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, 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!
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


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.

I Like/Love #18 Five Senses

This is another of those posts that kind of showed me its cohesiveness after I put in the first few likes with pics a couple of weeks ago. I only publish one a month, but note things all month long, not all of which I publish. It's cool how they often end up just flowing together like I'd been planning it all month long!

1. I like that on July 13 I first noticed the sound of cicadas. I used to call them 'heat bugs' because it seemed it was super-hot when I'd hear them, and I had no idea what they were as they aren't in Alberta. It was around that time that I also heard the first crickets

2. I love the sound of Bobby Bazini's voice, that sexy, gravelly kind. He's easy on the eyes too, just sayin'... Two of my favourites are "Never Let Go," and "C'est La Vie". Check out the first one below; maybe it'll play while you continue reading? It's his live version; I love love love live music.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mid Year Review

Okay here we go! Got the music blasting; Bobby Bazini and The Jerry Cans are being featured on CBC Radio 2's "q the Music" with Tom Power. Mmmmm.

My over-arching goals are Lifelong Learning and Balance. Doing well on the first one (despite a near-meltdown this afternoon on EQ8) and struggling a bit on the second.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Q3FAL - My List

It's time to link up the plans for the third quarter FAL of 2018. It's also time to reflect on the first half of 2018. I was going to do that quickly here, but now that I look back at what I wrote for Yvonne's Planning Party 2018, I think I need a separate post. And here I was planning to step back from posting for the remainder of July! Anyhow...

How did I do on my Q2FAL List?
I got 7 of 11 on that list. (Note that I did make all four kitty mats, just two are pictured in the collage.)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Bright Addition & Prize Winners For Plus Playtime QAL

You've seen the flimsy, and if you follow me on Instagram, @mmmquilts, you might've seen a quick shot of the finished quilt. Here's another, better one of the quilt I've named A Bright Addition:

This quilt is on my Q3FAL List which is here.
As soon as I saw the Alison Glass fabric bundle for the small plus blocks that Darla at Clinton Modern Creative had put together, I knew they had to pack themselves up and fly their way to me for another Plus Playtime quilt. Well, there's a surprise to this little cutie.  'Little' being the clue... When I got them, I had an idea....


Or Catch-up! However,  ketchup, which I really like, is red, and red is the RSC2018 colour for July...see the crazy way my mind works?!  I got my red blocks done over a week ago, super-early for me!

Once again, I love them. Memories abound, both old and new, probably the main reason I love scrap quilts so very much.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Lift Up

This is finally my finish for the June Challenge for us Island Batik ambassadors, and I believe it's my favourite quilt this year that I've made for them!
We were to create a modern quilt, using one or more elements as defined by the MQG:
The Modern Quilt Guild states, “Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”

This is one of my designs I created while in the #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 hosted by moi in the spring. It is truly a rush to have something you drew on paper, or on a computer come to life in fabric.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday Stash - Island Batik

Christmas in July it was indeed....
I have the advantage of having a daughter who lives across the river from me. Why is that an advantage, you ask? Well, she is in one country, America, and I am in another, Canada. So to save Island Batik a little postage money, and to get the fabric to me a little bit faster, I had them send my box to her! Can you see the heart shadow above the box?! Made by her fake wasp nest that hangs by her front door, but rather à propos, nest-ce pas?!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Plus Playtime QAL Parade of Finishes and Giveaway

It's here! It's HERE! How did it come up so fast? Seems to be a theme in my life of late. Nonetheless, I've been getting more and more excited as I see all the finished flimsies and quilts in QBL, from blogs to Instagram to Flickr.

Before we go any further, I'd like to thank my sponsors once more:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Throwback Thursday #7 - Dad's Quilt

Welcome to another month of Throwback Thursday. How can it be that the 18th year of the 2000s is past the halfway point? It floors me how fast the time goes. My dad always said how when he was a kid, the days dragged until the weekend, and the weekend was over in a flash. He'd say now that he was retired, the months go by like days, entire seasons fly by as a month used to...

And I know all too well what he meant!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

DrEAMi! #17

Welcome to another month of 'fessing up on your quilty (or is that guilty) distractions! I had a DrEAMi! this month! First time in a while, not that I haven't been tempted. Soooo tempted.
Off Pinterest but the link to the original site is broken
I used this wonderful painterly fabric in pinks and blues:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

TGIFF - Electric Swirl

Welcome to TGIFF, aka Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday, being hosted by mmm! quilts right here in sunny Kingsville, Ontario, Canada.
This is a place where you can show off your finishes for this week, visit a few others, and probably find yourself chasing a squirrel!
We are in need of hosts for July and August especially, so if you'd like to give it a try, and you know you'll have a finish in one of these two months, click here to sign up for a spot! It's really easy to host; you do not need to have a paid subscription to a Linky Party host. If you're familiar with Crazy Mom Quilts' Friday linky parties, this is how yours could look. 😁

I Like/Love #17

Another month, and I didn't feel much like writing this post, but I know they are therapeutic and healing, and I do have an endless amount of things to be grateful for, especially living as a privileged white person.

1. I love Lake Erie, as you know, and Seacliff Beach.
This was what greeted me as I got down to the end of the wooden walkway about to step onto the expansive beach, on June 21, the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Steady Sewing

This month the Island Batik challenge is to make a modern quilt. They provided the fabrics that I've used.

Quick note: a couple of you have emailed asking about DrEAMi! and it's the last Saturday of the month, which is this coming Saturday, June 30. TBT is the first Thursday of the month, which will be July 5!

Okay, full disclosure: the hardest part of these challenges for me is settling on a design! I have SO MANY ideas, and 'wannamakes'! I pulled out my graph paper notebook and leafed through it...