Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Busy Time in Quilting Nest

It's been awhile but I got a lot done. This quilt banner was the first thing I finished.

It's my winter banner for my kitchen. The above photo was taken on my design wall before I hung it up. This past winter wasn't really winter blessings. It was the winter that wouldn't stop giving,(much as I prayed that it would stop). It's now down and our spring banner is hanging up. So ready for spring!

The next quilt I finished was one that I've been working on and collecting fabric for the last two years. I'm so happy its finished and hanging in my quilting nest. This one is a pattern by Kim Diehl (Bittersweet Briar). Also this week, The Quilt Show on the internet with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson have their latest show with guest Kim Diehl. Great show. Keep up the great work Alex and Ricky. You can find their site at  The price for a year of wonderful talent is well worth it. They are always teaching me new things.

My current project is a summer banner for our kitchen. I noticed on the cover of  the spring 2014 issue of Quilts and More, that there was a sweet door decoration of a watering can and flowers. Right away I thought of using this idea for my next banner. I'm still playing with it, but this is it so far.

That's it for now. I' m hoping soon it will be time for hubby and I to move the chairs back outside and enjoy the backyard and watch our spring flowers start to bloom. I can't wait!
Thanks for visiting and have a great day.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Snowman For Our Kitchen

I have all the Christmas decorations put away, but I just noticed this on the wall in my kitchen.

Well that won't do! So I had a look in my quilt kits basket and found this one.

There is a blizzard here today and all the roads coming into our town are closed, so I got started right away. Can't wait to finish this one. So perfect.

Till next time. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Finishing Topper From Last Year

In November of last year, I started a small topper to mix in with my Christmas decorations. Well I didn't get it finished in time so I'm trying to get it done for next year. I used two charm packs of Midwinter Reds by Minick and Simpson. Just a few more to go and I can start piecing it together.

I think I will just go with the red and white charm squares. There are a few tan fabrics in the bundle, but I think I just want to finish this one. The churn dash blocks are 31/2 inches, and the seams in the blocks are pressed open. I got the pattern from Thank you so much Thelma. I love them and they were so easy with your tutorial.

Thats it for today. I start back at work today after some time off at Christmas.
Have a great day and thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Well it sure has been awhile. I thought I might try to post more on my blog this year. It's a great way for me to remember what happened during the year, my memory is not what it used to be. I also would LOVE to quit smoking, if I can live with myself. Just going to take one hour at a time and see how it goes. There is always the patch to help get me over the bumps in the road. I have a wonderful husband, children and grandchildren that I want to enjoy for a long time. I will post the day I begin.

This year we have had a lot of work done around the house.  Believe me, it was time.

New windows.

Kitchen counter before

Kitchen counter after

New roof (you will just have to take my word for that. No way I'm climbing up there for a photo.

Hopefully it will be a year filled with quilting, relaxing and smokefree. Okay just trying to think positive.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jo Morton Reel Deal Finished And Loving It

Yes it is true. I have finished my Reel Deal quilt and really enjoyed it. I used the back basting method for the applique and it was so relaxing. In the spring of last year I basted all the blocks and spent the summer doing the applique on my front deck. So enjoyable.

 I spent a lot of time this winter thinking about how to machine quilt. I finally decided on doing echo quilting around the applique blocks and this made them really pop. I wanted to do so sort of feather wreath in the alternating blocks but I just couldn't make them look right. So I did a meandering instead. I then quilted in the outer borders just following the stripes in the fabric. Then I found this talented quilter who showed how she quilts feather wreaths on her long arm. Sadly I don't have a long arm but figured I could do this on my Janome Horizon. It isn't perfect, but I like it. More practice and it will get better. The link to this video is here . She is so nice to put this video out there. It finally clicked for me. Thanks Jenny.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

We had such a nice Christmas with our family. It was so amazing to see how the grandchildren are all growing up so fast. Our daughter Maria and her boyfriend, Damian gave us a new cookbook called the Looneyspoons  Collection.

 Fabulous book. So I decided to try one of the recipes for Christmas morning. Erik eggstrata. It was so easy and delicious. The only problem was that it was so filling, we didn't have room for supper. Also we snacked all afternoon, so I'm sure that had something to do with it. Thanks Maria and Damian.
Today, we have a turkey in the oven, its snowing outside, hubby is watching westerns on tv, I'm in my sewing nest and tonight we will be watching Arbitrage with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. Perfect day before going back to work tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 28, 2012

St Marys Quilt Show Continued

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Some ladies shopping. Love the quilt behind them.


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That would be myself shopping. Lots of fabric that I can’t find in my area.


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The one below is on my bucket list. The pattern is Hunter’s Star and since we have a sweet grandson named Hunter, it fits.


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Just how big can my bucket list be? So many beautiful quilts.


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Thanks to my sweet husband for taking all these photos. I was having too much fun just walking around and enjoying all the hard work that went into these quilts. Next up. Goderich Quilt Show. We may be a small town, but we do put on a great show.


Thanks for visiting.