Happy 5th Blog-iversary mmm! quilts

Five years ago today, after waffling for months, I finally wrote a blog post and published it. I still recall that vulnerable feeling of having sent something out into the world, where any and all eyes could see it... However, I have never yet not learned, not grown from facing a fear, so that was partly why I decided to just jump into the Quilting Blogland pool... and found the water warm and welcoming indeed. Here's the quilt I was working on at the time of that first post, still one of my all-time favourite makes:
Seaside Rose
I think five years is rather auspicious, so I decided to celebrate in fine form this year, with a blog post that has five sections of five points each:

  • Five Favourite Quilting Tips
  • Five Favourite Blogging Tips
  • Five most popular/favourite Blog Posts
  • Five Favourite QBL Activities
  • Five Prizes Giveaway
Sounds like fun? Come on in and let's party!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Knitted Selvages Rug - A Finish!

Yay for another item to cross off my Q3FAL List which is here. I started this exactly a year ago (knitters extraordinaire like Helen in Ireland and Sue in England may roll their eyes at my tortoise pace) and I've just picked away at it here and there, as my selvages stock grew, (that was my first excuse) and then as I accumulated lots and lots of them, my excuse was, well, nothing.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Quilt for a Little Boy

This was a DrEAMi! project. For those of you who are not familiar with that term, it stands for those projects where you just have to Drop Everything And Make it! They are also known as squirrels. All squirrels are urgent; some are fun; others are desperately needed. This quilt falls into the latter category; it had to get made because of a tragic event...
Back in the first of my final 15 years of my teaching career, at a Junior High in Sherwood Park, I taught a beautiful girl named Shannon. I soon learned that her dad also taught at the school, but little did I know he and I would become very good friends. This quilt is for his grandson, Shannon's son, who is just 6 years old.
The wind and the rain hung around all weekend; the quilt is not that friendly... 😄

Friday, September 7, 2018

Wildflower Pinwheel Placemats Published!

I am published again.😁 This makes five publications, (the number five is an auspicious number of late!) four digital and one print. Six if you count the Moda Bakeshop one I guess! A new edition of Modern By the Yard is out as of today, woot! woot! and I am super-excited to let you know of more secret sewing that was done a few months back, June to be exact.

You can click the ezine cover which will take you to Benartex Fabrics' blog, Sew in Love With Fabric. I hope you are on their email list so you never miss a post; there's always lots of new fabric lines information, designer interviews, blog hops, and giveaways from time to time too! Here is my project in this issue:
See one's own work professionally photographed never ceases to thrill!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Throwback Thursday #9 Windy Day Fun

It's Thursday, right?! The first Thursday of the month...yikes! It's Throwback Thursday, aka TBT!

I did not forget about it, honestly I did not. I just didn't write the post ahead of time, and then, yeah, right about 8:15 am when I finished my Yin yoga practice, zing! When I did my Yin on Monday, I thought I'd do this month's post on this quilt, because I often use it when I do Yin through the summer months. This is called Windy Day Fun. I love all the secondary patterns you see from simple squares, triangles, and rectangles.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Update on Projects and OMG

As you know by now, I really enjoy sharing with you 'the process', and reading about that very thing on others' blogs. Here are some of my ongoing projects, as well as my OMG for September, which is this quilt in progress:
Please note: these are all reds: shades, tints, hues, so they go from bright red, to burgundies to pinks, corals
...which I hope to have the centre section complete (that's 156 6" blocks with sashing and cornerstones) by the end of the month. I'm putting them together in the order in which they were released, with my six blocks interspersed. I'll highlight those once the quilt centre is complete. Yes, there are borders! It may very well end up being my biggest quilt to date. I may have to do a final piece count...

This is my 150 Canadian Women quilt, a quilt along I did with Kat of Next Step Quilt Designs from December 2016 through October 2017. My first post is here, December 6, 2016, and my last is here, January 3, 2018. Canada celebrated her sesquicentennial July 1, 2017, and this was the project, three blocks per week for a total of 150. For this layout you needed to make six more, which I did, for a total of 156 (12 X 13 blocks layout). I have the first six rows sewn together, and row 7 is done as well, and pinned on the design wall. I found sewing the rows into groups of three worked well, and then I sewed the group of three rows to make the group of six. This is what I plan to do for the bottom half. Whether row 7 will get sewn to rows 1-6 or start the bottom section of rows 7-13, I haven't decided! The bulk of the quilt has been sewn on my Featherweights, 1951 Tillie, and 1947 Billie. I am in LOVE, mad crazy effervescing love with this quilt. It's huge. Can you see the tiny cornerstones that finish at 1"?! It's a plaid-type print from the 'With Glowing Hearts' line by Moda. Perfection!

Friday, August 31, 2018

In the Shadow of the Plus in Modern Patchwork

I can finally write about my quilt which is in the current issue of Modern Patchwork! You can get your copy now in major stores and bookstores, or click the link in the sidebar to purchase online.


It started with my fifth design, back on February 10, that I drew in the second #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 I hosted on Instagram this past spring. The design got a ton of interest and likes, and I knew it was a good'un, so I removed it from Instagram. I played with it a bit and came up with the shadowed plus signs floating on a large background plus. I then decided to submit it to Modern Patchwork in early March, and it was accepted!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

I Like/Love #19

1. I like rainbows. I really like rainbow quilts; they never get old to me. Here are my blocks for January to August in order.
I can't wait to find out September's colour. These are split 9-patch, four put together. I got the idea from Ariane of Ariane Quilts.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Moovin' On Up

This is the second quilt I made for Sarah's Hands2Help charity quilt drive at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. It's also my finished quilt for Roseanne's No Stress Sew Along at Home Sewn By Us. It's also on my Q3FAL list which is here!

The pattern is a free one off Sew Mama Sew and was one of Roseanne's three choices you could do for her SAL. It's designed by Alyssa of Pile o' Fabric. I had the flimsy done back in July, and the quilt in the first few days of August during my blog-cation.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Great Outdoors Island Batik Blog Hop Week 4 & Giveaway

Wow, it's week 4 of the Island Batik blog hop, and I know my mind is reeling seeing all of the creativity in our circle. There is so much creativity, period, in QBL, aka Quilting Blog Land, isn't there? I've said all my life, too many books, not enough time, and that's is still oh SO TRUE, but now it also applies to quilts! And here we have give whole weeks, two to three posts per day of quilty inspiration and beautiful batiks! It's almost too much....na, one can never have too much quilty eye candy.
You will find the giveaway on Island Batik's blog, and giveaways at each of the bloggers' stops. My own is here!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

DrEAMi! #19

Yikes! Nearly forgot about DrEAMi!; how can August be nearly over? But next Saturday is September 1...

Welcome to the 19th linky for those squirrelly distractions in your quilty life. No guilt here, just pure celebration of our quilter ADD natures right? I was thinking just now of how my DrEAMi! came from a DrEAMi! of Anja's, and so squirrels breed more squirrels, just like rabbits....

Does that make my DrEAMi! this month a squabbit?! 😂

That's 'our' bunny, a gorgeous, huge, clearly used-to-be-domestic rabbit we see quite often who lives on the side of the road by where we park to walk the Greenway. And that's a hind end of a black squirrel, common here in southwestern Ontario. I need to brush up my melding skills, ha!
Update:
Yay for Rose of Something Rose Made! My new art department...
Funny caption forthcoming. OMG be sure to check out the graphic on her DrEAMi! post!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Free Motion Fantasy Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Free Motion Fantasy Blog Hop, showcasing Amanda Murphy's newly released line, Free Motion Fantasy. I was super-excited to be asked to participate in this hop; I love Amanda's style, her fabrics and her free-motion quilting prowess. Fabric that incorporates her beautiful FMQ? I'm in! Be sure to check out the link; betcha want 'em all! I know I did.
And just look at that fabric on the hop button.... Right?!!

I decided to sew up one of my designs I sketched while on an extended stay at my darling grandson Brady's house last summer. This fabric is perfection for this design, which I've made as a bed runner.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Great Outdoors Blog Hop: Maple Leaf Rag and Giveaway

Years ago I learned to play that song on the piano, along with 'The Entertainer'. Sorry for any earworms (I have one myself now, urk!) I loved the beat of ragtime, still do. Scott Joplin could write some great jaunty little tunes! And Joanne of Canuck Quilter, sure can design some great patterns! This is one of hers. I thought the tumbling maple leaves rather jaunty, and the name just popped into my head. This quilt is on my Q3FAL List which is here.

You've had several sneak peeks of this quilt under construction, but I'd bet you had no idea how those maples leaves, and HSTs à la Postcard from Sweden would end up. Well, drum roll.....
Ta da! The quilt in a tree shot I'm known for in QBL. Yup, that's in a maple tree, a silver maple, in our neighbours' front yard. This is my stop on the Great Outdoors Blog Hop for Island Batik, and I am so glad you've stopped by! My line is Dear William (that link will take you to it). Thank you so much to Island Batik for these lush fabrics, to Hobbs Batting for the batting, and to Aurifil for the beautiful threads, all supplied to me in my box back in February! Come on in, and see the quilt in its entirety!

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Great Outdoors Island Batik Blog Hop Week 3

Are you ready for another round of beautiful batik fabrics, and inspiring projects to showcase them? I know I sure am! I am officially back from blog-cation. As with any vacation, it went in a flash and I did not get as much accomplished as I'd thought I would. Still, it was nice to have no pressure to write or even read blogs, and if I did read, to not leave comments. (gasp!) Who puts these pressures on anyhow? Moi...😲
My turn comes up Wednesday! See below for another sneak peek at the quilt's progression. Remember there is a fabulous giveaway on Island Batik's blog, as well as at each blogger's stop.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Clementine

Orange is the colour of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with Angela at soscrappy. One of the things I did over the past couple of weeks of blogging vacation was sew up my orange blocks.

Orange is not one of my go-to colours (sorry Anja) but man I do love it here! From the peach to the fiery intense oranges, I am happy with this block. Orange adds a little 'je ne sais quoi' to a quilt. Spice. Warmth. Mmmm! Smell! I will never forget the smell of a Florida orange grove in bloom, ahhh. We have a mock orange tree in our back yard here which smells heavenly! In fact, that's how I found it, my nose did!

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Great Outdoors Island Batik Blog Hop Week 2 & Another Quilt Published!


I hope you enjoyed seeing the amazing creativity and sewing prowess of last week's ambassadors! I am getting excited to show you what I've been working on, and at the end of this little post, you'll find another sneak peek. My turn comes up later next week; it seemed quite far away, and now it's nearly here! Remember there are lots of giveaways to be won as well, both at the bloggers' posts and at the Island Batik blog.

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Great Outdoors Island Batik Blog Hop

I know I am on blog-cation but there are still some business duties that I must take care of because I am an Island Batik Ambassador, and a very proud one too!

My turn comes up in the third week of August, but this week I hope you will visit the wonderful creative people whose links are below. There are pretty sweet Island Batik giveaways all the hop long, and giveaways at most, if not all, the bloggers. The main page for the list of bloggers posting throughout the next five weeks well as the Rafflecopter widget for the giveaways is on Island Batik's Blog.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Beothuk Star

This little quilt was more than a little demanding with her quilting. What I thought I could knock out by Sunday/Monday at the latest ended up taking me until Thursday evening! She is so worth it though. Let me present Beothuk Star. I hope you'll grab a java and read her story. I loved every moment of creating this quilt. She is #4 on my Q3 FAL List of ten items.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Throwback Thursday #8 Runners

Welcome to the August edition of Throwback Thursday! First, an important announcement: I am going to have a partner in sharing TBT. Andrée of Quilting and Learning - What a Combo! is going to be co-hosting with me beginning on the October edition. She'll host December as well.😍 I've got a couple of super-busy months in September and November, so this will ease the pressure, and it's always fun to share! Like me, or moi 😉, Andrée, is Canadian, a lover of learning, and a teacher.

Runners, like cushion covers, are fast and satisfying makes. Here are two I made for my mum.

The bottom one was made in 2000, and the top one in 2004.

Monday, July 30, 2018

July Challenge Progress

Thought I'd pop in with a quick update here and a little quilting motif to show you too. The challenge for July is to make a quilt that has a secondary pattern. Totally up my alley! This is one of the things that drew me in to quilting in the first place. I'm using fabrics from three different groups, which is something I love about Island Batik fabrics, who supplied all the fabric, is that very thing, how different lines play well with each other. I got the blocks all done and laid them out on the kitchen floor...
and discovered my secondary pattern was Bella! But of course, she thinks she looks good with this quilt too.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

DrEAMi! #18

It's squirrel parade time again! I do have a partial squirrel (now that sounds nasty) which is leftovers from an Island Batik project, Lift Up, because I did flying geese the square on the rectangle method, which leaves a bunch of cut-off triangles. What's a girl to do but sew them back up? When I was working on piecing (finally) the Meadow Mystery quilt blocks into a top, I needed a leader/ender, and the stack of 36 was sitting close by, so...
a 14" square was born! I first thought I'd sew it into a cushion cover, but then I had an idea... So it has evolved further than shown, but then it stalled because this month's Island Batik challenge has to be done and done asap!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Un Mélange

That's French for a mixture. Kind of what I've been doing for the past week and a bit. Things have been a bit quiet on the blog; I actually had thought to take a break after the Plus Playtime QAL finished, but I am still here. Might take that break in August but I'll let you know. Allow me to show you the mélange of sewing I've been doing.